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Wellness Connection Clinic Helping Homeless And Low Income Get Healthy

Dec 6 2017 Erie, PA

Starting in September of this year, the MHA second floor has been host to an innovative, collaborative outreach program to bring healthy resources to the homeless and underserved members of our community. Spearheaded by the volunteer faith community nurses from the Erie United Methodist Alliance, a group of representatives including MHA, Community Health Net, and nursing programs from Gannon University and Edinboro University gathered beginning in the Spring to begin formulating a plan to put together a health resource clinic at MHA. The idea was to provide a drop-in service embedded in a site where qualifying individuals attend regularly, that could do basic health and needs assessments and have resource representatives available to connect consumers to services. This is a one year experiment in which data on effectiveness will be gathered. If successful, the program will continue and could be replicated at other sites where homeless and undeserved members of the community frequent.

The "Wellness Connection" is held at MHA on Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm. MHA members and anyone in the area is welcome to come by either to learn about the clinic services or get help with a health related issue in a holistic approach. The clinic offers accessible, patient-centered and trauma-informed care with an emphasis on an integrated healthcare model. Safe Harbor Behavioral Health of UPMC Hamot has a mental health therapist and blended case manager attending the clinic providing initial assessments for services. There are homeless housing assessments and referrals available to those in need. There is no cost for any of these services. Edinboro University Social Work Program is also helping coordinate services and provide follow-up and outreach to persons accessing the clinic services.

Looking For An Interesting Presentation For Your Club Or Group?

Oct 20 2017 Erie, PA

How about something on mental illness, homelessness, recovery presented by MHA staff and members who can talk about their lived experience related to these topics?

At first blush this may sound unusual but as we at MHA look at ways to confront stigma we find there is no better way than by those who have experienced these conditions telling their stories. When the stories are done, it is amazing the many eager questions that come from our audiences. There is so much people want to know and understand about these conditions that only mental health consumers can answer. By helping yourselves be better informed you help us in our quest to have an appreciation in our community for the valiant effort of our friends, neighbors and family members who are working to recover meaningful lives while having to accommodate a mental illness. I guarantee you will not be disappointed and that you will leave feeling enlightened and maybe even inspired.

Call Bill Grove or Diana Ames at 452-4462 for more information or to schedule a presentation.

3 More Persons in Recovery Graduate Second Chance Computer Program

MHA is pleased to announce that on Thursday Sept. 21st, 3 more mental health consumers graduated from the Second Chance Computer Program. Graduates learned basic computer skills in the 30 hour course and were able to demonstrate proficiency in using computer technology. At a ceremony held at MHA, graduates received their certificates and took home the donated, used computer they trained on. Congratulations to all three consumers, Sandie Bayle, Janet Burkett and one who chooses to remain anonymous, and to their very able instructor, Jimmie Scott.

Second Chance Computer Graduates

Sandi Bayle,Janet Burkett, Jimmie Scott

MHA will hold one more Second Chance Computer training for 3 persons in recovery from mental illness. At that point we will have exhausted our supply of good used laptops. So, please consider donating to MHA any laptops in good working order that have outlived their usefulness to you or your business. You will be making a huge difference in the lives of others for whom computer literacy (and a laptop) will open opportunities for a more meaningful future.

For more information on the Second Chance Computer Program, go to the website Home Page and click on Second Chance Computer in the left side directory or contact LuAnn Gossett at 814-452-4462 x126.

A quick guide to some housing resources
for people experiencing homelessness

Warming Center at MHA

The Warming Center at MHA opens its doors whenever the overnight temperature will be 25 degrees or less, accepting anyone who needs to come in from the cold during overnight hours. All are welcome while they abide by basic rules of mutual respect. MHA provides shelter, safety, food, coffee, activities, conversation, support, and a place to "nap" for those needing to rest. Click on Icon just above this column.

Erie County Care Management Homeless Case Management

Best to call early in the morning or late afternoon or most likely you will need to leave a message and number for them to call back. They can meet with you at their office or somewhere in the community. Homeless Case Management can be a good resource way to help someone with a mental health need find a place to live. Homeless case managers have expertise and resources others may not have. The case managers are in the emergency shelters almost every day.

Over-flow shelter information

The over-flow shelter location rotates through the community. Call to find the location and times it is open or view this schedule.

Community Care, Erie County, Meeting Schedule

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 ~

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Laughter in the Limelight; a comedic view of life

Nov 26 2017 Erie, PA


Join us in this entertaining fund-raising opportunity at Jr's Last Laugh Comedy Club.

