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2019 Warm Hand-Off Regional Summits

In March and April of 2019, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and the Department of Health will host eight regional Warm Hand-off Summits. The purpose of each summit is to bring together stakeholders from the public and private sector across a range of disciplines to learn from experts and one another. Practical examples of successful warm hand-off tools and pathways will build on the success of last year’s summit.

The target audience for the summits includes the following as well as a host of professional organizations representing these stakeholders and the individuals who work for them:

  • Behavioral health managed care organizations (BHMCOs)
  • Centers of Excellence (COEs)
  • Commonwealth agencies
  • County/municipal health departments
  • Drug and alcohol treatment facilities
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) regional directors
  • Hospitals and healthsystems with emergency departments
  • Pennsylvania Coordinated Medication Assisted Treatment (PacMATs)
  • Recovery community organizations
  • Single County Authorities (county drug and alcohol agencies)
  • Veterans Administration Medical Centers in Pennsylvania


Attendance is free, but registration is required. Due to the large number of entities to be represented, please limit your organization/facility’s participation to a select few whose roles most closely align with the intent of the summit.

Map with the regions of the summits color coded.

Information for the eight regional summits are as follows:
RegionCountiesSummit Date/Time
VenueRegistration Closing Date

Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, MontgomeryWednesday, March 20, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Spring Mill — The Manor, Ivyland
Thursday, March 14, 2019

PhiladelphiaThursday, March 21, 2019
9:00 AM  – 12:00 PM
Community Behavioral Health, PhiladelphiaThursday, March 14, 2019

Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, WestmorelandWednesday, March 27, 2019
9:00 AM– 12:00 PM
Holiday Inn Johnstown – Downtown, JohnstownThursday, March 21, 2019

AlleghenyThursday, March 28, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center, PittsburghThursday, March 21, 2019
Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, YorkThursday, April 4, 2019
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Heritage Hills Golf Resort and Conference Center, YorkThursday, March 28, 2019

Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming
Thursday, April 11, 2019
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
The Stegmaier Mansion, LLC, Wilkes-BarreThursday, April 4, 2019

Bradford, Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, UnionTuesday, April 16, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Trade and Transit Center II, WilliamsportTuesday, April 9, 2019

Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Venango, WarrenWednesday, April 17, 2019
9:00 PM – 12:00 PM
Bayfront Convention Center, ErieTuesday, April 9, 2019

The following credentialing has been designated for successful completion of each summit:

  • This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The Pennsylvania Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Pennsylvania Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • The Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) is a member of the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium, and this summit is PCB approved for 3 hours of Education Credit.
  • NASW-PA Chapter is a co-sponsor of this workshop. 3 CEs will be awarded for completion of this course. NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.

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