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Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community 2018Register Now
for the 2019 Walk

May 24 2019 Erie, PA

Now is the time to register to participate with the Mental Health Association of Northwestern PA in the Walk for a Healthy Community presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Beach 11, Presque Isle State Park, Erie, PA.

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MHA IconMHA Welcomes
New CEO

Oct 5 2018 Erie, PA

Mental Health Association of Northwestern PA is proud to welcome its new CEO, Pat Stucke (Miss Pat). Pat was MHA's former Operations Manager during the past 5 years. In all, she brings to the agency and community at large over 36 years of experience in the mental health field.

Pat is well prepared and honored to help continue and further the positive impact made by the former CEO, Bill Grove, who left quite a legacy following his 19 years of service at MHA.

"With new eyes and energy, I hope to continue the support that Bill gave so willingly and with such kindness and grace. Everyone deserves a safe environment, second chances and a time for recovery and healing in order to lead healthy, happy and meaningful lives. While I have a great supportive team surrounding me, I am extremely thankful for this opportunity and plan to put my best foot forward with heart and soul. I see many positive changes and growth happening presently and in the future for all involved at MHA."

CEO Pat Stukcke
CEO Pat Stucke

MHA IconDeparting CEO Bill Grove
Thanks Members and Staff.

Sep 9 2018 Erie, PA

Departing Chief Executive Bill Grove summarizes the highpoints of his service and recognizes the support of the members, staff and the community in his message.

Bill Grove Message ~

Warming Center at MHA IconWarming Center Supporters Recognized

Jun 14 2018 Erie, PA

We express our gratitude to our donors for their support of the Warming Center at MHA

Complete Article ~

Property Monitor Volunteers Helping Keep Neighborhood Safe And Friendly

Jun 27 2018 Erie, PA

Throughout the week anybody coming by the 11th and Peach Street area will be noticing one or two members from the MHA and the Upper Room of Erie wearing safety attire and patrolling. These volunteers are offering directions, reminding fellow members about smoking and loitering rules, chatting with passers by and watching for any potential safety or conflict issues.

This initiative began several months ago with the Upper Room taking the lead. MHA is now pleased to have identified a couple of members to increase the area patrolled and continue the efforts to make our neighborhood a more safe and friendly area for all. Reality dictates that due to the nature of some forms of mental illness and the social ravages of poverty, sometimes behavioral issues will erupt in our neighborhood. With the help of the Safety and Property Monitors we will be better able to intervene and minimize the impacts of these instances.

We thank our members for taking on this charge and, by doing so, offering the community one of hundreds of examples of mental health consumers assuming responsible roles in our city.

Volunteer Coordinator/Program Development Rita Wheeler Expresses Her Thanks

Oct 30 2018 Erie, PA

"Helping others helps us" is the motto of the Volunteer Program at the Mental Health Association.

Thank you to all the volunteers (2,242) for sharing their time, skills, patience and recovery stories with me. Thank you to the MHA staff who asked for volunteers' assistance and encouraged them.

All inquiries regarding volunteer hours, community service hours, unpaid internship hours, student learning hours, and field placement hours can be directed to Patricia Stucke at 814 452-4462 ext. 100.

Thank you to the many employees of other organizations for including the Mental Health Association in making the community a better one. Thank you to the numerous donors for sharing their goods and wealth with people in recovery.

I wish each and every one of you best wishes on your journey. The Lord is calling me in a new direction. I am choosing to spend time with my husband, Andy.

Take care,
Rita Wheeler

Warming Center at MHA IconUPMC Imaging Center Organizes Hat and Sock Drive for Warming Center

Dec 20 2018 Erie, PA

The Warming Center at MHA would like to thank Felecia Figurski, RT, for organizing a hat and sock drive at the UPMC Imaging Center where she is employed.

Display of Hats and Socks Received
Gifts Received

She and her co-workers donated over 250 pairs of socks and 40 hand knit hats. Their kindness and thoughtfulness is especially appreciated during this holiday season.

Display of Hats and Socks Received
Karen S. Kita Mgr, Felecia Figurski RT, Amy Kennelley RN

Surviving Major Depression

This essay by advocate Brian McLaughlin, lists several characteristics of Major Depressive Disorder. The secret to surviving, is the knowing that depression will end.

Surviving Major Depression ~

New Position of Health Navigator Strengthens Wellness Connection Clinic at the MHA

May 2 2018 Erie, PA

Emily Bond, MHA Masters Social Work Intern, Pat Stucke and Bill Grove from MHA, and Barb Lewis, Healthcare for the Homeless Partnerships Coordinator attended a luncheon hosted by the Hamot Health Foundation at the Ambassador Conference Center on April 24, 2018. A collaborative grant application effort by Emily Bond and Pat Stucke had been successful. They submitted the grant application to the foundation for the creation of a new part time position, Health Navigator at MHA, who will provide services to persons involved in the Wellness Connection. MHA was one of fourteen agencies awarded a $21,000 grant which will begin on July 1, 2018.

The Wellness Connection (WC) began on September 15, 2018 on the second floor of MHA. The WC provides services on Fridays from 10am-2pm. The WC is a free drop-in clinic at MHA for individuals experiencing homelessness and who are considered underserved members of the Erie community. The WC emphasis is an integrated, collaborative healthcare model that offers accessible, patient-centered, culturally sensitive and trauma-informed care by volunteers and/or paid staff from MHA, Erie United Methodist Alliance Health Care for the Homeless Partnerships, Faith Community Nurses of Northwestern Pennsylvania, Community Health Net, Safe Harbor Behavioral Health of UPMC, Lake Shore Community Services, Stairways Behavioral Health, Widget Financial, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Gannon University. The Wellness Connection has provided services to over 120 individuals within the past six months. The WC collaborating partners had begun to see the need for additional outreach which created the concept of the Health Navigator.

The Health Navigator will focus on the model of "For Them, With Them, By Them." The Health Navigator will empower persons who are experiencing homelessness and/or considered to be underserved in the community, with self-managing their health care needs and use of health care services. Service recipients will be taught skills to be assertive and effective self-managers of healthcare services so that their interactions with healthcare providers will be more effective. We are excited about this new opportunity!

Receiving Grant Check
Emily Bond, Pat Stucke, Bill Grove, and Barb Lewis

Community Care, Erie County, Meeting Schedule

Jan 2 2018 Erie, PA

Community Care, a nonprofit managed care organization, announces the schedule for the upcomming advisory meetings.

Meetings for Community Care Adult Members:
Adult Members Meetings ~

Meetings for Families of Members:
Family Meetings ~