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“United Rehabilitation Services closes doors”

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This June 19, 2014 article on the Citizen’s Voice website talks about the closing of several facilities in the United Rehabilitation Services organization also citing financial problems as the reason for the closure.

“Food stamp cuts to affect 3 million in Pa. and N.J.”

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This article on the Philly.com website talks about the cut to food stamps that will be felt by every recipient in the country.

“Here’s why voter ID will be requested, not required, in November elections: PennLive letters “

Nouormand: Êlections au mais d'Octobre 2008, Jèrri

Nouormand: Êlections au mais d’Octobre 2008, Jèrri (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This October 15, 2013 article found on the Patriot-News powered Penn Live website in Central Pennsylvania, explains why voters will be asked for ID at the coming election, but NOT required in most cases to present it.  the long-standing rule about someone who is a first time voter at their assigned polling place will still apply.  Voters who have voted at their assigned polling place before will be asked for id, but NOT required to show it.  The new Voter ID law is still on hold by order of the state Supreme Court. Here’s a link to an August 16, 2013 article that talks about the court ruling on Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law found on the HuffPost website


“Mentally ill gain new allies in Luzerne County”

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This March 22, 2013 article on The Sunday Dispatch website talks about training received by first responders in Luzerne and Wyoming Counties. The training certified them as Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) and involved learning how to redirect folks who are in a mental health crisis to get help as opposed to arresting them and putting them in jail.  The training involved Mental health professionals, family members, friends, and even Consumers each offering a unique perspective on what may be helpful to someone in a mental health crisis.

“Agency’s name change is celebrated”

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This August 12, 2012 found on The Dallas Post website, talks about the name change of Luzerne-Wyoming Counties Mental Health/Mental Retardation Program to Luzerne-Wyoming Counties Mental Health and Developmental Services.  This change is in response to the Federal legislation removing “retardation” from the language used by the Federal government.  Gov. Corbett followed suit by signing HB458 into law here in Pennsylvania which removes “Mental Retardation” from the MH/MR act of 1966.

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