Monday, April 22, 2024

8 am-4 pm

On Site Check In/Registration Desk Open

8 am – 4 pm

Exhibitor/Conference Champion Booth Set-Up

11:30 am – 4 pm

Opening General Session/Lunch


Welcome:  DHS/OMHSAS Leadership

Keynote Speakers

  • Tony Cammilleri, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA, Senior Consultant/Director of Education, FTF Behavioral Consulting
  • Victor Armstrong, MSW, VP for Health Equity & Engagement, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Dani Bowman, Star of the Netflix series Love on the Spectrum US and Founder and CEO of DaniMation

4 pm – 5:30 pm

Coffee and Conversation

6 pm – 9 pm

Pizza and Movie Night

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

7 am – 5 pm

On-Site Check In/Registration Desk Open

7:30  – 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast Available


9 am – Noon

Three Hour Workshops

Computer Animation Training for Youth/Young Adults, Dani Bowman, Founder and CEO, DaniMation


Coaching up:  The Secret to Influencing and Supporting Your Leader

Mark Durgin, Program Director, PA Care Partnership; Anne Katona Linn, Ed.D., BCBA, Educational Consultant, Katona Linn Consulting, LLC

A Walk Through High Fidelity Wraparound:  Implementing, Evaluating and Experiencing the Process

Dave Ozias, YFTI Lead Trainer, HFW Statewide Trainer/Coach, Youth and Family Training Inst.; Samantha Pulleo, Project Analyst, Youth and Family Training Inst.; Mary Morgan, Family Support Partner Coach, Allegheny Family Network

What is Infant Early Childhood Mental Health

Shashi DeHaan, LSW, MSW, IMH-E, CFTP, Outpatient Therapist/Psychological Evaluator, Community Services Group

Addressing, Rural LGBT+ Youth Mental Health Issues through TTRPFs

Nicholas Orlando, MA, LPC, C-PD, C-DBT, TGM, Outpatient Mental Health Therapist, Orlando Counseling Services; Joseph Burgess, Lead Cultural Linguistics Consultant for Greene County; Misty Hannah, MA, LPC, CSFT, CCTP-2, Outpatient Therapist, Hannah Counseling Services; Benjamin Lohr, NCC, MS, Outpatient Therapist, Hannah Counseling Services

Disseminating Evidence Based Practices for Suicide Risk Reduction

John Siegler, PsyD., Psychologist Advisor, Magellan Behavioral Health of PA

9 – 10:15 am

75 Min. Breakout Sessions

Centering Youth-Voice for Systems Changes

Sarah Pesi, MSPPM, Policy Associate, Jewish Healthcare Foundation

Deborah Murdoch, MPH, Senior Program Manager, Community Health, Jewish Healthcare Foundation

Helping Families Thrive:  Evidence-Informed Parent-Education Programming

Terri Tudy, MPA, Research Project Manager, Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State; Evie Wolbert, Research Project Support Specialist, Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State

A Pilot Program Perspective:  The Opioid Misuse Prevention Project

Geneen Burris, MS, Implementation Specialist/OMPP Project Coordinator, Penn State EPIS

Aggression in Children and Adolescents Pathways for Clinicians

Mayank Gupta, MD , CPE, Medical Director Southwood Psychiatric Hospital  

Coordinate with OCYF to Help Keep Kids Safe

Sarah Treven, ChildLine Manager, PA Dept. of Human Services; Dawn Traill, Human Service Analyst, PA Dept. of Human Services; Denise Sheffield, Human Service Analyst, PA Dept. of Human Services; Megan Naylor, Acting Human Services Analyst Supervisor, PA Dept. of Human Services

Violence Interruption and Schools:  A Critical Intersection for Youth, Families and Community

Licia Lentz, EdD, Director, Alternative Education Program, Allegheny Intermedia Unit; Lee Davis, CEO, Lee Davis and Associates, LLC

Working with Grace:  DEIA Training on Human-Centered Support

Sandra List, Principal Consultant, SList Change Consulting; Eric Ramsay, Executive Director, RAM Consulting Solutions LLC

Trauma-Informed Care:  Concepts and Tools for Prevention, Resilience and Healing

Caren Rosser-Morris, PhD., Consulting Clinical Psychologist & Trauma -Informed Care Specialist, PA Office of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services; Gordon Hodas, MD, Policy Consultant, PA Office of Mental Health & Substance-Abuse Services

