Archived News - March 2017

March 30, 2017

NHS Participates in Representative Dan Miller’s Summit

NHS is grateful for the opportunity to participate in State Representative Dan Miller’s 4th Annual Children & Youth Disability & Mental Health Summit. On March 23 and 24, NHS had a table and representatives in attendance for the Support Services Resource Fair and Employment & Transition Resource Fair. During the two days, NHS staff members shared its array of services provided in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Education and Autism and Behavioral Health with families, community members and other organizations. The Resource Fair included local organizations and companies that offer services to and/or employment for people with disabilities. The conference had three full days of sessions focusing on topics relevant to individuals with disabilities, family members, and others.

NHS was honored to be a part of this important community event and thanks Representative Miller for making this free summit available to the region.

NHS Participates in Representative Dan Miller’s Summit
NHS Participates in Representative Dan Miller’s Summit

March 24, 2017

Recognizing Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

On April 2, Good Deeds Day*, members from Angels from the Heart Charitable Foundation, dressed as princes, princesses and superheroes, performed a song and dance routine for nearly 80 NHS Allegheny Valley School consumers, staff, and family members. Many audience members sang along to the songs and danced in their seats. Cast members encouraged audience participation for the Cupid Shuffle and WOW. The floor of the Pittsburgh Campus gym was packed with dancers! After the performance, cast members enjoyed meeting and posing for pictures with the attendees. A great time was had by all!

*Good Deeds Day, created in 2007, is a global day that unites people from more than 75 countries to do good deeds for the benefit of others and the planet. Thank you again to Angels from the Heart for sharing their time and talents with us.

March 24, 2017

Autism Awareness Month is Coming Up

National Social Work Month2017 Join NHS as we recognize individuals with autism during the month of April, and Light it Up Blue on April 2!

Light it Up Blue is a campaign spearheaded by Autism Speaks to bring awareness to autism by shining a bright blue light on the issue. April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day, which represents that kickoff of Autism Awareness Month. During this time, world landmarks, buildings and iconic structures turn blue to show their support. In the past, the Empire State Building, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Sydney Opera House and over 7000 other buildings and landmarks have participated in Light it Up Blue. NHS also encourages you to build awareness for autism. We challenge you to Light it Up Blue for those fighting hard to communicate to understand others. How can you do this?

  • Change existing light bulbs from white to blue
  • Put up blue Christmas lights in your windows or around your home
  • Challenge your street to become a “Blue-evard” by lighting every house up blue
  • Project the Light it Up Blue logo on a wall or a building
  • Put a Light it Up Blue sign in your yard
  • Use washable car window paint to show your support
  • Put up blue balloons in your office or on your mailbox
  • Dye a strip of your hair blue or use a blue clip-on hair extension
  • Use the hashtag #LIUB to be a part of Autism Awareness Month on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
  • Turn your website, Facebook or Twitter profile blue or use the LIUB logo
  • Personalize your own LIUB Selfie Sign

Light it Up Blue – It is your time to shine! Visit www.autismspeaks.org/liub for resources and tools to LIUB!

March 17, 2017

Goals for Giving 2017

The NHS Blue Thunder faced off against the NHS White Lightning at the 13th Annual Goals for Giving Hockey benefit on Sunday, March 12, 2017 to raise money in support of the mission of NHS and the NHS Human Services Foundation. The teams, comprised of hockey enthusiasts and Philadelphia hockey celebrities, “battled” each other on the ice, in a fierce – but friendly – competition at the Flyers Skate Zone in Northeast Philly. This year the Foundation raised more than $100,000 to support the NHS IDD (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) Prom, the NHS Schools lunch program (Pantry for Pride), NHS Behavioral Health addiction services (Recovery House Scholarship), and other NHS programs. Debbie, an individual in our IDD program at NHS Woodhaven in Philadelphia, proudly dropped the puck to kick-off the game for her 13th time at the event! Many individuals, staff, and families also came out on a frigid Sunday afternoon to cheer on the teams.

A Meet and Greet Reception at the Southampton Room followed the exciting game, where guests had a chance to get autographs, and to take photos with the hockey celebrities. A huge thank you to all who supported Goals for Giving, especially Lintons Managed Services, the players, celebrities, sponsors,  donors, volunteers and NHS staff! 

Check out news coverage advertising the event and at the event on PHL17 and NBC10 News!

MArch 07, 2017

NHS Autism Center Open House and Ribbon Cutting

More than 250 families, providers, and state representatives in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas came out on March 7 to be part of the grand opening of the new NHS Autism Center in Louisiana! NHS CEO Joe Martz began the program and welcomed everyone to the event. Karen Markle, EVP of Education and Autism Services, introduced the new staff at the Center who gave tours and answered questions from the many families in need of support. After opening remarks, everyone gathered outside to witness the sign unveiling and ribbon cutting.

Due to her incredible support of NHS and for helping to develop the new facility, the Center has been named in recognition of Shelley Hendrix, advocate for children with autism. Shelley’s surprise reaction after the unveiling left everyone in happy tears! “My hope is that the Center will provide an additional resource to families that are living with autism and have that continuum of care that’s available to children…to make sure their needs are being met, not only for the person with autism, but for the whole family as well,” said Shelley. The NHS Autism Center officially opens on Monday, March 13.  

Visit www.brproud.com to watch a clip of Karen Markle and Shelley Hendrix discuss the new NHS Autism Center with BR Proud host Chad Sabadie!

Check out news coverage advertising the event and at the event on PHL17 and NBC10 News!

