Mental Health Board Honors Mercy Health Foundation
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Mahoning County Mental Health & Recovery Board recognized Mercy Health Youngstown and Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley with the 2018 Leadership Award during its recent annual recognition luncheon.
“We have worked with Mercy Health and the Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley on several far-reaching projects,” observed Anna Cobbin, a member of the board of directors of the Mahoning County Mental Health & Recovery Board.
“Together,” Cobbin continued, “we have been able to build safe rooms in the Austintown and Boardman emergency departments, provide mental health navigation to ensure patients receive the care they need, and put Ohio certified peer recovery supporters in the emergency departments and local treatment centers to address the growing addiction problem in our area.”
Mercy Health Youngstown, Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley and the Mahoning County Mental Health & Recovery Board are working with Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers to provide greater access to detoxification services, noted Duane Piccirilli, executive director of the Mental Health & Recovery Board. This project, he said, will add 14 beds at Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital that will provide for on-demand access to detoxification services.
All of these services — safe rooms, mental health navigation, peer recovery supports and detoxification — are critical to our community and are only possible because of Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley, Piccirilli said. “We could not have funded these services at this level without Mercy Health Foundation.”
“Serving those who are most vulnerable and improving the health of our community are at the core of our mission at Mercy Health. Many of those who are most vulnerable are the same individuals and families served by the Mahoning County Mental Health & Recovery Board,” said Paul Homick Jr., president of the foundation. “Working together to further our shared mission means we can have a much greater impact by providing more comprehensive services to more people. It’s a win-win for both Mercy Health and the Mental Health & Recovery Board, but most important, it is a win for our community and the people we serve.”
Pictured above: Paul Homick Jr., president, Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley; Kathy Cook, president, Mercy Health St. Joseph Warren Hospital; and Duane Piccirilli, executive director, Mahoning County Mental Health & Recovery Board,.
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