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MCES Welcomes New Staff, Including Medical Director

Monday, December 18, 2017

Dr. Cooney has been in active practice in the Philadelphia region for over 20 years. She has been recognized by Philadelphia Magazine as a Top Doc, has been listed as one of Castle Connelly's Exceptional Women in Medicine, and named a Regional Top Doc.

Dr. Cooney is a strong advocate of healthy lifestyle choices to promote recovery and wellness.

Lakisha comes with over 20 years of experience managing programs to improve health outcomes.

She has an extensive knowledge of hospital operations, assuring patient and staff safety, and regulatory and TJC accreditation requirements.

Isaiah brings a deep behavioral health background to MCES, including experience in substance abuse and mental health services.

Most recently, he was on the staff at the Mirmont Treatment Center. Previously he held crisis service posts with Elwyn and Crozer Chester Medical Center.

Jim has been with MCES for more than 20 years and has a strong familiarity with MCES service operations.

Most recently, Jim served as our Patient Resources Coordinator. Jim's background includes experience as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and service in the US Army.

MCES wishes them well in their roles helping build better tomorrows for those in need.

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Israel's Room At MCES Dedicated

Monday, October 30, 2017

Family and friends of the late Israel Paltin, MA, joined MCES staff recently in dedicating "Israel's Room."

The completely refurbished area is now used by male patients for recovery and wellness activities during the day and recreation in the evenings. Memorial gifts and a grant from the Mary Daly MacFarland Foundation helped to fund the renovations.

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MCES Commends Officers For Crisis Response

Monday, October 30, 2017

MCES presented commendations for meritorious service to all the members of the Limerick Township Police Department and the West Region SWAT for safely resolving a very dangerous situation.

In January 2017, Limerick Township Police attempted to serve an emergency protection from abuse order. Police found the individual parked along the curb with a handgun. The officers took cover and contained the scene. An "officer needing assistance" alert went out.

The Montgomery County SWAT-West Region immediately responded. Negotiations began and as a result of a collective effort, the individual surrendered several hours later. Officers on the scene demonstrated a full awareness and understanding of the mental health of the individual.

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MCES Offers Tips To Responding To Stress

Monday, October 30, 2017

On World Mental Health Day, Forensic Diversion Education Specialist Michelle Monzo and Director of Development Tony Salvatore were presenters at an educational program for emergency responders at the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety in Conshohocken.

Participants learned techniques for managing stress and what they need to know about suicidal ideation and how it can progress to more dangerous behaviors.

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A Call To Tighten The Focus For Suicide Prevention

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Every day, week, and month of the year is claimed by multiple causes or diseases. Such designations have the purpose of raising awareness and funds. Suicide prevention is into this too.

The International Suicide Prevention Association promotes "World Suicide Prevention Day" on September 10, the American Association of Suicidology and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention back "National Suicide Prevention Week" in the US from September 10 to September 16 and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is behind September as "National Suicide Prevention Month."

Social media will feature messages extolling suicide prevention, promotional events, trainings, conferences and so on. What is omitted in all of this messaging and imaging is some explication of exactly what suicide prevention is and how it can be accomplished.

There are different levels of suicide prevention. The one that is most needed is aimed at keeping people from becoming suicidal. To be sure we do not know a lot about doing this. So let's focus our advocacy and awareness-raising on calling for research and programs that will reduce the incidence of suicidal behavior through measures implemented before there are any signs of suicidality.

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MCES Expands Suicide Prevention Efforts

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

MCES helps adults experiencing psychiatric emergencies and serious mental health crises. Adults with severe suicidal ideation, those voicing specific threats of plans to take their lives, or those who made suicide attempts make up the majority of those served by our Crisis Center and Inpatient Care Unit.

In 2001, MCES expanded its role in suicide prevention beyond suicide crisis intervention and treatment. MCES initiated a Suicide Prevention Program to address measures to reduce suicide risk and behavior both in those we serve and in the community.

This has involved developing suicide prevention information for providers, emergency responders, clergy, and others, working with Survivors of Suicide (SOS) on support resources for those who have experienced a suicide, hosting the MontcoCares website that has links to a wide range of suicide prevention resources, being part of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network, and much more.

MCES's suicide prevention efforts reach beyond Suicide Prevention SignMontgomery County such as the signs giving the 1-800-273-TALK suicide helpline number at regional rail stations throughout the metropolitan area.

Staff articles on suicide prevention appear in national publications. Recent examples include "Problem Gambling and Suicidal Behavior: A Primer for Law Enforcement" in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin and "What Corrections Needs to Know about Suicide Loss" on

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