October 2013 Newsletter

Description: mental illness photo:  MH-ribbon.gifOctober brings us the start of Fall (although we don’t always feel a big difference here in Florida!) as well as Mental Illness Awareness Week.
Individuals who suffer with mental illness often fall through the cracks in the system. There aren’t enough services and the need is greater than the support. We are challenged every day by clients who are non-compliant or whose illness is so debilitating they see no hope for recovery. However, many of our clients, with our support, stabilize and get better. As we celebrate National Mental Illness Awareness Week from Oct. 6th – 12th this year, keep in mind that individuals who suffer from mental illness do not choose to do so. Your support of any organization that works with the mentally ill is greatly needed.

How We Help
A Special Celebration
Celebrations of success come every day for us and our clients. On September 12, Tessie celebrated her 100th birthday with family, friends and MonarchCare staff (Knyvett, Terry and Sandy.) Every day we are faced with the challenge of families in crisis who need services and support. Our challenge is in not being able to respond to all of those who come to us. For those we are able to help, we savor the moments when we can be present with someone who has no one else. Thanks to your support we hope to be celebrating these moments for a long time to come.
How You Can Help
The Broward County Mental Health Court has just been nominated for an International Human Rights/Social Justice Award by the HIIL Foundation, The Hague, the Netherlands, as a “Successful Innovation.” MonarchCare has successfully helped extricate several of our clients from the criminal judicial system using this terrific resource. Broward County pioneered the nation’s first Mental Health Court, three years before President Clinton signed the National Mental Health Court Demonstration Bill, when Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren was appointed to establish the court. Judge Lerner-Wren had served as Broward’s Public Guardian previously and is a staunch supporter of MonarchCare and the people we serve. For more information about the court, click here and VOTE for Broward County.
How You DID Help
Last month we honored six “Great Connectors” for going above and beyond in their outreach in our community as well as their companies. Congratulations to our winners: R-L Leila Ripich, Kim Valentin Neale, Steve Delach, Marcia Pinck, Bonnie Mackey and Hillary Josephs. We want to thank all the nominees who helped expand MonarchCare’s outreach, everyone who attended the Coronation event and of course our wonderful sponsors: FiveStar Senior Living Properties, Broward Health, Park Summit, Alternative Home Health, MarMed as well as our table sponsors. As with any event there are costs involved but we want to thank and acknowledge those who supported us by discounting their services: The Josephine Leiser Center, Exquisite Catering by Robert, Outofdboxbooth, our Photographer George Olsen and the best MC/DJ Shane LeMar from LeMar Entertainment. All the monies raised at this event will underwrite our pro bono services, so THANK YOU for your ongoing support! In September we provided 403 hours of pro bono services. If you would like to help work on one of our task forces for future events, please contact Clevine@MonarchCare.org
Did You Know?
In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week in recognition of the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ (NAMI) efforts to raise mental illness awareness. Since then, mental health advocates across the country have joined with others in their communities to sponsor activities, large or small, for public education about mental illness.

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 A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.
Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder. The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible.

For more information about the challenges individuals with mental illness face with healthcare coverage, there is an interesting article in last week’s New York Times.

Description: open-enrollment-2.jpgThe Open Enrollment period for Medicare and supplemental insurance this year begins on October 15th and lasts through December 7th.  Additionally, Open Enrollment for the new Affordable Care Act Marketplace insurance products began on October 1st and continues through March 31st, 2014.  Be sure to take advantage of this time to put in place for yourself all the medical support you will need starting January 1, 2014, or help someone you know do so.
Upcoming Event

Again we have a great an easy opportunity for you to support MonarchCare. Just go to lunch or dinner at the Ruby Tuesday’s in Lauderhill (located at 7736 W. Commercial Blvd.) Be sure to print this Ruby Tuesday Flyer to take with you in October on the 16th, 17th or 18th or in November on the 18th 19th or 20th. Ruby Tuesday will donate 20% of what you spend to MonarchCare. It’s that simple and a great reason to take some family or friends to dinner. If you are in the neighborhood for lunch, stop by our offices and say hi!

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Your support enables us to continue our work that has
rescued susceptible individuals from financial
exploitation, restored institutionalized persons to
independent lifestyles and reconnected isolated persons
with long-lost family and friends. Thank You!

Knyvett Lee, NCG
MonarchCare Founder, CEO

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