Tuesday, August 19, 2008

"Working with Older Adults" Training Events

The Pennsylvania Behavioral Health & Aging Coalition announced three, free, one-day training sessions for certified peer specialists, recovery specialists, and aging & mental health professionals on the topics described in an online flyer (Word format, 1 page):

  • "Behavioral Health Issues in Older Adults" and
  • "Understanding and Accessing Medicare Services for Mental Health Consumers."
The Behavioral Health Connection is a new, innovative resource center developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging through its APPRISE health insurance counseling program.
This training * * * will include actual case studies to help understand issues involved in serving Baby Boomers, other older adults, and those dealing with substance use.

The training is also designed to assist professionals in utilization of Behavioral Health Connection, APPRISE, and assisting consumers having difficulty accessing treatment needs.

A basic understanding of Medicare will be provided in working with Medicare beneficiaries.
In a discussion forum sponsored by the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association, and in an invitation posted on the PBHAC website, Lynn Patrone explained the new "Behavioral Health Connection" and its mission:
Behavioral Health Connection is a brand new program that assists ALL mental health consumers in accessing necessary treatment, especially prescription medication. The training will assist all mental health professionals working with consumers and provide access to this unique resource.

Behavioral Health Connection serves consumers of all ages. There is no cost for the training but seating is limited!
Lynn referenced the online flyer, with registration form, for the training sessions (Word format, 1 page).

The sessions will be held from 8:30 A.M.-3:00 P.M. in the western, central, and eastern sections of Pennsylvania, as follows:
  • October 9, 2008, at Mountain View Inn, 121 Village Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601
  • November 19, 2008, at Inn at Chester Springs, 815 North Pottstown Pike, Exton, PA 19341
  • December 10, 2008, at Radisson Penn-Harris, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, PA 17011
A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to attendees. For further information, you may call 717-541-4219.

Advance registration is required. Registrations can be submitted to the attention of Lynn Patrone, at PABHAC/BHC, via fax (717-541-4217) or by email to: lynn@olderpennsylvanians.org.