Israel Paltin, a psychologist at MCES for 30 years, recently passed away. He will be missed by his colleagues and friends at MCES.
Per the wishes of Israel and his family, anyone wishing to make a donation in his name can click here.
All donations will go to the MCES Patient Fund, as Israel requested.
MCES's Michelle Monzo received NAMI Montgomery County's Criminal Justice Award for 2016 at NAMI's recent annual awards dinner.
Michelle, a Forensic Diversion Education Specialist, was recognized for the Crisis Intervention Specialist (CIS) training provided to police officers and other law enforcement personnel. MCES has been offering this training since 1975. It is the foundation of MCES's jail diversion strategy to keep persons who have police contact because of serious mental illness out of the criminal justice system.
Thanks to the efforts of Jenn DeOliveira, some staff of MCES donned lime green tops and wore ribbons on May 25 to support mental health.
MCES echoed the comments of President Obama who said in a proclamation, "During National Mental Health Awareness Month, we recognize those Americans who live with mental illness and substance use disorders, and we pledge solidarity with their families who need our support as well."
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.
MCES joins the behavioral health community in Montgomery County in mourning the recent passing of John "JB" Brooks.
MCES staff met JB through his work with the Public Defender's Office, Adult Probation and Parole and at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. We respected his leadership and advocacy through the Montgomery County Community Support Program (CSP). We last saw JB at the NAMI dinner in May, where was awarded the Glenn Koons Recovery Award.
Our condolences to his family and friends.
Behavioral health providers often see the collateral damage caused by problem gambling. Yet they may know less about the substantial suicide risk that problem gamblers bear. Out of control gambling may precipitate or aggravate conditions conducive to suicide.
Problem gambling is a repetitive behavior that negatively affects personal and family life, school or job obligations, financial wellbeing, as well as physical and mental health. Signs include a need to bet more money more frequently and 'chasing' losses. It may grow out of social or recreational gambling and may start with any activity where something of value is staked on the outcome of something involving chance.
The financial stress that problem gambling places upon most individuals who repeatedly engage in this activity (and consistently lose) makes criminal justice contact likely at some point. Typically, most problem gamblers will cash out every available personal financial resource and try to draw on those of relatives and close friends. Thereafter they may turn to sources that may make them liable for charges and incarceration.
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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