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ERIE COUNTY CABINET IN YOUR COMMUNITY EVENT NEXT ONE!!

Hundreds Join Wolf Administration in Gettysburg for Cabinet in Your Community Event
Town-hall style event is the fifth in statewide series of regional initiative updates

Gettysburg, PA – Today, Wolf Administration cabinet officials were joined by more than 200 people for a Cabinet in Your Community event at the Gettysburg campus of Harrisburg Area Community College. This was the fifth in a series of town-hall style events held across the state in which members of the community can talk with cabinet secretaries and discuss issues important to the region.

“This is a great opportunity for communities to engage with their state government and learn about the commonwealth’s investments in their region,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “From events in Nanticoke and Lock Haven to Chester, Hawley and now Gettysburg, we are hearing from residents, college students, local elected officials, and more through a positive two-way dialogue between the community and Harrisburg.

Featuring Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, Department of Human Services Acting Secretary Teresa Miller, Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel and Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards, the department secretaries provided updates on regional projects and accomplishments and answered questions from the audience.

The next Cabinet in Your Community event is currently scheduled for February 16 in Erie at 3207 State Street with cabinet secretaries from the departments of Community and Economic Development, Environmental Protection, Health, Revenue, and Transportation.
 

MEDIA CONTACT:          J.J. Abbott, 717.783.1116

 

DEAF or HARD OF HEARING SUMMER ACADEMY FOR PENNSYLVANIA STUDENTS 

The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (BVRS) in partnership with the Bureau of Special Education's Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN), the PA Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH), and The Pennsylvania State University are pleased to offer:
Summer Academy for Pennsylvania Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Enhancing Independence Skills for Students Transitioning to Post-Secondary Education.
Dates: July 8 through July 27, 2018                                        Location: Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Academy Details:

  • -A three-week experience available at no cost to parents and students building on current student skills and enhancing independence and self-advocacy skills for students transitioning to post-secondary education
  •  Available at no cost to eligible students currently enrolled in 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade in the 2017-2018 school year who anticipate attending a two/four-year college or technical/trade school after graduation from high school *charges may apply to out-of-state students
  •   Focus areas include self-advocacy and networking skills, career awareness, social skills, communication access options awareness, and enhancing access technology skills


Students reside at Penn State in a dormitory, sharing a room with another student
For more details and online application, please go to http://sites.psu.edu/summeracademydhohstudent.
Attendee slots are filling quickly.  Please have your students apply as soon as possible.      Deadline to apply has been extended to February 28, 2018.

Questions should be directed to: Russ Goddard (Program Director)
Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (BVRS)
100 Margaret St
New Castle, PA 16101
Phone and videophone:  717-831-0336
Fax:  724-656-3265
Email:  rgoddard@pa.gov

 

SAVE THE DATE: REHABILITATION AND COMMUNITY PROVIDERS ASSOCIATION 2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
October 2-4, 2018              Hershey Lodge, Hershey PA 

 

SAVE THE DATE: THE 7TH ANNUAL ADHD AND EXECUTIVE FUNCTION CONFERENCE
at the Hilton Garden Inn off of I-79 in Canonsburg/Southpointe, Pittsburgh Area   – Friday, September 14, 2018   (easy access and free parking).

 

TRAIN THE TRAINER SESSIONS FOR PREPARING TRANSITION AGE YOUTH WITH AUTISM FOR EMPLOYMENT

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education (BSE)/PaTTAN in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, The Arc of Philadelphia, and the SAP Corporation have developed a training program to better prepare students with autism for employment.
February 15 & 16, 2018 - PaTTAN Harrisburg     (9:00 am - 3:00 pm)             March 1 & 2, 2018 - PaTTAN Pittsburgh         (9:00 am - 3:00 pm)

A series of instructional modules, based on a specific pedagogical framework that utilizes the principles of Universal Design for Learning that evolved from the ongoing work of the project, have been developed.  In an effort to assist educators in understanding and utilizing these instructional modules and curriculum, a train the trainer, two-day event has been designed to enable trainers to draw from and use over 40 hours of curriculum materials within their own school districts and communities. Content modules focus on Social Skills in the Workplace and Self-Advocacy & Disclosure.       Credits Offered: Act 48
Audience:
Agency Administrators; Career & Technology Educators; Direct Support Providers; Education Administrators; Guidance Counselors; Speech/Language Therapists; Office of Developmental Programs Staff; Special Educators; Transition Coordinators; Vocational Rehabilitation Staff

