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MHA IconMHA Welcomes

Oct 5 2018 Erie, PA

Mental Health Association of Northwestern PA is proud to welcome its new CEO, Pat Stucke (Miss Pat). Pat was MHA's former Operations Manager during the past 5 years. In all, she brings to the agency and community at large over 36 years of experience in the mental health field.

Pat is well prepared and honored to help continue and further the positive impact made by the former CEO, Bill Grove, who left quite a legacy following his 19 years of service at MHA.

"With new eyes and energy, I hope to continue the support that Bill gave so willingly and with such kindness and grace. Everyone deserves a safe environment, second chances and a time for recovery and healing in order to lead healthy, happy and meaningful lives. While I have a great supportive team surrounding me, I am extremely thankful for this opportunity and plan to put my best foot forward with heart and soul. I see many positive changes and growth happening presently and in the future for all involved at MHA."

CEO Pat Stukcke
CEO Pat Stucke

Surviving Major Depression

This essay by advocate Brian McLaughlin, lists several characteristics of Major Depressive Disorder. The secret to surviving, is the knowing that depression will end.

Surviving Major Depression ~

MHA IconDeparting CEO Bill Grove
Thanks Members and Staff.

Sep 9 2018 Erie, PA

Departing Chief Executive Bill Grove summarizes the highpoints of his service and recognizes the support of the members, staff and the community in his message.

Bill Grove Message ~

Erie Insurance LogoErie Insurance Giving Network

Jul 19 2018 Erie, PA

Erie Insurance has always been very supportive of the programs and services provided by organizations in our community such as the Mental Health Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania. It is in this spirit that Erie Insurance made a recent contribution to the Warming Center. We received a donation of $2,500 from Erie Insurance! This donation will provide 5 nights at the Warming Center which will give many the opportunity to get out of the cold and be in a safe place during the upcoming winter.

We are thankful for the kindness and thoughtfulness of the Erie Insurance Giving Network!

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.

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 ~

Veterans Day Breakfast
Sunday Nov 4, 2018

The Fifth Annual Veterans Day Breakfast is scheduled from 9:00AM to 11:30AM on Sunday, November 4th, 2018. Location is the Polish Falcons Club, 431 E 3rd St, Erie. Free to all Veterans and their families. No ID required.

Event Flyer ~

National Recovery Month LogoRecovery Celebration in Erie County, PA

Sep 11, 2018 Erie, PA

The Mental Health Association, in conjunction with Gaudenzia SHOUT and 25 other partnering agencies held a Recovery Celebration for the public on Tuesday, September 11th hosted by the Martin Luther King Center, 312 Chestnut St. Erie, PA. Speakers included County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper. Ms Dahlkemper presented the proclamation recognizing September as Natonal Recovery Month in Erie County and expressed her strong support for our recovery efforts. Over 200 people attended the event.

Additional Info and Event Photos ~

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.

Details of Event ~

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 ~

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.

Details of Event ~

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

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 ~