Miller to host 4th annual Children and Youth Disability and Mental Health Summit

MT. LEBANON, March 9 – State Rep. Dan Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, announced today he will host his fourth annual Children and Youth Disability and Mental Health Summit in Pittsburgh on March 22, 23 and 24 at Beth El Congregation, 1900 Cochran Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15220.

Due to the event’s overwhelming popularity, the summit has expanded from two to three days. The Support Services Resource fair will be open on March 22 and 23, and the Employment & Transition Resource Fair on March 24. Additionally, the summit will offer more than 30 hours of informative workshops and breakout sessions.

"We will again be combining the traditional resource fair event with seminars over all three days on a variety of current and critical topics in the fields of disability and mental health that can provide important information and open discussions on topics that will benefit parents, young adults, and professionals alike," Miller said. "Continuing education credits will be offered for professionals including lawyers, teachers and social workers."

Miller is partnering with The PEAL Center and its 11th annual Inclusion Conference on Wednesday. Keynote speaker Sue Swenson, the president-elect of Inclusion International, served in both the Clinton and Obama administrations.

Ted Dallas, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, will open Thursday's program at 9 a.m. with his keynote address. Thursday's program concludes with the third annual "Survival Guide to Life After High School," which is being offered in conjunction with 21 & Able.

Friday's program includes a student seminar, "Influence for Action: Advocacy, Leadership & Transition," which is presented by the PA Youth Leadership Network Taskforce, while other panels will feature "Senator Casey's RISE Act, Helping Students With Disabilities Succeed in College" and "What’s Next for Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act" led by Congressman Tim Murphy. The summit concludes at 3 p.m. following the "Legislative Panel: State Policies on Disabilities and Mental Health."

To register and view full program details, visit www.disabilitysummit.com.

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