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Walk in Services are available in two of our clinics in for individuals seeking immediate support. No appointment needed. 

Staffed by licensed professionals and highly trained and experienced peer specialists, MHA’s caring staff can help with the situation, develop a short-term plan for resolution and provide linkages to other services as needed.

White Plains Clinic: 300 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 201, (914) 345-0700

Hours: Monday—Thursday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Friday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm



Ombudsman Training Begins October 2nd: 

The New York State’s Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) at MHA is seeking volunteers to advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. Ombudsmen resolve complaints, monitor quality of life issues and help to preserve the dignity of residents at locations which include nursing and adult homes as well as assisted living residences.

The free 36-hour training takes place once a week over a period of five weeks beginning on October 2, 2014. Training encompasses a wide range of subjects, including: the aging process, regulations, levels of care, and how-to skills of working and negotiating with staff for the protection of residents’ rights as prescribed by law.

Call LTCOP Program Director, Margaret Hadad, at (914) 345-5900 ext.7522 for more information or to schedule an interview.

 



Take a look at the next Bee-Line bus passing by and enjoy the results of an ArtsWestchester project (partly funded by MHA). A combination of art and poetry, the artwork can be seen on 329 buses throughout Westchester and the Bronx.

“The expression and appreciation of art is an element of healing and self-discovery.  The journey toward recovery is the discovery of one’s inner strength to shape one’s hopes and dreams. Individuals with mental health conditions reach their aspirations through mindfulness and self-determination. Art is a beautiful road to travel.” -  Amy Kohn, CEO

 


As the start of Children’s Health Homes draws closer, this report underscores the critical importance of integrating all services related to children’s wellness, including the Child Welfare System.  The report draws the link between early experiences of maltreatment and abuse and later medical and functional difficulties, including impacted immune system, regulatory systems and the central nervous system. 

Read the policy brief  or the full report about How Abuse and Neglect Affect Children’s Minds and Bodies.


"Engage with a person, not a disease."  These are the words of Pat Deegan, noted thought leader and keynote speaker at MHA’s recent 2014 Ira Stevens Conference speaking about "Engaging People in Services that Support Recovery."  For a thoughtful discussion about this topic and a rich list of excellent resources, we encourage you to read the SAMHSA Recovery to Practice newsletter.


Social Security Administration promotes use of online tools and data exchange services.  SSA is phasing out some services currently provided in field offices in favor of providing these services on-line exclusively. 

Consult the resources below to learn more.  

 

 

 

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