Mental Health

RCPA partnered with the Pennsylvania Client Assistance Program, PA APSE, and PAR to send a letter to OVR Acting Executive Director Ryan Hyde, Labor and Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak, Governor’s Secretary of Legislative Affairs Will Danowski, and Governor’s Secretary of Policy Meg Snead, expressing our serious concern regarding the January 10 memo, as well as actions taken by various OVR district offices, affecting funding of Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) in calendar year 2019.

Many providers of PETS services have reported the loss of funding for programs that were in place or about to launch at the beginning of 2019. This action has had a negative impact on a large number of students across the Commonwealth, as well as schools, teachers, families, and providers of services who have invested time and resources.

View a copy of the letter and impact statements. Contact RCPA IDD Division Director Carol Ferenz with questions.

The Behavioral Health and Economics Network (BHECON) is an initiative launched by The National Council for Behavioral Health. BHECON was created to unite diverse stakeholders to identify, examine, and advance policy reform to strengthen states’ mental health delivery systems.

RCPA receives funding from BHECON to support efforts that represent and advance RCPA Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol providers’ policy reform needs. RCPA is part of a cohort of states that include Missouri, Alaska, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, New York, and Pennsylvania.

The BHECON team worked with RCPA staff to develop a survey to begin collecting vital information on factors and issues that impact Pennsylvania’s mental health and drug & alcohol workforce and capacity. Please take a moment to complete this survey.

Your responses will provide us with preliminary data to support our discussions and much needed focus on the challenges faced by health and human services providers across the Commonwealth.

For more information about BHECON and to catch up on Pennsylvania-specific information, please visit the website.

As you may be aware, RCPA has made a commitment to expand our business partnership with Relias Learning by entering into an agreement that will provide exclusive access to training content. A primary goal of the partnership is to facilitate access to trainings and other key professional development opportunities through an academy portal housed on the RCPA website. The training and professional development opportunities are available to RCPA members across all divisions. Wherever possible, RCPA will work with Relias to help our members realize cost efficiencies and access to high quality training.

Relias has a reputation for delivering high quality training in a variety of areas that helps behavioral health organizations provide value-driven care. Providers who utilize Relias have experienced improved quality of care, reduction in training costs, and improved hiring and development of a competent workforce.

You are invited to attend a webinar on Tuesday, January 22, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, hosted by the Relias team to introduce their solutions to include assessments, analytics, and learning. Relias currently provides training and analytics for more than 10,000 clients. They have demonstrated that use of online solutions results in lowered administrative costs, reallocation of internal resources towards mission-critical objectives, and a reduction in compliance issues. A copy of this announcement and link to registration was included in last week’s Weekly Digest.

If you are interested in learning more about the tools necessary to become an industry-leading, high-performing organization, please use the link provided below:

Register here for Introduction of Relias Solutions (Assessments, Analytics, and Learning)

Any questions, please contact Robena Spangler at RCPA. Thank you, in advance, for taking advantage of this offer.


Take the ASD Seminar Survey!

Do you provide support to people with autism, intellectual disabilities, or other developmental disabilities?
We need to hear from you!

To support individuals living with autism and their families, the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) and The ASERT Collaborative are trying to learn more about training needs among providers who work with people who have autism, intellectual disabilities, or other developmental disabilities.

ODP is constantly building capacity by developing resources and trainings that are helpful to people who support these individuals.

By responding to this survey, you are helping ODP to create trainings and resources that will better meet your needs.

Please have your voice heard!

This survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Please complete this survey by January 18. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic has partnered with the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) on a training series on supporting transgender and gender expansive individuals. The presenters will review language and terminology associated with gender identity and introduce stages for gender identity development. Questions should be directed to Jill Stemple at OMHSAS.

Please see this flyer for more information and to register.

In March and April of 2019, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) and the Department of Health (DOH) will host eight regional Warm Hand-off Summits. The purpose of each summit is to bring together stakeholders from the public and private sectors across a range of disciplines to learn from experts and one another. Practical examples of successful warm hand-off tools and pathways will build on the success of last year’s summit.

The target audience for the summits includes the following as well as a host of professional organizations representing these stakeholders and the individuals who work for them:

  • Behavioral health managed care organizations (BH-MCOs);
  • Centers for Excellence (COEs);
  • Commonwealth agencies;
  • County/municipal health departments;
  • Drug and alcohol treatment facilities;
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) regional directors;
  • Hospitals and health systems with emergency departments;
  • Pennsylvania Coordinated Medication Assisted Treatment (PacMATs);
  • Single County Authorities (county drug and alcohol agencies); and
  • Veterans Administration Medical Centers in Pennsylvania.

Information for the eight regional summits are as follows:

Southeast Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Schuylkill Wednesday, March 20, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Philadelphia Philadelphia Thursday, March 21, 2019
9:00 AM  – 12:00 PM
Southwest Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland Wednesday, March 27, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Allegheny Allegheny Thursday, March 28, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Southcentral Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, York Thursday, April 4, 2019
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Northeast Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming Thursday, April 11, 2019
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Bradford, Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union Tuesday. April 16, 2019

9:00 AM – 12:00PM

Northwest Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Venango, Warren Wednesday, April 17, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Additional details such as locations will be posted as they become available. Contact Lynn Cooper at RCPA for additional information.