We are hiring in the Lewistown area!

FULL-TIME INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST 

We are seeking an Incident Management Specialist to work with professionals who work with individuals who have developmental disabilities, to assist with the certified investigation process. This is a full-time position in Lewistown with travel within the Central and Western Counties of Pennsylvania.

Educational/Professional Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services preferred.
  • ODP Investigator Certification preferred.
  • Experience working with individuals who have developmental disabilities preferred.
  • Excellent technology and communication skills. 

Mail:
The Advocacy Alliance
Vice-President/Chief Human Resources Officer
P. O. Box 1368
846 Jefferson Avenue
Scranton, PA 18501

Email:  dz@theadvocacyalliance.org

Fax: (570) 207-9194

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action y Employer

The Advocacy Alliance is hiring!

FULL-TIME Accounts Specialist

Please respond with resume to by 4:00 PM. on Wednesday, June 7, 2017

We are seeking an Accounts Specialist (Scranton Office) to provide assistance with money management and budgeting to persons who have a mental illness, persons who have developmental disabilities, or older adults, who are unable to manage their monthly financial affairs.

Requirements:

  • Excellent communication and computer skills.
  • Ability to budget monthly income benefits for a specified caseload of individuals.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Accounting and tax knowledge a plus.

Mail to:

The Advocacy Alliance
Vice-President/Chief Human Resources Officer
846 Jefferson Avenue
P.O. Box 1368
Scranton, PA 18501

Email: info@theadvocacyalliance.org

Fax: (570) 207-9194

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action y Employer

A new service from the Advocacy Alliance of special interest to families and friends of persons with developmental disabilities

The Advocacy Alliance Pooled Special Needs Trust Announcement is of special interest to families and friends of persons with developmental disabilities.

The Advocacy Alliance is proud to announce the addition of a new program to our services. We are now able to offer a Pooled Special Needs Trust to our consumers by approval of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.

The Advocacy Alliance Pooled Special Needs Trust allows disabled beneficiaries the opportunity to place their assets in trust through a Master Trust and Joinder Agreement. When disabled beneficiaries join the Advocacy Alliance Pooled Special Needs trust, their assets will be held and managed in a separate account that is “pooled” with other beneficiaries’ funds to maximize earnings potential through investments.

One of the advantages of a pooled special needs trust is that the initial investment can be small to allow disabled individuals, their parents, or their grandparents to participate without the legal costs of developing a standard special needs trust. Once the individual is enrolled in the trust, they can add to the trust without the concern of losing benefits. The disabled beneficiaries’ assets that are used to fund the trust will not be considered available resources in determining the beneficiaries’ eligibility for Medical Assistance.

The funds placed in the trust are available for the beneficiary’s use upon request for approved supplemental needs and care.

The purpose of the Advocacy Alliance Pooled Special Needs Trust is to promote the comfort and happiness of the beneficiaries and to improve their quality of life. We are attaching a copy of our Trust Services brochure for your review.

Please contact Mary Jane Yevics , Director of Guardianship/Trust  Services, or Gail Powers, Chief Financial Officer, toll free at 877-315-6855 with any questions or if we can be of service to you.

 

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PCPA Alert: Children’s Behavioral Health Services

PCPA Alert
June 25, 2012
MHA Issues Family Alert for Children’s Behavioral Health Services
 
 
The Mental Health Association (MHA) in Pennsylvania has issued the following alert to families.
 

FAMILY ALERT: CHILDREN’S BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES

The Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania (DRN) has been made aware of recent policy and practice changes by the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) and Behavioral Health Managed Care Organizations (BH-MCOs) that have limited and may continue to negatively impact children’s access to behavioral health services, for example, Summer Therapeutic Activities Programs, Behavioral Specialist Services, and Therapeutic Staff Support.  If you are having difficulty accessing a home-, community-, or school-based behavioral health service your child needs or has had in the past, or that has been prescribed for your child, please contact DRN’s Intake by calling 1-800-692-7443 or by sending an email to intake@drnpa.org.
 
Members are encouraged to be aware of the practice and policy changed referenced in the communication from the Disability Rights Network and to share, as appropriate, DRN contact information. Members are also encouraged to inform PCPA of local managed care and Medical Assistance Transportation Program policy and practice changes that impact access to or continuity of care. 

