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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 virtual instructor lead 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. 

What’s Happening Now - Face to Face Operations on Pause

With the health and safety of our community paramount to our concerns, we are announcing a significant change to our previous service delivery platform.  It is necessary for us to take additional precautions to minimize risk to everyone so all face to face operations have been paused. COVID - 19 has not changed the need for education and support, if anything it has expanded the need. Our team will continue to provide individuals and staff training and technical assistance to the maximum extent possible during the pandemic, while adjusting delivery methods to comply with state and local health/safety restrictions. Until further notice, HCQU RN staff will be facilitating instructor led virtual trainings in substitution for any and all face to face interactions. In addition, self-study packets and online education courses are available. We remain committed to providing services with the safety and welfare of our individuals and staff as a top priority. Contact the HCQU to discuss your training needs and how to schedule remote learning sessions. 

WEBINAR: Brain Injury in Older Adults
Two 90-minute sessions 
March 2 and 16th, from 1 - 2:30PM
3.0 CEUs available for Nurses, PTs, OTs and Social Workers through the PA State Boards 

Our Spring HCQU Day of Learning is tentatively scheduled for May 13, 2021. We realize it is difficult to forecast future trainings. Our intention is to remotely deliver the same training agenda in the Spring pending speaker availability. Please check back for updates. 

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.

2021 meetings TBD

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