Registration:
Please register for this event by visiting our homepage at www.pattan.net.  Participants must attend both training days. This session is limited to 25 registered individuals at each site.
For questions regarding content, contact:
PaTTAN Pittsburgh:
Hillary Mangis, 800-446-5607 x6878, hmangis@pattan.net

For questions regarding registration, contact:
PaTTAN Pittsburgh:
Pam Ranieri, 800-446-5607 x6847, pranieri@pattan.net

Inclement Weather:
To learn the status of this event due to weather-related conditions,
call your local PaTTAN office after 6:30 am on the morning of the event. A recorded message will follow the greeting.
Harrisburg - 800-360-7282 (PA only) or 717-541-4960
Pittsburgh - 800-446-5607 (PA only) or 412-826-2336
East - 800-441-3215 (PA only) or 610-265-7321

 

 

EATING DISORDERS SEMINAR

February 26 – March 4, 2018 is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

In recognition of this, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, in coordination with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), is hosting a seminar on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 1-4PM to increase awareness of eating disorders. 

The seminar is free and open to anyone looking to increase their knowledge on eating disorders.

 Educators, high school counselors, school nurses, health professionals in pediatrics and family medicine, and state agency and legislative employees are encouraged to attend.

Please find registration information below.

Register on TRAIN PA under course name “PA-DOH: National Eating Disorder Awareness Week Seminar” with course ID: 1074655

For New Users: How to Create a TRAIN PA Account Finding and Registering for a Course in TRAIN PA

This seminar is approved for Act 48 (school personnel) and Act 58 (RN continuing education) credits. If you have any questions, please contact 

RA-DHSECOFHEALTH@pa.gov.

 

 

PAR Solutions Conference information for 2018 coming soon!

James E. Anderson Pennsylvania Conference on Juvenile Justice for 2018 coming soon!

 

GOVERNOR'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE for PEOPLE with DISABILITIES Meeting Dates for 2018

The 2018 meetings of the Governor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities will be one day, face-to-face meetings, on the following dates.

Friday, February 16, 2018          Friday, May 25, 2018        Friday, September 07, 2018         Thursday, November 29, 2018
 
 All meetings are scheduled from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM, at the following location:  PA Department of Education’s Heritage Room,                                                                                                                                                                                           333 Market St, Harrisburg, PA 17126

 If you have any questions, please contact Devon Grant at 717-783-4287, dgrant@pa.gov, or Lisa Anastasi at 717-346-4381,lanastasi@pa.gov.

 

 

PENNSYLVANIA COMMUNITY on TRANSITION CONFERENCE - 2018 Pennsylvania Planning Today for a Winning Tomorrow

July 25-27, 2018     Penn Stater Center and Hotel, State College, PA

If you are interested in presenting at the 2018 Pennsylvania COP Transition Conference July 25-27, 2018 at the Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel in State College, PA. The deadline for conference proposal submissions is – January 22, 2018.

 Conference Overview & Proposal Guidelines

 Conference Date Saver

 We encourage you to share the Conference Overview & Call for Proposal Guidelines form with all of your network stakeholders. 

 Please direct any questions or concerns regarding this year’s conference to

paconf2018@gmail.com   

 

 

 

PA ASSOCIATION OF PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION SERVICES 2018 POSTER CONTEST     

2018 PAPRS Conference: Finding the Way to Real Connections in the Community RESPECT Poster Contest   

Resolve to Eliminate Stigma: Participate & Enjoy Community Togetherness

This popular poster contest is back by popular demand! Individuals are invited to showcase their artistic talent and their commitment to fighting stigma by creating a poster highlighting the fight against stigma and/or the truth about mental illness. BE CREATIVE!

Entries for the poster contest will be accepted from December 1, 2017, to April 10, 2018, at 9:00 am. 

All posters will be on display at the PAPRS Conference April 10-12, 2018 at the Penn Stater Conference Center, State College, PA.

Visit the PAPRS website for more information on drop off sites etc. 

 

 

GAUDENZIA'S 25TH ANNUAL WOMEN'S AND CHILDREN'S CONFERENCE     MARCH 28-30, 2018

Click on the title above to go to the website. 

Registration is now open at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gaudenzia-25th-annual-women-and-childrens-conference-tickets-38054101843

The Keynote speaker is Elizabeth Vargas, Award-winning ABC News anchor, correspondent and author of

Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction.

