The Newsfeed

Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

The media is full of news about budget developments in Harrisburg. MHAPA is paying attention and committed to fighting to sustain the mental health system of services and supports that we have spent many years helping to develop. However, other than to update you, we turn away from the budget in this edition of The Newsfeed to focus on other stories. I especially urge you to read the Spotlight On Hope from the I’m the Evidence/Mental Health Campaign (ITE/MH). The Campaign shares its reflections on Hope as a guiding value in mental health recovery—let it also serve as a source of support during these challenging times.

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Budget Updates

Governor Tom Corbett

On February 2, 2012, Governor Tom Corbett introduced his budget recommendations for FY2012/2103. His proposed changes and cuts to the community mental health system are the most drastic since the system’s inception more than 50 years ago. They include:

  • $110 million dollar reduction to community mental health services.
  • An additional $12.6 million reduction to the Behavioral Health Services Initiative (BHSI) and the Act 152 Drug and Alcohol Program.

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External Youth Advocates

External Youth Advocates

MHAPA’s mission is to work on behalf of the mental health of Pennsylvania’s citizens, instilling principles that facilitate recovery and resiliency of individuals and their families, through advocacy, education, and public policy. For young people placed in state run juvenile justice facilities, the tenets of this mission are partly embodied in External Youth Advocates, independent advocates who educate youth and their families about their rights and advocate for them when issues arise. MHAPA oversees four External Youth Advocates, who ensure youth in state facilities are treated with dignity and respect and that their civil rights are honored.

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Spotlight On: Hope

Spotlight On: Hope

*From time to time, the ITE/MH Campaign reflects on the values of the Campaign, sharing these reflections with Campaign Ambassadors, Partners, and other supporters. Below we share with you the Campaign’s reflections on Hope.

"One of the most hopeful signs of today is the renewal of thinking about hope." - Leon Putman

Hope, one of the values of the ITE/MH Campaign, is a crucial element of the healing process, whether the healing is mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual. As an ally in recovery from mental illness, hope is encouraged to be active, rather than passive, and based on connection, attachment, and engagement. When we experience true hope, we can see something beyond the challenges, sadness, and pain we might currently feel.

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Children's News

Children's News

The National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) recently released its newest research summary, The Truth about Consequences: Studies Point Towards Sparing Use of Formal Juvenile Justice System Processing and Incarceration. This NJJN Factsheet reviews recent studies on the juvenile justice system that show formal system processing doesn't reduce delinquency and that incarceration is ineffective—in fact, get tough approaches actually do more harm than good.

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Affiliate Updates

The Advocacy Alliance

The Advocacy Alliance

The Advocacy Alliance recently launched a redesigned website. Visit theadvocacyalliance.org and learn about the affiliate’s programs and services and keep up to date with its news-filled blog.

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Announcements and Events

On March 7, 2012, the American Psychological Association (APA) announced the national 2012 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards winners. Pennsylvania business ReMed Recovery Care Centers is one of five winners. The Award is a collaborative effort between the APA and the APA Practice Organization and is designed to educate the employer community about the link between employee well-being and organizational performance. 

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