March 07, 2017

Congratulations, Tom Morgan, Executive Management Award Winner

National Social Work Month2017Tom Morgan, Vice President for Information Technology, was recently acknowledged and awarded an Executive Management Award from SmartCEO. Tom received his award at the 2017 Philadelphia Executive Management Awards celebration held at the Ballroom at the Ben in Philadelphia on March 8.

The Executive Management Awards program recognizes the leadership and accomplishments of the region’s executive management all-stars. These individuals uphold the highest ethics, lead collaboratively and creatively, and enhance and support the organization’s mission. Click here to view Tom’s video profile on SmartCEO’s website.

Congratulations, Tom, and thank you for all that you do to support the mission and vision of NHS!

March 07, 2017

March is National Social Workers Month

National Social Work Month2017Our nation’s more than 600,000 social workers have amazing tenacity and talent, confronting some of the most challenging issues facing individuals, families, communities, and society. They forge solutions that help people reach their full potential and make our nation a better place to live. NHS celebrates the contributions of social workers during National Social Work Month in March.

Visit www.socialworkers.org to read more about National Social Work Month and how you can celebrate our staff!

March 02, 2017

NHS DDTT Wins Mental Health America 2017 Innovations Award

NHS DDTT Wins Mental Health America 2017 Innovations Award Congratulations to the NHS Dual Diagnosis Treatment Teams (DDTT) in Westmoreland County, PA for receiving the 2017 Innovations Award for “Recovery” services! The DDTT programs will be honored in May at a special awards dinner recognizing innovative leaders and visionaries throughout the region.

DDTT is comprised of a specialized mobile team of professionals including a Psychiatrist, a Behavioral Specialist, Recovery Coordinators, a Nurse, and a Pharmacist, providing treatment, support, and education for individuals in the community diagnosed with a mental illness and co-morbidity development disability.

Great job, DDTT, on this well deserved recognition!

March 02, 2017

Goals for Giving...in the News

Philadelphia Flyers alumni and NHS Human Services Foundation Board member Brian Propp and Executive Director of the NHS Human Services Foundation Sylvia Purnell participated in radio and television interviews this past week to promote the 13th Annual Goals for Giving Hockey Benefit scheduled for Sunday, March 12. Brian and Sylvia sat with radio host Brad Segall from “The Philadelphia Agenda” to discuss all the details of the event, the NHS Foundation, and about NHS services. The show will air this Sunday, March 5 at 6am on WOGL 98.1, WTDY 96.5, and at 7am on WXTU 92.5. The show will air multiple times as well as on their affiliate HD channels.

Brian and Sylvia also participated in a promotional ad with 6ABC News in Philadelphia, which will also air this weekend.
Great job, Brian and Sylvia, and thank you for promoting Goals for Giving!

Goals for Giving...in the News
Picture 1 - L-R: Samantha Byles - Bellevue Communications, Mike Neilon - Bellevue Communications, Sylvia Purnell, and Brian Propp
Goals for Giving...in the News
Picture 2 - L-R: Brad Segall, Sylvia, and Brian
March 02, 2017

NHS/AVS 'A Night to Shine' Prom

“It was a lot of fun,” said Liz, “I thought it was a really cool thing to go to.”  Added Jonathan, “I can’t wait to go back next year.”

On Friday, February 10, individuals from NHS and NHS/AVS put on their prom dresses and tuxedos and headed to the Night to Shine Prom. In western PA, 28 individuals attended proms at two local churches including Woodland Valley Church in Cranberry and The Bible Chapel in McMurray.

The event, hosted by the Tim Tebow Foundation, is an unforgettable prom night experience for people with special needs. On one night, churches around the world hosted Night to Shine for thousands of honored guests. Every guest entered the complimentary event on a red carpet to a cheering crowd and friendly paparazzi. Once inside, they were given the royal treatment at hair, makeup and shoe shining stations, and as they received corsages and boutonnieres, sang in a karaoke room. They then danced the night away! The highlight was when each guest was crowned as a king or queen of the prom. “We walked down the red carpet,” commented Tess. “My favorite part was the dancing.”  Megan added, “We got our hair and make-up done!”

We are grateful for the area churches and the Tim Tebow Foundation who partner with us to enrich the lives of the individuals that we serve.

March 02, 2017

A Story of Hope

Bob is a 77 year old man who resides at the NHS Lehigh Valley Center IDD program in Slatington, PA. This past year has been quite a challenging year for him medically, but due to the strength, love, and dedication of his team he has overcome these challenges and is on his way to recovery and back to being the Bob they all know and love. In June of 2016 Bob had become so ill that he was hospitalized and then went to Manor Care for rehabilitation. He was discharged back to the NHS Lehigh Valley Center IDD program and his outlook was not good. He was hospitalized again in September and October and the team was not sure he would return this time. Well, Bob proved all of us wrong! With the dedicated staff visiting him almost daily, he returned back to the program in November and has been improving every day with leaps and bounds.

Thank you to this dedicated team at NHS Lehigh Valley Center for helping Bob get back on the road to recovery.

A Story of Hope
A Story of Hope
March 02, 2017

Celebrating Mardi Gras

Individuals and staff members at NHS/AVS Kennedy Program Center in Pittsburgh celebrated Fat Tuesday on February 28 with a Mardi Gras parade. Each classroom created a theme for their parade float, and they were announced as they came down the halls. The celebration was enjoyed by all!

Celebrating Mardi Gras
Celebrating Mardi Gras
Celebrating Mardi Gras
Celebrating Mardi Gras
Celebrating Mardi Gras