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“Nearly 10 years since Harrisburg State Hospital closed, state officials tout success”

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This May 21, 2015 article on The Patriot-News site is the beginning of a series where The Patriot-News hopes to explore what the result of state hospital closures has been, with a particular focus on the impact of the closure of Harrisburg State Hospital.

“Catching up with Harrisburg State Hospital closure”

I found this little writeup about halfway down the page of “The Sentinel Online” at the following address … http://www.cumberlink.com/articles/2010/02/15/news/local/doc4b792d958e73c880207766.txt

it was kind of neat to see this, because it seems like there is tons of information flying around during the closing of a state hospital, but then after it is completely closed the area becomes almost a blackhole interms of any updates on how things have changed for the area effected by the closure.  With Mayview which I followed I still come across land  re-use type articles, but have heard next to nothing abut how services for mental health consumers in the area have been impacted.  Have they improved, stagnated or gotten worse?  How are folks who were at Mayview and discharged to the community doing?  these were hot topics of discussion beofre the closing, but now I am lucky to find anything even remotely resembling an update.  It was good to see that someone took a moment to give a brief update on how the closure of Harrisburg State Hospital has effected Cumberland and Perry Counties.

Catching up with Harrisburg State Hospital closure

The closing of Harrisburg State Hospital four years ago was the “single biggest positive contributor” to local mental health service enhancements that Cumberland and Perry counties have ever experienced, according to Silvia Herman.

“We were able to develop new programs and expand programs that we had started from 2000 to 2005 that were effective in supporting individuals in their recovery journeys,” the director of Cumberland/Perry Mental Health and Mental Retardation said last week. “These programs focus on individuals receiving services and support in their communities, decreasing the need for inpatient treatment in a state hospital setting.”

“Volunteers view work as religion in action”

This article was originally found on the Sunday, January 17, 2009 page of PennLive.com.  The complete address to where the story can be found is … http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2009/01/nancy.html

I found this article to be refreshing, in light of all the negative articles I found, it was neat to find that there was someone doing something originally to help mental health Consumers after the closing of Harrisburg State hospital.  The idea has grown since it started, and I would like to say, hats off to New Digs for the efforts they have show in helping others.

Volunteers view work as religion in action

Posted by jpickel January 17, 2009 16:00PM

Ginny Jones, through her ministry “New Digs,” collects furniture and household objects for people who are leaving group homes and cannot afford to furnish their own apartments.

Ginny Jones, Eleanor Beam and Janice Armstrong were taking a rare break Friday morning at Mission Central. Beam was joking about praying to the heavenly department that oversees towels. They needed some.Not for themselves, of course, but for New Digs, the two-year-old charity Jones founded. It operates on a simple premise: If people have household items they no longer want, someone else can use them. Items such as sofas, teaspoons, computer desks, hangars and baby items pass through the section of the warehouse set aside for New Digs. 

The need is great for sofas, kitchen tables and chairs, beds, dressers, pots, pans, silverware, sheets and towels.

Not long after their comment, an easy chair came rolling in on a skid, and a woman walked through a side door carrying a large box. Inside, she had packed a variety of items, including towels.

Another prayer answered.

Jones started New Digs after Harrisburg State Hospital closed. Many of the former residents were moving into apartments and starting from scratch.

Jones figured she would collect household items and give them a kick-start at independence.

When her project outgrew her Boiling Springs home, she found a corner in Mission Central, a warehouse in Lower Allen Twp. operated by the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church. It wasn’t long before she outgrew her original space. Her corner has grown to a section of the cavernous warehouse that ships supplies to the needy around the world.

She also outgrew her one-woman show. So Beam and Armstrong stepped in. All three view their work as religion in action.

Small items may be delivered weekdays to Mission Central, 5 Pleasant View Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. For larger items, call Ginny Jones at 717-258-4361.

New Links Added

  I’ve added some new links to various pages of this blog, and will try to list what pages were updated below so you know where to look.  Let’s see if I can remember all of them (that’ll be the trick) ….

New Links added to …..

  • C/FST
  • MH Acronyms
  • MH Disorders (couple new sub-headings and a bunch of new links added to this page)
  • State Hospital Information
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