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December 29, 2016

Pennsylvania Awarded Innovative Behavioral Health Grant

Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC)

Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Ted Dallas recently announced that Pennsylvania was awarded a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) demonstration grant by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Pennsylvania is one of eight states selected out of 24 applicants to receive the grant. The federal grant encourages states to adopt innovative approaches in the delivery of community-based behavioral health services. According to SAMHSA, the demonstration is part of a comprehensive effort to integrate behavioral health with physical health care, increase consistent use of evidence-based practices, and improve access to high-quality care for people with mental health and substance use disorders.

DHS was previously awarded an $886K planning grant used to certify CCHBCs, solicit input from stakeholders, and establish prospective payment systems for demonstration reimbursable services. As a result of that work, the department selected 10 CCBHC locations, including NHS Delaware County, set to implement in July 2017.

These CCBHCs will:

  • enhance access to behavioral health services for Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries,
  • help individuals with mental health and substance use disorders obtain the health care they need to maintain their health and well-being,
  • allow individuals to have access to a wide array of services at one location, and
  • remove the barriers that too often exist across physical and behavioral health systems.
Visit www.prnewswire.com to read the full press release!
December 29, 2016

2016 Homeless Memorial Day

2016 Homeless Memorial Day

Hundreds gathered along John F Kennedy Boulevard in Center City, Philadelphia, on the first official day of winter, to remember those homeless and formerly homeless Philadelphians who died in 2016 and to call for an end to homelessness. This year’s theme, “Remember, Hope, Heal” was resonated throughout the crowd. Participants were also reminded that, while much progress has been made in Philadelphia, homelessness persists, and the city cannot become complacent. Poverty, health crises, and drugs are still claiming lives, and everyone must all work together, including elected officials, to expand effective solutions and build a truly just society for all persons. NHS Parkside Recovery is proud to have had one of their Recovery Specialists, Benjamin Mitchell, read one of his poems at the event to show support and commitment to end homelessness. Thank you, Benjamin, for displaying the mission and core values of NHS and for your dedication to the residents of Philadelphia.

December 29, 2016

2016 Reindeer Program for Homeless Veterans

Zachary Rink, a 12 year old boy who selflessly donated money last year to NHS Fresh Start in honor of his friend, mentor, and neighbor who was a WWII veteran, raised an amazing $2,280 for veterans this year with his Hot Chocolate Reindeer Fundraiser. The fundraiser, held in December, was a huge success due in large part to the support of his family and friends. Jeff Pittner, executive director of NHS Fresh Start, said, “The veterans in our program will be very excited to hear about what Zachary was able to do for them this year... we plan to use the money he raised to purchase items such as clothing, shoes, toiletries, and other personal items. The money Zachary raised will definitely help veterans get back on their feet this year.”

Zachary was recently featured in NJ.com when he kicked off this year’s fundraiser on Veterans Day!

2016 Reindeer Program for Homeless Veterans
December 9, 2016

NHS Delaware County Case Management Partners With Toys for Tots

NHS Delaware County Case Management Partners With Toys for Tots

The Blended Case Management Department at NHS Delaware County partnered with the United States Marine Corps and their Toys for Tots holiday toy drive this year, with the goal of providing needy families with the holiday cheer that they deserve. Tiffany Long and Kristen Mahler, both supervisors of the Children's Case Management teams, picked up toys on December 9 for more than 50 families that receive case management services. With the assistance of the dedicated case management staff, these families will now be able to provide toys for their children this holiday season.

The NHS Delaware County case management department is both honored and grateful to have been able to partner with the Marines and their wonderful holiday efforts.

