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HCQU trainings and updates

Here are the latest updates and instructor-led training sessions available from the Health Care Quality Unit.

Update: Training & COVID-19

Our team continues to provide individual and staff training and technical assistance during the pandemic.

Until further notice, our HCQU RN staff training sessions will be virtual. Self-study packets and online education courses are also available.

Contact the HCQU to discuss your training needs and schedule virtual sessions.

Training calendar

Our registered nurses provide free health-related training to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD), and to caregivers, service providers and county staff.

Contact the regional nurse to discuss virtual training opportunities specific to your needs in your county. Refer to the Training Index to review available topics. However, training isn’t limited to topics on the index.

Upcoming virtual training and webinars

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 considered most challenging and those with a dual diagnosis (IDD).

PPC meetings are open to providers of behavioral health and intellectual disability services. Case reviews and updates are always welcome. Registration isn’t required.

2021 meetings:

Sept 21, 2021 - 10:00 AM - Virtual Cook-Along Class: Pulled Chicken Tacos

Sept 28, 2021 - 1:00-2:30 PM - Human Trafficking Zoom Training - Working with Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

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 people 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 more information, contact a Behavioral Health Home Plus Wellness nurse:


CMSU (Columbia, Montour, Snyder, and Union) Counties
Nissa Freeze, RN
570-275-4962 x1086
Fax: 570-275-5754

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