Reflection Paper On Mental Health Community

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On May 25th 2016 I officially started an internship with Montgomery County’s Department of Mental Hygiene. The department consists of one hard working woman named Sara Borenko who was my supervisor and boss throughout this internship. One of the main duties of Sara’s job is the funding of community programs that are aimed towards helping the mental health community. In fall 2015 I took a class called Community Psychology and while working at this internship; I applied what I had learned from that class and used it to my advantage. Some of the lessons I applied included social oppression, community organizing, stress and coping, and emotional support. Before taking this internship, I didn’t realize how much my county had to offer as for services. I’m inspired by the community and its strides towards helping the mentally ill. I’ve learned a lot during this internship. I’ve gained experience in the field, I’ve grown a broader…show more content…
Each of these programs offers mental health services to the county and works with the community. The nine contracts Montgomery County funds are, St. Mary’s Mental Health and Alcohol services, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), HFM Prevention Council, Mental Health Association of Fulton and Montgomery Counties, Catholic Charities of Fulton and Montgomery Counties, Liberty, Capital District Respite, and SPOA (Single Point Of Access). The Montgomery County Department of Mental Hygiene also works with the Courts for Kendra’s Law or the Assisted Outpatient Services (AOT). These are Court Mandated services given to individuals who have been hospitalized or arrested in the past year from violent behavior or having been hospitalized twice in the past three years. These can be ordered if the judge feels they need to participate in a form of mental health treatment but need the structure, guidance, or legal obligation to get that

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