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AHCA/Medicaid block grants – potential negative impact

On Wednesday May 17, 2017 Julie Gerhart-Rothholz,  participated in a press conference with Senator Casey & Senator Maggie Hassan and an Occupational Therapist to address the AHCA and Medicaid block grants. As a parent and Boar Member of The Arc Alliance, Julie addressed the topic of how AHCA/Medicaid block grants can negatively impact her son Evan. Julie ended the session providing a significant context on this challenging issue. Link to Video It is extremely important for each of us to contact our legislators and tell them the potential impact these proposed changes will have on our loved ones. Join with Julie and let your voice be heard locally, state wide and nationally! Link to find your Legislator

By | 2017-05-18T08:38:50+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Blog, Blogroll, News & Views, Stories|0 Comments

Paul Stengle’s interview of Nancy Thaler Deputy Secretary of the Office of Developmental Programs

On April 4th, 2017 Paul Stengle, CEO of The Arc Alliance, interviewed Nancy Thaler, Deputy Secretary of the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), about updates with ODP and the potential impact on individuals and families. Paul Stangle and The Arc Alliance community, thanks Deputy Secretary Thaler, for her willingness to participate and her candid responses in this interview. As you will see there are significant changes taking place and The Arc Alliance is here for you and your family with resources and access to decision makers at each level. Below is the link to the full 27 minute interview. LINK To full interview taped Tuesday April 4th You are also able to view clips of the interview on The Arc Alliance Facebook Page. LINK TO [...]

By | 2017-04-05T12:40:23+00:00 April 5th, 2017|BCTV shows, Blog, Blogroll, In the news, News & Views|0 Comments

Chandler Balch – Legislative Visit

Bringing reality to Harrisburg, through the testimony of those facing real issues. On January 31, 2017 Chandler Balch, student intern for The Arc Alliance, along with other self-advocates from across the state and staff from both The Arc of PA as well as  The Arc Alliance met with several Legislators and their staff to discuss issues facing individuals with disabilities. The meetings focused on key legislative issues concerning those persons with disabilities and their families. The issues presented covered Burden of Proof placed on parents verses school districts, the troubling Waiting List for I/DD Services, lack of funding for valuable services, increased employment opportunities as well as the closure of state institutions. Chandler took an active role presenting concerns focused on the lack of [...]

By | 2017-02-01T13:15:39+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Arc news, Blog, Blogroll, Chandler Balch, News & Views|0 Comments

Hamburg State Center Closure Hearings

In support of Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, The Arc Alliance has been advocating and working with legislators and administrations for decades to resolve the five remaining state funded centers. The Arc Alliance is proud to commend Governor Tom Wolf, Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas and all those in support for their courageous action in announcing the closure of the Hamburg State Center. Secretary Dallas expects the closure to take approximately 18-24 months. “For the 30 years I have been CEO of The Arc Alliance, our goal has been to provide individuals with the freedom of choice and support to live as independent a life as possible. Research has shown, people with developmental disabilities function better when living in the community with [...]

By | 2017-02-01T11:18:29+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Arc news, Blog, Blogroll, News & Views, Stories|0 Comments

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

Staff recognized for distinguished service

Congratulations! Staff recognized for distinguished service to persons with developmentally disabled! Expect, Receive and Achieve with Us! Congratulations to Linda Chesney, Lori Nichol and Tim Connors of The Arc Alliance for being recognized by Montgomery County Board of Commissioners and the Office of Behavioral Health Developmental Disabilities for distinguished work with and support of persons with developmental disabilities. The Arc Alliance administration, board of directors and staff are proud of their dedication and commitment to persons with developmental disabilities. These award recipients are representative of the dedication, passion and commitment of all the staff of The Arc Alliance. Linda Chesney and Tim Connors, Supports Coordination staff of The Arc Alliance Advocacy Services are recognized for the care and extraordinary support they provide to persons [...]

By | 2016-02-12T12:46:47+00:00 February 12th, 2016|Arc news, Blog, In the news, News & Views|0 Comments

The Arc Alliance: Building Bridges in our Commmunity

Click Image to watch video Scott Camilleri interviews Paul Stengle CEO of The Arc Alliance discussing the state budget impasse and how it's effecting families as well as providing helpful suggestions on how to get involved. This video provides an brief overview of the budgeting process as well as ways individuals and families can get involved. Simply click the image or Source link to watch this video. Source: The Arc: Building Bridges - bctv.org - Local news about Berks County and Reading, Pa.: Videos

By | 2015-12-02T10:08:45+00:00 December 2nd, 2015|BCTV shows, Blog, Blogroll, News & Views|0 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, [...]

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