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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.

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.

Spirituality and Mental Health Recovery Converence

Apr 17 2018 Erie, PA

"Connections", the 17th Annual Spirituality and Mental Health Recovery Conference is from 9:30AM to 4:00PM May 16, 2018. Lunch is included. Free to family menbers and mental health consumers.

Registration Info ~

LAUGHTER IN THE LIMELIGHT ACT II BRINGS IN OVER $4,000 FOR WARMING CENTER AT MHA

Apr 17 2018 Erie, PA</p>

It was another sold out event at Jr.'s Last Laugh Comedy Club on Wed. night March 21st as local television, radio personalities and elected officials graced the stage to show attendees how funny they can be. It proved to be an absolutely hilarious evening with the now infamous likes of Erie News Now Assignment Reporter John Last, Mayor Joe Schember, Jet 24/Fox 66 News Anchor Sean Lafferty, Erie Downtown Partnership Exec. John Buchna, Meteorologist Dan Rupp, Erie Western Port Authority Exec. Brenda Sandberg, Jet 24/Fox 66 Assignment Reporter Elena LaQuatra, and Lilly Broadcasting General Manager Pam Forsyth, and a bevy of other, now infamous personalities keeping us all in stitches. Harborcreek Township Supervisor and Voice of the Erie Otters Dean Pepicello served again as emcee of the show and was equally entertaining. As he did last year, John Groh organized all aspects of this annual event and made it a night to remember. He is truly a passionate supporter of programs for persons with mental health needs and their families. Proceeds from Laughter in the Limelight Act II went to the Warming Center at MHA and NAMI of Erie County, each of which received over $4,000.

We are so grateful to Mr. Groh, sponsors Jr.'s Last Laugh Comedy Club, Printing Concepts, Highmark, and the McDonald-Illig Law Firm, and all the local talent and the raffle basket donors who made the night so special. We also appreciate all those who attended this event. We know they had a good time and will be eager to make sure they get a ticket for next year's Laughter in the Limelight III. If you will be planning to attend next March, make sure you get your tickets early so you won't miss this opportunity to support valuable community programs while enjoying a delightful evening of fun and comedy.

Wellness Connection Clinic Helping Homeless And Low Income Get Healthy

Dec 6 2017 Erie, PA

Starting in September of this year, the MHA second floor has been host to an innovative, collaborative outreach program to bring healthy resources to the homeless and underserved members of our community. Spearheaded by the volunteer faith community nurses from the Erie United Methodist Alliance, a group of representatives including MHA, Community Health Net, and nursing programs from Gannon University and Edinboro University gathered beginning in the Spring to begin formulating a plan to put together a health resource clinic at MHA. The idea was to provide a drop-in service embedded in a site where qualifying individuals attend regularly, that could do basic health and needs assessments and have resource representatives available to connect consumers to services. This is a one year experiment in which data on effectiveness will be gathered. If successful, the program will continue and could be replicated at other sites where homeless and undeserved members of the community frequent.

The "Wellness Connection" is held at MHA on Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm. MHA members and anyone in the area is welcome to come by either to learn about the clinic services or get help with a health related issue in a holistic approach. The clinic offers accessible, patient-centered and trauma-informed care with an emphasis on an integrated healthcare model. Safe Harbor Behavioral Health of UPMC Hamot has a mental health therapist and blended case manager attending the clinic providing initial assessments for services. There are homeless housing assessments and referrals available to those in need. There is no cost for any of these services. Edinboro University Social Work Program is also helping coordinate services and provide follow-up and outreach to persons accessing the clinic services.

Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community 2018Register Now
for the 2018 Walk

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.

Register Now

It's Time To Make Your Nomination For The 2018 "i'm The Evidence" Awards

Apr 24 2018 Erie, PA

Know a mental health consumer who has a vision for a better future (s)he is pursuing? Please ask them if they would be willing to be a nominee for an "I'm The Evidence" award at this year's Mental Health Month Celebration at the MHA. If they say yes, complete a nomination form available on this site and send it in to the MHA by Mon. May 14, 2018. A selection committee will review all the nominations and will select 4 mental health consumers who, based on the merits of the written nominations, best exemplify mental health recovery in Erie County.

The Mental Health Month Celebration will be held on Wed. May 23rd at the MHA, 1101 Peach St., at 1PM. Nominators will also need to make sure the consumer they nominate can be available on this date to receive the award. We know there are many worthy candidates for this honor and look forward to reviewing the nominations. While not everyone will get an award, we believe the nomination alone is a great honor.

Nomination Form ~

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:
Adult Members Meetings ~

Meetings for Families of Members:
Family Meetings ~

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