The Macomb-Oakland Regional Center Inc. (MORC) is the premier resource for providing services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities in southeast Michigan.
The Arc of Oakland County and the Oakland County Regional Inclusive Community Coalition are hosting a Town Hall Forum to discuss Medicaid rate setting and the future funding of the public mental health system on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Troy Community Center at 3179 Livernois in Troy, MI.
Speakers will include Willie Brooks, Executive Director, Oakland County CMH Authority, and Jerry Provencal, Executive Director of MORC, Inc. LIz Knisely, Director of CMH Services with the MIchigan Department of Community Health is also invited.
Critical issues regarding potential budget cuts in Fiscal Year 2015 will be discussed and all are encouraged to attend to become better informed about the potential effects of the budget situation on your services.
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MORC's Center for Positive Living Supports is initiating the Mental Health First Aid program in Macomb and Oakland counties. The Center will train individuals from all walks of life, including school officials, law enforcement, health care workers, individuals in faith-based communities, families and the general public on mental health literacy – helping them identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness.
“We are thrilled to bring Mental Health First Aid to our community,” says Kym Juntti, Director of the Center for Positive Living Supports. “This important educational effort goes a lot further than emergency intervention; it really helps people understand the shroud of fear and misjudgment facing individuals and families who experience mental illnesses and addiction. It will help rid this community of the associated stigma and move more and more people toward recovery.”
Mental Health First Aid is a 8-hour training certification course which teaches participants a five-step action plan to assess a situation, select and implement interventions and secure appropriate care for the individual, the certification program introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments. Thorough evaluations in randomized controlled trials and a quantitative study have proved the CPR-like program effective in improving trainees’knowledge of mental disorders, reducing stigma and increasing the amount of help provided to others.
Mental Health First Aid is being provided free of charge. To see available training dates and/or register for Mental Health First Aid training through the Center, visit www.positivelivingsupport.org or call 586-263-8748.
MORC is pleased to announce that a short documentary featuring its photography program and several MORC artists aired on PBS's Detroit Performs show on Tuesday, November 26th. Click on the link below to check out the episode.