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Full Diagnosis: Impact of Trauma, Physical Health, and Metabolic Health
May 22 and 23, 2024

The full conference schedule for the 2024 Pennsylvania Dual Diagnosis Conference is now available! To view the conference schedule, view the flyer or visit the Dual Diagnosis Conference website.

About the Event
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Office of Developmental Programs and Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services invite you to participate in the statewide Dual Diagnosis Conference being held virtually next week on May 22–23, 2024. Nationally recognized speakers will provide a variety of perspectives on the impact of trauma, physical health, and metabolic health.

There is no fee to attend the virtual conference, but advance registration is required. Closed captioning and ASL will be provided during the livestreaming of the conference. Register here today!

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has reached out to remind Medication Administration trainers that the 2004 paper course, as well as the 2004 and 2013 manuals, will be discontinued and no longer valid for use in training students after December 31, 2023. ODP also wishes to announce the Train-the-Trainer Fall 2023 Schedule. Read the full announcement for details.

ODP Announcement 22-125 is to provide updates regarding the Medication Administration training. The observation timeframe schedule for Initial Training Requirements has been reduced. If the required initial medication administration observations have not been completed successfully within 90 days, the student must repeat the entire standard medication training course. Trainers will now be responsible for marking the Handwashing/Gloving total grade activity in the Medication Administration Student course. The announcement also includes the Train-the-Trainer Winter/Spring 2023 Face-to-Face Schedule.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for IPRC’s exciting 2023 educational webinar series!
Complimentary registration for all IPRC webinars is a benefit of your RCPA Membership.

Monday, January 23 : 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST
CARF Accreditation: Answering Your Questions From a 30,000 Ft. View Down Into the Weeds

Thursday, February 2 : 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST
Passenger Safety for Children and Adolescents With Special Health Needs

Monday, March 13 : 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST
Education and Rehabilitation: Maintaining Continuity Through Rehab to School Re-entry

Thursday, April 6 : 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT 
Transition Readiness

Thursday, June 8 : 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT
Understanding the Basics of Neuroimaging and Practical Applications for the Pediatric Rehabilitation Provider

Tuesday, August 1 : 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT
Weaving the Concepts of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Into the Fabric of Pediatric Rehabilitation: One Organization’s DEI Journey

Monday, September 18 : 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT
Best Practices for Working With Medical Interpreters in Therapeutic Settings

Thursday, October 19 : 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT
Pediatric Delirium: Impact and Opportunities

Monday, December 4 : 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST
Applying Trauma-Informed Principles in Pediatric Rehabilitation

All webinars are recorded and archived. You can access past presentations on the IPRC website.

For more information, contact Cindi Hobbes, IPRC Director.

Registration for the RCPA Conference 2022 Together! is now open! Together! will be held October 11 – 14, 2022, at the Hershey Lodge in person this year. Be sure to register, as the early bird rate is available now until September 9, 2022.

We are excited for the lineup of speakers who will be presenting at this year’s conference, as there will be pertinent information available and discussed for all service areas. Workshop sessions include:

  • Connecting Pieces for Success: Utilizing a Two-Generational Approach and Collaborative Multi-Organizational Work Model to Affect Lasting Change
    • Presented by Sara Newman of Project-Mosaic, Inc.
  • Having Difficult Conversations With Employees
    • Presented by John Amato of Familylinks
  • Specialized Telehealth for Individuals With IDD
    • Presented by Maulik Trivedi of StationMD
  • Improve Clinical Outcomes and Enter Into Value-Based Contracts Using Clinical Data
    • Presented by Dominick DiSalvo of KidsPeace
  • Returning Citizens Housing Smart Model
    • Presented by Claire Ryder and Curtis Gillard of Resources for Human Development, as well as Clayton Moser and Taeesha Smith of PMHCC
  • CMS Home and Community-Based Services Quality Measures Set
    • Presented by Juliet Marsala of Health Management Association

You also won’t want to miss our plenary speakers:

  • Chuck Ingoglia of National Council for Mental Wellbeing and Gabrielle Sedor of ANCOR will give us “Insights From Washington.”
  • Meg Snead of DHS and Jen Smith of DDAP will provide updates on how PA continues to be innovative in health care.

Be sure to check out the entire list of sessions in our brochure, and note that sessions will be recorded to allow participants access after the event.

In addition to an amazing roster of speakers, our 2022 Conference will have an exciting array of sponsors and exhibitors. We thank those who have committed to our conference thus far! If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting, visit here for more details.

Questions about the conference may be directed to Carol Ferenz or Sarah Eyster, Conference Coordinators.

Registration for the RCPA Conference 2022 Together! is now open! Together! will be held October 11 – 14, 2022, at the Hershey Lodge in person this year. After two long years, we are looking forward to seeing everyone!

The 2022 event features more than 60 workshops, most of which will be recorded to allow participants to take advantage of viewing sessions after the event. We will have over 90 continuing education credit options. Participants will also be able to visit Beacon Health Options Connections Hall and networking events.

You will not want to miss keynote speakers, including:

  • Dick Finnegan, a respected speaker, author, and CEO of C-Suite Analytics, who will provide his insight on “The Great Resignation;”
  • Deborah Riddick, a public policy expert, who will discuss how intentional collaboration, centered in curiosity, authenticity, and integrity, can help to address health disparities;
  • Dan Hilferty, a respected authority on health care, business, and civic engagement; and
  • Michael Cohen, who has updated stories of uncommon HR situations and strategies to resolve them.

We will also have two plenary sessions available for all attendees. The first will provide national updates from our partners Chuck Ingoglia of National Council for Mental Wellbeing and Gabrielle Sedor of ANCOR. Later on in the week, Meg Snead, Acting Secretary of the Department of Human Services, and Jennifer Smith, Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, will highlight key accomplishments from DHS and DDAP respectively.

Several sessions will focus on workforce development, workforce recruitment and retention, value-based payments, telehealth, and trauma-informed support. Learn how to effectively share your story with legislators. Join us to hear from respected colleagues regarding state-of-the-art practices and new thoughts on service provisions. You can view the full schedule at the RCPA Conference website.

Early bird registration is available now until September 9, 2022! Questions about the conference may be directed to Carol Ferenz or Sarah Eyster, Conference Coordinators.