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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.

Health and Wellness Fair and Day of Wellness notice
On behalf of the HCQU, we would like to take this opportunity to announce the discontinuation of both the Schuylkill County Spring Day of Wellness and the CMSU Fall Health and Wellness event. For more than a decade we have proudly participated in both collaborative events. The longevity of these community programs was largely due to the ongoing support of vendors and participants. Thank you all for partnering with us to promote wellness to people outside of traditional health care settings.

Moving forward, the HCQU has begun to explore educational and community health promotion activities that we can contribute to as vendors. We believe we can play an important role in improving health outcomes in our Central Region in addition to communicating the valuable role of the HCQU.  We welcome the opportunity to network with other agencies so please feel free to notify the HCQU of upcoming events at 570-271-7240 or

Mental health first aid
Sept. 14, 2018 at Shiloh Church of Christ, 512 Bloom St., Danville, PA 17821, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Fall Day of Learning
Oct. 11, 2018 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 306 Lombard Ave., Danville, PA 17821, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

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

The next PPC meeting is Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 10 a.m. - noon at the Northumberland County Human Services Building, Second Floor Conference Room, 217 N. Center St., Sunbury, PA  17801. Andrea Layton: Outreach & Resource Specialist from ASERT will be the guest speaker.

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. Contact your HCQU nurse for further information and/or training. All other inquiries can be sent to

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.

Updated ODP consulting system website

A new online course catalog is now available from Health Care Quality units across the state. Click here to view the online course catalog.

For further information, contact a Behavioral Health Home Plus Wellness nurse:

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

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