Mental Health and Disability: Join the conversation

State Representative Dan Miller speaks to a group of people.
State Representative Dan Miller speaks to the participants of the Mt. Lebanon Residents Academy at the close of their final session.

The 10th annual Disability and Mental Health Summit, hosted by State Rep. Dan Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, returns on May 11.

Offering the largest collection of disability and mental health resources in western PA, the morning session of the daylong event focuses on mental health, while the afternoon session centers on disability issues. The summit is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Beth El Congregation, 1900 Cochran Road.

“In the last decade we have come a long way in how we talk about disabilities and mental health, with people more willing than ever to acknowledge that they may need help or to be open to discussions about the needs in our communities,” Miller said. “Now that we are talking more and, in some ways, better about disabilities and mental health, we need to have conversations about needs, access and how we direct resources to where they will have the largest impact. The summit on May 11 is about elevating those conversations to a state level and connecting legislators to self-advocates, professionals, organizations and people working in these critical fields.”

Over 50 local and state organizations will be present, including  Mt. Lebanon’s Outreach Teen and Family Services and St. Clair Hospital Psychiatric Service Department.

Presenters include Dr. Dale Adair, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) Chief Psychiatric Officer and the Medical Director for the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS), and Kristin Ahrens, Deputy Secretary for Pennsylvania’s Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) within the Department of Human Services.

To reserve a spot, visit this link!