MHA Denim & Dreams Fall Benefit a Rousing Success
From the inspiring call by MHA honoree Edye Schwartz not to rest until the use of restraints for individuals with mental health conditions is stopped to Anne Kauffman Nolon’s decades-long dedication to strengthening the healthcare safety net for the most vulnerable to Mary Nicolich’s transcendent description of the role of CASA in a foster child’s life, the benefit was at turns moving and, at others, just plain fun. The dress was denim, the food scrumptious and the conversations lively.
Said CEO, Amy Kohn: “ I was thrilled to see so many old friends as well as many new ones. With the agency’s continued expansion we need and are so grateful for all the enthusiastic support we have in our community.”
Welcome To New MHA Staff
MHA welcomes Nirmala Beharry as our Director of Billing & Analytics. Ms. Beharry brings to our team expertise in business finance, operations, compliance and systems implementation. She completed a Master’s in Public Health “Healthcare Informatics” New York Medical College. Her journey in Mental Health began at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Division of Psychiatry, where she was the Administrator of the Sound View Throgs Neck Community Mental Health Center.
MHA’s Peer Specialist Training prepares individuals to become Peer Specialists. The course teaches about recovery, peer support, engagement and reflective listening skills as well as about self-care, life and WRAP planning, trauma informed peer support, and working within a human service agency. If you are interested in developing these skills or considering seeking NYS Certification as a Peer Specialist, apply now.
Classes begin November 17th and run until March. To learn more, please contact Jeff Zitofsky, Coordinator of Peer Training and read more about Peer Specialist Training program.
MHA of Westchester is excited to participate in a pilot study of OnTrack>The Game, a cutting edge technology to enhance our OnTrackNY@ MHA services for young adults experiencing a first episode of psychosis. Online role-playing games offer a new and potentially powerful tool to teach skills that can teach and reinforce positive attitudes and behaviors and build motivation for change.
OnTrack>The Game is being developed to assist individuals participating in services, their family members and providers. It builds upon the findings of the NIMH RAISE-IES (Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode—Implementation and Evaluation Study, and is being developed by the Center for Social Innovation (C4) with Dr. Lisa Dixon and her team at the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc. (RFMH) at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University. Read more.