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Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

As the leader of a statewide organization, I meet a lot of people in mental health recovery. Their personal stories are a testament to human resiliency—to our ability to find hope in unexpected places and opportunity in challenging circumstances.  

Kellyanne Strouse, the recipient of 2015 Glenn Koons Scholarship, has experienced pain that many of us cannot even imagine. And she has come through it determined to help others by becoming a certified peer support specialists. Her story is inspiring, and she is brave to share it—we celebrate her!

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Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain

Kellyanne Strouse Meet Kellyanne Strouse, 2015 Glenn Koons Scholarship Recipient

Last month, MHAPA and the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association (PMHCA) announced Kellyanne Strouse as the 2015 Glenn Koons Certified Peer Specialist Scholarship recipient.

Kellyanne learned about the scholarship through a peer support program at Muncy Prison, where she was incarcerated for a 2008 car accident in which three of her best friends died. She has since been released and lives in Souderton, Pennsylvania, where she’s working as a waitress and looking forward to her peer support training in the fall. MHAPA recently spoke with her about how peer support has helped her.

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MHAPA Seeks Board Members—Serve For A Just, Humane, And Healthy Society

MHAPA Seeks Board Members—Serve For A Just, Humane, And Healthy Society

MHAPA believes in and promotes principles that facilitate mental health recovery and resiliency of individuals and their families. If you do too, put your beliefs to work as a member of our board of directors. We currently seek qualified individuals to serve on the board.

Candidates must reflect MHAPA's commitment to working for a just, humane, and healthy society that accords all people respect, dignity, choice, and the opportunity to achieve their full potential, free from stigma and prejudice.

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Create A Drug Free Workplace

Create A Drug Free Workplace

MHAPA has a new Drug Free Workplace policy, thanks to the recently launched Drug Free Workplace PA (DFWPA). The program, offered free of charge, enables businesses across the state to encourage healthy lifestyles in drug free workplaces.

The interactive website — www.drugfreeworkplacepa.org — is a resource for employers and employees.  It provides them with customized policy creation and training and education. It also offers a Family Education Program to educate people on how drug addiction impacts families and the dynamics and behaviors within families that contribute to addiction.

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Submit Your Photo

Submit Your Photo

For Mental Health Month, I'm the Evidence/Mental Health Campaign (ITE/MH) asked people to share photos of themselves that identify them as the Evidence of mental health recovery.

The photos people sent us reflect the beautiful diversity of recovery and the powerful values that guide people on their journeys. We were so uplifted by the response to this project that we've added them to the ITE/MH Campaign's Faces of Mental Health Recovery Public Art Project and made personal photo submission a permanent part of the project. Take a look!

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PA Budget Stalemate

Almost three weeks ago, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a budget that fails to meet the mental health needs of Pennsylvanians. Governor Wolf vetoed it. Since then, there's been no significant progress toward an agreement between the Governor and General Assembly.

MHAPA joins other advocacy organizations in urging legislators to pass a budget that meets the mental health needs of Pennsylvanians.

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Affiliate Updates

GRMHAGreater Reading Mental Health Alliance (GRMHA)

GRMHA’s 2015 WALK FOR MENTAL WELLNESS was a major success. More than 450 people attended the Walk, and more than 200 met the challenge to walk two miles. Seven teams raised more than $2,500 dollars. The event was such a success that GRMHA ran out of t-shirts halfway into the Walk.

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