10:15 – 10:45 am


10:45 a.m. – Noon

75 Min. Breakout Sessions

Family Engagement:  Looking at the Bigger Picture

Beth-Ann McConnell, LSW, Certified School Social Worker/Interagency Coordinator, Capital Area Intermediate Unit; Rebecca Slavinsky, LCSW, CPT-E, Certified School Social Worker, Family Engagement Lead and Co-Lead for ANPS Crisis Team


A New Initiative:  Improving Continuity of Care for Youth During Transition

Rusty Hewitt, Transition Age Youth Coordinator, Allegheny County Office of Behavioral Health; Mark Hugh, LPC, LBS, Associate Clinical Manager, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization; Amy Hill, Continuity of Care Supervisor, Allegheny County Dept. of Human Services

Occupational Therapy’s Contribution to the Comprehensive School Mental Health Team

Miranda Virone, OTD, MS OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

Empowering Resilience Through Nurturing Connections

Dana Milakovic, PsyD., Mental Wellness & Trauma Specialist, PA Dept. of Education

Drink as You Pour:  Care Provider Wellbeing as Essential to Child Wellbeing

Stephanie Romero, EdD, Executive Director, Awaken Pittsburgh; Dr. James Huguley, Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work; Walter Lewis, President &  CEO, Homewood Children’s Village

Calming Rooms:  Supporting Self Regulation in Challenging Settings

Marci Hall, MS, LBS, Human Services Administrator, Clarion County Human Services; Jennifer Jones, CASSP Coordinator, CMSU Behavioral Health

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Summer Krochta, LCSW, Vice President of Programs, Children’s Service Center; Jessica Sachs, FASD Family Navigator and FASD Educator, Children’s Service Center

Treatment Recommendations and Barriers to Care for Suicidal LGBTQ+ Youth

Lucas Zullo, PhD., Asst. Professor/Clinical Director David Farber ASPIRE Center, Thomas Jefferson University

Noon – 2:15- pm

Lunch and General Session

Suicide Prevention Panel led by Dale K. Adair, MD, FAPA, Chief Psychiatric Officer, Office of the Medical Director, PA Department of Human Services, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Panel Member List Coming Soon

1:00 – 4:00 pm

Computer Animation Training for Youth/Young Adults, Dani Bowman, Founder and CEO, DaniMation

(Session Repeated)

2:30 – 3:45 pm

75 Min. Breakout Sessions

Youth Drop In Centers =Youth Leaders

Rose Daniels, Youth/Young Adult Coordinator, Youth Revolution, Catholic Youth Center; Falon Nonnemacher, Certified Peer Specialist, Catholic Youth Center; Sonya Price, Certified Peer Specialist, Catholic Youth Center; Scott Muso, Youth Advocate, Youth Revolution; John Prater, Youth Revolution Advisory Council

Supporting Your Teen and Young Adult’s Mental Health Recovery

Christina Paternoster, MS, Director, PA Parent and Family Alliance; Tracy Palazzotto, Family Support Partner Supervisor, PA Parent and Family Alliance

Behavioral Health MCOs Collaborative To Support Trauma Informed Care

John Siegler, PsyD, Psychologist Advisor, Magellan Behavioral Health of PA; Lyndra Bills, MD, Senior Medical Director, Community Care Behavioral Health

Addressing Adolescent Problematic Sexual Behavior through an Ecosystemic Structural Family Therapy Lens

Dr. Kimberly Ernest, Ph.D., LPC, President, PA Counseling Services

Cross Systems Partnership for Intensive Behavioral Health Services in Schools

Lori Paster, MS, Clinical Care Management Coordinator, School-Based Liaison Services, Community Behavioral Health

Positive Mindfulness:  Moving From Mind-Full to Mindful

Brent Maquire, PhD., Manager, Psychological Services, Community Care Behavioral Health

Medicaid Eligibility & Access to Behavioral Health Services for Youth

Janice Meinert, MSW, Paralegal and Behavioral Health Specialist, PA Health Law Project


Problem Gambling in the Family

Josh Ercole, Executive Director, Council on Compulsive Gambling of PA, Inc.; Gregory Krausz, Consultant Trainer, Council on Compulsive Gambling of PA, Inc.

