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“The Loss of a Mental Health Activist”

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This blog post found on the PA Liv Safe Forum blog dated May 23, 2012 talks about the questions that have been raised about the death of Glenn Koons, and at the same time sheds light in to who he was as a mental health advocate who received awards for his work.

Thank you to the blogger who wrote the post about Glenn Koons’ life

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  1. Dept of Public Welfare issues memo eliminating General Assistance

    Yesterday, the Department of Public Welfare issued an Operations Memo terminating General Assistance. According to the memo, “GA Cash Assistance program shall cease July 1, 2012.”
    It appears from this memo that no advance notice will be sent to recipients. Almost 70,000 Pennsylvanians will learn that their sole source of income has ended when it simply stops showing up in 10 days, and they can’t pay their rent.
    According to the memo, those affected include:
    •18-20 years old and in secondary school expected to graduate by age 21
    •Children under the age of 21 not eligible for TANF
    •In a 2-parent household with children under 13 or 13 and older and disabled
    •Temporarily or permanently disabled
    •Non-parental caretakers of children under 13 or 13 and older and disabled
    •Undergoing drug and alcohol treatment that precludes employment
    •A pregnant woman not eligible for TANF
    •A victim of domestic violence
    Why is our Governor and legislators doing this to needy Pennsylvanians? According to the Memo, “Pennsylvania is facing a budget shortfall for FY 2011-12 and eliminating the GA cash program will reduce state spending and help balance the budget


    • I just heard about general assistance being terminated when I woke up this morning, I have neighbors who will be directly impacted by it. Working on getting some news articles posted while I also try to figure out some way of helping my neighbors

  2. I’m extremely saddened by the loss of Mr. Koons. I am sending out prayers to all of his friends and loved ones.
    Unfortunately, the actions of the police dept. are “Standard Operating Procedure” when it comes to a missing adult with mental illness. I agree the circumstances of his disappearance and death raise a number of questions that should be investagated. The chances of that happening are slim to none. Unless you are a blond, blue-eyed child with rich parents, it is extremely unlikely for the police to make your disappearance a priority. It’s sad. It’s unfair. It’s SO.P.

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