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.
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.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Valley Cottage – The Mental Health Association of Rockland County’s President and CEO,
Stephanie Madison, has received a $10k check from the Sterling National Bank Charitable Foundation to sustain the Discovering Tomorrow program, which serves youth ranging from 5-18 years of age. Discovering Tomorrow is an important component of the work MHA does with youth and the service it offers is recognized by the NYS Office of Mental Health as a critical tool to engage, connect and motivate young people who struggle with emotional disturbances, who are isolated and need help envisioning a hopeful future.
“Sterling National Bank has made it possible for us to continue to engage youth in talking about and realizing their hopes and dreams by connecting them to needed services and creating a team to support that child”.
MHA’s Case Managers in this program serve children who have serious emotional disturbances that impair their ability to function at home and/or school. The program is provided at no charge to the participants, so their inability to pay is never an impediment to receiving help. Discovering Tomorrow Case Managers are often the only consistent support to a child, as their behavioral difficulties typically cause considerable conflict in their relationships. Short-term, the goal is to help children and their families connect to services that will strengthen their participation in school, family relationships and social connections. Once these relationships are strengthened, the long-term goal is to reduce conflict and prevent hospitalization and out-of-home placement.
As per the NYS Coalition for Children’s Mental Health Services, an estimated 20% of youth receiving treatment for emotional or behavioral problems have either contemplated or attempted suicide. In addition, studies have shown that continuing in school through and beyond high school is strongly linked to longer life expectancies and increased lifetime earnings. “MHA serves over 100 youth per year across Rockland County and Sterling National Bank has allowed us to sustain an important program that benefits children and their families in the Rockland Community”.
For more information contact Velvet Reda (845) 267-2172, firstname.lastname@example.org
For immediate release
Event: Suicide Prevention Training June 2nd and 3rd
Contact: Sonia Wagner, Mental Health Association of Rockland, 845-267-2172, x323
The Mental Health Association of Rockland is offering a free two-day, highly interactive training on suicide prevention, called ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), to the general community on June 2nd and 3rd from 9am to 5pm (registration at 8:30am), with breakfast and lunch provided.
Through video, lecture, and roleplaying, participants will learn how to engage a person who has suicidal thoughts, help them to develop a safety plan, and connect them to additional supports if necessary.
“It is a kind of CPR class for suicide prevention,” said Sonia Wagner, executive vice president of the Mental Health Association. “So often people are afraid to ask a loved one about suicidal thinking. In fact, we find that a person who is thinking about suicide is generally relieved to discuss it and grateful that someone cared enough to ask.”
ASIST training has been delivered to over 500,000 people in more than ten countries.
The ASIST training will be offered at the Mental Health Association in Valley Cottage. To register, please call the Association at 845-267-2172, x320.