Staff Performance Improvement Awards
Congratulations to the following employees who were recognized at NET's Board of Directors meeting in June with Staff Performance Improvement Awards:

Harry Allen

Harry Allen, Director of Outpatient and Specialized Programs for NET's Mental Health Services, has been with the organization for six years in multiple positions. Most currently, he is responsible for the training and screening of young children who come to NET for clinical trauma care. Jeanne Lehrer, VP of the Division, says in addition to providing exceptional services, Harry is the voice of calm and reason and his co-workers appreciate his motto of "What can I do to be helpful?".
Bill Ellis (right)

William Ellis, Generalist and Mobile Device Manager in the IT Department, has only been with the agency for over a year, but has already made a significant impact due to his responsiveness and knowledge. Supervisor Patrick Nelligan credits Bill as being the "go to person" for many things such as conference room computer setup, video setup, and copier maintenance. Thanks, Bill!
Heidy Torres (left)

Heidy Torres began as an Administrative Assistant at NET Steps last June. According to Supervisor Dina Pollack, Heidy is a fantastic employee who is patient, hard working and focused on providing exemplary services on a daily basis to all who come for services, even when she encounters some challenging situations. 
NET Awarded Two New Contracts with City
We're excited to share that NET was recently awarded two new contracts with the City of Philadelphia. To augment NET's work with youth in the juvenile justice system, the City of Philadelphia recently awarded a contract to our Juvenile Justice Services Department to provide support, resources and programming to meet the unique needs of delinquent youth who are coming out of a residential placement facility.  These reintegration services will build upon strength-based competencies with a goal of reducing future recidivism and helping youth make a successful transition back into their homes and communities. 
Congratulations to Adam Serlin for a successful proposal!
NET's Mental Health Services Division also applied for a competitive grant and was awarded a contract with the City to expand its Outpatient Behavioral Health Services to children, adolescents, adults and families in a satellite clinic at our Frankford Avenue office. Evidence-based mental health programming and supports will target individuals in the 19124 zip code where NET currently provides addiction recovery services out of the same location.
Congrats to Jeanne Lehrer and her team for a job well done!
PACE Program Receives Grant for New Playground Equipment
The Dr Pepper Snapple Group and national non-profit KaBOOM! recently awarded NET's PACE (Philadelphia Autism Center for Excellence) Program a $13,200 Let's Play Improvement Grant to use toward the purchase of an Imagination Playground in a Cartâ„¢, an innovative playground equipment system.  
The equipment will be used at NET's 2nd Street location where services are provided to meet the specific needs of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and will allow for more creative ways to involve children of different ages and functioning levels in interactive play.
Children at NET's 2nd Street location play on new equipment purchased with a grant from the Dr Pepper Snapple Group and KaBoom!

NET Community Care's CUA Corner
Hispanic Fiesta
Thousands descended upon Penn's Landing July 11 and 12 for El Concilio's annual popular Hispanic Fiesta and NET was a part of the festivities. Representatives from the agency's HR department and CUA 1 hosted a table to educate attendees about our services and employment opportunities.  

The Hispanic Fiesta is Philadelphia's premier Latino event as it continues to unite and raise awareness of our culture and community by featuring music, dance, entertainment, ethnic foods, artisan crafts and local resources from various Latin American entities.
NET and NET Community Care staff host a table at Philly's Hispanic Fiesta
Dinner with Dad
NET Community Care's CUA 7 hosted a free "Dinner with Dad" event in June at the TLO Complex on Cecil B. Moore Avenue to celebrate fathers, father figures, mentors and male caregivers in the community. The monthly event recognizes and appreciates the positive impact that dads of all kind can have on our community and encourages them to continue to be an integral part of the lives of our children, teens and young adults. The event drew media coverage from NCB 10 news. Great job!! 
Attendees enjoy some family time at CUA 7's Dinner with Dad event in June. (Photo Credit: Medan Photography)
Back-To-School Backpack Giveaway and Health Fair
CUA 7's second annual free Community Back-to-School BBQ and Health Fair on August 6th on Cecil B. Moore Avenue was a great success with hundreds of families in attendance. 

NET Community Care, along with many corporate and community partners who are dedicated to promoting wellness and building unity in the surrounding neighborhoods, provided information and giveaways on resources around education, healthcare and healthy living, financial assistance, recreational opportunities and family stability. Free backpacks with basic school supplies were distributed with vouchers offered to families to receive backpacks when they become available.
Lead partners included Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Martin Luther King Recreation Center, Philly Rising, Quality Community Health Care, Inc., Health Partners Plans, and Rite Aid. 

Fox 29 News aired a brief piece on the fair that same evening. Congrats on a great event and thank you for caring for the families in our community!

The 2nd annual Back to School Backpack Giveaway and Health Fair hosted by CUA 7 benefited hundreds of families.

NET's Community Behavioral Health Clinic Update
As we recently announced, NET was chosen by the PA Department of Human Services as one of 16 Pennsylvania providers to participate in Pennsylvania's 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 they  prepare 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 will be rolling out a series of orientation meetings for staff as we learn more about CCBHC requirements, develop policies and procedures, and expand service capacity in order to improve service delivery. Stay tuned for more details.  

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