mental health advocacy

Mental Health Advocates delivered over 25,000 letters to lawmakers

Mental health advocates delivered over 25,000 letters of support for increased funding for community-based housing.

Read more details here:

MH Update – 3/22/18 – Bring It Home Rally: Over 25, 000 Letters Delivered to State Leadership in Support of Community Based Housing

 

 

New Self-Help Series Starting Soon!

The next series in MHA’s Self-Help program will be Anger Management, beginning Wednesday, January 10, 2018.  This weekly series of self-help workshops is designed to be used by participants in mental health and/or substance abuse treatment programs, but all are welcome to attend.  The curriculum includes an overview of anger management, recognizing events and cues, designing your own anger control plan, learning about the agression cycle, working with a conflict resolution model, learning about anger and how it affects the family and much more.  Participants can attend as they are able, you don’t need to attend all of the sessions to be able to participate.

If you are an active member of the Mental Health Association in Essex County and would like to register for Anger Management classes, you can click here , call Kellie or Transportation at (518) 962-2077.

If you are not yet an active member of the Mental Health Association and would like to attend, please call Kathy at (518) 962-2077 and request an intake.  Please call prior to January 4, 2018 to allow sufficient time to process your intake.

Curriculum source:  Anger Management for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Clients, SAMHSA

Financial Wellness Workshops

Click on each title to access the presentations and handouts from the Financial Wellness Workshops held at MHA Westport.

Module 1 – Assessing How You Manage Money
Presentation 
Goals Worksheet 
Spending Diary 
The Money Quiz

Module 2 – Creating a Budget
Presentation 
Budget Worksheet – blank copy 
Budget Worksheet – completed example 
Budget Summary 

Module 3 – Credit
Presentation
How to Request Your Credit Report 
Credit Score Quiz
Debt Worksheet 

Module 4 – Banking
Presentation 
Sample Checks 
“Damper” Check 
Sample Checking Account Statement
Sample Checking Account Register 

Module 5 – Planning for Retirement
Presentation

Module 6 – Shopping and Housing
Presentation
Shopping Worksheet 

 

News from NYAPRS regarding the NYS Budget Deal: Housing, Workforce & Criminal Justice Wins!

NYAPRS Analysis of 2017-18 State Budget Agreement

Despite a turbulent process characterized by frequent fits and stops, a 3-way state budget agreement that was announced by Governor Cuomo last night and that is expected to be approved by both houses of the legislature over the coming days has turned out to be one of the best we’ve seen in a very long time.

NYAPRS members have a lot to be proud of! On February 28th, upwards of 700 spirited self and system advocates came to Albany to push for several historic housing and criminal justice initiatives, for long overdue increases to our long underpaid yet dedicated and skilled community workforce, for more community reinvestment dollars from state hospital downsizing and for an innovative pilot featuring a voluntary yet persistent approach to serving people and families in crisis.

Read more from the NYAPRS website