News from the ACMH Community

Celebrating our 3rd Annual 

ACMH Art Gala

On September 14, ACMH held its 3rd Annual Art Gala at Markus Gardens, one of our supportive apartment buildings, located in Jamaica, Queens, and featured the talented work of both ACMH clients and Peer Specialists. Approximately 40 people attended, and over $300 of artwork was sold. Thanks to all who participated and attended!

See more photos from our talented ACMH artist community here.

Program Spotlight

Young Adult Programs

ACMH Young Adult Programs are located at Markus Gardens, in Queens, and East 144th Street, in the Bronx, and serve young adults between the ages of 18-25 who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness. Many young adults are going through a period of finding themselves, learning social norms, communication, and are figuring out how to live independently. Because our young clients' needs revolve around skills training related to managing emotions, symptoms and expressing their emotions in an effective way, our staff work closely with them to develop individualized wellness plans, deliver community rehabilitation services, ensure access to services and benefits, monitor client medication, facilitate crisis intervention, prepare for transition to independent living, and assist with the hands-on teaching of daily living skills.

Additionally, through an 8-week program which began in August, and was created and demonstrated by Lantern, the Food 4 Life program at East 144th has been empowering young adults to take control of their health through lessons on how to purchase and prepare simple and tasty meals on a limited budget.

Some examples of the delicious meals our young adult clients made recently through the Food 4 Life program!


Promoting Mental Health Awareness 

Suicide Prevention

Last week was World Mental Health Day, with a focus this year on suicide prevention. ACMH staff regularly participate in trainings to understand the warning signs from individuals who are at risk. Learn what to look out for, and how you can help, when you think a loved one, neighbor, or colleague might be experiencing suicidal thoughts:

The Warning Signs
Every single person can help save a life. With suicide rates continuing to rise, it has become even more important for people to be aware of the common signs and symptoms of suicidal behavior including:
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Showing rage
  • Withdrawing or isolating from others
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Acting anxious or agitated
  • Substance abuse
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or trapped
  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Feeling like a burden
For more information, check out Mental Health America's resources section.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 to connect to a local crisis center or text MHA to 741741 to connect to a trained Crisis Counselor 24/7.

Advocating for Increased Funding for Mental Health Housing

Bring it Home

Did you know 40,000 mental health community-based housing units are in jeopardy due to years of inadequate funding? Over the last year, ACMH community members have been participating in Bring it Home's campaign to advocate for increased funding for mental health housing outside Governor Cuomo's Manhattan office. The next rally is October 17, so mark your calendars!

Learn more about the Bring it Home campaign, and how you can join us in creating better solutions for our neighbors!

Funding for Crisis Respite Beds

Respite Grants Awarded

ACMH was recently awarded two one year grants to fund seven of our Crisis Respite beds. New York Presbyterian has funded two beds and One City Health, the NYC Health + Hospitals-sponsored Performing Provider System (PPS), has funded five beds. We are currently working with New York Presbyterian and Lincoln Hospital (for the One City grant) on contract metrics, workflows, and the referral processes. Beds will be targeted for inpatient, outpatient, mobile crisis teams, and emergency department use.

Reducing Hospital Readmissions

Expanding Hospital to Housing Program 

ACMH's Hospital to Housing Program began at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and St. Luke’s Hospital earlier this spring. By linking patients to housing, hospital re-admissions and visits to the emergency room are reduced. Here's a data snapshot of the first and second quarters: 
  • 79 referrals made to Hospital to Housing Team
  • 68 patients enrolled in Hospital to Housing Program
  • 43 housing applications completed
  • 42 housing interviews completed
  • 22 patients accepted to housing (18 within ACMH)
  • 5 patients admitted to housing placements (2 within ACMH)

Because of the program's early success, we're pleased to note that this service also recently expanded to the Beth Israel Medical Center, which has led to an increase in the number of referrals made to the program!

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