OMHSAS Announcements of Upcoming Events

OMHSAS Mental Health Planning Council Meeting

June 6, 2013 – The meeting will be all day individual committee sessions from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

DGS Annex Complex – (former Harrisburg State Hospital), Harrisburg, PA.

Meeting Locations:

Children’s Committee – Beechmont Building, room 145 (building 32)

Adult Committee – Chapel (building 15)

Older Adult Committee – Clothes Tree (building 36)

Council Information

Directions and Parking Instructions and DGS Complex Map

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services Practitioner Orientation Training

Presented by PAPRS (Pennsylvania Association Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services)

This training is for individuals who are employed, or expect to be employed, in programs licensed by DPW/OMHSAS to provide Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (PRS) and is authorized by DPW/OMHSAS to satisfy the mandatory requirement of current Standards for licensing PRS as well as the expectation of the Proposed PRS Regulations for 12 Hour PRS Orientation Training.

June 13 and 14 in Lewistown, register by June 2 – Details and Registration

WRAP Webinar Presented by Mary Ellen Copeland

Join author, educator and mental health advocate, Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD, as she takes us through a basic overview of the Wellness Recovery Action Plan.  WRAP has become the cornerstone of mental health, addictions and whole health programs in all kinds of facilities including state wide mental health agencies, the Veterans Administration, hospitals, schools, health care agencies, organizations, prisons and jails. The presentation will be followed by a live question and answer session. This webinar is appropriate for anyone who wants to learn more about WRAP or refresh their understanding of WRAP either for themselves or to support others.

May 30, 2013, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  Registration

Webinar: How the White Mountain Apache Tribe Addressed Youth Suicide

This presentation is part of the Healthy People 2020 feature “Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators?”  LEARN MORE ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH LEADING INDICATOR PROJECT

The 45-minute session will provide an overview of the Mental Health Leading Health Indicator (LHI), one of 12 LHI topics released by the US Department of Health and Human Services. The event will also highlight one program’s success around suicide prevention in a Tribal community.

The burden of mental illness in the United States is among the highest of all diseases. Combined with the serious impact on physical health, mental health disorders can have harmful and long-lasting effects not only on those living with the disorders, but also on their loved ones and communities. This is a particularly important issue among American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Youth suicide rates in these communities are disproportionately higher than the national average.  Join the “Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators?” webinar on May 23 as experts discuss the issue of mental illness. The webinar will be led by Dr. Don Wright, HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and will feature the success of the White Mountain Apache tribe in using data-driven decisions and interventions to address youth suicide.

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm


New PSA Campaign Unveiled by SAMHSA – “Talk. They Hear You”

“Talk. They Hear You.” equips parents and caregivers with the tools and information they need to start talking with children as young as 9 years old about the dangers of alcohol. The campaign’s TV, radio, and print public service announcements (PSAs) in English and Spanish feature parents “seizing the moment” to talk with their children about alcohol while preparing dinner or doing chores together. By modeling behaviors in these PSAs, parents can discover the many “natural” opportunities for initiating the conversation about alcohol with their children. Visit the “TALK. THEY HEAR YOU” WEBSITE.

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities – Pennsylvania Suicide Prevention Conference: “Suicide Prevention: Creating Healthy Communities”

October 16 & 17, 2013 at the Ramada Inn, State College.

Deadline for Reservations: September 6, 2013

The Pennsylvania Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition and the PA Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative are looking for sponsors and exhibitors for the PA Suicide Prevention Conference this October. Don’t miss this opportunity to get your product, service, agency, etc. in front of hundreds of professionals, task force members, volunteers, and survivors from across Pennsylvania. All sponsors and exhibitors will be highlighted on the Coalition’s website and Facebook as well as the PA Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative’s website.

More information and details about the sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities and the Conference Sponsors/Exhibitors Agreement

Save the Date

Behavioral Health in Primary Care: Symposiums for Clinical Strategies and Program Models for Working with High-Risk Youth

 Attached is a “save the date” flyer about a symposium on behavioral health and primary care being held at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia.  This symposium is co-sponsored by the Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention Grant and the STAR center in Pittsburgh. In addition to the location in Philadelphia, the event will be web cast which offers creative opportunities for viewing around the state and beyond.  Please distribute this to those who might be interested.

September 12, 2013, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Save the Date Flyer

Mental Health America Urges Immediate Screening for Most Common Mental Illnesses

Mental Health America is now distributing free access to the “M3”, our MHA-branded, anonymous, online mental health screening tool.

