SNAP: Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests group is being discontinued effective immediately.
Grief Support Group for Widows and Widowers
This support group will occur at the Greater Reading Mental Health Alliance offices located at 1234 Penn Ave., Wyomissing, Pa 19610. Beginning April 10, the group will be held the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm.
Preregistration is required; please call or text Lori Kuhn at 610-334-9845 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guardianships and Power of Attorney (POA) Training
Presented by Jessica Wilson, Esq., Member of The Estates and Trusts Department at McAndrews, Mehalick, Connolly, Hulse and Ryan P.C.
Time: Apr 26, 2023, 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Webinar ID: 845 9962 8390
Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xtPgkaDuTSSZh9_7RFDohg
This is important information for any parent of a child with a disability who is going to be turning 18 in a few short years. Being prepared and knowledgeable about your and your child’s options is necessary when planning for the future.
Greater Reading Mental Health Alliance is hiring CPS’
Greater Reading Mental Health Alliance is currently hiring Certified Peer Specialists. Please see the attached job description and application. We look forward to hearing from you!
2022 Year in Review
The year has moved quickly as we watched the seasons change from winter, to spring, to a blazing hot summer and early taste of fall. Just like the seasons, our work is always evolving.
In the spring and summer we saw our newest program, Guardianship/POA/Rep Payee, grow exponentially. We have the honor of serving almost 30 individuals; assuring their needs are met and their safety is assured. We have developed relationships with nursing homes, personal care homes, the Animal Rescue League, funeral homes, attorneys, doctor’s offices, and many other community partners.
We held our second annual golf tournament fundraiser and saw an increase of 20 golfers this year. We’ve continued to partner with a local bicycle club for events and continue to work to broaden our fundraising efforts for 2023!
Our peer support program continues to serve many individuals in Berks County who are beginning their journey to mental wellness and our representative payee services continued to grow as well.
Our Educational Advocates continue to be quite busy with the resumption of in person learning in the fall of 2021. Many children in Berks County are still struggling to catch up from the years of virtual learning caused by the pandemic. Continued trainings to best serve our families is a goal for the Educational Advocates in the coming year.
GRMHA is continuing the creation the first ever Berks County LOSS team to respond to surviving relatives and friends who are affected by a suicide. With the help of the Berks County Suicide Prevention Task Force and RUOk Berks, we have compiled local resources to provide to coroners and funeral homes in Berks County. We started a second session for the Survivors of Suicide support group and attended the National LOSS team Conference in October. We are currently searching for volunteers to work in this program, hopefully beginning in early 2023.
Our work is heavily dependent upon the generosity of our Berks County community. There are several ways you can help us continue our mission. We have become an Amazon Smile non-profit which means we receive a portion of the purchases made when you designate us as your charity of choice (https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-1522636). You may make donations/contributions directly to us by mail or through online donations on our website. You can sponsor a hole at our annual golf event or send a team to play! And, if your employer participates in the United Way and you pledge, you may select our organization to be the recipient of your donations. Every donation helps!
This is only a glimpse into the work that goes on at GRMHA daily. The work we do here is critical to the betterment of Berks County and I remain grateful that I have the privilege to be a part of it.
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Saturday, July 16, marks our country’s transition to 988 as the easy-to-remember number to reach the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Ahead of the implementation Saturday, we want to share a compilation of resources for your reference.
- The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) is a network of more than 200 state and local call centers funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and administered by Vibrant Emotional Health.
- 988 offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing suicidal, substance use and other mental health crises.
- To reach the Lifeline, people can call or text 988 or chat at 988lifeline.org.
On June 5, 2022 Holcomb will be providing crisis intervention
At midnight, on Sunday, June 5, 2022, Service Access & Management will no longer be providing crisis Intervention in Berks County’s. The new provider will be Holcomb; they can be reached at 610-379-2007. Please see the flyer (Spanish and English links below) for additional information.
Using your PEX Card in your digital wallet
The individuals who are in our Rep Payee program have been using the PEX Card system since July 2020. The PEX Card is a prepaid card that can be used anywhere a credit or debit card can be used. Now, our Rep Payee participants can add their PEX Card to their digital wallet. Click here for information on mobile payments with the PEX Card. Click here for information on how to add your PEX Card to your digital wallet.