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Sep. 11th, 2013

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September Meeting Dates

September is shaping up to be quite a busy month. We have our newest support group having its first meeting!

Veterans Brain Injury Peer Support Group
First Meeting
September 17, 2013 at 1:30pm
CIL office
1019 Logan Blvd
Meeting will be held in the conference room

Brain Injury Group - Huntingdon (BIGH)
Monthly Meeting
September 16, 2013 at 7:00pm
JC BLair Memorial Hospital Education Center
(across large parking lot from Hospital)

Hope to see you at one of our meetings!

Jul. 30th, 2013


Huntingdon County Brain Injury Support Groups

Monday, August 19, 2013
Huntingdon County Library
Pennsylvania Room

Open to Anyone with a brain injury as well friends, family, caregivers, spouse, or partner of an individual with a brain injury. Looking for peer support - here's your group!

Monday, August 19, 2013
JC Blair Memorial Hospital
Education Center
Huntingdon, PA
Speaker: Heidi Myers from Lakeview Neuro-Rehab

Individuals are welcome to attend 1 or both groups if interested. Anyone wanting more information can contact Lisa Cullen at the CIL of South Central Pennsylvania (1-800-237-9009 / LCullen@cilscpa.org)
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HealthChoices Trainings

HealthChoices Training

Attention: Medicaid consumers, family members, and advocates

Trainings sponsored in part by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health.

Across the state, most individuals with Medicaid coverage are now enrolled in a managed care plan. ACCESS PLUS has ended. HealthChoices (mandatory managed care) is statewide.

This is an important change for Medicaid recipients, effecting how they access health care services and providers and what they can do if their plan denies a service or medication.

Now that HealthChoices has been implemented in the new zones, we know there are still questions and concerns about this new delivery system. Pennsylvania Health Law Project is offering "Part Two" of their trainings to educate consumers, family members and professionals with additional information they need to know:

*how has covered changed with HealthChoices (a refresher)
*what if I am unhappy with my current plan
*what to do if a plan is denying a service or medication
*how does HealthChoices increase rights with the Medical
Assistance Transportation Program (MATP)

Come to a free in-person training by the Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP) to learn about these changes

Wednesday, August 7 1-4pm
Toftrees Conference Center
One Country Club Lane
State College, PA 16803

Thursday, August 8 1-4pm
JC Blair Hospital
Education Center
1225 Warm Springs Avenue
Huntingdon, PA 16652

Space is limited. Please RSVP for a training through PHLP's Helpline (1-800-274-3258) or email (staff@phlp.org)

Job Announcement

Notice of Job Opening

Company: Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Job Location: 5580 Goods Lane, Suite 1005
Altoona, PA 16602
Contact: Lee Anne Ayers
Account Code: SRS0002494
FEIN#: 36-1750680
Phone: 847-286-2500
Fax: 814-940-2247
Application website: www.searsholdings.com/careers
Position Title: sales associate (non-commission)
Part-time position
Details: Jobs in this category are responsible for selling and servicing customers within one ore more departments, including Lands' End, Footwear, and Fine Jewelry; maintaining knowledge of products and using this knowledge to assist and educate customers on options available; providing customer assistance; and delivering a positive customer shopping experience. In general, pay for jobs in this category is based on a fixed hourly rate of pay; however, the compensation structure may vary by department or store. For complete information about this job, please visit http://v2.maxoutreach.com/job.aspx?01560888

Jul. 2nd, 2013

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Calling all Veterans of Blair County with Brain Injuries

The Center was contacted by an individual who is interested in starting a support group for Veterans of Blair County with a brain injury. If you are interested in participating in such a group, please contact the Center at 1-800-237-9009 and ask for Lisa Cullen to learn more.

May. 28th, 2013


Brain Injury Support Group Meeting

Brain Injury Support Group Meeting
Monday, June 19, 2013
Pennsylvania Room
Huntingdon Library

This month's speaker will be Doug Sloey from Omni Home Health Services.

