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Pottstown Treasure Hunt & Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Summer is here and Progressions Behavioral Health Services is kicking it off with two great events this weekend! Members of our staff will be participating in the TriCounty Community Network’s Annual Treasure Hunt as well as the Montgomery County  11th Annual Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Information for both events is below. We hope to see you there!

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A Treasure Hunt with prize, fun field events, activities and exhibitors
Saturday, June 6th, 9:30am-12:00pm
Berean Bible Church
2675 East High Street, Pottstown
Registration is required. Call 610-705-3301 or TCNetwork.org

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Montgomery County 11th Annual Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
Elmwood Park Zoo
Sunday, June 7th, 10:00am-12:00pm
Rain or shine. The first 300 visitors get in FREE! No registration is required. Free information from several, local children’s service providers.

PBHSI Networking Event 5/21

We had such a great time at our networking event on May 21st!

Here are some photos from the event of our setup, some of our staff and some of the great people we got to meet.

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Join us at the NAMI Spring Walk 2015

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The Greater Philadelphia NAMIWalks 8th annual spring walk is Saturday, May 16th and we want you to join us! There is no registration fee for the walk. All participants are encouraged to collect donations from family members, friends, co-workers and business associates. If you would like to be a  part of our Progressions group, enter the code TRANSFORMERS during registration. 

 

About the Walk:

Location: Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, Pennsylvainia
Date: Sat May 16 2015
Distance: 5K
Check-in:  8:00 AM
Start Time:  10:00 am
Event starts in: 4 days

If you cannot make it to the walk, a donation is still a great way to participate! You can donate here or mail matching gifts and offline donations to:

NAMI Greater Philadelphia
100 West Main Street
LansdalePennsylvania 19446

About NAMI:

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) works to build awareness about mental illness and raise funds for essential education, advocacy and support group programs designed for people affected by mental health challenges. It is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Learn more at www.nami.org

8th Annual Autism Conference

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PBHSI is proud to be a sponsor of the 8th Annual Autism Conference. The event is presented by the Bucks County Autism Support Coalition in collaboration with the Autism Cares Foundation.

Date: Saturday, March 28th
Where: Central Bucks WEST High School

This year’s event will offer a great deal of information for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their loved ones. Featuring three excellent keynote speakers, including Eustacia Cutler, Temple Grandin’s mother; the event runs from 8:00am to 4:00pm with two sessions and lunch in-between.

Make sure to look for Progressions Behavioral Health Services Inc amongst the exhibitors!

Family Festival at Pottstown High School

Bring the entire family out to enjoy this unique event focusing on family enrichment. Family Fest was developed to enhance, celebrate, and explore family dynamics, development, growth, and unity. Pottstown area service providers (including us!) will be on hand to answer your questions and distribute information. Information booths, roving entertainment, and door prizes will be highlights of the event.

Date: March 18, 2015
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Place: Pottstown High School
Cost: FREE with the exception of fundraising activities

Update 3/19: We had such a great time at Family Fest mingling withe the families of Pottstown. Check out some pictures from the event below or on our Facebook page. 

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Present Wrapping at Pottstown!

A holiday sponsorship program was organized at Progressions in Pottstown to help gather clothing and toys for families in need. Local businesses, families, friends and staff volunteered to sponsor a child and/or family. Progressions has collectively gathered items to support 14 families consisting of 48 children and totaling over 300 presents! All presents are wrapped and ready for families to pick up, just in time for the holiday season. All of the donations, hard work, and commitment to this program was greatly appreciated!

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All of the donations coming in! Ready to start wrapping.

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Making sure all of the name tags are right!

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Wrapping break for a picture!

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So many presents all bagged up and ready to go!

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Ready for families to come in to pick up their gifts.

Pennsylvania Medical Assistance Updates!

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Beginning January 1, 2015, Pennsylvania is expanding the Medical Assistance Program. You may qualify for free health insurance coverage.

Enrollment begins on December 1, 2014. 

 

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If you already have Medical Assistance (MA):

–          The Department of Public Welfare (DPW) will send out notices to current MA recipients to let them know what plan they will have.

o   DPW will place you into one of three plans:

  • Healthy Plus Plan
  • Healthy Plan
  • Healthy PA Private Coverage Option (PCO) Plan
  • The Healthy Plus plan is for:
    • Individuals on SSI or in disability categories, including Healthy Horizons and MAWD
    • People in nursing homes or receiving long term care at home
    • Pregnant women
    • People over 65
    • Anyone who is “Medically Frail”

o   Disabling mental disorder
o   Chronic substance use disorder
o   Serious and complex medical conditions
o   Physical disability
o   Intellectual or developmental disability
o   Social Security disability determination

–          If you are placed into the Healthy Plan or the Healthy PA PCO plan but think you should be in the Healthy Plus plan, complete the Health Screening form which will be included with your letter. You can also complete the form online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us OR by phone at (866)-550-4355

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For New Medical Assistance Applicants

–          Enrollment begins on December 1, 2014   

o   You can sign up online at https://www.compass.state.pa.usby phone at 866-550-4355, or at the County Assistance Office.

o   If you need assistance, there are Certified Application Counselors who can advise you of your coverage options. To schedule an in-person appointment, call 1-855-486-9331.

–          A Health Screening form will be available at the time of application. It is very important to complete this form to the best of your ability as it will determine what plan you will have.

–          If DPW decides that you do not qualify for the Healthy Plus Plan but you feel you do qualify, you have the option of filing an appeal . An appeal form will be included with your decision letter.

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Switching Plans

–          If you need to switch plans between redeterminations, have your medical provider complete the PA 1663, Employability Assessment Form .The form is available online at (link to DPW website), or at the County Assistance Office

–          Complete the Health Screening form which you can find online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us OR by phone at (866)-550-4355

Progressions Social Mixer Review!

Progressions held a social for young adults with autism on October 25, 2014 which was a huge success. We had just under 20 young adults attend for dancing, games, food and fun! There were a few intense games of Uno, dance instruction, just to name a few of the activities! In addition, we had a parent social where Dr. Eric Mitchell was a guest speaker. He spoke to parents about some of the unique issues that arise when having a young adult with autism. Some topics of conversation included employment, college and funding for programming. A special thank you to all the staff and parents who supported this event, and JMK Entertainment for donating a DJed mix and Del Rossi’s for providing a generous discount on the pizza.

 

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-Getting acquainted at the mixer!

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-Lots of great dance moves!

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-Fun game of Uno!

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-Dancing fun!

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-The pizza from Del Rossi’s was delicious!

 

PCIT at Pottstown Office Location

At our Pottstown office location, we have been providing PCIT services for many months now.

PCIT is “Parent-Child Interaction Therapy” that is aimed towards helping parents and children ages 2-7 through therapy to help them improve the quality of their relationships.

Parents are taught specific skills to establish a nurturing and secure relationship with their child while increasing the child’s prosocial behavior and decreasing negative behavior.

Click here for more information on this unique service!

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