You can view her biography here: https://www.greatertalent.com/speaker/elizabethvargas/ 

The Thursday luncheon speaker is Rabbi Mark Boroviz, author and addiction expert to inspire and bring hope, Los Angeles, CA.

The Keynote speaker on Friday morning is William R. Short, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Philadelphia, PA.  

The Friday Luncheon speaker is Dr. Marlene Carson, Founder of Rahab's Hideaway, Sur-thriver of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and CEO of The Switch Anti-Trafficking Network, Westerville, OH.

The goal of this year’s conference is to enable healthcare professionals to promote healthier outcomes for pregnant women and families. Please join us in this important promotion.

 

PA PEER SUPPORT COALITION'S FIRST ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Save the Date – PA Peer Support Coalition’s First Annual Conference: Coming Together: Creating a Culture of CommUNITY

Conference Information   
Date: April 6, 2018, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM                  Location: Ramada Inn, 1450 South Altherton Street, State College, PA 16801

·Price:   $79 for current PaPSC Members                $99 for non-members

To Register:      Click here for online registration               Click here for paper registration form

The agenda on the website below.

Keynote Speakers: 

Earl Granville (PA National Guard Staff Sergeant)
Dan O'Brien Mazza (Director of Peer Support Services/VA Central Office of Mental Health Services Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Services)

www.papeersupportcoalition.org/2018-conference/

 

 

SAVE THE DATE     

APRIL 16-17, 2018  Hershey Lodge, Hershey PA

PENNSYLVANIA FAMILY GROUP DECISION MAKING STATEWIDE CONFERENCE      

 

 

KEYSTONE CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAM'S COMMUNITY CRISIS CONFERENCE (KCIT)   

May 2-4, 2018    State College PA

Keystone Crisis Intervention Team’s (KCIT) Community Crisis Conference is taking place on May 2-4, 2018 in State College, PA. This statewide conference will discuss responding to a crisis in the community, with a focus on trauma-informed interventions. Topics will include grief, vicarious trauma, working with individuals with Autism and other disabilities, LGBTQ, and lessons learned from those who have experienced or responded to a community crisis. The overall goal of the conference is to provide insight into community crisis response. It will also be an opportunity for people to interact with individuals they may not otherwise have contact with unless a community crisis arises.

Click here for conference agenda

If you would like to register or have any questions, please follow this link: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=6nqn8gdab&oeidk=a07ee943wcp1b1cd611

 

 

 PA CARES SIXTH ANNUAL TRAINING SUMMIT    

MAY 24, 2018

Place:  Elizabethtown, PA

This summit will expand the knowledge base and skills of behavioral health providers who deliver services to active military members, veterans, and their families.

Click here for the flyer for more information.

 

 

CONFERENCE JUVENILE DETENTION CENTERS and ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS (JDCAP) PA JUVENILE JUSTICE SERVICE CONFERENCE

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS  September 26-28, 2018
 Kalahari Resort and Conventions, 250 Kalahari Blvd., Pocono Manor, PA 18349

Sponsored by: Juvenile Detention Centers and Alternative Programs (JDCAP) The Juvenile Detention Centers and Alternative Programs is pleased to issue a

“Call for Presentations” for our upcoming PA Juvenile Justice Service Conference being held September 26-28, 2018, at the Kalahari Resort and Conventions in Pocono Manor, PA.

To make this Conference successful for juvenile justice professionals, we need subject matter experts who are willing to share their wealth of knowledge. For more information, please visit http://www.jdcap.org/Pages/ConferenceInformation.aspx.

 

OFFICE OF EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES AND PLANNING      

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
Office of Educational Resources and Planning (OERP)
3811 O’Hara St., Champion Commons Bldg.-3rd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15213  412.275.3691 or 412.204.9080
www.wpic.pitt.edu/oerp/ 

The Office of Educational Resources and Planning (previously Office of Education and Regional Programming) or OERP is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art training and technical assistance to mental health service providers throughout western Pennsylvania and beyond. Utilizing the knowledge and expertise of staff and faculty who are leaders in clinical care and research, the OERP strives to assist providers in achieving and maintaining the highest level of quality standards in the services provided to mental health consumers and family members.

