NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

BIDMC Invests in NSMHA Program to Break Down Barriers to Mental Health Services in Chelsea
CHELSEA – Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has selected 17 local organizations, including North Suffolk Mental Health Association, to receive funding for impactful initiatives in the areas of housing affordability, jobs and financial security, and behavioral health. This funding represents a significant portion of the $18.4 million dollars that will be invested into the community over the next six years as part of the Massachusetts Determination of Need (DoN) process for BIDMC’s new inpatient building.

BIDMC’s Community-Based Health Initiative awarded $270,000 to NSMHA to improve access to behavioral health services in the city of Chelsea over the next two years. The Latino Community Advance Response Team (Latino CART) will start breaking down the racial and ethnic inequities in behavioral health care currently experienced within Chelsea’s Hispanic and Latino population by ensuring direct access to culturally sensitive, quality clinical intensive case management supports. Read the full release here.

NSMHA Celebrates Staff with Appreciation Video

Everyone is going to remember 2020 in their own way, probably based on how they were affected by COVID-19. The Executive Team at North Suffolk wanted to make sure that the effort and response of our organization’s employees would be remembered and celebrated. To do this, NSMHA engaged Rockport-based Persistent Productions to create a video tribute to employees across the agency. P2 conducted two days of photo shoots and interviews in May, visiting a number of houses, clinics and other sites. What resulted is an inspirational celebration of who we are and how we responded. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can view it on our videos page. Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you’re in the loop as we add new content!

Recovery on the Harbor Logo Contest 

North Suffolk Mental Health Association is calling on the Recovery Community to design the logo for our new recovery support center in East Boston – Recovery On The Harbor! Submit your design to Katie O’Leary no later than Tuesday, Sept. 8 for a chance to win a gift card to a local restaurant! All artwork must be original. The winning design becomes the property of NSMHA/Recovery on the Harbor and will appear online and in printed materials. Submissions can be made by email to koleary@northsuffolk.org or dropped off at 14 Porter St., East Boston on Tuesdays (8/25, 9/1, 9/8) between 10 a.m. and noon. Click here for the contest rules.

A Message to Our Community
North Suffolk Mental Health Association has for decades witnessed the toll of systemic racism and social injustice on the people and communities we serve, as well as on our staff, colleagues and families. As we have witnessed the deaths of black men and women by law enforcement officers, we are angered and saddened. We have no adequate words to explain and certainly none that justify. It is time to listen, to learn, to understand and to change.

We have always been, and continue to be, driven by the necessity of breaking down barriers to access and success; helping to end disparities in healthcare, housing, education; advocating for inclusion and equity of all individuals; and offering safe harbor and support as people work towards a better life.

NSMHA is made up of people from different countries, cultures, religious backgrounds, skin colors, gender identities, languages and abilities. It contributes to our richness and capacity to serve the diverse communities in which we work. There should be no place in our interactions, our workspaces, our communities or our country for racism or for acts of violence that represent a disregard for human rights and dignity.

In our organization and our community, the effects of racism cannot and should not be denied or ignored. It is important that we confront our beliefs, our biases and our personal histories and that we learn to work together to ensure that ours is a culture of inclusion and acceptance. So we will listen. We will hear you. We will see you. And we will stand together for understanding and change.

Jackie K. Moore, Ph.D
Chief Executive Officer, North Suffolk Mental Health Association

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