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Our Budget Advocacy: Edition Six

Join us as we rally to: Stop the 20% Cuts – Stop the Block Grant – Stop Cuts to General Assistance

Upcoming Rallies to Support Human Services

Mental Health Services Rally
PCPA Capitol Day
June 5, noon, Capitol Rotunda, Harrisburg

PA Community Providers Association (PCPA) has partnered with the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania and other concerned associations and advocacy groups in a joint effort to come together on June 5 and fight for a budget that is realistic and offers the support required by Pennsylvanians receiving behavioral health, intellectual disability, and autism services.

PCPA's online Capitol Day Web site will be open soon and will feature everything needed to register, order Capitol Day t-shirts, make appointments with legislators, get information and talking points. The legislative press conference/rally will begin promptly at 12 noon. This event features legislators and other speakers to rally the crowd and share support for community services.

What will YOU do to stop the cuts from happening?

Legislators need to hear stories from YOU to understand how these cuts will affect the lives of people in need.

Visit the advocacy ACT NOW section of our Web site for ideas of what to say to legislators, letter-writing examples, and how to educate others about the impact of the proposed changes.

Do your part – take action NOW.

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.


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.

Recent Rallies to Support Human Services

Rally for PA Brain Injury Services
Wednesday, May 2, 10:00 a.m., Capitol Rotunda, Harrisburg, PA

The PA Brain injury Coalition will hold its 3rd Annual PA Brain Injury Rally. All participants are welcome!

The rally is supported by PA Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (PARF), Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania, the Acquired Brain Injury Network of Pennsylvania, and the PA Disability Rights Network.

Help individuals with brain injury and their families. Inform legislators and call for legislative action to prevent and treat brain injury and to assist people with brain injury, their families, and their communities. For more information contact any of the sponsors.

Disability Services Hearing
Thursday, May 3, 9:30 a.m., Room 60 East Wing, Capitol Building
Press Conference at noon, Capitol Rotunda, Harrisburg

The Human Services Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, led by Chairman Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), will hear from advocates, consumers, providers, and statewide associations on the impact of the policy and systems changes in services administered by the PA DPW Office of Long Term Living (OLTL).

An overflow area will be available outside the hearing room so that additional people can hear the testimony. All testimony will be available to view on the home page of the PA Providers Coalition Association at www.pa-pca.org following the hearing. The changes are related to the FY 2012-13 state budget and implementation of regulations recently released by the Department of Public Welfare under Act 22.

Issues to be covered include the financial impact of recent rate and policy changes, the need for adequate rates for community services, the time needed to adjust to planned changes, the value of stakeholder input into systems changes, and the need for consumer choice and control over services in support of independent living. Personal stories will highlight the impact of policy changes.

Immediately following the hearing, a press conference will take place at noon where advocates, consumers and providers will speak about the impacts that the Governor's proposed cuts to disability services will have on people and organizations. The Disability Budget Coalition will review their agenda for FY 12-13 funding, and individuals who use home and community based services will offer their advocacy messages in person and through video. For more information, see www.pa-pca.org

Rally and Lobby Day in Harrisburg – Pennsylvanians Should Care for All
Monday, May 7, 11:00 a.m., steps of the Capitol Rotunda, Harrisburg

The proposed State budget closes Pennsylvanian's bridge to stability and self-sufficiency. State legislators must restore funding for critically needed programs for vulnerable citizens, including General Assistance, health care and human services programs.

PA Cares for All asks that you commit to attend by filling out a form on their Web site or by calling 267-765-6488. Someone will get back to you to confirm details for the event.

PARF Legislative Day
Focus on services for people with intellectual disabilities
May 8, 10:00, Capitol Rotunda, Harrisburg

Users and supporters of services to people with disabilities can join with Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (PARF) members in Harrisburg on Tuesday, May 8 in the Capitol Rotunda to call on legislators to support funding for services for people with intellectual disabilities, including the lack of funding to meet emergency needs of people waiting for services.

PA Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, PA Community Providers Association, The Arc of PA, Visions for Equality, and the PA Waiting List campaign are event co-sponsors. For more information, contact PARF at parfmail@parf.org.

Dated: May 21, 2012