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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.

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RCPA regional meetings are back! We invite you to attend a regional meeting in your area on any of the following dates in August or September 2022. The meetings will focus on RCPA issues, including:

  • Legislative information;
  • Division and conference updates;
  • DHS updates; and
  • Status of the CCBHC/ICWC program in PA.

We will also provide an update to the addiction treatment community on our advocacy efforts to ensure the Opioid Use Disorder Centers of Excellence transition from a DHS-directed payment model to a state plan service is fair and manageable for providers. In addition, ProVantaCare (our sister managed care entity) will review its efforts, goals, and upcoming opportunities.

The meeting will include lunch. Immediately following lunch, we invite RCPA members and advocates to invite their consumers, children, and families to the Delta Center Convening on Telehealth, which will feature discussions and subsequent recommendations to guide the PA Delta Center team in its advocacy in developing regulations, bulletins, and practices that ensure equity and access to services for all communities. Our previous telehealth forums have been incredibly informative and enlightening as participants share their life experience and perspectives that can shape policy development. Your participation will be key to our ongoing work in ensuring a healthy and sustainable telehealth footprint in Pennsylvania. For additional information, please contact Jim Sharp, Director, Children’s Division.

Please see the full agenda here. Registration is required.

We hope you will join us for this regional event! Please register below:

Monday, August 1 – RCPA Central Regional Meeting and Delta Center Telehealth Convening
Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel, 4650 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111
Register Here

Tuesday, August 2 – RCPA NE Regional Meeting and Delta Center Telehealth Convening
Holiday Inn Wilkes Barre, 600 Wildflower Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
Register Here

Friday, August 19 – RCPA Western Regional Meeting and Delta Center Telehealth Convening
RLA Learning and Conference Center, 850 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Township, PA 16066
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Friday, September 16 – RCPA SE Regional Meeting and Delta Center Telehealth Convening
The Alloy King of Prussia, a DoubleTree by Hilton, 301 W. Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia, PA 19406
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Upcoming Meeting of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
Thursday, July 28 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
Register for the meeting.

About the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities:

Initially established in 1966 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the PCPID advises the President and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on a broad range of topics that impact people with intellectual disabilities, as well as the professional fields that support people with intellectual disabilities and their families. Its goal is to improve the quality of life experienced by people with intellectual disabilities by upholding their full citizenship rights, independence, self-determination, and lifelong participation in their communities.

The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) will host a virtual meeting for its members to identify emerging topics to examine in the Committee’s Report to the President. All the PCPID meetings, in any format, are open to the public. This virtual meeting will be conducted in a presentation and discussion format. View more details published in the Federal Register notice.

Stakeholder input is very important to the PCPID. Comments and suggestions, especially from people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, are welcome at any time. If there are comments or feedback you would like to share with the PCPID as it begins to prioritize its work, please share them through this form. Comments received by June 30 will be shared with the PCPID at the July meeting. Comments received after June 30 will be compiled and shared with the PCPID quarterly.

The Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) will be presenting a live, interactive webinar series on housing issues. This five-session series will be offered twice (see schedule below). The webinars will include targeted content, including question and answer (Q&A) sessions with housing experts and OLTL staff. Each session is scheduled for 90 minutes to allow for interaction and Q&A segments.

The webinar series targets Service Coordinators, Managed Care Organizations, and Service Coordination Entity support staff who assist program participants in securing and maintaining affordable, accessible housing. This series builds on information already provided in the Online Housing Training Modules and the Self-Determination Housing of Pennsylvania (SDHP)/Inglis’s Prepared Renter Program (PREP) curriculum.

This series of webinars is designed to be taken in order. The content in each session builds on prior content. Participants will get the most out of the program by taking all the sessions in order. Although individuals are not required to complete the sessions in order, to keep the sessions focused, the webinar leader may opt to table questions that were covered in prior sessions.

The series will be presented twice:

  • August 16 – September 13 (every Tuesday) from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
  • September 21 – October 19 (every Wednesday) from 9:00 am – 10:30 am

2022 OLTL Housing Series Curriculum

Webinar 1: Understanding and Navigating Housing Nuances

  • 10 Housing-Sector Nuances
  • 3 Main Pathways to Housing Resources

Webinar 2: Recommended Relationships and Resources in the Housing Sector

  • 5 Key Partnerships to Cultivate
  • Top 6 Housing Resources

Webinar 3: Funding Sources and Clarifying Affordability Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • 6 Kinds of Funding Sources
  • 3 Concepts to Understand About Affordability and Income-based Eligibility

Webinar 4: Legal Issues Related to Housing

  • Criminal Justice System Involvement
  • Fair Housing and Reasonable Accommodation

Webinar 5: Keeping Participants Housed and Landlord Engagement Techniques

  • 6 Key Concepts in Keeping Participants Housed
  • Landlord Engagement Techniques and Resources

To register for the Housing Webinar Series, please go to the OLTL Housing Webinars registration page.

The Council on Brain Injury (CoBI) released the following information regarding a free webinar they will be offering through their clinical forum series on brain injury and substance misuse that will feature opioid misuse. The webinar is scheduled for July 12, 2022, from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Details are below.


CoBI Clinical Forum Series presents: Brain Injury and Substance Misuse, Featuring Opioid Misuse: Practical Implications for Brain Injury Providers (A Webinar)
A Presentation and Discussion With Monica Vaccaro
Tuesday, July 12, 2022   |   3:30 pm – 5:00 pm   |   Webinar

Monica Vaccaro is the Director of Programs for the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania (BIAPA), providing oversight and direction to multiple programs, including the Brain Injury Resource Line, NeuroResource Facilitation, Brain Injury and Opioids Training, and the BrainSTEPS School Re-Entry Program. In addition to her role with BIAPA, she is a Research Associate at Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute, with a particular interest in interventions for common effects of brain injury, including anger management, depression, and goal setting.

