Parent Support Group: Wednesday, August 26 6:30-8:30 pm

We encourage parents and caregivers of adolescents with emotional challenges to join this free, confidential and supportive meeting. Join and meet other parents such as yourself. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

If you would like to join the meeting, please RSVP to Madlen Setian at setianm@mharockland.org. If you are a new parent/caregiver, please make sure to include full name, phone number and e-mail address you would like us to use when contacting you. You will receive the Zoom credentials by return email. You may join with a PC, tablet or phone. You will receive links, and numbers for all methods.

I look forward to seeing all of you on Wednesday evening!

Madlen Setian, FPA

Parent Support Group Facilitator

Peer Support Services

How can Peer Advocate help you in your recovery journey?

Peer support services are an important part of the treatment and recovery process. Certified Recovery Peer Advocates (CRPAs) draw from personal experience with substance use, and professional training to provide non-clinical support services as identified in the patient’s treatment or recovery plan. CPRAs may also help those in treatment/recovery in the development of recovery plans, effective coping habits, and life skills for navigating recovery.  

Our CRPA’s respond to calls from providers throughout Rockland who are concerned about someone who may be misusing opioids. These providers include hospitals, treatment centers, residential programs, police, emergency medical units, libraries, etc.

Make a connection over the phone with a CRPA and allow someone with personal experience to help you get started today. Call 845-472-iCan (4226) for more information.

Recovery Services: Meet the Director!

Nadine A. McKenzie, MFT, CASAC-Advanced Counselor, Acting Director of Recovery Services, has always had the ability to connect with others. “It has been said I feel so comfortable talking to you”. This is a phrase that I have heard from my early teenage years until the present.  It didn’t mean much until my days as a secretary of the Headache Unit in the Bronx, New York. It was there that I found myself on the phone with clients who felt that they were on the edge of life. The simple grace to connect with someone and give them hope for another day, was and continues to be priceless.”

Recovery Services is here to help you through your journey recovering from alcohol and/or chemical dependence. Nadine and her team provide individual, family and group counseling, and support you as you pursue new beginnings.

To find the right program for you or your loved one, contact 845-472-iCan (4226).

MHA of Rockland Recognizes Juneteenth as a National Holiday

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In recognition and standing in complete solidarity with the Black community, MHA of Rockland has decided to join so many other companies (and 47 states plus the District of Columbia) to observe Juneteenth as a holiday this year.  Juneteenth — a blending of the words June and nineteenth — is the oldest regular US celebration of the end of slavery.

Therefore this Friday, June 19th, MHA offices will be closed. We will take this time to focus on the critical work ahead in the pursuit of racial justice.  We thank our staff for being aware of the racial injustices among coworkers and serving our clients and residents.

With the enormous challenges that we are facing this year, we felt we needed to recognize that the racial trauma the country is experiencing now is not new.  That struggle surfaced once again in the national debate and massive Black Lives Matter protests that were sparked by the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers on May 25.  While watching the actions over the past weeks there has been a sense that this time is, and has to be, different.  It is imperative that we live up to the ideal of moving together in a new united way. 

The June 19th holiday commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. But 155 years after the news of their emancipation finally reached slaves in Galveston, Texas, the world is still struggling with the issues of systemic racism and injustice.   

MHA of Rockland MHA has fought against injustices and we will continue our efforts to be an antiracist organization. We formed the Diversity Inclusion Awareness and Learning for Ongoing Unity and Equity (DIALOGUE) Committee to respond to a recognized need by the agency to reflect the ever-expanding diverse population of both staff and consumers. The Committee develops, implements and monitors agency practices and procedures and recommends policies to the President/CEO that will enable the agency to become and remain culturally competent. 

Cultural competency trainings are done on an ongoing basis for staff, board members, volunteers and interns. 

DIALOGUE Committee Members are Brandon Beachamp, Colleen Collier Newton, Jacob Misla, Fay Pettiford, and Sheilah O’Donnell. If you are interested in joining the DIALOGUE Committee, please reach out to Brandon Beachamp at beachampb@mharockland.org.