MCES proudly announces that longtime executive Bill Myers has been named the organization's CEO.
Bill was most recently the chief operating officer for MCES. He held that position since 2010. He joined MCES in 1991 as a psychiatric technician.
"Not surprisingly, Bill rose to the top in our search process," said Board Chairman Pete Scattergood. "His dedication to MCES, leadership skills and knowledge of the mental health field are exactly what our organization needs."
Bill assumed his new role on July 1. He replaces Dr. Rocio Nell, who served MCES for more than 30 years.
"I thank the Board for the trust it has placed in me," said Bill. "MCES is a special organization that strives to make a difference in the lives of individuals and families when they most need support. I have been privileged to be part of that effort for 25 years and look forward to leading our talented staff as we continue our commitment to mental health."
Bill has held a variety of positions at MCES, including crisis intervention caseworker, assistant director of crisis intervention and director of business services. He holds a BS in Psychology and an MBA from Penn State. He lives in Lower Gwynedd with his wife and three sons.
Diversified Search assisted the MCES Board of Directors with the recruitment process.
Deepraj Singh, MD, is the new Medical Director at MCES.
Dr. Singh joined MCES's medical staff in 2015. She is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. At MCES, Dr. Singh performed both voluntary and involuntary psychiatric evaluations in the Crisis Center and provided psychiatric care to patients admitted to the Inpatient Unit.
Dr. Singh attended medical school at Albany Medical College and did her Residency at Drexel University. Prior to coming to MCES, she held positions at Fairmount Behavioral Health System and at Friends Hospital.
"Dr. Singh has been a versatile and valuable member of the MCES Medical Staff and I look forward to working with her to further enhance the quality of our clinical services," said MCES CEO Bill Myers.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reported that 20 veterans a day die from suicide. This includes data from all 50 states as well as US Territories.
The release reveals that from 2001-2014 there was an 8.8 percent increase in suicide among veterans receiving care through the Veteran's Health Administration (VHA). There was a 38.6 percent rise in suicide among veterans not accessing care from the VHA.
Some other facts in the report:
• 65 percent of all veterans who died from suicide in 2014 were 50 years of age or older.
• Veterans accounted for 18 percent of all suicides among U.S. adults, a decrease from 22 percent in 2010.
• Since 2001, U.S. adult civilian suicides increased 23 percent, while Veteran suicides increased 32 percent.
Justice Related Services (JRS) is an integrated set of programs that provide services for adults who have serious mental illness and are involved in the criminal justice system. JRS provides service coordination for a specified period until the consumer is linked to community supports.
JRS is part of the criminal justice initiative of the Montgomery County Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (BH/DD). This involves working to divert individuals with serious mental illness from incarceration. When this is not appropriate or possible, support activities are started during incarceration and continue after release.
JRS is comprised of these elements:
•Criminal Justice System Diversion: JRS mobilizes an array of supports to work with police, District Courts, Montgomery County Correctional Facility (MCCF), Adult Probation and Parole, the Public Defender, the District Attorney, and others to assist persons with mental illness who have contact with the criminal justice system.
On May 1, Director of Development and Suicide Prevention Tony Salvatore accepted the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's (AFSP) Community Impact Award on behalf of MCES.
The Greater Philadelphia's AFSP recognized Tony and MCES for their unflagging dedication to preventing suicide not only in Montgomery County but throughout the region through "a wide range of crisis intervention and emergency psychiatric services." The honor recognized that:
• MCES is one of the only area participants in the National Suicide Lifeline that is 24/7/365, and MCES has been a Lifeline member for over a year.
• Tony and MCES created a Law Enforcement Suicide Prevention Taskforce following three local police suicides in 2014.
• Tony and MCES created and distributed suicide prevention tool kits to first responders, high school counselors, family members, and, through a project with their Youth & Philanthropy Club, faculty members at the Owen J. Roberts Middle School.
• SEPTA and MCES partnered on a suicide prevention project that placed signs for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline system-wide, along 450 miles of railway—the first suicide prevention initiative of this kind in the area.
This is just a small sampling of the suicide prevention initiatives that Tony and MCES are responsible for. The Community Impact Award, bestowed at the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the AFSP's 7th Annual "Party with a Purpose" held at the home of Dr. Dwight Evans, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychiatrist-in-Chief at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, is a fitting acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication that goes into preventing suicide.
"The recognition is nice, but I appreciate more the ongoing support of MCES's suicide prevention activities by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention over many years," said Tony.
Tony was also honored by Moving Agencies Toward Excellence (MAX Association) in March with its "Service Excellence Award for Outstanding Services."
MCES is looking to fill the following positions. Come be part of the MCES team.
Part-Time Evening and Weekend Psychiatric Techs
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in an area of Human Services (Psychology, Sociology, Counseling, Criminal Justice, etc.) from an accredited college or university plus a minimum of 1 year of mental health direct care experience OR an Associate's Degree in an area of Human Services with twelve (12) semester Behavioral Health college credit hours plus two years of mental health direct care experience in the field; OR a High school diploma or equivalency plus twelve (12) semester Behavioral Health college credit hours plus three years of mental health direct care experience in the field or any combination of experience, education or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skill, and ability required. Other experience or education may be required by the credentialing body where appropriate.
Part-Time Environmental Services
Environmental Services Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalency (GED) and some related experience or any combination of experience, education, or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skill, and ability required.
Part-Time Ambulance Transport
Ambulance Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalency (GED) and a minimum of (1) one year of emergency or transport experience required. Successful applicants must have the ability to properly use the Montgomery County Telecommunication System.
For immediate consideration for any of the positions, please submit a resume to Sharon Bieber. Click here to email Sharon.
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