Special Partners

The following organizations have been "Special Partners" for the PPLC, complimenting and supporting our work

The Department of Behavioral Health/Intellectual disAbility Services

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The Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society / Deborah Shoemaker

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The Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania (BHARP) / Sally Walker

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The Pennsylvania Association of County Administrators of
Mental Health and Developmental Services (PPACA 
HH/DS) / Dan Eisenhaurer

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Community Care Behavioral Health Organization (Community Cares) / James Schuster -Matthew Hurford

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The city of Philadelphia has integrated its behavioral health care and intellectual disability services into one comprehensive system: The Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS).  Philadelphia's DBHIDS has been the first and foremost partner in establishing and supporting the PPLC. In addition to financial support, the department has, from the beginning, provided key behavioral health staff to our organization, including medical director, Lawrence Real, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of DBHIDS, and other psychiatrists. DBHIDS has supported virtually all PPLC activities, and we have benefited from their national leadership in behavioral health, which has included a realization that work force development is an essential key to optimal services. 

As a unique approach in the state’s HealthChoices program, DBHIDS has contracted with the not-for-profit organization Community Behavioral Health (CBH) led by Chief Executive Officer Joan L. Erney, J.D.  Community Behavioral Health provides behavioral health coverage for the City’s 420,000 Medicaid recipients. CBH is the first and only in the country to own its own managed care company with the county government.

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The Council works closely with and supports the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society to develop a vision for strengthening psychiatry’s role in a trans-disciplinary approach to practice.

Deborah Shoemaker, Executive Director

Deborah Shoemaker serves as Executive Director with overall responsibility for all of the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society’s operations. Her focus is on ethics, government relations, third party payment issues such as Medicare and Medical Assistance, and other matters of Society policy, as well as general administration. As a registered lobbyist, Ms. Shoemaker works extensively with the key members and staffers of the governor’s office and Pennsylvania’s Departments of Drug and Alcohol Programs, Health, Insurance and Human Services (previously the Department of Public Welfare). Ms. Shoemaker also collaborates with coalition groups, providing testimony and soliciting clinical expertise from the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society’s physician members in order to affect changes in laws, regulations, and policy that could negatively impact quality consumer care.

Ms. Shoemaker graduated from Messiah College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She is currently working towards her Certified Association Executive (CAE) certification and has been with the Society since September 2006.

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BHARP and Sally Walker, Director of the Behavioral Health Administration Unit at BHARP, work with PPLC and others, in a coalition directed at recruiting more psychiatrists and looking at ways to address services when a psychiatrist isn't available. 

In partnership with OMHSAS and in collaboration with other stakeholders, BHARP works with OMHSAS and the Managed Care Organization (MCO) to ensure that a comprehensive, responsive, unified, cost-effective, recovery oriented behavioral health system of care are available within the 23 county region.

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Dan Eisenhaurer

Dan Eisenhaurer, President of PACA MH/DS, and the Association work with the PPLC in a coalition directed at recruiting more psychiatrists and looking at ways to address services when a psychiatrist isn't available.  PACA MH/DS provides support and assistance to the county Mental Health/ Intellectual Disabilities (MH/ID) Administrators and their staff in their roles as the responsible planners, program and fiscal managers, and monitors of services and supports to consumers and their families in their communities.

Dan Eisenhauer is the MH/ID Administrator for Dauphin County.  Dan also administers Dauphin County’s Medical Assistance Transportation Program and Homeless Assistance Program.  Dan has 31 years’ experience in the MH/ID field in various roles and currently also serves as the PACA MH/DS President.

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James Schuster, M.D, MBA

Vice President of Behavioral Integration and the Chief Medical Officer for Medicaid and Behavioral Services for the UPMC Insurance Division.

In his role at the Insurance Division, Dr. Schuster has led development of multiple programs designed to address wellness and physical health concerns for individuals with serious mental illness and other disabilities. Dr. Schuster is board certified in psychiatry and in the subspecialties of geriatric and addiction psychiatry. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Louisville and completed his psychiatric residency at the University of Pittsburgh. He also received an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh.

Matthew Hurford, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization

“Dr. Hurford is the Chief Medical Officer of Community Care Behavioral Health, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit behavioral health managed care companies. Dr. Hurford provides executive leadership for Community Care’s clinical and quality operations and oversees value-based program innovation. Prior to coming to Community Care, Dr. Hurford served as the Chief Medical Officer for both the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services and Community Behavioral Health. From 2008-2011 he was the Medical Director of the Hall-Mercer Community Mental Health Center and Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychiatry’s Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research both in Philadelphia. Dr. Hurford also served as Medical Officer with the Indian Health Service on the White Mountain Apache Reservation in Eastern Arizona. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Temple University School of Medicine and completed his residency and chief residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.”

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