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Copyright 2012 – Pennsylvania Community Providers Association
2101 N Front St, Bldg 3, Ste 200, Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone: 717-364-3280 – Fax: 717-364-3287

www.paproviders.org

Sign NDD to Help Stop Cuts

This January, all nondefense discretionary (NDD) programs face indiscriminate, across-the-board cuts of 8.4 percent through a “sequester.” Such cuts will devastate medical and scientific research; education and job training; infrastructure; public safety and law enforcement; public health; weather monitoring and environmental protection; housing and social services; and international relations.

Every local, state, and national organization in the country that cares about funding for any of these core government functions is urged to sign onto this letter—drafted by the Coalition for Health Funding (CHF) and other leaders of national coalitions—urging Congress to avoid the sequester by passing a “balanced approach to deficit reduction that does include further cuts to NDD programs.” 

Mental Health America is a member of the Coalition for Health Funding and has advocated for a solution to the nation’s financial woes that would maintain the solvency and leadership of our public health agencies, including SAMHSA.
 

For a copy of the letter, click here.

 To sign the letter, click here by COB June 22, 2012

 

You’ll be asked to provide your organization’s name as you want it listed on the letter, your contact name, contact e-mail, and the type of organization (national, state, local).  Only begin your organization’s name with “The” if you want your organization listed alphabetically under “T.”

 Below we’ve provided answers to FAQs about the sequester, its impact on NDD programs, and the letter to help you understand this effort and build support for the letter within your organization and throughout the community. If you have additional questions, please contact Emily Holubowich, Executive Director of the Coalition for Health Funding, at eholubowich@dc-crd.com.

 Given the volume of signatures expected across the diverse NDD community, we are unable to accommodate edits to the letter.

 Thank you for your consideration.

 

 NDD Letter FAQs

What is “NDD?”

Discretionary programs differ from “entitlement” programs that are funded rather automatically to meet the needs of all who qualify for them. Discretionary programs are those that Congress funds annually through the appropriations process. Congress retains complete discretion, or choice, on whether, and at what level, to fund discretionary programs.

Nondefense discretionary or “NDD” programs are core functions government provides for the benefit of all, including medical and scientific research; education and job training; infrastructure; public safety and law enforcement; public health; weather monitoring and environmental protection; natural and cultural resources; housing and social services; and international relations. Every day these programs support economic growth and strengthen the safety and security of every American in every state and community across the nation.

What is the sequester?

The Budget Control Act of 2011 (P.L. 112-25) established caps on discretionary spending over 10 years, resulting in $1 trillion in cuts spread across defense and NDD programs. The law also directed a congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to identify an additional $1.2 trillion in budgetary savings over ten years. The failure of the bi-partisan “super committee” to come to an agreement on a deficit reduction plan triggered a “sequester” to take effect on January 2, 2013.

To sequester means to set apart or to take something away until a debt has been repaid. In the context of funding federal programs, sequester means imminent, across-the-board cuts to most programs, both defense and nondefense—in addition to the $1 trillion in cuts already sustained through the Budget Control Act’s discretionary caps.

There are a few discretionary programs that are exempt from the sequester in the first year, such as Pell grants in the Department of Education. Some mandatory programs (e.g., Medicaid) are also exempt from the sequester.

How will the sequester impact nondefense discretionary programs?

 In 2013, the sequester will mean an automatic 8.4 percent cut to program funding levels in 2013 for most NDD programs. These cuts will truly be across-the-board, with no departmental or agency control on how the sequester impacts individual programs.

Is there really any chance Congress will change its mind about the sequester?

Of course there is! There is already a vocal constituency clamoring to exempt defense programs from the sequester’s reach. Of course, removal of only defense programs from the sequester would place additional burden on NDD programs. Leaders of national coalitions and networks who joined together in crafting this letter believe it is critical for Congress to reverse course and work to achieve deficit reduction with a balanced approach that does not include further cuts to NDD programs.

 What can my organization do?

Your organization can sign onto this letter, urging Congress to, “find a balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not include further cuts to NDD programs.”

