Cumberland/Perry Community Support Program Advocacy
May 13, 2014 - Decrease in Revenues Results in Threats of New Severe Cuts
Many news reports are stating that the state has received a significant reduction in incoming revenues. The shortfall estimated at over $600 million dollars, is derailing the governor's plans to not have any cuts as a part of this year's budget proposal.
Because of these income reductions, the governor, and the state legislators are threatening another round of severe cuts which would further disrupt our mental health system.
Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services, and most other areas within the Human Services areas were severely adversely affected with the last round of cuts a couple years ago.
Since those cuts, utilization of higher levels of care have followed, which increase the costs associated with treatments.
The Human Services delivery system can not sustain another round of severe budget cuts. Even a budget with no cuts, but no increase in resources to support the need for lower levels of care, end up reducing the available budgets for valuable programs and services, as the demand for higher levels of care eat the resources that are available for funding lower levels of care.
Some resources to read to help write your story of how you are effected by cuts to the behavioral healthcare system.
- The Cost of Not Caring: Nowhere to Go (USA Today)
- Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System (Joint State Government Commission
News updates on the budget...
- May 30, 2014 - PA Budget Season: Same Fights, Same Results - Lehigh Valley Business
- June 1, 2014 - Deadline Looms for Pennsylvania's State Budget - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
- June 2, 2014 - Home Stretch in Pennsylvania's Budget Season Begins with Another Revenue Stumble - Patriot News
- June 4, 2014 - Corbett and GOP Lawmakers Talk Bare-Bones 'Budget Scenario' That Would Cancel Hikes in Education Funding - Allentown Morning Call
- June 7, 2014 - Pennsylvania Enters Budget Season on Rising Tide of Debt - Lebanon Daily News
- June 13, 2014 - PA State Budget: Many Ideas, But Little Consensus, on How to Close Deficits, Say Lancaster Lawmakers - Lancaster Intelligencer Journal
- June 13, 2014 - Pennsylvania Budget: Ideas for Solving the State's Money Problems - Patriot News
- June 17, 2014 - Tax Increase Likely in PA Budget, Top Senator Says - York Dispatch
- June 17, 2014 - PA Budget Woes Persist as Deadline Approaches - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
- June 18, 2014 - PA Budget Could Be Late, Might Include Fracking Tax - Philadelphia Magazine
- June 18, 2014 - Baseball Star's Death Holds a Lesson for PA Budget Writers - Patriot News
- June 20, 2014 - PA's 2015 Budget May Require New Taxes, Zogby Warns - Patriot News
- June 21, 2014 - Pennsylvania's 1 BILLION Budget Deficit Could Lead Corbett Towards Drilling Severance Tax - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
- June 22, 2014 - Pennsylvania Among Few States to Struggle with Budget Deficit - Tribune Review
- June 23, 2014 - Omnibus Budget Amendment Expected Tuesday - PLS Reporter
- June 24, 2014 - Debate Continues as PA Budget Deadline Nears - Philly.com
- June 25, 2014 - How Medicaid Expansion Could Solve PA Budget Crisis - Philly.com
- June 25, 2014 - House Panel Approves $29.1 B GOP PA Budget Plan - The Sentinel
- June 25, 2014 - PA House Passes GOP-Crafted State Budget Plan - Patriot News
- June 28, 2014 - Get Ready For The "Big Gimmick" State Budget - Miami Herald
- June 29, 2014 - Actually, When It Comes To This Year's Budget, It Is A Tax Problem, Not A Spending One - Patriot News
- June 30, 2014 - Corbett Won't Sign PA No-Tax Budget, Yet - Philly.com
- June 30, 2014 - Gov. Tom Corbett Refuses to Sign State Budget - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
- July 1, 2014 - Fiscal Year Arrives Without a Signed Budget - The Sentinel
- July 1, 2014 - Now What? Gov Corbett Refuses To Sign 29.1B Budget - KDKA
- July 1, 2014 - State Budget Highlights - Tribune Democrat
- July 1, 2014 - Budget Stalled, Senate Goes Home, House Wrangles on Pension Changes - Philly.com
- July 1, 2014 - 2014-2015 Budget Highlights - Philly.com
- July 2, 2014 - Breaking Down the 2014 PA Budget - Patriot News
- July 2, 2014 - Pennsylvania Starts Second Day Without a State Budget - Sunbury Daily Item
- July 2, 2014 - PA's Budget Theater May Extend To Next Week, Along With Governor Corbett's Push For Pension Reform - Patriot News
- July 3, 2014 - Budget Omnibus: 2014 PA House Passes Cigarette Tax - Philadephia Magazine
- July 4, 2014 - PA Braces For Credit Downgrade After Budget & Pensions Souffl - WITF
- July 5, 2014 - Proposed Budget Has Few Increases For Education In Pennsylvania - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
- July 5, 2014 - Corbett Still Mulling Over PA Budget - Philly.com
