Dr. Myrtle Yoshinaga was a fellow clinician and supervisor, a colleague and a leader. She inspired all who came to know her to strive for excellence in their clinical work. This award is perpetuated in her memory, hoping to foster the professional values which she held and encouraged through her clinical excellence and dedication. It is a honor to be nominated for outstanding clinical work.
CEC would also like to congratulate all nominees of the 2016 Myrtle Yoshinaga Clinical Excellence Award:
(Listed in left to right in the picture: Michelle Sherens/CSDD, Kathleen Locmelis/CSDD, Nora Higgins/CSDD, Barbara Groom/CSDD, John Berres/AMHS, Dorothy Archambeau /CSDD, Pam Dunckel/ FamForward).
The winner of the 2016 Myrtle Yoshinaga Clinical Excellence Award is Barbara Groom, LLP Autism Coordinator/Wardcliff Abilities Center/CSDD.
Once every other year, the Clinical Excellence Committee will select a CMHA staff person to receive deserved recognition for the time and energy expended in helping people in the community and/or their work environment beyond that called for in their job.
The 2015 winner of the Gil DeRath Humanitarian Award was Bill Zimmer.
The 2015 nominees were (listed from left to right):
Katharine Wilson, Crisis Services/AMHS
Jimmie Harris, DO Various programs/AMHS
Erin Parcell, MA LPC Transitions GL/CSDD
Cynthia Borgman, LMSW Outreach CMS/AMHS
Jill Brown, LMSW Older Adult Services/AMHS
Kelsey Dowty, LLMSW EIP/FamForward
Bill Zimmer, Charter House/AMHS
Justin Hodges, LLMSW FGS/FamForward
Bruce King, House of Commons/SAS
Judy Hazle, Executive Administration/GA
Kim Reed, Life Consultation/CSDD
The State is having a Poetry contest and has asked the CMH’s to provide one poem for each county. CMHA-CEI did a Poetry contest in November, 2014 and we have two winners. One person is from Ingham county and the other is from Eaton county. There was no entry for Clinton county. Both people receive services from CMHA-CEI and won a $25 gift card and then their poems were sent on to the state. The Public Relations workgroup will decide which poems they will include in a book or possibly to showcase along with the artwork around the state. You can read the winning poems by clicking on the links below.
The health care environment, always in flux, has been changing even more rapidly over the past several years, with a focus on improved integration between physical and behavioral health care. In an effort to shape and respond to these changes, the Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties (CMH) has, for the past several years, embarked on a number of initiatives, spanning many dimensions of the organization’s operations. A recent article in The Center for Health Design Magazine highlights The Ingham Community Health Center's BIRCH Center, housed within our main campus. Click HERE to view the article.
Through collaborative efforts between Community Mental Health, Michigan State University, the Sparrow Family Medicine Residency Program and the Ingham County Health Department’s Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), a primary care health center housed within CMH became fully operational in July of 2013. This health center is designed to focus on serving the chronic, acute, and well-check needs of CMH consumers who have little or no access to primary care. Between its official launch in April 2013, and the most recent count in June 2014, BIRCH Center has a total of 491 patients.
Our collaborative workgroup began looking at the barriers to accessing primary care for those diagnosed with serious mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance use disorders. The common barriers were issues of stigma, cost of treatment, transportation and problems with appointment scheduling. In creating BIRCH (Building Inter-professional Relationships for Community Health) we hope to bridge these and other gaps in obtaining healthcare for many in our community.
1. Pre-Recovery (basic needs come first)
2. Treatment for Symptoms of Mental Illness
Older adults may face a higher risk of finding themselves isolated from friends and family even when they were once very social. Children and grandchildren grow up and move away. When we retire, we are cut off from daily interactions we once had. Disabilities can make it even more challenging to keep up the same level of activity we once knew. It is important to maintain social connections in these situations. Interactions with others has been shown to have both physical and mental health benefits.
Social Apps and Technology
Sometimes distance is the biggest factor in keeping us from seeing our loved ones as often as we would like. Consider using social media platforms such as Facebook or Instagram to stay in touch with friends and family from across the world. Skype is another way great way to connect with people as it is very intuitive, and it allows you to make connections with a system similar to a phone call with the added benefit of video and messaging.
