As of late, more service providers are recognizing the importance of paying attention to the whole person, not just the diagnosis (although a diagnosis is a crucial beginning). Recipients of various services are saying loudly, “We are more than a diagnosis. We are not a set of symptoms that can be medicated or counseled away. We are complex and we want service providers to pay attention to and help us with what matters to us!”
At the Program for Self-Discovery- Change Happens- (a/k/a PROS) we have been looking at the whole person for some time. We embrace a model of inclusion and wholeness that invites the person in treatment to be an integral part of the treatment approach. We focus on concerns that extend beyond the diagnosis and the symptoms that impact the quality of life.
We look at what the person wants to do with his life and then set out to help him face and remove the barriers that prohibit him from accomplishing those goals. We offer traditional tools such as counseling, medicines and clinical strategies, as well as addressing diet, exercise and gaining a positive outlook.
Most recently we initiated two new groups based on feedback from the participants that reflect the importance of considering the whole person. One group is a healthy eating class and the second is a volunteer group.
The healthy eating class helps participants think about what they are eating, what they are buying and how they can shop and cook to improve their health and general outlook on life. This group includes outings to local supermarkets to read labels and compare prices to make the best choices. The group will culminate with the participants purchasing the necessary ingredients, cooking and sharing a healthy meal.
The volunteer group supports people facing social anxiety. In this group, participants as a group research and engage in volunteer activities in the community. Many of the participants want to work or contribute to society in a way that is meaningful. However, the grips of anxiety get in the way of them accomplishing the goal. To help move past this barrier, the group will participate in a shared volunteer activity. In this way, each one gets the support of the other as they learn how to interact in a work-like setting.
In these two very specific ways, PROS continues to adapt its services beyond the group room to the community where the participants work and live.
MHA’s Rockland Success Team is proud to present our Annual “What’s Cool” Conference “It’s a Girl’s World – A Survival Guide for Today!”
Each year we address the current concerns that girls are facing in terms of self-confidence, exploring tools for success, understanding parents, thinking about positive role models, and finding purpose and happiness in life.
This program attracts 100 girls each year from grades 7 to 12 from Rockland County schools. All girls in grades 7 through 12 are welcome to attend and become more empowered!
This year’s event will take place at the Finkelstein Library, Fielding Room at 24 Chestnut Street in Spring Valley NY on Saturday March 24, 2018 from 1:30 to 3 pm. Doors open at 1 pm and admission ends at 1:30 pm. We cannot admit younger siblings.
Each girl receives refreshments, a goody bag and 2 hours of community service credit for college applications.
If you have questions please call 845 267 2172 x324.
By President & CEO Stephanie Madison
As we begin a new year, we look back with gratitude and pride in all that the clients and staff of MHA of Rockland accomplished in 2017. Here are just a few highlights that reflect our passion for and commitment to partnering with community members in the spirit of health and healing:
- 94% of our clients in Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) maintained stable housing. This outcome is particularly significant as individuals in ACT are at especially high risk of losing their housing due to complications from serious mental illness.
- 100% of children and adolescents in our Care Management program stayed out of the hospital for mental health conditions
- 92% of individuals in our Adult Care Management program did not require inpatient psychiatric treatment
- 80% of individuals who graduated clean and sober from our Recovery Services program had been engaged with us for over six months. This statistic is crucial as data reveals that longer term engagement is the foundation for sustained recovery.
- More than 1,000 Rockland County community members received education and training from MHA staff on various behavioral health topics including suicide prevention, signs and symptoms of addiction, life-saving drug overdose interventions, and mental wellness.
2018 looks bright. We are embarking on new initiatives and projects that will continue to propel our mission driven services and strengthen the impact we have on those we serve. We are confident that our reach will expand, and that those who need us most will have greater access to our resources. This is all possible due to the remarkable work of our staff, Board, donors, and community partners. For this, we offer our appreciation and gratitude, looking forward with hope and inspiration.
It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is already upon us. While many of us look forward to this time of year with wonder and delight, the cold winter months can present challenges for many of our community members who face housing instability and homelessness. In this vein, we are proud to announce that we have partnered with the Rockland County Department of Social Services and Helping Hands to be part of the new Warming Center called Safe Haven now open for Rockland County residents. MHA of Rockland will be providing peers, people with lived experience of mental health and/or substance use issues, to work in the center Monday through Friday. These individuals will offer encouragement, support, assessment services and linkage to resources as a part of an organized effort to tackle homelessness in Rockland County. Our selection as a valued partner is yet another example of our innovation, our reputation, and our proven ability to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
From our MHA family to yours: we wish you peace, love, and prosperity in the coming year. May your days be filled with joy and contentment. Thank you for supporting our mission driven services, and joining us on our journey as we connect people, educate families and rebuild lives.
Rockland County Times Article
The Rockland County Times recently published an article The Opioid Epidemic: How the Pharmaceutical Insdustry, Doctors and Insurance Companies Play a Role about the opioid crisis, with contributions from MHA’s former Medical Director Dr. William Greenberg. See the below link for the full article: