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Time is running out to catch the recorded sessions on the Showcare Platform! Game prize winners will also be announced on Friday, October 29 at 11:00am, and we will award prizes to some lucky attendees who log in for this closing session.

In addition, it’s not too late to catch the vendors in Connections Hall that you may have missed and earn game points while you visit! Don’t miss out on earning as many points as possible before the deadline!

You can also continue to view sessions you didn’t get a chance to see or review sessions that you really enjoyed. You are able to watch each session as many times as you wish, and all documents are accessible on the sessions’ main pages. To view the sessions, log in to your account, then either:

  • Visit the “Full Schedule” page on the left-hand menu. Find the session you wish to view, select the time slot, then click on the title of the session. You will be taken to the session’s main page.
  • Visit the “On Demand” page for a list of previously prerecorded sessions. Simply select the session tile, which will take you to the session’s main page.

Lastly, as a reminder, please be sure to send in your request for continuing education or certificates of attendance by November 1 to RCPA.

Thank you once again!

The RCPA-MDCBH-A.N.D 2021 Conference is upon us, and we want to give you as much information as possible so you can get the most out of this year’s experience!

  1. It is important to know that this platform itself is not an app. While you will use the Zoom app for the sessions themselves, you will want to experience the platform and the Zoom app on your computer or tablet, rather than your mobile phone, for the optimal user experience.
  2. An Attendee FAQ is now available. Throughout the Conference, you will be able to view it on the left-hand control panel of Showcare, our virtual platform, as well as on the RCPA Conference website home page.
  3. The home lobby page will have a video feature where you can hear from our returning Emcee, Valerie Bittner, throughout each day. We encourage you to do this, as she will have regular updates and messages.
  4. In the upper left-hand corner you will see three bars – clicking on this will expand the side menu, allowing you to see the full scope of opportunities available on the virtual platform. You can also simply click on icons in the middle of the home lobby for more information about Connections Hall, educational sessions, and networking.
  5. Once sessions are decided, you can click to save them in your calendar, thus creating your own schedule. This is not required of attendees but may help you coordinate your time throughout the week.
  6. Gamification is here, with games, points, and prizes! You can use the left-hand control panel to click on the Games Rules Icon and learn how to earn points and win prizes! There is also a Game Leaderboard available to view at any time.
  7. Continuing Education (CE) paperwork can be found on the CE link on the left-hand control panel – be sure to download this material if you are planning to purchase CE credits or you would like a certificate of attendance.
  8. The Conference overall evaluation is located near the top, right-hand side of the home lobby. This is very important to future events, and we ask that you please take the time to complete the evaluation.

Thank you again for your participation. Please contact Sarah Eyster with any questions.

Leading in 2021: Hoping, Healing, Helping
RCPA Conference Featuring Panel with National Advocacy Experts for Review of the Need for Equity in Service:
National Release of Video

On Thursday, September 30, a video developed by a group of parents of children with severe autism will be “unveiled” publicly and nationally at the RCPA Annual Conference for the first time. Later in the afternoon, a panel addressing these concerns titled “One Size Does Not Fit All — A Review of the Need for Equity in Service Provision and Establishing A Comprehensive Continuum of Care” will include national advocacy experts discussing how the narrow interpretation of the HCBS setting rule and other policies potentially deprive individuals with intense needs choice in where they live, work, and play. Hear from the families on how these policies have impacted their loved ones’ quality of life.

The video contains disturbing images; however, the parents who produced this video felt compelled to share the reality of severe autism in order to combat the increasing claims of the highly vocal and publicly visible advocates and others who have the sole agenda of supporting those of higher functioning in the community.

In contrast, severely autistic individuals and their families are often not publicly visible. They may not be able to safely leave the house, let alone testify in a government hearing, present at a conference, or appear on television alongside other advocates.

But severe autism is real. This is what it looks like. And those affected require a true continuum of care — from the most inclusive options to disability-specific settings — to meet their lifelong support needs, not only to thrive, but to survive. One size does not fit all.

