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April 28 – National Drug Take Back Day

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DRUG TAKE-BACK LOCATIONS.Do your part and take back those prescription pills –

If you need assistance in finding a treatment provider or funding for addiction treatment, please call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or contact your local county drug and alcohol office.



Friday Wrap-Up, April 20, 2018 | 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 download the newsletter as a .pdf file.

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“Why most nonprofit boards resemble whiteboards and how to fix that” – The Conversation

“At a time when only 61.3 percent of Americans are white, about 84 percent of nonprofit board members are in that demographic group, along with 90 percent of nonprofit board chairs.”

white board“Nonprofit boards should be more diverse than this group, but too often they’re not. dotshock/”

“You may not recognize the name Tarana Burke. She’s the black woman who founded the #MeToo movement a decade ago to support women of color who survive sexual harassment and assault.

“Although this movement has mostly directed attention to work-related abuses involving white women since it hit critical mass in 2017, it also speaks to me as a black man because of the racial discrimination I personally experienced many years ago as a nonprofit CEO.

“Today, I blame that predicament on the lack of leadership diversity on my nonprofit’s board … ”

Continue reading this article at The Conversation.

Welcome seven more agencies as partners to the Link to Aging and Disability Resources.


The Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources’ Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Service Area continues to add partner agencies the list of exceptional resources. Last month, these resources providers became partners.

Bellomo & Associates, LLC

Faith Friendship Ministries

Hamilton Arms Center

Masonic Village Hospice

Occupational Development Center

SERVICE MASTER | Fire and Water Clean-up Services

Shertzer Home Resources, LLC

To align with the Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Service Area as a partner entity costs nothing. The Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources part of the national Aging and Disability Resources Center [ADRC) network.

For more information about how your agency, entity or organization can become a partner, text or call the Lead Link coordinator at 717.380.9714 or email

Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) are the first place to go to get accurate, unbiased information on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability.

Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) are a nationwide effort to take a seamless approach in the way we assist seniors and adults with disabilities who need help with activities of daily living. The ADRC in Pennsylvania is known as the Link.


  • Easily connect you to local services/supports through any Link partner agency
  • Explore existing options to ensure a secure plan for independence
  • Assist consumers with applications to determine funding eligibility
  • Help consumers remain or return to their community because of a disability, an illness or accident, or to transition from an institution back to the community
There is no charge for information and assistance provided by any Link or Link partner agency.


“The Brain Injury Identification Wallet Card” – Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania

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The Brain Injury Identification Wallet Card

A card that identifies a person with brain injury is now available through the Pennsylvania Department of Health.  Once filled out, this card contains valuable information to help ensure the safety of any individual with a brain injury. The card may be used as a tool to communicate information about an individual’s brain injury symptoms to others, including law enforcement or emergency responders. Additionally, this card, which is stored in the individual’s wallet, contains the name and phone number of the individual’s emergency contact.

Download the card, pictured above here: Brain Injury Wallet Card

“40 years into the war on clutter, and we’re still overwhelmed by stuff. What’s going on?” – The Boston Globe

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by Beth Teitell

“It’s hard to put a start date on America’s War on Clutter, but you could trace it to 1978, when the first Container Store opened in a 1,600-square-foot space in Dallas, or to 1985, when a few professional organizers from California saw gold in people’s junk and started a trade association that today counts about 3,400 members.

“But despite an industry that’s grown so massive it’s become its own form of clutter — with books, and experts, and storage containers, and apps, and YouTube videos — we’ve made so little progress that even the professional organizers aren’t pretending the problem has been solved — or even that it’s solvable.

“In Melrose, Kathy Vines, of Clever Girl Organizing, calls decluttering a ‘journey.’ ‘There isn’t an end game,’she said.”

Read this Boston Globe article in its entirety, click here.

Opportunity: PA Healthcare Associated Infections Advisory Panel member sought

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Click here!

Inpatient Care Surveys—Open from March 13th-27th

The Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) has begun the process of reviewing and updating the regulations (state requirements) for the inpatient level of care. This includes services provided in private psychiatric hospitals, psychiatric units in a general hospital, residential treatment facilities for adults (RTF-As), psychiatric residential treatment facilities for youth under 21 (PRTFs) and extended acute care (EACs) settings.

We want to hear from you as we move forward with this very important work. Below are links to surveys for the following groups: nursing staff, clinical staff, direct care staff and individuals who have, or are, receiving inpatient services. Please click on the link below to complete the survey that is appropriate for you.


Family Member Survey: **
Family Member Survey

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Direct Care Staff



“Medicare Doesn’t Equal Dental Care. That Can Be a Big Problem.” – The New York Times

“Oral health cannot properly be considered apart from the health of the rest of the body.”

dental care 2“Take a number. A busy free dental clinic in Seattle in 2016. Medicare does not cover routine dental care.” CreditJason Redmond/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

by Austin Frankt

“Many people view Medicare as the gold standard of United States health coverage, and any attempt to cut it incurs the wrath of older Americans, a politically powerful group.

“But there are substantial coverage gaps in traditional Medicare. One of them is care for your teeth.

“Almost one in five adults of Medicare eligibility age (65 years old and older) have untreated cavities. The same proportion have lost all their teeth. Half of Medicare beneficiaries have some periodontal disease, or infection of structures around teeth, including the gums.

“Bacteria from such infections can circulate elsewhere in the body, contributing to other health problems such as heart disease and strokes.”

Click here to read this New York Times article in its entiretyOral health cannot properly be considered apart from the health of the rest of the body.

“Take a number. A busy free dental clinic in Seattle in 2016. Medicare does not cover routine dental care.” CreditJason Redmond/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

by Austin Frankt

Apply for Aetna Foundation’s 2018 Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant Program – deadline is 04/18/2018

The Aetna Foundation’s 2018 Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant Program is now accepting applications. This will be the Foundation’s only open RFP this year. The Foundation expects to award up to $2 million in grants to organizations that increase opportunities for low-income, minority communities to make healthy choices in the places they live, work, learn, and play. Grant requests can range between $50,000 and $100,000 for projects that span 18 to 24 months. The Foundation seek partners whose work addresses pressing issues in the following domains: Built Environment, Community Safety, Environmental Exposures, Healthy Behaviors, and Social/Economic Factors.

This will be a highly competitive funding opportunity structured in two stages. Stage 1 involves a short application. All eligible organizations are invited to submit an online Stage 1 application by April 18, 2018 at 3PM ET. Upon reviewing all Stage 1 applications, a smaller group of applicants will be invited to submit a full application for Stage 2. Please visit the Aetna Foundation website and read the RFP. which includes a detailed FAQ section, for more information and other materials to assist you in applying.

SOURCE: news release