Current News & Events

Thursday, September 15, 2016

NHS Partners in Caring Spruce Up Two Philadelphia Homes

On a beautiful and sunny day, more than 50 NHS administrative staff members, employees from Philadelphia Insurance Companies and The Graham Company, and residents and staff members from two of our homes in the Germantown section of Philadelphia volunteered to participate in Partners in Caring. Volunteers spent the day on Thursday, September 15 cleaning up the outdoor areas surrounding the homes, including mulching, weeding, painting, digging, planting, and other yardwork. The NHS Iris House is a Long Term Structured Residence (LTSR) that houses men and women, and the Douglass House is a Community Residential Rehab (CRR) for men with behavioral health challenges.

Launched in 2015, NHS Partners in Caring provides an opportunity for administrative staff that are not generally active in the daily service operations to visit NHS sites and to make a difference that supports all that the organization does. In partnership with corporate agencies, including Philadelphia Insurance Companies and the Graham Company, NHS participates in a variety of initiatives at its community locations throughout the year. Residents and staff at Thursday’s event were extremely appreciative of the support received from NHS and our corporate partners. Great job to all volunteers!

Monday, September 12, 2016

NHS and Red Cross Partner to Host Blood Drive

Almost 30 volunteers from NHS corporate support departments and AFSCME Council 13 DC88 donated blood on September 12 at the Meeting and Conference Center at Sentry Park in Blue Bell, PA. As part of the Trauma Informed Care initiative, NHS partnered with the American Red Cross to host the blood drive after employees asked what they could do to help in light of tragic events that occurred nationally over the past few months. The blood drive was a great opportunity to support those in need, as well as to help the Red Cross replenish their diminished supplies. Special thanks to all the donors, the NHS volunteers who helped facilitate the event, and to representatives from AFSCME Council 13 DC88 for supporting NHS and this important initiative.

NHS and Red Cross Partner to Host Blood Drive NHS and Red Cross Partner to Host Blood Drive
NHS and Red Cross Partner to Host Blood Drive NHS and Red Cross Partner to Host Blood Drive
NHS and Red Cross Partner to Host Blood Drive NHS and Red Cross Partner to Host Blood Drive
NHS and Red Cross Partner to Host Blood Drive NHS and Red Cross Partner to Host Blood Drive

Monday, September 12, 2016

NHS Fresh Start Supports Homeless Veterans

Employees from the NHS Fresh Start program spent the weekend at the annual Delaware Valley Stand Down event held in Penndel, PA. The three day event took place outdoors and served veterans in the five counties that make up the Delaware Valley. The goal of this event was to bring veterans to a central location to learn about all the resources available in the area. The Veterans Administration, along with community providers such as NHS offer resources to help veterans address various issues and gain immediate access to services such as: medical and mental healthcare, benefit acquisition, emergency and permanent housing, legal assistance, and a number of additional human services. The NHS Fresh Start mobile care coordinators, direct care staff, and management team engaged approximately 50 to 60 veterans, several of which were given placement at an NHS veterans transitional housing program.

NHS Fresh Start Supports Homeless Veterans
NHS Fresh Start Supports Homeless Veterans

Monday, September 12, 2016

Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Reception

The City of Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Immigration and Multicultural Services, Office of the City Representative and Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians a special reception for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders on September 12 at City Hall in Philadelphia. As communicated in August, NHS Philadelphia welcomed Dr. Aneshree Moodley, Mandela Washington Fellow, for a six week professional development experience. Dr. Moodley is a practicing psychiatrist working at Valkenberg Hospital in Western Cape, South Africa. As part of her experience at NHS, she learned ideas for a family planning clinic in South Africa especially designed for women with mental illness.

Dr. Moodley and the other Fellows were recognized at the event, and will receive citations for their participation in this important program. NHS thanks Dr. Moodley for supporting NHS and we wish her well with her future endeavors. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) which brought 1000 YALI Fellows from all 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa to the U.S. for a 6-week learning experience at leading universities this summer, and 10 fellows to Philadelphia for an additional 6-week professional placement with local organizations.

Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Reception

Friday, September 09, 2016

Direct Support Professionals Week (September 11 – 17, 2016)

DSP 2016 Thank you, Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and all staff who work in direct-care positions, for your continuous and tireless efforts to support the individuals we provide services for on a daily basis! Your commitment to more than 40,000 individuals and families does not go unrecognized and NHS is extremely fortunate to have you as part of our team!

Each of you goes above and beyond your daily responsibilities to show how you embrace the NHS mission, vision, and core values. NHS appreciates the compassion and dedication you show to individuals in our care every single day. There will be events next week recognizing you and your hard work, and we are excited to share these celebrations across the company and on social media.

Keep up the great work that you do every day and remember our commitment to help one individual at a time!

