Cumberland/Perry Community Support Program - Promoting Mental Health Awareness - Promoting Mental Health Recovery

Cumberland/Perry Community Support Program

Promoting Mental Health Awareness. Promoting Mental Health Recovery.

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.

News updates on the budget...

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 is:

    Governor Tom Corbett
    225 Capital Building
    Harrisburg, PA 17120
     
  • 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. 

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    • 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.

Silvia Herman
Cumberland/Perry Mental Health/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Administrator
16 West High St.
Carlisle,PA 17013

Cumberland/Perry County Community Support Program
Joseph Alex Martin