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Black History Month Mental Health Feature: Charma D. Dudley, PhD, FPPR

By Charma D. Dudley, PhD, FPPR; Associate Director of Behavioral Health, Beacon Health Options; President, NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania Board of Directors; Member, NAMI Board of Directors February is Black History Month and many of us take time during this period to reflect on the achievements, as well as the struggles and pain, that black [...]

By | 2019-02-25T16:14:08+00:00 February 25th, 2019|NAMI Blog|0 Comments

Free Financial Seminar for Individuals With a Disability & Their Families

ACHIEVA Family Trust and Hefren-Tillotson are teaming up for a series of free seminars that provide education on various financial topics including Special Needs Trusts, ABLE Accounts, Estate Planning and more.  Registration is required.  To register, contact Patty Yerina by phone at 412-995-500 (ext. 589) or by email at  Additional information is listed below. [...]

By | 2018-08-17T18:14:38+00:00 August 17th, 2018|Action Alert, Events and Happenings, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Pennsylvania Mental Health Consent Bulletin Issued

On June 29, 2018, a joint bulletin was issued by the Pennsylvania Departments of Human Services and Health. Bulletin number OMHSAS - 18-01 addresses who can provide consent to voluntary mental health treatment for minors who are between the ages of 14 - 17 years old. The bulletin includes Consent to Treatment FAQs regarding [...]

By | 2018-07-13T19:07:05+00:00 July 13th, 2018|Action Alert|0 Comments

NAMI Keystone PA CEO to Serve on NAMI’s Strategic Planning Steering Committee

NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania CEO Christine Michaels has been chosen to serve on the 2020-2025 Strategic Planning Steering Committee for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).  The main role of the steering committee is to make recommendations about the goals, strategies, and priorities NAMI should pursue during the 5-year period.  Read More [...]

By | 2018-07-13T18:29:45+00:00 July 13th, 2018|Action Alert|0 Comments

Your Differences Are Your Superpowers

By Nicholas Emeigh,  NAMI Bucks County Ending The Silence Presenter  My name is Nick and I was born and raised in Bucks County, PA and attended college in Boston. I was and am always afraid that my technically invisible mental health diagnoses will be visible to those I meet, and worry that I will be judged [...]

By | 2018-06-20T15:36:17+00:00 June 20th, 2018|NAMI Blog, Personal Stories|0 Comments

Community HealthChoices Southeast Trainings

Community HealthChoices will begin in the five southeast counties on Jan. 1, 2019, and trainings are already scheduled in each county. The Department of Human Services and Department of Aging is asking people to RSVP for the upcoming Southeast Provider Summits. You can do so by clicking HERE. State officials have also provided additional background [...]

By | 2018-07-13T19:10:46+00:00 June 4th, 2018|Action Alert|0 Comments

Mental Health Month, Week 4 Q&A on Sharing Your Experience

  All throughout #MentalHealthMonth, NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania is sharing helpful Q&A’s on various subjects. This week, we’re talking about the importance of sharing your story. Joel Richard, Data & Communications Specialist at NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania, answered questions about his experience as an Ending the Silence and Say It Out Loud presenter. Q: Tell us [...]

By | 2018-05-31T19:17:32+00:00 May 31st, 2018|NAMI Blog|0 Comments

Mental Health Month, Week 3 Q&A on First Episode Psychosis

All throughout #MentalHealthMonth, NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania is sharing helpful Q&A’s on various subjects. This week’s topic is First Episode Psychosis. Vicki Fetterman and Marci Sturgeon-Rusiewicz, who lead ENGAGE in Allegheny County, provided this overview. Q: What is First Episode Psychosis? First episode psychosis is the first time that someone experiences psychotic symptoms or a [...]

By | 2018-05-17T16:18:08+00:00 May 17th, 2018|NAMI Blog|0 Comments

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Releases New Report on Childhood Trauma

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a new report, Helping Children and Youth Who Have Traumatic Experiences. The report shows that nearly half of the nation’s children have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Children and youth who have experienced traumatic events are at risk of [...]

By | 2018-05-10T15:37:00+00:00 May 10th, 2018|Action Alert, NAMI Blog|0 Comments