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February 2015 RHA Newsletter


February 2015


An Employment First Initiative


Employment Services Awarded Project Search

We are excited to announce that RHA Howell Employment Services and Pitt County School Systems are partnering with Greenville NC Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) to establish and implement a new Project SEARCH program. This is an initiative made possible by the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities through Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.  Project SEARCH is a combined education and internship program for students with developmental disabilities, who have completed their high school or community college academic requirements, but who have not yet officially graduated.
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                      Achieving a Better Life Experience

ABLE Act  signed by President Obama

For people with disabilities, the whole notion of independence has been very difficult to conceive as well as to attain.... The ABLE ACT will amend Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service to create tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities.......

where they can amass more than $2,000 (the current maximum savings amount) without losing government benefits.   

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Naloxone Distributed To Those At Risk Of Relapse Or Overdose


RHA Behavioral Health Wilmington

Carolyn Craddock, RHA Clinical Coordinator, says "RHA is honored to be partnering with CoastalCare to provide this potentially life-saving emergency treatment in our crisis centers.  For opioid drug users, the risk of relapse and/or overdose is highest immediately after discharge from treatment.  We now provide Naloxone kits to individuals upon discharge as a "safety net" during this critical time.

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White House Drug Policy Office Awards $125,000           

to ARP Prevention Services
Partnership for Substance Free Youth.
Asheville, North Carolina

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Quick Links

Employee Leaders

Teresa Bishop
Clear Creek
Breast Cancer Survivor and 100% Superwoman

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Sandra Banks
Mary Benson House
Residential Treatment Specialist in Substance Abuse
Lucky to have her on our team!
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Linda Revis
Member of the
Act Team RHA Behavioral Health
The nicest person ever!
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RHA Employee Wellness Program

82 lbs and counting!

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Goal & performance management program
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Why My Son?

A Father's Perspective


Sitting in the hospital waiting room, soon after his son, Nathaniel, had been born with severe brain damage, Chris Breen began keeping a handwritten journal to help him cope. He was upset, angry at God, and no one would tell him what went wrong....
Then, when his son was about 4, he decided to write a book about his experiences. The book  "Why My Son? A Dad's Struggle to Find Peace" is now available on Nathaniel receives services with the  RHA Howell Bridges CAP/C program.

Written By Stan Goldberg Special to the News-Post |Posted Apr 28, 2013

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Tar River Partners with East Carolina University as a Teaching Facility


Greenville, North Carolina


RHA Howell Tar River, just minutes from East Carolina University in Greenville North Carolina, hosts students each semester to fulfill their internship requirements.  
The students are from a variety of disciplines including Social Work, Child Life, Nursing, NAII and Respiratory Therapy.
Through supervised instruction in the field,  MSW Interns are assisted in the application of foundation level course content to social work practice.

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RHA Howell To Partner with NTG  


The National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices is being awarded a 1 year grant from the Special Hope Foundation for the  ID Dementia Telehealth pilot project.

RHA Howell will partner with NTG in this important initiative to help people with IDD who may be experiencing early onset dementia or have been diagnosed with dementia. 

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