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Join RCPA for a Membership Benefits webinar on Wednesday, January 4, 2023, at 1:00 pm in order to orient yourself with all that an RCPA membership entails. This webinar will review the benefits that come with RCPA membership, including many that you may not be aware of. Those considering membership are also invited to become acquainted with the benefits.

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

  • Virtually meet the dedicated RCPA Policy Staff and RCPA lobbyists;
  • Discuss the 2023 Legislative and Administrative priorities;
  • Assess RCPA divisional committee and subcommittee meetings and what they offer;
  • Understand the additional standing RCPA committees and ad hoc meetings;
  • Discuss the RCPA member-only website;
  • Review exclusive yearly education and networking events; and
  • Evaluate 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.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for IPRC’s exciting 2023 educational webinar series!
Complimentary registration for all IPRC webinars is a benefit of your RCPA Membership.


Monday, January 23 : 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST
CARF Accreditation: Answering Your Questions From a 30,000 Ft. View Down Into the Weeds

Thursday, February 2 : 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST
Passenger Safety for Children and Adolescents With Special Health Needs

Monday, March 13 : 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST
Education and Rehabilitation: Maintaining Continuity Through Rehab to School Re-entry

Thursday, April 6 : 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT 
Transition Readiness

Thursday, June 8 : 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT
Understanding the Basics of Neuroimaging and Practical Applications for the Pediatric Rehabilitation Provider

Tuesday, August 1 : 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT
Weaving the Concepts of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Into the Fabric of Pediatric Rehabilitation: One Organization’s DEI Journey

Monday, September 18 : 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT
Best Practices for Working With Medical Interpreters in Therapeutic Settings

Thursday, October 19 : 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT
Pediatric Delirium: Impact and Opportunities

Monday, December 4 : 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST
Applying Trauma-Informed Principles in Pediatric Rehabilitation


All webinars are recorded and archived. You can access past presentations on the IPRC website.

For more information, contact Cindi Hobbes, IPRC Director.

Articles in this issue of Positive Approaches focus on the importance of employment for individuals with a disability, including those with a serious mental illness, and intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Article topics include the importance of the Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities program (MAWD); employment supports available for those who are deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing; Pennsylvania’s Employment First initiatives; and the role psychological safety plays in employees’ mental health. There are also articles on employment services for individuals with a serious mental illness and examples of medical assistance for workers in action.

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The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) is awarding $9 million to single county authorities (SCAs) to establish or expand crisis stabilization services for individuals who present with substance use disorder (SUD) and co-occurring mental health symptoms. Such services include assessment and stabilization of acute physical and psychiatric symptoms, which may include medical management and behavioral interventions, induction on medication-assisted treatment, level of care assessments, short-term stays, and connections to supportive services.

Grants of up to $3 million will be awarded to eligible SCAs and can be applied toward a range of activities, including construction and building infrastructure, staffing, and programming. The SCAs may provide or coordinate the services.

SUD crisis stabilization services must have the capacity to recognize and manage individuals presenting with a wide range of SUD-related symptoms, mental health disorders, and developmental disabilities. Funds can be applied toward a range of activities, including construction and building infrastructure, staffing, and evidence-based programming.

Earlier this year, the General Assembly allocated its 2022 $17 million portion of Pennsylvania’s $1.07 billion opioid settlement to DDAP. The overall settlement was reached between states’ attorneys general and Johnson & Johnson, AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson.

DDAP plans to use the remaining money from this year’s opioid settlement allocation to provide treatment and recovery support services to communities of color; address workforce issues; and fund services in the Kensington area of Philadelphia with a $1 million grant. Read more about the crisis services grants.