June 15, 2017

CHEEERS in the Community

CHEEERS offers a variety of opportunities for our program participants to share their experience strength and hope. Yesterday Brett H. along with our Admissions and Intake Coordinator, Jennifer Brunson, visited Southwest Network, San Tan Clinic in Chandler, where Brett shared his story.  While visiting Southwest San Tan, Brett  also provided information about our program schedule, community events and  recovery services to  encourage  others to join  and to ensure those working at the clinic are aware of the tremendous resource CHEEERS is in the community. Brett serves as a Director on the CHEEERS Participant Advisory Council  and  is a volunteer CHEEERS Recovery Ambassador  (helping new members to feel welcome). Thank you for all you do Brett ! You are truly leading by example! Brett  will be  visiting several clinics to share his story over the next two months.  If you are interesting in learning more or  becoming involved in our Community Outreach, please contact Jennifer Brunson at Jennifer.brunson@cheeers.org.
 

February 1, 2017

New Van for CHEEERS



CHEEERS was delighted to accept the keys to the first of two vans awarded through the City of Phoenix Public Transit Division and the Federal Transit Administration Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program. Pictured is our CHEEERS staff standing in front of our new  2017 Chevy Express 12 Passenger van that will be used to transport our programs participants to various community outings, resources and events.  CHEEERS offers an OutNAbout program with a primary purpose to develop recreational, social and community integration skills.  Five times a week we are out in the community at various activities to include our Adopt a Street Program, Graffiti Busters, and visiting our Community Garden on the weekends.  Having a van that can transport 12 of our participants, safely to and from these events allows us to engage more individuals in activities. We also have a van equipped  for wheel chair access on the way! Thank you to our partners at City of Phoenix that made this process seamless and for supporting what we do at CHEEERS.     




 

December 30, 2016

Your Support is Needed

CHEEERS Recovery Center is a non-profit community service agency serving adults with serious mental illness and behavioral health challenges. Our state certified Peer Supports provide Recovery Support Services through classes, groups, events, and one-on-one mentoring.  We help individuals find meaning, purpose and social connections in their lives.  Please consider us when making your contributions this year.
Research has shown that peer support facilitates recovery and reduces health care costs. Peers also provide assistance that promotes a sense of belonging within the community. The ability to contribute to and enjoy one’s community is key to recovery and well-being. (SAMHSA)















This year Governor Doug Ducey signed into legislation SB 1216, which increases Arizona's  2016 charitable tax credit donation limits. This means individuals are now allowed to give more to nonprofit organizations (Single, $400 and Married Joint $800) while taking larger dollar-for-dollar tax credits !** **subject to income tax liability thresholds caps. Please consult your tax professional to determine eligibility. The contributions deadline in Arizona for Charitable Organizations  has  been extended to April 15th, 2017  however;  you may want to make your year-end donation now, just two days left in 2016 !!!  A donation to CHEEERS supports the services we offer to individuals with serious mental illness in our community. Visit our website and give today http://www.cheeers.org/give.html
 
 
At CHEEERS our primary focus is in these areas:
 
EMPOWERMENT is key to our program in helping our participants identify and utilize their strengths in order to advance their recovery. We provide EDUCATION and resources, so that our participants can promote understanding and work to de-stigmatize mental illness and substance abuse. EMPLOYMENT is  a primary goal so that our participants  develop job skills to move forward in their lives with hope and purpose.

December 16, 2016

Whole Health Action Plan for CHEEERS in 2017


CHEEERS is currently seeking donations to support the addition of an exercise room on our campus, to go along with a new program we are offering called Whole Health Action Management. (WHAM). Given the high incidence of chronic physical health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity among people with mental illnesses and addictions, WHAM training is a health plan developed by peers for peers to help them improve chronic health and behavioral health conditions. The training is based on the curriculum developed by the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (run by the National Council for Behavioral Health) to promote whole health self-management and strengthen the peer workforce’s role in integrated healthcare delivery.

This year, Governor Ducey extended the eligibility period for to allow individuals  tax credits  on their  2016 income tax  filing for donations made to Charitable Organizations through April 15h, 2017 **

Donations made to CHEEERS can be designated to assist us in purchasing exercise equipment and materials for a new “exercise room” at CHEEERS that will also be made available to our staff members.  Leading by example and supporting one another is the key to health and wellness for all.  
Please visit our website to learn more and to make your donation today. http://www.cheeers.org/give.html

 CHEEERS is an Arizona Qualified Charitable Organization
**Your donation may be eligible for a dollar for dollar tax credit, up to $400 if filing single, up to $800 if  filing joint)  on your Arizona Tax Return.(please consult a tax professional to determine eligibility.)

November 30, 2016

CHEEERS is a Qualified Charitable Organization

Please consider supporting us this Holiday Season!  
This year Governor Doug Ducey signed into legislation SB 1216, which increases 2016 charitable tax credit donation limits. This means individuals are now allowed to give more to nonprofit organizations (Single, $400 and Married Joint $800) while taking larger dollar-for-dollar tax credits !** **subject to income tax liability thresholds caps. Please consult your tax professional to determine eligibility. The deadline for your contribution has also been extended, but there is no need to wait. A donation to CHEEERS supports the services we offer to individuals with serious mental illness in our community. Visit our website and give today http://www.cheeers.org/give.html 


November 16, 2016

CHEEERS at University of Missouri for Project ECHO

Kansas City, MO.-  CHEEERS is represented in Kansas City this week by Kimberly Craig, CEO, who has been invited to participant in Project ECHO , an  innovative project supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) to address the needs of Pregnant and postpartum women with mental health and substance use disorders.  This pilot project is a collaborative effort with subject matter experts joining with the University of Missouri, and the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Center of Excellence on Behavioral for Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Their Families, along with the SAMHSA funded programs that serve pregnant women throughout the United States.  Project ECHO, leverages multipoint videoconferencing and a subject matter expert (SME) panel representing a wide range of disciplines and expertise to provide individualized, case-based learning to clinicians.  In particular the Pregnant and Postpartum Women’s ECHO pilot aims to  1) develop capacity to safely and effectively treat individuals and family members impacted by substance use and  mental health disorders and to monitor outcomes, and 2) develop a model to treat complex substance use  and co-occurring disorder conditions in pregnant and postpartum women who receive services in one of SAMHSA’s Pregnant and Parenting  Women Grantee locations.  CHEEERS is honored to participate in projects that introduce innovative methods to meet the needs of individuals with mental health and substance use disorders.  Kimberly’s contribution on the panel  will incorporate her 16 + years of experience working in women’s services, her knowledge around implementation of family centered programming (namely father or male involvement in predominately female focused programming) the use of Peer Support Services as an  effective and evidenced based intervention, as well as  methods to develop and integrate Peer Support Mentors in family centered programs.  



November 14, 2016

CHEEERS Announces Newly Elected 2017 Participant Advisory Council

November 9th, 2016  CHEEERS held it's Advisory Council Campaign and Election ! The Advisory Council at CHEEERS is a distinguished group of individuals who represent our program's participants and who serve as leaders for our community. Through monthly meetings with other program participants, the Advisory Council  gathers input about the needs and preferences of our participants, which is then used to improve the services we offer. This peer elected group also takes part in the planning of special events and activities to support ongoing growth and development. After the counting of the ballots, the election results are in ....
Congratulations to each member of the 2017 Advisory Council for CHEEERS! We look forward to working with you  to ensure that CHEEERS remains a  safe and welcoming place for all who seek our support.