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“PA welfare department gets a new name”

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This September 24, 2014 WFMZ-TV News segment talks about a new law signed by Governor Corbett that officially changes the name of the Department of Public Welfare to be the Department of Human Services.  The name is felt to better encompass what the agency does or provides.


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“Secretary of Public Welfare launches initiative to reduce mental health prejudice”

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This May 10, 2013 article on the Central Pennsylvania Fox 43 website talks about the Pennsylvania Acting Secretary of Public Welfare’s initiative to decrease the stigma surrounding mental illness.  The article also includes a video news segment.

“Dept. of Public Welfare name change bill wins House panel approval”

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This March 20, 2013 article on the Pennlive website talks about a bill that is gaining a foothold to change the name of the Department of Public Welfare to The Department of Human Services

“CMS Probes Sharp Drop in Pennsylvania Medicaid Rolls”

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This article found on the Governing the states and localities website dated July 12, 2012, indicates that Pennsylvania is being investigated by the federal government in light of the dropping of over 100,000 Pennsylvanians from the Medicaid program during a time when the DPW was reporting they weren’t able to process the information they were receiving from clients efficiently.

“Pennsylvania cuts services for most needy” (Editorial)

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This July 11, 2012 article found on the Standard Speaker website talks about the reality faced by about 70,000 Pennsylvanians this month.  Letters have been sent to recipients of General Assistance informing them they will no longer receive benefits after July 30, 2012

“Cash assistance program gets a 30-day extension “

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Map of the 67 counties of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This article dated June 29, 2012 on WITF.com discusses the 30 extension for folks in Pennsylvania on General Assistance.  recipients should be able to receive cash assistance until the end of July with August 1, 2012 being the new date for the elimination of the program.

MHA in PA email release on PNA Raise

In a Wednesday, February 18, 2009 email sent out by the Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania (MHA PA) they are asking folks to send their appreciation for making the PNA  raise a reality.  The information below indicates that it did NOT cost the state anything extra to impliment this raise, so it is a win win kind of thing.

Pennsylvania residents of personal care homes living on SSI receive a personal needs allowance (PNA).  Despite an increase in living expenses, this amount has not changed since 1993. Until now.

When the federal government recently raised the SSI benefit for each individual by $37, Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare issued a policy statement allowing individuals living in personal care homes to keep $25 of that money bringing the total amount of the personal needs allowance to $85. 

DPW’s decision does not cost the state more than it currently spends; and personal care homes do not lose any money.

This decision by Estelle Richman, DPW Secretary, was influenced by several lawmakers, notably Representatives Jim Marshall and Phyllis Mundy.

Please send the following email to Governor Rendell and Representatives Marshall and Mundy to let them know you are happy with this decision.

“Rapp Encourages Local Families Dealing with Autism to Apply for State Mini Grant Assistance”

I found this article on Rep. Kathy Rapp’s website, and thought it is something that could be beneficial to folks with Autism and their families.

Rapp Encourages Local Families Dealing with Autism to Apply for State Mini Grant Assistance

State Representative Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) announced the availability of mini-grants from the Bureau of Autism Services within the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) and is encouraging eligible residents to apply.
The maximum mini-grant is $500, and can be used for the following services, between now and Aug. 31, 2008:
  • Respite or child care, including private babysitting.
  • Summer camp programs.
  • Autism or advocacy related conferences, workshops or training opportunities.
  • Recreational or community programs.
  • Modifications or adaptations for home and community safety.
In order to be eligible, applicants must reside in Pennsylvania, be either an adult with ASD or have a family member with ASD, and may not have received other family support services for the past 12 months.
Applications must be postmarked no later than April 18, and faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted. Those individuals applying for ineligible services will have their applications disqualified.
Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and awardees will be notified by mail in mid-May. According to the DPW, applicants who did not receive grants in 2007 will be given priority. For additional information on the mini-grant program or for an application, visit Rapp’s Web site at www.RepRapp.com .Rep. Kathy Rapp
65th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(814) 723-5203
(717) 787-1367
Contact: Ty McCauslin
House Republican Public Relations
(717) 772-9979
March 17, 2008
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