On March 24, 2023, the Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania (BHARP) and Community Care Behavioral Health Organization held a recognition ceremony in Ridgway, Pennsylvania, to celebrate the Dickinson Center’s trauma re-certification.  This follows Dickinson’s participation in the North Central Trauma Informed Care Initiative and exemplary achievement in completing the program.

“We are honored to be redesigned as a TICC. Dickinson Center focuses on recognizing and responding to the impact of trauma on the health and well-being of both the individuals we provide services to as well as our staff,” said James Prosper, Executive Director of the Dickinson Center.

The providers involved in the program work to achieve expertise in trauma informed care, which involves trauma-specific treatment for individuals.  They also create a trauma informed care culture within their organization.  Additionally, one of their other goals is to successfully promote safety for staff and individuals within the program.

If you would like more information on BHARP or the North Central Trauma Informed Care Initiative, please contact Brenda Fry at bfry@bharp.org.



Left to right:

Carol Bembenic, Outpatient Clinician, Dickinson Center

Judy Smith, MH Program Director, Cameron Elk Behavioral and Developmental Program

Sally Walker, CEO, BHARP

Tonya Wolfe, Mental Health and Children’s Services Director, Dickinson Center

James Prosper, Executive Director, Dickinson Center

Renee Korney, Quality Director, Community Care Behavioral Health

Michael Gwin, Community Relations Coordinator, Community Care Behavioral Health

Heather Celidonia, Outpatient Business Manager, Dickinson Center


Photo credit: BHARP