Best Practices Forum

  • 20 Jun 2016
  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • WCSI


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Best Practices Forum

Target Audience: The County Mental Health, Behavioral Health and Aging systems who had previously assisted in developing their county’s Memorandums of Understandings and those who actively work across systems to serve older adults, including social workers, housing coordinators, personal care and assisted living staff, nursing home and home health care providers.

Westmoreland Casemanagement and Supports

770 East Pittsburgh Street
Greensburg, PA

Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: $35

Description: In 2006, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and Department of Public Welfare’s Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services required Memorandum’s of Understanding to encourage counties to collaborate their resources and better serve older individuals across the counties and state systems. The 2016 Aging and Behavioral Health Forums in keeping with the voice of the Memorandums of Understanding, will emphasize a multidisciplinary approach to providing services to older adults and the need for cross system collaboration. Counties offering Mental Health and Aging Best Practice programs will be highlighted. Information on a variety of services and evidenced-based practices for older adults will be discussed.


9:00 am – 10:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

10:00 am – 10:30 am Opening Remarks –

• Dr. Dale Adair, Medical Director and Chief Psychiatric Officer, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

10:30 am – 11:30 am “Allegheny County AAA/OBH Collaborative Relationships” - Don Grant Options Waiver Supervisor, Allegheny County DHS/AAA; Cassie Barton, Behavioral Health/Aging Resource Coordinator, Allegheny County DHS/AAA; Carol Loy, CHIPP Coordinator, Allegheny County DHS/OBH

11:30 am – 12:15 pm LUNCH

12:15 pm – 12:30 Terry Barley, Acting Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Aging

12:30 pm – 1:15 Clearfield Jefferson’s Best Practices for serving Older Adults with Behavioral Health Issues – Joint Older Adult Crisis Team (JOACT) Cheryl Muders, Long Term Care Director; Bill Mendat, Community Connections; Mary Brown, Community Connections and Kris Fenton, Universal Community Behavioral Health

1:15 pm – 1:30 pm BREAK

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm Familylinks MMHT Options Program Best Practices Program for serving Older Adults with Behavioral Health Issues – Paul Tedesco, PhD, Senior Director-Behavioral Health Services; Sarah Ingram, LCSW, Clinical Coordinator-Behavioral Health

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm Centre County’s “Project Share” – Jenn Chessie, CASSP Coordinator, Mental Health Casework Supervisor

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Closing Remarks and Evaluations

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