This group has met for the last two months at Crawford Apartments (Huntingdon). Due to work being done at the apartment building, the meeting has been moved to the library. Anyone wanting more information or to register to attend should contact Lisa Cullen at the Center for Independent Living of South Central Pennsylvania (1-800-237-9009 / LCullen@cilscpa.org)

Brain Injury survivors, their family members, friends, and the general public are invited to attend.

Mar. 19th, 2013

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Health Information Exchange Survey

The Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority is conducting a statewide consumer survey to gauge public knowledge about health information exchange (HIE).

The responses from the survey will help the Authority develop outreach and education programs to communicate with healthcare consumers about the value and benefits of health information exchange. The survey is available on the Authority’s website at http://www.paehealth.com/.
“This survey will gauge awareness of electronic medical records and provide insight into the importance that Pennsylvanians place on sharing those records securely and electronically among their various healthcare providers,” Alix Goss, State Health Information Technology Coordinator and Program Director said. “Health information exchange allows patients and providers to have information when and where they need it so they can make the best decisions, which will ultimately improve healthcare outcomes.”

Working with Susquehanna Polling and Research and the Pennsylvania Industries for the Blind and Handicapped (PIBH), the Authority will also survey 1,500 Pennsylvania residents by phone. There are no questions about personal health information or medical history in the survey.

The PA eHealth Partnership Authority is an independent state agency that is working to meet federal requirements for HIE in Pennsylvania. HIE is the electronic movement of health–related information among unaffiliated organizations according to nationally recognized standards. Pennsylvania was awarded $17.1 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help establish a health information exchange.

Devon D. Grant | Executive Director
Governor’s Cabinet and Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities
Room 333 Health & Welfare Bldg. | Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: 717.783.4287 | Toll Free: 866.229.9337 | Fax: 717.772.2062

Mar. 14th, 2013

dog license, service dogs

PetSmart joins push to license dogs

PennLive by Jeff Frantz / jfrantz@pennlive.com

Pennsylvania has set a goal of getting 100,000 dog owners to license their pets this month.

By state law, all dogs three months and older have to be licensed each year. Owners can be fined up to $300 per unlicensed dog.

If that's not enough incentive, PetSmart has pledged to donate $10,000 to Susquehanna Service Dogs if the state sells 100,000 dog licenses in March. That donation would cover about half the costs of training a service dog.

Annual dog licenses cost $8.45 per dog, and $6.45 for spayed or neutered dogs. A lifetime license costs $51.45 per dog, $31.45 if the dog is spayed or neutered. Discounts are available for older adults and people with disabilities.

Licenses can be purchased at the county treasurer office.

Mar. 5th, 2013

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CommCare Waiver

The Governor has requested funds to re-open the COMMCARE and OBRA Waivers according to Chava Kintisch, Esq., of the Disability Rights Network - and the Department of Public Welfare has confirmed that it will use these funds to do just that.

Per Chava Kintisch, "I would like to clarify that the Department of Public Welfare has publically stated at Medical Assistance Advisory Committee (MAAC) meetings that it will use the additional $15.578 million for 1280 (1282, to be exact) Waiver slots and end the waiting lists for the COMMCARE Waiver and OBRA Waiver. The Department has recently confirmed this with Dynah and me."

If you are disabled and need help, please get on one of these waiting lists. Please do it now! Call the PA Independent Enrollment Broker at 877-550-4227 and arrange for a home visit to get the paperwork started.

The COMMCARE Waiver requires that you had a traumatic brain injury from an outside force like a car accident, an assault, a fall, a sports concussion, domestic violence or other impact to the head or body. The benefits include rehabilitation and support.

The OBRA Waiver requires that you became disabled prior to age 22 from any cause - this includes a brain injury from any cause, not just a traumatic brain injury. The benefits include rehabil
itation and support.

Please contact me if you have any questions.


Barb Dively

Barbara A. Dively, Executive Director
Acquired Brain Injury Network of Pennsylvania
InfoLine: 484-751-5244 or 1-800-516-8052
Office: 215-699-2139 Fax: 215-699-5139
bdively@abin-pa.or</span>g, www.abin-pa.org

Jan. 17th, 2013

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Socialization Opportunity

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