The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation Public Policy Fellowship Program 2013-2014

Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association is proud to announce…

The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation is seeking exemplary professionals and/or family members of persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities and/or persons with disabilities, particularly self-advocates who are currently working, advocating or volunteering in the field of inclusive services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for an intensive one-year Public Policy Fellowship in Washington, D.C.
The purpose of the Fellowship is to prepare emerging and seasoned leaders to assume leadership in the public policy arena nationally and in their home state. During this one year Fellowship, the successful applicant will learn how federal legislation is initiated, developed, and passed by the Congress, as well as how programs are administered and regulations promulgated by federal agencies.
The sole method of application, letters and résumé submission is via an online system that can be found at
The application deadline for 2013-2014 is April 5, 2013 by 5:00 P.M. EST.

The Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association (PMHCA) is a statewide member organization providing information, referrals and supports to people who are receiving services or in recovery from a mental illness in Pennsylvania.

Free Online Training to Assist With Serving Veterans

PCPA (PA Community Providers Association) is writing on behalf of Pennsylvania’s military service members and their families with a very special request. Over the next 24 months, waves of service members will return from deployment to be reunited with loved ones.  But the joy can be short lived once the realities of transition into everyday life begin to sink in.

Many service members return from deployment to communities where they do not have access to military base programs and services. These individuals are seeking help from local behavioral health providers, but often do not return for care if the provider does not have an understanding of military life and the impact of deployment.

The Pennsylvania Departments of Public Welfare, Military and Veterans Affairs, Drug and Alcohol Programs, Health, PCPA, and the National Association of Social Workers has partnered with Army OneSource to provide four free, nationally-accredited continuing education courses on the impact of combat stress and deployment on children and families, military culture, and PTSD.

Access the courses at

Pennsylvania’s service members and their families have made countless sacrifices over numerous deployments including Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Please join PCPA in thanking them for that service by taking these courses and learning more about how to support them in returning to our communities.


New Deputy Secretary for OMHSAS

The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare issued a press release to announce the recent appointment of Dennis Marion as Deputy Secretary of OMHSAS.

Chief Clerk for Cumberland County, Dennis Marion has accepted the appointment to serve as DPW’s Deputy Secretary of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS).

Prior to Mr. Marion’s appointment, he served as the County’s Chief Operations Officer and Chief Clerk since April 2008.  His career with Cumberland County has included lead roles as Human Services Administrator, Administrator of Mental Health/Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, County Administrator, and Executive Director of the Cumberland-Perry Drug & Alcohol Commission. Marion also holds a law degree from the Dickinson School of Law.

Please join us in welcoming Mr. Marion to his new role.