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Police Training Program Protects Law Enforcement And Persons Showing Signs Of Mental Illness

Monday, May 21, 2018

Since the 1970s, the MCES Crisis Intervention Specialist (CIS) Program has been training police officers to safely and effectively interact with persons showing signs of possible serious mental illness or other behavioral health problems.

The CIS Program also introduces all participants to the principles of jail diversion which greatly reduces the risk of inappropriate detention and incarceration. Hundreds of municipal police officers complete the 3-day training every year. Now they will gain Continuing Law Enforcement Education (CLEE) credits for doing so.

In February, the Municipal Police Officer Education & Training Commission (MPOETC) approved the CIS Program for 24 continuing education hours. This will enable police officers in Montgomery County to apply CIS training to their mandatory annual in-service requirement. This significant value-added benefit to CIS has been positively met by trainees and their departments and agencies.

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MCES Offers Tips For Post-Discharge Suicide Prevention

Thursday, April 12, 2018

A major focus of MCES's Suicide Prevention Program is to reduce the risk of suicide among discharged patients, particularly those returning to community settings.

Many studies have shown that the 30 days after leaving a psychiatric hospital is a period of very high suicide risk for persons with serious mental illness.

MCES performs pre-discharge suicide risk assessments and offers both patients and family members information regarding suicide prevention. MCES is now initiating post-discharge suicide prevention at the "front door" by providing family members with a copy of "Suicide Risk After Discharge: What Family Members Need to Know." The new trifold summarizes the nature of suicide risk in patients after hospitalization, warning signs, and what to do.

Click here to download "Suicide Risk After Discharge"

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Human Resource Execs Joins MCES Board

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

David Wragg has joined the MCES Board of Directors.

David is a Human Resources professional and a Managing Partner of Insight Human Capital Partners, which offers services in workforce optimization, executive coaching and leadership development.

David has an international business background and has extensive experience with nonprofits. He started his career in the United Kingdom and is a graduate of the University of Hertfordshire. David resides in Elkins Park.

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MCES Crisis Residential Program Turns 20

Friday, April 27, 2018

In a former farmhouse on the western edge of Norristown, lives are rebuilt. Men and women come to the farmhouse, the home of Montgomery County Emergency Service's Crisis Residential Program (CRP), to get back on their feet.

The CRP Program offers short-term, supportive treatment in a home-like environment for individuals 18 or older who need care in other than inpatient or outpatient settings. Experienced mental health professionals are on site around the clock.

CRP is still sometimes referred to as the "Ranch House" because that was the architectural style of its first home on the grounds of the Valley Forge Medical Center where it opened in 1998. In 2006, it moved into its present quarters.

CRP is an important part of MCES's continuum of crisis services. It serves persons who need short-term residential to rebuild their community living resources. CRP also aids in community reintegration, when appropriate, after an inpatient stay.

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Suicide Prevention Needs Assessment Beginning Soon

Monday, May 21, 2018

Suicidal persons make up a large portion of those we serve through our hotline, crisis center, EMS, and inpatient unit. MCES has been a leader in suicide prevention in Montgomery County and contributed significantly to it getting started in the region. Now we are taking a look at what may be needed to enhance suicide prevention resources in the county.

MCES's inpatient program is a nonprofit psychiatric hospital. The Affordable Care Act mandates that nonprofit hospitals do a community health needs assessment every three years for their primary service area. Our next one will be carried out this spring and will focus on suicide prevention needs in the county.

The assessment will involve a survey, review of available statistics and input from community groups. The findings will be the basis for an "Implementation Strategy" highlighting unmet needs that we can address. The Montgomery County Suicide Prevention Task Force is cooperating with this project and will use our results to shape a county suicide prevention strategy.

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