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Mental Health

PENNSYLVANIA DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES COUNCIL (PADDC) REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS

We are pleased to announce that the first Request for Application (RFA) book for 2022–2026 State Plan is now available for you to download, which includes 13 separate grant opportunities. The deadline to submit applications for these grants is December 1, 2021. Visit here to read more and download the RFA book and other application resources.

In addition, PADDC is offering funding on a rolling basis through our Community Grants Program. Get more information about the Community Grants Program here.

The PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) will hold a 30-day public comment period (October 1, 2021–October 30, 2021) on the draft 2-year modification of the 2020–2024 VR Services Portion of the Combined State Plan. All comments should be sent here.

In addition, virtual public meetings will be held on October 19, 2021, from 1:00 pm–3:00 pm, and October 21, 2021, from 10:00 am–12:00 pm. The meetings will be held via Zoom. Meeting details, including information for CART and sign language interpreting, and a copy of the draft plan will be posted on OVR’s website.

Paid for with Pennsylvania taxpayer dollars.

View The Draft Plan

The statewide Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) agencies have published a list of Regional Community Work Incentive Coordinators (CWIC) and accompanying counties supported by that agency:

STATEWIDE WIPA AGENCIES  COUNTIES SUPPORTED 

AHEDD
Joy Smith
Program Director/CWIC
866-902-4333
Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Elk, Erie, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lycoming, McKean, Mifflin, Perry, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Westmoreland
 

Appalachian Regional
Jennifer Tenney
Program Director/CWIC
304-293-4692

Beaver, Fayette, Greene, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Washington
 

Disability Rights Pennsylvania
Phyllis Hilley  
Program Director/CWIC
800-692-7443 Ext 309

 

Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Pike, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming, York 

 

Full Circle Employment Solutions LLC
Ruchi Edwards
Program Director/CWIC
888-466-2942 Ext. 20

Philadelphia, Delaware, Chester

WIPA is designed to enable beneficiaries with disabilities to receive accurate information and use that information to make a successful transition to work. Each WIPA agency has a CWIC who will:

  • provide in-depth counseling about benefits and the effect of work on those benefits;
  • conduct outreach efforts to beneficiaries of SSI and SSDI (and their families) who are potentially eligible to participate in federal or state Work Incentives programs; and
  • work in cooperation with federal, state, and private agencies and nonprofit organizations that serve SSI and SSDI beneficiaries with disabilities.

RCPA has extended the deadline to complete the workforce survey to Monday, October 18, 2021. The survey, which is open to all Human Service Providers in Pennsylvania, covers work force issues for a diverse range of programs, including Mental Health, IDD/Autism, Brain Injury, Drug & Alcohol, and Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRF). The survey responses seek to gather data related to hiring, retention, vacancy rates, pay structures, vaccinations, and COVID-19 impacts on programs as well as access to care associated with the pandemic.

We thank you in advance for your time in completing this survey and would ask that you share this information with your colleagues, fellow leaders, and Human Resources teams. The more information collected, the more we will be able to provide to stakeholders, which will affect not only RCPA members but all providers within the Commonwealth.

A copy of the results of this survey will be available to all participants at the conclusion of the study. Please complete the survey here. The workforce survey will end at close of business on Monday, October 18, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact RCPA Director of Children’s Services Jim Sharp.

OMHSAS Offers Free Virtual Training:
The Coach Approach Workshop for Young Professionals

Message from OMHSAS:

The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS), in collaboration with the PA Care Partnership, is excited to announce that we will be offering a free, two-day virtual workshop entitled “The Coach Approach Workshop for Young Professionals” to be held on October 22, 2021, 9:00 am–3:30 pm and October 25, 2021, 9:00 am–3:30 pm.

The Coach Approach for Young Professionals Workshop was developed to support young professionals and various organizations that provide services and supports build stronger relationships, collaborations, and teams through equity and partnership rather than taking control or giving advice. A detailed overview of the workshop can be found here.

As a follow up to the great work that our Healthy Transitions (HT) counties accomplished under the HT grant, we would like to offer this first two-day workshop to young adult professionals and providers from Berks, Bucks, and Washington Counties, as well as participants from any of our System of Care (SOC) counties. This will be the first of three workshops that will be offered across the state, and based on your experience and expertise, we are very interested in your participation and feedback in order to shape how this continues forward.

*Please note, this is an interactive virtual workshop via Zoom and will require you to use a camera.

Participation is limited; please email to reserve your space.