Mental health screening can save lives, says Mental Health America. Mental health has consequences beyond those we’ve been hearing about in recent media reports on shootings, gun control, military suicides and other public issues. Undiagnosed mental illness affects every part of an individual’s overall health as well.

Mental Health America  provides the only online test that screens for depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and anxiety. The innovative online mood-screening tool is offered in partnership with M3 which created this medically proven checklist for mental health well-being.

The M3 online mental health screening tool is a 27 question survey that takes approximately 3 minutes to complete.  The M3 is the only self-administered clinical tool that integrates patient self-rating of symptoms covering all of the major mood and anxiety disorders. It is the first such instrument that includes patient education and a monitor of patient improvement and side-effects covering the full course of treatment. The tool screens simultaneously for Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and Bipolar Disorder and is online at

Here is a link to a press release about the M3 tool that provides more background about the tool and Mental Health America.

Northeast Region Community Support Program Continuing Education Day June 7, 2013

The Northeast Region Community Support Program Continuing Education Day will be on June 7, 2013 at the Kirby House, 381 Sunset Road, Glen Summit, Mountaintop, PA from 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM.

Registration will be limited to 25 individuals. The deadline for registration is May 23, 2013. You can register by clicking on the link below and completing the form.

If you have any questions please feel free to call Lynn Houseknecht at 570-628-0155.

Registration Form


Continuing Education Day Agenda

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM      Registration & Breakfast

9:30 AM to 9:45 AM      Welcome & Introductions

9:45 AM to 11:00 AM     Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training

11:00 AM to 11:15 AM    Break

11:15 AM to 12:30 PM    CPS Standards & Ethics

12:30 PM to 1:15 PM      Lunch

1:15 PM to 2:15 PM         Tips for Working CPS’s

2:15 PM to 2:30 PM       Wrap-Up






ODP Employment Focus Group Meetings for People with Disabilities and Family Members

People with disabilities and family members in Pennsylvania are invited to attend a focus group
meeting with the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) to discuss how we can, with your input:

  • Improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities
  • Begin implementing a system that will provide competitive, integrated employment
  • Make sure that future systems change reflects your needs, experiences, and vision for the future

Focus groups will be offered across Pennsylvania in May 2013. Dates, times, and locations are listed in the attached PDF file.

To register online, click this link or copy it into your browser.

For assistance with registration, call Jeffrey Wheeler (ODP Consulting System) at 1-800–446-5607, ext. 6881.

Employment Focus Group Flyer

Invitation to Attend Focus Groups for People with Disabilities and Family Members

Attached is a letter inviting people with disabilities and family members to attend a focus group meeting to discuss how ODP can improve our employment service delivery system.  Their input is vital to us, as we begin implementing a system that will provide competitive, integrated employment.





ODP Employment Focus Group Meetings for People with Disabilities and Family Members 


Dear Families:

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is continuing efforts to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. To date we have gathered information from all stakeholders in a survey and held statewide focus groups in March 2013.  As promised, a second round of focus groups is now being offered specifically to hear from people with disabilities and family members.  Your input is critical to make sure that future systems change reflects your needs, experiences and vision for the future.

Please join ODP staff at an employment focus group to discuss how we can promote employment for people with disabilities in Pennsylvania.  Focus groups are available across the state in May 2013.

For dates, times, locations, and further information, please click on the link below and register to attend one of these meetings.  If you need help with registration or cannot register online, please call Jeffrey Wheeler, OCS at 800-446-5607 x 6881

Register for ODP Employment Focus Groups for People with Disabilities and Family Members

If you need further information, please contact Diane Cashman at:  717-783-5755 or via email at:

Thanks so much in advance for your support.

Fred C. Lokuta, Deputy Secretary



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South Central PA HCQU Participates in Special Needs Resource Fair

sc-hcqu health fair april 2013The South Central PA Health Care Quality Unit (HCQU) recently participated in the Upper Dauphin Special Needs Resource Fair held on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at Upper Dauphin High School. T-shirts, educational materials, and other resource materials were distributed to attendees.

This event is the largest, and possibly the only event in Upper Dauphin County, to share information about resources available to people with intellectual disabilities and autism, who live in the upper part of Dauphin County.

Attendees were enthusiastic about information they received and plan to spread the word to others about the benefit of connecting with the provider network.