This session is intended for a professional audience. There is no cost to attend. 

Register Here

Questions? Please contact MJ Schmidt.

Message from The Council for Mental Wellbeing:

988 — the new, nationwide three-digit number for crisis response and mental health crisis care — is going live on July 16. Are you ready?

In early 2022, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in co-sponsorship with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), worked with partners across critical sectors to develop 988 Implementation Guidance Playbooks. These playbooks are designed to help programs and providers prepare for and implement 988-related services.

Join us on Wednesday, July 6, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm ET for an in-depth overview of the playbooks. We’ll share strategies for implementation, case studies, and other resources and outline SAMHSA’s five-year plan for the continued implementation and enhancement of 988 and other services across the crisis continuum.

Following the webinar, you will be able to:

  • Understand the overarching vision of 988 as a resource for everyone and identify how 988 is different from other systems.
  • Outline SAMSHA’s five-year plan for 988 and the Crisis Continuum.
  • Identify SAMHSA’s success criteria for its five-year plan.
  • Identify examples of programs that have successfully implemented workforce and financing solutions related to 988 and the crisis continuum.
  • Have a better understanding of the bi-directional impacts of states and providers and how they can work together to help solve each other’s challenges.

Presenters:

  • Chuck Ingolia, MSW, President and CEO, National Council for Mental Wellbeing
  • John Palmieri, M.D., MHA, Senior Medical Advisor, SAMHSA; Acting Director, 988 and Behavioral Health Crisis Coordinating Office
  • Brian Hepburn, M.D., Executive Director, NASMHPD

Register today!

*CEU credits are not available for this session, but attendees will be able to download a letter of attendance during the evaluation after the webinar is complete. 

This webinar is supported by funding from SAMHSA.

Closed captioning is available for this webinar.

IPRC Webinar Series: Seizure Management in Pediatrics
PART I: Seizures and Epilepsy in the Pediatric Patient

Thursday, August 11, 2022
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT; 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT;
10:00 am – 11:00 am MDT; 9:00 am – 10:00 am PDT

Christina Patterson, MD
Speaker Bio:
Christina Patterson, MD, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Child Neurology at the University of Pittsburgh. She is also the Director of Epilepsy Services, the Medical Director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program, and the Director of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Patterson has clinical and research interests in the fields of Child Neurology, Epilepsy, and Clinical Neurophysiology and is board-certified in Clinical Neurophysiology, Epilepsy, and Neurology, with Special Qualification in Child Neurology.

Objectives:
At the end of the session, the learner will:

  • Define what a seizure is and what epilepsy is when speaking to patients and parents;
  • Identify seizures in pediatric patients and how different types of seizures are classified and diagnosed as epilepsy; and
  • Learn the treatment and management options for seizures and epilepsy in the pediatric patient, including emergency interventions and non-drug therapies.

Audience: This webinar is intended for all members of the rehabilitation team, including medical staff, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, licensed psychologists, mental health professionals, and other interested professionals.

Level: Intermediate

Certificate of Attendance: Certificates of attendance are available for all attendees. No CEs are provided for this course.

Registration: Registration is complimentary for members of IPRC/RCPA. Registration fee for non-members is $179. Not a member yet? Consider joining today. Multiple registrations per organization are permitted.

REGISTER

The RCPA Conference 2022, Together, is committed to being held in-person this year at the Hershey Lodge October 11 – 14, 2022. We will not be offering a virtual option; however, our plan is to record sessions for registrants to access after the conference in order to take advantage of over 60 sessions that will take place live.

We are excited to announce keynote speakers Dick Finnegan, speaker, author, & CEO of C-Suite Analytics, on “Cutting Turnover 20% and More During ‘The Great Resignation,’” as well as Deborah Riddick, Principal Consultant at Alternative Frame LLC, where she works with clients across the country providing policy analyses, engagement strategies, and health equity trainings.

Hear from our national partners Chuck Ingoglia from the National Council for Mental Wellbeing and Gabriel Sedor of ANCOR for updates on the current federal landscape. Meg Snead and Jen Smith will share PA perspectives, and returning conference favorite Mike Cohen will close out the conference with a return of “Dear Helga,” who has many new experiences to share.

Each day will be packed with informational sessions from peers and experts in the field. Topics include recruiting and retaining talented employees, value-based payments, managed care organizations’ focus on Social Determinants of Health, use of technology in providing services, the importance of data, leadership skills, trauma-informed care and supervision, telehealth considerations, effective advocacy with legislators and others, supporting people with various challenging needs, guardianship laws, and more. A full schedule will be released with registration information soon.

We are also grateful to our early sponsors and exhibitors! Thank you for showing your support for our 2022 Conference!

  • Allegheny Family Network
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Berks Counseling Center
  • Butler Human Services Furniture
  • CapGrow Partners
  • Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health
  • Genoa Healthcare
  • KidsPeace
  • Mission Driven Data
  • MITC
  • Partners for Quality
  • PerformCare
  • Pyramid Healthcare, Inc.
  • Terrapin Pharmacy
  • Vista Autism Services
  • ZMark Health

There are still many sponsorship opportunities as well as available exhibitor spaces! Please contact Carol Ferenz to discuss possibilities.

We look forward to seeing you all Together this October!