ABC’s of Managed Care
David Gates, Esq., Managing Attorney, PA Health Law Project did a presentation on Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) and fee-for-service system in Pennsylvania. He goes over key differences, core concepts, existing models in Pennsylvania, the role of service coordination and person centered planning, the role of states, and the connection between medical and behavioral managed care. He discusses all of these in relation to the “Discussion Paper” released by the state so you can participate and be a part of the process as the state considers managed care for long-term services in Pennsylvania.
Advocacy & State Budget Process
Understand how the Pennsylvania General Assembly passes a state budget so you can be effective in advocating for funds. Receive tips on how best to influence the process and build the right advocacy campaign. Terry Roth, Disability Budget Coalition and Beth Balaban, Human Services Budget Analyst for the Democratic Committee on Appropriations in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives speak on the subject. Advocacy & State Budget Process is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council.
The Breaking Barriers video was produced through a collaborative project of the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania and Manos Unidas, and was supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council
Breaking Barriers Part 1
Rompiendo Barreras (Breaking Barriers) is an intimate dialogue about disabilities as it affects Latino families. Moderated by members of the mental health team at Disability Rights Network of PA, in Part One two mothers and a provider discuss the barriers encountered in trying to find appropriate services for their children, the stigma associated with having a disability and the language associated with it, and the establishment of the support group Tocando Puertas (Knocking on Doors). Resources in Adams County are identified for individuals in need of help or who want more information.
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Breaking Barriers Part 2
In Part Two of Rompiendo Barreras the moderators and participants discuss in greater depth the challenges they have faced in addressing their needs and how they have been able to overcome the barriers. This discussion touches more intimately upon the lived stories of adversity, acceptance and triumph.
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Chris Michaels, Executive Director of NAMI Southwest, on the Disability Rights Network
An interview with two community organizers on how they got started in community organizing and their successes in advocating around accessibility issues. They will provide you with tips of what worked and what were the barriers they faces as community organizers. Community Organizing is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council.
Express Talk: Passing the Americans with Disabilities Act and Moving it Forward
Hear how the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed and how it changed our society and how it changed the way individuals with disabilities are perceived in our society today. Learn from the experts how you can advocate for your rights using the Americans with Disabilities Act. Express Talk: Passing the Americans with Disabilities Act and Moving it Forward is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council.
Grant Writing 101
Get answers to the questions you have about grant writing. C. Lu Conser, MPH, presents on what you need to know to start applying for a grant; how to build a relationship with funders; how to effectively communicate when applying for a grant; and how to start looking for funders locally.
Grant Writing 102
C. Lu Conser, MPH, does a follow-up training to Grant Writing 101 reviewing important factors in finding funding sources and writing winning grants; guidance on working with Program Logic Models and grant reporting requirements and building and maintaining relations with granting organizations.
This video was developed as part of the Consent, Capacity, and Substitute-Decision Making guide and addresses what guardianship is, alternatives to guardianship and other common questions related to guardianship. To view the Consent, Capacity, and Substitute-Decision Making guide and videos on Financial Powers of Attorney, Health Care Substitute Decision-Making, and Trusts & Estates, click here.
Lobbying Rules for Non-Profits
Lobbying is not only legal – it’s one of the most effective ways for nonprofits to advance their missions. Whether to influence the state’s budget, protect Medicaid, or pass or block new laws, there are many reasons that 501(c)(3) public charities may choose to lobby to achieve their policy goals. Federal law allows 501(c)(3) public charities to lobby with generous limits. Nationally recognized experts, Alliance for Justice presents Lobbying Rules for Nonprofits.
For materials and links related to Non-profit Lobbying, click here
Making Victim’s and Disability Services Accessible
This video was created by Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Through this video, suggestions and options are provided on how to make service providers more welcoming, responsive and accessible to Deaf individuals and individuals with disabilities. For additional information, please call 1-800-692-7443 Ext. 400 This video was funded by the Office on Violence Against Women, Department of Justice
Most people get their information and often form opinions based on reports from the news media—newspapers, television and radio. Successful advocacy groups know how to work with the media to deliver their messages and educate members of their communities, as well as policy makers and key decision makers. Marie Yeager, an Emmy Award winning television news producer and communications consultant, will help workshop participants learn to use media to attain your goals.
Person-Directed Services in Managed Long-Term Services and Supports
Estelle Richman, former Secretary of the Department of Human Services, presents on person-driven services and supports in a managed long-term care model. She covers federal options for self-directed services and supports in managed care and gives her initial thoughts on Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services recently released discussion document on managed long-term services and supports.
Social Media for Advocacy
Learn how to use social media tools effectively to get your message out and enhance your current advocacy strategies. What social media tools are there? How do I incorporate social media with my advocacy strategy? How do I know if my social media strategy is effective? Get answers to these questions and more.
Rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing People
This video is the American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation of our publication “Rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing People – Introduction”. For additional information and videos on the rights of Deaf and hard of hearing people in settings such as entertainment and more, click here.
Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Brochure
American Sign Language translation of Disability Rights Pennsylvania’s Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Program.
The World of Transition
The World of Transition is a video from the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania. The video highlights the stories of four youth with disabilities who have successfully transitioned from high school to either employment or Post-Secondary education. It includes information and resources available to youth and families as they prepare to transition to adult life.
Click here to view a video about Dennis Huculiak, son of DRN Board Member Mary Ohl. It’s short but sends a good message about the community and one individual’s life in it. Dennis’s journey was not made alone and many people made it possible. Mary and Dennis are all about inclusion and living your dream.
We hope you enjoy this very inspirational video and please share with anyone you wish.