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1 Butler County Warmline Program Grapevine Center 140 N. Elm Street Butler, PA 16001

2 Warmline  Funded by Butler County MH/MR  Funded by United Way  MHA of Butler County Fiduciary

3 Warmline 7pm to 10pm Daily Including Holidays when nearly all other services are unavailable Local Toll Free

4 What is a Warmline? Confidential peer-run telephone support for people seeking non-judgmental assistance from others who can empathize from their own personal experiences.

5 Warmline offers...  Confidential peer support  Sounding board for resolving issues or making decisions  Non-judgmental empathy  Referral to community resources  Outreach to those requesting it

6 Inception of the Warmline 1) Sherry Mead visit/training ) Consulted with Washington County Warmline 3) Started Warmline in Spring of ) Hired supervisor who developed training 5) Hired workers one month later 6) Funding taken from current drop-in center budget 7) Next year – Applied to United Way for additional funds

7 Changes made 1) Training classes offered once or twice a year – 15 hours 2) Substitutes trained 3) Senior Warmline workers

8 Types of Calls - Incoming  I’m lonely  I just want to talk  I’m homeless  I have issues  Where can I turn – Information & Referral  I need help with my utilities  I need a ride

9 Reassurance Calls - Outgoing 1) Requested by individual 2) Patients in local or State hospital 3) Elderly and others

10 Challenging Calls  Emergency  Crisis  Repeat  Crank  Referral

11 Staff 1) Bette Peoples – Director 2) Pete Szura – Supervisor of Warmline 3) Becky McCarthy – Senior Warmline 4) Amy Donley – Senior Warmline 5) Sharon Gatz – Senior Warmline 6) Regis Fallecker – Warmline Staff 7) Lois Lingenfelter – Warmline Staff 8) Nancy Crider – Substitute 9) Edgar Negley - Substitute 10) Pam Smith - Substitute

12 Benefit of Workers 1) Vacation after one year 2) Sick hours provided after three months 3) Double-time pay on major holidays 4) Flexible hours 5) Bereavement

13 Core Skills  Phone skills  Active listening  Paraphrasing  Silence – a tool  Resource referral  Role playing  Job coaching

14 Training Warmline Staff - Topics 1) Active listening 2) Crisis 3) Drug & Alcohol 4) Referral to other services 5) Handling difficult calls 6) Cultural competency 7) Other

15 Training Materials  Job description – Refer to handout  Training record  Confidentiality statement  Peer support  Types of care  Required records  Community Assets website

16 Training – Role Plays 1) Difficult calls 2) Referral calls 3) Emergency 4) Repeat 5) People you know 6) Crank

17 Reporting  Nightly  Weekly  Monthly  United Way requirements  Butler County requirements

18 Supporting the Workers  Staff meetings with all peer support staff employed by Grapevine Center  Warmline staff meetings and trainings  Individual support available with supervisor  Conferences and workshops available for Warmline staff to attend  Grapevine vans available to do outreach  Job coaches when needed

19 Guest Speakers  Crisis Center  Chemical Dependency  Conflict Resolution  Cultural Competency  Other consultants as needed

20 Operating Schedule  Every day including holidays  7:00 pm - 10:00 pm  2 people/shift  1 supervisor

21 Statistics Warmline Demographics Report  Fiscal Year 04/05  Fiscal Year 05/06 Please refer to handout

22 Warmline Budget $27,000  Staff salaries$22,000  Phone expenses 1,200  Training 1,000  Printing 500  Marketing 1,500  Other 800

23 Spreading the Word  Flyers  Magnets  Brochures  Newspaper  Word-of-Mouth  Outreach at hospital  Fairs  Banners  Placemats  Radio  Visit from Mayor  Visit to City Council  Spoke at County Commissioners Meeting

24 Challenges 1) Part-time staff 2) Change of supervisors 3) Knowing some of the callers 4) Need for increased computer training 5) Need for skill in development of logic model 6) Increasing number of callers from all parts of Butler County

25 Butler County offered technical assistance to the following counties in their development of Warmlines: 1) Allegheny County 2) Bradford County - Main Link 3) Bucks County 4) Crawford County - Chaps

26 Thank You Contacts: Bette Peoples Pete Szura Pam Grabe - MHA Butler County MH/MR


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