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Advocacy Alliance Timeline from 2001-2011 (by Department)

Advocacy and Community Mental Health Services

2001

  • Began Self Injury Education Programs.
  • Began providing technical assistance for Northeast Region Community Support Program.

2003

  • Began Bullying Prevention Programs in local School Districts.
  • Began Open-Minds-Open-Doors (Northeast Area State Anti-Stigma Campaign).

2005

  • Began facilitating the Lackawanna County Children and Adolescent Service System Program Meetings (CASSP).
  • Advocacy Alliance External Advocates placed in Allentown State Hospital.
  • Began to employ Certified Peer Specialists.
  • Started Suicide Prevention Programs.

2006

  • Contracted for HealthChoices Consumer and Family Satisfaction Team in Lackawanna/Susquehanna, Luzerne/Wyoming Counties.
  • Advocacy Alliance External Advocate placed in Hickory Run Youth Development Camp.
  • Changed name of Doorway Drop-In Center to Recovery Center.

2007

  • Contracted for HealthChoices Consumer and Family Satisfaction Team in Schuylkill, Columbia/Montour/Synder/Union, Tioga, Wayne Counties.
  • Contracted for HealthChoices Consumer and Family Satisfaction Team in Carbon/Monroe/Pike Counties.
  • Opened offices in Bloomsburg and Lehighton.
  • Began WarmLine in Lackawanna/Susquehanna Counties.

2008

  • Developed Mental Health Curriculum Framework.
  • Began WarmLines in Schuylkill, Wayne, and Carbon/Monroe/Pike Counties.

2009

  • Contracted for HealthChoices Consumer and Family Satisfaction Team in Huntingdon/Mifflin/Juniata and Centre Counties.
  • Conducted focus groups, support groups, and telephone support line for families affected by the 2009 Luzerne County Juvenile Justice Scandal.

2010

  • Pennsylvania receives Garret Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention in Primary Care Federal Grant. Advocacy Alliance becomes Site Coordinator for grant implementation in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties.
  • Advocacy Alliance begins Mental Health Justice Project. First fully self-funded community project.
  • Contracted for Community Support Program in Carbon/Monroe/Pike Counties.
  • Began WarmLines in Huntingdon/Mifflin/Juniata and Centre Counties.

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services

2001

  • Began Incident Management Services for Developmental Disabilities (grown to presently serve 12 Pennsylvania counties).
  • Began Self Advocacy Day in East Stroudsburg for Carbon/Monroe/Pike Counties.
  • IM4Q becomes statewide initiative; Advocacy Alliance conducts IM4Q in 8 Pennsylvania counties.

2007

  • Published Mapping the Future Workbook.

2009

  • Partnered with Healthy Northeast to conduct Gatekeeper Trainings on Depression and Social Isolation for Older Adults.
  • Began media campaign for Depression and Suicide Amongst Older Adults.

HCQU

2001

  • Eastern HCQU began in Carbon/Monroe/Pike.

2005

  • Trainings for HCQU made available on the web.

2007

  • South Central HCQU began in Hershey.

General HCQU comments:

  • Health Care Quality Units provide trainings for direct care staff who work with individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • There are 8 HCQU’s in PA, 3 of them are conducted by the Advocacy Alliance.
  • Advocacy Alliance employs the only Certified Sex Educator within 8 HCQU’s across the commonwealth.

Representative Payee

  • In 1982, 13 Mental Health Consumers received Rep Payee services from the Advocacy Alliance. Today, over 2,400 consumers receive Rep Payee from the Advocacy Alliance.
  • Largest Rep Payee program east of the Mississippi.

Miscellaneous Dates

2008

  • CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program begins in Lackawanna County.

2010

  • Early Intervention Evaluation Teams begin in Lackawanna/Susquehanna Counties.

Staff Growth

  • 1980: Advocacy Alliance employs 2 staff.
  • 1990: Advocacy Alliance employs 5 staff.
  • 2000: Advocacy Alliance employs 18 staff.
  • 2011: Advocacy Alliance employs 90 full time, 125 part time staff.