People with disabilities talk to legislators at Pittsburgh summit

People with disabilities talk to legislators at Pittsburgh summit

At Representative Dan Miller’s (D-Allegheny) annual Disability Summit, a group of bipartisan leaders gathered to hear from advocates, people with disabilities, and their loved ones Friday afternoon outside of Pittsburgh.

Miller, with other lawmakers such as Rep. Austin Davis (D-Allegheny) and Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) spoke with people with disabilities about their experiences and heard their suggestions on accessible public infrastructure, anti bullying policies, and access to assistance.

Friday, March 23, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Despite Republican pleas, Gov. Wolf will still veto Human Services Code bill

Despite Republican pleas, Gov. Wolf will still veto Human Services Code bill

While several dozen House Republican legislators—including the entire leadership team—held a news conference Tuesday to implore on Gov. Tom Wolf to sign a controversial Human Services Code bill, the governor said he is still holding firm on his promise to veto the legislation.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Bill to delay proposed human services agencies consolidation advances from House committee

Bill to delay proposed human services agencies consolidation advances from House committee

A bill designed to delay the proposed consolidation of four human services related state agencies for up to a year passed along a narrow margin from the House Human Services Committee Wednesday.

 

However, the bill has an uncertain future as more specifics about the consolidation plan become known.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Human services agency consolidation proposal gets started in legislature

Human services agency consolidation proposal gets started in legislature

Legislators from both parties in either chamber of the legislature have started the process of seeking support from fellow members to combine the Departments of Human Services, Health, Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Aging into a consolidated Department of Health and Human Services.

 

The proposal—first articulated by Gov. Tom Wolf in his February budget address—has been carried forward in a spending plan crafted by House Republicans currently under consideration in the Senate after it passed the House just two weeks ago.

Monday, April 17, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf to seek consolidation of four state agencies

Gov. Wolf to seek consolidation of four state agencies

Continuing to seek government efficiencies and consolidation instead of broad-based tax increases to balance the coming fiscal year’s budget, Gov. Tom Wolf formally announced Monday the long-rumored consolidation of four state agencies into one Department of Health and Human Services.

 

According to the administration, the four agencies that will be consolidated are the Department of Human Services, Department of Health, Department of Aging, and Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

Monday, January 30, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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