Community Events & Trainings

Community Events & Trainings 

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month

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 The Pennsylvania Office Of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) has announced that it will be closing Norristown State Hospital to individuals who do NOT have a criminal justice involvement.

 Public hearing on the plan to close the State Hospital: Jan 31, 2017 2:30 – 5:00 PM, At Norristown Hospital, 1001 Sterigere St., Building 33 in Norristown, PA.

This meeting will accept comments about the closure of civil beds and changes in forensic operations from stakeholders, officials and the community.

Those wishing to provide comments are asked to register by contacting Helen Brennan at 610.313.1014 or Written comment can be submitted via email to


All are welcome to attend!



Human Trafficking Info Session – Mon Jan 9, 2017 – 6:30 to 8:30.   First Baptist Church, 445 Burnside Ave, Eagleville, PA.  contact:  484-606-6228,


Generation Found Movie – Tues Jan 10 2017 – 3 PM.   Warrington Crossing Stadium 22, 104 Easton Rd, Warrington, PA.  Registration:    Cost: $14.40


Red Flags & Risk Factors of Human Trafficking – Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 9 a.m. – Noon   (3 hours)  – Registration   8:30 a.m.   Cost $10 to attend (@ $25 extra if want CEU’s)  


Employment Tips for Individuals with Legal Histories – WEBINAR – January 19, 2017, 2:00 P.M. ET.

For individuals with legal histories, finding a job can be difficult. This webinar will focus on building skills around individual strengths, finding the right type of resume based on an individual’s situation, writing letters of explanation regarding specific legal issues, and understanding that our histories do not define us.


Registration Required:


Peer-run Organizations Serving People with Behavioral Health Conditions and Criminal Justice Involvement

FREE WEBINAR, January 19, 2017,  2 – 3:30 PM ET.    To Register Go To:


Upcoming STAR Center Virtual Learning Opportunities

Equity and Inclusion in Leadership Networking Call   January 18, 2017 from 2-3pm ET/11-12 PT 

This is the STAR Center’s monthly national networking call for people of color who are interested in increasing the number of people in organizational leadership roles who are African-American, Native American/American Indian/Alaskan Native, Latino/Hispanic or Asian/Pacific Islanders. Our hope is that this opportunity for people of color to network and support each other’s leadership efforts across the country and in our target states/regions will make a measurable and remarkable difference towards eliminating the disparities we currently experience across the country.      Register now :

Secrets of Sustainability Series: Managed Care 101:  January 19, 2017 at 2pm ET

In this live and interactive Virtual Community of Practice (VCoP), executive and governance leaders for peer and family run organizations will have the opportunity to learn from each other about: Strategic and business planning in the current environment, Supporting major transitions in board governance models, Assessing organizational readiness for change, Creating value propositions, Anticipating and negotiating for roles in new financing opportunities.   Register now :

Collaborative Leadership Series: Working Across the Divides   January 20, 2017  from 2-3pm ET/11-12 PT

 Are you interested in strengthening your leadership skills? This call will address 1) the opportunities and challenges for collaboration in systems transformation, 2) Identify the benefits of intersectionality as a core value for leadership development, 3) Develop core collaborative leadership skills for community building across differences in social identities, values and lived experiences and 4) Identify strengths and areas for improvement in collaborative leadership skills.   Register now :


The Opioid Epidemic – Understanding Medication Assisted Treatment – Thurs Jan 27th 2017,  9 AM -4 PM.  Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc.,                 600 Louis Drive, Suite 102-A ,  Warminster, PA 18974. Cost: $15 needs to be pd prior to event.   Registration is Required:  Peg McCloskey or Suzanne Colonna at (215) 444-2727.


NAMI Facilitator Training for “Connections” peer led support group. Requirements: be a person in recovery, have taken NAMI Peer to Peer Class, become a NMAI member and be willing to give a year of service to facilitating a Connections Support Group. Call for More info: Debbie at 215-442-5637.


Poverty Simulation: A Day in Their Shoes – February 10, 2017 9 AM -12 PM, Reg Begins at 8:30am. Pennswood Village in Penn Hall, 1382 Newtown Bypass Newtown PA 18940.

The Poverty Simulation is designed to help you understand what it might be like to live in a low-income family trying to move beyond survival and achieve sustainable economic self-sufficiency. Participants will role play a person living in poverty for four abbreviated weeks. The simulation will be followed by a discussion of your experience and the Bucks County Opportunity Council’s approach to helping people move beyond poverty.

We need seventy-two participants to make it an authentic experience. The simulation is free and open to anyone in the community who is interested in learning more about poverty. Participants must be age sixteen or older.

Registration: click “Join Us Tab”    | Eileen at    |     215-345-8175 ext 209


Advocacy Workshop, Friday Feb 24th 2017, 10 – 3PM, Phila Recovery Center 1701 W Lehigh Ave, Unit # 6 Philadelphia, PA 19132.

2 topics will be addressed: “Rights of Persons Receiving Community Mental Health Treatment” will discuss some of the basic civil rights, such as the right to be free from abuse, neglect and exploitation; to be treated with dignity and respect; to privacy and confidentiality; to effective communication; and to file a complaint/grievance about treatment, services and programs.  “Anti-Stigma” section will take you inside the Stigma Project, a provocative, statewide campaign designed to eliminate the stigma against people with disabilities.  You will be one of the first people to view our compelling documentary designed to achieve deeper levels of discussion about stigma.  Find out how you can become empowered as part of a movement to change the stigmatizing behavior and attitudes of people in your community. 

For more information, 800-692-7443 x312 (877-375-7139 TTD) OR

Cost:   Free               Lunch will be provided.

Reservations are required:


 Crisis Intervention Training – March 27 – 30, 2017 9 AM to 5 PM. NOVA Offices 2370 York Rd, Suite B1, Jamison, PA 18929.  FREE TRAINING – they are hoping individuals will be part of a volunteer community response team.


Ageless Grace, Fitness Program appropriate for Older Adults – Tuesday & Wednesday April 25 & 26, 9 AM to 5 PM – Center in the Park, 5818 Germanton Ave, Phila PA 19144.   (training for personal use Tues 9 – 1pm $55   or   certification as a trainer/teacher – both days $400 & 13 CEU’s) some scholarships are available. Contact:



Reach Out Foundation – Lower Bucks Mental Health Recovery Drop In Center has Chair Yoga and a Re-entry Group . . . .

CHAIR YOGA – Come experience the physical and mental health benefits of yoga. Besides improving your flexibility, with regular practice yoga has been shown to help reduce anxiety and depression and help improve focus and concentration.    When: 2nd & 4th THURSDAY every month

RE-ENTRY SUPPORT GROUP – a peer support group for individuals returning to their homes and communities after incarceration, facing the challenges of achieving a successful re-entry to society.     When: Wednesdays at 3:30 PM (every week)

 COST: both groups are FREE   & open to any person in Bucks County who is dealing with a mental health challenge.

LOCATION: Reach Out Foundation,    152 Monroe Ave, Penndel PA 19047

MORE INFO:      215-970-5462    |


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