System of Care County Collaborative 2018- 2019 Schedule

During 2018-2019, the PA Care Partnership would like to offer various learning opportunities for counties focusing on the system of care values and principles and the system of care standards. This will be accomplished by holding Technical Assistance (TA) calls/webinars with all counties participating in the PA Care Partnership, including partner counties, expansion, and sustainability counties.

Each call will be scheduled on the fourth (4th) Tuesday of the month at 2:30 pm for one (1) hour. Sessions will be recorded to all allow for flexibility for youth, families, and system partners who are unable to attend the scheduled meetings. There are also opportunities for counties to meet in person through regional meetings and county meetings. Information will be posted on the PA System of Care Partnership website, for those unable to attend.

Handle with Care Presentation

Presented by: Andrea Darr, West Virginia Center for Children's Justice.  

Webinar held on February 12, 2020

The West Virginia Defending Childhood Initiative, commonly referred to as “Handle With Care,” is tailored to reflect the needs and issues affecting children in West Virginia. The Initiative, a result of a collaborative effort of key stakeholders and partners, builds upon the success of proven programs throughout the country. The goal of the Initiative is to prevent children’s exposure to trauma and violence, mitigate negative affects experienced by children’s exposure to trauma, and to increase knowledge and awareness of this issue.

Model Handle With Care (“HWC”) programs promote safe and supportive homes, schools and communities that protect children, and help traumatized children heal and thrive. HWC promotes school-community partnerships aimed at ensuring that children who are exposed to trauma in their home, school or community receive appropriate interventions to help them achieve academically at their highest levels despite whatever traumatic circumstances they may have endured. The ultimate goal of HWC is to help students to succeed in school. Regardless of the source of trauma, the common thread for effective intervention is the school or child care agency. Research now shows that trauma can undermine children’s ability to learn, form relationships, and function appropriately in the classroom. HWC programs support children exposed to trauma and violence through improved communication and collaboration between law enforcement, schools/child care agencies, and mental health providers, and connect families, schools, and communities to mental health services.

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County Collaborative Call on the Erie County System of Care Grant

Presented by: Nicole Wells, MS – System of Care Erie, Project Director, Achievement Center
Hosted by: The PA Care Partnership
Date: September 24, 2019
Time: 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Collaborative Description

Erie County partnered with Luzerne County in the grant application, execution of objectives to meet the said goals varies from county to county. System of Care (SOC) Erie works to partner with local providers, agencies, schools, faith-based organizations, and community members to create a child and family-serving system that encourages youth and family participation and improves behavioral/ mental health outcomes. While the grant assesses the strengths and challenges of services for children ages birth to 21, SOC Erie has chosen transition-aged youth as the primary target population. These are youth ages 14-26 years who have, or who are at risk for, mental health challenges or other system involvement.

The 60-minute presentation will review the challenges and successes of our efforts specific to creating trauma-informed systems and youth and family engagement. The following objectives will be met:

  • Explore how a community formed a coalition to address the diverse needs of populations served through trauma awareness and trauma-informed systems
  • Learn ways to overcome barriers to implementing System of Care principles and values to increase youth and family engagement
  • Explore how partnerships with the faith community have to change the way system providers view aging out foster care youth
  • Listen to continuous efforts to educate and partner with schools to address mental health issues and needs

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County Collaborative Call Behavioral Health Alliance for Rural PA  SOC Grant and Sustainability

Presented by: Chris Minnich, Project Director, Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural PA System of Care Grant

Hosted by: The PA Care Partnership

Date: July 23, 2019

Time: 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

BHARP works with eight (8) member counties and they are identified as a “Tier 1” System of Care counties who receive financial and technical support.  They are Forest, Northumberland, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Union, Warren, and Wayne. BHARP also works with an additional 15 counties that have access to training and other resources developed as a part of the grant as it evolves. There are 4 core activities identified in the submission which support system transformation: creating SOC leadership teams in each of the Tier 1 counties and at the BHARP level, developing a family-driven system of care, developing a youth-driven system of care, and developing a trauma-informed system of care.

This presentation focused on funding and how the BHARP System of Care Grant moved funding to the counties they work with as part of their System of Care allocations. 

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County Collaborative on Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Youth Suicide Prevention Grant

Presented by: Perri Rosen, Ph.D., NCSP | Project Director, Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention Grant

Hosted by: The PA Care Partnership

Date: June 25, 2019

Time: 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm


This presentation will provide an overview of the Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Youth Suicide Prevention Grant that has been ongoing in Pennsylvania since September 2014.  Attendees will be able to understand better the grant goals and primary implementation strategies of this statewide effort targeting youth between the ages of 10-24 in school and college settings.  Key outcomes and sustainability plans for youth suicide prevention in the commonwealth will be highlighted.

