Author Archive: smcmahon142

Apply for VA Health Care

Join PennCares for our free, multi-day Family RoadMap® virtual workshop.

Join PennCares for our free, multi-day Family RoadMap® virtual workshop.Upcoming Date: Session #3: Wednesday, August 3rd, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.Missed the first & second sessions? No worries! Send us an email at and we will send you the recordings so you can get caught up.Please note that this is an interactive workshop. Active participation is greatly appreciated and encouraged.
Register for the final session to be entered to win a $25 gift card. *If minimum of ten participants is met.*
Register for Session #3
This program is made possible through a generous grant from the Greater Harrisburg Community Foundation, a regional foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities.
Summary: The RoadMap Resource is the guiding star which will provide some meaningful direction and guidance to support families and help them navigate through systems in a 5 step process to include learning to highlight needs, identifying strengths, understanding professional/medical needs and gaining some tools to become an effective support for others and/or advocating for yourself. Participants will learn how to set achievable goals and understand the basics of several systems. The sessions are interactive with shared resources, useable information with simple, accessible tools. Participants will complete the 3 sessions with a hearty sense of establishing purposeful goals, tips to seeking support and learn some basic tips on how to build a toolkit of resources as your guide. Supplies will accompany these sessions and will be mailed to each participant upon completion of the series of trainings.
For a full list of upcoming webinars, please click the button below:
Upcoming Webinars
PennCares can bring this training to your area. We provide training services across the state of Pennsylvania. Contact us for pricing. Don’t see a topic you are looking for? Call or email us as we can customize your staffing needs. Please email us at:
LogoCopyright (C) 2022 PennCares Support Services. All rights reserved.

Lancaster Chamber – Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

July 28, 2022

It’s back-to-school time and we have many programs for you and your team to choose from, with something for everyone! Check out the upcoming professional development training, academies, and courses that we are offering this Fall!*NEW* Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Academy

We’re excited to bring you the Fall 2022 DE&I Academy in partnership with DAIS, Diversity + Inclusion Strategies! This is a new course offering from the Lancaster Chamber that will include four, 3-hour work sessions. Work sessions will include presentations on key Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion concepts, opportunities for self-discovery, and small discussion groups. Each session will end in the development of individual plans for next steps within their organization as well as homework to apply new learning to the organization.
New Manager Academy
We’re excited to bring you the Fall 2022 New Manager Academy, and the first in-person New Manager Academy since March of 2020! As companies and workers continue to adjust to our new normal – whether it’s in a totally virtual, partially virtual, or in-person work environment – good leaders are even more important. New Manager Academy attendees will have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their jobs and careers. Companies will benefit from more effective and engaged teams with the skills to effectively move into the future. The results will be greater job satisfaction, improved performance, increased sales, and a better bottom line. It’s a win-win formula for success!
*NEW* Emerging Leadership Development Training

We’re launching a brand-new leadership training opportunity in partnership with Laura Schanz Consulting Associates. 
We recognize the value in investing in the next generation of Lancaster’s leadership and are thrilled to offer this professional development series to employees launching their careers. There’s no better time than now to develop the early to mid-career professionals in your organization! The Emerging Leadership Development Training will prepare the next generation to be collaborative leaders and effective business professionals shaping the future of our community.
Sales Growth Academy

It’s a 6-week academy all about equipping you with better tools to manage yourself, your resources, and your relationships in order to meet your business development and revenue goals. Using the Sandler methodology, this course prepares salespeople to competently and effectively navigate the sales arena in the most effective and efficient manner, using tested, proven, and up-to-date strategies and skills. In a supportive yet mentally-challenging environment, this program transforms salespeople’s attitudes (and corresponding beliefs, judgments, and actions) to more fully support the outcomes needed to achieve corporate, department, and personal goals. These new attitudes and skills are then turned into defined and measurable actions that bring about successful and sustainable results.


Selling Series
Just when we think we have things figured out, a curve ball gets thrown our way. The good news is that some of the same tactics and strategies that may have been used in the past can help us in the future. 
The Selling Series explores the key steps in establishing a prospecting process and creating a system to identify opportunities regardless of the environment.  LEARN MORE
Etown Edge
We’re proud to partner with Elizabethtown College’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies to offer exclusive educational opportunities for professional development to our members, such as HR Hot Topic: Recruiting Multi-Generational EmployeesCybersecurity for Human Resources Professionals, and Assessing Diversity and InclusionLEARN MORELeadership AcceleratorAgain and again, communication is identified as an area that needs improvement within organizations. This session with North Group Consultants is designed to address challenges to organizational clarity and team cohesion, and identify how you can communicate effectively within your organization, across departments, and amidst differing perspectives.

Recognizing the Impact of Race, Racism, and Inequity on Mental Health 

July is Minority Mental Health Month 
JULY 22, 2022   
Mental health conditions can impact all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, ability, class, sexual orientation, or other social identities. However, systemic racism, implicit and explicit bias, and other circumstances that make individuals vulnerable can also make access to mental health treatment much more difficult.

