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Free Apps for families’ health!

The federal government’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is creating free apps for iPhone and Android devices that help you track your health. From games to help idle teen hands trying to quit smoking, to apps about pregnancy, breastfeeding, health hotlines, how to find a health center, and much more, new apps are being developed everyday. Here’s a link to 25 popular apps that you can download for free!

Helping Children and Youth Cope

SAMHSA, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, has developed a guide which helps parents and teachers recognize common reactions  children of different age groups (preschool and early childhood to adolescence) experience after a disaster or traumatic event. The guide offers tips for how to respond in a helpful way and when to seek support.

Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers – SMA12-4732

Free Workshop on Preparing for the Autism Insurance Benefit

The Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAOM) is coming to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City on October 15, 2012 to help explain the upcoming changes to the Michigan insurance code to cover autism. The workshop will be held two times – at 12:30 p.m. and at 6:00 p.m. – and will last about 90 minutes.

Parents and caregivers of children with autism are invited, along with advocacy agencies, public agencies, employers, and others who support parents and caregivers of children with autism.

Topics explored:

  • Autism legislation bills and what they mean
  • Treatments covered by the legislation
  • Evidence-based practice treatments and what that means
  • Overview of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
  • Explanation of state-regulated and self-funded insurance coverage
  • Medicaid coverage for treatments
  • How to find a qualified provider
  • Resources for help in this process.

Presenters are:

  • Colleen Allen, Ph.D., President and CEO, AAOM; Chair, Michigan Autism Council
  • Stacie Rulison, MS. M.Ed., BCBA-Candidate, AAOM; Michigan Autism Council
  • Mary Sharp, MD, Development Officer, AAOM; Mid-Michigan Autism Board of Directors

The workshops are free. Contact Marlowe Franklin at (231) 631-3747 or marlowefranklin@gmail.com to register.

Want to get involved?

Northern Lakes Community Mental Health is accepting applications for individuals who would like to become a member on the Recipient Rights Advisory and Appeals Committee. The applicant must have received or is receiving services from a community mental health services program or services from the private sector equivalent to those offered by the public mental health system. Members are expected to attend monthly meetings and serve up to a (3) three-year term. Candidates need to be able to fairly represent consumers and NLCMH, have a good ability to communicate, and work cooperatively with other members.

Applications can be received by contacting the Executive Office at Northern Lakes Community Mental Health 231-935-3677.

State Theatre Night a Grand Success!

About 175 people attended last night’s free community movie night at the State Theatre in Traverse City to see It’s Kind of a Funny Story.

Pictured (L-R) before the movie are Elizabeth Black, Project Coordinator, PAYS – Partnership Against Youth Suicide; Michael Estes, Mayor of Traverse City; Cynthia Petersen, Community/Provider Relations at NLCMH; and Bradley Will, Emergency Services/Clinical Supervisor, at NLCMH.

Michael Estes, Traverse City Mayor, formally proclaimed the week of September 9-15, 2012 as National Suicide Prevention Week in Traverse City. Cynthia Petersen and Bradley Will assisted Mr. Estes in reading the proclamation before the start of the film.

After the movie, attendees were treated to a pizza party, recreating a scene from the movie, and had opportunity to do some drawing – which is a great stress reduction tool also featured in the movie – courtesy of Kidz Art of Traverse City.

The event was sponsored by PAYS, Partnership Against Youth Suicide, the Grand Traverse Leelanau Suicide Prevention Coalition, and Northern Lakes CMH.

Free Movie at the State Theatre Tonight

The movie, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, is playing at the State Theatre in Traverse City at 5:30 p.m. tonight as part of Suicide Prevention Week 2012 activities. This youth and family-friendly picture (PG-13) follows a teen struggling with thoughts of suicide. Join us to watch as he triumphs and thrives with the help of friends, family and caring professionals.

There will be a casual reception following the movie, featuring pizza and drawing with Kidz Art of Traverse City. The event is sponsored by PAYS, Partnership Against Youth Suicide, the Grand Traverse Leelanau Suicide Prevention Coalition, and Northern Lakes CMH.

