Boy Scouts Landscape MCES

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A few years ago, the Scouts of Troop 551, King of Prussia, lent their time and labor to making the front lawn of MCES look a lot better with some hardscaping and plantings.

Earlier this month, the young men of Troop 181 in Gladwyne took on an equally formidable task of making the patient courtyard bloom. The effort was an Eagle Scout Project of Jason Miazga, son of Maria Miazga, CRNP, of the MCES staff.

The Scouts trimmed the shrubs, cleaned out a lot of old growth, and put in a lot of plantings that take the institutional edge off that area. Patients enjoy visits to the courtyard as weather permits. Now those visits are even more pleasant. Best of all, the Scouts will be back in the fall to plant some seasonal annuals.

On behalf of our patients, we say thanks to both Troop 181 and Troop 551.

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Stress Management Workshop Held for First Responder Spouses

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Michelle Monzo, the MCES Crisis Intervention Education Specialist, recently joined John Becker, Sprout Health Group, and 70 spouses of police officers, fire fighters, and EMTs to talk about the stresses both emergency responders and their families face.

The workshop was the first of its kind to be held in Montgomery County. It was a direct outgrowth of the Emergency Responder Suicide Prevention Forum co-sponsored by MCES in May at the Public Safety Academy in Conshohocken. The workshop was also held on the Public Safety Department's Campus.

Among the topics discussed in the two-hour session were recognizing and responding to job-related stress in a spouse or partner, resolving stress-related issues in the house, resources available to help with workplace stress, and the signs of such serious concerns as depression, PTSD, and suicide risk.

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Railroad Suicide Prevention Effort Expands

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

There are now signs with the National Suicide Prevention LifeLine (800-273-TALK) at passenger stops and stations and on some railroad right-of-ways around the tri-state area.

First SEPTA put signs on all its regional and suburban rail lines. Then PATCO did the same in Camden County and elsewhere. Now AMTRAK is stepping up. By month's end, AMTRAK will have LifeLine signs in place at locations in Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, in Trenton and Newark and Wilmington. AMTRAK is also placing the signs in several other states.

MCES is involved in the efforts and is a big supporter of the expansion. Since the signs went up in the metropolitan Philadelphia area, MCES has received many calls from people at the stations. Most of the callers were struggling with thoughts of suicide or ambivalent about taking their lives. The signs did their job and gave them a chance to reach out for help.

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Suicide Prevention Forum Draws 170

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

On May 10, the auditorium at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus was the setting for a day-long conference on suicide prevention for emergency responders.

In attendance were police officers from most departments in the county along with officers from Chester, Delaware, Philadelphia, and other counties. EMTs, fire fighters, probation officers, sheriffs and others concerned about suicide risk in the public safety professions also joined.

The forum was an outcome of an effort begun in late 2014 after the suicide of a police officer in Lower Providence Township and another in Radnor Township. MCES convened an ad hoc work group that included representatives from law enforcement, EMS, the fire service, and suicide prevention to look at the problem. It was determined that while most emergency responders had frequent contact with suicidal persons, many did not know about suicidality in their ranks.

MCES was tasked with developing suicide prevention information materials specifically for police officers, EMTs, paramedics, and fire fighters. With input from members of the work group, MCES issued "What First Responders Need to Know about Suicide." Supplies of the brochure were distributed to every police department in the county and copies were made available to police cadets and EMT trainees. Copies are also provided to all MCES Crisis Intervention Specialist trainees.

The work group plans to move beyond raising awareness about emergency responder suicide risk through educational materials and training and decided this could best be facilitated by bringing together representatives of the regional emergency responder community. The Forum was the result.

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MCES Partners with Rocky Mountain MIRECC on A.C.E. Brochure

Saturday, October 29, 2016

In 2011, MCES issued the "ACE" (Ask, Care, Engage) card succinctly stating how to help someone who might be suicidal. The card was adapted from a similar resource used by the Veterans Administration (VA). MCES has now adapted another VA suicide prevention resource for general community use.

Last spring, MCES began working with the Rocky Mountain MIRECC (Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center) for VA Suicide Prevention, Denver, CO to make practical suicide prevention information more available. The first product is a new trifold based on the ACE Card. MCES is now working with the Rocky Mountain MIRECC on a version of the ACE trifold based on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline that will be made available nation-wide.

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Bill Myers Named MCES CEO

Monday, July 11, 2016

MCES proudly announces that longtime executive Bill Myers has been named the organization's CEO.

