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Ms. Eyster represents the association at state-level meetings and serves as staff liaison to the Mental Health Committee. She is responsible for member communication of, and the analysis of, Department of Human Services and other key policy decisions.

RCPA, Community Behavioral Health of Maryland (MDCBH), and the Ability Network of Delaware (A.N.D.) are pleased to open registration for our virtual conference, Leading in 2021: Hoping, Healing, Helping, September 28 – October 1. RCPA, MDCBH, A.N.D. staff, and the Conference Committee have worked tirelessly to create an exciting event that has something for everyone. With the move to virtual only, the final schedule will be posted at the end of August. Early bird registration has been extended until Friday, September 3, 2021.

For individual registration, please visit here. If registering for a group, please visit here.

With more than 50 continuing education (CE) hours, attendees will be able to fulfill licensing cycle required education in just a few days! In addition to live sessions, there are several on-demand sessions that offer critical topics and information. You can make a payment for CE credits at the time of registration or log in and pay during the event.

You Don’t Want To Miss These Sessions!

  • Chuck Ingoglia, President and CEO of the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, and Gabrielle Sedor, COO and Foundation Director for ANCOR will discuss the strengthening of Medicaid, the effects of COVID on business, and the workforce crisis.
  • Nic Sheff, award-winning author and son featured in the film Beautiful Boy, will share his journey from addiction through recovery, and the impact on his world and family.
  • Pennsylvania’s Secretary of the Department of Human Services, Med Snead and Delaware Human Services Leaders will discuss the state of their states, moderated by Chuck Ingoglia.
  • A review of the need for equity in service provision and establishing a comprehensive continuum of care for people with severe autism – parent and professional panel.
  • Deborah Riddick, National Public Policy Specialist focusing on consumer and community engagement.
  • International speaker, author, and leadership consultant Sara Canaday will discuss managing the current leadership complexities and making the shift from motion to meaning using a new set of strategies.
  • Graham Hetrick, television star and Dauphin County coroner, will discuss what he has learned from people who have died from addiction and how he “speaks” for the dead in his television series.
  • Natalia La Duca is a national speaker on neurodiversity, employment, and becoming an ally.
  • Returning with new information, conference favorite Attorney Mike Cohen, partner at Duane Morris LLP, will discuss A Workplace Built for 2021 and Beyond: examining diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, and implicit bias.

Our virtual conference can be viewed on any device. Find Connections Hall sponsors and exhibitors, hear about endeavors and innovations, and learn how they can help you. Go for the points to win one of 10 prizes!

Finally, we are creating some entertaining break and after-hour events, which offer informal networking opportunities for our attendees. There will be some fun competition with exciting prizes.

Visit the RCPA Conference website for specific updates to the schedule, posted as they become finalized.

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P4A Hopes to Join Forces with Providers and Other Stakeholders to Increase Access to MH and SUD Services for Older Adults

Message from P4A:

The Pennsylvania Association for Area Agencies on Aging (P4A), the community leaders in serving older adults, is working hard to improve access to mental health and substance use disorder services for older adults in Pennsylvania. We hope to partner with community providers, Behavioral Health Managed Care Organizations (BH-MCOs), and other essential stakeholders wherever possible to improve access to these vital services now and in the future. The U.S. population is aging. Today, more than 46 million older adults ages 65 and older live in the U.S. Between 2020 and 2030 alone, when the last of the baby boomer cohorts reach age 65, the number of older adults is projected to increase by almost 18 million. By 2030, 1 in 5 Americans is projected to be 65+ years old, and older people are projected to outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history. Current systems are not prepared for the “silver tsunami” about to hit.

The primary goal of this project is to help older adults remain in their homes and communities and improve their physical, social, and emotional well-being. The consequences of untreated mental health and substance use disorders can be especially grave for older adults. The lack of these vital services affects older adults in countless ways:

  • Reduces the quality of life;
  • Jeopardizes independent living; and
  • Increases health risks and risk of suicide.

This project will improve access by linking existing systems and improving communications between systems. This project will also provide much-needed cross-systems training about the unique needs of older adults and each system’s services as well as identify ways they can work better together. We aim to build capacity by working with Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), MH and SUD providers, counties, managed care organizations, and other related agencies by providing information, training, tools, and service delivery ideas. The plans are to utilize the unique assets each community brings and address each obstacle identified. For example, changes need to be made in the various funding structures, such as Medicare, to help break down funding barriers to access.

A special workshop, entitled “Improving Access to Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services for OUR older adults. YOU Can Help!” will be held at the upcoming RCPA Conference Leading in 2021: Hoping, Healing, Helping. Please consider either attending or viewing the workshop at a later time. If you have any questions or would like additional information, contact Lynn Cooper, Behavioral Health Policy Specialist, via email or at 717-805-8915.

RCPA, Community Behavioral Health of Maryland (MDCBH), and the Ability Network of Delaware (A.N.D.) are pleased to open registration for our virtual conference, Leading in 2021: Hoping, Healing, Helping, September 28 – October 1. RCPA, MDCBH, A.N.D. staff and the Conference Committee have worked tirelessly to create an exciting event that has something for everyone. With the move to virtual only, the final schedule will be posted at the end of August.

For individual registration, please visit here. If registering for a group, please visit here.

With more than 50 continuing education (CE) hours, attendees will be able to fulfill licensing cycle required education in just a few days! In addition to live sessions, there are several on-demand sessions that offer critical topics and information. You can make a payment for CE credits at the time of registration or log in and pay during the event.

