9 AM – 10 AM: Dr. Dale Adair, Chief Psychiatric Officer for the PA Department of Human Services, will be discussing the mental health landscape in Pennsylvania, and some of the key initiatives DHS taking to improve access to mental healthcare.

10 AM – 12 PM: Mental Health Legislative Panel

  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Discussion of the Behavioral Health Commission Report on Adult Behavioral Health
    • Mike Schlossberg
    • Recommendation 1 – Stabilize, Strengthen, and Expand the Workforce
      • Noreen Fredrick, UPMC Western Behavioral Health
      • Christine Michaels, NAMI Keystone PA
    • Recommendation 2 – Improve Criminal Justice and Public Safety Systems
      • Lucas Malishchak, Department of Corrections
      • Chief Jason Haberman, Mt. Lebanon Police Department
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: – Mental Health Needs in Schools
      • Emily Born, Allegheny County Office of Behavioral Health
      • Shannon Fagan, Allegheny Intermediate Unit
      • Emilia Peiffer, Pennsylvania School Counselors Association/PSEA
      • Pennsylvania School Board Association


1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: PA Department of Human Services Acting Secretary Dr. Val Arkoosh and Kristin Ahrens, Deputy Secretary, Office of Developmental Programs, will be discussing the changing landscape of disability services in Pennsylvania, and the role the PA Department of Human Services plays in providing these vital services and supports to help Pennsylvanians live the everyday lives they deserve.

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Disability Legislative Panel

  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Recommendations of the Employment First Oversight Commission
    • Josie Badger, Employment First Oversight Commission
    • Steven Suroviec, Employment First Oversight Commission
    • Marci Katona, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
    • Eve Hill and the SEED Team
  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Supports for College Students with Disabilities
    • Heather Conroy, Evolve Coaching
    • Jim Lilley, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
    • Daphna Gans
    • Ruder Law

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