December 9, 2016

NHS Leaders Come Together

More than 375 leaders from across NHS came together on December 7 to celebrate our successes, as well as to learn about helpful resources that they can share with their staff. The event, held at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA, was kicked off with a premiere showing of the new NHS video. CEO Joe Martz opened the presentation by thanking everyone for their continued commitment to the NHS Strategic Plan, mission, vision, and core values. Highlights and quick wins from our Strategic Plan were shared by Chief Strategy Officer Leah Pason and Chief Financial Officer Derrick Yacovelli. Keynote speaker, Troy Farmer, energized the crowd with words of inspiration and motivation, and described ways managers can effectively lead their teams. Breakout sessions focusing on diversity, communications, Trauma Informed Care, life/work balance, improving the employment experience, and building compassion gave leaders tools to bring back to their work locations and to share with their colleagues. One of the highlights of the day was when the Hershey Bar character joined the group to give out raffle prizes and to pose for pictures!

In keeping with the NHS core value of compassion and our ongoing Partners In Caring program, NHS leaders brought in food and canned goods to fill an NHS Education & Autism Breakfast Pantry for children who receive services in our Schools and for the Central PA Food Bank. More than 10 bins of food for our students and 162 pounds of food for the Central PA Food Bank were collected!

The day ended with Joe Martz presenting Rhonda Wilson, residential counselor in Delaware County, with the 2016 First Quarter Employee Suggestion Program Award for her winning submission. Rhonda’s suggestion is for NHS to conduct monthly safety assessments to reduce Workers’ Compensation incidents. Rhonda had no idea that she was selected as the winner, and she was very surprised to learn that the quarterly winner receives $1,500 cash prize! Her reaction to this news, and her award, was priceless and inspiring to all. Until recently, Rhonda was working as PRN, and has been hired to work full-time at NHS starting mid-December. Cori Shaffer, behavioral health administrative manager, stated, “...Today was a great day! One of my most favorite moments was witnessing the reaction of Rhonda Wilson...wow!! The impact this had on her as a person and an employee was so incredible to watch!”

November 29, 2016

The 13th Annual Leading the Way Awards Gala, Off to the Races, Was a Great Success

The NHS Human Services Foundation was “Off to the Races” for the 13th Annual Leading the Way Awards Gala on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at the Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel in King of Prussia, PA. Guests were treated to an evening of Triple Crown fun with themes loosely based on The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness and The Belmont Stakes. From signature cocktails and flowers to the hats and horses, everyone got the sense of being in the thick of the action at the track. NHS Foundation Board Member, Joe Besecker of Emerald Asset Management, provided six horse races that guests could “bet” on for a chance to win fun prizes in the “win, place and show horse race” raffle.

Pat Ciarrocchi, former news anchor for CBS3 in Philadelphia, was the emcee for the evening. To kick off the program, Pat welcomed the Germantown Recovery Community Choir to sing two songs. They were met with a standing ovation which set the tone for a wonderful night!

The Leading the Way Award, presented to Dr. Raza Bokhari, Chairman and CEO of Parkway Clinical Laboratories, was honored to be this year’s award recipient, and he thanked NHS for many years of partnership. This year’s Fran Egan Courage Award recipients were two mothers from our Foster Care Program, Deborah Baran and Mildred Santana-Meija. They were touched to receive the award, shared their stories, and thanked NHS for their strong program support. Following dinner, guests gave generously to our Fund-A-Need requests, live and silent auctions. Some of the funds raised at this year’s Fund-A-Need auction will go towards items such as iPads, lunch for students in our NHS Schools, sensory room items, new mattresses and box springs, and attire for the IDD prom. The sounds of The Fabulous Greaseband entertained and got our guests dancing for the remainder of the evening.

Lucky number 13 was a success for NHS and the NHS Human Services Foundation, making funds raised at this year’s gala the highest for our programs. Thank you to our sponsors, friends, staff and guests for your continued generosity which enabled us to once again exceed our goals and expectations.

November 23, 2016

NHS Kids are Thankful to be Warm this Winter!

