Zero Suicide Initative

By Stephanie Madison, President & CEO

 

MHA of Rockland is embracing Zero Suicide. Zero Suicide is a commitment to suicide prevention in health and behavioral health care systems that includes a specific set of tools and strategies. It is both a concept and a practice that works to improve care and outcomes for individuals at risk of suicide, aspiring to reduce the number of deaths by suicide to zero. The initiative represents a commitment to client safety, the most fundamental responsibility of health care, and also to the safety and support of clinical staff, who do the demanding work of treating and supporting suicidal clients.

The programmatic approach of Zero Suicide is based upon a model of eight essential elements:

1. Lead – Create a leadership-driven, safety-oriented culture committed to dramatically reducing suicide among people under care. It includes survivors of
suicide attempts and suicide loss in leadership and planning roles.
2. Train – Develop a competent, confident, and caring workforce.
3. Identify – Systematically identify and assess suicide risk among people receiving care.
4. Engage – Ensure every individual has a pathway to care that is both timely and adequate to meet his or her needs. Include collaborative safety planning and
restriction of lethal means.
5. Treat – Use effective, evidence-based treatments that directly target suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
6. Transition – Provide continuous contact and support, especially after acute care.
7. Improve – Apply a data-driven quality improvement approach to inform system changes that will lead to improved patient outcomes and better care for those at risk.

We are enormously grateful that three members of our staff have been trained in the initiative, and will be serving as our Zero Suicide Champions. Our launch has begun with an organizational assessment and a workforce survey that will result in data for analysis to improve staff training and client services. We will also be engaging in a nationwide Zero Suicide Community, collaborating with other health care and behavioral health providers, receiving technical assistance, sharing challenges and success stories. We are inspired to embrace the difficult work ahead as we continue to provide trauma informed care, reduce stigma, educate the public, and create healthier communities.

MHA Year in Review

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.

Safe Haven Welcomes Rockland Residents

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.

PROS Offered in Adult Homes

The talented and dedicated staff of MHA of Rockland literally and figuratively “meet people where they are at.” We engage individuals in a strength based, recovery oriented way to help them concretize the goals that they wish to achieve. We do the bulk of this work in the community, in people’s homes, schools, job sites, and community centers, allowing for greater access to and comfort with services. MHA Rockland has now embarked upon another new program which holds true to this piece of our mission.

 

In June 2017, administrative and clinical staff of our PROS program (Personalized Recovery Oriented Services program) began running therapeutic groups in several of the adult homes in the Rockland community. These groups use art therapy, recreational therapy, and social skill building as ways to engage residents in the homes. Participation is voluntary, and is designed to be short term. It allows individuals to connect to others in a meaningful way, as well as get a taste of what our PROS program is like. In many cases, it results in people applying to and being accepted into our Valley Cottage PROS program. These experiences and connections are beneficial to the participants in enriching their lives and addressing their mental health needs. They are similarly beneficial for the proprietors of the adult homes in creating a more stimulating and fulfilling environment. It is truly a “win win” initiative for all.