Maryland Community Health Resources Commission providing funds for HOMEBUILDERS® method
Allegany County, MARYLAND (August 1, 2017) – In response to the increasing need for support of families affected by opioid and other substance abuse in Allegany County, Pressley Ridge of Western Maryland has been awarded a grant in the amount of $350,000 from the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission (MCHRC) to provide intensive in-home services. Families eligible for services are those whose children are at an imminent risk of placement or those who are in placement and cannot return home without intensive in-home services. Risks for placement include children who are victims of abuse and/or neglect and those who have been exposed to risk factors such as substance abuse, domestic violence, mental health and/or other disabling conditions of the parents. Referrals will come from the Allegany County Department of Social Services.
Pressley Ridge will be utilizing the HOMEBUILDERS® model to deliver these services. HOMEBUILDERS® provides intensive, in-home crisis intervention, counseling and life-skills education for families who have children at imminent risk of placement in state-funded care. It is the oldest and best-documented Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS) program in the United States.
“The Commission is thrilled to support Pressley Ridge and the implementation of the HOMEBUILDERS® model in western Maryland,” said Mark Luckner, Executive Director, MCHRC. “This evidence-based program will help assist families experiencing substance use issues and will promote family preservation.” The grant to Pressley Ridge is one of 21 grant awards made by the MCHRC this year.
The goal is to prevent children from being unnecessarily placed out of their homes by providing intensive, on-site intervention in addition to teaching families new problem-solving skills to prevent future crises. The HOMEBUILDERS® program removes the risk of harm to the child instead of removing the child from their home environment. The HOMEBUILDERS® model will bring services directly into the home of identified families, making services accessible and consistent and outcomes more achievable.
“Pressley Ridge is thrilled to be able to work with our community partners to tackle the ever increasing problem of opioid addiction and the devastating impact this has on children and families,” said Mary Beth DeMartino, Director of Pressley Ridge of Western Maryland.
The United Way of Allegany County is also providing monetary and collaborative support. “We need the help of community partners, like Pressley Ridge, to address the unmet needs of individuals so that families have the necessary tools for a better path to success,” said Mary Beth Pirolozzi, Executive Director of County United Way, Inc. “We hope and expect that our partnership will result in a stronger, healthier community.”
ABOUT PRESSLEY RIDGE
For the past 185 years, Pressley Ridge has done whatever it takes to create success for children and families. Pressley Ridge’s innovative programming provides the foundation for building stronger families while constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community. From helping families in the community, to providing foster care services and educating children with special needs, including autism and deafness, Pressley Ridge empowers kids and families with the ability and confidence to succeed. Pressley Ridge serves communities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware. For more information visit www.pressleyridge.org.
ABOUT MARYLAND COMMUNITY HEALTH RESOURCES COMMISSION
The Maryland Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC) was created by the Maryland General Assembly in 2005 to expand access in underserved communities. Since its inception, the Commission has awarded 190 grants totaling $60.3 million, supporting programs in every jurisdiction of the state. CHRC-supported programs have collectively served more than 330,000 Marylanders, most of whom are low-income and have complex health and social service needs. For more information, visit www.health.maryland.gov/mchrc.
In collaboration with the Beaver County System of Care, Pressley Ridge is honored to be a part of the
Beaver County Youth Ambassador Program, which aims to spread awareness and reduce stigma related to mental health issues among high school students. The program began in 2016 with representatives from five school districts, and by next school year, the list will have grown to 15 with as many as 10 students participating from each school.
During two events held in early 2017, the students attended workshops and heard personal stories of mental illness, advocacy and recovery. The ambassadors also discussed ways to alert their peers
how and where to find help. Student-designed posters featuring reassuring messages and helpline
information will soon be hung throughout the halls of the partner schools. In addition, ambassadors
volunteered to speak about their own mental health experiences for a compilation video that was shared on Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on May 4.
Students from area high schools were chosen to participate in a Youth Ambassador Program Thursday at Rochester Area High Schoo. Sponsored by the Beaver County System of Care, the program began last fall as a way to help spread awareness about mental health issues in the county high schools. Amy Fenn, right, and Jimmy Dowd, left, both from Pressley Ridge, talk to Camryn Hampe, 15, from Freedom, about sharing her thoughts about mental illness for a video.
ROCHESTER TWP. - The Beaver County System of Care reconvened its Youth Ambassador program Thursday for a daylong workshop at Rochester Area High School.
The organization, in partnership with several other local organizations, launched the Youth Ambassador program last fall as a way to help spread awareness about mental health issues in Beaver County's high schools.
The program kicked off last year with students from Aliquippa, Big Beaver Falls Area, Freedom Area, New Brighton Area and Rochester Area school districts. High school principals or guidance counselors selected about 10 student representatives from each school to participate in the program.
The program's organizers hope to expand it to every school district in the county, said Susan Smith, a program specialist and one of the ambassador program’s organizers.
The program reached toward that goal Thursday, Smith said. Social workers and guidance counselors from Ambridge Area, Central Valley, Hopewell Area, Riverside and Western Beaver school districts attended Thursday's event to see how the program might fit into their school communities.
This article originally appeared in The Beaver County Times.
Pressley Ridge – Delaware staff were busy the week prior to the Chirstmas holiday receiving donations from both VILLA and William Penn High School of new holiday toys for youth in foster care.VILLA strives to be the premier fashion retailer by fusing the best of fashion and music into a high energy shopping experience. VILLA is committed to delivering superior customer service along with financial support and volunteer service to the communities they serve. VILLA has six locations in the state of Delaware and multiple locations in nine other states. VILLA partners with schools, local governments, community groups, and individuals to improve its community through community service, educational initiatives, anti-violence programs, and economic investment via its Join The Movement (JTM) program. On Wednesday, December 21, 2016 program leadership met with store manager, Mr. Frank Wheatley where hundreds of toys were donated via its annual holiday toy drive
Similarly, New Castle Co. office staff traveled to William Penn High School and met with school officials and received an abundance of new toys donated from the school’s Key Club- a student led community service organization . The Key Club has supported Pressley Ridge for the past two years with this holiday toy drive.
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