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“Latest Pa. budget proposal keeps cuts to human services, ditches county block grants”

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This article dated June 27, 2012 on the Philly.com website talks about some of what is known about the PA state budget.  At the time I posted this the article was about an hour old.

“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.

“Funding cuts forcing York group home to close”

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This article dated May 21, 2012 found on the YorkDispatch.com website discusses the closing of a mental health group home in York county.  The county says that even if the budget faces a 10% cut instead of Corbett’s 20% proposed cut, it would be impossible for York county to continue running the group home.

“Jerome man still upbeat after workshop layoff”

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Somerset County

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

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This article found on the Daily American Website out of Somerset County, dated April 27, 2012 offers a life story about what has happened to this man, but could also be repeated many times over if Governor Corbett’s proposed budget cuts are implemented.

“Proposed state budget cuts would hit home: Corbett plan to cut funding for human services by 20% deemed ‘unprecedented.'”

Counties comprising the Lehigh Valley region o...

Counties comprising the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This article found on The Morning Call website on April 20, 2012 talks about the impact of Corbett’s proposed budget cuts and what it could mean not only for specific programs in the Lehigh Valley, but also what a loss of these vital programs would mean to those who rely on those services.  There is also comments discussing the concerns of those at the county level who will be faced with having to figure out what to or not to cut and the feeling that they are left doing Corbett’s dirty work so to speak if his proposed budget is approved.

This is a lengthy article, but it has a lot packed into it and hits on many different perspectives.  It should be noted that while this article is specific to Allentown area, the concerns raised seem to be echoing across the entire Commonwealth.

“Joinder OKs pact with Health Choices program”

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lycoming County

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

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This April 19, 2012 article found on SunGazette.com talks about not only the current efforts being made to be financially responsible, but also the impact that Corbett’s proposed budget may have on their already highly rated financial plan in the joinder between Lycoming County and Clinton County in Pennsylvania.

“People prepared to fight to preserve their assistance, benefits”

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This article dated March 26, 2012 gives some insight into the very real potential impact on specific services in Franklin County while indicating there are people ready to take a stand to fight for their right to mental health services.

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