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MCES Mourns Passing of Israel Paltin

Friday, June 24, 2016

Israel Paltin, a psychologist at MCES for 30 years, recently passed away. He will be missed by his colleagues and friends at MCES. 

Per the wishes of Israel and his family, anyone wishing to make a donation in his name can click here.

All donations will go to the MCES Patient Fund, as Israel requested. 

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Michelle Monzo Honored By NAMI

Thursday, June 2, 2016

MCES's Michelle Monzo received NAMI Montgomery County's Criminal Justice Award for 2016 at NAMI's recent annual awards dinner.

Michelle, a Forensic Diversion Education Specialist, was recognized for the Crisis Intervention Specialist (CIS) training provided to police officers and other law enforcement personnel. MCES has been offering this training since 1975. It is the foundation of MCES's jail diversion strategy to keep persons who have police contact because of serious mental illness out of the criminal justice system.

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MCES Supports Mental Health Awareness Month

Monday, May 30, 2016

Thanks to the efforts of Jenn DeOliveira, some staff of MCES donned lime green tops and wore ribbons on May 25 to support mental health.  

MCES echoed the comments of President Obama who said in a proclamation, "During National Mental Health Awareness Month, we recognize those Americans who live with mental illness and substance use disorders, and we pledge solidarity with their families who need our support as well."

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Justice Related Services Helps Adults Involved In Criminal Justice System

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Justice Related Services (JRS) is an integrated set of programs that provide services for adults who have serious mental illness and are involved in the criminal justice system. JRS provides service coordination for a specified period until the consumer is linked to community supports.

JRS is part of the criminal justice initiative of the Montgomery County Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (BH/DD). This involves working to divert individuals with serious mental illness from incarceration. When this is not appropriate or possible, support activities are started during incarceration and continue after release.

JRS is comprised of these elements:

•Criminal Justice System Diversion: JRS mobilizes an array of supports to work with police, District Courts, Montgomery County Correctional Facility (MCCF), Adult Probation and Parole, the Public Defender, the District Attorney, and others to assist persons with mental illness who have contact with the criminal justice system.

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Montco Loses Advocate and Recovery Mentor

Sunday, June 12, 2016

MCES joins the behavioral health community in Montgomery County in mourning the recent passing of John "JB" Brooks.

MCES staff met JB through his work with the Public Defender's Office, Adult Probation and Parole and at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. We respected his leadership and advocacy through the Montgomery County Community Support Program (CSP). We last saw JB at the NAMI dinner in May, where was awarded the Glenn Koons Recovery Award.

Our condolences to his family and friends.

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Problem Gambling Can Create Environment For Suicide

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Behavioral health providers often see the collateral damage caused by problem gambling. Yet they may know less about the substantial suicide risk that problem gamblers bear. Out of control gambling may precipitate or aggravate conditions conducive to suicide.

Problem gambling is a repetitive behavior that negatively affects personal and family life, school or job obligations, financial wellbeing, as well as physical and mental health. Signs include a need to bet more money more frequently and 'chasing' losses. It may grow out of social or recreational gambling and may start with any activity where something of value is staked on the outcome of something involving chance.

The financial stress that problem gambling places upon most individuals who repeatedly engage in this activity (and consistently lose) makes criminal justice contact likely at some point. Typically, most problem gamblers will cash out every available personal financial resource and try to draw on those of relatives and close friends. Thereafter they may turn to sources that may make them liable for charges and incarceration.

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