Celebrating 60 years of the Community Mental Health Act: Understanding our history and moving into the New Community Mental Health Movement

Harrisburg, PA US
March 25, 2024

Please join the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Leadership Council (PPLC) and the Centers of Excellence (COE) Community Fellowship programs to Celebrate 60 Years of the Community Mental Health Act.

  • Hear from Community Mental Health Leaders Estelle Richman and Joseph Rogers
  • Updates from OMHSAS Deputy Secretary Jennifer Smith, and Executive Director of the Behavioral Health Council, Christina Finello
  • Exciting panels featuring system leaders, advocates, and Community Psychiatrists discussing the past, present, and future of Community Mental Health

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this conference, learners will become educated on how the implementation of the Community Mental Health Act impacted mental health policies/decisionmaking/creation of community mental health systems across the state.
As a result of attending this conference, learners will be able to share experiences/communicate the successes/failures of the current mental health system- determining how to address needs/reduction of barriers/brainstorm solutions to create an integrated community mental health system for all consumers across the commonwealth.

Additional Information

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 5.75 Attendance
Course opens: 
03/14/2024
Course expires: 
12/31/2024
Event starts: 
03/25/2024 - 8:00am EDT
Event ends: 
03/25/2024 - 4:00pm EDT

March 25, 2024
Agenda
Time
8:30 am - Welcome and Introductions: Kenneth Thompson, MD, PPLC Medical Advisor

8:45 am - Keynote Address: Estelle Richman, former DHS Secretary

9:30 am - The History of Lived Experience & Behavioral Health Advocacy: Joseph Rodgers, Advocate and
former President and CEO of MHASPA

10:15 am - Break

10:30 am - Panel 1: Understanding Our History - Exploring Our Past:
Moderator: Rachel Talley, MD, Director, Fellowship in Public and Community Psychiatry, UPenn
Panelists:
Michael J. Vergare, MD, Co-Chair, Jefferson Holistic Health Initiative, Professor & Chair Emeritus, Sidney
Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University
Mark Salzer, PhD, Director of the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion
Nancy Weiman, former Deputy Administrator, Montgomery County MH/MR

11:30 am - Jennifer Smith, Deputy Secretary, OMHSAS

12:00 pm - Lunch

12:45 pm - Panel 2: Exploring Current Community Mental Health Opportunities/Challenges: Moderator: Mary
Anne Albaugh, MD, DFAPA, Director, COE, UPMC Rural
Panelists:
Sally Walker, Chief Executive Officer, BHARP
Katrin Fieser, LSW, Senior Program Implementation Specialist University of Pittsburgh, PERU
Wesley Sowers, MD, Director, Center for Public Service Psychiatry, UPMC

1:45 pm - Christina Finello, Esquire, Executive Director, PA Behavioral Health Council

2:15 pm - Panel 3- Community Mental Health: Where are we Going?
Moderator: Sierra McNeil, MSW, Director of Workforce Development
Presenters:
Clarice Dixon, DO, MS,MEd, UPMC
Edward Norris, MD, MBA, Chair, Department of Psychiatry , LVHN

3:15 pm - For the Good of Order/Upcoming Meetings/Adjourn: Kenneth Thompson, MD/Valerie Ferri, MPH,
LSW - Executive Director PPLC

Best Western Premier the Central Hotel & Conference Center
800 East Park Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17111
United States

Faculty Disclosure:

All individuals in a position to control the content of this education activity have disclosed all financial relationships with any companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. 

All of the relevant financial relationships for the individuals listed below have been mitigated.
Rachel Talley, MD receives Grant/Research Support from Vanna Health

Michael Vergare, MD, DLFAPA is a advisory Board member for Neuroflow

No other members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships with any companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.


 

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physician (CME)
The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity. 

Available Credit

  • 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 5.75 Attendance
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