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Training Calendar

Free trainings and assistance are provided to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD), and to caregivers, service providers and county staff. Health-related trainings for caregivers and individuals are offered by our registered nurses. Contact the regional nurse to discuss training opportunities specific to your needs in your county. Refer to the Training Index to review training topics available. Trainings are not limited to what is outlined in the Training Index.

Positive Practices Committee (PPC)

Positive Practices is comprised of State, regional, and county workgroups whose focus is to explore and expand local capacity, training, resources, cross system collaboration, and how to meet the needs of the local community, particularly for those individuals who are considered most challenging and those with a dual diagnosis (IDD).

The committee’s mission is “To improve people’s lives by increasing local capacity to provide supports to individuals with mental health and behavioral challenges by promoting the guiding principles of Positive Approaches, Everyday Lives and the Recovery Movement through the Department of Public Welfare system collaboration.”

These PPC meetings are open to providers of behavioral health and intellectual disability services. Case reviews and updates are always welcomed. Registration is not required.

PPC meetings will be held on the fourth Tuesday of every other month (February, April, June, August and October) and hosted at various locations.

February 28, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at Selinsgrove Center, training room 141. The committee will be planning future initiatives that focus on positive practices/approaches for people. Please bring any cases you want to present to the group for discussion.

Dates for 2017 (locations to be determined)

April 25, 2017
June 27, 2017
August 22, 2017
October 24, 2017

We finalized our Dementia Resource Packet which includes resources around best practices related to persons with major neurocognitive disorder and mild neurocognitive disorder. Recently, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) released the fifth edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Dementia Resource Toolkit  Please contact your HCQU nurse for further information and/or training. All other inquiries can be sent to

Day of Wellness 2017 - Wednesday, April 26 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Schuylkill Mall in Frackville, PA.

Health and Wellness Fair 2017 - Thursday, October 19 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 20 Brookside Drive, Danville, PA.

HCQU Spring Day of Learning 2017 TBA.


The Behavioral Health Home Plus

The Health Care Quality Unit provides two wellness nurses under contract with county Behavioral Health programs of CMSU (Columbia, Montour, Snyder, Union) and Northumberland. These nurses work as members of a home health team whose goal is to improve the physical health of individuals with serious mental illness. They offer prevention and intervention to those who have developed or are at risk for developing chronic physical health issues.

For further information, please contact:

CMSU (Columbia, Montour, Snyder, and Union) Counties
Demaree S. Koehler, RN
Phone: 570-275-4962 x1086
Fax: 570-275-5754

Northumberland County
Traci J. Dunkelberger, RN, BSN
Phone: 570-495-2155
Fax: 570-988-4444

Updated ODP Consulting System Website

There is a new online course catalog now available from Health Care Quality Units across the state. Click here to view the online course catalog.