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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.

PA Dept of Banking and Securities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2020

Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Banking and Securities (DoBS) is providing recommendations for Pennsylvanians receiving their stimulus checks, known as an economic impact payment, in paper check form instead of direct deposit. The payments are part of the federal CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act). The department also is reminding licensees of limitations on fees for cashing government checks.

“It is important consumers understand check cashing fees so they keep as much of their money as possible,” said Acting Secretary Richard Vague. “We will be ensuring that check casher licensees are complying with statutory provisions related to fees on government checks during ongoing examinations.”

Economic impact payments are specifically defined as a “Government Check” in the law that regulates check cashers in Pennsylvania. For any consumer that uses a licensed check casher or a registered retail check casher (e.g. grocery store) to cash this check, a maximum fee of 1.5 percent of the value of the check may be assessed. For example, on a $1,200 check, the maximum allowed fee is $18. A consumer would receive cash in the amount of $1,182.

To be sure that the establishment is properly licensed or registered consumers can search on the NMLS Consumer Access website or call 1-800-PA-BANKS.

If an establishment cashes your Government Check and charges more than 1.5 percent, please contact DoBS immediately by calling 1-800-PA-BANKS or visiting the website at dobs.pa.gov. It is important that you retain records of the transaction including a receipt.

“Consumers should remain vigilant about various coronavirus scams,” said Vague. “No government official will call you to confirm bank account information or your Social Security number. Never give out personal information if you did not initiate the phone call.”

For more detailed information related to financial scams and tips for protecting yourself, DoBS has developed a financial scams guide.

Learn more about COVID-19 information and guidance for financial Institutions and consumers from DoBS. Anyone can contact DoBS at 1-800-PA-BANKS or 1-800-600-0007 to ask questions or file complaints about financial transactions, companies, or products.

Visit the commonwealth’s Responding to COVID-19 guide for the latest guidance and resources for Pennsylvanians or the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s dedicated coronavirus webpage for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.

MEDIA CONTACT: Virginia Lucy, 717-214-6036, RA-BNDOBSCOMM@pa.gov

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Below you will find all pertinent information we have sent out in recent weeks, regarding the COVID-19 crisis in the Commonwealth and beyond. Please contact the RCPA office with any questions.

August 6

Multi-Divisional

Drug and Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health

Physical Disabilities & Aging

August 5

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Drug and Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health

August 4

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Drug and Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities / Brain Injury / Physical Disabilities & Aging

August 3

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health

July 31

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health

July 30

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

July 29

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health

July 28

Multi-Divisional

Children’s / Drug and Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities & SCOs

July 27

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Drug and Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

July 24

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Human Resources

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

July 23

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services / Mental Health

July 22

Multi-Divisional

Drug and Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

July 21

Multi-Divisional

July 20

Multi-Divisional

Drug and Alcohol

Children’s Services

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

July 17

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services / Mental Health

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

July 16

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury/Physical Disabilities & Aging

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

July 15

Multi-Divisional

Drug and Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

July 14

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Drug & Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

July 13

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health

July 10

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health

Staff Activities

  • Richard Edley and Jack Phillips hosted a call with a coalition forming relative to Nonprofit Unemployment Compensation Relief
  • Richard Edley and Carol Ferenz hosted a call with ODP leadership discussing Telehealth solutions focused on the IDD community
  • Richard Edley and policy staff met with DHS leadership, including all department Deputy Secretaries, to discuss current RCPA member issues
  • Richard Edley spoke with Chuck Ingoglia, CEO of the National Council, on emerging issues
  • Richard Edley participated in the Legislative Advisory Committee Call (HR 268) relative to Emergency Room use and Behavioral Health
  • Richard Edley participated in the State Parity Work Group Meeting
  • Richard Edley, Jack Phillips, and Jim Sharp spoke with a consulting firm for the Pew Research Center regarding telehealth and Drug and Alcohol services
  • Richard Edley participated in multiple calls as part of the DOH COVID Health Equity Task Force
  • Richard Edley and Carol Ferenz participated in the ODP stakeholder COVID-19 call
  • Melissa Dehoff facilitated a conference call with the Executive Committee of the Brain Injury Committee to plan and discuss an upcoming call with the new Deputy Secretary of OLTL
  • Melissa Dehoff participated in the MLTSS Subcommittee meeting
  • Melissa Dehoff participated in a call with leadership of the Department of Human Services (DHS) to review various issues impacting all policy areas within RCPA
  • Melissa Dehoff participated in the Department of Aging’s virtual community conversation regarding their State Plan on Aging for 2020–2024
  • Melissa Dehoff participated in a planning call with the Department of Health for the August Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Advisory Board meeting
  • Melissa Dehoff facilitated a discussion/review call with members of the brain injury committee for an upcoming meeting with the Deputy Secretary of OLTL
  • Melissa Dehoff participated in a joint congressional briefing with the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association (AMRPA) and the America Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) that focused on the medical rehab needs facing recovering COVID-19 patients and the implications for rehabilitation hospitals
  • Carol Ferenz participated in the Health Resources and Services Administration Provider Relief Fund Medicaid and CHIP Distribution Webcast
  • Carol Ferenz and Fady Sahhar hosted Diane Edelstein’s Financial Update related to COVID-19 webinar
  • Carol Ferenz participated in the CAP IDD meeting
  • Jim Sharp participated in the OMHSAS Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility Work Group
  • Jim Sharp took part in the Youth and Family Training Institute Advisory Work Group
  • Jim Sharp was on the MA and CHIP Watch Group call
  • Jim Sharp worked with the Child Protection Monthly Check in
  • Jim Sharp met with the CAP Children’s Committee
  • Jim Sharp participated in the CAP General Membership Meeting

