May is Mental Health Month in Franklin County

May is Mental Health Month in Franklin County

 

May 7, 2021 – Chambersburg, PA – The Commissioners proclaimed May as Mental Health Month in Franklin County, urging residents to commit to increasing their understanding of mental health, the steps our residents can take to protect their mental health, and the need for appropriate and accessible services for all.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges that impact everyone’s mental health. At the end of June 2020, 40% of adults in the United States reported struggling with mental health or substance use issues (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

 

Members of Franklin/Fulton Mental Health, Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, and Early Intervention; the Mental Health Association of Franklin and Fulton Counties; as well as the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association were present for the reading of the proclamation and to share information on local resources.

 

“If you need help, it’s available,” said local advocate Kim Wertz.

 

Anyone seeking Mental Health, Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities or Early Intervention services, may call 1-717-264-5387 or email mhiddei@franklincountypa.gov.

 

If you are in crisis and need immediate attention, contact Crisis Intervention Services at 717-264-2555 or 1-866-918-2555.

 

Other resources available to Pennsylvanians in need of support include:

  • Support & Referral Helpline-toll-free, 24/7 at 1-855-284-2494. For TTY, dial 724-631-5600
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • The Spanish-language National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-888-628-9454
  • The Mental Health Crisis Text Line: Text “PA” to 741-741
  • The Attorney General’s Safe2Say program operates 24/7 and can be reached at 1-844-723-2729 or at www.safe2saypa.org.

 

The Mental Health Association of Franklin and Fulton Counties (MHAFF) is holding the following Mental Health Month events: May 7 – Annual Wellness Conference; May 14-16 – Art Show; and May 21 – Walk the Walk. To register for an event or for more information call 717-264-4301. For information on services, visit http://www.mhaff.org/programs.

Pictured (left to right): Kim Wertz, Larissa Jacobson, Bethany Peake, Jim Gilbert, Erin Nye, Commissioner John Flannery, Cori Seilhamer, Commissioner Chairman Dave Keller, Commissioner Bob Ziobrowski, Erin Grant, Barry Munch, Dr. Sherri Morgan, and Louis Hockenbroch

Franklin County Employee of the Month: April

 

Franklin County Employee of the Month for April is Libby Strayer

 

April 28, 2021 – Franklin County, PA – The Franklin County Commissioners proudly present the Employee of the Month award to Ms. Libby Strayer who has been employed with Franklin County since February 2017.  She currently serves as an Adult Probation Officer III.

 

The selection for the April 2021 Employee of the Month was determined by the Special Thanks and Recognition (STAR) Committee out of a total of nineteen nominations.

 

The STAR nomination form asks what recent event or occurrence prompted you to select Libby and the answers stated:

 

“Officer Libby Strayer was returning to the office from field work with her partner Brian Smith when they came across a vehicle accident on Lincoln Way West. There was no emergency apparatus present so they pulled over to render aid. Officer Strayer encountered an elderly female driver confined to a vehicle who appeared to be in distress. She assessed the driver for injuries and discovered her leg was bleeding heavily from an open femur fracture. Officer Strayer attempted to apply pressure with medical pads from a first aid kit, however that was not effective at stopping the bleeding. Officer Strayer then applied a tourniquet above the wound and was able to stop the bleeding before the paramedics arrived. The driver was then transported by medevac helicopter to a trauma center for treatment. Officer Strayer’s quick thinking and calm disposition allowed her to rely on her training to effectively carry out a life saving measure that increased the driver’s chances for survival.”

 

“Officer Strayer’s caseload consists of individuals on intensive probation supervision. These individuals are generally referred to her after already violating probation, however, the violation does not warrant incarceration. These individuals usually have a high risk to re-offend and require additional resources to succeed in supervision.”

 

Ms. Strayer’s outstanding characteristics are attributes that have not gone unnoticed by her
peers. The nomination form describes her as demonstrating compassion and patience while guiding the re-offenders through their supervision and recovery. Libby is friendly and is always there if somebody needs something.

 

We are grateful to Ms. Libby Strayer as she exudes a high standard of customer service, excellence, and respect to the employees and residents of Franklin County.

