Rehabilitation & Community Providers Association & Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers
Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association (RCPA) is one of the largest and most diverse health and human services state associations in the country. With over 350 member agencies, hospitals, and other delivery systems in Pennsylvania, RCPA has a rich history of member engagement through its multiple divisions, including behavioral health services (mental health, drug, and alcohol) and those that cross over into physical health services. RCPA and its member agencies support over 1 million Pennsylvanians who are beneficiaries of Medicaid behavioral and physical health care services.
Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers (PACHC) is proud to represent and support more than 350 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) delivery sites in Pennsylvania. FQHCs provide health care to more than 900,000 people or 1 in 14 Pennsylvania residents annually. With sites in 52 of the 67 counties across the state, FQHCs have a presence in both rural and urban communities. In total, 47 community health center organizations comprise the largest network of primary care providers in the commonwealth and every one of these organizations is a member of PACHC.
RCPA and PACHC have a long-standing history of providing legislative action, policy work, and technical assistance to providers and actively participating in collaborative initiatives with Federal, State, and systems stakeholders. Partnering with the Delta Center will allow the team to advance the current telehealth expansion in Pennsylvania. The team's vision for the project (“Creating Planes of Telehealth Equity”) includes ensuring integrated whole person physical and behavioral health care through telehealth services, legislative pathways to provide equity of access to underrepresented groups and creating sustainability platform for services for all Pennsylvanians.
The key activities are founded in the team's partnership with organizations that promote consumer and family voice in telehealth policy planning as well as engagement in underserved communities in the Commonwealth. Understanding that telehealth is not for everyone, critical efforts are planned to assess why physical and mental health services are not accessed as frequently in some communities as in other communities will assist in addressing health disparities.