Friday, August 25, 2016

NHS Partners in Caring 2016

“You didn’t tell me arts and crafts were involved,” said a smiling Andy Briner of Philadelphia Insurance Companies, during the Partners in Caring event held at NHS/TAIG in Philadelphia on August 24. Andy joyfully worked with NHS consumers to create decorations for the walls in the freshly painted training and community room at the NHS facility. Andy was one of six employees from Philadelphia Insurance Companies who joined several NHS staff to participate in the event. Volunteers were charged with painting the training and community room, a place for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to participate in various group activities and is also used on a bi-weekly basis to train new employees.

The once white walls are now a cheerful green with a gray accent. Once the paint is completely dry, the room will be decorated with artwork handcrafted by participants in the day programs at NHS/TAIG and volunteers from Partners in Caring. While the paint was drying, the team had the opportunity to tour the facility and to work alongside individuals who receive services. The hard work displayed by all resulted in a finished project that is welcoming and comfortable for everyone.

Partners in Caring is a service project initiative where NHS employees, working in administrative locations, have the opportunity to give back to our programs. In partnership with Philadelphia Insurance Companies, The Graham Company and other partners, we participate in a variety of initiatives around the company. These projects provide an opportunity for our administrative staff, who are not active in the daily service operations, to visit NHS sites and to make an impact that supports all that we do. Thank you, to all volunteers and donors of materials for a great day of teamwork and camaraderie.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

A Garden of Their Own


Individuals who attend the Day Program at NHS Allegheny Center have been spending the summer at the Penn Hills Community Garden learning how to plant, grow, and harvest their own vegetables. They watched their plants grow from seedlings to the final stages of harvesting. The team has been enjoying the fruits of their labor by eating healthy snacks while at the program during the day. They also donated more than ten pounds of produce to the local food bank! Great job to the team for growing their own food, and for giving back to their community.

A Garden of Their Own

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Mental Health Stigmas Often Complicate Addiction Treatment


Staff from NHS, located in the Anthra Plaza in Coal Township, PA, attended Shamokin National Night Out, on August 2, at the Claude Kehler Memorial Community Park to spread the word about services that they offer to residents of the county. While there, staff were interviewed for an article that appeared in the News Item. Great job to Dana Piermattei and her team for their participation!

Mental Health Stigmas Often Complicate Addiction Treatment

Monday, August 08, 2016

NHS Welcomes Mandela Washington Fellow: Dr. Aneshree Moodley


The Mandela Washington Fellowship NHS Welcomes Mandela Washington Fellow: Dr. Aneshree Moodley NHS Philadelphia is pleased to welcome Dr. Aneshree Moodley, Mandela Washington Fellow, for a six week professional development experience. Dr. Moodley is a practicing psychiatrist working at Valkenberg Hospital in Western Cape, South Africa. She completed her education at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal and the University of Capetown in South Africa. As part of her specialist training, she explored the association between methamphetamine abuse and HIV risk behaviors among the mentally ill. She is passionate about women's mental health and has an interest in HIV, substance abuse, and contraceptive use among women living with mental illness. As part of her experience at NHS, she is hoping to develop her ideas for a family planning clinic in South Africa especially designed for women with mental illness.

Dr. Moodley will be partnering closely with Paul Sachs, Ph.D., executive director for behavioral health services in Philadelphia, and his team during her time here. Her office will be located at the outpatient clinic in Mt. Airy, PA. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative.

Monday, August 08, 2016

NHS Foundation Receives Grant from The Philadelphia Foundation


NHS Foundation Receives Grant from The Philadelphia Foundation The NHS Foundation is grateful to have received a generous grant in the amount of $1,000 from the Wright-Hayre Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation. The grant is being made from the Wright-Hayre Fund, following a recommendation by Reginald Wilkes, Vice President, Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and member of the NHS Foundation Board of Directors. Funds will be applied to the unrestricted funds category, and will be available for approved program requests.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

NHS/AVS Receives Grant from Scott Electric Foundation


NHS/AVS Receives Grant from Scott Electric Foundation

NHS Allegheny Valley School recently received wonderful support from its friends at CentiMark Foundation! Not only did CentiMark provide a $5,000 grant to support projects of the NHS/AVS Capital Development Fund, but it also provided backpacks and back to school kits that will be well used by the clients. Thank you CentiMark Foundation for continuing to partner with NHS/AVS!

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Thank You CentiMark Foundation for Your Generous Support!


Thank You CentiMark Foundation for Your Generous SupportNHS Allegheny Valley School recently received wonderful support from its friends at CentiMark Foundation! Not only did CentiMark provide a $5,000 grant to support projects of the NHS/AVS Capital Development Fund, but it also provided backpacks and back to school kits that will be well used by the clients. Thank you CentiMark Foundation for continuing to partner with NHS/AVS!