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County Collaborative for May 28, 2019- Luzerne-Wyoming Counties System of Care Overview

Time 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Pennsylvania has several System of Care Grants currently in operation, Luzerne-Wyoming System of Care (SOC) is one of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Grants.  Luzerne-Wyoming SOC will be presenting on two aspects of their work, Youth Driven System and Creating a Trauma-Informed System. The 60-minute presentation will review the challenges and successes in their goal to implement a Youth-Driven System as well as their current transition into a Trauma-Informed System implemented through training and policy change. 

From the webinar the learner will be able to:

  • Define and understand Luzerne-Wyoming’s Youth Driven System
  • Learn about ways Luzerne-Wyoming SOC is making their System Youth Driven
  • Define and understand Luzerne-Wyoming’s Goal for a Trauma-Informed System
  • Learn the steps they are taking to develop a Trauma-Informed System

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March 26, 2019, County Collaborative on Trauma and ACES- Crawford County’s Approach to Trauma-Informed

Crawford County Pennsylvania continues to build their trauma-informed community, and have approached building this community through the use of ACES and Trauma-Informed Training.  The County Collaborative, hosted by Joe Barnhart, Crawford County’s, System of Care Manager, will discuss how as a county they moved from trauma-informed being the “flavor of the month” and transformed this into a community movement and evolution through four planned components.    1. Awareness 2. Training 3. Screening, Assessment and Intervention 4. Prevention and Advocacy. The audience will walk away with the following understanding:

  • How one county assessed their need for trauma-informed work
  • Sample action steps to start a trauma-informed community
  • How Trauma Informed integrates with their System of Care County.  

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For copies of Trauma-Informed Agency Assessments please go here for our resource page.

August 28, 2018- GoTo Meeting -Introduction to the System of Care

  • Roles and Responsibility of PA Care Partnership Staff and contracted partners
  • PA Care Partnership offering to counties
  • Discussion on what the Counties are interested in learning about

Click here for the August 28, 2018 Webinar   

Tuesday, September 25, 2018- GoTo Meeting - Principle II: Multi-System Integration

  • Integrated serving systems ensure that services and supports are integrated at the system level, with linkages between child and transition-aged serving agencies and programs across administrative and funding boundaries and mechanism are established for system-level management, coordination, and integrated care management.
  • Review of how this is measured
  • Discussion of current county work 

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018- GoTo Meeting -  Value VIII: Data-Driven, Quality and Outcomes Oriented – Presenters: Monica Payne and Evaluation Team

  • In a system of care, being data-driven means that decisions are made using concrete information about what is happening, rather than personal stories or gut feelings. Data may include information about which children and youth use the most intense services, what characteristics they have in common, and whether those services are accessible. A key part of data-driven decision-making is identifying high-risk children and youth and providing timely interventions to prevent more severe behavioral health challenges later.
  • Review of how this is measured
  • Discussion on evaluation options
  • Click here to view the online presentation
  •  Slides of the October 23, 2018 presentation


Tuesday, November 27, 2018- GoTo Meeting -  Family Peer Support – Presenters: Jill Santiago and Crystal Karenchak

The PA Care Partnership, in collaboration with the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and various other SAMHSA grants is supporting the implementation of Family Peer Support Specialist training around the Commonwealth.  This is a new service to the Commonwealth and is not yet billable to Medicaid.  You are invited to learn about the service, hear about the certification process through the PA Certification Board, and hear about updates related to the future funding of this service.    Through this interactive learning experience, you can be at the forefront of this family driven service. 

January 22, 2019 - Webinar- Youth Driven

Youth Driven is about having an authentic youth voice in leadership positions in county and state government where youth are trained, supported, and valued. The youth are supported to share their voice through stipends, transportation assistance, and childcare, with the goal of making their voice sustainable. Opportunities, like youth voice and leadership, are encouraged and made available to youth at county and state level child-serving systems, through the work of System of Care. Youth receive sufficient information and have a primary decision-making role in terms of their care. 

  • Overview of System of Care Value of being Youth Driven
  • Overview of what Youth Driven looks like around the Commonwealth
  • How to enhance Youth Driven through Youth Organizations like Youth M.O.V.E. PA
  • Discussion on Youth Engagement, Education, and Training Opportunities

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February 26, 2019 - Go To Meeting - County Collaborative On Family Driven and the PA Family Alliance for Children's Services

Family driven at an individual family level means families have a primary decision-making role in the care of their own children. In leadership positions at their county and state providing input into the policies, procedures and funding decisions that govern the care of all children in their communities.  Family driven can be realized even within the context of delinquency and/or dependency proceedings, even when there is a feeling of that it is not being driven by the family.  In some situations, families may not have the opportunity to drive all decisions, but they should have the opportunity to have involvement in the decisions. We will review this in more detail, as well as other family initiatives and the Statewide Family Organization Grant. 

Define Family Driven

  • Review and discuss family-driven support, engaging families, Technical Assistance, and Training Opportunities.
  • Review Statewide Family Grant PA Alliance for Children's Services (PA-FACS) and how this can assist counties
  • Discussion on general needs for the counties. 

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