WEBINARS LIST 

 

TRAINING FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING: WRITING FOR CONTENT AREA LEARNING and WRITING STRATEGIES

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education is pleased to announce the following training opportunities:

The Writing Toolkit for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Writing for Content Area Learning
Dates:
March 22, 2018 - 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Webinar
April 9, 2018 - 4:00PM - 4:30 PM (Optional Follow Up Webinar)

This session continues the examination of effective macro-level writing practices for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Topics focus on writing for content area learning and include how to explicitly teach students to respond to text by writing by identifying main ideas and details, summarizing, question asking and answering, and notetaking. Specific writing to learn strategies and inquiry-based writing projects will also be discussed.
And
The Writing Toolkit for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Writing Strategies
Dates:
April 19, 2018 - 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Webinar
May 17, 2018 - 4:00PM - 4:30 PM (Optional Follow Up Webinar)

This session concludes the training on effective writing practices for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Content emphasizes how to make the writing process work by selecting and explicitly teaching novice writers strategies used by expert writers through self-regulated strategy development. Self-regulated strategy development stages of instruction will be presented, and examples of specific writing strategies and mnemonic prompts will be discussed. Overall, the use of writing strategies pulls content presented in the webinar series together because the purpose of strategic writing is to help students develop self-efficacy, ownership of the writing process, and independent use of writing strategies.
Presenter(s):  Dr. Lana Edwards Santoro
Registration Information:
You may register online by clicking on the name of the event on the Training Events Calendar at: http://www.pattan.net/category/Training/Calendar/
For content related information and questions, please contact Sue Ann Houser at 800-441-3215 or shouser@pattan.net
For general registration information and questions, please contact Kristi Simpson at 800-441-3215 x 7241 or ksimpson@pattan.net.

 

 

THE WRITING TOOLKIT FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING: GENRE AND DISCIPLINE SPECIFIC WRITING

presented by The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education.

Date(s)/Location(s):
February 8, 2018 - 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Webinar
March 7, 2018 - 4:00PM - 4:30 PM (Optional Follow Up Webinar)


In this session, participants continue to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to improve writing instruction for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Phases of genre-specific writing instruction, such as learning about the genre, evaluating genre, and writing genre, will be discussed.
Because students who are knowledgeable about text structure recall and write text better than others who aren't this session will highlight the importance of making text structure for the genres of narrative, informational/explanatory, and opinion/argumentative writing visually explicit.
Presenter(s):  Dr. Lana Edwards Santoro
Registration Information:
You may register online by clicking on the name of the event on the Training Events Calendar at
http://www.pattan.net/category/Training/Calendar/

 

WEBINARS from the NATIONAL CONSUMER TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER  Doors to Wellbeing

Free but must pre-register. Held every last Tuesday. Many webinars available to listen to as well.

Webinar - Self-Care for the Peer Specialist    January 30th at 2:00 p.m.

Workshop participants will learn to define mental health and wellness for themselves, understand how their mental health and wellness affects their work as a peer specialist and develop personal tools for improving and maintaining mental health and wellness.

Click for  Details and Registration

 

PA EMPLOYMENT FIRST STATE LEADERSHIP MENTORING PROGRAM

2018 Community of Practice Webinar Series

 The Basics of Workforce Development: Best Practices in Recruiting, Hiring, Training and Retaining Staff        February 27, 2017            2:00 - 3:30 pm

Overview: In this second installment of the EFSLMP Workforce Webinar Series, Gail, Genni and Karen will continue to discuss strategies and tips to help you reach your goal of a high performing workforce. This session focuses on activities and strategies after the initial orientation process. The discussion will include tips for how to create an ongoing workforce development and training strategies, conduct meaningful evaluations and create teams that support continued development of highly performing staff.

 Genni Sasnett, Karen Lee and Gail Fanjoy will co-present three 90 minute webinars sharing best practices and stories from agencies they work with on the journey to a strong workforce.  In the second of the three part Employment Workforce series, the discussion will continue on creating high performing work teams and the final webinar will discuss how to mentor, supervise and support a decentralized workforce.

 Please submit any questions that you would like answered as to these topics to Devon Grant at dgrant@pa.gov prior to the webinars and we will be sure to cover those questions.

