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Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside Office of Education and Regional Programming


Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare

Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

20th Pennsylvania Case Management Conference
"Poverty and Mental Illness- Can the Connection be Broken?
June 27, 2014
Doubletree Hotel, Monroeville, PA

Program description and registration form are now available: (MS-Word);(PDF);

Program Description:

The theme of this year’s conference is “Poverty and Mental Illness-Can the Connection be Broken?” Case management is a dynamic service that encompasses and involves many treatment, housing, and provider services, as well as providing assistance to a wide variety of consumers. Throughout all of the services and providers, the Case Manager is often the main connection.


The keynote demonstration, “A Poverty Simulation” will be coordinated by Rochelle Jackson of

Just Harvest.  Poverty simulation is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month.  In the simulation, participants assume the roles of up to 26 different families facing poverty.  It is a simulation, not a game and the object is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by low-income people.

 Special areas of interest for case managers and supervisors include the effects of poverty on wellness, financial recovery and wellness through consumer self- employment, motivational interviewing, high fidelity wraparound, wellness coaching, and hearing voices simulation.

Case managers, supervisors, peer specialists, family members, representatives from managed care organizations, policy makers and other behavioral health/allied health professionals will interact, learn and share experiences.


Educational Objectives:

At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

·         Develop an understanding of the case manager as the main connection in providing services to consumers

·         Identify innovative approaches in breaking the connection between poverty and mental illness

·         Describe the latest developments in case management operations and outcomes research

·         Maximize opportunities for building consumer/family and professional partnerships


Target Audience:

·         Service Coordinators, Blended Case Managers, Intensive Case Managers, Resource Coordinators, Administrative Case Managers, Peer Specialists, Supervisors, and Program Directors

·         Administrative and Clinical Staff from area OMHSAS offices, county mental health programs, provider agencies and state hospitals

·         Consumers, parents, family members and advocates

·         Personnel from human/health services who work with individuals with serious mental illness and emotional disturbance


For additional information or to receive a brochure,

please contact Nancy Mundy at mundynl@upmc.edu or (412) 204-9090.


For a complete list of all our programs, please visit our website at www.wpic.pitt.edu/oerp


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