Volunteer in Your Community
Retirement does not need to leave you feeling restless and without a way to spend your time. Stay active in your community by volunteering at your local animal shelter, food charity, or library. Organizations such as Senior Corp offer people 55 and up with training and connections to charities that are tailored to your interests. Senior Corp recognizes that retirees have a lot of skills and knowledge that make them very valuable to charities that are in need of help.
Get a Pet to Keep You Company
Studies have shown that the presence of a dog or cat can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Dogs can also open the door to social interactions when you take your pet for a walk around the neighborhood or to the dog park. If you have a disability that might make it more difficult to give your dog walks yourself, finding a reliable dog walker or sitter will enable you to have the benefits of pet ownership without the responsibility of having to provide exercise or full-time care.
Join a Club
A club is a great way to connect with other people who share your interests such as hobbies, reading, or cooking. If you can’t find a club or group in your area that fits what you are looking for, look into starting one yourself. There is often free meeting space in your community at your local library, a church, or public school. You can also host a smaller group in your home.
Most facilities provide activities that encourage socialization among its residents. While the transition to a care facility may take some adjustment time, be sure to take advantage of these programs when they are available. You may initially feel cut off from the people you are close to, but you are also around others that may feel the same way you do. Take the time to meet new people and participate in gatherings and outings when they become available.
Charter House 38th Year Anniversary Party
Charter House opened its doors on April 14th 1978. It was the first clubhouse in Michigan. We celebrated this event at the club house this year. Over 60 people attended (even the Channel 10 News) and it was a great event! What is a Clubhouse? It is a place where we come to learn how to work together. We work every day as a team to make us better people. It is a place where we recover from things we are struggling with. It is a place where we get back on our feet. You might be wondering how to get involved. You need to be 18 years old and have lived with or are currently living with a mental illness. You also need to have Healthy Michigan or Medicaid. If this sounds like you then come check us out
Below is the link to the story about Charter House which was on the news
The City Pulse profiles a grant funded program that was developed and implemented in the Fall of 2013 to provide specialized probation and integrated behavioral health services to individuals with non-violent legal charges and mental health treatment needs. The goals of this program are to support individuals in successfully completing probation, to avoid unnecessary jail time and associated costs, to address a range of health care needs, to reduce court recidivism, and to identify meaningful short and long term objectives for themselves to pursue during and after program involvement.
As part of its May, 2014 media coverage of Mental Health Awareness Month, Joe Linstroth with WKAR Radio interviewed Ms. Jerri Nicole Wright for its Current State program about her experiences living with and managing a serious and persistent mental illness. From encountering stigma to overcoming obstacles to her well being, Ms. Wright bravely conveys the complexities and challenges people with mental health issues often face. You can hear her personal, moving story by clicking here for the original article on WKAR's website, or clicking play below.
Mr. Kevin Lavery with WKAR’s Current State radio program interviewed Mark Philips, a recovery specialist with CMHA-CEI, on 5/30/14 as a part of a series for Mental Health Awareness Month. Mark Phillips describes the goals of the Youth Mental Health First Aid Training program, answers questions on signs and symptoms of youth mental health disorders, and reviews action steps trainees who complete this training may take to offer support and assistance to youth. He also discusses anticipated outcomes of this grant funded training program. Individuals interested in this training program may contact CMHA-CEI customer service at 517-346-8244 or eventbrite.com for upcoming trainings.
You can listen to the interview by clicking here for the original article on WKAR's website, or clicking play below.
Charter House Clubhouse has been actively advocating for mental health.
Clubhouse members are seen below with Senator Gretchen Whitmer.
The intent of the CMHA-CEI Integrated Care Initiative is to enhance the availability of mental health treatment services to patients of the various county Health Department clinics as well as primary care clinics within the Tri-County Area. The goal is to provide brief, evidence based, effective, outcome focused, services which are coordinated with primary care services in a fully integrated manner.
The co-located project with the Ingham County Health Department (ICHD) has continued to operate to capacity with three Mental Health Therapists located at three ICHD sites and recently experienced the exciting addition of four hours of consultative psychiatry to the main ICHD Adult Services location on S. Cedar.