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MHA IconMHA Consumer Center
Is Reopening
Mon, May 11th

May 7 2020 Erie, PA

MHA's Consumer Center is reopening on Monday, May 11th at 10am.
To maintain the maximum number of people allowed to gather including members and staff, only 10 members who are unhoused will be permitted in the Consumer Center at any given time until further notice.
The Consumer Center Staff will conduct COVID-19 screenings of members one at a time prior to entry into the Consumer Center. Members will be provided a cloth mask to wear while at MHA.
The Consumer Center will be open on Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fridays from 10am-3:30pm and Wed from 11am-3:30pm.
We will revise this entry process as needed to keep all safe and well during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

We are all in this together!

Stay safe and well.

Patricia Stucke, CEO
Mental Health Association
of Northwestern Pennsylvania

Warming Center at MHA IconWarming Center Supporters Thanked

Jul 5 2019 Erie, PA

We express our gratitude for donations to the Warming Center at MHA for this past winter!

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Warming Center at MHA IconAdditional Warming Center Supporters Thanked

Aug 13 2019 Erie, PA

We extend our gratitude to these additional donors to the Warming Center at MHA for this past winter!

Complete Article ~

Erie County Care Management IconRecovey: In Search of Self

Advocate Brian McLaughlin advises that you must actively engage in the work needed to bring about your own recovery and offers several ideas for a successful plan.

Recovery: In Search of Self ~

Community Care Behavioral Health, Erie County, Advisory Board Meeting Schedule

Jul 26 2019 Erie, PA

Let your voice be heard! Community Care Behavioral Health, a nonprofit managed care organization, announces the schedule for the upcoming behavioral health care services and programs advisory meetings.

Please note:

  • The Parent Family Advisory meeting is only for parents whose children live with them and are receiving services.
  • Registration for the Adult Member Advisory meeting in November will not open until 2 weeks before the meeting, so members will have to wait to RSVP for that meeting.

Advisory Meeting Schedules:

Adult Members Schedule ~

Family Members ~

Erie PrideFest held June 29

Jul 6 2019 Erie, PA

The Mental Health Association as well as other local agencies and vendors participated in the 27th Annual Erie PrideFest presented by Erie Insurance. The event started with a march from The Zone at 133 West 18th St and ended at Perry Square. For the first time, the event included vendors and agencies on both sides of Perry Square.

Attendies at Pridefest
Front: David Wooledge, Tine Richardi, Amber Earthman
Back: Hillary Palczer & Crystal Fehlman

Over 2,000 people were in attendance, making this the largest Pride celebration Erie has had. Mayor Joe Schember was in attendance, delivering a proclamation that June 29th be recognized as Pride Day in Erie.

Mayoral Procamation
Mayoral Procamation

For information on how to become involved with PrideFest and other local events for the LGTBQIA+ community, please visit:
NW PA Pride alliance at https://www.nwpapride.org/
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) at http://greatereriealliance.com/.

Walk for a Healthy Community Icon

May 19 2020 Erie, PA

You can help support the Warming Center at MHA by participating in Highmark's Walk for a Healthy Community.

Due to COVID19 and the new social distancing guidelines, the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community has now become a "Virtual Walk"!! A virtual walk is a real walk, but it's on your terms!
Anytime between May 9th and June 30th, you choose how and when you walk (treadmill, park or trail, or just around the neighborhood). It's your choice!! You pick the time, place, and when you start and stop!
Anyone raising a minimum of $15.00 will receive a t-shirt!
Use the link below to register to Walk for a Healthy Community and support the Warming Center at the Mental Health Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania.

Register for Walk 2020 ~

Warming Center at MHA Icon2020 Calendar Sale
Support the Warming Center at MHA

Support our Warming Center with the purchase of 2020 calendars. For $10.00 each, these make great stocking stuffers or gifts for friends and family.

Please see, call or e-mail Tina for details. Ph: 814-452-4462 X 102, or email trichardi at mhanp.org

MHA 2020 Calendar Front

MHA 2020 Calendar Page

MHA IconMHA Volunteers Aid Two Families In Time of Distress

Jan 23 2020 Erie, PA

Giving Back.
There is a Chinese saying that states, "If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody".

Part of our commitment to Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Recovery is providing service to others. We believe that supporting others through hope, support, and encouragement is one of the best ways to promote recovery. We have had the opportunity to help others in need in our community through our volunteer program.

As we know, the holidays can be difficult for many. A local family experienced difficulties when their house was destroyed by a fire on December 11, 2019. The house was a total loss. Our volunteers at MHA were able to help the family in need by sorting through clothing donations and finding items that would fit five children, ranging in age from 10 years to 10 months old. The volunteers were able to fill three large boxes with clothing that were given to the family on December 20, 2019.

We have also been able to be of service to a young woman who recently regained custody of her 8 year-old son. Our volunteers found items specific to the child's needs, focusing on school clothes, shoes, and athletic wear.

Through helping others we help ourselves and learn the meaning of selflessness, compassion, and love. We don't all have money in our hands that we can share, but we do have the gift of time.

National Recovery Month IconMHA participated in Erie County's 16th Annual Recovery Celebration

Sep 24 2019 Erie, PA

The Mental Health Association of NW PA participated in Erie County's 16th Annual Recovery Celebration. The theme of this year's celebration was "Join the Voices of Recovery: Together we are Stronger". The entire community came together to celebrate recovery and those who are at all stages of recovery. Erie City Mayor Joe Schember and Gary Lee from the County Executive's Office gave Proclamations declaring September 2019 as National Recovery Month in Erie. Over 200 people attended the event and participated in giveaways, a light lunch, and learning about Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol resources throughout our community.

The event also included speakers who spoke about their personal journey through recovery as well as the presentation of the annual Susan P. Esper Awards. MHA's own Hillary Palzcer received a Susan P. Esper Award for her dedication to her ongoing recovery and service to our community. Plus the MHA's Former Program/Volunteer Coordinator, Rita Wheeler, was awarded the Community Award for her countless years of selfless dedication to past Recovery Events.

Hillary Palzcer
MHA's Hillary Palzcer

Rita Wheeler Community Award ~

Erie County Proclamation ~

City of Erie Proclamation ~