Bookmarks Created with Mini-Grants

This past year, we offered mini-grants to support projects created by people with mental health issues themselves. One of these grants was to create bookmarks which contain the poetry of Annamarie Lawrence as a community education project “To Modify The Bully.” These have been distributed at libraries, schools, and health fairs and other community events. They are included here too, so you can print them out and enjoy them also. Click the titles below to access the printable bookmarks.

  • In Harm’s Way – is written to help a young child understand what to do when he/she senses trouble.
  • No More – is designed to make a girl think before she humiliates another. At the same time, the poem makes another girl understand that the bully is doing wrong, not her.
  • Alley Cat – was written to show that being tough and bad does not win friendships.
  • R.D. (Short for Recovery Doll) – is designed to help students cope with abusive classmates. It is written to help them think in a way that the bully can’t hurt them anymore.
  • Peace – shows that when we pick the weeds of abuse and violence, plant the seed of understanding, we have the fruit of peace.

Triple P Parenting Group Starting Up

A group for Crawford and Roscommon County parents with children ages 2-12 years old, demonstrating challenging behaviors, is beginning. It will be Fridays, July 27, August 3, 10, 17 and September 14. (Attendance on all dates is essential). The group will meet from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM at the COOR Intermediate School District near Roscommon (meetings will be in the Board Room).

Triple P can help you:

  • Encourage behavior you like
  • Deal with problem behavior
  • Become confident as a parent
  • Be realistic about parenting
  • Take care of yourself

To register contact Jennie Walker, LPC, at Northern Lakes CMH at (989) 348-0005.

The group is sponsored by Crawford/Roscommon System of Care

Northern Lakes CMH Interested in What YOU Think and Need

We have scheduled three public hearings to seek input from and share information regarding current services and future system direction with people served, their families, advocates, and community members.

We are especially interested in receiving comment on local needs and priorities, and recommendations to improve the delivery of services and supports for individuals with severe mental illnesses, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, persons with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, and with serious emotional disorders.

The public hearings will be held at the following locations and times.

  1. Cadillac – Friday, July 13, 1:30-3:00 pm, at the NLCMH Cadillac Office located at 527 Cobbs Street.
  2. Houghton Lake – Thursday, July 26, 1:30-3:00 pm, at the NLCMH Houghton Lake Office located at 2715 South Townline Road.
  3. Traverse City – Tuesday, July 31, 1:30 pm-3:00 pm, at the NLCMH Traverse City Office located at 105 Hall Street, 3rd Floor Board Room.

NLCMH is both a regional manager of Medicaid services (Prepaid Inpatient Health Plan – PIHP) and a local manager and provider of services (Community Mental Health Services Program – CMH).

  • As the PIHP we manage Medicaid and Adult Benefit Waiver (ABW) services for persons with mental health, substance use disorders, and developmental disabilities in Crawford, Grand Traverse, Lake, Leelanau, Mason, Missaukee, Oceana, Roscommon, and Wexford Counties.
  • As the CMH we manage Mental Health Code public mental health services via state general funds (GF) for persons with mental health needs and developmental disabilities in Crawford, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Missaukee, Roscommon, and Wexford Counties.
  • As the CMH we manage MI-Child services for children with mental health conditions in Crawford, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Missaukee, Roscommon, and Wexford Counties.
  • As the CMH we provide mental health and developmental disability services and supports in Crawford, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Missaukee, Roscommon, and Wexford Counties.

Individuals who would prefer to submit written testimony should send this to Greg Paffhouse, Chief Executive Officer, Northern Lakes Community Mental Health, 105 Hall Street, Suite A, Traverse City, Michigan 49684.

Individuals requiring special accommodations to participate in the Public Hearing should contact Deb Lavender, in advance, at 231-935-3677.

New Resources on Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI) at Wayne State University is happy to announce a new webpage dedicated to providing families and professionals with information regarding diagnosis and treatment for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  The webpage’s URL is:  http://ddi.wayne.edu/Autism.php

Using grant funds from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, this site contains a manual for families, as well as a Quick Guide for Families of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, on a wide variety of resources in Michigan for families.

If you or someone you know is at immediate risk of seriously harming themselves or someone else, call 911.


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