It tells the story of a suburban mother's struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the impact that her illness and the efforts to alleviate it have on her family. Performances run through October 1. MCES will receive a portion of the proceeds and MCES suicide prevention literature will be available at the theatre.
MCES has been part of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network since 2013. The Lifeline is a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funded program involving crisis centers and hotlines across the US that respond to calls to 1-800-273-TALK.
MCES was recently selected as one of eight sites to participate in an evaluation of Lifeline services to callers who may be at imminent risk of suicide. The study designed to improve crisis workers' abilities to identify and intervene with callers at varying levels of risk. The chief investigator on the project is Madelyn S. Gould, PhD, MPH, Professor of Epidemiology in Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center, and Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. The study begins this month.
MCES is looking to fill four positions.
FT Nurse Manager 1pm – 11pm ( 4 days/week)
Qualifications: Graduate of an accredited school of nursing w/ minimum of an Associate's degree and three (3) years of Psychiatric Nursing experience. BSN or MSN preferred.
Per Diem Registered Nurses – all shifts
Qualifications: Graduate of an accredited school of nursing w/ minimum of an Associate's degree and one (1) year of Psychiatric Nursing experience. BSN or MSN preferred.
Safety & Quality Systems Director (Mon – Fri, 8am – 4pm)
Clinical Bachelor's degree (Social Work, Psychology, Nursing, etc...) and a minimum of five (5) years of Psychiatric Nursing or related experience within a hospital or professional medical setting a MUST. Qualified candidate should have a minimum of three (3) years of supervisory experience and a working knowledge of Risk Management and Patient Safety processes. Will consider any combination of experience, education or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skill and ability required.
FT Unit Clerk 3pm – 11pm (Mon – Fri)
Qualifications: High School Diploma and at least 1 year of relevant mental health AND administrative experience. Must be highly organized and have strong attention to detail.
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In 2011, MCES issued the "ACE" (Ask, Care, Engage) card succinctly stating how to help someone who might be suicidal. The card was adapted from a similar resource used by the Veterans Administration (VA). MCES has now adapted another VA suicide prevention resource for general community use.
Last spring, MCES began working with the Rocky Mountain MIRECC (Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center) for VA Suicide Prevention, Denver, CO to make practical suicide prevention information more available. The first product is a new trifold based on the ACE Card. MCES is now working with the Rocky Mountain MIRECC on a version of the ACE trifold based on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline that will be made available nation-wide.
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.
Over the years, MCES has issued one-page fact sheets summarizing suicide risk in specific groups as a means of getting useful suicide prevention information into the hands of providers, advocates, and family members involved with individuals such as those with intellectual disability or abused and neglected elders.
MCES has added two new fact sheets to this series. The newest is "Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and Suicidal Behavior" issued on September 9, National FASD Day. FASD affects up to 5% of the US population, but often goes unrecognized. This group bears the same, if not higher, risk of suicide as the general population, but little research has been done and this risk may often be underestimated.
The second fact sheet is "Domestic Abuse and Suicide Risk" released in July. Backgrounds of domestic abuse have been found in adult suicide victims and histories of suicidal behavior are common in those who have experienced domestic abuse or violence.
On September 10, 2014, the first signs giving the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-TALK) were posted at the Norristown Transportation Center suburban rail station. This was the product of a collaboration of SEPTA and MCES.
Since then more than 1000 signs have been placed at both SEPTA commuter rail and subway-surface trolley stations throughout the region. Other commuter rail carriers have followed SEPTA's lead.
Over the last two years, the MCES Crisis Center has received calls on the Lifeline from suicidal people who saw the signs and called for help from the platform. MCES appreciates SEPTA's strong commitment to suicide prevention.
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.
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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