Archived News - December 2016

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!”