MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF ROCKLAND AND GENOA HEALTHCARE OPEN NEW INTEGRATED PHARMACY

MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF ROCKLAND AND GENOA HEALTHCARE OPEN NEW INTEGRATED PHARMACY

• Genoa Healthcare will provide full on-site pharmacy services and an integrated care team approach within the Mental Health Association of Rockland in Valley Cottage, NY
• MHA of Rockland CEO Stephanie Madison will speak about how the integrated pharmacy model improves medication adherence and healthcare outcomes for clients with behavioral health conditions

WHAT: State legislative leaders will join MHA of Rockland and Genoa Healthcare leaders for the grand
opening of a new on-site pharmacy. Clients receiving pharmacy services in the same facility as their care can more easily obtain medications, leading to improved medication adherence and lower rates of hospitalization and emergency care. Genoa Healthcare is the leading provider of pharmacy, telepsychiatry and medication management services for individuals with behavioral health conditions.

The grand opening, which coincides with Mental Health Awareness Month, will include a ribbon cutting and remarks from MHA of Rockland and Genoa Healthcare leaders. Lunch will be available immediately following.

WHO: Stephanie Madison, CEO and President, MHA of Rockland
Suzanne Tamer, Director of Operations, Genoa Healthcare
Iman Badawy, Pharmacy Site Manager
David Carlucci, New York State Senator, Chairman of Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
Ellen Jaffee, New York State Assembly Member
Kenneth Zebrowski, New York State Assembly Member
Ed Day, County Executive

WHEN: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Noon – Ribbon-cutting and remarks

WHERE: Mental Health Association of Rockland
140 Route 303, Suite H
Valley Cottage, NY 10989

About Mental Health Association of Rockland
The Mental Health Association of Rockland has a 68 year history of providing outstanding services to more than 50,000 Rockland residents since their inception in 1951. They have grown from a grassroots organization, to the premier provider of behavioral health services in the community, engaging more than 5,000 individuals annually. MHA of Rockland consistently strives to improve the quality of life for those affected by mental health and/or substance use issues. They offer a vast array of therapeutic services, with most programs offered in people’s homes, schools, and workplaces. At their location in Valley Cottage, and in the community based sites, they work tirelessly to connect people, educate families, and rebuild lives.
About Genoa Healthcare
Genoa Healthcare has been serving the behavioral health community for nearly 20 years, providing pharmacy services, telepsychiatry and medication management solutions. Today, Genoa Healthcare serves 800,000 individuals annually in 47 states and the District of Columbia, and fills more than 15 million prescriptions per year. Genoa Healthcare has more than 450 pharmacies located onsite within community mental health centers. Genoa Healthcare is part of OptumRx, a leading pharmacy care services company.
Media Contact:

MHA of Rockland
Velvet Reda
Phone: 845-267-2172 Ext. 257 | redav@mharockland.org

Mindfulness in the Age of Anxiety

By Lynda Guzman, Director of ACT

 

Mindfulness and Anxiety are two ever-present buzz words in today’s media (both social and formal) which mirrors professional discussions concerning the harmful effects of anxiety and stress on the body and mind. Webster’s Dictionary defines anxiety as “an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physical signs (such as tension, sweating, and increased pulse rate), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one’s capacity to cope with it” Clearly this describes many of the issues that have caused angst for people today.  The best remedy available (without prescriptions) is the practice of mindfulness.

 

Mindfulness has been defined as “an act of consciously focusing the mind in the present moment without judgement and without attachment to the moment.” (Linehan 2015) It seems so simple but is excruciatingly difficult in this age of heightened stress.  Many people are struggling with how to control their anxiety and how to live their best possible life.  The answer can be found in creating a meaningful mindfulness practice that honors the best of today while honing the skills that one might need for tomorrow.

Meditation is a form of mindfulness where the practitioner focuses on one thing (Beit their breath, a focal point outside of themselves, or some type of counting exercise) for a specific time period which allows the person to connect with that moment.  This type of activity is considered a grounding exercise and can be used in times of high stress as well as part of a daily ritual.  Meditation can also be used to focus one’s energy in the sense of an internal monologue about an aspect of one’s life such as “I will think through all the options before making a decision about my next vacation.”

 

Mindfulness can also be the totality of one’s senses in any given moment.  An example of this can be found in weight loss programs where the program will encourage the participant to use all their senses while eating. “I see a lush red strawberry with small seeds dotting the outside.  The strawberry feels bumpy as I hold it in my hand.  There is a slightly sweet earthy aroma. I hear the gentle smack of my lips as I bite into the strawberry.  I taste the sweetness which fills my mouth.”  This is the total berry experience.  Obviously, this can be done at any moment and in any set of circumstances.  Occasionally, when someone has difficulty with panic or high levels of anxiety, a mental health professional will suggest a naming exercise where the person will name all of the blue things in their environment or all the things that begin with the letter T.

 

NEW TIMES and DATES for SOS

The SOS (Survivors of Suicide) Group meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month at MHA (The Mental Health Association of Rockland County) at 140 Route 303, Valley Cottage, NY 10989 from 7 to 8:30 pm in Room 132.

The group provides support to individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide.

The death of a loved one through any cause is painful, but losing someone we love to suicide adds another layer of pain and emotions to the experience of loss.

Please call 845-267-2172 x324 for questions or attend the meeting. No registration required.

Resources:

American Foundation of Suicide Prevention    Toll-Free: 1-888-333-AFSP (2377)

 

To download a flyer for the SOS Group, please click here.

Making Your Mark in the World!

MHA’s Rockland Success Team is proud to present our Annual “What’s Cool” Conference “Making Your Mark in the World!”

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 a purposeful future leading to happiness in life.

This program attracts 100 girls each year 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 April 6th, 2019 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.