Mental health care is important to a person’s overall wellbeing. Mental health conditions are treatable and often preventable. Yet many people from historically marginalized groups face obstacles in accessing needed care. These obstacles, which have only been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic, may include lack of or insufficient health insurance, lack of racial and ethnic diversity among mental health care providers, lack of culturally competent providers, financial strain, discrimination, and stigma. Moreover, immigration status, economic conditions, education levels, and access to public health benefits are just a few differences that can adversely impact people’s experiences when seeking mental health care.Since 2008, July has been designated as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to acknowledge and explore issues concerning mental health within minority communities and to destigmatize mental illness and enhance public awareness of mental illness among affected minority groups across the nation.

Taking on the challenges of mental health takes all of us.

All of society benefits when all people have access to mental health care, supportive social conditions, freedom from stressors that can compromise mental health, and access to other resources needed for health. We all have a role to play in promoting health equity.

Learn more about Minority Mental Health Month:

Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month — NAMI
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month — U.S. Dept. Health and Human Service Office of Minority HealthBIPOC Mental Health Month — Mental Health AmericaWhat is Mental Health Equity?Mental health equity exists when everyone has a fair and just opportunity to reach their highest level of mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Mental health disparities are defined as unfair differences in access to or quality of mental health care according to race and ethnicity. Disparities can take on many forms, are quite common, and are preventable. They can mean unequal access to good providers, differences in insurance coverage, or discrimination by doctors or nurses. 

Mental Health Equity Statistics1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year1 in 20 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year50 percent of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75 percent by age 24Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10-34 Click the above image to see more statistics on mental health in the U.S.Click the above image to see more statistics on mental health treatments in the U.S.Mental Health and Emotional Support is Available!Click the above image to watch a video and learn more about 988 in Pennsylvania.
Crisis Help
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please reach out for help. 988 
988 is the new, easier way to connect callers directly to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. People who contact 988 via phone, text, or chat will be directly connected to trained counselors located at 13 PA crisis call centers who can immediately provide phone-based support and connections to local resources, if necessary. Note: If there is an immediate risk of endangering oneself or others, contact 911. Inform the operator that you are calling about a mental health crisis.

Crisis Text Line | Text PA to 741741 to start the conversation 24/7.
PA Crisis Hotlines | Find a crisis line in your county
Mental Health Support Resources for Pennsylvanians PA Support & Referral Hotline
1-855-284-2494 (TTY: 724-631-5600)
The Department of Human Services’ mental health support and referral helpline is available 24/7 and is a free resource staffed by skilled and compassionate caseworkers available to counsel Pennsylvanians struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions.

Get Connected to HelpPennsylvania Medicaid participants: Find an in-network providerCall 2-1-1: The United Way of Pennsylvania can connect you to help in your area; Search crisis services, hotlines, and warmlines near you.Psychology Today’s search engine SAMHSA’s search tool
 Office of Advocacy & Reform (OAR)
OAR works on behalf of vulnerable Pennsylvanians both internally across state agencies and externally in our communities. Along with more than 100 volunteers, OAR is guiding the commonwealth and service providers statewide on what it means to be trauma-informed and healing-centered in PA.

Black Mental Health Alliance
The Black Mental Health Alliance  supports the health and well-being of Black people and other vulnerable communities.

Asian Mental Health Collective (AMHC)
AMHC aspires to make mental health easily available, approachable, and accessible to Asian communities worldwide.

Help for the LGBTQ Community
The Trevor Support Center offers help around a number of topics, from healthy relationships, to coming out, to homelessness, and more. Connect with them by text by texting START to 678-678.
LGBT National Hotline: 888-843-4564The Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860LGBT National Senior Hotline: 888-234-7243Additional Minority Mental Health Resources
Prioritizing Minority Mental Health — CDC
The Role of Culture in Mental Health — Psychology Today
The Four Bodies: A Holistic Toolkit for Coping with Racial Trauma
— Nappy Head Club
Mental Health vs. Mental Illness: The Difference and Why It Matters 
— Taylor Counseling Group
Health Equity — PA Dept. of Health

Positive Approach to Care

        Click here to view PAC’s Free July Events   Brought to you by:

Announcing Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care™ 2022 PAC Conference. Attend virtually or in-person in Raleigh, North Carolina on November 13-15, 2022. Learn more at    Interested in having your organization be a monthly sponsor? Complete our sponsorship form or email us at     
Upcoming Courses and Certifications    Browse Upcoming Certifications >>  
PAC Champion Course 4 Friday, July 29, 2022
10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET (-4 GMT)
      2 total hours of training for only $49 USD
Learn how to identify Teepa Snow’s GEMS States of Dementia®
 in this highly interactive session.   Register for Champion Course Level 4 >>    

Book Early! Tickets On Sale Now!   Positive Approach to Care Conference
November 13-15, 2022
This year’s conference focuses on ways you can support function for those living with neurodiversity. Learn strategies for mouth care, personal and intimate care, movement, spirituality, and more.

