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The seats are quickly filling as we get closer to the 2022 RCPA Conference Together! Be sure to register now to see our exciting workshops in person and earn continuing education credits. The final online registration deadline is Friday, September 30. Take a look at our full brochure to view the schedule and find valuable information on our upcoming workshops, which include:

  • Competing for Quality: Strategies for Becoming a Top Talent Manager
    • Presented by Ed Krow of Ed Krow, LLC
  • Creating the Playbook on the Fly: Lessons Learned From the COVID-19 Pandemic That Will Endure as We Navigate to the “New” Normal
    • Presented by Woody Rosenbach, Trapeta Mayson, Tyrone Howell, and LaMar Brooks of COMHAR
  • Reducing Obstacles to Care: Low-Barrier Access to Buprenorphine and Other Life-Saving Treatments
    • Presented by Mark G. Fuller and Stuart Fisk of Allegheny Health Network
  • Reviewing Data Together: The Impact of the COVID Crises on Children’s Services Outcomes
    • Presented by Dan Warner of Community Data Roundtable
  • Healing-Centered Supervision: Lessons From Peer Support
    • Presented by Emily Ferris and Dana Lombardi of Magellan Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania
  • One Hospital Diversion VBP Project: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
    • Presented by Lisa M. May and Mandy Fauble of UPMC Western Behavioral Health at Safe Harbor
  • Technologies Needed to Be Successful in Healthcare Reform for Mental Health, Substance Use, Developmental Disabilities, and Human Service Organizations
    • Presented by Michael Lardieri of Core Solutions
  • Supporting Children With Medically Complex Conditions — Overview of Medical Support Needs
    • Presented by Gregory Cherpes and Rhonda Gengler of the Office of Developmental Programs

Note that sessions will be recorded to allow registered participants to view content after the event concludes.

In addition to an amazing roster of speakers, our 2022 Conference will have an exciting array of sponsors and exhibitors. We thank those who have committed to our conference thus far! If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting, visit here for more details. For sponsors and exhibitors to be included in signage, RCPA will require contracts no later than Thursday, September 15.

We’d like to give a special shoutout to our Connections Hall sponsor Beacon Health Options as well as our Welcome Reception sponsor UPMC Community Care Behavioral Health Organization. Thank you for your support!

Questions about the conference may be directed to Carol Ferenz or Sarah Eyster, Conference Coordinators.

Early bird registration for the 2022 RCPA Conference Together! ends today! Be sure to register now to see our exciting workshops in person and earn continuing education credits. You won’t want to miss taking advantage of this opportunity!

Gathering in person at the Hershey Lodge October 11 – 14, 2022, attendees will see and learn from presenters from health and human services organizations all across Pennsylvania. Our full brochure is available, and some of our upcoming workshops include:

  • Employment Strategies for Those With Prader Willi Syndrome
    • Presented by Lisa Svidron of Mainstay Life Services
  • TCV Community Services and Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health — A Case Study in Effective Affiliation
    • Presented by Carl E. Clark II, Fran Sheedy Bost, and Robert Dunne of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health
  • Implementing Trauma-Informed Care in Children’s Mental Health Residential Treatment in Pennsylvania
    • Presented by Gordon R. Hodas and Caren L. Rosser-Morris of OMHSAS
  • Preparing for a Value-Based Payment (VBP) Future in Substance Use Treatment in PA: Using the Centers of Excellence (COE) as an Example
    • Presented by David Loveland of Community Care Behavioral Health
  • Managing Unique Challenges for Clients in the Workplace
    • Presented by Thomas Tirney of Arlington Heritage Group
  • Do Private Equity-Funded Start-ups and Services Have an Advantage Over Legacy Nonprofit Provider Organizations?
    • Presented by Stacy DiStefano of Consulting for Human Services
  • Ethical Considerations of Guardianship
    • Presented by Lesley Mehalick of McAndrews, Mehalick, Connolly, Hulse and Ryan, PC

Note that sessions will be recorded to allow registered participants to view content after the event concludes.

