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Southeast Regional CSP Committee

History and Structure


Since 1984, the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health has utilized CSP Principles and the state CSP Advisory Committee (now called the OMHSAS Mental Health Planning Council) to guide development of services.  Today, a network of local and regional CSP committees provide a place for consumers, family members and providers to work together to advise OMHSAS regarding the promotion of a recovery oriented system of care for individuals in recovery from behavioral health challenges in Pennsylvania.

 

Through the Community Support Program, small seed grants awarded to agencies, counties and advocacy groups have generated innovative trainings, anti-stigma campaigns, celebrations of recovery and the production of a wide variety of literature.  Individuals in recovery have been empowered by CSP and have risen to leadership roles.  The system of care continues to be impacted by CSP to ever improve in its ability to promote recovery, not just stabilization, and more and more individuals are experiencing recovery from mental illness.  Their voices are being heard.

 

Southeast Regional CSP consists of a main meeting and subcommittees. Subcommittees meet one hour before the main meeting and include Advocacy, Outreach, Social, Speaker Presentation, Scholarship, Seed Grant and Retreat Planning. Additional subcommittees and workgroups form as needed. Subcommittees report their progress during the main meeting. Meetings are held on a monthly basis and everyone is welcome to attend. A Technical Assistant provides support to the Regional Committee, assisting with preparation for meetings, organizing calls and other administrative duties.
 

Regional Executive Committee:

Co-chairs:

Joann Mills-Johnson

Benita Tillman

Julie Whitmore

Advocacy Subcommittee:

Stacey Volz

Jenna Woodward

Conference Subcommittee:

Karleen Caparro

Akilah Williams

Justin Chamrin

Treasurer:

-Marvin White

Technical Assistant:

-Julie Whitmore

email: jwhitmore@hopeworxinc.org

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Julie Whitmore
SE CSP Technical Assistant 

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CSP Meetings in the 5-county Region

1.

Montgomery County CSP

3rd Thursday each month

Norristown Public Library

12-2:30 p.m. 

County Liaison

Tracey Riper-Thomas

triperthomas@montcopa.org

2.

Bucks County CSP

2nd Wednesday 1-2:30 PM via hybrid and we rotate between the three areas of Bucks County each month

Lower Bucks: Reach Out Foundation

Central Bucks: Christ’s Home Community Center

Upper Bucks: Revivals Outreach Center

cspbucks@namibuckspa.org

Marissa MacKeverican (she/her)

Bucks County Community Support Program Coordinator

1432 Easton Rd, Suite 2D, Warrington, PA 18976

cspbucks@namibuckspa.org | Cell: 215-907-0573

Website: www.cspbucks.org | Social: @CSPBucks

WarmLine (3-10PM): 215-343-3055

3.

Delaware County CSP

Third Monday

The Tree of Life Church

933 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, PA

Faith Brown-Cty Liaison

BrownF@delcohsa.org

4.

Philadelphia County CSP

@ RHD United Peers

4200 Ridge Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19129

2nd Tuesday 

12:30-2:30 p.m.

County Liaisons-Sean Brinda

sean.brinda@phila.gov

Velma Kennedy

velma.kennedy@phila.gov

Phone: 215-685-4748

5.

Chester County CSP

Currently no meetings

Regional/State

2023 SE Regional CSP Conference

We had a great time at the conference which was held on June 5, 2023 at the George Washington Carver Center in Norristown, PA. It was a day of gratitude, fun and recovery!

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OMHSAS seeks applicants for seats on Mental Health Planning Council - 2023

The Pennsylvania Mental Health Planning Council  (MHPC) is seeking applicants to fill positions on the Council and its subcommittees, according to the Pennsylvania Human Services website.

The MHPC consists of three committees: Children's Advisory Committee, Adult Advisory Committee, and Older Adult  Advisory Committee. These committees come together to form the MHPC whose purpose is to advise on a broad behavioral mandate to include — but not be limited to — mental health, substance abuse, behavioral health disorders, and cross-system disability.

For more information about the application process, please contact:

Mail: Mental Health Planning Council Lead Staff

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

DHS-OMHSAS-BPPPD

Commonwealth Tower 11th Floor

P.O. Box 2675

Harrisburg, PA 17105-2675

Email: RA-PWOMHSASMHPC@pa.gov

Fax: 717-772-7964, Attn: MHPC Lead Staff

For a copy of the application, please click here.

Member Expectations

  • ·Committees will meet at least four times per year in the Harrisburg region. Committee members are expected to physically attend at least three of these meetings annually. Members without state/agency funding may request travel cost reimbursement through OMHSAS.

  • Committee members are expected to read and respond to e-mailed requests from Committee Co-Chairs in a timely fashion.

  • Committee members are expected to represent their broader constituency — not only themselves or their own family member(s)/ organization(s) — in their committee's work.

  • Members must have the ability to communicate with those they are representing to bring their concerns to the committee and to report back on the outcomes of the committee's work.

  • Committee members should have the time and ability to participate in additional workgroups throughout the year on an as-needed basis.

Purpose:

The purpose of the Pennsylvania OMHSAS Mental Health Planning Council shall be to provide counsel and guidance to the OMHSAS in order to ensure an infrastructure and full array of mental health, substance abuse and behavioral health services which comply with the Mission, Vision and Guiding Principles of OMHSAS, as well as core principles of Community Support Program (CSP), Child and Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP), Cultural Competency and Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs.  To find out more, click on link below.

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