Bill was most recently the chief operating officer for MCES. He held that position since 2010. He joined MCES in 1991 as a psychiatric technician.

"Not surprisingly, Bill rose to the top in our search process," said Board Chairman Pete Scattergood. "His dedication to MCES, leadership skills and knowledge of the mental health field are exactly what our organization needs."

Bill assumed his new role on July 1. He replaces Dr. Rocio Nell, who served MCES for more than 30 years.

"I thank the Board for the trust it has placed in me," said Bill. "MCES is a special organization that strives to make a difference in the lives of individuals and families when they most need support. I have been privileged to be part of that effort for 25 years and look forward to leading our talented staff as we continue our commitment to mental health."

Bill has held a variety of positions at MCES, including crisis intervention caseworker, assistant director of crisis intervention and director of business services. He holds a BS in Psychology and an MBA from Penn State. He lives in Lower Gwynedd with his wife and three sons.

Diversified Search assisted the MCES Board of Directors with the recruitment process.

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New Medical Director Named

Friday, July 22, 2016

Deepraj Singh, MD, is the new Medical Director at MCES.

Dr. Singh joined MCES's medical staff in 2015. She is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. At MCES, Dr. Singh performed both voluntary and involuntary psychiatric evaluations in the Crisis Center and provided psychiatric care to patients admitted to the Inpatient Unit.

Dr. Singh attended medical school at Albany Medical College and did her Residency at Drexel University. Prior to coming to MCES, she held positions at Fairmount Behavioral Health System and at Friends Hospital.

"Dr. Singh has been a versatile and valuable member of the MCES Medical Staff and I look forward to working with her to further enhance the quality of our clinical services," said MCES CEO Bill Myers.

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MCES And Tony Salvatore Honored For Suicide Prevention Efforts

Monday, May 4, 2015

On May 1, Director of Development and Suicide Prevention Tony Salvatore accepted the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's (AFSP) Community Impact Award on behalf of MCES.

The Greater Philadelphia's AFSP recognized Tony and MCES for their unflagging dedication to preventing suicide not only in Montgomery County but throughout the region through "a wide range of crisis intervention and emergency psychiatric services." The honor recognized that:

• MCES is one of the only area participants in the National Suicide Lifeline that is 24/7/365, and MCES has been a Lifeline member for over a year.
• Tony and MCES created a Law Enforcement Suicide Prevention Taskforce following three local police suicides in 2014.
• Tony and MCES created and distributed suicide prevention tool kits to first responders, high school counselors, family members, and, through a project with their Youth & Philanthropy Club, faculty members at the Owen J. Roberts Middle School.
• SEPTA and MCES partnered on a suicide prevention project that placed signs for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline system-wide, along 450 miles of railway—the first suicide prevention initiative of this kind in the area.

This is just a small sampling of the suicide prevention initiatives that Tony and MCES are responsible for. The Community Impact Award, bestowed at the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the AFSP's 7th Annual "Party with a Purpose" held at the home of Dr. Dwight Evans, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychiatrist-in-Chief at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, is a fitting acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication that goes into preventing suicide.

"The recognition is nice, but I appreciate more the ongoing support of MCES's suicide prevention activities by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention over many years," said Tony.

Tony was also honored by Moving Agencies Toward Excellence (MAX Association) in March with its "Service Excellence Award for Outstanding Services."

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Join The MCES Team

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

MCES is looking to fill the following positions. Come be part of the MCES team.

Part-Time Evening and Weekend Psychiatric Techs

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in an area of Human Services (Psychology, Sociology, Counseling, Criminal Justice, etc.) from an accredited college or university plus a minimum of 1 year of mental health direct care experience OR an Associate's Degree in an area of Human Services with twelve (12) semester Behavioral Health college credit hours plus two years of mental health direct care experience in the field; OR a High school diploma or equivalency plus twelve (12) semester Behavioral Health college credit hours plus three years of mental health direct care experience in the field or any combination of experience, education or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skill, and ability required. Other experience or education may be required by the credentialing body where appropriate.

Part-Time Environmental Services

Environmental Services Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalency (GED) and some related experience or any combination of experience, education, or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skill, and ability required.

Part-Time Ambulance Transport

Ambulance Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalency (GED) and a minimum of (1) one year of emergency or transport experience required. Successful applicants must have the ability to properly use the Montgomery County Telecommunication System.

For immediate consideration for any of the positions, please submit a resume to Sharon Bieber. Click here to email Sharon.


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