2013 Pocono Parents of Children with Down Syndrome Buddy Walk!

Start spreading the word and forming your teams for this year’s 5th Annual PPODS Buddy Walk to be held:

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Dansbury Park in East Stroudsburg

from 12:00 noon- 4:00 pm

Please note the change of day and time for this year!! Why the change you ask? Well we knew that we needed to once again, step up our game for our 5th Anniversary so we thought what better way to do this than to create the FIRST EVER (as far as we can determine) combination Buddy Walk and Motorcycle Buddy Run that will start in Milford with our sister group The PPODS North and Friends, and it will arrive at Dansbury Park just in time to kick off our Walk!! Once again, every year is bigger and better than the year before.

Please spread the word!!!

Please check out the new Kintera registration site!!!  Some new changes coming for this year are lower registration prices, prize incentives, more entertainment, etc. Register now to participate!!

Affordable Care Act: What You Should Know

From PMHCA (Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association)

Affordable Care Act: What You Should Know

Four regional focus groups on the Affordable Care Act 2010 will be held at Community Support Program (CSP) meetings in June and July.


The purpose of the focus groups is to find out what people know about the Affordable Care Act and mental health care and what people want and need to know about it.

What You Will Learn

People will also have the chance to learn more about affordable health care, and how to find resources that will help them make informed decisions about choosing a qualified health plan to meet their needs.

Who Should Attend

People in mental health and substance abuse recovery are invited to attend, as are their family members, those who provide supportive services to people in recovery and others in the community.

When and Where

Date: Monday, July 8 (Southeast region)


3:00 to 5:00 p.m.


Hope Worx, Inc.
1210 Stanbridge Street
Suite 600
Norristown, PA 19401

Date: Saturday, July 13 (Central region)


10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


DGS Annex Complex (former Harrisburg State Hospital)
4 Cherry Road
Beechmont Bldg, Rm 145
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Date: Tuesday, July 16 (Northeast region)


10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Recovery Center
                       Advocacy Alliance
                       825 Jefferson Avenue
                       Scranton, PA 18510

Pat Madigan, PMHCA Outreach Coordinator, will facilitate the focus groups. Pat coordinates the grant that makes this project possible.

Questions About Focus Groups?

Contact the regional co-chair or technical assistant in your area.