Pictured above: Commissioner John Flannery, Commissioner Chairman Dave Keller, Employee of the Month – Officer Libby Strayer, Chief of Adult Probation Doug Wilburne, and Commissioner Bob Ziobrowski

 

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Michael Reyka, PhD, Appointed Brook Lane Chief Operating Officer

HAGERSTOWN, MD –  Michael Reyka, PhD, joined the Brook Lane staff as Chief Operating Officer on March 8, 2021. “I am excited about the mental health field and where it will go in the future,” says Michael. “With the COVID-19 pandemic and current state of social unrest in our country, there will be an increasing need for mental and behavioral health care services. Brook Lane is positioned to meet those needs through growth and innovation and I am happy to be a part of that.”

Michael has extensive experience in hospital administration, including roles such as Vice President of Nursing and Patient Services at Summit Health – Waynesboro Hospital and Chief Nursing Officer, Associate Executive Director at the Carlisle Regional Medical Center. From 2012-2020, Michael was employed by Meritus Medical Center in various leadership assignments as Executive Director of Ambulatory Services and Executive Director/CEO Western Maryland Hospital Center and, most recently, as the Executive Director of the Meritus Accountable Care Organization.

Michael received a nursing diploma from the Fairview General Hospital School of Nursing in Cleveland in 1987. He gained experience as a registered nurse in an emergency care setting and then pre-hospital care. He advanced into charge and supervisory roles and then into management. In 1992, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in general education from Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Maryland, followed by a Master of Business Administration degree in management and human resources in 1996, from Mount St. Mary’s University. In 2015, Michael completed his doctorate degree in leadership and administrative studies from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Michael has two grown children – a daughter, 35, who lives in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and a son, 32, who lives in Charleston, South Carolina. He and his wife, Jill, live in Smithsburg, Maryland. In addition to an interest in healthcare, Michael also has had a life-long love of music. For 30 years, he has been part of an acoustic guitar duo. He also has played the drums since high school and continues to play on occasion with two different bands.

 

About Brook Lane:

Brook Lane is a non-profit mental health facility with 500 employees in four locations. The main campus in Hagerstown, MD is home to a 57-bed hospital, one of only two private mental health inpatient facilities in the state of Maryland. It also provides partial hospitalization (a day treatment program) for both adults and children on the main campus and a child and adolescent program in Frederick, MD. Laurel Hall special education school has two locations: one on the main campus and one in Frederick. There are two outpatient locations, North Village in Hagerstown and Buckeystown Pike in Frederick. Both locations have licensed clinical staff who offer therapy for all ages, as well as the THRIVE program for children. The InSTEP program at North Village provides level 1 outpatient treatment and level 2.1 intensive outpatient treatment options for substance use.

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Franklin County Awards Funding to 8 Local Nonprofits

April 27, 2021 – Chambersburg, PA – Recently, the Franklin County Commissioners approved funding for eight local non-profit agencies serving Franklin County residents.

The funding comes from the Human Service Block Grant and must be used for services that meet identified needs in any of the following areas:

  • Mental Health
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Homeless Assistance
  • Substance Use Disorder
  • Human Services Development Fund

The one-time “mini” grant is best suited for small scale or short-term projects and must be used by June 30th, 2021. The following agencies were awarded:

Family Care Services, Inc. serves children and youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The $9,000 grant will provide for a website update and new family portal system.

Mental Health Association of Franklin and Fulton Counties received $4,917 for updating marketing and educational materials.

The Waynesboro New Hope Shelter received $14,996 to provide emergency shelter and care services to those in immediate need who are experiencing homelessness.

House of Hope received $7,000 for materials and equipment in order to offer the Financial Peace University program to recovery house residents.

TrueNorth Wellness Services received $26,000 to provide furnishings, equipment, and new home kits for two additional participants in the Supported Living Program. The program provides housing, support and daily living skills to individuals living with a mental health diagnosis. TrueNorth also received $9,000 for renovations and furnishings for a community room to better provide programming and trainings.

South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP) received $14,000 for the Franklin Together Reentry Coalition’s Home Start Program. This program helps to secure appropriate home plans and housing for inmates who have served their sentence and are eligible to be released from jail, but who lack an approved home plan.

Laurel Life received $9,430 for a service enhancement for Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) treatment services. Funding will provide additional assessment tools which will eliminate delays in treatment for children who are ABA eligible.

Healthy Communities Partnership received $3,200 for the purchase of videos and one year of streaming services from Human Relations Media for prevention tools that can be used in various venues such as school assemblies, classrooms, summer school, camps, and youth groups and cover topics such as bullying, mental health, suicide awareness and prevention, alcohol abuse and use, alcohol and brain development, as well as healthy habits.

For more information on the Franklin County Human Service Block Grant, please visit www.franklincountypa.gov and click on the Human Services tab.

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