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RCPA continues to raise funds to support the RCPA PAC, which provides financial support to state legislators who have demonstrated a strong, consistent, and positive interest in our issues and priorities.

We are excited to once again host the RCPA PAC silent auction to be held in conjunction with the RCPA conference. The silent auction will be held outside Connections Hall during the conference, and with over 700 attendees (registrants, presenters, exhibitors, and sponsors), we are hoping to attract all to participate.

We are requesting your consideration in assisting us with providing a donation of an auction item. We are hoping to secure a variety of auction items that will be enticing to all members. All donations are greatly appreciated and can be something as simple as a gift certificate for a restaurant to a basket of sorts (candy, movie night, grilling items, cooking theme). We are also accepting items such as jewelry, designer handbags, tickets to college or professional sporting events, golf items, and sports memorabilia. We hope we can count on your support.

We would like to thank our donors to date, including the following:

  • Basket of Sorts — Venango Training & Development Center, Inc.
  • Pearl & Gemstone Cuff Bracelet — RCPA Staff
  • The 19th Hole Basket (Whiskey, Cigars & Golf Balls) — Children’s Service Center of Wyoming Valley, Inc.
  • Chocolate / Kate Space Basket — PLEA
  • Coach Denim Jacket — RCPA Staff
  • Hershey Lodge Stay — Hershey Resorts
  • Black & Gold Pendant Statement Necklace — RCPA Staff
  • Round of Golf for 4 People — Dauphin Highlands Golf Course
  • Victoria’s Secret Large Tote Bag & Wallet — RCPA Staff
  • 2 Steelers / Packers Football Tickets — Corporate Benefits Consultants, Inc.
  • Winter Basket — Wesley Family Services
  • Basket of Sorts — Hope Enterprises
  • 2 Branded Sweaters & 2 Yeti Coffee Mugs — Greenspace Health
  • Signed Football from #2 Darius Slay of the Philadelphia Eagles — Success Rehabilitation, Inc.
  • Little League World Series Basket — Firetree, Ltd.

Please contact Christine Tartaglione before September 29, 2023, if you would like to donate any items. Thank you for your consideration of our request. We hope we can count on your support, and we look forward to seeing you at the conference.

RCPA will be hosting our golf outing to support the RCPA PAC on Monday, October 9, 2023, in conjunction with the Annual Conference. Conference attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, and presenters can now register to participate at the Dauphin Highlands Golf Course, 650 S Harrisburg St., Harrisburg, PA 17113. Registration starts at 10:00 am, lunch will be held at 11:00 am, and the shotgun start begins at 12:00 pm.

Not a golfer, but would still like to support the RCPA PAC? For your convenience, you can now make a personal online contribution, which will provide financial support to state legislators or representatives who have demonstrated a strong, consistent, and positive interest in our legislative priorities.

We would like to thank our tournament sponsor Erie County Care Management, Inc. for their support. Sponsorships are still available for this worthwhile cause. We hope you will consider becoming a golf outing sponsor; it is a great way for your organization to receive name recognition and an opportunity to support the RCPA fundraiser.

Many thanks to our beverage & hole sponsors to date:

  • Novak Strategic Advisors
  • Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
  • Warfel Construction
  • Firetree, Ltd.
  • Christopher S. Lucas & Associates
  • Ceisler Media & Issue Advocacy
  • Pinnacle Treatment Centers, Inc.
  • Salisbury Behavioral Health, a division of RHA Health Services

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The 2023 RCPA Conference, A Decade of Unity; Enhancing Lives and Shaping the Future, is being held in person at the Hershey Lodge October 10 – 13, 2023. Registration is now open, and we are offering early bird registration rates through September 8.

This year’s conference features several exciting Human Resources (HR) sessions. The full program will offer access to over 90 continuing education credits. The HR track includes:

Tuesday, October 10

9:00 am – 10:30 am | Workshop Session A

W01 | Moral Injury: Reframing and Repair
Presenter: Wendy Dean, MD, The Moral Injury of Healthcare

W02 | Milieu Therapist Residency Program
Taylor Wellman, OTD, OTR/L, UPMC Western Behavioral Health
Michael Barfield, EdD, LSW, UPMC Western Behavioral Health
Jennifer Beckjord, PsyD, UPMC Western Behavioral Health

W04 | Becoming a Data-Driven Provider: 10 Steps to Creating a Data-Driven Culture
Jodie Esper, BSBA, MSA, Mainstay Life Services
Scott Bachik, BSIM, MAS, Enkompas BI

W05 | Devereux Ascend Career Accelerator Program
Presenter(s):   Michael Ernst, MA, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health
Kathy E. Marks, SPHR, MEd, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health 

