Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association Announces New Trainings

Certified Peer Specialist / Supervisor Trainings

The Recovery Opportunity Center/RI has posted their Certified Peer Specialist and Supervisor trainings for 2015.

The first Certified Peer Specialist Training will be held January 5-16, 2015  at Philhaven in Lebanon, PA and the first Supervisor training will be held January 20-21, 2015 at Philhaven in Lebanon, PA.

For more details and registration applications, visit the Certified Peer Specialist job listing page on the PMHCA website.

The Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association (PMHCA) is a statewide member organization providing information, referrals and supports to people who are receiving services or in recovery from a mental illness in Pennsylvania.

For more job listings, visit the Job Bank on the PMHCA website.

If you are an employer in the behavioral health community and have a position available in Pennsylvania, PMHCA will post the job on this website and include it in an email to our membership. Send job title, description, contact information and any other details to us at pmhca@pmhca.org.

Announcing a three-part webinar lunch time series provided by PA Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition and the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association

SAFE: Stop Abuse For Everyone

This three-part webinar lunch time series is provided by PA Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition and the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association and is designed to educate adults about abuse and individual rights. We recommend signing up for all three sessions, but it is not required. Please register for each session individually.

Part 1: Financial Abuse

June 11, 2014
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Register for Financial Abuse session
This session is a safety guide on how to prevent and handle financial abuse to one’s money and personal belongings. The webinar is designed to educate individuals about abuse and their rights, including their right to safety, their right to speak out, and their right to get help.

Part 2: Neglect and Withholding Support

June 18, 2014
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Register for Neglect and Withholding Support session
This session is a safety guide on how to prevent and handle situations where individuals are neglected or prevented from garnering the support they deserve. The webinar is designed to educate individuals about abuse and their rights, including their right to safety, their right to speak out, and their right to get help.

Part 3: Physical, Verbal, and Sexual Abuse

June 25, 2014
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Register for Physical, Verbal, and Sexual Abuse session
This session is a safety guide focused on preventing and handling situations where someone may be physically, verbally, or sexually abused. The webinar is designed to educate individuals about abuse and their rights, including their right to safety, their right to speak out, and their right to get help.

Other Trainings

Visit the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association website to learn about other trainings available in Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association (PMHCA) is a statewide member organization providing information, referrals and supports to people who are receiving services or in recovery from a mental illness in Pennsylvania.

PMHCA Announces Upcoming Trainings

The Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association (PMHCA) is a statewide member organization providing information, referrals and supports to people who are receiving services or in recovery from a mental illness in Pennsylvania.

Training Opportunities in Pennsylvania

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information, please contact:
PMHCA
4105 Derry Street
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17111
Email: pmhca@pmhca.org
Website: pmhca.org

OC87 Recovery Diaries: Stories of courage, empowerment and change

OC87 Recovery Diaries is a website that continues the conversation about mental health and the challenges and triumphs of recovery.

Through mini documentaries, video diaries, articles and posts, they tell brave, honest and inspiring stories that embrace the drama of everyday life, and reveal the thoughts and passions of people living with mental health challenges.

 PMHCA is excited to announce that two of our members have participated in this important initiative, Tim Connors and Mary Fala. Mary is also a PMHCA board member and is the woman who sings in the first video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ViT4BtcC4wo).

We invite you to visit the Recovery Diaries website and hear their stories. We expect you will be encouraged and inspired!

Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association Announces Revisions to OMHSAS Suicide Prevention Plan

OMHSAS Suicide Prevention Plan

The OMHSAS Suicide Prevention Plan is being revised by many stakeholders on several committees. OMHSAS contracted with Carol Ward-Colesante and the Older Adult Behavioral Health Coalition to help make this a successful effort.

In order to provide the best services possible to all Pennsylvanians, it is always helpful to have brief statements (a few sentences to a paragraph) to include in the 2014 Pennsylvania Adult and Older Adult Suicide Prevention Plans. Real stories make documents mean more to policy makers and other audiences.

The statements can be submitted to Carol Ward-Colasante, consultant to this planning process, at c.colasante@comcast.net by February 18.

If you would rather not include personally identifying information, please send your stories to me, Lynn Keltz, PMHCA, at lynn@PMHCA.org, and request your name and/or email not be included.  I will remove any identifying information, at your request.

The Suicide Prevention Plan Advisory Committee will select a few of the statements to include in the plan. Questions may be sent to if you need more information.

Thank you for your assistance with this important process.

PMHCA Upcoming Rallies

Reposted information from email via pmhca.org.
 

Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association 
 
Upcoming Rallies to Stop the Proposed Cuts
 


There are many opportunities to make your voice heard at upcoming rallies to stop the proposed budget cuts.
Read about two opportunities below and check out our 
calendar and website for more chances to get involved. 
 
 
May 5:

“Occupy the APA”: Participants from around the country will gather on May 5, 2012, at 10 a.m. at Friends Center, 1515 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, in a peaceful effort to call attention to the American Psychiatric Association’s misguided plans to publish a new edition of psychiatry’s “Bible,” the DSM-5, that will inevitably lead to over-prescription of psychiatric drugs, according to its many critics. At approximately 12:15, we will march to the Pennsylvania Convention Center (12th and Arch Streets), where we will rally. Join us! (Occupy the APA is a big tent: participants will represent a spectrum of points of view. But we will be united by our belief that the DSM-5, which the American Psychiatric Association wants to make its next “Bible,” is not a “Good Book”!) Following are links to two sets of talking points (the first set of which was adapted from information provided by the Coalition for DSM-5 Reform, a psychologists’ organization that has amassed more than 13,000 signatures on a petition calling the DSM-5 into question):
 
http://psychrights.org/education/OccupyPsychiatry/WhyOccupyTheAPA.htm 
http://psychrights.org/Education/OccupyPsychiatry/DSM5TalkingPoints.html 

May 6:
“Imagining a Different Future in Mental Health!” Hear three inspiring speakers: Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic and Mad in AmericaJim Gottstein, Esq., founder of the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights; and Jacki McKinney, MSW, award-winning advocate and trauma expert. Their presentations will be followed by a Q&A session facilitated by Joseph Rogers, executive director of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse. The doors open at 1:30 p.m.; the event will begin at 2:00 p.m. It will take place in the main chapel of the Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany, 330 S. 13 Street, between Spruce and Pine streets, Philadelphia. This event is free! All are welcome! 
 
Here is a link that leads to flyers about each of the events. 

http://www.mhselfhelp.org/news/view.php?news_id=1146 
 
The National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse is a consumer-run national technical assistance center funded in part by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
 
 
PMHCA’s 24th Annual Statewide Conference, Recovery Unlimited: Rising Above Challenges, will be held June 5- 7, 2012 at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel. For information about conference and registration, visit www.pmhca.org. 

 

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