News - March 2016

Wednesday, March 24, 2016

Congratulations Eden!

Congratulations to Eden, a resident from NHS Twin Lakes Center, who was given the Principal Award at Clairview Intermediate Unit on March 23! She was awarded the prize for her positive attitude, improvement in speech and skills, and for always making others smile and laugh. Eden has been with NHS since November 2013 and always brings smiles to her classmates, her roommates, and the staff. Great job, Eden!

Eden is presented with her award by the principal and her teacher. The team supervisor of her home, Kim Curdie, and Gendie Miller from the NHS Twin Lakes office also attended the ceremony to support Eden.

Congratulations Eden!
Congratulations Eden!
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Bowl For Kids' Sake

Bowl For Kids' SakeNHS Schuylkill Mountain Center Behavioral Health and IDD programs recently participated in the annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake event held at Strike Zone Bowling Alley in Pottsville, PA. This event benefits the children of Schuylkill County who are enrolled in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program. Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks to change the lives of children facing adversity for the better, forever. They operate in communities all across the United States - urban and rural - big and small. Their unique brand of one-to-one mentoring has a big impact all over the nation. Bowl for Kids' Sake is the largest and most important annual fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

NHS formed five teams with bowlers including the IDD consumer advisory board. Each team member raised at least $50, bowled two games, and enjoyed refreshments and fellowship. There was also an opportunity to win a cheesecake if the bowler had a colored head pin. NHS won 2 cheesecakes! Everyone had a great time and NHS Schuylkill Mountain Center donated more than $1,250 to this cause. Visit for more information on how you can help.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Ted Celebrates Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Ted Celebrates Developmental Disabilities Awareness MonthTed, an individual in the NHS Adult Autism program is a member of the State Street Miracles in Media, PA. In celebration of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, Ted and the Miracles performed two special shows. On March 9, they sang "God Bless America" and "That's What Friends are For" at the Media Courthouse. Ted also had the opportunity to hear members of the County discuss funding for autism and health care. On March 16, Ted and the Miracles went to Harrisburg to perform at the Capital. When he came back, Ted exclaimed, "The State Street Miracles performance in Harrisburg was a huge success! Many people from all walks of life attended. We sang ten songs and everyone was into it. They really enjoyed the show."

Great job Ted and the State Street Miracles for spreading joy to others through your performances!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Celebrating 38 Years of Employment at NHS!

Mr. Calvin Kelly, housekeeper at Mt. Airy, celebrated 38 years of employment at NHS. "I was 28 years old and married for 6 years. I dressed in a 3 piece Pierre Cardin suit, and took the bus from Germantown and Erie all the way to Mt. Airy. At the time, I didn't even know Germantown Avenue went as far as a 7100 block!" Mr. Calvin, as he was known at Mt. Airy, worked in the original Northwestern building, which was just a large twin house and also at various sites throughout the Germantown and Mt. Airy area. He is known for his consistency, kind disposition, and great sense of humor. For Mr. Calvin, NHS really is family. His daughter-in-law, Dana Kelly, is administrative assistant for the Mt. Airy outpatient clinic and his grandson, Jashawn Kelly, did an undergradute psychology internship at Mt. Airy. Mr. Calvin talks about retirement but as his supervisor, Joe Leinheiser says, "He's been saying that for years and he is still here."

Philadelphia Behavioral Health is proud to recognize Mr. Calvin for his accomplishment!

Celebrating 38 Years of Employment at NHS!

Wednesday, March 11, 2016

NHS Attends Disability Summit

NHS staff members attended State Representative Dan Miller’s 3rd Annual Children & Youth Disability & Mental Health Summit on March 3-4; the event was held at Beth El Congregation in Pittsburgh’s South Hills. NHS was part of a Support Services Resource Fair and Employment & Transition Resource Fair, giving families, organizations and other community members the opportunity to learn more about our services in western PA. Staff members were on-hand to talk about NHS’s three divisions: intellectual and developmental disabilities, behavioral health, and education & autism. The resource fair included 116 local organizations and companies that offer services to and/or employment for people with disabilities. The conference included two days of sessions focusing on topics especially relevant to individuals with disabilities, family members, and others. NHS was happy to be a part of this important community event!

NHS Attends Disability Summit

Thursday, March 10 & 11, 2016

EVENT: Supporting Veterans, Families and People in the Military

(2-Day - 12 Hour Practitioner/Provider Training Opportunity) Training Fee - $100

When: March 10 and 11, 2016 - 9am - 4:30pm
Where: The NHS Training Center Blue Bell, Pennsylvania 19422
Target Audience: Developed to fulfill the promise of honoring those who have served America, this training is specifically designed for behavioral healthcare clinicians and providers with no prior military service history or experience working with military Service Members, Veterans, or their families.

Friday, March 04, 2016

March is Intellectual Disability Awareness Month

March is Intellectual Disability Awareness MonthPennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has issued a proclamation recognizing March 2016 as Intellectual Disability Awareness Month! Governor Wolf said: “This is a time for all of us to recognize the strengths and potential of people all across Pennsylvania who live with an intellectual disability.”

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan declared March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, with the goal of bringing awareness to the needs of this segment of our population. This effort is to help others understand the challenges often faced by the more than 7 million Americans living with developmental disabilities who strive to be fully included in society. In recent years, those with intellectual disabilities have been included in the awareness campaign. Each year, activities and events are held during the month of March to promote awareness of people with disabilities, and focus on their accomplishments and skills, as they contribute to their communities.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

NHS Parkside Recovery is Reaccredited by the COA

Council on Accreditation (COA)

Congratulations to the NHS Parkside Recovery programs at 5000 Parkside Avenue and 5429 Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia for earning a 3 year reaccreditation from the Council on Accreditation (COA) for the Mediation Assisted Therapy (MAT) methadone maintenance services, following a site visit February 21 -23. COA commented:

“Parkside Recovery, Inc. was expedited through the Pre-Commission Review Report (PCR) process as a result of not receiving any out of compliance ratings in any of the fundamental practice standards. Congratulations on this amazing achievement.”

This accomplishment is an example of the NHS standards for care and core values being recognized by external reviewers. The commitment to all aspects of clinical care, staff development, environment of care, and all administrative support was showcased in the rigorous documentation pre-submission, and on-site interviews with participants, direct care staff, the Chief Medical Officer, program management, and NHS Corporate Leadership all meeting with the COA reviewers. Additionally, our Organizational Resource Group (ORG) were critical supports in preparing, organizing, and submitting the extensive pre-submission documentation.

Examples of comments from the COA exit Interview included: “Clients demonstrated successful recovery”, “Well prepared organization, starting with the self study”, “People are treated with dignity and respect”, “The organization is prepared for growth and change based on the PQI foundation and principles”, and “Clear passion and dedication to the work by staff”.