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August 5, 2020

Mental health association names Norden new director

Renee Norden
The Mental Health Association of Fauquier County has selected Renee Norden of Warrenton as its next executive director, effective Nov. 1.

Ms. Norden will succeed Sallie Morgan, retiring after managing the association, which also serves Rappahannock County, since 2011.

A Warrenton native, Ms. Norden has more than 25 years of experience in mental health services, education and community service. She has worked 15 years as the director of college counseling at Highland School in Warrenton. She previously worked as a suicide prevention specialist and as an emergency service clinician with the Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services Board. She also served as an emergency medical technician with the Warrenton Volunteer Rescue Squad.

A 1984 graduate of the former Notre Dame Academy near Middleburg, Ms. Norden earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of William & Mary in 1988 and a master’s of education in counseling rom the University of Virginia in 1993.

She described the new position as a natural progression. Ms. Norden several decades ago served on the association’s board, including a stint as president. In her work at Highland School, she also has collaborated with the association on several projects involving students, including substance-abuse programs.

“The Mental Health Association is delighted to welcome Renee Norden to our team,” board President Tony Hooper said. “Renee’s extensive mental health experience, her skill as a trainer, her commitment to young people and their families, and her deep knowledge of this community will all be wonderful assets as she takes on the role of executive director.”

Mr. Hooper added: “The association is also very grateful to Sallie Morgan for her leadership over the past 10 years. This community has seen significant growth in mental health and substance use services during that time owing in part to Sallie’s vision and ability to bring together partners to identify gaps and implement solutions. We both celebrate the many successes to date and look forward to many more exciting opportunities to promote mental wellness for everyone in our community.”

Founded in 1964 the association describes itself as “a grassroots, nonprofit, advocacy and action group that works to increase awareness of mental health and substance use, decrease the stigma often associated with mental illness and addiction, and improve access to behavioral health treatment and supports.”

A 15-member board governs the organization, which has three staff members, an annual budget of about $300,000 and its offices in the PATH Foundation headquarters at 321 Walker Drive in Warrenton.
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FalconDad · August 10, 2020 at 11:08 pm
Be wary of anyone that worked for Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services. To me and my family that organization is worthless. My family member goes to Fauquier Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation and instead of a licensed psychiatrist, which the hospital said they don’t have, in comes a 60+ year old women in slippers telling my family member “oh, first thing is we turn-off the TV because I don’t even own one”. Really this person can relate to a twenty year old that is possibly suicidal! Come to find out she doesn’t have a medical or psychology degree but billed for $700/hr. Shame on you RRCS and Fauquier Hospital.
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