Authors Posts by Sharon Militello

Sharon Militello

As communications director, Sharon Militello is responsible for the design, development, and maintenance of the association website and social media pages; editing and preparation of communications; preparing and running webcasts; cultivating media relations; and maintaining relationships with technology support vendors.


Direct Care Worker Training Grant
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) announced the availability of $2,000,000.00 of funding for the Direct Care Workers Training Grant. This Notice of Grant Availability (NGA) seeks applications to support initiatives that provide effective training programs that improve the quality of care produced by direct care workers and creating, organizing, and/or building career pathways that pay family-sustaining wages for direct care workers.


Webinar Series: Penn State Project ECHO Supporting Employers, Supporting Employees in Recovery
Penn State Project ECHO is taking steps to equip employers and administrative staff throughout Pennsylvania with the knowledge, resources and best practices to support employees in recovery. The Supporting Employers, Supporting Employees ECHO series consists of 10 biweekly, hour-long sessions. A brief presentation on a topic related to employee recovery will be given within the last 15 minutes of each session.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Webinar Series (flyer link below)

Please see this flyer for details regarding an upcoming FASD Webinar Series sponsored by Drexel University and the PA AAP Medical Home Program. The presenters are Kathleen T. Mitchell, MHS, LCADC, and Renee M. Turchi, MD, MPH, FAAP.

Webinar: How to Develop a Competitive Grant Application
SAMHSA’s Office of Financial Resources will be conducting a webinar on how to develop a competitive grant application. The webinar will be offered on September 17, and October 22 at 2 pm (ET).

Save the Date:
Virtual Film Discussion on Preventing Suicide and Supporting Loss Survivors
Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm

September is Suicide Prevention Month

Join us to watch scenes from the award-winning film Scattering CJ, the moving story of one family’s loss to suicide and the thousands of people who responded in their time of need.

And hear from speakers, including:

  • Dr. Dale Adair, Medical Director, Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS)
  • Hallie Twomey, CJ’s mother
  • State Representatives Mike Schlossberg (D) and Tom Murt (R)

Please note this film contains descriptions of suicide that may be disturbing to viewers. Viewer discretion is advised. If you or someone you know is in need of support, please call 800-273-TALK (8255).

Plenary 2: Understanding and Promoting Everyday Human Interactions
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22  |  3:15 pm – 4:30 pm
Presented by Dana Winters, PhD
Faculty and Academic Director | Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College
It is sometimes difficult to imagine how small and ordinary moments fit within the complex challenges around us, yet such moments are the most essential building blocks of a healthy community. Finding meaningful ways to understand, appreciate, and promote such moments can be encouraging, enriching, and empowering at every level of a human services system. At the foundation of every person’s healthy development is the power of human connection and we will explore the power we have to build connections and contribute to the positive development of those around us.
Visit the RCPA Conference website for more information.

Plenary 1: Addressing the National Landscape
In the midst of a global crisis and a once-in-a-century pandemic, the health and wellbeing of people around the nation is more important than ever. Mr. Chuck Ingoglia, National Council, and Ms. Barbara Merrill, ANCOR, will share updates from the federal landscape that affect the behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disability systems. Join us to hear about topics such as calls for the strengthening of Medicaid, the effects of additional COVID-19 relief packages, innovations in providing treatment and services, and policy updates.

Presented by Chuck Ingoglia, MSW, President and CEO | National Council for Behavioral Health
and Barbara Merrill, CEO | ANCOR

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Visit the Conference website for more information