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Understanding Your Responsibilities Under Act 54—Plan of Safe Care Implementation


Dates: May 8, 2019 - 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Location: Webinar

Registration Deadline: May 03, 2019

Online registration for this webinar has closed. Please contact HAP Education Services at (717) 561-5270, if you would like to register for this event.

HAP is offering this webinar to provide its members with an understanding of how new guidelines affect their practice and what their responsibilities are under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act and Act 54.This webinar will also provide HAP members the opportunity to speak directly with staff from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Pricing Details: $99 HAP Member - Live OR Recording / $150 HAP Member - Live PLUS Recording / $199 Non-Member - Live ONLY

Webinar Overview

Last month DHS published guidance to support implementation of Act 54 of 2018, the Pennsylvania law which complies with federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) and requires health care professionals, including those involved in the delivery or care of an infant affected by substance use or withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure or a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, to notify the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) so that a plan of safe care can be developed.

A subsequent webinar will be provided to share good practices and examples from other hospitals to help you effectively implement these new guidelines.

Learning Objectives

During this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how federal and state laws promote opportunities for interdisciplinary professionals to work together to improve outcomes for women with an opioid disorder and their infants
  • Understand DHS protocols for health care providers related to universal screening of all pregnant patients for substance use and newborns for prenatal drug exposure or a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
  • Describe DHS notification requirements
  • Assess the guidance around convening the multidisciplinary team responsible for determining the lead entity in the development of each Plan of Safe Care

A valuable question and answer session will conclude the webinar.


Cathleen Palm
The Center for Children’s Justice, Bernville, PA

Ashleigh Martell Brunsink, DHS
Executive Assistant
Department of Human Services
Office of Children, Youth & Families

Kimberly Early, LSW
Policy Director
Pennsylvania Department of Health
Office of Policy

Target Audience

This webinar will be of particular interest to chief medical officers, chief nursing officers, clinical services directors, compliance officers, and social workers/case management staff. 

Pricing and Registration Information


$99 HAP Member Rate - LIve OR Recording (includes 1 phone line/web connection per site. Additional phone lines will be billed at $99)

$150 HAP Member Rate - Live PLUS Recording (includes 1 phone line/web connection per site for live webinar. Additional phone lines will be billed at $99)

$199 Non-Member Rate (includes 1 phone line/web connection per site. Additional phone lines will be billed at $199)

Fee includes handout materials forwarded via email prior to the session.

Registration Cancellation Policy

No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after May 6. There is a $25 administrative fee on all cancellations. Cancellations must be received in writing.

The registration deadline is May 3.

Certificate of Attendance

A general certificate of attendance will be emailed to all participants. Some national, state, and local licensing boards and professional organizations will grant continuing education credits for attendance when you submit the course outline (save the program email) and your certificate of attendance. It is recommended you contact your own board or organization to find out what is required.

How the Webinar Will Work

There is no limit to the number of staff from your office per connection who can tune in to the seminar via speakerphone and computer. Additional connections dialing/logging in will be billed. Enjoy the benefits of attending a live conference without having to leave the office.

Upon receipt of registration, confirmation will be emailed to the registrant. Dial-in instructions will be emailed to each registrant’s email address approximately 48 hours prior to the program, including information on how to obtain handout materials for the conference. If you do not receive an email by this date, please email

Please register only one name per connection.


For registration information, or if you need special accommodations, please contact HAP Education Services at (717) 561-5270.

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