11:00 am – 11:45 am | Keynote Session

K01 | State of the State
Presenter: Secretary Valerie A. Arkoosh, MD, MPH

1:30 am – 3:00 pm | Workshop Session B

W10 | Purpose and Growth: Engaging and Retaining Your Teams in Challenging Times
Presenter: Lisa Friscia, SHRM-SCP, Co-Active Coach, MSL, Consulting for Human Services

W16 | Condition Support: Addressing Escalated Situations in the Health Care Setting
Jeffrey Magill, MS, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Camellia Herisko, DNP, MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CRNP, UPMC Western Psychiatric
David Heckman, UPMC

3:15 pm – 4:45 am | Plenary Session

P01 | Become a Destination Employer
Presenter: Michael S. Cohen, Esquire, Duane Morris, LLP

Wednesday, October 11

9:00 am – 10:30 am | Plenary Session

P02 | Addressing the Workforce Crisis: Strategy and Policy Learnings from Four Organizations
Tine Hansen-Turton, MGA, JD, Woods Services, Inc.
Brian Hancock, JD, Bancroft
Rita Gardner, MPH, LABA, BCBA, CDE, Melmark
Marco Giordano, CPA, Resources for Human Development

10:45 am – 12:15 pm | Workshop Session C

W18 | Make Difficult People Disappear: How to Reduce Stress and Eliminate Conflict in the Workplace
Presenter: Monica L. Wofford, CSP, Contagious Companies, Inc.

W22 | Subpoenas, Court Orders, and Requests for PHI: Obligations Under HIPAA, the MHPA, and Other Statutes
Presenter: Jeffrey J. Worley, Esq, Gibbel Kraybill & Hess

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm | Workshop Session D

W26 | Recruitment and Retention of Front Line Workers
Teresa Hewitt, MSW, Alliance for Nonprofit Resources
Shawna Mitcheltree, BA, Alliance for Nonprofit Resources

3:30 pm – 5:00 am | Keynote Session

K02 | Beyond Accessibility: Diversity and Inclusion in the Disability Community
Presenter: Chaz Kellem, MA, DEI Professional

Thursday, October 13

9:00 am – 10:15 am | Keynote Session

K03 | Changing the Conversation Around Mental Health: It’s Way Past Time
Presenter: John T. Broderick, Jr., Juris Doctor

10:30 am – 12:00 pm | Workshop Session E

W34 | Bridging Generational Differences in the Workplace
Presenter: Stacey Nybeck, MBA, Secure Rehabilitation and Vocational Enterprises, Inc.

W35 | Transforming Organizational Wellness and Self-Advocacy Through an Evidenced-Based Practice: Improving the Lives of Employees and Individuals in Our Care
Lynn A. Miller, MEd, Advocates for Human Potential
Lesley Corey, EdD, Step By Step, Inc

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm | Workshop Session F

W44 | Attracting and Retaining the Best Talent: Mitigating Bias in Hiring, From Sourcing Through Onboarding
Presenter: Lisa Friscia, SHRM-SCP, Co-Active Coach, MSL, Consulting for Human Services

Krystal Hultberg, Pareto Health
Rob Lord, Imagine360
Jennifer Johnson, Liviniti
Greg A. Robick, Corporate Benefits Consultants, Inc. 

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm | Workshop Session G

W54 | Applying Augmented Intelligence to Workforce Challenges and Care Delivery
Andrew Schmitt, MSW, Gaudenzia
Denny Morrison, PhD, Morrison Consulting
Dror Zaide, MBA, Eleos Health

W56 | Termination Without Litigation
Presenter: Michael S. Pepperman, Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP

Friday, October 14

10:45 am – 12:15 pm | Plenary Session

P03 | National Update From Our Association Partners
Chuck Ingoglia, MSW, National Council for Mental Wellbeing
Donna Martin, MEd, ANCOR

We encourage you to review the full program of sessions offered and look forward to your participation in these sessions, along with other Plenary and Keynote sessions, social gatherings, Connections Hall, and more. For additional information, please contact Carol Ferenz.

This is a reminder to join RCPA for a Membership Benefits webinar on Tuesday, July 25, 2023, at 9:00 am to orient yourself with all that RCPA membership includes. This will certainly be important for new and potential members but will also be of value to current members, as there may be unrecognized benefits associated with our membership.

Register here to attend this webinar. Items we will review include the following and much more:

  • Virtually meet the dedicated RCPA Policy Staff and RCPA lobbyists;
  • Discuss the 2023 Legislative and Administrative priorities;
  • Highlight RCPA division committee and subcommittee meetings as well as what they offer;
  • View the RCPA member-only website;
  • Review exclusive yearly education and networking events; and
  • Understand other National Association memberships included with RCPA membership.

Visit the RCPA member benefits page or contact Tieanna Lloyd  for more information.

We look forward to your participation in this webinar.