Archive | April, 2011

Key Point on Facebook

28 Apr

Are you aware that Key Point Health Services has a rather active Facebook account?  It is updated from different areas within the company and sometimes covers broader mental health concerns than just the PRPs.

Please visit and “like” our page today.

Click here to access the Key Point Health Facebook page.

New SP Crisis Walk-In Clinic

28 Apr

Anyone who has dealt with a difficult or somewhat clueless emergency room will be very happy to hear that the mental health experts at Sheppard Pratt are opening a Crisis Walk-In Clinic (CWIC) effective in early May.  Hours will be Monday through Friday 10:30am to 10:00pm with weekend hours promised.

More information available from Bonnie Katz at 410-938-3154 and bkatz@sheppardpratt.org

A rather bad scan of their flyer is attached — best we have at the moment.

Click on the image to enlarge.

Qigong Returns Friday May 6th

28 Apr

We are pleased to announce that the Harford County PRP will be resuming Qigong (Tai Chi) classes this coming Friday May 6th!

Ramon Martinez with Heaven Mountain Gongfu will be returning with some newly developed forms that maintain the power of the art while simplifying the coordinated movements for our population.  He has also put together a DVD of the main forms that we can utilize on off-days with classes as needed.

Ramon is becoming increasingly well-known in the area with ongoing classes at Cecil Community College, Perry Point Veteran’s Center, and the Maryland Fencing Club.

He is also the Baltimore Marital Arts Examiner and his periodic column can be found here.

For those readers wondering what Qigong is and how it is of proven benefit, please reference the several excellent articles and videos available in an old blog post I did on this subject a few years ago.  You can access this information here.

Our past series of articles discussing Qigong in whole or in part are located here.

Home Gym Up & Running Again

28 Apr

Thanks to Exercise Equipment Services out of Baltimore our home gym in the workout room is working again.  The cabling had come undone and I was not sure where to get service on our equipment.  Luckily they do home visits and were able to do some basic service work even on brands they don’t usually handle.

WSJ Article on Helping the Mentally Ill Quit Smoking

28 Apr

Positive article in the WSJ on helping the mentally ill stop smoking. Key Point has had several well-run programs for this in the past (thank you state of Maryland and Harford County). It’s a hard nut to crack however. Our staff tend to believe that something about the nicotine “helps” clients overcome medication side effects.

Helping the Mentally Ill to Quit Smoking

Mental Health America 2011 Annual Conference

25 Apr

It’s about that time of the year again….

The Mental Health America 2011 Annual Conference will be held on June 9th-11th at Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

From all across the country, advocates, consumers, educators, researchers, business and community leaders, health professionals and nationwide networks of 300 affiliates will gather this year.  The conference will explore and examine opportunities to strengthen wellness in individuals and communities through advocacy, education and service delivery.  The conference also provides a unique opportunity for people in the mental health field to connect with others who are committed to promoting an agenda that will improve health outcomes and drive down the tragically high rates of mental health and substance use conditions in the United States.

Contacts for General Questions: General Inquiries:

Danielle Fritze dfritze@mentalhealthamerica.net

Exhibits:               Antionette Means ameans@mentalhealthamerica.net

Sponsorships:       Michael Turner mturner@mentalhealthamerica.net

Media Awards:        Steve Vetzner svetzner@mentalhealthamerica.net


Registration and Hotel Info: 

http://mentalhealthamerica.net/go/conference/registrationandhotel

Conference Speakers:

 http://mentalhealthamerica.net/go/conference/speakers2011

Conference Agenda: 

http://mentalhealthamerica.net/go/conference/agenda2011

Staff Changes

19 Apr

There have been several staffing changes recently.  We have bid goodbye to long-time kitchen manager Kevin Barnette and lead driver Bill Doehing.  Both staff members served well and for years.  Kevin was always friendly and willing to help out.  Bill’s kind but no-nonsense leadership of the driving pool keep the van routes, maintenance, and appointment transportation flowing smoothly.  Kevin also taught a long-running nutrition class, helped with drug & alcohol (MISA) class, and ran numerous field trips with clients.   Bill put together a very well-received short-term class on the history of boxing last year.  They will be missed.

Our new kitchen manager Farrell Foy II joined us 3-29-11 most recently from Sodexo as a cook via stints as an ice cream shop owner and limo driver after a long career in law enforcement.  Wanda Moore has joined us as a part-time driver who also has significant experience as a café worker, residential counselor, and secretary.  Wanda is showing quite a bit of interest in client interaction beyond driving and we are starting to utilize her with the ACHIEVE class and as a computer lab monitor.