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MHA Corry Outreach Resumes

Jul 16 2018 Corry, PA

MHA has been invited to return to Corry to offer some peer based support opportunities. Diana Ames and Michelle Mennini have been visiting the Grove Personal Care Home(PCH) in Corry over the past 4 months and it has been a very enjoyable experience. By developing strong, supportive relationships with the residents and listening without judgement, they have been encouraging the residents to share personal stories and the results have been amazing. Residents offer ideas to each other and to MHA. They have become more active in the PCH. They are developing healthy and positive interests. "I personally think that the residents are much more active in our group and they themselves have offered constructive responses to questions asked both by us and their fellow residents. We all listen to each other without being judgmental", says Diana. Participants have stated how much they look forward to the "visits", as they call them. "We used to throw out ideas for activities and events but that is no longer necessary. The group often has an agenda each week before MHA gets there" reports Michelle; case in point, a picnic. When it was suggested, a discussion was started and by the time the facilitators returned the following week, the group had come up with several options. "Last week, several of the residents shared how much they enjoy having us come and visit. And they can't wait for the picnic in the back yard", says Diana.

Along with the PCH group, a group that used to meet at Corry Counselling Services is resurrecting. Diana and Michelle are looking forward to doing two support groups at Corry Counseling; one with folks that have serious mental illness and the other will be folks who are dual diagnosed. MHA is very pleased to be able to join with both Grove PCH and Corry Counselling services in support of peer based recovery programming.

National Recovery Month LogoSeptember is National Recovery Month

Jun 7 2018 Erie, PA

Participate in 2018 National Recovery Month, "Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community" on Sept 11th 2018 from 11:30AM to 1:30PM at the MLK Center, 312 Chestnut St, Erie 16507. Enjoy refreshments with speakers, providers and recovery award recipients. This is our 15th year of celebrating recovery from mental and/or substance use disorders. This event increases awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders. It promotes this message: behavioral health is essential to health, prevention works, treatment is effective and that people recover.

~ Award Nomination ~

~ Save the Date ~

~ Table Registration ~

Erie County Treatment Court holds Graduation

Jun 21, 2018 Erie, Pa

The Erie County Treatment Court held its thirty-fifth (35th) Graduation on Thursday (6/21/18).Eleven people graduated and three people were released early from supervision.

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4 Consumers Receive "I'm The Evidence" Award Honors At Annual MHA Celebration

On Wed May 23rd four mental health consumers were honored for their commitment and successes in their journeys toward mental health and substance abuse recovery. For the 7th consecutive year, MHA held its I'm The Evidence award ceremony as part of its May is Mental Health Month celebration. The call for nominations was sent out across Erie County and MHA received 8 nominations. A committee of four MHA staff was convened to review all nominations and select four who best represent the hope and inspiration of recovery. Rick Albertson, Grace Lukawski, Hillary Palczer, and Annette R. Bliss (posthumous) were selected as this year's honorees. As is the usual practice, nominators were requested to read the summaries they submitted as part of the ceremonies.

We congratulate this year's I'm The Evidence Award recipients. Each of their stories is an inspiring example of how mental health recovery is achievable. As we consider nomination an honor in its own right, nominees Emily Burkhart (a previous award recipient), Melvin Edmunds, Carla Kurpiewski, and Crystal VanDresar received framed certificates.

Receiving ITE Award
Hillary Palczar, Rick Albertson, Bob Bliss (Annette Bliss in framed picture), Bill Grove MHA CEO, Grace Lukawski

The four recipients' individual nominations are available below:

Annette Bliss ~
Grace Lukawski ~
Hillary Palczar ~
Rick Albertson ~

Community Care, Erie County, Meeting Schedule

Jan 2 2018 Erie, PA

Community Care, a nonprofit managed care organization, announces the schedule for the upcomming advisory meetings.

Meetings for Community Care Adult Members:
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Meetings for Families of Members:
Family Meetings ~

MHA Prepares For Change In Leadership

May 3 2018 Erie, PA

After 19 years at the helm of MHA, Bill Grove will be stepping down as CEO at the end of September. The MHA Board of Directors has been diligently getting input from MHA consumers and staff, and consulting with Adam Bratton from the Nonprofit Partnership as they prepare to launch the search for Bill's successor.

Property Monitor Volunteers Helping Keep Neighborhood Safe And Friendly

Jun 27 2018 Erie, PA

Throughout the week anybody coming by the 11th and Peach Street area will be noticing one or two members from the MHA and the Upper Room of Erie wearing safety attire and patrolling. These volunteers are offering directions, reminding fellow members about smoking and loitering rules, chatting with passers by and watching for any potential safety or conflict issues.

This initiative began several months ago with the Upper Room taking the lead. MHA is now pleased to have identified a couple of members to increase the area patrolled and continue the efforts to make our neighborhood a more safe and friendly area for all. Reality dictates that due to the nature of some forms of mental illness and the social ravages of poverty, sometimes behavioral issues will erupt in our neighborhood. With the help of the Safety and Property Monitors we will be better able to intervene and minimize the impacts of these instances.

We thank our members for taking on this charge and, by doing so, offering the community one of hundreds of examples of mental health consumers assuming responsible roles in our city.

Warming Center Fundraiser Held In Memory of Marti Canfield

Jun 5 2018 Erie, PA

A luncheon as a memorial for Marti Canfield was organized by Lisa Owen and Nancy Roebke. The attendees donated a total of $602 to the Warming Center at MHA in her memory.

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Warming Center Supporters Recognized

Jun 14 2018 Erie, PA

We express our gratitude to our donors for their support of the Warming Center at MHA

Complete Article ~

New Position of Health Navigator Strengthens Wellness Connection Clinic at the MHA

May 2 2018 Erie, PA

Emily Bond, MHA Masters Social Work Intern, Pat Stucke and Bill Grove from MHA, and Barb Lewis, Healthcare for the Homeless Partnerships Coordinator attended a luncheon hosted by the Hamot Health Foundation at the Ambassador Conference Center on April 24, 2018. A collaborative grant application effort by Emily Bond and Pat Stucke had been successful. They submitted the grant application to the foundation for the creation of a new part time position, Health Navigator at MHA, who will provide services to persons involved in the Wellness Connection. MHA was one of fourteen agencies awarded a $21,000 grant which will begin on July 1, 2018.

The Wellness Connection (WC) began on September 15, 2018 on the second floor of MHA. The WC provides services on Fridays from 10am-2pm. The WC is a free drop-in clinic at MHA for individuals experiencing homelessness and who are considered underserved members of the Erie community. The WC emphasis is an integrated, collaborative healthcare model that offers accessible, patient-centered, culturally sensitive and trauma-informed care by volunteers and/or paid staff from MHA, Erie United Methodist Alliance Health Care for the Homeless Partnerships, Faith Community Nurses of Northwestern Pennsylvania, Community Health Net, Safe Harbor Behavioral Health of UPMC, Lake Shore Community Services, Stairways Behavioral Health, Widget Financial, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Gannon University. The Wellness Connection has provided services to over 120 individuals within the past six months. The WC collaborating partners had begun to see the need for additional outreach which created the concept of the Health Navigator.

The Health Navigator will focus on the model of "For Them, With Them, By Them." The Health Navigator will empower persons who are experiencing homelessness and/or considered to be underserved in the community, with self-managing their health care needs and use of health care services. Service recipients will be taught skills to be assertive and effective self-managers of healthcare services so that their interactions with healthcare providers will be more effective. We are excited about this new opportunity!

Receiving Grant Check
Emily Bond, Pat Stucke, Bill Grove, and Barb Lewis