Pro Act Recovery Walks!

Saturday, September 21st, Mental Health Partnerships participated in the annual Pro Act Recovery Walks! down at Penn's Landing. Thousands in recovery and those that support them walked in solidarity to commemorate and celebrate recovery in all forms.

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Gregory Fortunato
Broad-based Categorical Eligibility and School Meals

The Trump administration recently proposed a rule to gut states’ option to use broad-based categorical eligibility (Cat El) for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). If adopted, the rule would eliminate SNAP benefits for 3.1 million people, and jeopardize more than 500,000 children’s access to free school breakfast and lunch.

With the attack on general assistance already affecting so many, including Mental Health Partnerships participants and their families, we must make our voices heard on this matter.

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Gregory Fortunato
World Suicide Prevention Day

Today, September 10th, 2019, is World Suicide Prevention Day. Mental Health Partnerships is committed to spreading awareness, education and support. SUICIDE IS THE 10TH LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH FOR ADULTS AND IS THE 2ND LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH FOR INDIVIDUALS AGE 15-34. 9 MILLION PEOPLE experience thoughts of suicide EVERY YEAR.

We can all take action to prevent suicide and provide support. Despite these concerning numbers, suicide is preventable. With the right resources and intervention, individuals can find help or learn how to provide support to others, potentially saving lives.

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Gregory Fortunato
Support MHP's very own Evan Figueroa-Vargas as he strives to become the next Health Hero champion.

It took weeks of working through nominations, but we’ve settled on 10 semifinalists who represent the diversity and innovation of Philadelphia’s health and wellness scene perhaps better than any other crop of candidates we’ve seen. Although they might stand behind different causes, they all have one singularly important characteristic in common: They care about the future of humanity.

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Gregory Fortunato
Latinos in Recovery offers culturally sensitive addiction support

“I recall it still being very challenging even though I knew how to read and write English,” Figueroa-Vargas said. “I couldn’t get into treatment.”

The Latinos in Recovery group aims to create an atmosphere that is culturally sensitive to the needs of the Latinx community. The group focuses on addiction recovery, but participants are not limited to talking about that topic.

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Gregory Fortunato
NJ Harm Reduction Workshop

Carla Sofronski, Program Manager of Adult Advocacy attended The New Jersey Harm Reduction Workshop hosted by the New Jersey Department of Public Health in Trenton. Law enforcement, providers and harm reduction advocates came together to discuss the importance of “meeting people where they are” and implementing more strategies that are person-centered through the lens of harm reduction. In 2018 alone, the Department of Health reported 3,118 overdose deaths in New Jersey.

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In Georgia, peer providers bring lived experience and a focus on recovery to the behavioral health workforce.

The Powell Building faces a grassy quad with a pecan grove, lined on either side by red-brick buildings with white pillars and porches. The paint is peeling, windows are boarded up or agape with broken-out glass, but the grass stays neatly mowed. At its peak in the late 1950s, Central State Hospital—once called the Georgia Lunatic Asylum—housed more than 12,000 patients, making it the largest such facility in the world.

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Gregory Fortunato
MHP Goes International!

We are very flattered that the Honourable Cameron Friesen, Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living for Manitoba, Canada and his team sought us out to talk about mental health, addictions and peer specialist support services while they are in Philadelphia for the BIO International Convention.  

We enjoyed the exchange and look forward to more conversations with them about addressing mental health and addiction needs on both sides of the border.

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NAMI Walk

Thank you to Lauren Flynn, our Bucks and Montgomery County Division Director, and everyone that joined Team MHP for the Nami Walk on Saturday!

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Janine Weeks