Community-Based Care from MHA (Aired on Aug. 28, 2022)

           

Mental Health America of Dutchess County (MHA) provides a wide range of services to veterans, families, children, and those who, because of poverty, need help from local nonprofits or government-sponsored services. MHA’s CEO, Andrew O’Grady, returns to Radio Rotary to describe several of the programs that MHA has in place to provide community-based solutions to mental-health problems. The 250 workers at MHA are not all therapists—although some are—but they are all able to meet with those in need, direct them to sources of assistance, and follow up for as long as necessary. MHA partnerships with local businesses lead to employment opportunities. A newly donated building will enable MHA to set up a one-stop-shop for veteran’s services. Apartments and community residences can help with housing. MHA services are free or very inexpensive for its clients.

Learn More:
Mental Health America of Dutchess County (MHA): https://mhadutchess.org/
Veterans Services in Dutchess County: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/Veteran-Services/Veterans-Services.htm
Home and Community-Based Services: https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/American-Indian-Alaska-Native/AIAN/LTSS-TA-Center/info/hcbs

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MHA’s Mobile Crisis Center (Aired on Aug. 21, 2022)

    

Jessica Madden, Director of Crisis Services at Mental Health America of Dutchess County (MHA) visits Radio Rotary to describe the revamped Mobile Crisis Center, previously run by the county but now operated by MHA under the supervision of Ms. Madden. In addition to mental health issues, the Mobile Crisis Center also helps persons affected by substance misuse. Typically, intervention is triggered by a phone call to 988 (the national mental health and suicide lifeline) or to MHA, usually not initiated by the individual needing assistance. A worker at Crisis Services then contacts the individual, bringing police assistance when needed, to de-escalate the situation. The individual will be directed to appropriate social services or supports. Afterward, a worker from the Mobil Crisis Center will keep in touch with the individual daily as needed.

Learn More:
Mobile Crisis Intervention Team: https://mhadutchess.org/services/mobile-crisis-intervention-team/
Mental Health America of Dutchess County (MHA): https://mhadutchess.org/
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/988

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September 2, 2022 · Posted in Addiction Recovery, Mental Health, Service Organizations  

Independent Living and Home Care (Aired on August 7, 2022)

Greater Newburgh Rotarian Doug Hovey, founder and CEO of Independent Living Inc. and Independent Home Care, visits Radio Rotary to talk about his 501(c)3 that aids persons with any type of disability to live independently. Although the first thing that you might think of is adapting a home for wheelchair living (they do that), Independent Living, Inc. also helps those with mental illness, substance abuse, deafness, and age-related disabilities. Doug Hovey became paralyzed below the waist 42 years ago and has worked since to help others with disabilities. Even the staff at Independent Living all have disabilities of one kind or another. Listen to this Radio Rotary show to hear a remarkable story about a remarkable Rotarian.

Learn More:
Independent Living, Inc.: https://myindependentliving.org/
Greater Newburgh Rotary Club: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/2235
Fair Pay for Home Care: https://fairpayforhomecareworkers.org/

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The MARC Foundation, Funding Awareness & Recovery (Aired on March 13, 2022)

        

Mike Carber of the MARC Foundation Board of Directors visits Radio Rotary to describe some of the programs funded by the Foundation and to announce some of its fundraising events. The main focus of the MARC Foundation in the spring of 2022 is a new Overdose Awareness Garden, developed in partnership with Mental Health America of Dutchess County, Gold’s Gym (LaGrange), and
Dutchess County. The Garden, which opens on June 9, is a treelined memorial along the Dutchess Rail Trail that allows persons commemorating a person who has died as a result of substance misuse to place a memorial lock on a chain-link fence. Also, anyone can purchase an inscribed brick that will be used for the plaza. Signs and QR codes in a Kiosk direct the visitor to various sources of help for substance use disorder. On May 12, a luncheon at Chambord in Hopewell Junction will honor the person who inspired the Overdose Awareness Garden as well as raise money for the several different programs funded by the MARC Foundation.

Learn More:
MARC Foundation: http://www.marc-foundation.org/
Mental Health America of Dutchess County: https://mhadutchess.org/
Dutchess County Substance Misuse Prevention and Treatment: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/County-Executive/Breaking-Through.htm
Dutchess Rail Trail: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/Parks/Dutchess-Rail-Trail.htm

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