Update on Evidence-Based Practices for Youth Suicide Prevention

Matthew Wintersteen, PhD., Director, David Farber ASPIRE Center. Associate Professor, Thomas Jefferson University; Lucas Zello, PhD., Clinical Director, David Farber ASPIRE Center, Asst Professor, Thomas Jefferson University

Voices of the High Fidelity Wraparound Workforce:  Recruitment, Cultivation, and Retention Strategies

AnnaMaria Segreti, Ashley Danny, Chad Owens, Youth and Family Training Institute, University of Pittsburgh

Social Determinates of Health and Cross Sector Collaboration

Doran Coley, MS, LPC, Senior Clinical Director Administration, Children & Families Service Division, Merakey


3:45-4:45 pm

Visit Exhibitors

7 – 9 pm

Networking Event with DJ Kevin Puskaric of Youth Move PA


Wednesday, April 24, 2024

7 am-6 pm

On Site Check In/Registration Desk Open

8:30-9:30 am

Breakfast/General Session/Conference Awards

9:45 - 11:00 am –

75 Minute Breakout Sessions

Treating Preverbal Trauma in a Preschooler:  A Case Study

Bonnie McNally-Brown, LPC, President, Child Family & Community, Inc.

Creating Dialogue:  A Guide to Convening Conversations Across Perspectives

Joanne Cashman, Ed.D., Owner, Sharedwork, LLC; Crystal Karenchak, Family Liaison, PA Care Partnership

A Story of “HOPE”

Darren Eckert, Certified Peer Specialist, Children’s Service Center; Ashleigh Hillard, Certified Peer Specialist, Children’s Service Center

Why Support Youth Changemakers—From a Youth Changemaker

Connor Dalgaard, Youth Activist

Mobile Response Stabilization Services

Kara Kessel, Consultant, OMHSAS

Forming a County Wide Trauma Coalition

Larissa Kimmel, System of Care Coordinator, Carbon Monroe Pike Mental Health and Developmental Services; Lisa Bollinger, M.Ed, Scholl Attendance Improvement Consultant, Colonial Intermediate Unit 20

Shedding Lies:  A Personal Journey Towards Trauma-Informed Schools & Communities

Anne Katona Linn, BCBA, Educational Consultant, Katona Linn Consulting, LLC

A Trauma-Informed Approach:  It Starts with You!

Laura Clary, MSN, RN, FNE-A/P, SANE-A, SANE-P, Program Director/Forensic Nurse Examiner, GBMC SAFE, Domestic Violence & Child Protection Program; Scott Kilpatrick, Detective, Baltimore County Police Dept, Crimes Against Children Unit

Continuity of Care Across Youth Serving Systems to Improve Suicide Prevention

Rose Milani, Program Director, Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention Grant, Thomas Jefferson University; Peri Rosen, PhD., Consulting Psychologist, OMHSAS; O.A. Mowery, Research Coordinator, The David Farber ASPIRE Center, Thomas Jefferson University; Leah Doghramji, Clinical Research Coordinator, The David Farber ASPIRE Center, Thomas Jefferson University; Michael Sandella, Clinical Research Coordinator, The David Farber ASPIRE Center, Thomas Jefferson University


11 – 11:30 am

Break and Visit Exhibitors

11:30 – 12:45 pm



1 – 4 pm

150 Minute Workshops

Peer Generation Youth Empowerment

Kevin Puskaric, CPS, CPSS, CRS, CFRS, Program Director, Youth MOVE PA; Christopher Lunsford, Call for Change & Youth Care Coordinator, PA Mental Health Consumers’ Association

Client, Family and System Benefits of Early Childhood Trauma Treatment

Kimberly Blair, PhD., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburg; Terry Pentz, LPC, IMH-E, Supervisor, Behavioral Health Training, UPMC Western Behavioral Health

Recognition and Meaningful Intervention with Autistic Adolescents at Risk for Juvenile Justise Involvement

Lawrence Sutton, Ph.D., Psychologist/College Instructor, St. Vincent College/Wesley Family Services; Elizabeth Pask, Ph.D., NCSP, Psychologist, St. Vincent College; Robert Anderson, MSW, Healthy Relationships Curriculum Account Manager, Wesley Family Services

Homicide Suicide Behaviors & Systemic Family Therapy

Jennifer Benjamin, PhD., LPC, Clinical Family Specialist, Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Training Center; Pinky Patel, LMFT, Associate Director, PCFTTC; Steve Simms, PhD., LMFT, Director, PCFTTC

An IECMHC Approach to Reducing Challenging Behavior:  Connection and Co-Regulation

