MHP Announcement on Treatment Advocacy Center Grades

Every year, the Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC) grades each state’s psychiatric outpatient commitment laws.

MHP President and CEO Michael Brody made the following statement: “MHP stands strongly against treatment practices that utilize coercive tactics. The criteria with which one is involuntarily committed is often not meaningful, relevant, or constitutional, and disregards an individual’s civil liberties. Receiving two “F’s” and “D” on this scale proves that Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey respect the individual’s self determination, and their right to be the decision-maker in their treatment plan. Rather than focusing on forced or coercive treatment, greater attention should be placed on increasing the array of services that people have available that they say work best for them.”

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National Voter Registration Day

MHP encourages you to make your voice heard by activating YOUR superpower ... the right to vote. Today is National Voter Registration Day and we want to make sure you'll be able to cast your ballot to support important issues such as access to treatment, funding for community based mental health services, behavioral health parity, and many others!

The Pennsylvania voter registration deadline is October 9th. You can register to vote online here: https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/pages/VoterRegistrationApplication.aspx

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AdvocacyNed Redmond
In South Philly, a long-hidden heroin crisis can’t be ignored anymore

Article by Aubrey Whelan.

In South Philadelphia, a community of tight neighborhoods and strong traditions, a long-hidden opioid crisis is starting to reveal itself.

At Broad and Snyder Streets, next to a booming restaurant row and a major transit hub, Destinie Campanella makes her rounds. She lugs a bag full of Narcan, the overdose reversal drug, and water bottles to the corner where a few people in addiction sleep on cardboard mattresses. It's a sight familiar a few miles away in the open-air heroin scene of Kensington, but not here.

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MHP in the NewsNed Redmond
"Almost Home" now on view!

MHP, in partnership with Mural Arts' Porchlight program, hosted our ribbon cutting ceremony on August 28th. The mural is a fantastic testament to the work that we do as ambassadors of hope and of the resilience and power of the individuals with whom we partner.

The mural is designed by artists Eric Okdeh and Alvin Tull and created in partnership with Mental Health Partnership’s A New Life Recovery and Education Center in West Philadelphia, and is now viewable at 885 N Preston Street in West Philly. 

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AnnouncementNed Redmond
Philadelphia Inquirer: Council MIA as overdose-crisis advocates march on City Hall. So I knock on doors.

“They blocked traffic. They held signs. They spoke of dead friends.

But the march for safe injection sites outside City Hall on Wednesday was encouraging — simply because advocates were bringing the fight downtown.

Of course, the politicians managed to hide anyway.

With 1,217 people dead from overdoses here in 2017, the highest rate of any major city, not a single City Council member bothered to show his or her face — if not in support of safe injection sites, at least in support of finding other measures to keep people alive.”

MHP’s own Carla Sofronski and Destinie Campanella are featured in the coverage of this protest.

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Pennsylvania DHS General Assistance is Back!

The following was announced by Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association:

PMHCA was a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the PA Department of Human Services that resulted in a unanimous PA Supreme Court decision to again make General Assistance available to people in Pennsylvania. The Mental Health Association in PA, a partner in many advocacy efforts, was also one of the several plaintiffs. Disability Rights PA represented our concerns about Act 80, a piece of legislation passed in 2012 during the Corbett administration which eliminated the General Assistance category.

Community Legal Services prepared a fact sheet providing this information.

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Farewell, Joseph and Susan!

Two titans of our world, Joseph and Susan Rogers retired from MHP today, June 29, 2018.  We celebrate this new chapter in each of their lives and are humbled and grateful for the decades of advocacy, leadership and powerful change that they authored not only for themselves, but alongside thousands of individuals living with a mental health condition.  Together, they insisted that we believe in hope, that our belief required action and then paved the way for us to build a bridge to hope -- through peer support, community inclusion, and demanding a seat at the table. Today, because of their work, thousands of people diagnosed with a mental health condition are living the lives they had always imagined for themselves.

Thank you, Joseph and Susan!  We wish you the best!

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Our Statement on Family Separation

Mental Health Partnerships (MHP) is shocked and horrified by the atrocities and human rights violations happening to families and children attempting to cross the United States southern border. Michael Brody, President and CEO of MHP, released the following statement in response:

“The traumatic events that the children and families are experiencing will impact their mental, physical and emotional health for years to come. Separating young children from their families, and forcing them to live in cages, will have long lasting effects on the parent-child relationship, and the children’s ability to form attachments. Extensive research shows the negative impact that trauma and toxic stress have on the brain despite the resilience of children, including experiencing symptoms related to post-traumatic stress disorder.

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