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.
In response to growing concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and its potential impact, the Spring Day of Learning scheduled for Thursday May 14th, 2020 at the Geisinger Medical Center Hemelright Auditorium in Danville, PA has been canceled. At this time, we are uncertain if the spring training day agenda will be offered at a later time. Our anticipated Fall Day of Learning date is October 8th, 2020 with 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.
April PPC meeting is cancelled. June PPC meeting 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.