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Volume 14 Issue 17

   August 22, 2019



An e-newsletter of the

County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania


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Lisa Schaefer Announced as Successor to Doug Hill

The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) has announced the selection of Lisa Schaefer as the Association's new executive director. Lisa, who has been CCAP's director of government relations for nearly nine years, will succeed current executive director Doug Hill, who earlier this year announced his plans to retire at the end of 2019.


"Counties in Pennsylvania are fortunate to begin a new era of leadership with Lisa Schaefer at the helm of CCAP, our statewide association," stated CCAP President and Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone. "Lisa has proven to have the skills, respect and vision to continue to move counties forward as we work to enhance the lives of residents throughout Pennsylvania."


As CCAP's director of government relations, Lisa has been instrumental with helping to lead the organization through numerous issues and enhancements. Prior to coming to CCAP, Lisa was part of the government relations staff at the Pennsylvania School Boards Association and has worked as a staffer in the state Senate. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Lebanon Valley College and a Master of Public Administration from Shippensburg University, and also is a Certified Public Manager.


Lisa will assume the title of acting executive director appointee on September 1, then transition to executive director on December 1. Doug will assume emeritus status after that until his retirement on December 31, 2019. He leaves with nearly 36 years of service as CCAP's executive director. 


2019 Forensic Conference Scheduled

CCAP and the PA Department of Human Services will present the "2019 Forensic Conference - Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System - Understanding Options and Opportunities," on Thursday, October 31, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. A special showcase event also will take place on Wednesday, October 30, 6 - 8 p.m.

The conference will include presentations by those with lived experience, dealing with mental health issues while engaged in the criminal justice system, table top exercise sessions for county team development and presentations by counties and top state cabinet officials. It will encourage local collaboration in addressing the need for forensic services at the county level. Continuing education credits may be available.

Counties are encouraged to send teams of up to six which may include county judges, commissioners and council members, jail administrators, district attorneys and public defenders, mental health administrators, and local law enforcement officials. 

Register here by Friday, October 4. Please have the names and titles of those planning to attend ready when you register. Registrations processed individually in our system do not qualify for the discounted rate.

The cost to attend the conference is $50/person or $250 for six attendees, a discount of $50. Overnight accommodations will be the responsibility of the attendee. We have secured a room block at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center for the evening of Wednesday, October 30. Our group rate is $119/night for a standard guest room. Please reference group code FSCA19B when making your reservations. You can call the Penn Stater direct at (800) 233-7505 or visit their website to make your reservations. Hotel reservations must be made no later than Monday, September 30 to get the reduced group rate for the conference.

A poster showcase session will be held on Wednesday, October 30 from 6 - 8 p.m.  Bring your poster that showcases an event or project that helped move your local justice or mental health agency toward improved outcomes, and network to learn what others around the state are doing. We also will have registration open during this time. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

Questions regarding the content of the conference can be directed to Brinda Penyak. Questions regarding registration can be directed to Lori Dabbondanza.


Substance Abuse Session at CCAP

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is partnering with the National Association of Counties (NACo) and CCAP to help counties find new, innovative and holistic approaches to maximize limited resources and effectively address the substance abuse crisis from all angles. Join fellow Pennsylvania county leaders as they discuss potential solutions in the areas of strategic local leadership; prevention and education; addiction treatment; rehabilitation for justice-involved individuals; and economic development.

"Strengthening the Local Response to Substance Abuse in Pennsylvania," is scheduled for Wednesday, September 11, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the CCAP office in Harrisburg. Registration is limited.

Learning objectives include gathering new or improving existing initiatives aimed at curbing substance abuse; gaining insight from fellow county leaders as to what types of program are most effective in mitigating substance abuse; learning how counties can better lead local efforts against substance abuse; and acquiring data-based talking points around substance abuse in Pennsylvania counties. Click here to register


Veterans Courts Training in Harrisburg

"Veterans Courts in Pennsylvania: Making the Case for Veterans Courts" is being presented by Widener Law Commonwealth in Harrisburg on Friday, September 20, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is required, but there is no cost to attend; lunch is included; and CLE credits are available. Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Debra Todd and Pennsylvania Adjutant General Anthony Carrelli will be delivering keynote remarks. The event will include a panel featuring county commissioners.

