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Dr. Richard Edley is the lead executive for RCPA and is responsible for all aspects of operations and direction for the association. His professional career began in 1988 and most recently he was president and CEO of PerformCare/Community Behavioral HealthCare Network of Pennsylvania, Inc., a national, full-service, behavioral health managed care organization.

Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF)

[Announcement from DHS Secretary Miller, from letter to staff]

Good Afternoon,

After more than 30 years of dedicated service to Pennsylvania’s child welfare system, Cathy Utz resigned effective May 3. I am grateful for Cathy’s leadership and service at both the county and state level and for all of her work to strengthen Pennsylvania’s child welfare system and protect children.

Amy Grippi, OCYF’s Chief of Staff, will be the primary point of contact. I am confident that Amy will be a strong leader for OCYF during this transition.

Each of you work some of the most challenging jobs in state government. You face heartbreaking and unthinkable tragedies, provide support for children and families in difficult situations, and most importantly, do critical work to make the world a safer place for children. Thank you for all that you do every day – I am lucky and grateful to work among people who care so much for the children and families each of you work with and protect.

Thank you,

Teresa D. Miller
Secretary

RCPA wishes Cathy Utz the best and looks forward to working with Chief of Staff Grippi, and the rest of OCYF staff, in the future.

The Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) will be presenting webinars to provide service coordinators (SC) with information about how the implementation of Community HealthChoices (CHC) will impact Attendant Care and Independence Waiver participants who are under 21 years of age. All Phase 3 (Lehigh/Capital, Northwest and Northeast counties) SCs serving participants who are under 21 years of age should plan to attend this webinar.

The implementation of CHC will change the way Attendant Care and Independence Waiver participants who are under 21 years of age receive their Medicaid waiver services.  All Attendant Care and Independence Waiver participants who live in Phase 3 and are not yet eligible for CHC because they are under 21 years of age will transition to the OBRA Waiver until they become eligible for CHC.

Please register for one of the following dates:

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 10:00 AM
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5155787442074717965

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 2:00PM
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2207563560426035725

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you have any questions regarding this communication, please contact the OLTL Participant Helpline Monday through Friday at 800-757-5042 from 9 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 4 pm or email RA-PWCHCWaiverProTra@pa.gov.

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RCPA is pleased to announce the hiring of James (Jim) Sharp as the new director for its Children’s Division. Jim brings 30 years of systems expertise to RCPA; most recently working for Merakey in several key positions, including Executive Director of Operations for Pennsylvania, Delaware, & Maryland; Executive Director of Behavioral Services and Development; and as the Regional Executive Director for NHS Northwestern Academy. Prior to his work at Merakey, Jim served as the Chief Juvenile Probation Officer at the Philadelphia Family Court Juvenile Probation, the nation’s fourth largest juvenile probation department. In his tenure as Chief P.O., he aided in the implementation of national and statewide models for violence prevention, aftercare reintegration, and juvenile drug and graduated sanctions courts.

Jim began his career as a juvenile probation officer in Montgomery County before joining George Junior Republic as Court Liaison and Admissions Director.

In addition to his bachelor’s degree from Mount Saint Mary’s University, he holds a Master of Administration, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Shippensburg University.

Jim will begin in this position on May 13. Please join us in welcoming Jim to RCPA!

It is with mixed emotions that I announce that Robena Spangler will be leaving her position as Director of the RCPA Children’s Division. Mixed, as we are so appreciative of the accomplishments Robena has made in this role and on behalf of the members, but also glad for her in her continued career and professional growth. Robena will be assuming the role of Director of the Bureau of Children and Family Services within the Office of Children, Youth, and Families (OCYF), Department of Human Services (DHS).

Robena has had many accomplishments since joining RCPA, which include:

  • Diversification and growth of the division into all aspects of children’s services
  • Expansion of the Children’s Steering Committee to cover all ages and the full array of children’s services
  • Development of key work groups, including:
    • Children in Congregate Care with complex medical and behavioral health needs;
    • Early Intervention/Infant Mental Health;
    • School-Based Behavioral Services; and
    • Intensive Behavioral Health Services (IBHS).
  • Led the partnership effort with Relias Learning to extend trainings to RCPA members
  • Improved cross-systems collaboration on behalf of RCPA members with ODP, OMHSAS, and OCYF

Robena’s final date with RCPA will be February 28 and she will assist RCPA in the transition during that time.

Please join me in congratulating Robena in taking on this exciting new challenge and opportunity and we look forward to working with her in this new role.

The opportunity to work with RCPA’s children’s services providers has been my pleasure and has taught me valuable lessons about promoting the interests of others and provided opportunities for professional growth. My passion for leadership was appreciated by some of the hardest working, most dedicated group of professionals in the field of human services. Thank you for your trust in me.” – Robena

– Richard S. Edley, PhD
RCPA President & CEO

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RCPA will be holding an Open Board/General membership meeting on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. This meeting is also available by webcast if you are unable to attend in person. If you were considering attending, please review the agenda and register here.

We look forward to your participation. If you have any questions, please contact Tina Miletic.