LOWELL — The Mental Health Association of Greater Lowell held its first Toast to the Arts event on Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Arts League of Lowell (ALL) Gallery. More than 40 sharply dressed guests enjoyed a cocktail reception while viewing an array of multimedia art, photographs, ceramics and jewelry done by local artists, as well as some done by a clinician and clients in the Community & Family Counseling Center, Developmental Disabilities Residential Program and Community Based Flexible Supports Program.The keynote speaker, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, was direct and no nonsense when she announced with strong conviction project C.A.R.E., a first-of-its kind public-private partnership to provide immediate services to children who experience opioid-related trauma. MHA is part of this initiative, providing a 24-hour hotline to first responders to connect families with children to outpatient clinic.
* MHA provided services for more than 1,400 children and adults to help with issues including depression, substance abuse, marriage and family conflict, school-related problems, developmental disabilities and serious mental illness.
* Partnered with the District Attorney’s office and Lowell Police Department to provide mental health crisis services to the innocent victims of the opioid epidemic — the children.
* Opened a renovated home for seriously mentally-ill adults discharged from Tewksbury State Hospital.
* Built and opened a new home for adults with acquired brain injuries.
* Launched an Electronic Healthcare Record on Aug. 1.
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