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We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
This week Network180 received a shipment of 74,000 KN95 masks from the State of Michigan that are designated for adult foster care homes. Network180 is charged by the State to distribute these masks to all licensed adult foster care homes in Kent County as soon as possible.
Network180 will be distributing these masks to AFC providers TOMORROW, Friday, January 15, 2021 at the locations and times listed below:
Morning Distribution: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Deltaplex parking lot: 2500 Turner Ave NW, Walker, MI 49544.
Afternoon Distribution: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the Special Olympics building - the former South Christian High School: 160 68th St., SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49548.
These masks are being distributed free of charge; the number of masks distributed will be based on the size of the AFC home. You are invited to pick up your allocation of masks at either distribution session, no appointment necessary.
The expectation is that these masks be made available to AFC providers as soon as possible. With mask distribution occurring tomorrow, we are asking AFC providers receiving this email to please share information about this opportunity with fellow AFC operators so these supplies can get to those who need them as soon as possible.
Dr. Eric Achtyes, Network180's Medical Director, presented information on the new COVID-19 Vaccine for Network180 staff. We're making it available for interested community members to view:
Dr. Achtyes also answered questions gathered via a survey of Network180 employees that we're making available to the community as well.
Dear Network180 Community:
On September 10, 2020, the Michigan Legislature passed Senate Resolution 140 designating September 13-19, 2020 as “Direct Support Professionals Week.” Network180 applauds the recognition of Direct Support Professionals and their important role in helping individuals experiencing a mental illness, substance use disorder or intellectual or developmental disability to live fulfilling and meaningful lives.
Network180 supports and values the work that Direct Support Professionals provide to individuals in Kent County that helps them continue to remain in their communities, maintain connections with family and friends, live enriched lives through employment, education, and recreation and to empower personal interests and choice. Direct Support Professionals develop meaningful relationships with the people they serve and help them live with dignity and respect. If it were not for direct support, many of these individuals would require costly institutional care and be afforded less independence and fewer opportunities for self-actualization.
Like other frontline workers during COVID-19, Direct Support Professionals continue to “suit up and show up,” going to work every day in order to help people with meal preparation, medications, daily living tasks like dressing, bathing and grooming, medical needs, attainment of treatment goals and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for everyone. Network180 honors the work Direct Support Professionals do every day and are deeply grateful to every person who continues to provide high-quality care to vulnerable individuals residing in residential care settings during the pandemic.
While we recognize and appreciate the critical role Direct Support Professionals fulfill in being able to provide a full continuum of services to individuals in Kent County, Network180 wants to also acknowledge the growing shortage of Direct Support Professionals affecting services throughout the state and nation. Providing direct support is challenging work - it is also rewarding. In Michigan, the average annual salary of a Direct Support Professional is approximately $19,500, making it difficult to retain and hire new Direct Support employees. Network180 supports initiatives that would provide a living wage, benefits and professional development opportunities to these hard-working, dedicated employees and to attract new employees into the field.
Thank you to all of the Direct Support Professionals working throughout Kent County and West Michigan today. We are grateful for the work you do and appreciate your willingness to endure during this difficult time.
Network180 would like to congratulate employees Kristin Kopec, MS, MPH, Kristin Spykerman, MSW, Beverly Ryskamp, JD, MSW and Eric Achtyes, MD, MS, on their publication “Rapid Transition to Telehealth in a Community Mental Health Service Provider During the COVID-19 Pandemic” along with Carol Janney and Benjamin Johnson of Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. Their report appears in The Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders, analyzing Network180’s swift pivot into telehealth from 5% to 84% of services delivered during the period of March 13 – May 28, 2020.
On March 13, 2020, Governor Whitmer signed an executive order for Michigan residents to shelter in place. Network180, along with other behavioral health agencies throughout the state, deployed alternative methods of delivering services to individuals who experience a serious mental illness. Telehealth proved to be a valuable tool for providing continued behavioral health and psychiatric care to a vulnerable population. People who experience a serious mental illness often require consistent care and monitoring to remain healthy. The use of telehealth helped maintain services for these individuals as well as allowed access to care to those experiencing a mental health crisis.
This successful shift into telehealth, along with the changes made by the State of Michigan allowing payment for telehealth services, has the potential to remove barriers that previously prevented some people from receiving services. Dr. Eric Achtyes, Network180’s Medical Director states, “The COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges both to providers and the people we serve. Many healthcare providers moved very quickly to transition care to telehealth, including Network180. This transition was supported by regulatory changes allowing payment for telehealth services. We were grateful for these changes and hope this modality of treatment will allow improved access to care for those with transportation or other barriers to receiving in-office care post-pandemic.”
The article can be accessed at The Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders: https://doi.org/10.4088/PCC.20br02787
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.
Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.
Our friends at CMH of Clinton, Eaton, Ingham county are offering both adult and youth QPR sessions on a weekly basis, and they are free and open to anyone who’d like to attend.
June 15, 2020 at 2pm: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/108460269586
June 15, 2020 at 4pm: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/108465479168
June 15, 2020 at 6pm: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/108466159202
Along with QPR we are offering another 45-minute learning opportunity called COVID-19, Social Media and Suicide Prevention. In this class we will review the simple steps that we can all take on social media that could save a life. We will also work to untangle what the experts are saying about the potential impact of the pandemic and economic situation on mental health and suicide. This is a chance to see what the research and experts are saying and what we might be able to do in our lives to mitigate the potential loss of life. Please register with the link below.
COVID-19, Social Media and Suicide Prevention, June 18, 2020 at 11:00am-11:45am: https://covid19suicideprevention618mp.eventbrite.com
QPR for Youth Caregivers:
June 15 11:00 am
June 18 6:00 pm
June 22 11:00 am
June 25 6:00 pm
June 29 at 11:00 am
To register visit for the above classes please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/community-mental-health-authority-clinton-eaton-ingham-cmha-cei-8564584343
“More Than Sad” is a training that the American Association for Suicide Prevention offers online for free. They provide these based on the group; those who work with youth, adult based, etc.
START Training from LivingWorks is an online training that is interactive and very good. It takes about an hour and is currently being provided at a reduced rate. Please share this link as it also helps our friends at Barb Smith Suicide Prevention and Response:https://shopusa.livingworks.net/discount/T-15023?redirect=%2Fproducts%2Flivingworks-start
Safe Messaging and Suicide Prevention: This 45 minute long class looks at media reports about the potential for increases suicide during COVID-19, social media, and some steps we can take that might help reduce suicide through our own social media posts. Anyone can participate. Register here: https://covid19suicideprevention618mp.eventbrite.com
Groups that are open:
Suicide Loss Survivors:
Barb Smith facilitates a group as well out of the Midland area. Call Barb for more information at 989-781-5260
Suicide Attempt Survivors:
MDHHS suicide prevention calendar is here: https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71548_54879_54882_91271_91937---,00.html