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Harmonia thanks JC Seneca for spreading the word about Tele-therapy

Apr 23, 2020



Irving/Derby, N.Y. (April 22, 2020)…During this Covid-19 pandemic, the JC Seneca Foundation, Native Pride, and Harmonia Collaborative Care have joined forces to provide access to virtual mental health therapy services to the people of the Seneca Nation and surrounding communities.

Rural adults who report fair or poor mental health are significantly less likely to receive any type of mental health treatment than their non-rural counterparts. Isolation, lack of transportation and treatment options contribute to continued substance abuse and mental health issues.

“As a person in recovery, I know the challenges of living in a rural community with mental health issues,” said JC Seneca, founder of the JC Seneca Foundation and owner of Native Pride in Irving.

The JC Seneca Foundation’s mission is to advance healthy living in body, mind and spirit for the people of the Seneca Nation and surrounding communities. JC credits his wife, Nicole, their family, and access to quality mental health counseling as keys to his years of recovery. JC believes his recovery can be a vehicle to positively impact others in the same way.

“We saw the opportunity to partner with Harmonia Collaborative Care and share their story of tele-therapy services to support those in need in southern Erie County, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties,” he added.

Harmonia Collaborative Care’s mission is to deliver best-practice Health Home, Senior and Mental Health services to foster individuals’ independence and improve their quality of life. Harmonia has clinics in Derby and Hamburg.

“In the advent of the COVID19 crisis, Harmonia was able to expand our tele-therapy counseling to serve the community. Counseling by phone or video is especially valuable to those in need in a rural setting,” explained Valerie Nowak, LMHC, MPA, CEO of Harmonia Collaborative Care. “We are excited about our partnership with JC Seneca and the ability to reach underserved populations.”

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Native Pride will include a Harmonia Collaborative Care informative flyer with each take-out food order from its Diner and to each customer in its Convenience Store. In addition, it will promote the virtual services of Harmonia Collaborative Care through the JC Seneca Foundation and Native Pride websites, social media networks, and Public Service Announcements with media partners. Harmonia will support the relationship through counseling services and on its website and social media network.

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ABOUT HARMONIA COLLABORATIVE CARE: Harmonia Collaborative Care is a NYS licensed non-profit organization providing behavioral health, Health Home and senior services across WNY. Harmonia has served southern Erie County for nearly 50 years, previously as Community Concern of WNY. Harmonia mental health counselors are licensed experienced professionals practicing from offices in Derby and Hamburg. During COVID19 all mental health counselors have moved to tele-therapy visits.

ABOUT THE JC SENECA FOUNDATION: J. Conrad Seneca, an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians, a United States military veteran, a tribal leader, successful businessman, and an Indian Activist, has a proven history of making his community a better place. The JC Seneca Foundation’s mission is to advance healthy living in body, mind and spirit for the people of the Seneca Nation and surrounding communities. One of the foundation’s main initiatives is a foster care service project called “It Takes a Tribe,” founded and lead by Nicole Seneca. The “It Takes a Tribe” page is located on Facebook.

ABOUT NATIVE PRIDE TRAVEL PLAZA: Native Pride Travel Plaza is conveniently located off Exit 58 on the NYS Thruway I-90 at 11359 Southwestern Blvd. in Irving, N.Y. Officially designated by the Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition (NITTEC) as an Emergency Stop for travelers, Native Pride offers gas and diesel fuel, DEF, Certified CAT Scales and propane, along with a down-home diner and 24/7 convenience store offering snacks, drinks, truck products, gift items, tobacco products and a wide variety of CBD & hemp products. Native Pride caters to truck drivers in providing showers, laundry center, lounge, walk-in humidor and ample parking for cars, trucks and semi-trucks.