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— September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month —
Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.
Each year, more than 41,000 individuals die by suicide, leaving behind their friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of loss. In many cases, friends and families affected by a suicide loss (often called “suicide loss survivors”) are left in the dark. Too often the feelings of shame and stigma prevent them from talking openly.
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month - a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. It is also important to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention. Below are some links to additional information on the prevention of suicide:
If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately.
If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255)
If you’re uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.
— September Happenings —
The Pointe & Center Town Cafe
— Venango County Senior Centers —
“To assure the safety of our customers, to preserve their families, and to enhance the quality of their lives.”
Who Are We?
Venango County Human Services is a branch of county government that is managed by the Venango County Commissioners. It is directed by a Human Services Administrator who works with categorical and system directors and managers to ensure that a comprehensive continuum of high quality services is available to qualifying residents of Venango County.
Venango County is among the 30 counties in the Commonwealth that are part of the Human Services Block Grant. This grant serves as the catalyst for the overall redesign of the Human Service operations. While the county continues to work within the regulatory parameters of the traditional categorical systems our focus is to move away from disability-oriented systems of care to a structure based on Life Stages. The stages include:
Children and Families
Our shift in focus to Life Stages supported the delivery of integrated service coordination and aided us in the development of partnerships with non-traditional providers like community supports, the faith community, businesses, and more. Monitoring for service providers, evaluation, and quality improvement are all based on the Life Stage orientation as well. The main purpose of this change was to ensure individuals and families are safe and secure in the lease restrictive setting. Through our successful integration, we have enabled county residents to heal, grow, and recover by receiving services that are demonstrated to be appropriate, cost effective, accessible, and that meet an assessed need.
One of the biggest changes to the Venango County Human Service operations was the institution of the Protective, Intake and Crisis Response Unit (PIC Unit). This one-door unit carries out all intake processes for all county-funded services. Their responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- All crisis situations
- Investigation of all allegations child and older adult abuse reports
- Mental health interventions
- General intake for all Life Stages
Venango County Human Services directly manages the categorical systems that offer services for: Older Adults, Children and Youth, Mental Health and Development, Substance Abuse, and a variety of programs collectively managed by our Community Supports Services team (CSS). We also partner with Mercer and Crawford counties to directly manage the HealthChoices Program, under the auspices of the North West Behavioral Health Partnership, offering behavioral health services collaboratively between the three counties. Venango County contracts with a large number of community service organizations to provide prevention and treatment assistance to county residents.
About Our Website
This website is designed to serve as a resource / reference guide for the services and supports that are available within Venango County. The information is organized by Life Stages and drop down boxes further categorize the services from prevention level services (drop-in centers) to very high levels of support (inpatient care). The higher the level of service is rated, the more likely that medical necessity or other qualifying criteria must be met in order for the services to be accessed. In addition to listing the services that are available by Life Stage, additional information is provided regarding Community Support Services, Housing Services and Transportation supports.