 Your organization can also help by sharing this letter with your networks and state/local chapters. All national, state and local organizations are encouraged to sign. The more sign-ons we have, the bigger our impact!

 

For a copy of the letter, click here.

 

To sign the letter, click here.

 

You’ll be asked to provide your organization’s name as you want it listed on the letter, your contact name, contact e-mail, and the type of organization (national, state, local).  Only begin your organization’s name with “The” if you want your organization listed alphabetically under “T.”

 

If you have additional questions, please contact Emily Holubowich, Executive Director of the Coalition for Health Funding, at eholubowich@dc-crd.com.


Act Now!

ACT NOW! Before it’s too late, take a stand to save community mental health and substance abuse funding!

Representative Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) has introduced an Amendment (A10823) to the State Senate’s budget bill (SB 1466) that restores all of the human services funding cuts recommended by Governor Corbett in connection with his proposed Human Services Block Grant program. DiGirolamo’s amendment also puts these funds back into their original appropriations, thereby blocking the new block grant proposal.

Representative DiGirolamo needs your support and action TODAY! Help him pressure Republican leadership to maintain existing funding levels for community mental health and substance abuse services and stop the Human Services Block Grant!

Timing is critical. It is likely that Senate and House Republican leaders will make a “behind-the-scenes” deal on the budget—among each other—in the next few days and with Governor Corbett next week.

Republican leadership will ask all of the members of its Caucus to withdraw amendments to SB 1466 in favor of an omnibus amendment (one amendment that incorporates any change to the Senate Budget Bill that has been agreed upon via the negotiated deal). If their members do not agree to withdraw amendments, then the House will spend a day or two voting on many amendments to SB 1466—most of which will not pass. They hope to have a final budget in place by June 15.

ACT TODAY to save funding for mental health and substance abuse services:

Contact your House members and ask them to:

  • express their opposition to the block grant and support for maintaining the current mental health and substance abuse funding levels to Representative Bill Adolph, the House Republican Appropriations Chair, and to Representative Mike Turzai, the House Majority Leader.
  • express their opposition to the block grant and support for maintaining the current mental health and substance abuse funding levels in their respective caucus meetings on the budget
  • voice their support, when talking to leadership and within their caucus meetings, for Representative DiGirolamo’s amendment that restores the funding cuts and blocks the block grant.

In addition, please contact Representative DiGirolamo to let him know how much we appreciate his ongoing support. You can contact him at:

Honorable Gene DiGirolamo
Chairman, House Human Services Committee
49 East Wing
Harrisburg, PA 17120
(717) 783-7319
Fax: (717) 772-2414

gdigirol@pahousegop.com

Hon. Gene DiGirolamo
2424 Bristol Road
Neshaminy Valley Commons
Bensalem, PA 19020-6002
(215) 750-1017
Fax: (215) 750-1295

PCPA Legislative Alert: DiGirolamo Budget Amendments

Contact Legislators Monday to Vote “Yes” on DiGirolamo Budget Amendments!
Representative Gene DiGirolamo is introducing two amendments to Governor Corbett’s proposed budget, one which stops the block grant and a second which restores the human services funding cut still remaining after the Senate budget proposal, Senate Bill 1477, restored half. It is likely the amendments will be voted on June 5 (during PCPA Capitol Day)! It is crucial that every legislator in Pennsylvania be called or emailed on Monday to ask them to vote “YES” on the DiGirolamo amendments. More information will be shared when available. Further questions may be addressed to Anne Leisure (anne@paproviders.org).
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Copyright 2012 – Pennsylvania Community Providers Association
2101 N Front St, Bldg 3, Ste 200, Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone: 717-364-3280 – Fax: 717-364-3287
www.paproviders.org

PCPA Legislative Alert: Prime Time for Visits to County Commissioners!

Prime Time for Visits to County Commissioners!
The Department of Public Welfare (DPW) and the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) have issued an update on negotiationsconcerning the proposed Human Services Development Block Grant. Key points in the document follow.
 

