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Safety Net Critical Needs Alert

On Tuesday May 23, the Pittsburgh Foundation will host a Critical Needs Alert online giving event to support the safety net in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties. A $650,000 prorated match from the Foundation and its donors makes your donations go even further! This year's online giving event is being held in place of the Day of Giving from previous years.

The event will benefit nonprofits in five areas to strengthen the safety net of essential human services: Child Care, Food and Nutrition, Housing Transportation, and Physical and Mental Health. That's where we come in. Mental Health America of Westmoreland County (now Mental Health America of Southwestern PA) is honored to be 1 of only 6 agencies in Westmoreland County to be chosen!

Donate at Pittsburghgives.org/MHAWC or #SafetyNetPGH. (Although our name has changed, for IRS purposes, donations are made to Mental Health America of Westmoreland County.)

On May 23 after 8:00 a.m. click HERE to make a donation, and help us provide otherwise unfunded supportive services.

Have questions? F.A.Q.s are HERE, or call 724-834-6351 ext. 121.

Exciting News

Before Stage Four: Confronting Early Psychosis premieres Thursday, March 30 at 8pm on WQED-TV with encore presentations on Monday, April 3 at 7:30pm and Thursday, May 25 at 8pm.

"We don't wait until cancer reaches stage four before we start treating it," says Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO of our national organization, Mental Health America. "But that's how we treat psychosis."

Too often psychosis isn't treated until it reaches a crisis point, when life has gone off track and positive outcomes are more difficult to achieve.

Those who receive care early on are showing greater success. "First Episode Psychosis" (FEP) programs are showing promise.

One of the personal stories included in this documentary is of Gionfriddo's adult son, living with long-term schizophrenia and chronic homelessness. The program also features FEP early treatment programs that are truly saving lives by intervening "Before Stage Four."

Premieres Thursday March 30, 2017 at 8pm

The documentary Before Stage Four: Confronting Early Psychosis was produced by the award-winning team of David Solomon and Paul Ruggieri. It is part of WQED's Living With Mental Illness initiative and will also be available at www.wqed.org/mentalillness.

Health Insurance Navigator

NEED HEALTH INSURANCE? NEED HELP? CONTACT A MARKETPLACE NAVIGATOR:

Do you need health insurance? Mental Health America of Westmoreland County has a certified navigator to help you navigate the new Health Insurance Marketplace and find health coverage that fits your budget and meets your needs. By using the Marketplace, you can see and compare all your options in one place and enroll for health insurance.

Apply and Enroll

Visit HealthCare.gov and complete an application to see the coverage available in your area. You can also call the Marketplace at 1-800-318-2596 for more information. TTY users should call 1-855-889-4325. To apply for insurance you will need the following: name, birth date, social security number, and income information for yourself and all family members needing coverage.

Get Help from Health Insurance Marketplace

Navigators in Pennsylvania Navigators can help you understand how the Marketplace works and complete eligibility and enrollment forms. Call 1-855-274-5626 (toll free) to make an appointment or speak with a Navigator.

Informational Sessions

Mental Health America of Westmoreland County is also available in Western Pennsylvania to provide informational sessions both as outreach to organizations and groups or one-on-one to individuals. To schedule a navigator to speak to your group or visit you in the community, call MHAWC at 724-691-0475