The Family Resource Network once again held its 3rd Annual Family Recognition Celebration on Saturday, April 28, 2012 through the generous donation of their facility by Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment. Organized with the voluntary assistance of the FRN membership, and moderated by DBHIDS’s Jazmin Banks, this year’s event focused on up-to-date topics that informed and acknowledged the 140 attendees and families.
Topics covered were:Advocacy: Presentations were made by Dr. Arthur Evans(DBHIDS), Lloyd Wertz (FTAC), and Joseph Rogers (MHASEPA) regarding the urgent priority to advocate to state legislators for the need to reconsider the proposed Pennsylvania Block Grant and the additional financial cuts to health and human services across disabilities, both children and adults. Families were provided talking points and encouraged to call, write letters, and visit their legislative offices to inform legislators of how these cuts will negatively affect their lives.Healthy Families: Mary Diamond, D.O. (former Medical Director for OMHSAS, and presently Medical Director for Delaware) highlighted the importance of self-care, integration of Physical and behavioral health under the coming Affordable Care Act, DPW’s report regarding pediatric psychotropic medications, and provided national and state resources that families could use.Famiy Inclusion Standards: With introduction and acknowledgement by Max Molinaro, Philadelphia community behavioral health providers who have partnered with the Family Resource Network to implement the FRN Standards within specific programs in their agencies were: Community Treatment Teams, Horizon, House, Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA, and Comhar.The 2012 Family Leadership Award was presented to Edie Mannion for her years of commitment to supporting families, generously sharing her knowledge and skills across professions, and her willingness to collaborate.The 23 families received certificates of honor for supporting their loved ones behavioral health challenges, as well as the efforts they have made for their own educational and emotional well-being: Loretta & Bob Deck, Javonia Hamilton, Margarita Simmons, Anita Johnson-Young,Toan Tran, Sabra Townsend, Wilfredo Rodriques & Ruth Carrion, Amarillis Rivera, Marta Cusik, Diane Johnson, Lee Garner, Margarita Alvarez, Elaine Skoczylas, Joyce Goodwin, Michael Barnes, Linda Carman, Qiana Hutton, Stephanie Campbell, Karen Tyler, Elizabeth Colon, Darlene Wheeler.