In addition to an amazing roster of speakers, our 2022 Conference will have an exciting array of sponsors and exhibitors. We thank those who have committed to our conference thus far! If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting, visit here for more details.

We’d like to give a special shoutout to our Connections Hall sponsor Beacon Health Options as well as our Welcome Reception sponsor UPMC Community Care Behavioral Health Organization. Thank you for your support!

Questions about the conference may be directed to Carol Ferenz or Sarah Eyster, Conference Coordinators.

Early bird registration for the 2022 RCPA Conference Together! ends this Friday, September 9! Be sure to register now to see our exciting workshops in person and earn continuing education credits. You won’t want to miss taking advantage of this opportunity!

Gathering in person at the Hershey Lodge October 11 – 14, 2022, attendees will see and learn from presenters from health and human services organizations all across Pennsylvania. Our full brochure is available, and some of our upcoming workshops include:

  • Value-Based Care: Provider-Payer Partnership and Prioritization of Member Experience to Get to Value-Based Contracts
    • Presented by Charlotte Chew of Pyramid Healthcare and and Monica Collins of Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Protecting Those in Our Care: Building a Devereux for the Future
    • Presented by Rhea Fernandes and Leah Yaw of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health
  • Supporting Challenging Individuals: Bridging the Service Gap in an Outpatient Setting
    • Presented by Ricky Jones and Bonnie Triebig of Berks Counseling Center
  • Trauma-Informed Leadership: Critical in a Post-Pandemic World
    • Presented by Angela Chew of Dickinson Center, Inc.
  • SkillUp PA: A No-Cost Online Learning System for Rehabilitation and Community Providers
    • Presented by Barbara Vierlinck and Stephanie Perry of DOL and Kerry Twomey of Metrix Learning
  • The Five Introductions: Sharing Your Story With Everyone From Family to Lawmakers
    • Presented by Christopher Kush of Soapbox Consulting
  • Developing Recovery Supports for Young Adults With Autism and Serious Mental Illness
    • Presented by Chris Wolf, Patrick Maynard, and Jennifer Riha of I Am Boundless, Inc.

Note that sessions will be recorded to allow registered participants to view content after the event concludes.

In addition to an amazing roster of speakers, our 2022 Conference will have an exciting array of sponsors and exhibitors. We thank those who have committed to our conference thus far! If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting, visit here for more details.

We’d like to give a special shoutout to our Connections Hall sponsor Beacon Health Options as well as our Welcome Reception sponsor UPMC Community Care Behavioral Health Organization. Thank you for your support!

Questions about the conference may be directed to Carol Ferenz or Sarah Eyster, Conference Coordinators.

RCPA is excited to have a diverse and well-rounded lineup of speakers at our 2022 Conference Together! Gathering in person at the Hershey Lodge October 11 – 14, 2022, presenters from organizations all across Pennsylvania’s health care systems will gather to discuss up-to-date data, new technologies, and the latest trends. Our full brochure is available, and some of our upcoming workshops include:

  • Introduction to Measurement-Based Care and Addressing Its Most Frequently Asked Questions
    • Presented by Elizabeth Connors of Yale University and Jason Frittaion of Greenspace Health
  • Implementing a County/Agency System to Improve Outcomes for Individuals, Agencies, and Systems of Care by Identifying and Modifying Treatment for Individuals With FASD
    • Presented by Dan Dubovsky, FASD Specialist, Joe Kloss of Luzerne-Wyoming Counties System of Care, and Summer Krochta and Jessica Sachs of Children’s Service Center
  • Providing Trauma-Informed Supports to DSPs During Tragic Events
    • Presented by Robin VanEerden and Michael Benjamin May of Merakey
  • Language Matters
    • Presented by Marian Baldini of KenCrest
  • Risk Management in Telehealth: Guidance to Providers
    • Presented by Cynthia Haines, Esq. of Post & Schell
  • Improving Peer Workforce Recruitment and Retention From Multiple Stakeholder Perspectives
    • Presented by Jamie Edwards and Tracy Carney of Community Care Behavioral Health Organization
  • Before I Put My Hands Behind My Back, Can We Talk About This? — Philadelphia Police Department Co-Responder Program
    • Presented by Megan Johnson and John Muehsam of Elwyn

Be sure to register now to see these workshops in person and earn continuing education credits! Note that sessions will be recorded to allow registered participants to view content after the event concludes.

