Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

This year’s free training for supports coordinators, administrative entities, and employment service providers has started. Fifteen regional trainings — organized and paid for by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), Bureau of Special Education (BSE), and Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) — will give you access to, and the opportunity to collaborate with, your local county mental health/developmental services staff, local school special education staff, and vocational rehabilitation district office staff. You can attend!

The “Experience the Employment Connection (EEC) 2017” training has already begun. There is plenty of room for interested individuals at each regional session. While organizers were encouraging teams to participate, individuals can even if they are not part of a team. If you support transition-age students/youth with disabilities (primarily intellectual disability, autism, mental health, but also any other disability category), you are strongly encouraged to register.

EEC 2017 training content will include topics that impact educators, vocational rehabilitation professionals, service coordinators, providers, and the like. It will cover topics such as age of consent, legislation, pre-employment transition services, the OVR process, and waiver/non-waiver services through the ODP and the OMHSAS-funded county-based mental health system.

This training is approved for Continuing Education Credit for a variety of professionals and will count towards the 24-hour training requirement in ODP. Certificates of Attendance will be available to everyone who attends. More specific information is available online and also onsite.

  • Do you want to learn more about our systems and how they interact?
  • Do you work for a funding source for programs that support transition/employment for individuals with disabilities?
  • Can you offer insight into additional components that support successful transition?
  • Do you want to meet interagency colleagues who might be able to support you in your professional role?

If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, EEC 2017 might be for you as an individual! Please visit the EEC website to register today!

Early bird registration has been extended for the 2017 RCPA Conference, to be held at the Hershey Lodge, Tuesday to Friday, October 10–13. This is your last chance to take advantage of the discounted early bird rates! The deadline for early bird registration and discounted rates is now Wednesday, September 20. Please be sure to register by Wednesday to receive these special rates.

This year’s annual conference features a Keynote Address from Teresa Miller, newly named

DHS Secretary, as well as two plenary presentations; one from Jean Bennett of SAMHSA and also a panel discussion with Pennsylvania’s Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne, OLTL Deputy Secretary Jen Burnett, ODP Deputy Secretary Nancy Thaler, OMHSAS Acting Deputy Secretary Ellen DiDomenico, OMAP Deputy Secretary Leesa Allen, and DDAP Acting Deputy Secretary Jen Smith. The moderator for this panel will be Charley Curie, national consultant, past SAMHSA Administrator, and past OMHSAS Deputy Secretary. The conference also features over 70 workshops offering continuing education. New this year is the Executive Level Track of workshops. In addition, there are several networking receptions, an awards dinner, exhibit hall, and entertainment. Register here for early bird savings.

If more information or assistance is needed, please contact Sarah Eyster. We look forward to seeing you in October!