Regional Planning Consortiums- Fall 2018 Update
Meet our new RPC Team Members:
Over the Summer of 2018, the RPC Team expanded to bring on three new RPC Coordinators:
Melissa Wettengel- Long Island
Melissa's behavioral health experience lies in peer and recovery services, having built and directed two innovative and successful programs on Long Island. Most recently, Melissa launched SHERPA, a team of peer and family recovery coaches supporting opiate overdose survivors in hospital emergency departments. Prior to that, Melissa managed a suite of mental health wellness programs including Turquoise House, a peer-run residential psychiatric crisis respite and hospital diversion service. Melissa has lived on Long Island most of her life, and is near completion of her Master’s in Public Health from Stony Brook University. 
Beth Solar- Tug Hill/Seaway
Beth joins us with experience in the healthcare field, starting her career as a medical assistant and later going on to become an LPN. She currently lives in Jefferson County and has more than 15 years of clinical experience, most recently working as a clinical nurse for an outpatient behavioral health office. Beth participated in initiating and follow-through for new policies and procedures in the office, specifically, DSRIP measures, PSYCKES, and best practices. Beth’s professional interest lie in the integration of physical and behavioral health and access to treatment/services. She also has an extended knowledge in health information technology and electronic medical records. 
Jacqueline Miller- Mohawk Valley
Jacqueline has worked in geriatric healthcare for the last ten years as the Quality Director for a skilled nursing facility. Jacqueline started her education at Hartwick College studying Anthropology, and later changed gears to go into healthcare as a CNA, furthering her career as an LPN. Jacqueline initiated and ran DSRIP initiatives in the facility, as well as started a successful QAPI program, ensuring the best quality care. Additionally, she has experience with managed care while performing utilization management.
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RPC Calendar - Our calendar lists the RPC Board Meetings, Workgroups and Subcommittees scheduled across the 10 RPC regions.

RPC Webinars- View recordings/slide decks from previous Statewide RPC hosted webinars.

Peer and Family Feedback Section - Peers and family members who receive Medicaid health services, we want to hear from you! Your experience can help inform and guide our work. Visit our site and complete an electronic survey to provide us with your feedback

State Agency Resources - Find and review various links related to the Medicaid Managed Care Transition.

All the above resources can be found by visiting our RPC website- 
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Regional Highlight:

Mohawk Valley RPC- COPE

The Mohawk Valley RPC established Career Opportunities for Peer Empowerment (COPE) in the Mohawk Valley. COPE p romotes awareness & opportunities for employment for folks with lived experience & their family members through:
- informational sessions,
- brochures, and
- development of Learning Circles.

COPE Learning Circles are groups of people working to earn their certification at the same time. They provide support and community to people working in the peer support field.

COPE is open to people interested in becoming a:
  • Certified Peer Specialist
  • Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA)
  • Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC)
  • Youth Peer Advocate (YPA)
  • Family Peer Advocate (FPA)

To learn more about COPE in the Mohawk Valley check out their Facebook Page- by clicking here
Upcoming RPC Events:

Western RPC-HCBS/Health Home/ CMA/ RCA Networking Event
3176 Abbott Rd-Suite 800N | Orchard Park, NY 14127
Monday, October 29, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)
To Register Click Here

North County RPC- Adult HCBS Training and Networking Event
Crandall Public Library - Christine L. McDonald Community Room | 251 Glen St. | Glens Falls, NY 12801
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)
To Register Click Here

Mohawk Valley RPC- Networking Event for Adult BH HCBS Providers, Lead Health Homes, CMAs and MCOs
Carondelet Health Center | 380 Guy Park Avenue | Amsterdam, NY 12010
Friday, November 2, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)
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Central RPC Networking Event for Adult BH HCBS Providers, Lead Health Homes, CMAs and MCOs
Holiday Inn | 441 Electronics Parkway | Liverpool, NY 13088
Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM (EST)
To Register Click Here
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