MHA’s Client and Family Advocate is here to help you and your family. Here’s how:

 

What is a Client and Family advocate?

 

A client and family advocate establishes foundation relationships to better assist clients and families in need of mental health services. The advocate will establish these relationships by listening to the clients’ concerns in order to determine the most appropriate programs for them.
 
What will the Client and Family Advocate do for me?

 

The Client and Family Advocate assists in navigating and connecting various mental health services offered in order for the individual to become self-sufficient and improve their quality of life based on their own preferences and personal goals. Functions of the Client and Family Advocate include but are not limited to;

 

* Connect the client and/or their family to existing community resources.
* Follow up with the client to ensure a positive connection was made.
* Respond to concerns raised by the client regarding the services provided.
* Show respect for the importance of the client and family’s cultural values.

 

Where can I speak to the Client and Family Advocate?

 

The Client and Family Advocate office is located at MHA. The Client and Family Advocate is focused on you so we are willing to best accommodate your needs and are flexible to meet at a place of your preference. You are welcome to simply call MHA to speak with a Client and Family Advocate over the phone if this better suits your needs.

 

Wendy Blanchard
Client & Family Advocate
Mental Health Association of Rockland County
140 Route 303
Valley Cottage, NY 10989
845-267-2172 x 296

 

 

Guest Speaker Dr. Mark Hatton, Psychologist, Will Appear at Parent and Teen Support Group for Mental Health Association on March 9th

On Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 the Mental Health Association of Rockland County, Inc. will continue its Parent Support Group and Teen Support Group for adolescents who have behavioral health challenges and their parents. The MHA is happy to announce that psychologist, Dr. Mark Hatton will be the guest speaker on March 9 at the parent meeting. Meetings are held monthly on Wednesdays as follows: March 9 April 13, May 11 and June 8. The MHA of Rockland is located at 140 Route 303, Valley Cottage, NY. The meetings are free; hours are 6:30 PM- 8:00 PM. Call Madlen Setian (845) 267-2172, ext. 281 to RSVP before attending and to insure that this is an appropriate event for you or your teen.

The groups are held to address the needs of adolescents who face the challenges of achieving mental health wellness, as well as to support parents and caregivers.

The Support Groups are generally held monthly September through June on the second Wednesday of the month unless otherwise announced. The two groups meet concurrently in the same building but adjacent rooms. The Parent Support Group is facilitated by two Parent Partners with long-time experience in this area, while the Teen Support Group is facilitated by two Children’s Case Managers.

“People in crisis come together because of mutual need and because they can often no longer cope alone with their condition. One of the simplest yet profound benefits reported by people attending a self-help group is that of ‘no longer feeling alone’.” www.anxietycare.org.uk/
Teens have an opportunity to participate in a monthly event where they can enjoy socializing with other teens.

Parents share personal experiences with other members of the group,
have an opportunity to address concerns, share successes, and gather information through direct and indirect participation. Occasionally, guest speakers may attend the group to present topics of interest.

To download a printable flyer for this event, please click here.