“A proposal in Congress to break the Medicaid program into block grants to the states would disrupt services and treatment for thousands of Pennsylvania adults with mental illnesses and children with serious emotional problems…the Association educated state and federal lawmakers about the harm that this proposed redesign…would inflict…The Philadelphia Inquirer published an insightful analysis of the issue by Policy Director Mary Hurtig.”

“The Association is always on the lookout for new opportunities to broaden access to its wealth of information…MHASP is exploring the Internet to expand the availability of educational and technical assistance information programs, positioning the organization to be responsive to future demands.”

“The Training and Education Center (TEC) Network added new training programs for professionals and family members…TEC and the Alliance for the Mentally ill of Eastern Pennsylvania opened The Family Resource Center at Friends Hospital.”

“The Association’s Involved Consumer Action Network in Pennsylvania (I CAN in PA) provides advocacy, information, and on-site support services that played a key role in the funding of half a dozen new consumer-run drop-in centers across the state.”

“Opened on May 8, 1995, the MHASP Clubhouse is a day program in North Philadelphia that operates under the philosophy of psychosocial rehabilitation developed at Fountain House in New York City…the Clubhouse encourages members to develop their strengths, as opposed to traditional therapeutic models where one’s weaknesses are addressed.”

“In a recent study, the Philadelphia Office of Mental Health found that Friends Connection achieves decreased hospitalizations and better social support for people who left residential mental health addiction programs and connected with the service, compared to those who did not.”

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