A person-centered dementia care event
to help you become the best care partner possible.
  Buy Tickets >>      

Upcoming Free Events and Content   Positive Approach to Care (PAC) offers FREE
dementia care events every week for care partners like you.   View Calendar of FREE PAC Events       Brain Connection Café
Monday, July 25, 2022

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET (-4 GMT) FREE activity open to anyone!       Live Webinar with Teepa
Tuesday, July 26, 2022
10:00 am – 11:00 am ET (-4 GMT)

Sponsored by Agrace   Topic: Techniques for Approaching Complex Situations in Dementia Care.
FREE and open to the public. Registration is required.
Bingo with Creativity Café
Monday, August 1, 2022
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET (-4 GMT)
FREE activity open to anyone!        Have questions? We are happy to help!

Call us at 877-877-1671 ext 0 or email us at    

Content for People Living with Dementia   Content for Family Care Partners   Content for Professional Care Partners   Content for Organizations and Businesses

Register today to secure your table for the PA Career Link Job Fair!

Medicaid Health Plan Changes: Virtual Information Session

Wednesday, August 10, 2022
2:00 PM | Zoom

On September 1, 2022, the Medicaid physical health plans available in Pennsylvania will be changing. Over 400,000 people on Medicaid will need to choose a new health plan by August 16th. Come to this virtual information session to learn about the upcoming changes and what you need to do to get ready! Registration is required.

Representatives from the PA Department of Human Services (DHS), PA Enrollment Services, the Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP), and the Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) will be available to answer questions during the session.
Register Now
Hosted by:

If you have any questions or problems registering for this webinar, please contact Danna Casserly at

Get Practical Dementia Care Insights and Connections for Better Care

    Reserve My Seat for the Next Series >>  
Learn More About the Care Partner Support Series >>      

Previous Attendees Have Reported “It was EXCELLENT!!! I learned so much and have changed many things. Carolyn and Mary were excellent and knowledgeable. I especially appreciate that they were able to offer practical examples on the spot.”

The Care Partner Support Series is an educational group that provides support and meets once a week for five weeks.
Our next session is August 9, 2022 – September 6, 2022, meeting every Tuesday from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm ET Education, discussions, and problem-solving in a private, small group setting Explore strategies together on how to best support both you and the person in your care The Series takes place virtually, so you can join from your home or office Five weekly 90-minute sessions Only $50 USD for the entire
5-week series Learn more >>   Reserve My Seat for the Series Starting on August 9 >>  
Learn More About the Care Partner Support Series >>      

Have Questions? We are happy to help!
Call us at 877-877-1671 ext 0 or email at

PA Career Link Job Fair

Dauphin County Women’s Expo

June 25, 2022 • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Hershey Lodge
325 University Drive, Hershey


It’s a time to rejuvenate your spirit and:• Do some shopping• Check out what’s new in fashions• Learn about local businesses• Be social again!and more!Chat with exhibitors who offer products or services that touch just about every facet of a women’s life, including:Health & Wellness  •  Finance  •  HomeTechnology  •  Beauty  •  Nutrition Home-Based Businesses and more!
Don’t miss our exciting line-up of entertainment and seminars!
9:45 a.m. – Container Gardening for Year-Round Enjoyment Presented by Kathy Quarles, “Garden Guru,” Stauffers of Kissel Hill Kathy Quarles with Stauffers of Kissel Hill will demonstrate how to use annuals, perennials, bulbs, and greens to get year-round use of your containers, as well as which plants, containers, soil, and fertilizer to choose for the best performance.
10.30 a.m. – Let’s Talk about Lower Back Pain and Sciatica Presented by Sarah “Tilly” Martz, DPT, Madden & Gilbert Physical TherapyDo you have lower back pain or sciatica with sitting, standing, or walking? Dr. Tilly will talk about how you can naturally heal back pain and sciatica for good. You’ll learn: the single biggest mistake back-pain and sciatica sufferers make that actually stops them from healing; the three most common causes of lower back pain and sciatica; and a surefire way to pick the right treatment for the cause of your pain — without medication, injections, or surgery.
11:15 a.m. – Summertime Snacking and Meal Solutions, Tastefully Simple Style Presented by Debbie Kimble, Diamond Leader, Tastefully SimpleDebbie Kimble has been with Tastefully Simple for more than 20 years and has lots of ideas to share. This presentation will emphasize meal prepping, easy snacking ideas, and some clean-eating tips and recipes featuring the 14-Day Reset that are easy and delicious and let you have fun in the kitchen.
Noon – Spring Lines and Fashion Designs Presented by Carley Furlow, Founder, Furlow Designs, LLCCome relax and watch Furlow’s sustainable fashion designs walk the runway! Furlow makes sustainable, avant-garde fashion. Carley Furlow has been featured in various articles and magazines for her award-winning designs. This designer is ready to share her collections with you!
Women’s Expo
P.O. Box 8049
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17604