Register today for the RCPA Conference to see this national release.

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. Early bird registration has been extended until Friday, September 10, 2021.

For individual registration, please visit here. If registering for a group, please visit here. Please note that all presenters will be registered by RCPA.

Workshops are now posted, so be sure to see what’s in store for this year’s conference! 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. These on-demand sessions are currently being posted to our website and will be completed shortly, so be on the lookout for more 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 General 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 will present, as she is a public policy expert with more than 25 years of experience advancing nursing practice, health equity and community engagement initiatives in Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Jersey, and Oregon.
  • Sara Canaday, Leadership strategist, speaker and author of “Leadership Unchained: Defy Conventional Wisdom for Breakthough Performance,” will share her insights on this managing employee’s needs for flexibility while delivering results and satisfying client needs, along with her valuable advice for leaders who are feeling stretched to the limits.
  • 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.

In addition to the general sessions, including national updates that will provide valuable information to all, we have several break-out sessions that will be offered live each day during our 2021 Conference. These sessions include:

Tuesday September 28, 2021

  • Preparing Infrastructure for Managed Care in ID/DD Providers
  • Coordinating Measurement-Based Care: How the Maryland Community Behavioral Health Association Improved Treatment Outcomes and Leveraged Their Data
  • Leadership in Technology for a New Era
  • The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Regional Approach to Address Healthy Equity
  • Magical Metaphors: Creating a Shared Language Within a CBT Treatment Setting
  • Without a Playbook: Navigating the Pandemic While Still Moving Forward
  • Enhancing Whole Health and Wellness: Working Works When Using Social Security Work Incentives
  • Linking Up! CANS Across the Tristate Area, and How This Can Optimize Care
  • Creating an Employee-Centered Culture to Attract & Retain Staff
  • Mobile Buprenorphine: A Novel Method for Engaging Populations in Substance Use Disorder Care
  • Improving Access to Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services For OUR Older Adults. YOU Can Help!

Wednesday September 29, 2021

  • Top Funding Resources for Assistive Technology in Pennsylvania
  • Measuring What Matters Most: Leveraging the Power of Business Intelligence to Drive Organizational Improvements
  • People Like Me: Working with Vulnerable Populations Using an Integrated Model to Behavioral Health Care
  • How COVID-19 Changes Our View of Emergency Preparedness: Lessons Learned from COVID-19 and Key Strategies for Preparedness Moving Forward
  • The Great Reset: Leadership Beyond the Pandemic
  • “Link Outside the Box”: Using Remote Services and Technology to Provide Support Services For Individuals With IDD
  • Promoting Motivational Interviewing Spirit and Skills with Paraprofessional Staff
  • COVID-19 at 18 Months: How the Pandemic Has Changed Us and Society
  • Strategies for Reducing Screen Time Fatigue

Thursday September 30, 2021

  • A Collaborative Agency-Based Approach to Implementing a Pandemic-Induced Practice-Based Change to Telehealth
  • Concussion (TBI) and Behavioral Health (The Missing Peace): Where Are We Now?
  • Trauma-Informed Support for People with Intellectual Disabilities
  • No Longer Just a Plan — Value Based Payments in Community HealthChoices in 2022
  • The Cultural Competency in the Clinical Assessment & Treatment of Adults with IDD and Co-Occurring Mental Illness
  • The Path to VBP is Paved With Quality: A National Perspective on Measures of Quality in IDD Services
  • Post-Incarceration Care: How to Create an Effective Transitional Model
  • Implementing Trauma-Informed PA (TIPA): PRTFs Becoming Trauma-Informed
  • We Hear You!
  • Expanding Integrated Primary Care for People with IDD: Replicable Models and Policy Implications
  • The Unexpected Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Time Banking: A Grassroots Resource for Increased Personal Outcomes and Community Development

There will also be over 20 “on-demand” sessions on many timely subjects and topics, such as Leadership, Diversity, and Remote Supports and Services.

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 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.

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.