2019 Pennsylvania Mental Health and Wellness Conference

///2019 Pennsylvania Mental Health and Wellness Conference
2019 Pennsylvania Mental Health and Wellness Conference 2019-05-13T15:53:58+00:00

May 20-21, 2019
Holiday Inn Harrisburg-Hershey | 604 Station Road | Grantville, PA 17028

Join us May 20-21, 2019, as three leading statewide mental health organizations unite to host the Pennsylvania Mental Health and Wellness Conference in Harrisburg.

NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association (PMHCA), and the Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania (MHAPA) invite peers, family members, advocates, and professionals to experience this one-of-a-kind event that will provide a platform to learn, share, and network.

Conference Agenda
Conference Brochure

Conference Registration

Online registration is closed.  You can still download a conference registration form and fax the completed form to NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania at 412-366-3935 or scan and email the form to slsteinberg@namikeystonepa.org.

General Admission Admission with CEUs
Standard Rate $150 $180
Refund Policy: Cancellations made prior to Friday, May 10 will be refunded. If requesting CEUs, a $25 administrative fee will be deducted from your refund. No refunds will be issued after May 10.

Continuing Education Credits
CEU:  0.80 Credit Hours (Nurses, other health care professionals)
SOCIAL WORKERS:  Up to 8.0 Credit Hours (LSW/LCSW, LPC, LMFT)
PSYCHOLOGISTS:  Up to 8.0 Credit Hours

This program fulfills requirements for Certified Peer Specialists and Certified Recovery Specialists continuing education.  For attending, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance. You do not need to register at the CEU rate and do not need to pay for CEUs. Please register at the General Admission rate.

PLEASE NOTE! The following Conference Workshops are eligible for General CEU credits ONLY – They are NOT eligible for Social Work (LSW/LSCW, LCP, LMFT) or Psychologist credits.
–Workshop C “Write It Out”
–Workshop J “Pennsylvania’s Journey in Building Family Peer Support Specialist Workforce”
–Workshop L “NAMI Smarts for Advocacy: Telling Your Story”

Important note: Pursuant to the ADA, if you require specific aid or services, please contact Sara Levine Steinberg at slsteinberg@namikeystonepa.org or call 412-366-3788. Please make all requests for accommodations at least three weeks prior to the conference date.

Marketing Opportunities

The 2019 Pennsylvania Mental Health and Wellness Conference is an opportunity to showcase your organization or business to hundreds of attendees from across the state over the course of this two-day event. There are opportunities to sponsor, become a scholarship benefactor, and/or exhibit.

Become an Exhibitor
Become a Sponsor or Scholarship Benefactor

Conference Speakers

Keynote Presentation
Monday, May 20

“Living a (Very) Public Life with Depression and Anxiety”

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg
132nd Legislative District, Lehigh Valley
Co-Chair, House Mental Health Caucus

Keynote presenter, State Representative Mike Schlossberg, has lived with depression and anxiety for most of his life.  He had been open about his diagnosis with family and close friends, but he didn’t share this information publicly until a few years ago. What changed? In Rep. Schlossberg’s presentation, “Living a (Very) Public Life with Depression and Anxiety,” he will explain the catalyst behind the decision to share his lived experience with colleagues and constituents and the powerful impact it has had on him as a state legislator.

Afternoon Plenary
Monday, May 20

"Stronger Together:  Advancing Policy In Pennsylvania"

The Monday afternoon plenary will feature a panel of Pennsylvania advocates who will discuss some of the top public policy priorities of 2019 for mental health advocates. Moderator Joan Erney will guide the discussion as panelists explain the impact that decisions in Harrisburg have on the mental health services that individuals and their family members rely on every day. Panelists will also share how they’re making it a priority of their own to work together to advance critical public policy initiatives and the methods they’re using to mobilize their supporters to create one strong coalition with a cohesive message.

Moderated By:
--  Joan Erney, JD, CEO, Community Behavioral Health
Paneled By:
--  Christine Michaels, MSHSA, CEO, NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania
--  Lynn Keltz, Exec. Dir., Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association
--  Sue Walther, Exec. Dir., Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania
--  Peri Jude Radecic, CEO, Disability Rights PA

Closing Plenary
Tuesday, May 21

“First Episode Psychosis Programs in Pennsylvania: Laying the Groundwork for Systems of Change”

Day two will kick off with a group presentation on First Episode Psychosis (FEP) programs in Pennsylvania. Speakers will highlight the importance of early detection, intervention, and care for psychosis; how the collaboration and communication between FEP programs, counties, and the state are crucial to their success; and they will also share details on #BackOnTrackPA, NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania’s statewide grassroots advocacy initiative to raise awareness of FEP programs by educating the public and policymakers on the positive results they are producing and the groundwork FEP programs are laying to make the case for systems change.

Presented By:
--  Christine Michaels, MSHSA, CEO, NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania
--  Marci Sturgeon-Rusiewicz, MS, LPC, CPSS, Doctoral Candidate, Senior Manager of Recovery and Resiliency at Wesley Family Services, Program Manager at ENGAGE
--  Denise Namowicz, MSW, Director of First Episode Psychosis (HOPE) Children’s Service Center
--  Jill Stemple, Section Chief, Planning, Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS)
--  Charlie Lotz, Vice President, Denny Civic Solutions
Melina Spyridaki-Dodd, M.D, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Wesley Family Services

Hotel Information

Hotel Information

The Holiday Inn Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel is fully booked.  The Comfort Suites Grantville-Hershey North is located .3 miles from the host hotel.

Rate: $114 per night plus tax
Call:  717-469-8181 and mention "PA Mental Health and Wellness Conference"

Please dress in layers as room temperatures can vary. If you have special access needs related to a disability or impairment, please contact Sara Levine Steinberg at slsteinberg@namikeystonepa.org or call 412-366-3788.

Conference Sponsors


2018 State Conference Highlights