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Program Information
Program Name: New Directions Support Group
Year the Program was Started: 1986
Public Contact Person: Ruth Deming
Address: 204 Cowbell Road
Willow Grove, PA 19090
Telephone #: (215) 659 2142
Email Address:
Website URL:
Program Category: Support Group
Target Participants:
African American, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American/Alaskan, LGBT, Persons on Inpatient Units, Persons w/ Criminal Justice Issues, Adolescents, Young Adults, Adults, Older Adults
Program Setting:
Borrowed Space (church, school, community center)
Annual Program Budget: $10,000-$40,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: 1-2
Paid Part-Time: None
Volunteers: 20+
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: All
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Usually
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: Majority
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Individual training, Program brochure, Guides/Manuals, Website
Cost for materials? No
Program Goals: 1. To connect every member with numerous group peers for emotional support. 2. Education with our topnotch guest speakers & informative Web site. 3. Seminars to help people find jobs.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? Yes
If Yes, details: We've researched that support groups help keep people from relapsing and going into the hospital. Because we "normalize" the fact that mood swings are okay, people are more willing to take their medications and catch their manic symptoms, because it's crucial to their success as individuals within the larger society. We encourage people to remain in the workforce and not to go on disability, unless absolutely necessary. And they do remain in the workforce, though the going may get tough.
Program Mission Statement: To help individuals reach their highest potential; to move beyond their diagnosis to lead meaningful, productive, and joyous lives, even if that means changing our goals and our lifestyles to accommodate our illness. Our highest priority is for our members to participate in society: through work, volunteerism, involvement in the community. We are also committed to community education programs to instill education and dispel prejudice.
Additional Information: We offer a Top Doc/Top Therapist life. We give educational seminars several times a year. We host a Coffee Shop Performance with talented members several times a year. We host a Movie Night, Mornings at the Mall, and Social Outing for folks home during the day.

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