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Always check on Dauphin County above in county events as the city Harrisburg hosts many conferences as do Philadelphia, Allegheny and Erie as well.
Save the Date for the 2017 PAR Solutions Conference - themed Think Big! This year's conference is scheduled for October 23, 24, and 25 at the Harrisburg Hilton. We look forward to seeing you there! Click here for flyer!
The PAR Solutions Conference is the only conference of its kind in Pennsylvania. Each year, the conference brings together outstanding presenters, policymakers, state officials and experts in the Intellectual Disability/Autism field to provide information, engage in Q&A sessions, and participate in public forums. For an overview of the 2016 conference, which welcomed over 600 attendees, view last year's conference brochure.
Meeting the Challenge: Educating Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Conference
Save the Date October 11-12, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg-Hershey, 604 Station Road, Grantville, PA 17028.
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OFFICE OF EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES AND PLANNING NEWSLETTER
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
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.
If you haven’t already signed up for our newsletter, you can do so at http://tiny.cc/OERPnewsletter. You’ll receive this every two to three weeks, and it will include all upcoming programs and events.
2017 James E. Anderson Pennsylvania Conference on Juvenile Justice
November 15-17, 2017, at the Harrisburg Hilton and Towers, in Harrisburg, PA
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: walgreens.com/mentalhealth.