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One of our fellow ANCOR members in Ohio shared a template they developed to track employees and visitors to their programs. The form explains that the individuals served at the location are at risk and in order to protect individuals, they are asking people entering the building to disclose if they have any symptoms associated with COVID-19, including a temperature check. The attached template is available for anyone interested in utilizing the tool.

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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.

October 21

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services / Mental Health

Drug & Alcohol / Mental Health

October 20

Multi-Divisional

Member News

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

Drug and Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Rehabilitation Services

October 19

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / IDD / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Drug & Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

October 16

Multi-Divisional

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

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health

October 15

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

October 14

Multi-Divisional

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

Children’s Services

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

October 13

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury ~ IDD ~ Rehabilitation Services ~ Physical Disabilities & Aging

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

October 9

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / IDD / Medical Rehabilitation / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Drug and Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

October 8

Multi-Divisional

Drug and Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

October 7

Multi-Divisional

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

Drug & Alcohol

October 6

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Brain Injury / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Drug and Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

October 5

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

October 2

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

October 1

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Medical Rehab

September 30

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Member News

September 29

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Rehabilitation Services / IDD Employment / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

September 28

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / IDD / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

September 25

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

September 24

Multi-Divisional

Drug & Alcohol Programs

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

September 23

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

September 22

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services / Mental Health

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

September 21

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

September 18

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / IDD / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Drug and Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

September 17

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

September 16

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Medical & Outpatient Rehab / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Drug and Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

September 15

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

September 14

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Rehabilitation Services / Physical Disabilities & Aging

September 11

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Children’s Services

Drug and Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities & Mental Health

September 10

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Children’s / Drug & Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

September 9

Multi-Divisional

September 8

Multi-Divisional

Drug & Alcohol/Mental Health

Finance

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

September 4

Multi-Divisional

Mental Health

Physical Disabilities & Aging

September 3

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

September 2

Multi-Divisional

Drug and Alcohol / Mental Health

Human Resources

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

September 1

Multi-Divisional

Physical Disabilities & Aging

August 31

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services / Drug & Alcohol

August 28

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Rehabilitation Services / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Children’s Services

Drug and Alcohol

Human Resources

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

August 27

Multi-Divisional

Drug & Alcohol

Brain Injury / Rehabilitation Services / Physical Disabilities & Aging

August 26

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Drug and Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health

August 25

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Physical Disabilities & Aging

August 24

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

August 21

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

August 20

Multi-Divisional

Drug & Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

August 19

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Rehabilitation Services / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Children’s Services / Mental Health

August 18

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Drug and Alcohol

August 17

Multi-Divisional

Drug and Alcohol / Mental Health

August 14

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

International Pediatric Rehabilitation Collaborative (IPRC)

Physical Disabilities & Aging

August 13

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Medical Rehabilitation / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Mental Health

August 12

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Medical Rehabilitation

August 11

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Children’s Services

Government Affairs

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health

August 10

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities/SCO

Drug & Alcohol/Mental Health

August 7

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Physical Disabilities & Aging

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

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RCPA will host its annual conference at the Hershey Lodge, September 24–27. At this large-scale, statewide event, the RCPA Board of Directors wants to continue the important tradition of recognizing individuals and organizations/facilities for their dedication and commitment to service. The following award categories have been created for this event and recognition:

  • Community Leadership Award – Presented to an individual in recognition of extending service and knowledge to the community at large, and efforts in helping the community understand the needs of individuals served by RCPA members. This can be for specific or short-term significant acts, or to recognize a career-long body of work.
  • Exemplary Service to RCPA Award – Presented to an individual or organization/facility that has shown a strong commitment and dedication in service to the association, its members, and related issues.
  • Innovation Award – Presented to an individual or organization in recognition of significant innovation. Examples include cross-systems integration, physical/behavioral health integration, and implementation of new technologies.
  • Legislative Leadership Award – Presented to an individual who has shown significant leadership and commitment to government affairs and legislative issues, on behalf of RCPA and its members.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Presented to an individual in honor of his/her significant, consistent, and enduring contribution throughout his/her career in support and furthering of the field.

At this time, RCPA is accepting nominations through an open solicitation of members (e.g., designated contacts, CEOs/executive directors, staff) and RCPA committees. Members may nominate one or more individuals/organizations in one or more categories. Nominations will be reviewed by a sub-group of the board of directors to make recommendations for final selection and approval by the full board.

Include the name/organization (if applicable) of the nominee, the award category, and a statement about why you believe the individual/organization should be honored. Nominations should be made by Monday, June 10, 2019. Please send nominations and/or inquiries to Linda Kaufmann.

Award recipients are not limited to RCPA members and every award may not be presented annually. Please join the association in continuing this tradition and in offering nominations for those who deserve recognition for their significant contributions.

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With the recent increase of individuals contracting measles, Dr. Gregory Cherpes from the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has issued a health alert. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): “From January 1 to May 3, 2019, 764 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 23 states. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the US since 1994 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000.” Pennsylvania is among the states confirming new cases of measles.

What is Measles:
Measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. The symptoms of measles generally appear about 7 to 14 days after a person is infected. The measles rash usually starts first as flat red spots on the face. These spots may increase in number and connect spreading down the neck and body. Small raised bumps may form on the flat red spots.

Measles symptoms typically include:

  • High fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red watery eyes (conjunctivitis)
  • Rash breaks out 3–5 days after symptoms begin

Are Measles Serious? 
Measles can be serious at all ages, but children less than 5 and adults over 20 are more likely to have complications. Complications include:

  • Ear infection that can result in permanent hearing loss.
  • Diarrhea requiring hospitalization.
  • Pneumonia – this is the most common cause of death in children.
  • Swelling of the brain – that may lead to brain damage.
  • Pregnant women may have their babies early and the baby’s weight may be low.
  • Of every 1,000 people who get measles 1–2 of them will die.

How do Measles Spread to Other People?

  • Infected people can spread measles to others from 4 days before through 4 days after the rash appears.
  • It can spread to others through coughing and sneezing.
  • When someone sneezes or coughs the virus can live for up to 2 hours in the air.
  • If other people breathe the contaminated air or touch the infected surface, then touch their eyes, noses, or mouths, they can become infected.
  • Up to 90% of the people close to an infected person who have not been vaccinated against measles will also become infected.

Can Measles be Prevented? 
Receiving the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination can prevent measles. See your health care provider for more information related to the measles vaccination.

For more information, visit:

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Dr. Michael Gamel-McCormick, Disability Policy Director, Special Committee on Aging, for Senator Bob Casey, will be speaking with RCPA members at our Annual Meeting to be held on Friday, May 10, 2019 at Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. The meeting that was previously scheduled to occur on Thursday, May 2 has been cancelled. The conversation will focus on state policies on disabilities and legislative initiatives that will have an impact on services and opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Pennsylvania.

Michael Gamel-McCormick held a similar position in the office of Senator Tom Harkin, as well as being Senator Harkin’s senior education staffer. He began his career as an early childhood education teacher, teaching in inclusive settings. He was a special education technical assistance provider for over 40 counties and cities in Virginia. For 15 years, he was a professor and dean at the University of Delaware as well as director of the university’s Center for Disability Studies. Just prior to joining Senator Casey’s staff, he was Associate Executive Director for Research and Policy at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.

Register here for the Annual Meeting. Please contact Carol Ferenz, RCPA IDD Division Director, with questions.

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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.

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With sincere gratitude from all of us at RCPA