June 2016 Newsletter
NET Selected as 1 of 16 Pennsylvania Community Behavioral Health Clinics
NET has been chosen by the PA Department of Human Services as one of 16 Pennsylvania providers and one of four in Philadelphia to be awarded a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) planning grant. This federal initiative will encourage states to adopt innovative approaches to community-based behavioral health services aimed at 1) integrating behavioral health with physical health care; 2) increasing consistent use of evidence-based practices; and 3) improving access to high quality care.
 
The CCBHC grant has two phases. Pennsylvania was one of 24 states who received the Phase 1 planning grant. The selected locations will continue working with the commonwealth as DHS prepares to apply to participate in a two-year demonstration program that will begin in January 2017. The purpose of the planning grant is to help states prepare and plan for participation in this two year program. NET's site visit will be next month on July 20th, after which we will more fully know our certification status and whether we will be a part of the state's final application in October 2016.
 
If NET becomes certified, the CCBHC initiative would allow us to add care management, physical health, adult mental health services and additional levels of care (directly or through a Designated Care Organization) to our continuum of services.  We will keep staff posted on the status of this exciting opportunity and how it will impact the organization's service delivery.
Taking Pride in Our Communities
Earlier this month, about 70 consumers and several staff from NET's Frankford Avenue site spent two days participating in an extensive community clean up project in the neighborhoods surrounding the office (photo below).  Angelo Colon, Recovery Support Services Coordinator, says "When we were using, we contributed to tearing down the community by throwing things like drug paraphernalia and beer cans out into the street. Now we have the opportunity to help rebuild our community by cleaning up the streets. It was such a great experience to see everyone working together to make the neighborhoods safer and taking pride in their community".

 

Staff from CUA 1 also recently joined other organizations to help the Providence Center with its community clean up and beautification project at Fairhill Park (photo below).  Thanks, All, for your Philly pride!
June is National Safety Month
Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the roads and in our homes and communities so we can all stay safe for a lifetime. 

 

In recognition of this important initiative, NET's Safety Committee would like to once again remind all staff to read and refer to the agency's newly revised EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN which was shared via email last month. The plan can be accessed by clicking here and is a valuable resource for keeping you and your fellow employees safe at each NET work site during an emergency, disaster or crisis. 


You can also access downloadable resources highlighting a different safety topic each week at the National Safety Council's website ( www.nsc.org):

Week 1 (through June 12): Stand Ready to Respond

Week 2 (June 13-19): Be Healthy

Week 3 (June 20-26): Watch Out for Dangers

Week 4 (June 27-30): Share Roads Safely

 

Thanks and stay safe!

The Safety Committee

NET Hosts Art Show with Works by Foster Youth
NET's Adoption and Permanency unit hosted its first-ever art show last month at the 5th & Spring Garden office featuring the creative works of youth in placement (photo above). The event showcased over 20 impressive works with different medium types. Proceeds from all artwork sold benefited the young artists involved in NETwork, the creative exploration program for NET youth in foster care and other types of placement.
In-Home Detention Youth Alumni Chosen for National Roundtable
One of NET's In-Home Detention (IHD) youth alumni, Tommy Gitto, (left photo) was chosen by the Coalition on Juvenile Justice to participate in a national roundtable held last April.  The event brought young people and law enforcement representatives from across the United States together in Washington, DC for important discussion around resolving conflict and fostering communication.

Tommy serves on the Philadelphia Disproportionate Minority Contact Youth Engagement Subcommittee and was chosen out of 200+ youth candidates. A special thanks to Adam Serlin, NET's Director of Court Services, for helping Tommy complete and submit his application!



NET Recognizes Autism Awareness and Mental Health Awareness Months

In honor of National Autism Awareness Month in April, NET's Behavioral Health Unit held a free event at our State Road office for families to learn more about autism and to enjoy autism-friendly events for children.

 

And in recognition of National Mental Health Awareness in May, children and adults had the opportunity to write about a positive experience that they have had at NET and include it on a tree in the lobby at their 5th & Spring Garden office. Staff also gave out coloring books and green ribbons to help address the stigma associated with mental health.