MCES Supporting Work Of The Montco Commitment Office

Monday, January 29, 2018

MCES has a multifaceted relationship with the Montgomery County Department of Behavioral Health/Developmental Disabilities (BH/DD). This goes back to MCES' founding in 1974.

One example is the Montgomery County Commitment Office, which is managed by Paul DeMarco, RN, the Chief Mental Health Delegate, and includes full and part-time Mental Health Delegates.

The main function of the MCCO is to process petitions for involuntary psychiatric evaluations (also known as "302s") in the county. The office does much more than that but this is the role best known to the community. The MCCO is based at MCES but it carries out its mission under the authority of BH/DD through a contractual arrangement.

MCES Crisis Department staff, like their counterparts in other counties, provide basic information about the 302 process and assist both petitioners and Delegates. However, all decisions regarding petitions rest with the MCCO and the Delegates.

The MCCO and BH/DD staff are looking at ways to facilitate use of the 302 process in dealing with psychiatric emergencies.

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MCES Continuing Its Evolution

Thursday, January 25, 2018

MCES has gone through a number of significant changes and challenges over the past two to three years.

While "work in progress" applies to some changes, most have taken hold and are working well. The support and assistance of the Montgomery County Office of Behavioral Health, the other free-standing psychiatric facilities, and the hospital-based psychiatric units with the decentralization of the 302 function for adults in the county is much appreciated.

The crisis, social work, nursing, and medical staffs of emergency departments in the county are working with the MCES Crisis Department to assure that all patients needing inpatient care are appropriately placed as soon as possible.

We are building our capability so that we can meet more of the region's growing need for inpatient psychiatric care in the near future. Our law enforcement partners remain our largest referral source and continue to work with us to reduce the risk of inappropriate incarceration of persons with serious mental illness who have police contact because of their psychiatric symptoms.

Most of all, we also recognize and value the commitment and resilience that our staff have demonstrated during this ongoing period of adjustment.

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OARS Helps Patients Stay On Schedule

Monday, January 29, 2018

MCES serves many patients with a primary mental health diagnosis and a co-occurring substance use disorder (COD). Drug and/or alcohol abuse complicates recovery and often precipitates a recurrence of psychiatric symptoms necessitating rehospitalization.

The Ongoing Abstinence Recovery Schedule (OARS) is intended to minimize that outcome by helping COD patients create a plan for their daily activities after leaving MCES.

"These patients are encouraged to complete an OARS Mike Melcherfor their first week after discharge – the beginning of a sober lifestyle," said Mike Melcher of the MCES Allied Therapy staff.

This involves detailed daily planning covering time for family, work, shopping, and other routine activities as well as time for mindfulness, recreation,
spirituality, and peer support through AA, NA, and other groups. It usually takes several days to complete the plan and patients draw on individual and group counseling to guide their efforts.

Patients receive a certificate acknowledging completion of their plan. MCES is monitoring the program's effectiveness and exploring plans to add a post-discharge follow-up component.

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Harcum Students Learning At MCES

Friday, January 26, 2018

The Allied Therapy Department has hosted Level II Occupational Therapy Assistant students from Harcum College in Bryn Mawr for a number of years.

The current two-month rotation started on January 8. After graduation, the students will go on to work with Registered Occupational Therapists (OTR) in using every-day activities to help people prevent, lessen, or overcome disabilities affecting independent living. Serious mental illness is one such disability.

At MCES, the students apply their skills and knowledge to help our inpatients get ready for their return to community living and enhance their life satisfaction. Their efforts are always greatly appreciated by our patients.

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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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