News & Views

Governor Wolf’s Budget Address

Governor Wolf invited Paul Stengle, CEO of The Arc Alliance to attend the 2018 State Budget Address in Harrisburg on February 6th. Paul has met with the governor's staff and Governor Wolf on several occasions. Paul's meetings have been focused on introducing Governor Wolf to the variety of critical issues facing individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. On many occasions Paul has invited families to address the Governor providing first hand experiences. Governor Wolf and his staff have been open and welcoming both Paul and families to better understand the situation and how he as Governor can help. The individuals and families experiences have had significant impact in the Governors understand and empathy for all concerned.  This past year our community received [...]

By | 2018-02-09T14:32:13+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Blog, News & Views|0 Comments

2017 Annual Report

The Arc Alliance 2017 Annual Report The 2016-17 year for The Arc Alliance was memorable on many levels. We were honored to work with so many individuals and their families in creating new and fulfilling life experiences. We are also pleased to have had the opportunity to play a part in influencing the state budget, providing an increase in support for many we serve. The 2016-17 year was marked by milestones and accomplishments and although the future is always uncertain we are focused and committed to working with individuals. families and our community in creating life experiences that exceed the probable.  The Arc Alliance welcomes each of you to review our annual report and encourages you to join with us on [...]

By | 2018-02-06T08:23:45+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|Blog, In the news, News & Views|0 Comments

Families Meeting Governor Wolf

Those in Attendance Families Kathy Morris – family member Daughter: Lyra Morris Grandmother:  Madonna Melle Lindy Rolston- family member Son: Zachary Rolston Daughter: Natalie Rolston Jennifer Pineda- family member Daughter:  Emily unable to attend The Arc of PA Maureen Cronin, Ex Director for The Arc of PA Achieva Sharon Richards, Vice President EI for Achieva The Arc Alliance Pat Leo- COO for The Arc Alliance Nancy Stimson, Asst. Director for The Arc Alliance Fran Crowe   Asst. Director for The Arc Alliance Scott Camilleri- Ex. Director for The Arc Alliance Foundation Meeting with Governor Tom Wolf On Friday January 26, 2018 The Arc Alliance and a few families who [...]

By | 2018-01-30T14:50:35+00:00 January 29th, 2018|Blog, In the news, News & Views|0 Comments

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

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    April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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