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MEDICAL ASSISTANCE, WAIVERS AND TRANSITION WORKSHOPS                      Using Public Insurance to Get Services & Supports


 Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership Center,  2325 E Carston St. Suite 100A,  Pittsburgh, PA 15203   PEAL


 David Gates, Esq. Managing Attorney-Harrisburg PA Health Law Project and Using Public Insurance to Get Services & Supports Erin Guay, Paralegal

Medical Assistance andWaivers can be complicated to understand. Learn who can qualify, what’s covered and what to do if coverage is denied. Learn about aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that may be at risk. Learn about the critical changes at ages 18 and age 21 that are important to understand.


 Medical Assistance (MA) & Waivers

  •  Eligibility rules and the "loophole"
  • How to apply
  • Services and supprts, including early prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment (EPSDT)
  • Appealing decisions for MA and Waivers
  • Relevant aspects of the ACA that may be at risk
  • Transition from Childhood to Adult Services
  • Implications for Social Security
  • Implications for Medical Assistance

Please note: Light lunch will be provided between the morning and afternoon sessions at each event.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Registration deadline is one week prior to the workshop you plan to attend. Register online at:, OR  

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APRIL 7, 2017 Friday Philadelphia  
MA & Waivers 10:00 - noon                                                                                                                                                
Transition 12:45 - 2:45 pm
Location - Vision for Equality 718 Arch St., 6N Philadelphia, PA 19106
Spanish Interpretation available in Philadelphia. *Necesito interpretación en español se brindará en Philadelphia.

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APRIL 19, 2017 Wednesday Harrisburg
MA & Waivers 10:00 - noon
Transition 12:45 - 2:45 pm
Giant Community Center 3301 E. Trindle Rd. Camp Hill, PA 17011

Transition April 19, Wednesday evening Harrisburg
Transition Session Only 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Center for Independent Living of Central PA,  207 House Ave., Ste. 10, Camp Hill Pa 17011


Thurs., May 4, Greensburg
** MA & Waivers Session Only 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Arc of Westmoreland County ,316 Donohoe Rd., Greensburg, PA 15601


Fri., May 5, Pittsburgh
** MA & Waivers 10:30 - 12:30 pm
Transition 1:15 - 3:15 pm
Homewood Library, Room 1 7101 Hamilton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15208

**For the Pittsburgh and Greensburg presentations David Gates will be joining us by live video feed for Q&A.






Upcoming Institute for Recovery & Community Integration Trainings - March/May

Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania


 Supporting Youth and Young Adults Training – Continuing Education

  •  May 10-11, 2017       Allegheny County - Pittsburgh, PA

 Sarah Perez Hernandez de Conkin – 267-507-3888       Email:          Website:
Application:                  Application deadline: April 26, 2017                 Cost: $425.00


Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) Training           May 8-12 & May 22-26, 2017     Philhaven-Harrisburg, 2601 Herr Street, Harrisburg, PA 17103

 Sarah Perez Hernandez de Conkin – 267-507-3888      Email:      Website:

Application:          Application deadline: April 24, 2017             Cost: $1375.00


 Certified Peer Specialist Supervisor (S-CPS) Training      April 12-13, 2017             Adams/York/Franklin Counties

 Sarah Perez Hernandez de Conkin – 267-507-3888       Email:       Website:

Application:        Application deadline: March 29, 2017               Cost: $425.00




Suicide Prevention Nights at the Ballparks    

Join us on April 22, 2017 at 7:05 pm as the Philadelphia Phillies take on the Atlanta Braves!

Join us on May 19, 2017 at 7:05 pm as the Pittsburgh Pirates take on the Philadelphia Phillies!

Join us on  June 9, 7:00 pm as the Harrisburg Senators take on the Binghamton Rumble Ponies.

