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Maintain Behavioral Health Services Funding

Action Required by February 25, 2011!

Governor Tom Corbett's position statement on human services from the fall campaign started with this sentence "Tom Corbett believes that meeting the human service needs of vulnerable Pennsylvanians is a core responsibility of state government."

As Governor, he is faced with the enormous challenge of determining how to pay for those core responsibilities including behavioral health care. His administration is in the process of finalizing their first budget proposal for fiscal year 2011-2012 and we want to influence that proposal now – before it is released on March 8. We need your help to do everything possible to protect funding for behavioral health services, which includes mental health and substance use disorder services.

Write a letter to Governor Corbett

We have provided a sample outline but it is important that you make it your own. It should be brief, one page if possible, and it should include:

Send the letter to:

The Honorable Tom Corbett, Governor
225 Capital Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120

CC the letter to:

Charles Zogby
Secretary of the Budget
Governor's Budget Office
7th Floor, Verizon Tower
303 Walnut Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Visit your legislators

The information included in the sample outline can be used during in-person visits with your legislators while they are in their district offices. Legislators will most likely be in their district offices on February 10, 11, 17, and 18. Do you best to get an appointment on one of those days.

They will also be in the district during the last full week of February.

During your visit, ask them to communicate to the Governor the same budget request outlined in your letter to the Governor. Do your best to get a commitment from your legislator that he/she will communicate the same budget request to the Governor/Governor's Budget Secretary as soon as possible.

Find your legislator

Visit the Pennsylvania Web site's Find Your Legislator page.

Get back to us

Forward any letters written, dates visits were made to legislators including legislators who agreed to contact the Governor's office, to Pat Madigan at pat@pmhca.org.