Date: Mar 21, 2018
Time: 7 PM

The show features local news and government personalities and benefits both MHA and NAMI of Erie County.

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Warming Center LogoWinter's Coming And Warming Center At MHA Needs $10,000 To Meet Its Goal For This Year

Many thanks go out to our donors who have contributed over $33,000 so far this year in support of the Warming Center at MHA. Even in tough economic times the Erie community has continued to be generous in its support of important programs that keep our less fortunate citizens safe. MHA still needs to raise $10,000 to reach our $45,000 annual goal. This goal amount represents the funding necessary to ensure we will be able to meet our commitment to be open from 11pm to 7:30am on Erie’s coldest winter nights through the longest and coldest of winter seasons. Please consider helping us meet this goal by sending a check made out to "MHANP - Warming Center".

You can make sure that no one is left out in the cold when overnight temperatures drop below 25ø or sustained wind chills reach 20ø or below.

BOG logoBoots On Ground To Become An Independent Nonprofit

Oct 25 2017 Erie, PA

Boots On Ground (BOG) is on the move in more ways than one. Having launched as an MHA program in 2016, BOG is now ready to develop its own identity and nonprofit status. A board has been appointed and the legal documentation submitted for BOG to go independent. BOG will remain under the MHA's organizational umbrella until it has its 501 (c)(3) status approval.

It has been a pleasure to be able to help this very important peer based service get off the ground and to now see it blossom into an independent nonprofit serving our military veterans and families coping with PTSD. MHA will continue to offer support, financial services and consultation to BOG as it grows and develops.

BOG is also moving from its offices in the Palace building to the Professional Building at 1611 Peach St., Suite 105. MHA is so very grateful for the space that Tom Kennedy and Altair provided BOG free for the first year and at a reduced rate for its second year. They have been a tremendous support in providing the initial home for BOG.

It is hard to believe but once again, it is time for the second annual AVON event!

Oct 12 2017 Erie, PA

The AVON event is a fundraiser for the Warming Center at MHA. 30% of all sales will go directly to the Warming Center. Last year's event brought in over $300 which covered the costs of providing meals for a week during last winter at the Warming Center at MHA.

The AVON event will be on October 27th from 9am-3pm. Again, Stairways Behavioral Health will be hosting this event at 2185 West 8th Street. We are thankful for this partnership between AVON, MHA and Stairways.

We are anticipating a very bitter and snowy winter. So, every dollar helps many persons who need to get out of the overnight cold, have a light meal, get some rest and find fellowship with others in a safe and friendly place.

Please stop by and help out the Warming Center at MHA!

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National Recovery Month LogoRecovery Celebration in Erie, PA

Sep 29 2017 Erie, PA

The Mental Health Association, in conjunction with Gaudenzia SHOUT and other partnering agencies held a Recovery Celebration for the public on Tuesday, September 19th hosted by the Martin Luther King Center, 312 Chestnut St. Erie, PA.

192 people attended the free event. I am proud to say that five (5) individuals shared their personal recovery stories which emphasized the theme of "Join the Voices for Recovery, Strengthen Families and Communities". This year four (4) people received the Susan P. Esper Award.

Commitee members Rita Wheeler and Steve Simmelkjaer with award recipients Vickie Church and Andrew Davis shown below. Recovery Celebration 2017

A Speaker/Recovery Dance was held at the Mental Health Association, 1101 Peach St., Erie, PA on Friday, September 22. The recovery pledge was signed by 66 people. Fun was had by all in a safe and secure environment.

Comments by Attendees

  • "This is a wonderful experience to be a part of!"
  • "Good Job!!!"
  • "Thank you for having me"
  • "Thank you very much was amazing"
  • "Great Celebration"
  • "Very nice & kind event"
  • "I really liked it; it was better than last year’s"
  • "First time here; everything was great"
  • "Wonderful way for the community to receive encouragement and support"
  • "Alanon was very grateful to be part of such a well-planned, organized program. Please continue to reach out to all in need and search of turning their lives around. What a Blessing this is to all involved. Thank you!"

Community Support ProgramWestern Region Community Support Program

Meeting Schedule:
Sep 8, 2017
Oct 13, 2017
Nov 10, 2017
Dec 8, 2017

The Community Support Program (CSP) of Pennsylvania is a coalition of mental health consumers, family members and professionals working to help adults with serious mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders live successfully in the community.

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