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OMHSAS Mental Health Training Survey - Serving Transgender/Non Conforming Individuals

The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services will be making training available to county staff and providers in 2019 to enable their mental health services to better meet the needs of individuals who are transgender or gender nonconforming. There will be both online and in-person opportunities with at least one in-person training targeted to each OMHSAS Region. 

The Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is partnering with OMHSAS to develop this training specific to the needs of our mental health system. In order to ensure they appropriately meet staff needs, they have created a survey to gather feedback. If you would like to provide your input, the survey will be open through December 20, 2018

Share Your Thoughts - TAKE THE SURVEY

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President, CEO Michael Brody will transition leadership to Dr. Adriana Torres-O'Connor

President, CEO Michael Brody will transition leadership to Dr. Adriana Torres-O'Connor

Philadelphia, Pa. November 12, 2018 - After nearly a decade of service with Mental Health Partnerships, Michael Brody is retiring as President and CEO effective December 31, 2018. He will be succeeded by Dr. Adriana Torres-O'Connor who joins the organization December 3, 2018. The change in the organizations leadership was announced by Stephen St.Vincent, Mental Health Partnerships' Board Chairman.

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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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"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
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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2017 Annual Report

See what we accomplished together!

The hope-building we do, together with our many partners, is not something that’s easily defined, measured, and evaluated. Nor is it easily shared with people secondhand. That doesn’t mean we won’t keep trying to show the impact of hope in action. Indeed, the data and the myriad stories from our partners are both the result of and source for hope.

As an organization and movement built on hope and great achievements, it’s no surprise we look toward 2018 with such anticipation.

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MHP's Own Kathy Laws Receives Montgomery County Mental Health Award

Kathy Laws (Family & Youth) was the recipient of the prestigious Dr. Robert H. Miller Award, given annually to one individual "who has made a long term commitment to the field and whose involvement, service and contributions to the improvement of the quality of life of persons with mental illness is noteworthy and exceptional." Kathy was recognized for her passion, advocacy, and trail-blazing efforts on behalf of Families and Youth.

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We listen. We are you. Videos seen at MHP's Bell of Hope Awards 2018

MHP's programs are successful because our staff truly listen and respond to the needs of our participants.  Check out “Anne & Ebony’s” story of how true partnership can be a life altering force.

We are so proud that over 60% of our staff have lived experience!  Peer support means that our participants have access to individuals who understand their struggles, their choices, their victories!  Check out our “I was YOU” video to meet some of the truly special individuals who help MHP make a difference in the lives of individuals who are walking their path to recovery.

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Certified Peer Specialists Recognized with Full Certification Process

To more formally recognize the value of peers in the workforce, Pennsylvania is moving to a new full peer certification offered by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB). To make this transition as easy as possible for current Pennsylvania Peer Specialists, there will be a time-limited grandparenting process for those who wish to obtain the new full certification during the grandparenting period. The grandparenting period begins March 1, 2018 and ends August 31, 2019.

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"It's the Guns," Says Mental Health Partnerships

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Mental Health Partnerships (MHP), a multi-faceted mental health advocacy and service agency, joins with all Americans in mourning the 17 lives lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida—and we demand that our legislators take immediate action to prevent such tragedies," says MHP President and CEO Michael Brody.

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Tri-State Canine Response Team providing healing in Florida

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Another community is shattered following the mass shooting at a school in Broward County, Florida.  Tri-State K-9 Response team is putting a together six teams of dogs and their handlers to provide comfort and support to that community. Janice Campbell, Program Manager of Community Outreach, MHASWNJ and her dog CeCe are members of this team whose mission is  to help this community begin the healing process.

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