Announcement Date: January 12, 2017


Contact:  Joy Burwell

RCPA to Host Second Forum to Improve PA’s Mental Health System

Harrisburg, PA (January 12, 2017) – The Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association (RCPA), and OPEN MINDS, in partnership with the Behavioral Health + Economics Network (BHECON), will host Volume to Value: Behavioral Health Challenges, Opportunities, Policy Reforms today, January 12. This is the second in a series of forums being held in Pennsylvania to explore solutions to behavioral health delivery reform.

The forum will be convened in two-parts. In the morning, quality managers and senior executives will gather to discuss solutions and replicable successes they have adopted in order to comply with delivery system reforms in Pennsylvania. Additional organizations bringing different perspectives will participate in the afternoon session to explore the concepts discussed during the morning session. In addition, attendees will discuss other solutions that would ease reporting burdens and improve quality, while decreasing cost so that achievable reform can occur.

“Building off the momentum of the first forum, one of the issues we will be addressing during the second one is the growing demand for accurate and up-to-date data and cost reporting which has impacted behavioral providers,” said Richard S. Edley, PhD, RCPA’s President and CEO. “Participants will explore potential data collection processes that allow multiple payors to report without duplicating the amount of work.”

The forum will take place from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Best Western Hotel in Harrisburg, PA. Learn more here.




The Behavioral Health + Economics Network, known as BHECON (pronounced “beacon”), unites diverse stakeholders in a series of forums to examine and advance policy reforms to strengthen states’ behavioral health delivery systems. Led by the National Council for Behavioral Health with our state partners, BHECON participants include individuals and organizations recognized for their commitment to improving lives of people living with serious mental illness and incorporates representatives from the behavioral health, criminal justice, and public safety sectors, along with individuals working in the greater medical field.  BHECON has partnered with academic research institutions to provide data and analysis specific to the topics presented at the forums and has curated national data in support of this effort. To learn more visit