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“Lancaster County office is renamed”

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County

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

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This January 2, 2013 article on the Lancaster Online website talks about the recent name change for the former Lancaster County Office of Mental Health/Mental Retardation/Early Intervention which has recently changed its name to the  Lancaster County Behavioral Health/Developmental Services.  to reflect the 2011 change in language used in state law.

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“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.

“Intellectual disability advocates hold huge rally at Capitol”

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This article found on abc27.com dated May 2, 2012, discusses a rally held by members of the Intellectual Disability Community at the rotunda of the Pennsylvania state capital building.  Hats off to those Senators and Representatives who were encouraging the folks participating in the rally to make themselves heard by Governor Corbett.

To those who are organizing and participating in the rallies against Gov. Corbett’s proposed 20% cut to mental health and intellectual disability services I tip my hat to all of you, you’re doing what I can only dream of doing.

“People who will be affected by Corbett’s cuts”

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This March 29, 2012 article found on Philly.com describes who the people are that will be effected by Corbett’s budget.  This article is about more than numbers and dollars it is about people.

“Task Force: Mental Health Program Not Ready to Become Nonprofit”

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This article dated March 2,  2012 found on the PennLive.com website, discusses the issues surrounding the possible privatization of mental health and intellectual disability services in Franklin and Fulton County

“Proposed name shift would battle stigma”

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County

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This article found at LancasterOnline dated July 13, 2011 discusses legislation being proposed to change the term “Mentally Retarded” to “Intellectually Disabled” and also the proposed change at the Lancaster County MH/MR/Early Intervention agency.

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