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Annual Benefit

Friday, October 24, 2014 @ 7:00pm
CV Rich Mansion White Plains, NY

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We are pleased to be honoring these extraordinary individuals:

Anne Kauffman Nolon, MPH

President & CEO, HRH Care

Edye Schwartz, DSW,LCSW-R

Director of Systems Transformation, NYAPRS

Mary Nicolich

MHA CASA Volunteer



Ombudsman Training Begins October 2nd: 

The New York State’s Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) at MHA is seeking volunteers to advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. Ombudsmen resolve complaints, monitor quality of life issues and help to preserve the dignity of residents at locations which include nursing and adult homes as well as assisted living residences.

Call LTCOP Program Director, Margaret Hadad, at (914) 345-5900 ext.7522 for more information or to schedule an interview.



casa 20Volunteers Needed for MHA’s CASA and Host Visitation Programs
Training Begins October 29th

Host Visitation uses trained community volunteers as Visit Hosts, offering children separated by foster care an opportunity to stay connected to their families or origin through increased visitation.  Visits can occur as often as weekly, and take place in a variety of settings including community centers, churches, and the homes of other family members.  Visiting is shown to reduce the trauma that children experience as a result of separation. 

The CASA Program uses community volunteers as advocates for children in foster care or at risk for foster care.  CASA volunteers are assigned by Court Order to a family to monitor their health, education, mental health and plans for a safe, permanent home.  CASA volunteers provide a report to the court, attorneys and Westchester DSS prior to each court date so that barriers to services can be addressed.

Training will occur on Wednesdays  from October 29 through November 19 at MHA offices located at 508 White Plains Rd. Suite 510, Tarrytown, NY.
To find out more about becoming a CASA or Host Visitation Volunteer, please contact Jackie Boissonnault, LMSW at (914) 345-5900 ext. 7518 or at boissonj@mhawestchester.org

 


MHA Welcomes…

Sabrina Johnson, Coordinator, Northern Westchester Recovery Center

Ms. Johnson formerly served as an Outreach and Engagement Specialist with MHA of Westchester’s Walk-in Support Services and is completing her social work degree at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service.    Ms. Johnson has worked as a peer for more than 15 years in various agencies in Westchester County and was the first Recipient Affairs Specialist at Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health.  As the Recipient Affairs Specialist, Ms. Johnson advocated, facilitated and provided technical assistance to peer operated and peer-run programs.  In addition Ms. Johnson developed the Community Support Services Grant Program, the Westchester Peer Network and the Mental Health Advocacy Project at Westchester Independent Living Center.  Ms. Johnson has served on many committees and advisory boards and has received several recognitions and awards such as the NASW Social Worker of the Year Award and the MHA NYS Inspirational Award.

Donna Mandel, Director of MHA's ACT Team

Dr. Mandel holds a Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University in Washington DC and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.  Prior to joining MHA, she worked at Housing Works, Inc as a Borough Director for the Health Homes Care Management Department.  In that capacity she was responsible for the Health Home department’s policy development and implementation as well as for developing and evaluating program initiatives. Housing Works, Inc is a community based organization whose mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS.


National Wellness Week, September 15–21, 2014

Wellness—the presence of purpose in life, active involvement in satisfying work and play, a healthy body and living environment, joyful relationships, and happiness—is integral to our behavioral health.    Practicing wellness has become an essential part of good behavioral health.  Join SAMHSA's #ShareWellness!  social media conversation or learn more about wellness.


#StrongerTogether is a new joint initiative of The New York State Office of Mental Health today and The Huffington Post to educate the public, increase awareness, and provide help to those at-risk of suicide. Explore #StrongerTogether .

Warning signs indicate that someone may be at risk of suicide currently and require an immediate response tailored to that individual and his/her situation.  Learn the Warning Signs that someone may be at risk.  Read our page about How To Be Helpful to Someone Who Is Threatening Suicide.


Back to school can be stressful

To help you support your child’s return to school Metal Health America offers several resources to help parents and caregivers recognize and address the challenges our students face, including the problem of bullying. 

Back to College can also be a challenging time.  Mental Health America has also developed materials to help our college students be at their best and to help freshmen with the transition.   http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/back-campus

 

More help to Address Bullying: 

SAMHSA releases a free KnowBullying app to help parents and caregivers who spend at least 15 minutes a day talking with their child build the foundation for a strong relationship, and help prevent bullying. 

The KnowBullying app includes: Signs that a child may be affected by bullying, suggestions about starting the conversation, information about social media, and more.  The free KnowBullying app is available for Android™ and iPhone®.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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