There are now more than 20 veterans courts in the commonwealth, serving veterans involved in the justice system due to a substance use disorder, mental health disorder, or trauma. Veterans treatment courts are part of more than 100 "problem solving courts" statewide, and are an innovative and collaborative initiative between the courts, the district attorneys, the public defenders, the Veterans Administration, and numerous veterans' agencies. Veterans who complete their court-supervised programs and graduate may have the charges that brought them to court dismissed and/or their term of supervision reduced. In addition, their criminal records may be expunged. Notably, veterans' treatment courts have a 74 percent successful graduation rate.

The session is presented by Widener Law Commonwealth, CCAP, the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts Problem Solving Court division, the Governor's Advisory Council on Veterans' Services, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, the Middle District of Pennsylvania Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and the Dauphin County Bar Association. 


Be "Prepared, Not Scared"

September is National Preparedness Month and the theme is, "Prepared, Not Scared." Just as an emergency can affect an entire community, the entire community is part of the solution when it comes to preparing for and recovering from an emergency. You can help your community members be better prepared by encouraging them to participate in the 30 Days/30 Ways campaign, sponsored by the PA Emergency Management Agency.

If it is predictable, it is preventable. We know that we get rain, flooding, power outages, heat, cold, and snow. "Prepared, Not Scared" focuses on the conscious decision to get started now, before it's too late. By encouraging your community members to sign up for 30 Days/30 Ways to be Prepared on your website, through social media or in your newsletters, you are providing an opportunity for your constituents to learn simple ways to get started or to continue on their path to being prepared. From alerts to protecting belongings, those participating will receive a number tips and information that can save a life. You can find suggested social media posts and graphics on our partner promotion page here. You can sign up for the 30 Days/30 Ways to be Prepared here


PA Automated Vehicle Summit

The 3rd PA Automated Vehicle Summit will be held September 4-6 at the Kalahari in the Poconos. This year's Summit will feature keynotes from four national transportation thought-leaders, a fireside chat with Secretary Leslie Richards and top federal policymakers on infrastructure, a panel of AV companies currently testing in Pennsylvania, a national podcast, and 25 panels with more than 120 experts covering the full range of AV issues facing county and municipal planners and decision-makers. Visit here for more information and registration.


Welcome New CCAP Associate Members

FEI Systems has been a specialized provider of health-related information technology (IT) solutions for over 20 years. Working closely with states, managed care organizations, and Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) to deliver high-quality software for special needs populations, to more than 40 Federal and State governments through more than 80 concurrent contracts.

The Sustainable Energy Fund is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) that assists energy users in overcoming educational, financial, and regulatory barriers to a sustainable energy future: a future in which energy is harvested, converted, distributed, and utilized in a manner that allows all to meet their energy needs now without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. SEF acts as a program administrator for Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE).


Fall Risk Management Workshops

September is the start of the fall GLIMPSE - Risk Management Training season. Online registration for the fall workshop is now available. As a reminder, most of the workshops are FREE to attend if your county is a member of the sponsoring Insurance Programs. Please refer to the GLIMPSE Online section the CCAP website for all the information on topic descriptions, dates, times, locations and membership. 

The CCAP Insurance Programs continues to collaborate with the Academy for Excellence in County Government. Please refer to our website for additional information on co-sponsored events. These workshops are FREE to current Academy participants.



5     Defensive Driving Course, Lewisburg

10   Excellent Supervisor Seminar, State College

10   Defensive Driving Course, Scranton

11   Excellent Supervisor Seminar, Scranton

12   KEYS: Onboarding Elected Officials, Cranberry Township

12   Myths, Miscalculations and Misunderstandings, CCAP Office

18   Myths, Miscalculations and Misunderstandings, Lewisburg

19   KEYS: Field Worker Safety and Awareness, Harrisburg

24   Excellent Supervisor Seminar, Cranberry Township

27   Prison Medical Management, CCAP Office



1    KEYS: Onboarding Elected Officials, Scranton

3    Safety Workshop, State College

9    KEYS: Onboarding Elected Officials, CCAP

10  KEYS: Onboarding Elected Officials, Lewisburg

16  KEYS: The Most Difficult HR Problems Faced by Counties , Cranberry Township

17  Myths, Miscalculations and Misunderstandings, State College

17  Defensive Driving Course, State College

22  Myths, Miscalculations and Misunderstandings, Scranton

24  KEYS: The Most Difficult HR Problems Faced by Counties, CCAP Office

30  Annual Producers Meeting, CCAP Office



1   County Risk Managers Council Meeting, CCAP Offices

7   Prison Personnel Workshop, State College

13 County Risk Managers Council Meeting, Cranberry Township

Email Linda Rosito or call (800) 895-9039 x 3328 or (717) 736-4728 with questions or to request additional copies of GLIMPSE.


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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