Wolf Administration says Berks County Residential Center conditions do not warrant an emergency removal order

Wolf Administration says Berks County Residential Center conditions do not warrant an emergency removal order

As federal immigration raids have reignited a national debate on immigration policy, Pennsylvania is facing an immigration-related conundrum of its own — what to do with a federal facility in Berks County that houses immigrants without documentation.

Activists have called on Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration to unilaterally shut down the Berks County Residential Center (BCRC), but officials say current conditions do not warrant an emergency removal order (ERO).
Tuesday, July 23, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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DHS secretary rebukes call for Medicaid work requirements

DHS secretary rebukes call for Medicaid work requirements

Speaking at a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon on Monday, Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller rebuked calls for a work requirement for Medicaid recipients, proposals for which have surfaced — and been passed — in the Pennsylvania General Assembly in recent years.

Miller questioned the effectiveness of requiring Medicaid recipients to work in exchange for keeping their health care services, which she said has resulted in large losses in health care in other states.

Monday, July 22, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Though accountability concerns remain, new regulations for intellectually disabled care advance

Though accountability concerns remain, new regulations for intellectually disabled care advance

On Thursday, the Independent Regulatory Review Committee approved an omnibus regulation package for the care of intellectually disabled Pennsylvanians that providers and advocates said would improve on the state’s current law, even as some fretted about accountability measures.

Revealed by the Department of Human Services in 2016, the regulations will undo some 2012 vintage rules around care for people with intellectual disabilities or autism, passed with little outside input.
Thursday, October 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Pashinski discusses importance of HB 1539 and kinship navigator programs

Pashinski discusses importance of HB 1539 and kinship navigator programs

On Thursday morning, Department of Human Services Secretary, Teresa Miller, and Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary, Jennifer Smith, joined Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski (D-Luzerne), Rep. Katharine Watson (R-Bucks) and other legislators to announce grant funding that supports kinship navigator programs.

Thursday, October 11, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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DHS Secretary announces nearly $52 million for evidence-based home visiting programs

DHS Secretary announces nearly $52 million for evidence-based home visiting programs

Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller hosted a press conference in the Capitol Media Center Wednesday morning to announce funding in the 2018-2019 budget for evidence-based home visiting programs. 

DHS supports four evidence-based home visiting programs, the Nurse Family Partnership Program, Parents as Teachers, Healthy Families America and Early Head Start. 
Wednesday, October 10, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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