Mental Health

Healthy Franklin County Mental Health Task Force

Healthy Franklin County Mental Health Task is composed of key community leaders from the education, health, faith, business, nonprofit, and local government sectors. Our goal is to create and support healthy behaviors and lifestyles through education, awareness, programming, and access to services. These key leaders continue to identify value in identifying and strengthening efforts to address health and health care needs from a collective perspective. Priorities identified: Access to Health Care, Nutrition, Physical Activity, Mental Health, Substance Use and Prevention; Early Childhood Education; and Adolescent Health.

Healthy Franklin County Mental Health Task Force

Co-led by Franklin County Government and the Mental Health Association of Franklin/Fulton Counties to help prevent suicides and decrease major depressive episodes for adults and adolescents aged 12-17.

For more information contact:

Kenneth Wuertenberg, Mental Health Associationof Franklin/Fulton Counties at akw@mhaff.org

Lori Young, Franklin-Fulton MH/ID/ EI ID at llyoung@franklincountypa.gov

2016 Meeting Minutes

2017 Meeting Dates

Mental Health Association located, 478 Grant Street in Chambersburg, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

  • April 10th
  • July 10th
  • October 9th

MENTAL HEALTH TASKFORCE WORKGROUPS

Suicide Prevention Coalition - The purpose of this workgroup is to focus on eliminating suicides within Franklin County, by increasing awareness of suicide as preventable and adolescent mental health concerns as treatable. The Workgroup is establishing a Zero Suicide Prevention community initiative focusing on increasing the availability of mental health resources and eliminating suicides within Franklin County.

2017 Meeting Dates Mental Health Association 2:30pm - 4:00pm

  • 3rd Monday of each month

Depression - This workgroup is specifically focused on those priorities that address depression. This year the group is bringing awareness to available resources and resourcing local training opportunities for professionals, the public and recipients of services. The group is also incubating an additional workgroup focused on formulating a plan to address adolescent depression.

2017 Meeting Dates Mental Health Association 1pm

  • 2nd Wednesday of each month

Priority 3.1.2 - This workgroup focuses on the use of data, developing a maintainable inventory and asset mapping system of current mental health providers and programs, researching and identifying evidence-based best practices approaches to providing behavioral health and supporting Primary Care Physicians and M.H. professionals in utilizing assessment tools and referral resources.

2017 Meeting Dates Mental Health Association located 3:00pm - 4:30pm

  • 3rd Tuesday of each month

Community Initiatives - Mental Health

Mental Health Association for the QPR Gatekeeper Training. A Summit Foundation grant used to make training available to seven hundred community members. They will learn to identify the warning signs of suicide, understand the underlying problems that lead people to choose suicide as a solution, learn intervention techniques, and how to make appropriate referrals. Keystone Health for the Behavioral Health Mentoring Program. A Summit Foundation grant used to decrease the no-show and appointment cancellation rates, as well as assign a mentor who will assist with any roadblocks to attending appointments while providing mental health support, assistance with transportation resources, insurance, and other issues impeding appointment attendance Healthy Communities Partnership for the Go Girls Go program. A Summit Foundation grant used to increase mental health and wellness by bringing girls together for pro-social bonding, mentoring, and education through health and fitness. It also aims to keep girls participating in organized sporting activities and interested in fitness activities, which will significantly affect the incidence of depressive disorders. Mental Health Association for Wellness Awareness. A Summit Foundation grant used to increase awareness of suicide as preventable and adolescent mental health concerns as treatable. It also aims to decrease the number and rate of suicides in Franklin County, and to increase connection to appropriate mental health resources. Training Opportunities