  • The block grant will combine appropriations and allocate them to counties proportionately, based on the current aggregate distributions. A phase-in period will be implemented. In the first year (2012/13) counties will be required to spend 50 percent of funding within the current categorical allocations. In the second year (2013/14) counties will be required to spend 25 percent of funding within the current categorical allocations. By 2014/15, counties will be granted full flexibility. Counties may continue funding in the current categorical line items if preferred. Counties interested in moving to full flexibility immediately may apply for a waiver to do so.
  • Counties will be able to continue to operate existing joinder arrangements and can create new joinders if desired.
  • Counties will pay the amount of match paid by the county in fiscal year 2009/10 until final fiscal year 2010/11 match information is available. DPW will make adjustments at the close of fiscal year 2012/13.
  • Counties will be allowed to retain up to three percent of fiscal year 2011/12 carryover funds for reinvestment in human services and will be able to request a waiver to retain additional funds. Counties will need to submit a reinvestment plan.
  • A new streamlined reporting document will be used that replaces current fiscal reporting associated with the categorical programs.
  • DPW will require annual plans of how counties propose to use block grant dollars.
  • Outcomes measures will be built into the block grant proposal to ensure needs are being met.  

A number of county commissioners have reviewed provisions of the block grant and expressed strong concerns related to the impact on the safety net infrastructure. PCPA appreciates the thoughtful input of these commissioners and urges members to communicate with county commissioners as soon as possibleto convey the crucial importance of maintaining an intact safety net. A Talking Points document for visits to county commissioners is available. Contact information for commissioners can be found through the CCAP web site, which contains links to each county.
 
If services to Pennsylvanians in need of mental health, intellectual disability, autism, or addiction care are to remain accessible and effective, funding must be preserved and Pennsylvania’s safety net must be protected. To fight the devastation of Pennsylvania’s community services, members are urged to take action to visit county commissioners NOW. Further questions may be addressed to Anne Leisure (anne@paproviders.org). 
  

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Copyright 2012 – Pennsylvania Community Providers Association
2101 N Front St, Bldg 3, Ste 200, Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone: 717-364-3280 – Fax: 717-364-3287

www.paproviders.org

PCPA Hill Day

Join PCPA at Hill Day!
Make Your Voice Heard on Capitol Hill
 
Join PCPA for the National Council’s 8th Annual Public Policy Institute and Hill Day June 25 – 26 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington, DC. Each year at Hill Day hundreds of behavioral health providers, administrators, board members, consumers, and community stakeholders come for a full day of sessions and workshops on federal behavioral health policy, followed by visits with their elected officials on Capitol Hill to advocate for the field’s priorities.

At the Public Policy Institute on June 25, members will have the opportunity to hear from key congressional and administration staff and policy experts who will provide an update on important federal policy initiatives. There will also be breakout sessions on advocacy techniques, federal grant funding, and social media marketing. On June 26, members meet with elected officials on Capitol Hill. The National Council will hold a reception each night: one on Capitol Hill to honor Legislators of the Year and the other at the Hyatt Regency to recognize member achievements and advocacy efforts. More details and registration information is available on the 
Hill Day web site.
 
PCPA experiences better reception from congressional offices when there is only one visit on specific issues from Hill Day participants. PCPA has requested appointments with both Pennsylvania Senators, to which all PCPA members in attendance are invited, and will also make appointments with members of Congress when requested. If PCPA is asked to make a Congressional appointment, every effort will be made to schedule the appointment at a time that does not conflict with Senatorial appointments, but requests for specific times cannot be taken. Those members requesting that PCPA schedule an appointment must be responsible for ensuring the appointment time is covered. Any member who has already scheduled an appointment with a congressman is invited to share that appointment time with other members by informing PCPA when the visit is to take place. PCPA will distribute a list of appointments to all association registrants.
 
More information will be shared as it becomes available, including scheduled appointment times and National Council talking points. Hill Day is a wonderful opportunity to ensure that federal lawmakers understand the importance of high quality and accessible behavioral health services to their communities. The Pennsylvania presence at Hill Day continues to grow and PCPA hopes that this year is no exception!
 
Questions and comments may be shared with George Kimes (george@paproviders.org) or Anne Leisure (anne@paproviders.org). 
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Copyright 2012 – Pennsylvania Community Providers Association
2101 N Front St, Bldg 3, Ste 200, Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone: 717-364-3280 – Fax: 717-364-3287

www.paproviders.org