Archived News - August 2016

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.

Friday, August 25, 2016

Fun Day at NHS Children’s Reach in Philadelphia

NHS hosted Fun Day, a family fun event presented in partnership with Progressions Behavioral Health Services, Inc., and the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services (DBHIDS) on Friday, August 12. The event took place at NHS Children’s Reach in North Philadelphia, and featured free food, music and interactive activities including face-painting, balloon animals, photo booths, yoga, giveaways and a basketball clinic hosted by special guest Amile Jefferson of Duke University. Physical and mental health screenings were also available to interested families. Fun Day was an opportunity for NHS and its partners to support the local community by offering family-friendly activities, health services and educational resources for youth and family.

FUN DAY Resource Fair - coverage by: Fox29 Philadelphia (video), 6ABC Action News (video), and KYW AM Radio (audio)

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!