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The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) announced that they will be offering a webinar on the topic of the PA Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Savings Program. The webinar is scheduled for June 8, 2023, from 10:00 am – 11:00 am and will be presented by a representative of the PA Treasury Department.

A PA ABLE account gives individuals with qualifying disabilities (eligible individuals) and their families and friends a tax-free way to save for disability-related expenses while maintaining government benefits. Federal and state law authorized the creation of PA ABLE accounts.

OLTL Service Coordinators, Direct Service Providers, Community HealthChoices (CHC) managed care organization (MCO) staff, and any individuals that work on employment are strongly encouraged to participate in this webinar to assist with understanding the PA ABLE Program and how it can benefit OLTL participants.

Please register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Questions about this webinar should be directed to Ryan Dorsey, OLTL.

A workplace culture that prioritizes well-being improves employee engagement and increases the retention of passionate, competent staff. Research shows that positivity is essential to promoting well-being, yet many still have a very misguided view of what positivity really means. Over the last several years, however, researchers have proven that we can measure, induce, and cultivate greater positivity.

Join Relias Thursday, June 1, 2023, to hear Michele Mavi and Liana Slater, Co-Founders of Monumental Me, discuss what positivity means and tips on cultivating greater positivity on your team to increase well-being at work.

  • Webinar date: Thursday, June 1, 2023, at 2:00 pm ET
  • Speaker: Michele Mavi, Co-Founder of Monumental Me
  • Learning Objectives:
    • The importance and impact of positive emotions
    • The domains of threat in the workplace
    • Why focusing on relationships and trust is critical

Register Here

The agenda for the June 1, 2023, Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) Subcommittee meeting has been released. The meeting will take place from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and will be held at the Pennsylvania Department of Education in the Honors Suite, 1st Floor, at 333 Market Street in Harrisburg. The meeting will be held in person and will also offer the ability to participate via webinar and remote streaming. The links to participate are provided below.

Comments and questions may be sent electronically.

Conference line/Bridge Number:
PIN: 856702912#

Webinar Link  
Remote Streaming Link

The next meeting is scheduled for July 6, 2023.

The mission of the Division of Behavioral Healthcare Education (BHE), Department of Psychiatry, Drexel University College of Medicine, is to support behavioral health practitioners in providing high-quality services to people of all ages. They fulfill this mission by delivering continuing education, consultation, technical assistance, and conferences that are rooted in research and evidence-based best practices.

BHE can assist you in:

  • Designing and attaining specific program outcomes;
  • Examining and clarifying basic values, mission, and program goals;
  • Expanding skills and competencies;
  • Exploring new areas of knowledge;
  • Improving customer satisfaction; and
  • Staying on the cutting edge of new technologies and experience-based practices.

Visit here for list of June 2023 courses.

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The Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) announced that Theresa Hartman is the new Director for the Bureau of Human Services Licensing (BHSL). See the announcement below:

Theresa is a dedicated health and human services professional that has dedicated her career to working with aging and disabled persons managing chronic and acute conditions for more than 30 years in Pennsylvania. Working as a nurse, she has done bedside nursing care, care management, and served in management and regional positions in the nursing home industry for over 20 years. In 2018, she made the move into Home and Community-Based Services as a Chief Operations and Compliance Officer for a Service Coordination provider and successfully led them through the transition from fee-for-service into the managed Community Health Choices program as well as NCQA accreditation. She also served on the PA HCBS Providers Board.

She is passionate about advocating for our most vulnerable populations, seniors, and those that are underserved. She believes we can improve the lives of our most vulnerable populations in Pennsylvania by supporting our providers and giving them the tools they need to succeed and reach the high-quality standards and requirements we set.

Theresa is joining the Department of Human Services from her role as Vice President of Clinical Services for GrayHawk Health, a healthcare practice provider that is building community-based programs to fill in care gaps for dual eligible populations across Pennsylvania. She earned her nursing degree from Drexel University and her Bachelor’s in Organizational Management from Eastern University. She is also a certified Case Manager and holds an active nursing license in Pennsylvania.

Questions may be sent electronically.