In addition to an amazing roster of speakers, our 2022 Conference will have an exciting array of sponsors and exhibitors. We thank those who have committed to our conference thus far! If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting, visit here for more details.

We’d like to give a special shoutout to our Connections Hall sponsor Beacon Health Options as well as our Welcome Reception sponsor UPMC Community Care Behavioral Health Organization. Thank you for your support!

Questions about the conference may be directed to Carol Ferenz or Sarah Eyster, Conference Coordinators.

The 2022 RCPA Conference Together! is looking to be packed full of exciting and thought-provoking workshopsGathering in person at the Hershey Lodge October 11 – 14, 2022, presenters from across the state will be discussing everything from telehealth to the workforce crisis to COVID-19 and beyond. Our full brochure is available, and some of our upcoming workshops include:

  • Building a Strong School-Based Outpatient Therapy Program: Providing Quality Services and Enhancing Community Partnerships
    • Presented by Amanda Katchur of Community Services Group
  • ATLAS: A Tool for Connecting Your Community to Evidence-Based, High-Quality Addiction Treatment
    • Presented by Angad Buttar of Shatterproof and Kim Coleman of DDAP
  • Expert Panel on Recruiting and Retaining Behavioral Health Staff During Challenging Times
    • Presented by Christine Axford of Berks Counseling Center, Rosa Davis of POWER, Cassie Dundon of Achievement Center of LECOM Health, Amy Herschell of Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, Elissa Nulton of Peer Star, and Kate Pompa of Wesley Family Services
  • Provider and Member Centric VBP Development in IBHS – A Success Story That Benefits All Parties
    • Presented by Debra Luther of Beacon Health Options of PA, Steven Herr of Advanced Metrics, and Kim Bowser-Murtha of Fayette County Behavioral Health Administration
  • Programs That Promote Change for Sexually Problematic Behaviors
    • Presented by Jack Berkenstock Jr. of The Bodhana Group
  • Identifying and Addressing Health Disparities Related to Tobacco Use Among Individuals With Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
    • Presented by William Stauffer of the PA Recovery Organizations – Alliance and Tony Klein of PA Statewide Tobacco Free Recovery Initiative

Be sure to register now to see these workshops in person and earn continuing education credits! Note that sessions will be recorded to allow registered participants to take advantage of sessions after the event.

In addition to an amazing roster of speakers, our 2022 Conference will have an exciting array of sponsors and exhibitors. We thank those who have committed to our conference thus far! If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting, visit here for more details.

We’d like to give a special shoutout to our Connections Hall sponsor Beacon Health Options as well as our Welcome Reception sponsor UPMC Community Care Behavioral Health Organization. Thank you for your support!

Questions about the conference may be directed to Carol Ferenz or Sarah Eyster, Conference Coordinators.

Registration for the RCPA Conference 2022 Together! is now open! Together! will be held October 11 – 14, 2022, at the Hershey Lodge in person this year. Be sure to register soon, as early bird rate is available now until September 9, 2022.

We are excited for the lineup of speakers who will be presenting at this year’s conference, as there will be pertinent information available and discussed for all service areas. Workshop sessions include:

  • Northwest Pennsylvania Veteran Suicide Prevention Program
    • Presented by Greg Griffith of University of Pittsburgh PERU as well as Mandy Fauble and Stacey Buettner of UPMC Western Behavioral Health at Safe Harbor
  • Evaluating the Use of a Digital Therapeutic to Improve Client Engagement and Access to Post-Discharge Outcomes
    • Presented by Jennifer Irvin and Winnie Nagle of Pyramid Healthcare, Inc.
  • Father Engagement Through the Eyes of the Child
    • Presented by George Fleming and Misty Woody of Allegheny Family Network
  • You Have All the Data — Now What? How to Leverage Data to Demonstrate Quality
    • Presented by Rayni McMahon of Consulting for Human Services, LLC.
  • Technology Solutions to Elevate the Level of Independence for Individuals With Disabilities
    • Presented by Shaleea Shields of LumiCare
  • Possibilities of Play — Board Games for Skill Building
    • Presented by Jack Berkenstock Jr. of The Bodhana Group
  • How Supportive Care Services Addressing Social Determinants of Health Impact Quality of Life
    • Presented by Mia Haney and Phil Wilkins of Modivcare

Be sure to check out the entire list of sessions in our brochure, and note that sessions will be recorded to allow participants to take advantage of sessions after the event.

