“Building Confidence and Learning a Skill to Stay Safe”

Our own Northeastern PA Health Care Quality Unit was in attendance as special needs residents learned to build self-confidence and self-reliance through self-defense program “Building Confidence and Learning a Skill to Stay Safe”.  This program was joint effort of Luzerne-Wyoming Counties Mental Health and Developmental Services, Training Council on Quality, Keystone Community Services and the Advocacy Alliance’s Northeastern PA Health Care Quality Unit teamed up with the Robinson’s Martial Arts Institute. The program was designed to teach vocal assertiveness and confidence, along with safe social behaviors, to individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Please read on to learn more about this outstanding program:

http://wcexaminer.com/news/special-needs-residents-take-heed-1.1931772#

NEPA Inclusive has 2 new job offerings in Luzerne County!

NEPA Inclusive has 2 new job offerings in Luzerne County!

#1) Employment Specialist (Part-Time)

We are seeking an Employment Specialist (Luzerne County) to assist individuals find and secure employment.   An Employment Specialist also provides job coaching assistance to individuals once they secure a position. This position will communicate and coordinate services with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), PA Career Link, County Human Service referrals, and other networking agencies.

Responsibilities include:
• Meet with individuals to identify strengths and abilities in order to pursue employment opportunities;
• Assist individuals build their resume and apply for jobs online and in person;
• Assist to transition individuals’ into their new job;
• Provide job coaching assistance to individuals with regards to job tasks and duties;
• Assist individuals to obtain transportation;
• Researches available positions online (via newspapers, indeed.com, Craigslist, Career Builder, Monster, career link, etc);
• Work with local businesses to identify their needs;
• Develop, market, and provide referrals to prospective businesses and employers;
• Networks with community groups (e.g., chamber groups); and
• Complete paperwork and reports.

Educational/Professional Requirements:
• Bachelor’s Degree Human Services or related field preferred;
• One year experience working in Vocational Rehabilitation;
• Effective communication and presentation skills, computer knowledge, strong documentation and organizational skills;
• Sales experience is helpful; and
• Must be willing to work flexible hours.

Must possess a Valid Driver’s License and provide evidence of auto insurance.
Child Abuse History and Criminal Record Check Clearances will be completed.

#2) Direct Service Worker (Part-Time)

We are seeking a Direct Service Worker (Luzerne County) to assist individuals with disabilities with their daily living tasks.

Responsibilities include:
• Follow an Individual Service Plan (ISP) and/or Person Centered Plan.
• Maintain Pennsylvania Medicaid Waiver compliance.
• Arrive to work time and remain with our individual during assigned shift.
• Must be willing to work flexible hours.
• Represent NEPA Inclusive while working in the Community

Minimum Qualifications:
• 18 years of age or older, High School Diploma and experience working with individuals with disabilities;
• Effective communication and computer knowledge;
• Strong documentation and organizational skills; and
• Must complete staff orientation.

Must possess a Valid Driver’s License and provide evidence of auto insurance.  Child Abuse History and Criminal Record Check Clearances will be completed

To apply for either position, please respond via email to: dz@nepainclusive.org.

WBRE’s Forensic Mental Health “Newsmaker” Program


WBRE (Channel 28) produced “NEWSMAKER” PROGRAM
TO AIR PANEL DISCUSSION ON

forensic mental health

Schedule:
Sunday, February 5 at 5:30 a.m. on WBRE TV

Saturday, February 11 at 6 a.m. on WYOU TV

Sunday, February 12 at 5:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on WBRE TV

 

The Honorable Judge William Amesbury, Luzerne County First Assistant District Attorney Samuel Sanguedolce, and Kelly Petherick, Mental Health Crisis Unit Supervisor, Community Counseling Services, recently participated in a panel discussion, in concert with WBRE TV’s Newsmaker Program, to discuss Forensic Mental Health Services in our area. Some of the questions that were covered include:

  • What types of crimes are committed by people with mental illness?
  • What has been done in Luzerne County over the past few years to address the legal issues for people suffering mental illness?
  • What are the alternatives to pursuing legal action against people with mental illness?
  • What are other counties doing to address these issues?
  • What is the purpose of the free March 21st Forensic MH training (targeted to Police, Fire, EMT, 911 and first responder personnel in Luzerne and Wyoming Counties)

We invite you to watch this local program on these important questions. Any questions, please call the Luzerne-Wyoming Counties MH/MR Program at (570) 825-9441.

See also the brochure regarding police training: Police Training 2012