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“Human Service Funding Stays Even”

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This February 6, 2013 article on the wjactv.com website talks about the current budget for human services in Pennsylvania.

 

“Op-ed: Disability service cuts leave most vulnerable helpless”

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This January 12, 2013 article on the Penn  Live website talks about the reality of what is happening to the mental health system as a direct result of Governor Corbett’s budget cuts to Human Services.  This appears to be a letter to the editor type piece, but I felt like it covered a lot of ground in an intelligent way in describing the fallout from Governor Corbett’s decisions.

“Impact of budget cuts on mental health services examined”

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This September 12, 2012 article on thetimes-tribune.com website, talks a little about what services are being cut or decreased to compensate for the 10% cut in human services funding in Pennsylvania, the article also talks about the block grant pilot program.

“20 counties could receive human service block grants”

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This article dated June 30, 2012 on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website offers some info on the human service block grant pilot program, and has an interesting quote indicating that folks on General Assistance MIGHT get their last check at the end of July instead of the end of June, but I haven’t been able to confirm this rumor yet.

“Public concerned about human service cuts”

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Cuts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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According to this June 7, 2012 article found on TheTRIADvocate site, they ran a poll last month and found an overwhelming number of respondents to be against the proposed cuts to human service funding.  The page also includes a link to an overview of the results of their poll.

“GUEST COLUMN: Corbett’s human services cuts unconscionable”

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Delaware County

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

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This article dated May 29, 2012 on the Delaware County Daily Times website talks about what the effect will be if Corbett’s budget cuts go through.  This article echos concerns I’ve being hearing other places indicating that if human services loses 20% of its budget the result could be more expensive than the savings the supports of the cuts claim would occur.  People who lose community based services will end up seeking out services in other place which could be emergency rooms or other inpatient treatment, other possible outcomes could include an increase in homelessness, and an increase in the number of mentally ill inmates in the corrections system.

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