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.

Mobile Outreach Team (MOT)

Welcome Susanne Rios!


MHA is excited to welcome Susanne Rios as the Team Leader of the Mobile Outreach Team!

Susanne is licensed in Family and Marriage Therapy and a Certified Daring Way Facilitator, which is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The method was designed for work with individuals, couples, families, work teams, and organizational leaders. Susanne has been practicing since 2006 and just joined MHA after moving from Fairbanks, Alaska where she was a Military Family Life Counselor and Manager of Child and Family Life at a community mental health facility.  Susanne is an engaged mom of 3 children and is excited to be back working in the mental health field!

In 2016, MHA of Rockland was awarded an exclusive grant to work with people who had long-term inpatient psychiatric hospitalizations to regain a sense of independence through community integration, resource development and residential supports.

The Mobile Outreach Team (MOT) receives referrals from Rockland Psychiatric Center for individuals who are currently an inpatient but beginning their hospital discharge process.  We support individuals all the way from discharge planning to re-establishing community connections and to living independent and self-directed lives.  In general, MOT helps people live more independent and self-directed lives.

 

So what does that look like?

 

· Assisting in developing daily living skills—shopping, meal preparation, cleaning, personal hygiene, etc.

· Helping with learning public transit or other transportation needs

· Friendly companionship to reduce isolating tendencies

· Promoting social connections through day programs & community events

· Assisting with benefits management and other financial needs

· Providing additional medical and counseling supports

· Linking to extended services such as Care Management, Vocational Services or ongoing treatment programs

 

MOT is personalized to the needs and goals of each individual—allowing for unique and customized support.  To learn more about MOT, visit our website at http://www.mharockland.org/mot/

2018 Year in Review

By Stephanie Madison, President & CEO

As 2018 draws to a close, it’s important to reflect back and celebrate just a few of the many incredible accomplishments that we have achieved as an agency. It is truly our privilege to positively touch the lives of more than 5,000 community members a year, through more than 36 different programs and services designed to promote hope, offer help, and partner in healing. We could not be the agency we are today without our dedicated staff, committed Board Members, and wonderfully generous volunteers and donors. Please take time this holiday season to celebrate you, and all the ways in which you have supported MHA’s success in providing life-saving services. Below are just a few of our noteworthy accomplishments:

MHA won the 2018 Service Provider of the Year Award from the Rockland Economic Development Corporation
MHA opened the first integrated pharmacy in the Hudson Valley and the 3rd in NY State
MHA secured $705,000 in new funding through grants, contracts and fundraising
MHA was chosen to operate a gold star standard program for children known as Hi Fidelity Wrap Around
MHA was granted a new five year contract through Adult Career & Continuing Education Services to provide vocational services and supports to adults and young adults
MHA was chosen to operate a vocational program for youth known as Work Readiness Internship Development Experience (or WRIDE)
MHA, through CBHS, is now participating in a $2.6M Behavioral Health Care Collaborative grant, one of only two grant awards in the Hudson Valley region

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 all you do and all you are on our journey as we connect people, educate families and rebuild lives.