Topics and guests include:

  • Updates from our national partners at ANCOR and the National Council for Mental Wellbeing;
  • Nic Sheff, author and son portrayed in the movie Beautiful Boy, will describe how addiction and recovery impacted his life and family;
  • State of the States – policy priorities across Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania directly from each state’s human service leader;
  • Learn more about the addicted brain from TV star and Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick;
  • Hear about the Neurodiversity movement and employment opportunities that exist for people who are neurodivergent;
  • Conference favorite, human resources lawyer Mike Cohen, will talk about DEI in the workplace;
  • Leadership investment in the “intangible skills” – what are they?;
  • The use of technology to help people remain in their homes;
  • The use of poetry to reach children; and
  • Much more, including telemedicine, leadership, managed care, and value-based purchasing.

Our virtual conference can be viewed on any device. Find Connections Hall sponsors and exhibitors, hear about endeavors and innovations, and learn how they can help you. Go for the points to win one of 10 prizes!

Finally, we are creating some entertaining break and after-hour events, which offer informal networking opportunities for our attendees. There will be some fun competition with exciting prizes.

Visit the RCPA Conference website for specific updates to the schedule, posted as they become finalized.

RCPA, Community Behavioral Health of Maryland (MDCBH), and the Ability Network of Delaware (A.N.D.) are disappointed to announce that we can no longer offer a hybrid option for this year’s conference. Making this difficult decision brings about the need to re-work our conference schedule so that you can choose the best virtual plan to meet your conference goals. As such, registration opening has been delayed.

To our conference vendors, we are very excited about the Showcare platform and the ways in which business can be driven to both your “booth” as well as offerings through the marketplace. Expect all games and contests to include you and your product. If you have not yet done so, please take the opportunity to meet with Showcare to learn more about making the platform work for you!

We remain excited about the conference educational and vendor opportunities and look forward to seeing you virtually in September. Last year’s virtual event was a great success, and we know that this year we will build on that.

Good afternoon,

Per Act 21 of 2021, the suspension of various regulatory provisions under the state disaster emergency declaration will expire on September 30, 2021. A list of the regulations that were suspended in whole or in part and their current status is available on the DHS website here. Please continue to watch this page for additional updates as we get closer to September 30.

In addition to these regulations, some regulations have been reinstated. Those regulations are also designated in the list on the DHS website.

Please note that the September 30 expiration date only affects state regulations that were suspended under the state disaster emergency declaration. Federal flexibilities provided under the federal public health emergency will remain in place as long as the federal public health emergency remains in effect. On July 19, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) extended the federal public health emergency to October 17, 2021 (90 days). Please visit PHE regularly for updates on the federal public health emergency. Additionally, in a letter to state governors dated January 22, 2021, the HHS Secretary indicated the department will provide states with 60-days’ notice before terminating the federal declaration.

As we move closer to September 30, 2021, if there are special instructions on the reimplementation of any of the suspended regulations, additional guidance will be provided. Additionally, specific questions may be submitted to your respective licensing office. We appreciate your patience through this process.

Thank you for your work and continued service to Pennsylvania throughout the pandemic.

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
Office of the Deputy Secretary for Children, Youth and Families
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
625 Forster Street | Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120
Phone: 717.787.4756 | Fax: 717.787.0414
www.dhs.pa.gov | www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov

Sponsor, Exhibit, and Advertise at Hybrid Conference in Hershey with RCPA, Maryland Community Behavioral Health, and The Ability Network of Delaware: Leading the Way: Hoping, Healing, Helping
Sponsorship Examples Included

Join RCPA, MDCBH, and A.N.D. as we host the 2021 Conference September 28–October 1 at the Hershey Lodge in PA. Our collective staff, as well as the Conference Committee, are excited to release this year’s Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Advertisers Brochure, with new opportunities to get involved and be visible.

New this year is the option to join either the hybrid or the virtual-only event. Also available this year is exhibit booth self-selection. Sponsors who would also like to exhibit on-site will be given first choice; exhibitors who submit their contract and payment by July 16 will be given second choice.

Don’t miss your chance to be seen and to support the work of these dynamic organizations! The event is a highlight for the Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware mental health, intellectual disability, medical rehabilitation, brain injury, vocational rehabilitation, children’s, aging/physical disabilities, and drug and alcohol provider communities. Complete information about exhibiting, sponsoring, and advertising options are available from the link above.

Sponsor, Exhibit, and Advertise
Exhibit activities take place September 29–30. RCPA encourages all interested parties to complete the contract now! Events within Connections Hall include an opening reception, breakfast, coffee breaks, lunch, and prize giveaways. Exhibit hours occur during the two busiest days of the conference, increasing the likelihood that exhibitors — an integral component to conference success — have the opportunity to interact with attendees. A “Best of Show” competition provides even more prospects to engage guests. Winners receive a discount on 2022 exhibit rates.

Interaction with conference guests outside of Connections Hall is just as important! Participating in other conference events such as receptions, meals, and educational offerings provides exhibitors with greater potential and flexibility to establish new opportunities for business.

Exciting Sponsorship Opportunities
Our associations are privileged to include the finest organizations in the field for this conference. Within each sponsorship circle, specific events and items such as meals, receptions, conference tote bags, attendee materials, entertainment, charging station, etc. are available, providing additional “naming recognition” for sponsors. You can view these options and more here. Sponsorships may be shared. Please contact Sarah Eyster to reserve your opportunity.

Sign Up Now
The deadline for inclusion in all digital material is August 30. Sponsors, exhibitors, and advertisers who wish to be listed on the website and the virtual platform must adhere to that timeline.

Our associations look forward to welcoming you at the conference! Space and opportunities are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and no reservation is considered complete without payment. If questions remain, please contact Sarah Eyster, Conference Coordinator.