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Letter from the Executive Director

New Website!

Dear Friends,

It’s been a long winter in Pennsylvania, and we at MHAPA are ready for a sunnier season. The good news is that Pennsylvania’s own Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog Day, a fun loving harbinger of an early spring. Here’s to hoping Phil’s right!

At MHAPA, the winter months were busy ones for us. We put the finishing touches on our new website. Designed for easy navigation, the site provides a detailed overview of everything MHAPA does and offers. Visit the site now and return often to stay current with the latest about MHAPA programs, news, and events.  Rounding out our online presence, we’ve also joined the world of social media. Like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

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Budget Update

Governor Tom Corbett

Governor Tom Corbett, who took office as Pennsylvania’s 46th governor on January 18, faces a daunting state budget deficit that’s between $4-5 billion. One of the new governor’s promises during his campaign last fall was to reduce this enormous deficit without raising taxes.

As you read this issue of The Newsfeed, Corbett’s administration is in the process of finalizing a budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2011-2012. The budget, to be presented during the governor’s March 8 budget address, will no doubt include widespread cuts to state-funded programs.

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OpenMindsOpenDoors: View from the Field with Tom Newman, Certified Peer Specialist

Tom Newman lives in Harrisburg and works as a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) in the Peer Support Unit of Philhaven, a behavioral healthcare provider based in Mt. Gretna, PA. When he’s not working, Tom loves a good dinner party and games with friends or long walks with his dog Sativa. He is also writing a memoir called My Life as I Remember It.

The Newsfeed spoke with Tom in February. The conversation occurred on a day the Clubhouse was closed because of one of the winter’s many ice storms. Even with poor weather conditions, Tom still planned to check in with his peers to make sure they were weathering the storm, further proof of what most people say about Tom, that his work is defined by an unwavering dedication to helping people on their recovery journey.

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Children’s News: PA Working to Divert Children Out of Juvenile Justice System

Children’s News: PA Working to Divert Children Out of Juvenile Justice System

Pennsylvania has announced that new juvenile justice funding is now available to communities. The funding targets local programs that support diversion practices and measure program outcomes. See the full announcement here (the application deadline is March 18, 2011).

The new Diversion Subcommittee of the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Committee (JJDPC) will oversee the grants. JJDPC oversees distribution of the federal dollars awarded to PA from the US Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) under the PA Commission of Crime and Delinquency (PCCD).

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Affiliate Update

Mental Health America - Allegheny County

Mental Health America/Allegheny County

MHAAC is one of 69 organizations participating in the 2011 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.  Mark your calendars, find those walking shoes, and contact Lyndsey Cowan at 412-661-7860, ext. 2018, or lcowan@mhaac.net, for more information and to participate.

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Announcements and Events

Do you have news or announcements to share about mental health services or events in Pennsylvania? Email us the details at newsfeed@mhapa.org.

Announcements

  • MHAPA has gone social – on Facebook that is. “Like us” and stay current with news and announcements about our programs and mental health issues in the state and beyond.
  • MHAPA seeks new Board members. Click here to learn more about our Board and the application/nomination process.
  • The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) Transition-Age Youth Subcommittee seeks new members! OMHSAS’ Transition-Age Youth Subcommittee was formed in 2006 for the purpose of addressing the unique needs of the youth population. Since its formation, this subcommittee has addressed housing issues of young adults, recognized the needs of special populations, developed services, worked to break down the stigma of mental illness, and allowed the youth voice to be heard.

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