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Announcement: Vice President of Ambulatory and Community Behavioral Health Services

RCPA congratulates Noreen Fredrick, DNP, RN, on her new position as Vice President of Ambulatory and Community Behavioral Health Services for the Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic (WPIC) of UPMC. Ms. Fredrick is currently serving as Secretary for the RCPA Board of Directors. We wish her much success in her new role at UPMC. Below is a letter from the president of WPIC:

Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to announce that effective July 1, 2018 Noreen Fredrick, DNP, RN has taken on a broader leadership role as the Vice President of Ambulatory and Community Behavioral Health Services. In this capacity, Noreen will oversee the operations and financial performance of all WPIC’s outpatient programs, our expanding  community based behavioral health network and physician services within UPP’s Department of Psychiatry and UPMC Behavioral Health Care. In this capacity she will report to me and Dr. Ken Nash, the Chief of Clinical Services and Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry.

Noreen began her career in behavioral health as a staff nurse at WPIC and worked at the bedside for 6 years before her accepting her first leadership position as an assistant nursing clinical manager.  Over a period of 13 years, she was promoted into various inpatient nursing leadership positions in such areas as Adult/Geriatrics and Schizophrenia before becoming the Program Administrator of WPIC’s Comprehensive Care Services. In July 2001, Noreen transitioned to Mon Yough Community Services and accepted a position as the Director of Clinical Services and eventually served as the Executive Director of Mon Yough for 11 years before becoming the Senior Executive Director for WPIC’s Community  Behavioral Health Network in May 2015.

Noreen will be charged with regionalizing outpatient behavioral care in Western PA and creating synergistic partnerships between our programs and other community based services. Her initial areas of focus include: 1) completing the conversion to EPIC and EPICARE; 2) improving access to and growing our ambulatory services throughout the region; and 3) reducing unnecessary variation across our ambulatory programs in order to: increase efficiency; improve patient and consumer experience; improve productivity and elevate the quality of care we provide.

Her rich history and understanding of Western Psych and its academic excellence; in-depth clinical  knowledge of behavioral health; and years of experience of managing people and running a complicated community based organization have positioned Noreen to hit the ground running and add tremendous value in this new, critically important role. Please join me and Dr. Nash in congratulating Noreen on her new position.

Christopher A. Gessner
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic of UPMC
4401 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

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RCPA will host its annual conference at the Hershey Lodge on October 2 – 4, 2018. 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 contact person, 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 Friday, June 1, 2018. Please send nominations to Cindy Lloyd.

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 close of another year full of momentous changes in the health and human services system, RCPA is proud to present our “Year in Review” for 2017. Please take a moment to look at it for an overview of the association’s activities involving advocacy and education, policy and legislation, helping to ensure that you, the members, continue having your voices heard in the Commonwealth and beyond.

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As many of you are aware, on December 1, 2017, a significant increase went into effect for the cost to obtain state police criminal background checks. The fee jumped from $8.00 to $22.00. This jump in cost can have a significant impact on an organization’s operating budget, especially due to the amount of staff turnover in direct care positions.

In addition, Governor Wolf’s draft legislation to amend the Older Adult Protective Services Act includes a new requirement that new employees working with our elderly adults must also obtain an FBI clearance, regardless of length of residency in Pennsylvania. The cost of the FBI check is currently $22.60. Together, these requirements could add an additional $36.60 to the cost of each potential hire.

RCPA is asking our members to participate in a very brief survey (just 2 questions) to help us assess the impact of these changes. Please respond by close of business on Thursday, February 1, 2018. For further information contact Carol Ferenz.

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RCPA has been extended three complimentary registrations for the 2017 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute. The event will be Wednesday, August 16 – Thursday, August 17 at the Hilton Long Beach Hotel, Long Beach, California. The focus of the event will be providing executives with management best practices and clinical treatment tools that can be used to position their organizations for success in a turbulent market. The goal of this event is to assist organizations to improve the service delivery system for consumers with complex conditions.

The agenda includes two keynote sessions. Mario San Bartolomé, MD, MBA, MRO, FASAM, is the National Medical Director, Substance Use Disorders with Molina Healthcare, Inc. Dr. Bartolomé’s presentation, Expanding the Continuum of Care: How Molina is Improving Care Coordination for Complex Consumers, will mark the start of the event. The second day of the event will begin with a presentation by Peggy DeCarlis, MSSA, LCSW-C, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating and Innovation Officer of New Directions Behavioral Health. Ms. DeCarlis will speak on the topic of redesigning behavioral health for the future. The agenda for the institute can be accessed here.

