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Community HealthChoices (CHC) is coming in January 2020.

Community HealthChoices (CHC) is coming in January 2020.

beginning 2020

The counties included in the third and final phase of the program’s implementation are:

  • Lehigh/Capital Zone: Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Fulton, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Northampton, Perry, York.
  • Northeast Zone: Bradford, Carbon, Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Pike, Schuykill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wayne, Wyoming.
  • Northwest Zone: Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Venango, Warren.

What you need to know:

CHC information for providers or participants can be found at The website will be updated as events are scheduled, so please check back often.

Click here to take our online trainings and read CHC fact sheets.

Access a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about CHC by clicking here.

Contact a CHC managed care organization (CHC-MCO) to become part of their provider network:

AmeriHealth Caritas | Phone: 1-800-521-6007  email:

Pennsylvania Health & Wellness | Phone: 1-844-626-6813  email:

UPMC Community HealthChoices | Phone: 1-844-860-9303  email:

Sign up and encourage your peers to subscribe to CHC emails here. By signing up, you will receive regular communications regarding CHC distributed from the Office of Long-Term Living.

Here’s a schedule of what’s coming in 2019

Late Spring/Early Summer 2019

Save the date for our upcoming provider summits in the Northeast, Northwest, and Lehigh/Capital zones. These summits are educational conferences specifically for providers to learn more about CHC. More information regarding times and locations coming soon!

Lehigh/Capital Zone

Monday, May 13: Harrisburg Area Community College

Tuesday, May 14: Shippensburg University

Wednesday, May 15: Kutztown University

Thursday, May 16 (Transportation Session Only): Kutztown University

Northwest Zone

Monday, May 20: Edinboro University

Tuesday, May 21: Lock Haven University

Wednesday, May 22: University of Pittsburgh-Bradford

Thursday, May 23 (Transportation Session Only): University of Pittsburgh-Bradford

Northeast Zone

Tuesday, June 4: East Stroudsburg University

Wednesday, June 5: University of Scranton

Thursday, June 6: Bloomsburg University

Friday, June 7 (Transportation Session Only): Bloomsburg University

Summer 2019

An introductory flyer will be sent to participants identified within the CHC population. View the flyer by clicking here.

Fall 2019

  • Notices and enrollment packets will be mailed to participants.
  • Information on the LIFE program will be sent to potentially eligible participants.
  • Informational sessions will be held for participants to learn about CHC and how to select a CHC-MCO.

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

DD-Awareness-MonthArt by Gary Murrel

“Each March, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), partners with Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) to create a social media campaign that highlights the many ways in which people with and without disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities.

“The campaign seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life, as well as awareness to the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live. DD Awareness Month covers three main areas: education, employment and community living. Throughout the month of March we will use these themes to guide our weekly content.”

Read this article in its entirety at the National Association of Councils on Developmental

Millersville University announces Disability Pride events and film | April 14 & 15

Mville disability pride

Click here to download as a .pdf file for enlarging / printing / sharing.

“Study Finds Spike In Pennsylvania Child Abuse-Related Deaths” – WESA-FM

Josh Shapiro“Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks during a news conference at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., Aug. 14, 2018. A Pennsylvania grand jury says its investigation of clergy sexual abuse identified more than 1,000 child victims.” — MATT ROURKE / AP

“A state study released Thursday (February 14, 2019) found the number of Pennsylvania children killed or nearly killed after abuse had occurred spiked recently, increases likely driven by a new definition of abuse and an uptick in its reporting in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky and Roman Catholic clergy child sexual abuse scandals.

“The state Human Services Department report into fatalities and near fatalities during 2015 and 2016 showed both types of reports were up sharply after being fairly level for the preceding six years.

“The number of substantiated fatalities and near fatalities ranged between 80 and 92 from 2009 through 2014. In 2016, that number was 127.”

Read this WESA-FM article in its entirety here.

June 10 – Full-Day Dementia Conference | Save the date

6-10 dementia conference


Hamilton Relay seeks nominations for 2019 Better Hearing and Speech Month Recognition Award

hamilton relay

Download the questionnaire to nominate an individual, click here.


Lebanon VA Medical Center announces the first “Building the Bridge” event | other dates and venues announced, too.

VA building the bridge

The first session of the Building the Bridge Series is scheduled for March 8, 2019.  Enrollment will be available and onsite throughout the event.  This event will be held at the U.S. Army Heritage Education Center (Carlisle PA), where we look forward to collaborating with key stakeholders from the Veteran community pertaining to supports and resources in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry Counties.

This year’s topics include:

  • Transition from Uniformed Services to Civilian Life: The common challenges in the transition process for both the Veteran and the family.
  • Substance Use & Abuse: Identifying when someone is using drugs &/or alcohol to cope, how to respond and where to turn for help.
  • Suicide Prevention: When warning signs of suicide begin to emerge & how family can help.  Discussion pertaining to supports & local initiatives.
  • Serving the Whole Veteran from a Wrap Around Perspective: Connecting Veterans before, during and after VA care with community partnerships.

Please join us for education, collaborative discussion and round-table sessions to further develop, strengthen and sustain working relationships.


Friday Wrap-Up, January 25, 2019 | a message from the Secretary of Aging

Each week the Office of the Secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Aging releases a Friday newsletter with information relevant to activities, issues and events for older Pennsylvanians and persons with disabilities across the Commonwealth.


Click here to download the newsletter as a .pdf file.

PADDC is accepting applications for POP-UP Talk presenters | complete and send your application today.

pop-up talks

Click here to download the application  

Watch your email in March when we open registration for the PA Community Alliance Summit.  More details to follow.

FREE Training for Family Peer Support Specialist

Here is a free training for a family member to become a Family Peer Support Specialist. The training is a total of five 8-hour days split between 2 weeks.

Check it out if you want to become a Family Peer Support Specialist.
Seats are limited.

You will need this training to become certified when the certification is finished.

In the future, this training will have a fee attached to it so if this is something you want to do, try to attend now when it is free.

If you have any questions, contact me or Jill Santiago, the trainer.
Her contact information is on the flyer below.

Karan A Steele Phone: 724-744-6537 |
Prevention, Education & Outreach Coordinator
Beacon Health Options
P.O. Box 1840
Cranberry Twp., PA 16066-1840