- July 5, 2014 - College Quiz: Will PA Budget Mean Higher Tuition? - Philly.com
- July 5, 2014 - Is Tom Corbett Going To Sign the Pennsylvania Budget Plan? - Patriot News
- July 6, 2014 - Pennsylvania State Workers Did Not Underfund The Pension Plans - Tribune Review
- July 6, 2014 - The Winners And Losers In PA's Budget Battle - Philly.com
- July 6, 2014 - Down In Polls, Corbett Has Limited Options With PA Budget, Pension Return - Tribune Review
- July 6, 2014 - PA Tax Collections Dropped In 2016-2014 Budget Year For Third Time In Six Years - Patriot News
- July 7, 2014 - Wide Ranging Budget Bill Could End Up In Court - The Sentinel
- July 7, 2014 - Pennsylvania Mulls Last-Minute Budget Deals Ahead Of Deadline - Washington Post
- July 7, 2014 - Only Himself To Blame - Wall Street Journal
- July 7, 2014 - Wide Ranging Pennsylvania Budget Bill Could End Up In Court - Reading Eagle
- July 8, 2014 - 0pinion: With PA Budget On His Desk, Corbett Has Much To Consider - Pocono Daily Record
- July 8, 2014 - Lights, Camera, Budget? Work On PA's Delayed 2014-2015 Budget Set To Resume - Patriot News
- July 8, 2014 - PA Senate Passes Fiscal Code Bill, Putting Budget Ball Back In Corbett's Court - Patriot News
- July 8, 2014 - No Decision From Gov. Tom Corbett Tuesday On State Budget Package, Staffers Say - Patriot News
- July 9, 2014 - Senate OKs Fiscal Code For State's Budget - Standard Speaker
- July 9, 2014 - Corbett Plans Thursday Announcement On PA Budget - Courier Express
- July 9, 2014 - Corbett To Speak On Budget Deliberations Thursday Morning - Patriot News
- July 10, 2014 - Corbett Signs Budget, Vetoes Millions In Legislative Funding, Urges Action On Public Pensions - Fox Business
- July 12, 2014 - Gov. Corbett's Budget Standoff Illustrates GOP Divide In Pennsylvania Politics - Patriot News
- July 12, 2014 - Corbett's Hard Stand On PA Budget Stirs Anger - Philly.com
- July 12, 2014 - PA Lawmakers Deserved Their Spanking From The Governor - Times Herald
- July 12, 2014 - Politically Uncorrected: Corbett's Last Stand - PoliticsPA
- July 13, 2014 - EDITORIAL: Lawmakers Fiddle While PA Schools Clamor For Help - The Mercury
- July 21, 2014 - Moody's: PA's 'Imbalanced' Budget = 3d-Worst State Debt Rating - Philly.com
- July 25, 2014 - The Moody's Downgrade Is Bad News For PA. Here's What To Do About It: Rob McCord - Patriot News
- July 25, 2014 - Pew Charitable Trusts Pension Project Has Advice For PA Pension Debate - Pottsville Mercury
- July 26, 2014 - Pension ' Reform' Provides False Savings - Times-Ledger
What can I do?
- Need help writing your story? An article on How to Write Your Story for Advocacy Letters & Presentations is now available to help provide some ideas on how to write your story. You can use this format to write letters to your legislators, as well as for presentations.
- Write the Governor, and your state legislators (both Representatives and Senators) a letter briefly describing you (or your loved ones) right after you (or they) were first diagnosed, which services and supports were critical as you (or they) moved through your (or their) recovery journey. What your (or their) life is like now, so that they can see how the systems provided at the county level affects real lives, and made real change in your (and their) lives.
- Focus in general on the types of SERVICES and SUPPORTS, and the benefits that you or your family member has received from them, not on a specific PROVIDER of those SERVICES.
- The address to send your letter to the Governor
Governor Tom Corbett
225 Capital Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Find your legislative representatives. (Enter your address on the form on this page - and draft a letter to your PA House & PA Senate representatives.)
- Find your legislative representatives. (Enter your address on the form on this page - and draft a letter to your PA House & PA Senate representatives.)
- While sending to the governor and our legislators are most important, you can also send a copy of the letters to the Secretary of the Department of Public Welfare, and the Deputy Secretary of the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania.
- Beverly Mackereth
Secretary, Department of Public Welfare
333 Health and Welfare Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
- Dennis Marion
Deputy Secretary, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
PO BOX 2675
Harrisburg, PA 17105
- County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania
PO BOX 60769
Harrisburg, PA 17106-0769
Send a copy of the letters to the County Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities office, and they can help to make sure that those letters get to the County Commissioners of both Cumberland and Perry Counties.
Cumberland/Perry Mental Health/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Administrator
16 West High St.