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 |2017-02-01T11:18:29-05:00February 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 |2016-07-01T14:22:28-04:00July 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 |2016-02-12T12:46:47-05:00February 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 |2015-12-02T10:08:45-05:00December 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 |2015-11-13T10:16:12-05:00November 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, [...]

Blood Drive at The Arc Alliance

Thank you for your support! On August 13th The Arc Alliance hosted a blood drive in support of The American Red Cross. As you may know August is one of the most difficult times for The Red Cross and for collecting needed blood donations. This year The Arc Alliance raised over 25 pints of needed blood.  The support of our volunteer donors will help and possibly save the loves of over 75 individuals in need! The Arc Alliance thanks all those who participated! The Arc Alliance provides many opportunities for the community to support one another as well as valued events and activities. For more information or to discover how you and your family can get involved, check out our website and the News/Activities section. [...]

By |2015-08-18T08:41:26-04:00August 18th, 2015|Arc news, Blog, Blood Drive, In the news, News & Views|0 Comments

Social Security – Celebrating Our Lifeline in August

Social Security – Celebrating Our Lifeline in August, The Arc Issues New National Policy Matters - Updated Link Provided by The Arc of the U.S. As The Arc celebrates Social Security’s 80th anniversary this August, we kick off the month by marking the 59th anniversary of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).  Signed into law on August 1, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, SSDI insures nearly all American workers and their families in the event of life-changing disabilities.  Without SSDI, millions of people with significant disabilities – including people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) – would face financial dire straits and often unthinkable choices.  Learn more about SSDI and the action that we need Congress to take to maintain this lifeline on The Arc’s [...]

By |2015-08-18T08:27:17-04:00August 18th, 2015|Arc news, Blog, Community, In the news, News & Views, Resources|0 Comments

Lights, Camera Action!

Right to Left - Linda Chesney, Anthony Rogers, Joyce Boswick, Emily Smith and Scott Camilleri The Arc Alliance hosts a month program on BCTV a local cable channel based i Berks County. The program airs the first Tuesday of each month at 11am and then is replayed throughout the month. You can always link to the archived episodes through The Arc Alliance website. LINK The program has a simple format and goal, which is to inform and provide resources regarding Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, individuals rights and how The Arc Alliance can support them in life. This past Tuesday we had a great time discussing Supports Coordination and how The Arc Alliance Supports Coordinators help individuals inn the community.  Two individuals The [...]

By |2015-08-07T15:32:51-04:00August 7th, 2015|advocacy, Arc news, BCTV shows, Blog, Community, In the news, News & Views|0 Comments

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