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Mental health and substance abuse forums

As you know, OMHSAS requested input from stakeholders in our planning process to address the next 2-5 year behavioral health service delivery system. I have attached a letter and synopsis of each comment we received from each of the forums which focused on assessing the current OMHSAS mission and goals, identifying strengths within our system, considering opportunities for improving quality care and identifying gaps in services. To view this information, please log onto under “What’s New”.

As we begin phase 2 of our planning process, we look forward to continuing our collaboration with stakeholders to develop a strategic plan. Below is a list of the next phase of our planning forums which we hope you will participate in.

Southeast Region Focus Group

Date: Friday, February 28, 2014

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Hopeworx Inc., 1210 Stanbridge Street, Suite 660, Norristown, PA 19401.

Central Region Focus Group

Date: Monday, March 3, 2014

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Child Welfare Resource Center, 403 East Winding Hill Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.

Northeast Region Focus Group

Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: OMHSAS Northeast Field Office, 100 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503.

Western Region Focus Group

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: Vagabond Center, 138 Whitestown Road, Lyndora, PA 16045.

If you would like to attend one of the regional focus groups, please contact Matthew Updegrove at with your Name, Organization (if applicable), E-Mail Address and which focus group you plan on attending.

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