In addition to an amazing roster of speakers, our 2022 Conference will have an exciting array of sponsors and exhibitors. We thank those who have committed to our conference thus far! If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting, visit here for more details.

We’d like to give a special shoutout to our Connections Hall sponsor Beacon Health Options as well as our Welcome Reception sponsor UPMC Community Care Behavioral Health Organization. Thank you for your support!

Questions about the conference may be directed to Carol Ferenz or Sarah Eyster, Conference Coordinators.

Registration for the RCPA Conference 2022 Together! is now open! Together! will be held October 11 – 14, 2022, at the Hershey Lodge in person this year. Be sure to register, as the early bird rate is available now until September 9, 2022.

We are excited for the lineup of speakers who will be presenting at this year’s conference, as there will be pertinent information available and discussed for all service areas. Workshop sessions include:

  • Connecting Pieces for Success: Utilizing a Two-Generational Approach and Collaborative Multi-Organizational Work Model to Affect Lasting Change
    • Presented by Sara Newman of Project-Mosaic, Inc.
  • Having Difficult Conversations With Employees
    • Presented by John Amato of Familylinks
  • Specialized Telehealth for Individuals With IDD
    • Presented by Maulik Trivedi of StationMD
  • Improve Clinical Outcomes and Enter Into Value-Based Contracts Using Clinical Data
    • Presented by Dominick DiSalvo of KidsPeace
  • Returning Citizens Housing Smart Model
    • Presented by Claire Ryder and Curtis Gillard of Resources for Human Development, as well as Clayton Moser and Taeesha Smith of PMHCC
  • CMS Home and Community-Based Services Quality Measures Set
    • Presented by Juliet Marsala of Health Management Association

You also won’t want to miss our plenary speakers:

  • Chuck Ingoglia of National Council for Mental Wellbeing and Gabrielle Sedor of ANCOR will give us “Insights From Washington.”
  • Meg Snead of DHS and Jen Smith of DDAP will provide updates on how PA continues to be innovative in health care.

Be sure to check out the entire list of sessions in our brochure, and note that sessions will be recorded to allow participants access after the event.

In addition to an amazing roster of speakers, our 2022 Conference will have an exciting array of sponsors and exhibitors. We thank those who have committed to our conference thus far! If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting, visit here for more details.

Questions about the conference may be directed to Carol Ferenz or Sarah Eyster, Conference Coordinators.

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RCPA will be hosting a golf outing to support the RCPA PAC on Monday, October 10, 2022, at Dauphin Highlands Golf Course, 650 S Harrisburg St., Harrisburg, PA 17113. Register now to participate in this event, which includes lunch at 11:30 am, a putting contest, prizes, and much more. Don’t miss the fun! Shotgun start begins at 1:00 pm.

We would like to thank our tournament sponsor Erie County Care Management, Inc. for their support. Sponsorships are still available for this worthwhile cause. Many thanks to the beverage, hole, and prize sponsors to date:

  • Brier Dlugolecki Strategies;
  • Novak Strategic Advisors;
  • Morgan Stanley Wealth Management;
  • Comprehensive Financial Associates, Inc. and PA Pension Planners, Inc.;
  • Threshold Rehabilitation Services, Inc.;
  • Ceisler Media & Issue Advocacy;
  • Hearten Workers’ Compensation Program;
  • Fulton Bank;
  • RHA Health Services (previously Salisbury Behavioral Health); and
  • Qualifacts.

