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.
Job postings are up now on the MHA website, NPP website and will appear in the Erie Times-News and GoErie.com. The initial search will be primarily focused on local outreach. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. As always, MHA encourages qualified mental health consumers to submit applications. Applications will be accepted through the month of May, 2018.
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.
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:
Mar 9 2018 Erie, PA
Now is the time to register to participate with the Mental Health Association of Northwestern PA in the Walk for a Healthy Community presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Beach 11, Presque Isle State Park, Erie, PA.
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!
Emily Bond, Pat Stucke, Bill Grove, and Barb Lewis