Lindsay Van Dyke, M.Ed., Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Supervisor-NE/NC, The Pennsylvania Key; Lauren Kryston, MSCD, IMH-E, Infant and Early  Childhood Mental Health Consultant

Fayette County High Fidelity Wraparound Engages with SOUL

Fayette County High Fidelity Wraparound Team

I’m fine. Project:  Sculpting Mental Health Awareness Through Art

(for youth and young adults)

Maureen Joyce and Carrie Breschi, Co-Founders

1 – 2:15 PM

75 Minute

Breakout Sessions

Empowerment Through Understanding:  ADHA and the Role of Coaching

Mark Durgin, Director, PA Care Partnership; Anne Katona Linn, Ed.D, BCBA, Educational Consultant, Katona Linn Consulting, LLC

The Complex Emotional Needs of Children Exposed to Parental Substance Misuse

Erin Troup, LPC, NCC, CT, IMH-E(IV), Owner/Therapist, Sprout Center for Emotional Growth & Development, LLC

Family Led Interviews:  Conversations with the People in the Data

Joanne Cashman, Ed.D, Owner, Sharedwork, LLC; Crystal Karenchak, Family Liaison, PA Care Partnership

Bridging the Gap:  Educational Advocacy for Youth Who Have Experienced Trauma

Shoshi Goldfus, LCSW, J.D., Outcomes in Behavioral Health Clinical Coordinator, Support Center for Child Advocates; Morgen Black-Smith, Esq., Education Staff Attorney, Support Center for Child Advocates

Embracing the Challenges of Diversity:  LGBTQIA2S+ Individuals and Their Unique Perspectives

Bernadette Schmeltz, OTD, OTR/L, CLT, BCTS, DRS, Clinical Asst. Professor, Walsh University; Erin Naggy, OTD, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, Torrance State Hospital; Coco Naggy, Student

Cornerstones of the Student Assistance Program:  The Importance of Collaboration

Renee Urick, LSW, Region VIII Coordinator, PA Network for Student Assistance Services; Rebecca Wallace, Learning Environment Specialist, PA Department of Education; Christy Unger, Region VI
Coordinator, PA Network for Student Assistance Services

2:15-2:45 pm

Break and Visit Exhibitors

2:45 – 4 pm

75 Minute Breakout Sessions

The Hustle of Perfection, Achievement, Connection and Worth

Kara Vojcsik, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Mental Health Speaker

Hearing All Perspectives:  The Devereux Youth Advisory Council

Amy Kelly, Natl. Director of Family Engagement, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health

Serving Our Communities:  Relatability and Cultural Competence

Lisa Bernhardt, High Fidelity Wraparound Supervisor, Pinebrook Family Answers; Pamela Rueda, High Fidelity Wraparound Supervisor, Pinebrook Family Answers; Emma Rarich, High Fidelity Wraparound Coach, Pinebrook Family Answers

Building Bridges:  Facilitating a Function-Based Thinking Conversation with School Teams, Families, and Agency Partnerships

Crystal Vogtsberger, EdD., Training & Consultation Coordinator, Allegheny Intermediate Unit; Christina Frazier, Training & Consultation Coordinator, Allegheny Intermediate Unit

Integrating Agency-Wide Suicide Prevention Practices

Kimberly Malayter, LCSW, Executive Director of Clinical Services, Merakey; Daniel Gilmore, LPC, Senior Clinical Director, Merakey

Bridging the Gap:  A School-Based Partial Hospitalization Program

Lindsay McGaughey, MS, Director of Special Education, Deer Lake School District

Family Road Map: A Step-By-Step Guide to Navigating Health, Education, and Insurance Services for Families with Special Needs

Wanda Cummings, FPSS Training Coordinator; Jamal Ford, Youth Resources Coordinator, and Crystal Karenchak, Family Policy and Engagement Consultant, PA CARE Partnership


4 – 6 pm

Poster Session & Exhibitors Reception, Networking

7 – 9 pm

Networking Event – Carnival Game Night

6 pm – 7 pm

Exhibitor Move Out

Thursday, April 25, 2024

7:00 -11 am

On Site Check In/Registration Desk Open


7:30 – 11 am

Breakfast and General Session:


Keynote Speakers

  • Kenneth Ginsburg, MD, MS  Ed, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; Center for Parent and Teen Communication; Covenant House Pennsylvania
  • Jarred Vermillion, VLCC Project Heroes

11 – 11:30 am

Regional Basket Drawing