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July 1, 2016 – Pennsylvania Budget – Dismayed…to Angered…to Outraged!

The Arc of Pennsylvania outraged at 2016-2017 budget  The Arc of Pennsylvania is outraged that the General Assembly passed a budget that further deteriorates the community support system for Pennsylvanians with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Following on the heels of the prolonged budget impasse that left the disability system reeling financially, the 2016-2017 budget phenomenally fails to address serious issues that threaten to throw Pennsylvanians with disabilities back into segregated institutions. The Arc of Pennsylvania and its chapters have met with hundreds of legislators and the Governor to explain what is happening to the disability supports system in Pennsylvania, but in light of the expected final 2016-2017 state budget it appears that the urgency of these issues has been lost on our elected officials [...]

By | 2016-07-01T14:22:28+00:00 July 1st, 2016|Action alerts, Blog, Blogroll, In the news, News & Views|0 Comments

Chandler Budget Impasse

I'm not sure Harrisburg cares! We need to let them know that we care and we can make a difference! Paul Stengle Addressing Families Today the blog will be about the meeting with legislators that The Arc Alliance held on November 12th. There were about six or seven legislators present. The reason they were having this event was because of the recent budget impasse. Pennsylvania still does not have a budget! Legislators Addressing Families The Arc Alliance wasn’t the only organization present. There were many other human services organizations also there to tell their stories. There were also parents there to advocate for their children. Some of the stories they told were very emotional, you could see it on their [...]

By | 2015-11-30T09:36:29+00:00 November 30th, 2015|Action alerts, advocacy, Arc news, Blog, Blogroll, Chandler Balch, In the news|2 Comments

Families in Crisis Montgomery County Human Services Roundtable Budget Cuts and Impasse

  On November 12th The Arc Alliance, Resources for Human Development and the MAX Association joined together in hosting a legislator discussion with families who have a loved one with special needs. Over 110 individuals representing families and providers of services and support came together with 10 legislators and Aids from Montgomery County to tell their stories of the budget impasse and how it is affecting their family. The legislators heard many examples of how the lack of a budget is impacting their loved one as well as requests for expansion of funding for Human Services in the future. Several families presented how their children, who graduated from High School this past May have been pushed to the margin because no new individuals with intellectual [...]

By | 2015-11-13T10:16:12+00:00 November 13th, 2015|Action alerts, Arc news, Blog, Blogroll, Chandler Balch, News & Views|0 Comments

Montgomery County Human Services Roundtable on the Impacts of State Budget Cuts and Impasse

Thursday November 12, 2015 10-11:30 AM Open Invitation The Arc Alliance, Resources for Human Development and the MAX Association are extremely concerned that in the midst of 5 month Budget impasse, liquor and pension discussions and arguments over shale tax, the needs of Pennsylvanians with significant disabilities are being forgotten.  In recent years, there have been severe cuts to crucial human services funding that our neighbors and friends depend on. These cuts, along with the current budget impasse, have had a real impact on Montgomery County human service providers, the people they serve and the families of those people. Last week the Montgomery County Department of Behavioral health announced that after four months of using county reserves to pay invoices to human service providers, [...]

Help Students with Disabilities to Meet State Education Standards – Call Your Senators Today!

Help Students with Disabilities to Meet State Education Standards - Call Your Senators Today! The Senate is scheduled to begin debate the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) on July 7. While the bill includes important provisions that support students with disabilities, it still does not include two critical requirements: 1) school intervention when groups of students (including students with disabilities) are not meeting state standards; and 2) full certification for teachers. Presently, the ECAA only requires intervention and support for schools that fail to meet state performance standards overall, rather than for schools where any subgroups of students (including those with disabilities) fail to meet those standards.  Language must be included that assures targeted instruction and other supports when student groups in any school [...]

By | 2015-07-06T07:20:27+00:00 July 6th, 2015|Action alerts, advocacy, Blog, Blogroll, News & Views|0 Comments

YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED TODAY!!!!

YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED TODAY!!!! FIRST ALERT VIRTUAL RALLY  June 18th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. We need to flood the Capitol with phone calls to be sure that funding for people with disabilities is in the Governor’s Budget! Here’s what to say:   Hello my name is __________________. I am a person with a disability (e.g. developmental, intellectual, autism, physical disability.) I have a family member with a disability. I work with people who have disabilities. This funding proposed by the Governor in February must be restored: Community services for persons with intellectual disability so that 1,100 people can come off the emergency wait list Funding for 100 individuals with autism Funding to expand “Jobs for All” - on the job training for [...]

By | 2014-09-03T03:11:13+00:00 June 18th, 2014|Action alerts, advocacy, Arc news, Blog, Blogroll, In the news, Rally, Support|0 Comments

Healthy Pennsylvania Plan Draft 1115 Waiver Application

The Draft 1115 Waiver details the Department’s proposal to (1) limit the existing Medicaid (Medical Assistance) program, and (2) cover uninsured adults ages 21 to 64 whose income is less than 133% of the federal poverty level, and who do not otherwise qualify for Medicaid, by using Medicaid dollars to pay for private health insurance for them.

By | 2013-12-30T18:19:49+00:00 December 30th, 2013|Action alerts, advocacy, Blog, Blogroll, In the news, Insurance|0 Comments

Independent Fiscal Office projects $500 million shortfall in revenues – time to tell your story

The Following post provided by The Community Outreach LEARN community listserv who provides tips and tools to promote quality early education to school, community and business leaders and policymakers. Last week, the Independent Fiscal Office reported that they estimate that the state's revenues will be $520 million short of the revenues predicted for next year's budget. That prediction came in its initial revenue estimate, released on May 3. A final and official estimate will follow June 17 and the governor's budget office will issue the final revenue estimate when the budget is completed. You can read more about the announcement in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article. The state is required to pass a balanced budget and will have to address this shortfall. This the time [...]

By | 2014-09-03T03:48:26+00:00 May 8th, 2013|Action alerts, advocacy, Arc news, Blog, Blogroll, In the news|0 Comments

PA General Assembly Recognizes Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children Month

Led by the Early Childhood Education Caucus co-chairs, Senator Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) and Representative Phyllis Mundy (D-Luzerne), the Pennsylvania Senate and House adopted resolutions on October 1 recognizing October 2012 as Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children Month, “recognizing that every child in Pennsylvania deserves access to quality early learning opportunities and that it is the responsibility of every citizen of this Commonwealth to help our children reach their promise.” You can read the full resolutions on the PA General Assembly website. House Resolution 864 (PDF) Senate Resolution 366 (PDF) Many thanks to the Early Childhood Education Caucus and their staff for raising awareness of the importance of quality early education among their colleagues. The following legislators also co-introduced the resolutions in the House and Senate. [...]

By | 2014-09-03T03:57:53+00:00 October 8th, 2012|Action alerts, Arc news, Blog, Blogroll, Down Syndrome, In the news, Support|0 Comments

Proposed Changes to the Definition May Risk Eligibility for Services

From The Arc US The following is directly from The Arc US e-newsletter. We hope that it is beneficial for you and your family. Take action today! Background: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) is published by the American   Psychiatric Association (APA) and covers categories of mental health disorders, medical conditions, and cognitive impairments for both adults and children. The 5th edition of the DSM has been under development for a number of years and will be published in 2013. APA is accepting comments on its draft until June 15. The APA is proposing to revise the definition of “Mental Retardation”. While The Arc supports replacing this outdated and stigmatizing term, we have several concerns about APA’s proposed new term, “Intellectual Developmental Disorder” and how it [...]

By | 2012-06-14T12:14:42+00:00 June 14th, 2012|Action alerts, Arc news, Blog, Blogroll, In the news|0 Comments

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