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December 2015 RHA Newsletter

December 2015 
                                       RHA Health Services Unites

RHA Health Services (RHA) is pleased to announce it has been acquired by funds managed by Formation Capital and Safanad Limited. All programs and services have been acquired and will be incorporated into a new RHA.  RHA's management team will remain the same, with corporate headquarters in Asheville, NC and the financial services division in Atlanta, GA.

"We are thrilled to be the first company focused on mental health, substance abuse, and intellectual and developmental disabilities services in Formation Capital's portfolio," said Gordon J. Simmons, CEO of RHA Health Services, LLC.  "
 RHA Behavioral Health SHORE Program Opens 
Wilmington, NC  
SHORE enrolled their first client in March, 2015 and  now have total of 27. Since starting the program 8 months ago they are seeing positive outcomes including the ability to achieve personal goals and a significant reduction in hospitalizations and ER visits.  
New research into the treatment of schizophrenia spectrum disorders is re-vitalizing our approach to treating these potentially debilitating disorders. The focus of this new research is known as "first episode psychosis"-and the outcomes have been so encouraging that there is a national effort to train treatment teams in this new treatment model called Coordinated Specialty Care.
NCSU and RHA Team Together for Employment 
Raleigh, NC

Clifton with Supervisor 
Josh Heath
 The goal for all of our RHA Employment Services programs is to help people with  disabilities obtain and maintain  employment, to identify and obtain the right job match, and for the duration of that employment to be long term.  We have people with all different skill sets and interests, but working in the food service industry is a high demand request from many consumers. As a result, our RHA Employment Services program in Wake County partnered with North Carolina State University about four years ago.  That relationship is still going strong today with our great partner, Bob Sorochak, who manages the Case Dining Hall at NCSU and his team. This dining hall serves breakfast, lunch and dinner to sometimes 300 diners in one day and is also rumored to have the best food on campus!

Dont' Miss
-RHA West Tennessee Builds Nature Trail
-What's up at River Bend and Anson Children's Center

Erica Jett
Tar River Greenville, NC
Pursuing Masters of Human Services/Family Studies

Carin Neeley, LPN
Roanoke Rapids, NC
Remarkable Compassion

Jean Benson 
Tar River Greenville, NC
Congrats on the 
LCSW exam

RHA West Trenton  Tennessee 
Kudos Campus A
Three consecutive deficiency-free surveys!

Editor in Chief
Sam Hedrick

Creative DirectorDebbie Valentine
The Artist and the Entrepreneur
Greensboro, NC

  Jane is a remarkable artist and entrepreneur. She has not allowed her diagnosis of cerebral palsy to stand in her way.  Always fascinated by colors and art, she began painting 15 years ago and currently works with the Exceptional Friends Art Studio. In addition to her original acrylics, note cards with envelopes and postcards are now available for purchase. 

For more information about Jane's catalog or to place an order, please email her at or visit her Facebook page.
RHA Nashville is Awarded Grant from The State 
Nashville, TN 

During the summer, RHA Nashville was awarded a grant by the State of Tennessee to open two brand new homes. One is a four bed behavioral respite home and despite several construction delays, we are excited to provide these new services for RHA Tennessee and look forward to the respite home opening very soon.
Stop Saying "Wheel-chair Bound"
  Zachary Fenell, The Mobility Resource

Discussing disabilities may feel like trying to avoid metaphorical tripwires.
One innocent misstep and an able-bodied person may receive a tongue lashing just for saying "handicap vehicle" instead of "wheelchair accessible vehicle."  To help you sidestep situations like the one above, note the following tips when discussing disabilities.
Florrie turns 90 
Wilmington, NC

It's a big birthday for Florie who turns 90 on December 16th. She has been with the RHA WAVE Wilmington program since 1978 and continues to attend the day program three times per week. Florrie is full of enthusiasm and loves to dance, sing, and "cut a rug". She has made lifelong friendships and impressions on everyone who has attended or worked at the day program.
 Behavioral Health Wellness Center Host Health Fair With a Special Tribute to Maya Angelou
High Point, NC

RHA Behavioral Health Wellness Center in High Point NC, hosted  their 1st Annual Health Fair in September.   Many area exhibitors  attended to spread the word of support and recovery in the High Point/Guilford County area. The RHA Express 'Yo' Self Creative group performed a show called "Caged Birds Still Rising" - a tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou. 
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