The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services has launched an effort to address the negative health care outcomes associated with poor housing and other social determinants of health among persons with serious mental illness.
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In addition to intensive psychiatric care, MCES promotes recovery by giving patients the tools to improve their quality of life at home and in the community. That is the role of the Allied Therapy Department, which among other things, teaches coping skills, stress management, social skills, and relapse prevention.
Several years ago, we added the innovative Ongoing Abstinence Recovery Schedule™ (OARS) to our COD program. OARS participation is voluntary and open to all MCES co-occurring inpatients.
A statewide task force under the auspice of the PA Department of Human Services is planning 988 implementation in Pennsylvania. Julie Peticca, who directs our Crisis Department, is part of the 988 start-up project.
Montgomery County frequently finds itself well ahead of the curve when it comes to the adoption of new practices in emergency mental health. One of the latest is teaming police officers with non-law enforcement co-responders on mental health calls.
It is not well known, but MCES was largely created to divert person with chronic mental illness from possible imprisonment because of behavior related to symptoms of their illness.
The MCES Allied Therapy Department has started psychoeducation groups to enhance patients’ suicide prevention skills during and after their stays.
Tony Salvatore, Director of Development, received a Recovery and Resiliency Award for his work in suicide prevention and mental health in Montgomery County.
Carol's Place is now located on the grounds of Eagleville Hospital in Lower Providence Township.
Individuals in a mental health crisis can now call 988 to receive help.
988 is the new number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It replaces 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK), although that number will remain active.