Welcome to the first edition of the Anka Michigan Newsletter! This quarterly newsletter is dedicated to keeping our community partners, stakeholders, clients, support systems and staff up to date on the Michigan services of Anka Behavioral Health, Inc. We began providing Department of Veterans Affairs supported transitional housing for homeless veterans in May 2013. We have enjoyed an incredibly warm welcome from the village of Akron and are pleased that we are currently serving six veterans. We have six more beds available and hope that you will help us fill them! Over the next several months, we will focus on serving veterans and developing community relationships to maximize the impact we can make in your communities. I hope you enjoy this first edition of the Anka Michigan Newsletter and will continue to read it going forward.
Sincerely, Nzinga Harrison, MD Chief Medical Officer
About Anka Akron Veterans Program Developed in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs through grant per diem funds, the Anka Akron Program will provide transitional housing to homeless veterans for up to two years while they receive a variety of supportive services that will help them build the tools necessary to manage their illness and transition back into the community. The program will link veterans to a variety of resources, including mental health and substance abuse treatment, health care, legal and benefits assistance, transportation, permanent housing, vocational services, and recreational opportunities that increase life satisfaction, social skills, responsibility, and independence.
PROGRAM GOALS The primary goal of the Anka Akron Program is to link housing with on-going supportive services for veterans experiencing homelessness. Key goals of the program are:
To enable homeless and formerly homeless veterans to secure and retain housing.
To provide flexible, integrated services to support veterans to stabilize acute and chronic health and psychiatric conditions.
To support veterans to develop networks of peer support and cultivate personal coping mechanisms that can mitigate the stresses often associated with mental illness, addiction, and traumatic personal histories.
To improve veterans' quality of life, and overall health and well-being.
ELIGIBILITY To qualify for Anka Akron services, an applicant must meet the following criteria:
Current or history of mental health and/or addictive disorder
Program participants must be willing to:
Develop a treatment plan and address issues leading to homelessness
Maintain a relationship with the Department of Veterans' Affairs and Anka
Follow house rules and participate in community living
We also welcome Veterans experiencing:
Re-entry from the criminal justice system
Eligibility will be verified by the Department of Veterans' Affairs prior to program placement.
HOUSING For Veterans who are homeless, Anka Akron offers:
Shared housing for up to two years
Subsidized rent with veterans paying 30% of their income
Anka Akron incorporates the principles of mental health and substance abuse recovery models to support Veterans in developing goals and strategies that will foster their successful transition to independent living.
For more information, please check out the Anka Akron Veterans web page.About the Program Administrator Ian McCormick, Program Administrator As Program Administrator of the Anka Akron Veterans Home, Ian assists homeless veterans in a transitional housing program for those with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues. Responsible for clinical and administrative oversight of the program, Ian provides direct clinical care, supervises staff, and develops and implements policies and procedures. An integral part of Ian’s role is community outreach and stakeholder relationships, including the maintenance of linkages and communication with the Veterans Administration, city, county, state departments, volunteers, and the community at large. Ian’s goal is for the Anka Akron Veterans Transitional Housing program to be successful in assisting veterans in their recovery and support the transition to permanent stable housing.How to Refer Anyone can make a referral! To do so, simply fill out a Referral Form and send it to Ian McCormick, Program Administrator at the below contact information: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (989) 455-1933 Fax: (810) 213-6640
Anka Akron Open House & BBQ
To thank the community for their support, acknowledge volunteers, and celebrate the opening of the program, the Anka Akron Program site held an open house and BBQ June 13, 2013. The open house included a program overview, staff introductions, property tour, special acknowledgements, and BBQ lunch. Service providers, local community groups and agencies, and members of the public were invited to attend and appreciation plaques were given to a number of volunteers and agencies that assisted in the development of the program. Read more...
Anka Akron Flag Raising Ceremony On Saturday, August 10, 2013, the Anka Akron Veterans Program held a flag raising ceremony in celebration of the program opening and the veterans that are currently being served by the program. The flagpoles, flags, and ceremony were made possible by the generous contributions of several community members and agencies, including Rock Products, Tom Cavanaugh, Earl Haney, Ron Amend, Fairgrove Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Women's Auxiliary of the Fairgrove VFW, Cass City Color Guard, and Ken Martin Electric Inc. We are especially grateful for Mr. Pat Gibbard, who worked hard organizing the ceremony and is currently working towards coordinating free electrical work for the installation of the evening lighting of the American flag. The flag raising ceremony featured acknowledgements to contributors and the community following the raising of the American flag, Michigan flag, and POW-MIA flag and the singing of the Star Spangled Banner while the flags were saluted. Following the ceremony, cupcakes and ice cream were made and served by the Women's Auxiliary of the Fairgrove with some of the parents of the Cass City Color Guard. Thank you to all that contributed and attended the Anka Akron flag raising ceremony. We are so grateful to have so much support and encouragement from our community! See more photos...
History of Anka Anka Behavioral Health, Inc. (Anka) is a non-profit organization with the mission to eliminate the impact of behavioral health problems for all people. In operation since 1973, Anka provides caring, dependable, and professional behavioral health and social service programs that serve over 15,000 individuals each year. For more information, please visit www.ankabhi.org
In 2013, Anka partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs to open Anka Akron, a Veterans Transitional Housing Program.
What is Anka’s Community Action Partnership (CAP) Program?