Again this year the Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative (PAYSPI) and its partners will be hostingSuicide Prevention Nights at the Ballparks this year. These are the events where the students selected as the winners of the state’s youth suicide poster and public service announcement contest are publicly recognized for their work. The Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Harrisburg Senators have offered discount pricing, with a portion of the ticket sales through the PAYSPI links going toward suicide prevention in Pennsylvania. The Suicide Prevention Night In Philadelphia will be on April 22 (Phillies vs Atlanta Braves). For tickets at a special discount rate, with a contribution going to suicide prevention, visit this web page.

Look for information on similar events in both Pittsburgh and Harrisburg as information becomes available. In years past, provider organizations, managed care organizations, advocacy groups, and community businesses have made Suicide Prevention Nights at the Ballpark group outings for staff, consumers, and families.



Working with People with Intellectual Disabilities and Mental Health Challenges 

OMHSAS and ODP Joint Initiative            April 6 & 7               9:00am—3:00pm          Lunch provided            This is a free event!

   Capital Blue Store at Hampden Marketplace, 4500 Marketplace Way,  Enola, PA 17025     **Application deadline is Friday, March 17 2017**

*ALL APPLICANTS MUST CURRENTLY BE CERTIFIED AS A CPS*    Email Satoko Hariyama for an application at or call 717.772.7926.

Do you…Like working with People?  Have a willingness to share your story?  Have an interest in learning about individuals with Intellectual/Development Disabilities?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please apply for the upcoming Continuing Education Training for Certified Peer Specialists that will help CPS’s to learn more about people who have intellectual disabilities as well as mental health challenges.



May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Save the DateMay 3, 2017: You Are Not Alone

The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, PA System of Care Partnership, PA Healthy Transitions Partnership and Youth M.O.V.E. PA invite you to our 2017 awareness event:     You Are Not Alone       Please join us as we discover ways to connect through art, animals, service, sharing and more.
May 3 from 10:30 – 1:30 at Strawberry Square in Harrisburg              More details coming soon


2017      First Annual NAMI Keystone PA Mental Health and Wellness Conference  
  May 12 and 13, 2017    Harrisburg, PA


25th Annual Pennsylvania Permanency Conference    SAVE THE DATE     Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 1:30 p.m. – Friday, June 30th, 2017 noon 

Kalahari Resorts and Conventions    250 Kalahari Blvd.    Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania 18349



MHA and Walgreens Team Up on Mental Health Screenings
National Collaboration to Help Connect More People with Resources Online, In Their Communities

Mental Health America (MHA), MHALC's national affiliate, officially collaborated with Walgreens to help provide people with mental health screening tools and other information. The collaboration launched on May 10, 2016 on Walgreens' website's "answer center," which showcases MHA's Online Screening program. Together, they have set a goal to complete 3 million online screenings by the end of 2017.

The new platform aims to improve health outcomes through early screening and intervention, which is an ongoing effort to address mental illness Before Stage 4. Through the program, it will help to grow awareness to consumers and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. 

"Mental Health America is very pleased to partner with Walgreens in this way," said Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO, MHA. "Walgreens is a trusted part of the fabric of so many local communities in which we and our affiliates work. Our online mental health screening program has rapidly become an amazing year-round way to reach people who have mental health concerns with helpful information and supports. Adding the Walgreens suite of supports and services to our program will strengthen our offerings, and help many more people recover from serious mental health conditions."

Walgreens already provides services to improve medication in consistency with patients, and for those who have mental health conditions. As part of the effort, they will also be providing continuing education opportunities for its pharmacists and nurse practitioners to better serve the needs of mental health patients.

Walgreens's mental health answer center features informational resources, and directs users to MHA's Online Screening Program. MHA also facilitates follow-up treatment care through providers and specialists in local communities, as well as through its affiliates, which include Mental Health America of Lancaster County. 

"We're proud to work with MHA on this important initiative to help meet the need for mental health resources in our communities, and to better support our customers and patients in attaining both good physical and mental health," said Alex Gourlay, Walgreens president.

All of the screenings, which are scientifically-based, are free and checks for conditions that include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and more. The screenings can be viewed on Walgreen's website here:


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