Pennsylvania Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services


Snapshot PAPSRS Annual Conferences 

2019  Opening the Door to Wellness: Inclusive Practices in Recovery 

Keynote:- Maggie Bertram “A Face of Recovery” 

Keynote: Hewitt B. “Rusty” Clark “Improving the Progress & Outcomes of Youth & Young Adults with Emotional Behavioral Difficulties 

Keynote: Teressa Ruspi-Stann “#BetterThanYesterday” 

AWARD WINNERS

DISTINGUISHED CAREER AWARD- Ellwyn Andres 

DISTINGUISHED ADVOCATE AWARD- Gary Perch 

OUTSTANDING PROGRAM AWARD- Workabilities Clubhouse A Community Services Group Program 

DISTINGUISHED PRACTITIONER AWARD- Jenny Gordon 

  

2018  Finding the Way to Real Connections in the Community 

Keynote:- J. Danee Sergeant “The Hand That I Was Dealt” 

Plenary: David GranirerStand Up for Mental Health” 

Keynote: Jennifer Storm “Blackout Girl” 

AWARD WINNERS

DISTINGUISHED CAREER AWARD- Elizabeth G. Ricker 

DISTINGUISHED ADVOCATE AWARD- Dave Shoup, Kevin Chately 

OUTSTANDING PROGRAM AWARD- Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies 

DISTINGUISHED PRACTITIONER AWARD- Lisa Kramer 

 

2017 Psychiatric Rehabilitation: Pathways to Recovery 

Keynote:- Kevin Breel “Confessions of a Depressed Comic” 

Plenary: The GO M.A.D. Players (Go Make A Difference) 

Keynote: Judge Linda Fleming “Supporting Recovery through County Mental Health Courts” 

AWARD WINNERS

DISTINGUISHED CAREER AWARD- Frances Billen 

DISTINGUISHED ADVOCATE AWARD- Natasha Fox 

OUTSTANDING PROGRAM AWARD- AMI, Inc. of Washington-Greene Counties – Psych Rehab 

DISTINGUISHED PRACTITIONER AWARD- Joanna Witmer 

 2016 Rhythms of Change 

Keynote:- Mike Veny “Transforming Stigma Into Strength” 

Ted-Like Talks: Lisa Razzano, Amber Larson, Kim MacDonald-Wilson 

Keynote: Harvey Rosenthal “Seizing the Opportunities, Facing the Challenges” 

AWARD WINNERS

DISTINGUISHED ADVOCATE AWARD- Rusty Dodds 

OUTSTANDING PROGRAM AWARD-Skills Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program -Philipsburg 

DISTINGUISHED PRACTITIONER AWARD-Tina Borger 

2015 Recovery Summit with PRA 

2014 Psychiatric Rehabilitation: Advancing the Journey through Innovation 

Keynote:- Arthur Evans- “What does it take to transform a large complex BH system” 

Plenary: “Including experts by experience: key to improving recovery” Panel 

Keynote: “The Balancing Act- the musical” Wambui Bahati 

AWARD WINNERS

DISTINGUISHED CAREER AWARD-Lew Manges 

DISTINGUISHED ADVOCATE AWARD- Oanh Kim Lam 

OUTSTANDING PROGRAM AWARD-Keystone Human Services 

DISTINGUISHED PRACTITIONER AWARD-Tina Hauck 

 

2013 Psychiatric Rehabilitation: Leading in a Time of Change 

Keynotes: Darby Penny- “The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a    State Hospital Attic 

Keynote: Joe Rogers- Cultivating Leadership to Effect Change 

Plenary: Joan Erney-“ Healthcare Reform: A Recovery-oriented Focus 

AWARD WINNERS

DISTINGUISHED CAREER AWARD-Regina R. Perrone Mattei 

DISTINGUISHED ADVOCATE AWARD- William Holt 

DISTINGUISHED ADVOCATE AWARD-Thomas Newman 

DISTINGUISHED PRACTITIONER AWARD-Darla Dodds 

OUTSTANDING PROGRAM AWARD-The Challenge Center 

 2012 Psychiatric Rehabilitation: Creating Positive Outcomes 

Keynotes: Dr. Michael Fowlin: You don’t know me until you know me 

Keynote: Victoria Maxwell-That’s Just Crazy Talk 

Plenary:  Physical Health/Behavioral Health Integration What is it and how can you make an impact? Panel Discussion 

Dr. James Schuster-Community Care Behavioral Health  

Jennifer McLaughlin-Community Services Group 

Chris Minnich-Northumberland County 

Rich Beach- CMSU County Joinder 

                AWARD WINNERS 

Distinguished Practitioner- Lori Harris-Brocious 

Distinguished Career-Jeanie Whitecraft 

Distinguished Advocate- William Boyer 

Outstanding Program -Community Care Behavioral Health 

2011 Valued Roles: Psychiatric Rehabilitation and the Road to Recovery 

Keynote: David Granirer: I'm OK but YOU need Professional Help-Using Humor to Fight Stigma" 

Keynote: Frederick Frese: The Role of Advocacy in Rehabilitations and Recoveries 

Plenary: "The Time is Here: Medicaid Funded Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services in Pennsylvania" 

 AWARD WINNERS 

Distinguished Practitioner-Rebecca McKeown 

Distinguished Career-Dan Sylvester 

Distinguished Advocate-Nicole Darr 

2010 Psychiatric Rehabilitation: Competencies and Skills That Promote and Support Recovery 

Keynote: Dr. Mary Ellen Copeland: "Taking Recovery into the Future" 

Keynote: Mark Ragins: Making it Real 

AWARD WINNERS 

Distinguished Practitioner-Shannon Neal 

Distinguished Career-Deborah Friedman 

Distinguished Advocate-Joan Erney 

2009 Values to Action 

Keynote: Dan Fisher: “Finding Our Own True Voice as Our Road to Personal and Collective Recovery” 

Keynote: Melody Riefer: Lessons in Listening: The Under-rated Skill of Shared Decision Making 

Plenary- Dan O'Brien-Mazza: “From Patient to Director, A Professional Identity and a Wonderful Life 

           AWARD WINNERS 

Distinguished Practitioner- Tina Loomis 

Distinguished Career- Matthew Federici 

Distinguished Advocate- Gina Calhoun 

Outstanding Program- New Vision, Elwyn Behavioral Health Services