The Advocacy Alliance is hiring!

We are hiring in our Scranton Office.


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.


  • Excellent communication and computer skills;
  • Ability to budget monthly income benefits for a specified caseload of individuals;
  • Ability to manipulate and an aptitude to learn a job specific software system;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment; and
  • Accounting and tax knowledge a plus.


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

Fax:  (570) 207-9194

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action y Employer

NEPA Inclusive has 2 new job offerings in Luzerne County!

NEPA Inclusive has 2 new job offerings in Luzerne County!

#1) Employment Specialist (Part-Time)

We are seeking an Employment Specialist (Luzerne County) to assist individuals find and secure employment.   An Employment Specialist also provides job coaching assistance to individuals once they secure a position. This position will communicate and coordinate services with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), PA Career Link, County Human Service referrals, and other networking agencies.

Responsibilities include:
• Meet with individuals to identify strengths and abilities in order to pursue employment opportunities;
• Assist individuals build their resume and apply for jobs online and in person;
• Assist to transition individuals’ into their new job;
• Provide job coaching assistance to individuals with regards to job tasks and duties;
• Assist individuals to obtain transportation;
• Researches available positions online (via newspapers,, Craigslist, Career Builder, Monster, career link, etc);
• Work with local businesses to identify their needs;
• Develop, market, and provide referrals to prospective businesses and employers;
• Networks with community groups (e.g., chamber groups); and
• Complete paperwork and reports.

Educational/Professional Requirements:
• Bachelor’s Degree Human Services or related field preferred;
• One year experience working in Vocational Rehabilitation;
• Effective communication and presentation skills, computer knowledge, strong documentation and organizational skills;
• Sales experience is helpful; and
• Must be willing to work flexible hours.

Must possess a Valid Driver’s License and provide evidence of auto insurance.
Child Abuse History and Criminal Record Check Clearances will be completed.

#2) Direct Service Worker (Part-Time)

We are seeking a Direct Service Worker (Luzerne County) to assist individuals with disabilities with their daily living tasks.

Responsibilities include:
• Follow an Individual Service Plan (ISP) and/or Person Centered Plan.
• Maintain Pennsylvania Medicaid Waiver compliance.
• Arrive to work time and remain with our individual during assigned shift.
• Must be willing to work flexible hours.
• Represent NEPA Inclusive while working in the Community

Minimum Qualifications:
• 18 years of age or older, High School Diploma and experience working with individuals with disabilities;
• Effective communication and computer knowledge;
• Strong documentation and organizational skills; and
• Must complete staff orientation.

Must possess a Valid Driver’s License and provide evidence of auto insurance.  Child Abuse History and Criminal Record Check Clearances will be completed

To apply for either position, please respond via email to:

ADHD Parent Support Group

ADHD Parent Support Group Flyer
PA Families Inc
431 Dever Hollow Road
Templeton, PA 16259

PFI: The diverse Statewide Family Network that empowers PA families through support and education with a Unified Voice.
PFI is funded by SAMHSA the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration. The views and opinions contained in the publication do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or the US Department of Health and Human Services, and should not be construed as such.
PFI’s primary function is to be an information and referral resource for residents of Pennsylvania who have children with special needs.   PFI does not endorse any one agency, group, organization, service or program.

WBRE’s Forensic Mental Health “Newsmaker” Program

WBRE (Channel 28) produced “NEWSMAKER” PROGRAM

forensic mental health

Sunday, February 5 at 5:30 a.m. on WBRE TV

Saturday, February 11 at 6 a.m. on WYOU TV

Sunday, February 12 at 5:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on WBRE TV


The Honorable Judge William Amesbury, Luzerne County First Assistant District Attorney Samuel Sanguedolce, and Kelly Petherick, Mental Health Crisis Unit Supervisor, Community Counseling Services, recently participated in a panel discussion, in concert with WBRE TV’s Newsmaker Program, to discuss Forensic Mental Health Services in our area. Some of the questions that were covered include:

  • What types of crimes are committed by people with mental illness?
  • What has been done in Luzerne County over the past few years to address the legal issues for people suffering mental illness?
  • What are the alternatives to pursuing legal action against people with mental illness?
  • What are other counties doing to address these issues?
  • What is the purpose of the free March 21st Forensic MH training (targeted to Police, Fire, EMT, 911 and first responder personnel in Luzerne and Wyoming Counties)

We invite you to watch this local program on these important questions. Any questions, please call the Luzerne-Wyoming Counties MH/MR Program at (570) 825-9441.

See also the brochure regarding police training: Police Training 2012


HCQU Breast Health Program

Breast Health Program

Approximately six months ago, the Eastern PA Health Care Quality Unit (HCQU) received a request from The ReDCo Group to assist them in writing a desensitization program for a woman who had not been successful in obtaining a mammogram. The HCQU discussed the request and decided that this may be an opportunity to collaborate with our community hospital and their breast health department in finding ways to promote screening in women who have a developmental disability.

The HCQU scheduled a meeting with the breast health department. The HCQU provided the breast health staff with a DVD that addressed the importance of sensitivity, good communication, and knowledge regarding adaptive positioning techniques that may be helpful in providing care to women with a developmental disability. The supervisor of the breast health department felt that sponsoring a few social type events might be helpful in increasing the comfort level of the women in need of a mammogram. The HCQU decided to consider this a pilot program and proceeded with four women from The ReDCo Group.

The objective of the first reception was getting the women who needed mammograms into the breast health area of the hospital and introducing them to radiology technicians, the breast health nurse, and a receptionist that would work with them. During the second visit the women and their supports professionals took a tour of the breast health area, looked at the mammography machine, and got some additional information regarding breast cancer from the breast health nurse. Refreshments were served at both social events.

A breast health handout was developed. The HCQU presented a training to The ReDCo Group supports professionals and women before each of the hospital meetings and the breast health handout was given to them. Then the supports professionals were asked to review the information in the handout with women twice a week before the day of the mammogram. There was effort and consideration by The ReDCo Group regarding which supports professionals would be working with the women. The objective was to have the supports professionals which the women were most comfortable with review the breast health information and take the women to the breast health social events.

At this point, the HCQU is getting ready to move into the next phase of this program. The hospital has offered to do the mammograms at a time when there are no other distractions and to schedule the women as a group. The technicians that do the mammograms will be those that the women and support professionals have met. The hospital staff gave the HCQU the paperwork that needs to be completed and it has been passed on to the provider staff, with the objective of having the paperwork completed before the visit to minimize waiting time. Before this last visit the HCQU will show a video to the four women and the supports professionals.

The HCQU is encouraging the supports professionals to celebrate the mammogram being done by going out to dinner, or doing something else that is special for the women.