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Volume 14 Issue 8

   April 18, 2019



An e-newsletter of the

County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania


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PA Youth Survey Webinar

The CCAP Comprehensive Behavioral Health Task Force is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, May 7, at 9 a.m., sponsored by the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The webinar will review the PA Youth Survey (PAYS), a commonwealth conducted a survey of school students in the 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grades to learn about their behavior, attitudes and knowledge concerning alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and violence. The survey also assesses risk factors that are related to these behaviors and the protective factors that help guard against them.

The webinar will help counties understand how this important information can be used to direct resources and planning in a way that is likely to be most effective. The call is limited to the CCAP membership, affiliate membership and county staff - commissioners, council members, county executives, chief clerks, county administrators, solicitors and county human services staff. The webinar is limited to the first 100 registrants. We request that you register as a group and participate in a central location if possible. Register here. Contact CCAP's Lori Dabbondanza with questions


Cybersecurity Training

The Juvenile Detention Centers and Alternative Programs is hosting one-day cybersecurity training for provider agency technology directors, administrators and information systems managers. This training has been designed to offer service providers valuable information and new expectations and practices that can be established to protect data and to minimize risk associated with a cyber breach. The program is scheduled for Monday, May 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the CCAP office in Harrisburg. Lunch and class materials will be provided. Registration is limited to 70 with an April 29 deadline. To register and for agenda and hotel room block information email Lori Lawyer. Registration fees per person: JDCAP/NPJS members $60.00; non-members $75.00.


SIPPRA Program

The Social Impact Partnership to Pay for Results Act (SIPPRA) was signed into law on February 9, 2018 and is intended to improve the effectiveness of certain social services. The federal government will pay for a project only if predetermined project outcomes have been met and validated by an independent evaluator, a system called a "pay for results partnership." Congress appropriated $100 million for the SIPPRA program to implement "Social Impact Partnership Demonstration Projects" and feasibility studies to prepare for those projects. Visit here to learn more. The SIPPRA program is largely administered by the Department of the Treasury.


Affordable Housing Toolkit

The National Association of Counties (NACo) has released an Affordable Housing Toolkit for Counties, the culmination of a series of reports on housing affordability developed over the past year. The toolkit pulls together resources, key takeaways and county examples from NACo's four previous reports to present county leaders with the various county-level tools available to increase housing affordability in their communities.


DCNR Outdoor Recreation Plan Survey

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is conducting a survey to understand community park and recreation needs. DCNR is asking park and recreation directors and elected and appointed officials to complete the Pennsylvania Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Survey to develop the 2020-2024 Pennsylvania Outdoor Recreation Plan. Results will help DCNR determine how best to allocate grant funds and assist Pennsylvania's local governments. Visit here to complete the survey by the May 14 deadline.


CCAP Annual Conference

CCAP is pleased to bring the 2019 Annual Conference, August 4 to 7, to Berks County and three venues - the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Reading, the Santader Arena and the Courtyard by Marriott Reading Wyomissing.

The conference officially kicks off on Sunday evening with a chance to meet more than 80 vendors. Monday morning's Open General Session features keynote speaker Kelly McDonald, followed by numerous breakout sessions. Check the CCAP Annual Conference webpage after April 30 for a complete list of breakout session offerings and an updated schedule.

Other highlights of the conference include an evening of local Berks County food and drink
at the UGI Energy Services Headquarters at The Knitting Mills in Wyomissing compliments of C.S.McKee, L.P. on Monday evening. After Tuesday's Business Session, attendees have a number of options for the afternoon including a ride on the Colebrookdale Railroad or a tour of Berks County's beautiful countryside. There will be a golf tournament compliments of Mazzitti & Sullivan EAP Services, Inc., Cornerstone Advisors Asset Management, Inc. and Scott + Scott Attorneys at Law, LLP, plus a putting contest compliments of CGL Companies. We are also pleased to offer the sporting clays tournament compliments of Emerald Advisers, Inc. and EmStone Advisers, LLC, Federated Investors, Marquette Associates, Inc. and Maher Duessel CPAs. Tuesday evening will include a more casual conference dinner and Annual Awards ceremony (see below).

View conference information, then REGISTER HERE. Make room reservations at either the Double Tree by Hilton Reading or the Courtyard by Marriott Reading Wyomissing. The early bird conference registration deadline is June 30 and the room reservation deadline is July 5.


CCAP Awards Open

CCAP is accepting nominations for its Annual Awards honoring Excellence in County Government and Individual Achievements. Award categories include: outstanding commissioner/council member; outstanding chief clerk/administrator; outstanding solicitor; friend of county government; and the affiliate and president's award. Awards will be presented at the Annual Conference. Please consider nominating an individual that you feel has made significant contributions to county government. Visit here for information on the Annual Excellence Awards. The nomination deadline is May 17. 

CCAP also is accepting nominations for the 2019 Excellence in Websites Award. The awards celebrate the best of the best and reflect the scope, creativity and importance of website communications and design in county government. Nominations are being accepted through June 7, 2019. Nominations can be for a county or department website! The final winners will be announced at the 2019 Annual Conference, August 4-7, in Berks County. There will be two winners: a winner in the first to third class counties and a winner in the fourth to eighth class counties. Visit here for more information.


CCAP Insurance Spring Training Scheduled

CCAP's Insurance Programs is offering a full slate of excellent training opportunities including:

April 24, Employee Demotivation and Its Effect on Our Workplace, Lewisburg

April 24, Defensive Driving Course, Cranberry Township

April 25, KEYS: Managing Workplace Performance, CCAP

April 26, County Risk Managers Council Meeting, CCAP

April 30, KEYS: County Property and Liability Risk Management, Cranberry Township

May 7, KEYS: County Property and Liability Risk Management, Scranton

May 8, KEYS: County Property and Liability Risk Management, CCAP

May 16, KEYS: County Property and Liability Risk Management, Lewisburg

May 22, KEYS: HR Boot Camp, CCAP

May 23, Prison Risk Management Workshop, Hershey

May 31, County Risk Managers Council Meeting, Hershey

We continue to collaborate with The Academy for Excellence in County Government and are able to offer additional opportunities to fulfill some of your required courses as well as some elective credits. Contact Linda Rosito with questions.


CCAP Events

For a complete listing of upcoming events refer to the CCAP website.



ACo Webinars

Registration is now open for the following NACo webinars:

Recordings of webinars from the past six months are available. To access these recordings, or for additional details and course registration information, please visit


Job Postings
To submit a county job posting, refer to the CCAP Job Postings webpage, where you'll find the jobs below and possibly others posted since the preparation of this e-newsletter.

For additional information on submitting a job posting contact Mandi Glantz.

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