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Save Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Funding

Our Budget Advocacy: Edition Eight

There is still time to have an impact - but you must act immediately!

Support Representative DiGirolamo's Amendment to Budget Bill.

Act Immediately!

Why Act

Last Thursday, we sent an urgent alert asking you to support Rep. Gene DiGirolamo's (R-Bucks) Amendment (A10823) to the State Senate's budget bill (SB 1466). This Amendment "kills" the Governor's Human Services Block Grant proposal by transferring existing funding for six human service programs, together with related federal funds, back to their original appropriations.

Starting Tuesday June 5, the PA House will debate the state budget. Along with A10823, Rep. DiGirolamo will offer several Amendments to SB 1466, including:

On Monday, June 4, the House Republicans and Democrats will caucus separately on the budget.

Your support of the above is critical. Call and/or e-mail your local House members, urging them to support Rep. DiGirolamo's Amendments by speaking up within their caucus in support of restoring mental health and drug and alcohol funding to this year's funding levels and in opposition to the Human Services Block Grant. You do not need to reference the specific Amendments but you do need to call immediately.

Unified opposition to the Human Services Block Grant and support for funding restoration among the House Democrats is as important as the support of 12-15 House Republicans, so please contact House members in both parties. They are meeting now and need to hear from you now through Tuesday afternoon.


Take Action NOW

Find your legislators and their contact information on the Pennsylvania General Assembly Web site and tell them to OPPOSE the block grant, STOP the cuts and RESTORE funding.

Resources

If you haven't already, read Broken Promises. We have provided a print version of the Broken Promises document for your use as you advocate.

Also, read Budget Talking Points. We have provided a print version of the Budget Talking Points document for your use as you advocate.

Dated: June 4, 2012