NHS Participates in Philadelphia Autism Speaks Walk
NHS Participates in Philadelphia Autism Speaks Walk

The NHS Human Services Foundation distributed more than 150 warm winter coats to children in our services on November 8 at 2506 North Broad Street in Montgomery County and to the NHS PACT (Parents and Children Together) and Children Services Outpatient programs located at 265 E. Lehigh Avenue in Philadelphia on November 16. Our partners North Penn Mazda VW and Pacifico Marple Ford Lincoln, in conjunction with the Auto Dealers Caring for Kids Foundation, donated the much needed coats. The kids were very happy and thankful to receive their coats, ranging of various sizes and colors. Click here to watch a clip from ABC News, who attended the event in Philadelphia

November 23, 2016

NHS High Point Center Shows Compassion

Staff at NHS High Point Center displayed our core value of compassion with this year’s Salvation Army Treasures for Children Tree. Every year, the team purchases holiday presents for others in need. Each tag on this year’s tree has information about a child in need, including their age and suggestions for gifts. Thank you to the dedicated team for sharing compassion both inside and outside NHS!

NHS High Point Center Shows Compassion

Pictured L - R: Ryan Benson, IDD Home and Community Program Specialist; Elizabeth Crawford, Administrative Assistant; Jessica Baird, IDD AA; Michelle Buzard, TFC Program Director; Missy Henery, IDD Regional Director; Pam Witherite, TFC Program Coordinator

November 23, 2016

Breast Cancer Awareness at NHS/AVS

NHS Allegheny Valley School on Verree Road in Philadelphia held A breast cancer walk in October to raise awareness for getting tested. Dr. Grobman, a guest speaker from the Susan G Komen Foundation spoke about breast cancer, the importance of getting tested, and finding a cure. Thank you, NHS/AVS, for your support and advocacy for breast cancer testing and treatment.

Breast Cancer Awareness at NHS/AVS

Pictured L – R: Tiffany Carter, RM; Joseph Sellers, AED; Tabitha Johnson, PA; Jeanette Dicks, BS; Gail Harris, RM; Sharema Sommerville, RM; and Dr Grobman.
November 23, 2016

NHS Participates in Philadelphia Autism Speaks Walk

On Saturday October 22, people from across the tri-state area gathered at Citizens Bank Park (home of the Philadelphia Phillies) for the 2016 Autism Speaks Walk. Even though the weather was not cooperative, it did not dampen the spirits of NHS Team Voices for Autism or the 10,000 other attendees. Representatives from the Philadelphia, St. Anne’s, and Warrington Schools were also on hand not only to show their support by partaking in the walk, but also to promote NHS Education and Autism Services. Special thanks to staff and students for their participation in helping to bring awareness to Autism and speaking for those who can’t speak for themselves.

NHS Participates in Philadelphia Autism Speaks Walk
NHS Participates in Philadelphia Autism Speaks Walk
NHS Participates in Philadelphia Autism Speaks Walk
NHS Participates in Philadelphia Autism Speaks Walk
November 17, 2016

The NHS Red, White, and Blue BBQ

NHS celebrated Veterans Day/Week on Monday, November 7. More than 170 veterans and staff members from our NHS Fresh Start veterans' program were together for an evening of good food, fun, and celebration. The night was filled with smiles, laughter, and gratitude as the Fresh Start direct care staff, management team, and the NHS executive leadership team spent the evening thanking our veterans for their service.

A DJ, karaoke, and a full menu of BBQ helped to create a celebratory atmosphere that invited our veterans to relax and enjoy the company of their brothers in arms. Robert Johnson was presented with the Calvin Savage Legacy Award as the veteran who best exemplifies gratitude and humility in and around the Fresh Start programs. Joe Martz, Paul Sachs, and Jeff Pittner all addressed the men before giving the podium to our key speaker, Timothy Wynn, an Iraq war veteran who did an outstanding job motivating the troops. One of the hits of the evening was watching the executive leadership team serving dinner to our veterans. A special thank you to Jodi Savits for planning and managing the event!

The NHS Red, White, and Blue BBQ