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You are invited to our Fall Benefit: IMAGINE

on Tue, 08/25/2015 - 19:22

Friday, October 23, 2015 at 7 pm
CV Rich Mansion • White Plains, New York
Cocktails • Dinner • Silent Auction • Live Music
Lili Lynton and Michael Lynton, Chairs

We will honor four extraordinary individuals who have advocated for mental health in our community and who have demonstrated dedicated and inspiring leadership:

Marion Lynton
Psychologist, friend, supporter and 26-year member of MHA Westchester’s Board of Directors

Bernadette Kingham-Bez
Executive Director, St. Vincent’s Hospital Westchester & SVP, Saint Joseph’s Medical Center

Inside Chappaqua and Inside Armonk Magazines
Publisher and Editor, Grace Bennett

Nancy Kardon
Yoga teacher and MHA Volunteer

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National Suicide Prevention Week: September 7-13

on Tue, 08/25/2015 - 19:38

Suicide is everyone’s concern. Every 13 minutes someone dies by suicide in the United States – that’s someone’s mother, father, brother, sister, friend, partner...  

Join us on November 4th as we continue our “Community Conversation” series focused on preventing suicide. Details and registration info to be posted. 

Attend a safeTALK training on October 7th or ASIST training November 19th -20th to learn to recognize someone at risk and connect them to effective supports. NYS SW Continuing Education Credit available.    

Learn about “Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives”, the theme of this year’s National Suicide Prevention Week and World Suicide Prevention Day.



Peer Specialist Training

on Wed, 08/05/2015 - 00:42

On Wednesday, July 2, thirteen new peer specialists graduated from MHA’s Peer Specialist training program, the only one of its kind in Westchester. As Coordinator of Peer Training, Jeff Zitofsky called the name of each graduate, he spoke movingly about each person’s gifts and the qualities each would bring to their peer practice.

One graduate said, “Since beginning this program, I feel like a bird who has been let out of the cage.” The field for peer specialists has been blossoming in recent years and MHA’s program is a first step toward receiving New York State certification. 

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Our next Peer Training class begins on September 28th.

Learn more about our program

New York State Moves Peer Certification Forward

Peer specialists will be the providers of choice for many Home and Community Based services funded by Medicaid. NYS has established a process for certification as well as an Academy of Peer Services which offer no-cost online courses.  

Learn about New York’s Peer Specialist Credential and download the application.


Planned Respite at MHA

on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 01:24

We are thrilled to announce the opening of our much-anticipated planned respite program. What is planned respite? In a nutshell, planned respite is a short-term intervention strategy for adults who have a mental health diagnosis and who are experiencing an escalation of symptoms that cannot be managed in the person’s home and in the community without increased supports.

The service is voluntary and temporary, and is provided by trained staff in the participant’s place of residence or at an alternate authorized temporary housing arrangement.

For more information, click here or call Maria Diaz, Planned Respite Program Coordinator, at 914-564-3749.


What's New in Mental Health?

on Sun, 08/10/2014 - 23:25

NYC Mental Health Film Festival - September 26 

The annual NYC Mental Health Film Festival (#MHFF) fights the stigma often experienced by individuals diagnosed with mental health conditions by “building a community through film” and creating a powerful catalyst for dialogue about mental health. #MHFF is internationally recognized as the go-to event in NYC to experience inspiring and thought-provoking films about mental health matters. Learn more and view the schedule of films, shorts, documentaries and panel discussions.