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Mental health training council holds planning retreat

October 14. 2013 5:56PM

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Members of Luzerne-Wyoming Counties Mental Health and Developmental Services Training Council on Quality recently held a planning retreat at the Kirby Episcopal House, Mountain Top. Jim Siberski, consultant to the counties’ pilot project on Restraint Reduction and 1-1 Abuse and assistant professor/coordinator of gerontology education, Misericordia University, presented on the model of “Moving the System Toward Restraint Reduction,” a quality initiative of the Office of Developmental Programs, embraced by Luzerne-Wyoming Counties Mental Health and Developmental Services. Members were also updated on the development of a curriculum on laws governing the MH/DS system, which will be implemented with students from Pittston Area High School heightening the community’s awareness of individuals with special needs, the importance of employment initiatives for individuals, and an emphasis on promoting anti-bullying efforts in our community. Pictured first row from left: Mooneen Bielecki, parent/advocate; Gina Galli, MH/DS; Sharon Fairburn, The Advocacy Alliance NEPA Health Care Quality Unit, and Pam Zotynia, The Arc of Luzerne County. Second row: Jim Siberski, presenter; Jean McGuiness, Step by Step Inc.; Tara Gwilliam, Cori’s Place; Marbee Sulitka and Dave Pall, both of Step by Step Inc.

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