Chicago School – Helps the Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon County Link!

Amazing how the internet can reach so far! We received an email today from a school teacher in Chicago who is teaching her students about social and moral development in society. They were discussing and reviewing online resources and found our page: The students found it to be full of useful information for their classwork, and reached out to our Link to say thank you!

As a part of their assignment, one student in particular, Stewart, found another informative page on the care of seniors with autism:

They thought that you, our visitors, may be interested in this additional great resource and asked that I share it with you, our readers. This will be shared by their teacher with the class so that others are encouraged to find and share additional resources with others on a topic that their community may need to be educated about.

Join me in thanking the students! You can email your words of appreciation to me at In the subject line – mark your email “Thank you Chicago” and I will send them on to the class for reading.

Thank you students of Chicago! Keep up the wonderful work you are doing!

Lebanon County LINK Meeting Cancelled

Unfortunately we need to cancel the December 3rd, 8:30 AM Lebanon Link partners meeting. Our presenter had an unexpected change in her flight schedule and is unable to present at the meeting. We will reschedule time with April Crossley in the New Year. In the meantime, don’t forget to fill out the survey by clicking on the following link:

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Virtual Caregiver Symposium


  Aging and Disability Business Institute Now Accepting Applications for the 2022 Financial Acumen Learning Collaborative
Apply now to participate in the Financial Acumen Learning Collaborative (FALC)! Hosted by the Aging and Disability Business Institute at USAging, the Financial Acumen Learning Collaborative will provide aging and disability community-based organizations (CBOs) with the knowledge and skills necessary to build and strengthen their financial operations and agency sustainability efforts related to contracts with health care entities. Up to 15 organizations will be selected for participation.  

For the purposes of this collaborative, financial acumen is defined as the understanding of what drives agency revenues and expenses and how key financial metrics can be used in defining agency goals. Improving its financial acumen will help your CBO better manage the financial components of health care contracting and enhance its financial and accounting practices. The skills and knowledge FALC participants will gain will help improve budget management, increase revenue and assess the financial value of potential contracting opportunities.  

FALC participants will engage in a curriculum that addresses financial acumen topics and practices such as accurately costing out agency services, assessing net income from various pricing methods and levels, evaluating and managing financial risk, and calculating the return on investment to potential health care partners. This effort is intended to address such areas (and more) to support the pursuit of health care contracts.

Healthnet – Berks County – November 18th

Lancaster LINK Partner meeting

Please be advised that the partner meeting scheduled for 10/21 at 1:00 PM for the Lancaster LINK is experiencing technical difficulties with ZOOM. I have been informed by tech support that the problem should be resolved at or around 1:30 PM. My apologies for the delay and the inconvenience.

Abilities in Motion – Disability Talks

There are 200 types of Dwarfism in the world, Sofiya, Nic and their spouses ironically all have different forms and share with us their challenges as new parents and their extensive body of work in and out of the theater. Listen in to hear more for Dwarfism Awareness Month.   To find out more about our guest, visit these links: Website: Easter Seals Film Challenge:

Click HERE to listen!

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We are excited to announce that this month, we are starting monthly meetings of the Suicide Prevention Coalition! Meetings will take place at 12pm on the 1st Wednesday of each month. We will begin meeting virtually since many local locations are still under COVID restrictions, but meetings will transition to in person once restrictions are lifted. Please follow this link to register to join the virtual meetings:

In light of this exciting opportunity, we wanted to take a moment to highlight a preventative strategy, The Safety Plan, that can help to keep us and our loved ones safe from suicide.
How can a safety plan help?
AWARENESS: Problems can feel like they take us by surprise when they escalate, but if we look closely, we can often notice stressors and challenges that led to the escalation. By being aware, we can take preventative action at the first signs of crisis.
PREVENTION: Completing a safety plan can helps us to brainstorm people and coping skills we can lean into to prevent problems from escalating into a crisis in the first place.
KNOW YOUR RESOURCES: In crisis, we often can’t think as clearly, so making this plan now and collecting our supports in a singular, easily accessible location can help us to be prepared for times of need.
KNOW YOUR ALLIES: When our mental health is ill, we often feel alone, lost, confused, stuck. In creating this safety plan, you can start to identify and reach out to people who can be your allies during these dark times when we may not be thinking about the total picture.
What is in the safety plan?
A safety plan allows you to…
   1. Clearly identify warning signs that a crisis may be developing
   2. Activities YOU can do to cope and keep the problem from escalating
   3. People and settings who can provide a distraction
   4. People who may be able to help offer support or assistance
   5. Professionals you can call
   6. How to set up a safe environment.
Click the link to download and complete the plan yourself. A safety plan is also a working document, so revisit it to update it regularly and keep fresh on the information included.

Was this helpful? Share it with friends, family members, clients, staff, and your leaders to help us all have a safe place to turn when challenges arise.

Would you like to know more about the Suicide Prevention Coalition and how you can spread more education and volunteer to help break the stigma barriers around suicide?

Email Kay at to share your story and see how you can be part of breaking down barriers.
As always, be safe, reach out if you need support and we’ll be here.
Kay and the team at MHA Lancaster PA