If you are unable to attend the golf outing or not a golfer but would still like to support the RCPA PAC, you can make a personal online contribution, which will provide financial support for our legislative priorities. This outing will be held in conjunction with the RCPA Annual Conference. We hope to see you there!

Registration for the RCPA Conference 2022 Together! is now open! Together! will be held October 11 – 14, 2022, at the Hershey Lodge in person this year. Be sure to register, as early bird rate is available now until September 9, 2022.

We are excited for the line-up of speakers who will be presenting at this year’s conference, as there will be pertinent information available and discussed for all service areas. Workshop sessions include:

  • Leading Through Crisis
    • Presented by Stacey Nybeck of Serve, Inc.
  • How Measurement-Based Care Informs Health Reform and Value-Based Reimbursement Advocacy
    • Presented by Shannon Hall of Community Behavioral Health Association of Maryland and Simon Weisz of Greenspace Health
  • Provider and Member Centric VBP Development in IBHS: A Success Story That Benefits All Parties
    • Presented by Debra Luther of Beacon Health Options, Steven Herr of Advanced Metrics, and Kim Bowser-Murtha of Fayette County Behavioral Health Administration
  • Building an IDD System of Care Through Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Presented by Tine Hansen-Turton of Woods Services, Inc., Roy Leitstein of Legacy Treatment Services, Inc., Karen Coleman of Tabor Services, Inc., and Lori Plunkett of Woods Community at Brian’s House
  • Supporting the Middle Manager
    • Presented by Andrea Brown, Katie Clauss, and Juliette Ballough of UPMC Western Behavioral Health
  • How to Transform ID/A Service Delivery Though Technology: A Provider’s Journey
    • Presented by Craig Douglass, Kim Sonafelt, and Heather Lewis of Mainstay Life Services, Christina Romel of SafeinHome, and Maddie O’Rourke of Wellbridge Health, Inc.
  • Innovations in Long-Term Services and Support Managed Care
    • Presented by Blair Boroch of United Healthcare and Tammy Palmgren of Highmark Wholecare

You also won’t want to miss our keynote speakers:

  • Dick Finnegan, a respected speaker, author, and CEO of C-Suite Analytics, who will provide his insight on “The Great Resignation;”
  • Deborah Riddick, a public policy expert, who will discuss how intentional collaboration centered in curiosity, authenticity, and integrity, can help to address health disparities;
  • Dan Hilferty, a respected authority on health care, business, and civic engagement; and
  • Michael Cohen, who has updated stories of uncommon HR situations and strategies to resolve them.

Be sure to check out the entire line-up of sessions in our brochure, and note that sessions will be recorded to allow participants to take advantage of sessions after the event.

Questions about the conference may be directed to Carol Ferenz or Sarah Eyster, Conference Coordinators.

Registration for the RCPA Conference 2022 Together is now open! Together will be held October 11 – 14, 2022, at the Hershey Lodge in person this year. After two long years, we are looking forward to seeing everyone!

The 2022 event features more than 60 workshops, most of which will be recorded to allow participants to take advantage of viewing sessions after the event, over 90 continuing education credit options, Beacon Health Options Connections Hall, and networking events.

Keynote speakers include Dick Finnegan, a respected speaker, author, and CEO of C-Suite Analytics, providing his insight on “The Great Resignation;” Deborah Riddick, a public policy expert, to discuss how intentional collaboration, centered in curiosity, authenticity, and integrity, can help to address health disparities; and Dan Hilferty, a respected authority on health care, business, and civic engagement. Our final keynote session will be presented by conference favorite Michael Cohen, who has updated stories of unusual HR situations and strategies to resolve them.

Two plenary sessions, one with national updates from partners National Council President Chuck Ingoglia and Gabrielle Sedor of ANCOR, and the second featuring Meg Snead, Acting Secretary of the Department of Human Services, and Jennifer Smith, Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

Several sessions will focus on workforce development, workforce recruitment and retention, value-based payments, telehealth, and trauma-informed support. Learn how to effectively share your story with legislators.

Early bird registration is available now until September 9, 2022! Questions about the conference may be directed to Carol Ferenz or Sarah Eyster, Conference Coordinators.