Delaware County is inviting residents to attend a Public Hearing to discuss the County Human Services Block Grant Plan. They will be holding two Public Hearings:

  • Wednesday, August 23rd at 6pm. In person hearing: County Council Meeting Room, Government Center, 201 W Front Street, Media, PA. The meeting will also be live streamed on https://youtube.com/live/HlFKhPVLWL8
  • Tuesday, August 29th at 6pm. In person hearing: County Council Meeting Room, Government Center, 201 W Front Street, Media, PA. The meeting will also be live streamed on  https://youtube.com/live/HkEPmkSnMbA

Residents may email their public comments in advance, or during the hearings, and must be submitted with the same information that is requested at a public meeting including the person’s name and address. Emails may be sent to: HS_BlockGrant@delcohsa.org. On the subject line type in COMMENTS.

Public comments will be accepted until each hearing is adjourned. The public comments will be read into the record during the hearing and the Department will respond if warranted. Emailed comments deemed inappropriate, or which do not contain the commenter’s name and address, will not be read into public record.

NAMI Main Line Support Groups Meeting Next Week

Our Havertown NAMI Family Support Group will meet in-person meeting on Tuesday, August 15, from 7 to 8:30 pm in Havertown. For more information or if you are new to the group, please contact Nora at nora@huntjohnson.org.

Our NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group for adults living with mental illness on meets on Tuesday evenings. This group will have in-person meetings on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays and Zoom Meetings on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month. Please contact Sharona Dunoff at 610-246-6755 or Ed Kane at (484) 744-0860 for more information.

Our Parent Peer Support Group for parents with a middle school through young adult child meets weekly on Wednesday evenings via Zoom. If you are interested in joining this support group, please email Nancy.

For more information about our other support groups, please go to https://namimainlinepa.org/support/support-groups/ .

Back to School Resources

Pennsylvania Care Partnership’s speaker, Beth-Ann McConnell, in their August 8th webinar, “Back to School! What do we need to know?” provided participants with a helpful Padlet of resources for preparing children to go back to school – and they have shared the information widely so that all parents can have access to it.

The resources are available at: https://edservtac.padlet.org/bethannmcconnell1/back-to-school-what-do-we-need-to-know-fza86ckl4th667op

Beth-Ann also created checklists of what parents/students can start doing today. The checklists are available at: Back to School Checklists.

Save the Date for the 2023 PA Crisis Planning Symposium on 9/14

OMHSAS received a mobile crisis planning grant from CMS. This grant’s final activity is hosting a symposium for all interested partners. This event will feature four of the nation’s thought partners on the evolution of crisis services.

The symposium has been designed to answer your questions and empower professionals to understand their roles in the SAMHSA vision for a modernized crisis system. Evidence has shown us that when a community has a continuum of 988, mobile crisis, an emergency behavioral health walk-in crisis center, and short-term crisis stabilization beds- emergency room boarding and jail admissions significantly decrease. Also of critical importance, voluntary engagement in treatment significantly increases.

For more information and to register, click here.

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