 Presenters:
Sara Genevieve “Genni” Sasnett
 is a consultant with expertise in community employment and other fully integrated community services for people with disabilities, systems change and provider transformation as well as decentralized program management and agency asset reallocation. She has provided consultation to a broad array of entities from state governments and private provider agencies to the U.S. Department of Defense Overseas Schools and the government of Bahrain. She has been project director on a number of grants directed towards systems change, both federally and privately funded. Before her retirement in January 2014, she was the COO for St. John’s Community Services, a not for profit agency headquartered in the District of Columbia serving people with disabilities in 100% community based services in DC, TN, VA, and PA. She is currently a consultant for the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. In her work at ICI she provides technical assistance directly to private providers, assisting them with conversion from sheltered work and segregated services to community integrated work and community based day services that support the acquisition, retention and advancement of employment. Genni holds a Master’s degree in Transitional Vocational Special Education from George Washington University

 Karen Lee, with a Master’s Degree in Transition, Special Education and Public Policy, has dedicated her 30-year career to advocate for the active engagement of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in all aspects of community life. As the executive director of SEEC for 27 years, a provider of adult services in the Montgomery, Prince Georges Counties in Maryland and the District of Columbia, Karen has staunchly worked to break down barriers to community inclusion and promote Employment First practices for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. From 2006 to 2009, Karen successfully led SEEC through a conversion from a center-based model to delivering day time, community living, and employment supports solely in the community. She has also supported her peers as a consultant providing training and technical assistance to other agencies who want to pursue a similar organizational change. In 2016, Karen received the APSE Public Policy Advocate of the Year Award and was recognized by Maryland’s The Daily Record as a Most Admired CEO. Also in 2016, SEEC received the Moving Mountains Award from the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals for the agency’s work on recruitment, training and retaining highly performing direct support staff.

 Gail Fanjoy is the Executive Director of KFI where she has worked in a variety of positions for over 38 years. She is a member of the national board for TASH, New England TASH co-president, President of Maine APSE, and a member of Maine’s Employment First Coalition representing a customized employment service provider. She has provided leadership in Maine, New England, and nationally for many years as KFI has transformed their services one person at a time to provide customized supports that enable people to live lives as included, valued and respected individuals in communities in Maine.

 To Join the Webinar: Please register for the PA EFSLMP Community of Practice Webinar Series at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4189428861712912386.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 Participants only need to register one time and they will be registered for all of the webinars in the series and will receive reminders regarding upcoming sessions.
Recordings of past webinars and related resources can be found at https://tinyurl.com/Emp1st.

 Who Should Participate? Program Managers, Employment Specialists, Job Developers, Job Coaches, Vocational Counselors, Educators, Employment Stakeholders, Supports/Service Coordinators, Self-Advocates and Families.

 Questions? Please contact Devon Grant at (717) 783-4287 or dgrant@pa.gov with any questions you may have.

 Future topics in the 2018 PA EFSLMP Community of Practice Webinar Series will be:

  •  February 27:  Middle Management- From Supervisor to Mentor
  • March 27:  Management in Decentralized Supports
  • April 24, May 22, June 26:  Best practices in rural areas – 3 webinars
  • July 24:​  Strategies for engaging with employer partners
  • August 28:   Reasonable accommodations under the ADA, and assistive technology

 The Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) is a cross-disability, cross-systems change initiative of the US Dept. of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). The goal of EFSLMP is to align policies, coordinate resources, and update service delivery models, in order to facilitate increased integrated employment options for people with the most significant disabilities. Pennsylvania is one of 19 core states selected to receive intensive technical training and assistance. Pennsylvania has requested training related to increased successes in Provider Transformation.

 ODEP’s EFSLMP National Community of Practice Webinar Series is structured to augment the technical assistance areas of primary focus in Employment First systems change (Capacity Building, Provider Transformation, School-to-Work Transition, Employer Engagement, and Policy/Funding Alignment). CoP participants will benefit from national subject matter experts (SMEs) presenting information and resources to support Employment First efforts.

 If you are not a current subscriber to ODEP's EFSLMP mailing list, you can register here.

 Devon D. Grant | Executive Director     Governor’s Cabinet and Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities

Room 333 Health & Welfare Bldg. | Harrisburg, PA 17120

Phone: 717.783.4287 | Fax: 717.772.2062        Website

 

 

 

WEBINAR Archived:   Blurred Lines: The Converging Worlds of Child Welfare, Behavioral Health & Physical Health

New care coordination payment and service delivery models continue to emerge, such as Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers (CCBHCs), which require care coordination with child welfare and therapeutic foster care agencies.