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Davidson Day Treatment receives special recognition from Lexington City Schools Superintendent

After only a few short weeks into the start of the new school year, Monarch’s Day Treatment program in Lexington received a “Ship of Change” honor from Mr. Rick Kriesky, superintendent of Lexington City Schools, during an administrative staff meeting last month.

Mr. Kriesky shared positive feedback about the staff and students, who appeared to be very engaged, Davidson day treatment letter 2012-3during a recent impromptu visit he made to observe the programs. He shared favorable comments about the dialogue he had with the students in the Yellow Jacket Academy, Monarch’s Day Treatment at Lexington Middle School and said the Day Treatment staff members “do a great job with the diverse student learners.”

Currently 10 students attend Monarch’s Day Treatment program in Davidson County. Students are often referred by teachers, social workers or case managers to participate in Monarch’s Day Treatment programs, which are offered in Davidson, Stanly and Union counties.

"Thank you, for all you do to make our programs viable in the eyes of the superintendent,” Mr. Azeem Wahid-Holman, director of the Yellow Jacket Academy, wrote in a letter to the day treatment staff conducted by Brian Cavanaugh, day treatment team leader; Sherri Parker, day treatment specialist; Chris Abbey, clinical director; and Tricia Watkins, operations director.

Two from Lee County PSR complete Crisis Intervention Training

mark with cit rewards 2Mark Richie (pictured right) and Barrett Tomlinson, long-time members of the Lee County Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) program, were invited by the Sandhills Center to participate in a Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), which trains police officers to assist people who are experiencing a mental health crisis. People supported are invited to participate in the training by sharing their stories and experiences. Monarch’s PSR program utilizes evidence-based practices to empower individuals with the skills they need to serve as active members of their community.

Both men received a letter of appreciation from Phil Hewett, CIT training coordinator, who thanked them for participating in the program. The letter read, in part: "I would like to thank you for your valuable and greatly appreciated contribution in making this training the tremendous success that it was. We hope you will join us again in the future trainings!” They also received a gift card for their participation.

Michelle Ibrahim, lead behavioral specialist for the PSR program in Lee County, said when Mark received the letter and gift card, he told her  he can nowbuy some of the things he needs. “He is so excited,” she said.

Monarch residential staff hosts BBQ in the park for residents

Region 1 BBQ-3-2An “All Sites BBQ” was held at Freedom Park in Charlotte. Hosted by the residential staff, dozens of participants from Monarch’s four group homes, five apartment complexes and 19 condos in Mecklenburg County socialized, played board games, cards and participated in other activities throughout the afternoon. Michelle Sims, operations manager; Tiffany Haywood, behavioral specialist, and Julie Modde, qualified professional, organized the BBQ. Jonathan Craig, a behavior specialist at McAlway Group Home, grilled the hot dogs.

 “The staff from the group homes prepared chicken, people from the apartment complexes brought hot dogs and buns, everyone contributed bringing chips, potato salad, beans, watermelon and refreshments,” explained Modde, who said another event is planned for later this month. “We had a great time!”

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