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May 2023

Loneliness: The Silent Epidemic Unveiled by the Surgeon General

We live in a world where we're always connected through technology, with social media platforms and instant communication at our fingertips. But despite this apparent connectivity, there's a startling revelation from the Surgeon General: loneliness has become an epidemic in our society. It's time to explore the hidden consequences of our modern, tech-driven but socially disconnected lives. We used to think that loneliness only affected older people or those living in remote areas. But the...

New! Benchmarks Supportive Supervision Training Workshop

Effective supervision and leadership are crucial for the success and engagement of organizations and their employees. However, the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic has presented significant challenges for many organizations, including staff retention and providing adequate training for new hires, especially those in management positions. Recognizing these concerns, Benchmarks has developed a groundbreaking training curriculum called “Supportive Supervision”. This comprehensive program,...

Human Service Organizations Can Mitigate the Impact of Stress for Employees

Human service agencies’ organizational stress naturally affects the employees who work for the agencies, oftentimes causing more stress to the employees already working in high stress environments. Though many human service agency employees choose the work they do because it gives them purpose and meaning, often that is not enough to prevent added workplace stress or to ameliorate the effects of that stress. Organizational stress is going to happen, but agencies can continue to hire and...

Local County Highlights Vital Link between Mental Health & Foster Care

Vaya Health's "Pathways to Permanency" Project Featured in Ashe County Newspaper
This week, Ashe County, NC recognized the efforts of Vaya Health in their local newspaper. Vaya Health, which operates across 31 counties including Ashe, has been involved in the "Pathways to Permanency" project for nearly 2 years. The goal of the project is to guarantee that optimal behavioral health services are available to youth in foster care. "Pathways to Permanency" is just one of the many consulting...

May is National Foster Care Month: Supporting Children and Families

National Foster Care Month is an important initiative led by the Children's Bureau, a national organization that partners with federal, state, tribal, and local agencies to improve the overall health and well-being of children and families across the country. During this month, the bureau takes the time to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, and child welfare professionals who work tirelessly to help children and...

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