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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.

Spring Day of Learning
Thursday May 9, 2019, 8:30am-3:45pm at the Shiloh United Church of Christ, 512 Bloom Street, Danville, PA 17821. Topics include Compassion Fatigue: A Component to Providing Trauma Informed Care, Skin Integrity and Prevention of Pressure Injury, Fresh Food Farmacy: Changing How We Take Care of Patients with Diabetes and The Impact of Food Insecurity. Registration deadline April 30, 2019.

Fall Day of Learning 
Oct. 10, 2019, details to follow

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 April 23, 2019 located at the Northumberland County Human Services Building, 2ndFloor Conference Room, 217 N. Center Street, Sunbury, PA 17801 from 10am-12noon.

June’s PPC meeting will be on the 25th located at Hope Enterprises, 543 Church Street, Danville, PA 17821 from 10am-12noon.

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
Sarah J. Spagnuolo, RN
570-275-4962 x1086
Fax: 570-275-5754

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