January 16th 2013

AUTISM Frostbite 5K

In an effort to raise funds for ABOARD Autism Connection of PA, sponsors in Pittsburgh, PA are hosting the second annual Frostbite 5K.  Registration is still open for this great event!  Click "read more" to get involved and show your support.

On Wednesday, the Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern PA (EFEPA) will be hosting a support group meeting in Delaware County about medication and treatment options for individuals with seizure disorders.  Click "read more" to get details about the meeting and to find out how you can RSVP!

Last month, we posted about a series of trainings and a webinar about the ACCESS Plus phase-out taking place in Northeast PA.  The Family to Family Information Center (a project of the PEAL Center and the Pennsylvania Health Law Project) is offering two additional trainings and another webinar for those who may have missed the events in December.  Click "read more" for details!

As part of the National Martin Luther King Day of Service, students at the Haverford School, Agnes Irwin and the Baldwin School are hosting their annual Caring Community Carnival for children with developmental and other special needs.  Click "read more" to find out how you can join in the fun!

Are you a person with a disability, or a parent/caregiver of someone with special needs?  Do you live in Northeast PA?  If so, this post is for you!  Click "read more" to learn how you can provide feedback to help the Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living determine the effectiveness of disability services in your neighborhood.  Or, click here to begin the survey now.

Happy New Year!  It may seem like worlds away, but summer will be here before you know it.  If you live in the Delaware Valley region and are interested in learning about summer camp opportunities for your child/patient with developmental disabilities, check out the Variety Club Camp's info session on January 15th!

December 17th 2012

Responding to Sandy Hook

Last Friday, a lone gunman broke into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and fatally shot 26 people (including 20 children between the ages of 6 and 7) before taking his own life.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and our national community as we look for ways to heal from this tragedy.  The PA Medical Home Initiative is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all children, and as such we are committed to joining the conversation about violence, mental health services, and social responsibility in the comprehensive care of children with and without special healthcare needs.

In just a few weeks, we will be celebrating the start of 2013!  However, along with the festivities, we are reminded that this new year poses difficult challenges for our community.  The AAP released a statement about the upcoming federal sequestration cuts scheduled to take effect on January 2nd, 2013.  Click "read more" to access the AAP's statement and learn how these cuts may impact important programs for the health and wellbeing of children throughout the U.S.

December 07th 2012

REACH Transition Training

Here at MHI, we've been branching out to try and address some of the challenges that families, youth, and physicians face when CYSHCN are ready to transition from pediatric to adult health care.  Our goal is the update the MHI community with helpful resources and events for transitioning youth, their families and providers.  "Read more" to learn about a great training taking place in Philadelphia this coming Tuesday!

As you may already know, the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) has decided to change how Medical Assistance (MA) operates in North Central and Northeastern Pennsylvania. On March 1st, 2013, DPW will transition away from ACCESS Plus and will instead require almost all MA recipients to join a physical health managed care plan by February 7th!  The Pennsylvania Health Law Project will be hosting various trainings regarding this change.  Click "read more" to participate in a training near you.