Please contact RCPA’s Membership Services Manager, Tieanna Lloyd, by Friday, July 7 to request a complimentary registration. One complimentary registration will be awarded to each of the first three organizations who reply and who have not already received complimentary registrations for 2017 OPEN MINDS events. Please be aware that complimentary registrations to the institute do not include the pre-institute seminar on Tuesday, August 15 or the post-institute seminar on Thursday, August 17. Previously paid registrations cannot be refunded for complimentary registrations.

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“Fostering Cultural Sensitivity: Opportunities and Challenges in Pediatric Rehabilitation” was presented by Dr. Maurit Beeri on August 2, 2016. Dr. Beeri is the Director General (CEO) of ALYN Hospital Pediatric and Adolescent Rehabilitation Center in Jerusalem, Israel where she also heads the Multidisciplinary Clinic for Infants and Children with Feeding Disorders.  Prior to accepting her current position, Dr. Beeri served as Vice Hospital Director and Head of the Medical Day Care Rehabilitation Department at ALYN.

Dr. Beeri received her medical degree and training as a pediatrician at Hebrew University Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem.  She also holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University as a Wexner Israel Fellow.  Her medical background is broad including experiences such as directing a home-hospitalization program for the largest health provider in Israel and consulting at the Familial Dysautonomia Center at Hadassah. Dr. Beeri also helped to establish a hospice ward for children on ventilators at the Hertzog Hospital in Jerusalem.

The promotion of cultural competence in healthcare is important to Dr. Beeri.  Under her leadership, ALYN Jerusalem was the first hospital within Israel to be recognized as a culturally competent organization.  She is involved in various health and social initiatives to promote the healthcare rights of children with special needs including the Early Intervention Coalition, which represents over 60 organizations and associations for children with special needs. On a personal note, Dr. Beeri is married, is the mother of three boys, and is the caretaker of two cats.

At the end of the session, each participant will:

  • Understand the cultural and social settings of ALYN hospital in Jersualem, Israel;
  • Identify the impact of culture and social issues on the provision of rehabilitation services;
  • Become familiar with the ALYN model of cultural competence; and
  • Recognize universal implications for provision of culturally competent healthcare.

View the recorded webinar here. Visit the IPRC website here.

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RCPA hosted a webinar exclusively for members on June 3, Changes to the FLSA’s Overtime Rules, regarding the Department of Labor (DOL) Proposed Rule regarding changes to overtime exemption and salary thresholds. Jeffrey J. Worley, partner at the law office of Gibbel Kraybill & Hess, LLP was the presenter.

Topics of discussion included:

  • How will the changes to the FLSA impact your organization?
  • What is the new salary basis?
  • Should you convert your salaried employees to hourly employees?
  • How will the annual salary increase be calculated?
  • What issues surround the implementation of changes and managing staff?
Links to the recorded version of this webinar and the PowerPoint are below, with members only access:

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Registration brochure  •  Online registration

Registration for the 2015 RCPA conference, Leading the Way, is open. There are multiple ways to register, and significant discounts available to those who register by September 4. The conference theme is focused on moving RCPA members forward in developing opportunities and innovations to lead the way for Pennsylvania. Energized by activities taking place in our work, our theme highlights the importance of integrating treatment and services, maximizing human capital, and driving change to effective and high-quality care.

The robust conference agenda brings ample opportunities to learn and dialogue, with stellar speakers to offer a variety of stimulating and timely information. This event features more than 58 workshops, a film screening, four stimulating and thought-provoking plenary sessions, a vibrant Exhibit Hall; networking events, time to interact with colleagues, and opportunities for creative thinking to inspire passion to create change.

An interactive registration brochure is available for download and provides essential information on the go. The website, coming shortly, will offer complete information about all scheduled activities and details about workshops, exhibitors, and sponsors. Online registration is available and open at this time.

Mark your calendar for October 6 – 9 and join the Conference Committee, Board of Directors, and staff at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Questions may be directed to Sarah Eyster, conference coordinator, or Tieanna Lloyd, conference registrar.