Plenary Sessions

Plenary Sessions

P1 – Meet the Secretaries

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Tuesday, October 2 • 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm

Magnolia ABCD


Jen Smith, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP)
Rachel Levine, MD, Pennsylvania Department of Health (PDOH)
Teresa Osborne, BSW, MHA, Department of Aging
Teresa Miller, JD, BA, Department of Human Services (DHS)

As Pennsylvania’s health care landscape continues to diversify and grow, RCPA is pleased to offer a meeting with several key Secretaries from the Department of Human Services, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, Department of Health, and Department of Aging. Through a moderated session, attendees will learn about the current and future initiatives of the Commonwealth, as well as the policy and financial aspects of human services delivery.

P2 – State of the State



Thursday, October 4 • 10:15 am – 11:45 am

Red Ballroom


Leesa Allen | Department of Human Services (DHS)
Kristin Ahrens | Office of Developmental Programs (ODP)
Kevin Hancock | Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL)
Lynn Kovich | Office of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS)
Cathy Utz | Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF)
Sally Kozak | Office of Medical Assistance Programs (OMAP)
Ellen DiDomenico | Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP)

A panel of all the Deputy Secretaries led by Community Behavioral Health (CBH) CEO Joan Erney. Learn more about the state of the Commonwealth by attending this session with the Deputy Secretaries from across Health and Human Services. Priorities for the upcoming year, regulation and policy changes, and new initiatives such as managed care and value-based purchasing will be discussed. There will be time for questions and answers from the audience as well.

P3 – From Tragedy to Action: A Parent’s Voice to Create Change Across Systems

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Thursday, October 4 • 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Red Ballroom


Laura Crooks, OTR, MHA | Chad’s Legacy Project
Todd Crooks | Chad’s Legacy Project

Come to hear how one family turned the diagnosis of schizophrenia and the tragedy of suicide into real change within a statewide mental health system. Join Todd and Laura as we discuss how we brought partners together across all the sectors to create collaborative solutions including new legislation, new models of care, and payment reform. Learn how mobilizing a community has effectively brought individuals to the table to create innovative actions. Most importantly, come and hear how all of this has been achieved through compassion for each other and perseverance, not to let traditional barriers prevent action, but rather be a way to bring people together.