To transform lives by promoting mental health, wellness and recovery for individuals, families, and communities through education, advocacy, and services.
We envision a just, humane and healthy community in which all people are accorded respect, dignity and the opportunity to enhance their mental health and develop to their full potential, free from stigma and prejudice.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Greensburg Ramada Hotel & Conference Center
Each May, MHA of Westmoreland County honors local “innovators” whose work with, and on behalf of, those living with mental illness inspires us.
We are delighted to announce the 2013 Innovations awardees:
Prevention: Pressley Ridge
Born of two of Pittsburgh’s oldest child care agencies, today Pressley Ridge provides services in Education, Treatment Foster Care, Residential, and Community-based programs to over 5,600 children and families annually, in six states as well as internationally in Portugal and Hungary.
Education: Matt Zamosky, Director, Westmoreland County Office of Veterans Affairs
Matt is committed to ensuring that veterans receive those benefits to which they are greatly entitled. Under his leadership, accredited veterans service officers provide advice and information on job training, higher education options, pension, and health care benefits to the approximately 200,000 veterans living in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Recovery: Union Mission
Founded in 1985, the Mission provides temporary shelter and needed services to homeless men in Westmoreland and surrounding counties, while assisting them in their move toward self-sufficiency. They are referred through a variety of local agencies, such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army, local hospitals, police departments, and probation and parole officers.
Media Excellence: Erika Beras and 90.5 WESA Radio
Erica Beras is an award winning behavioral health reporter for WESA; her work has also aired on NPR, the BBC and other networks. Prior to coming to Pittsburgh, Erika was a reporter at The Miami Herald. She is a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
WESA, Pittsburgh's NPR Affiliate, works to inform people in ways that engage and inspire them to create dialogue about community issues and stories. The station is southwestern Pennsylvania’s only independent public radio news and information station.
Please join us on May 9th and express your appreciation for the good work of this year’s honorees!