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Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

We're in the final few days of Mental Health Month. MHAPA's affiliates across the state were active throughout May, seizing the extra opportunity this month offers to bring greater awareness to mental health programs and services. A big thank you to these organizations of all sizes for doing so much with very limited resources. You are the Evidence!

MHAPA's I'm the Evidence/Mental Health Campaign (ITE/MH) was also busy pulling together the second Faces of Mental Health Recovery Public Art Project. In partnership with HopeWorx, Inc. and Montgomery County Community College's Partnership on Work Enrichment and Readiness (POWER) program we're celebrating people in recovery in Montgomery County and their supporters. Mark your calendars for the June 19 opening reception for this powerful and uplifting exhibition of portraits and personal stories. Don't miss it!

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Health Insurance Marketplace Special Enrollments Period

Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator

More than eight million people enrolled during the Health Insurance Marketplace's first Open Enrollment period, including more than 4.8 Medicaid/CHIP enrollees. The period ended in March. If you missed this deadline, the next Open Enrollment Period is November 15, 2014-February 15, 2015.

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Advocacy at Work: Fighting the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act

Joseph Rogers

In December, Pennsylvania Congressman Tim Murphy introduced H.R. 3717, known as the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. Strong opposition to Rep. Murphy's bill was immediate and continues to grow. Advocates across the country are organizing and speaking out against it. In the Philadelphia area, MHAPA affiliate Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA (MHASP) is leading a successful effort to educate people about the bill and the impact it would have if it becomes law.

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A Lens on Mental Health Recovery in Montgomery County

ITE

Last year, I'm the Evidence/Mental Health Campaign (ITE/MH) launched an inspiring new community-based effort to promote mental health recovery. The Faces of Mental Health Recovery Public Art Project (FoMHR) brings ITE/MH together with local organizations to celebrate people in recovery and their supporters.

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Affiliate Updates

The Advocacy Alliance

The Advocacy Alliance

The PA Department of Public Welfare has approved The Advocacy Alliance to offer Pooled Trust services. One of the major advantages of a Pooled Trust is that it allows an individual with disabilities to join with a small amount of money. This money is then "pooled" with the other members of the trust to maximize earnings potential through investments. All of the funds for the individuals in the pool are accounted for separately. Learn more about Advocacy Alliance's Pooled Trust and other trust services.

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