July 9

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Children’s Services

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health

Physical Disabilities & Aging

July 8

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

July 7

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Drug and Alcohol

IDD & Supports Coordination

July 6

Multi-Divisional

Human Resources

Medical Rehab/Outpatient Rehab

July 2

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Drug and Alcohol

Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

July 1

Multi-Divisional

Children’s/Mental Health

Drug and Alcohol

June 30

Multi-Divisional

Drug & Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

June 29

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Rehabilitation Services / Physical Disabilities and Aging

Mental Health

June 26

Multi-Divisional

Drug & Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

June 25

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Physical Disabilities & Aging / Brain Injury

June 24

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

June 23

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Children’s Services

Drug & Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

June 22

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

June 18

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Rehabilitation Services

June 17

Multi-Divisional

Drug and Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

June 16

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

June 15

Multi-Divisional

Drug and Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Rehabilitation Services

June 12

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health

June 11

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

June 10

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services/Mental Health

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Physical Disabilities & Aging

June 9

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

June 8

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Drug and Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Physical Disabilities & Aging

June 5

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Physical Disabilities & Aging

June 4

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Physical Disabilities & Aging

June 3

Multi-Divisional

Children/Mental Health

June 2

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Drug & Alcohol/Mental Health

Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities/Supports Coord

Physical Disabilities & Aging

June 1

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services / Mental Health

May 29

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Rehabilitation Services

Brain Injury Survey on Telehealth Services

May 28

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Rehabilitation Services / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Drug and Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

May 27

Multi-Divisional

IDD/Supports Coordination Organizations

May 26

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Children\’s Services

Drug and Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health

May 22

Multi-Divisional

Drug and Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

May 21

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Rehabilitation Services / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Intellectual and Development Disabilities

Mental Health

May 20

Multi-Divisional

Drug & Alcohol 

Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

Medical Rehabilitation

May 19

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Drug and Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

May 18

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health / Drug & Alcohol

May 17

Multi-Divisional

May 16

Multi-Divisional

May 15

Multi-Divisional

Drug & Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

May 14

Multi-Divisional

Drug & Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

May 13

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Drug & Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health

May 12

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Children’s Services

Drug and Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

May 11

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

May 8

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury | Physical Disabilities & Aging

Rehabilitation Services | Physical Disabilities & Aging

Mental Health

Help Us Bring Attention to Mental Health Funding

Drug and Alcohol

Human Resources

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities | Physical Disabilities & Aging

May 7

Multi-Divisional

Children’s / Drug & Alcohol / Criminal Justice / Mental Health

Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

May 6

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

May 5

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Physical Disabilities & Aging

May 4

Multi-Divisional

Drug & Alcohol / Mental Health / Criminal Justice

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

May 2

Multi-Divisional

May 1

Multi-Divisional

Drug & Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

April 30

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health

April 29

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

April 28

Multi-Divisional

Drug and Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

April 27

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Drug and Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

April 26

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

April 25

Multi-Divisional

April 24

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury/Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities/Physical Disabilities & Aging

Children’s

Drug & Alcohol

Drug & Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

April 23

Multi-Divisional

Multi-Divisional for CFOs

Drug and Alcohol

Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Mental Health

April 22

Multi-Divisional

Drug & Alcohol

Drug and Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

April 21

Multi-Divisional

Drug & Alcohol/Mental Health

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

April 20

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Brain Injury / Rehabilitation Services / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Children’s Services

Drug and Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

April 19

Multi-Divisional

April 17

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

 

Rehabilitation Services

April 16

Multi-Divisional

Medicare

Mental Health

Physical Disabilities & Aging

April 15

Multi-Divisional

April 14

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

April 13

Multi-Divisional

Drug and Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Medical Rehabilitation

April 10

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health

Children’s Services

April 9

Multi-Divisional

Drug and Alcohol

Children’s Services

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

April 8

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Drug and Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

April 7

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

April 6

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

April 5

Multi-Divisional

Human Resources

Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

April 4

Multi-Divisional

Drug and Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

April 3

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

RCPA Annual Conference

April 2

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

April 1

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health

March 31

Multi-Divisional

Drug and Alcohol

Human Resources

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities & Mental Health

Rehabilitation Services

March 30

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury, Physical Disabilities & Aging

Criminal Justice

Drug and Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

March 29

Multi-Divisional

Drug and Alcohol

March 28

Multi-Divisional

March 27

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Drug & Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

RCPA Conference

Human Resources

March 26

Multi-Divisional

Drug and Alcohol

Human Resources

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

March 25

Multi-Divisional

Drug and Alcohol

Human Resources

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

March 24

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Medicaid

March 23

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

March 20

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Drug and Alcohol

Human Resources

  • The Human Resources Committee for April 16 has been CANCELLED. We will keep members informed of any developments for future meetings.

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health

March 19
Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Children’s Services / Mental Health: Eastern Region

Drug and Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

March 18
Multi-Divisional

Drug and Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health

March 17
Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Drug and Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

March 16
Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury

Drug and Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health

March 13
Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

March 12
Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

March 11
Multi-Divisional

Mental Health

March 10
Multi-Divisional

March 9
Multi-Divisional

March 4
Multi-Divisional

OLTL Providers

March 3
Multi-Divisional

February 27
Multi-Divisional