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“State benefit reduction to affect needy elderly, blind, disabled”

This article talks about the recent notices sent to many in Pennsylvania on SSI who are now facing a decrease in their benefits.  It was posted on the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s website on January 30, 2010 and can be found in full at this address …. http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/regional/s_664791.html#  … I’ve started calling this whole thing a “cost of living decrease” and certainlly hope that the polititians who voted yes to this do NOT even consider voting for a raise for themself.  Like many others effected by this I am far from impressed.

The reduction went unnoticed until recipients began receiving letters last week from the state Department of Public Welfare. Statewide some 345,000 face cuts including 6,000 children.

” 1/29/10 – Hospital has roots in homeopathic care: …”

An article found on the Pharmacy  Choice website at … http://www.pharmacychoice.com/News/article.cfm?Article_ID=528129 … indicates that Allentown State Hospital had roots in Homeopathic medicine.

It was the first homeopathic institution of its kind in Pennsylvania, according to the state Department of Public Welfare.

Under the homeopathic approach, diluted doses of substances are used to provoke healing responses in the body.

As physicians adopted a standard medical model, the homeopathic title was dropped from the name.

The hospital ran a psychiatric treatment program for 140 children. The Mental Health Institute for Children was the only one like it in the state from 1930 to 1960 and finally closed in 1992.

“Developers look with interest at Allentown State Hospital land”

The following is an excerpt of an article I found in the January 29, 2010 issue of The Morning Call …. http://www.mcall.com/news/local/all-a1_5hospland.7161758jan29,0,3432057.story 

“There are plenty of questions swirling around the impending closure of Allentown State Hospital, including one that has many local leaders and developers buzzing: What happens to all that land?

One of the Lehigh Valley’s more prominent builders said he’d be inclined to offer as much as $10 million for the hospital, which sits on 200 acres in east Allentown near the Lehigh River.

”I’d like to buy that,” developer Abraham Atiyeh said. ”It’s up on a hill, it’s in the east side of Allentown, it’s in a good neighborhood … you’re not surrounded by a high crime rate there. It’s very attractive.””

“Mental Health Advocates and Community Providers Support Allentown State Hospital Closing”

The SunHerald has this article and because there are different agencies and organizations represented in just about every paragraph, I figured it would be easier to just give the headline and a link for this one I din’t want to sound like I was favoring a specific group is why I’m opting to do it this way.  The Sun Herald covers the Bilox-Gulfport and South Mississippi area to give you an idea of how far this news is traveling.

http://www.sunherald.com/prnewswire/story/1906506.html

“Mental Health Advocates and Community Providers Support Allentown State Hospital Closing”

Pharmacy Choice article responding to the announced closure of ASH

I found this article which is unique in some ways, because it includes the a perspective often overlooked in these situations, not only the perspective of the employees, but also there is mention of what impact this is having on the patients.  Something I hope to get a better picture of as time goes on.

Here’s the link to the full article that I got the excerpt included below from …. http://www.pharmacychoice.com/News/article.cfm?Article_ID=528130

“I think it’s a mistake,” said state Rep. Doug Reichley, R-Lehigh. “It’s endangering the patients and it’s creating an imposition for the families of the patients who will be displaced.”

Reichley said there are “a lot of spin-off effects” from the closing. They include the yet-to-be settled fates of the more than 300 employees who work at the hospital.

Rich Robbins, a 28-year-veteran of the hospital who’s not sure where he’ll end up working, said he’s most concerned about families who might have to drive long distances to visit loved ones at Wernersville. He called state hospitals “a necessary evil.”

“The patients, they’ve been hearing the same rumors we’ve been hearing,” the East Allen Township resident said. “They’re sad. They don’t know what’s going to happen to them.”

“Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare closing down Allentown State Hospital”

Finally something from a news source closer to Allentown State Hospital so much of what I’m see is pretty much repeats of the news release I posted yesterday from the DPW.  This article gives a sense of what the local area around the hospital are thinking or I guess you could say what their initial response is to the news.

I’m just including the beginning of articles, because I’ve seen many complaints from news sources about bloggers using their material without crediting the source.  While I have always included links to the place I found the information, I feel that this takes that integrity a bit further by giving you an intor and then pointing you to the source of the full article.

In light of that, I will say that this article is in the January 29, 2010 edition of the Bethlehem Area News and can be found at this address …. http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf?/base/news-2/1264741516298070.xml&coll=3

“Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare closing down Allentown State Hospital

 
Friday, January 29, 2010

By NICK FALSONE
The Express-Times

ALLENTOWN | Despite deep concerns over the loss of nearly 400 local jobs and the treatment of 175 mentally ill patients, local and state officials are hopeful the closing of the Allentown State Hospital will open new opportunities.

Pennsylvania Acting Secretary of Public Welfare Harriet Dichter announced the shuttering of the nearly 100-year-old institution on Thursday.

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Department of Public Welfare to Close Allentown State Hospital – FOXBusiness.com

Department of Public Welfare to Close Allentown State Hospital – FOXBusiness.com

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