MHA was very pleased to have Kathy Dahlkemper, Erie County Executive, come by to meet with members of the Consumer Recovery Center. After a brief introduction, Ms. Dahlkemper provided some perspective of the differing roles of City, County and State government in provision of services. She then made herself available to speak with consumers about issues impacting them as individuals. Consumers presented issues in regards to housing, employment, and stigma/barriers impacting their access to resources critical to recovery and community inclusion.
Jun 27, 2017 Erie, PA
Ms. Dahlkemper was an attentive and supportive guest and we all greatly appreciate her ongoing interest in helping mental health consumers become active and participating members of the larger community. We will look forward to welcoming her back for future visits.
Support our Boots on Ground veterans services program by participating in the Golf Event scheduled for Jun 24, 2017 at the Mound Grove Golf Course in Waterford, PA. Registration time is 8:30AM.
Additional activities available will be a dinner at 4:00PM and helicopter rides at 6:00PM.
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MHA congratulates this year's "I'm The Evidence" award winners. Jack Halli, Aubrey Hohman, Albert Thebeault, and Jeremy Berquist were all present on Wednesday May 17th to receive their justly deserved honors for being exemplary of successful pursuit of mental health recovery. Each honoree represented different, very personal recovery journeys as is true of all consumers who develop a vision of a full and meaningful life that accommodates illness and is not dictated by it.
For 7 years MHA has been celebrating Mental Health Month with the ITE awards. Call for nominations go out to the community and are returned to MHA for committee consideration. This year we had 4 nominees and the committee determined that all qualified. We are very fortunate to have each of these inspiring individuals both as members of the mental health consumer community and as members of the larger Erie community. MHA wishes them continued success on their paths to recovery.
Sen. Dan Laughlin hosted a meeting at his office March 31, 2017 with MHA CEO, Bill Grove, Community Engagement Coordinator, Diana Ames, and Roy Remone, Compeer/Compeer Corps Coordinator for veterans from MHA in Butler. We had requested the meeting to talk about safe affordable housing options for low/very low income persons. Many of MHA’s members are in this income category and are living in spaces that are very poorly maintained, or are homeless. Sen. Laughlin was very receptive to this issue and expressed his own specific concern about the many persons released from prison environments who also struggle with housing issues due to the barriers to housing prompted by their history of incarceration. The discussion was highlighted by our interest in the tiny house phenomenon and its potential as a source for lease and home ownership for any of the low income populations represented at the table.
Senator Laughlin provided direction for immediate actions that we could undertake and suggested that he may be convening a forum for further discussions around the issue of safe affordable housing in Erie. We thank Sen. Laughlin for his attention to this matter and look forward to a continuing dialog and action on the issue.
For the past year Erie United Methodist Alliance volunteer Healthcare for the Homeless nurses have been coming to MHA monthly offering free health screenings to Recovery Center members. This preventative measure is helping those members who do not have regular medical attention, the opportunity to get a basic screening to determine if there are any medical conditions for which they should seek treatment. The EUMA nurses can direct members to sources for medical care when necessary. We greatly appreciate having the EUMA nurses on the premises to help our members pursue their physical health as well as their mental health.
The Second Chance Computer project at MHA, a program that connects used, working laptop computers to mental health consumers who have completed a basic computer skills training, has been out of laptops for months. Until we replenish our laptop supply, over 50 eligible persons will remain on an ever growing waiting list and remain computer illiterate.
Graduates of Second Chance Computers have found their lives transformed by gaining computer skills and access. They have been able to establish social networks, connect with recovery resources, and find jobs in the community because they can grab their laptop and get to a wi-fi site where they can now communicate effectively.
We need your help. We certainly need donations of individual, good working laptops that are no longer in use. But, we also know there are closets and storage rooms throughout the community where stockpiles of laptops that have outlived their usefulness for businesses and companies languish. MHA can use those laptops. If you work for a company that has such a cache of laptops or know of a company we might contact, please contact us. Call LuAnn at 452-4462 x126. Being unable to use a computer in the 21st century is a huge barrier in anyone’s future.
The Warming Center at MHA opens its doors whenever the overnight temperature will be 25 degrees or less, accepting anyone who needs to come in from the cold during overnight hours. All are welcome while they abide by basic rules of mutual respect. MHA provides shelter, safety, food, coffee, activities, conversation, support, and a place to "nap" for those needing to rest. Click on Icon just above this column.
Best to call early in the morning or late afternoon or most likely you will need to leave a message and number for them to call back. They can meet with you at their office or somewhere in the community. Homeless Case Management can be a good resource way to help someone with a mental health need find a place to live. Homeless case managers have expertise and resources others may not have. The case managers are in the emergency shelters almost every day.
The over-flow shelter location rotates through the community. Call to find the location and times it is open.
July 14 2017 Erie, PA
The 2017 Recovery Month theme, "Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities", celebrates people in recovery from mental and/or substance use disorders. This event increases awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, and promotes the message that behavioral health is essential to health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover.
The Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community was held at Beach 11 at Presque Isle State Park on Sat. June 3rd. It was a beautiful day and the event was well attended. The Warming Center at MHA was one of 23 organizations for which the Walk raised funds. We collected over $7,000 this year. MHA has participated in this event since its inception and will be back again next year.
We are very grateful to Highmark for sponsoring this event each year. It has always been a well organized and successful fundraiser for many Erie nonprofits. The move this year from Beach 1 to Beach 11 proved to be a good one and portends even more successful Walks in the future.
Thanks to all who gave to the Warming Center at MHA in this year’s Walk. If you thought you had missed the opportunity to support the Warming Center, you can still donate until June 30th by accessing the registration site:
30 June 2017 Erie, PA
A Graduation Ceremony was held on Friday June 30 at Blasco Library, Hirt Auditorium, Erie PA for 18 Certified Peer Specialists. Two instructors and three community speakers offered their congratulations and remarks. Graduates offered a list of characteristics that they had discovered in their classmates.
MHA, Warren State Hospital (WSH) External Advocate, Jodi Wilson, is pictured with Sara Lee Harris, WSH Certified Peer Specialist, at their exhibit table at Mental Health Awareness Day. WSH Administration requested they attend this event held at Strawberry Square in Harrisburg, PA, to share the Wellness Tool Boxes they and consumers at WSH have created to help consumers pursue and maintain wellness while on the various units at the state hospital. The boxes are full of written materials and activity ideas/materials that help consumers find creative ways to address stress and change. We congratulate and thank Sara Lee and Jodi for their innovation and successful introduction of this unique recovery oriented project at WSH.
Jodi Wilson & Sara Harris
The ABCs of Disclosure in the Workplace
If your bipolar disorder symptoms threaten your job security, it’s time to educate yourself about disability protections and whether you want to disclose your diagnosis.
Wentworth Miller’s Escape From Stigma
Finally free to be himself, the Prison Break star is helping others who struggle with depression or have faced adversity because of their sexuality.
Do you shop on Amazon? Now you can support Boots On Ground (BOG), the new MHA program supporting our veterans and families coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. With every purchase you make on Amazon Smile, .5% of the sale will be donated by Amazon to MHA for this veteran peer based program. Click on the Amazon Smile post above and happy shopping.
For more information on Boots On Ground, click on the BOG logo on the left side of this home page. Our veterans with invisible wounds need us so they can help each other.
Community Care, a nonprofit managed care organization, announces the schedule for the upcomming advisory meetings.
Meetings for Community Care Adult Members:
~ Adult Members Meetings ~
Meetings for Families of Members:
~ Family Meetings ~