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Save Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Funding

Our Budget Advocacy: Edition Seven

Before it's too late, take a stand to save community mental health and substance abuse funding.

Support Representative DiGirolamo's Amendment to Budget Bill.

Act Now!

Representative Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) has introduced an Amendment (A10823) to the State Senate's budget bill (SB 1466) that restores all of the human services funding cuts recommended by Governor Corbett in connection with his proposed Human Services Block Grant program. The representative's amendment also puts these funds back into their original appropriations, thereby blocking the new block grant proposal.

Representative DiGirolamo needs your support and action TODAY. Help him pressure Republican leadership to maintain existing funding levels for community mental health and substance abuse services and stop the Human Services Block Grant.

Timing is critical. It is likely that Senate and House Republican leaders will make a "behind-the-scenes" deal on the budget — working only with each other – in the next few days and with Governor Corbett next week.

Republican leadership will ask all of the members of its Caucus to withdraw amendments to SB 1466 in favor of an omnibus amendment. (This is one amendment that incorporates any changes to the Senate Budget Bill that are agreed upon in the negotiated deal.) If their members, Republicans, do not agree to withdraw amendments, then the House will spend a day or two voting on many amendments to SB 1466 – most of which will not pass. Republicans hope to have a final budget in place by June 15.

ACT TODAY to save funding for mental health and substance abuse services

Contact your representatives in the Pennsylvania House and ask them to:

In addition, please contact Representative DiGirolamo to let him know how much we appreciate his ongoing support. You can contact him at:

Honorable Gene DiGirolamo
Chairman, House Human Services Committee
49 East Wing
Harrisburg, PA 17120
717-783-7319
Fax: 717-772-2414
gdigirol@pahousegop.com

Hon. Gene DiGirolamo
2424 Bristol Road
Neshaminy Valley Commons
Bensalem, PA 19020-6002
215-750-1017
Fax: 215-750-1295


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: May 31, 2012