Westchester native Samantha Levine, owner of Auburn Jewelry, is using her talent to help raise awareness for mental health with a new collection of hand-crafted pendants and cufflinks. Designed in memory of her dear friend Jeff Klein, who died by suicide in 2010, the thoughtful "j" design was also inspired by Project Semicolon, a national movement to spread hope and love to those with mental health issues.
The Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA) was pleased to open the doors of its recently renovated Mount Kisco clinic for a special community open house on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. The event, which welcomed fellow community organizations, highlighted the array of person-centered and trauma-informed services offered by the clinic.
On Tuesday, June 22nd, we celebrated the incredible men and women who devote their time as Court Appointed Special Advocates, Visit Hosts and Sterling Community Center volunteers with a special appreciation luncheon. Jimmy, who developed a long-lasting relationship with his CASA advocate while he was in foster care, so eloquently summed up the importance of our volunteer's service: "You and I are walking manifestations of how a little kindness can provide light in a dark place." Thank you to all of our volunteers - your commitment and care make all the difference in each life you touch!
Congratulations to our 10 new Court Appointed Special Advocates, who were sworn in by the Honorable Kathie E. Davidson, Supervising Judge, 9th Judicial District in White Plains on Wednesday, June 1st! Nearly 600 children in Westchester County are living in foster care homes, and many more are at risk of placement into the foster care system.
The New York Bar Foundation recently presented a grant to The Mental Health Association of Westchester to support the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, which trains volunteers to advocate for children who are in foster care or at risk for foster care. “CASAs” monitor and report on the physical health, behavioral health and education needs of children and fulfill their role through telephone and face-to-face contacts with the child, biological and foster parents, case managers and other service providers involved in the child’s life.