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MHA email newsletter about Rep. Dan Frankel’s proposed legislation

The following information is from an email newsletter I received today, Tuesday, March 31, 2009, from Mental Health Association of Pennsylvania (MHAPA) it indicates that State Representative Dan Frankel is introducing legislation involving funds received from the sale or lease from state mental health facilities.  I included the link from the email that takes you to a form you can fill out to send to your state representative asking them to co-sponsor the bill.

Representative Dan Frankel is introducing legislation that would ensure the proceeds of the sale or lease of a mental health facility would be used to establish a mental health community services account.  The community mental health system would directly benefit from this legislation.  The legislation requires the reinvestment of the proceeds into one-time costs related to housing options and services that support independent living. 

Please contact your PA House representative and urge him/her to co-sponsor Representative Frankel’s legislation.

“Frankel: Use Mayview sale $ for community mental health services”

  Yet another dated article, but I felt it was a good one to show efforts being made to in a sense allow the money to follow the Consumer from the State Hospital into Community Services to prevent a burden on taxpayers as Mayview and any other State Hospitals that may be closed in the future.

Frankel: Use Mayview sale $ for community mental health services

HARRISBURG, Aug. 15 – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, wants the state to use any money it makes from the sale of the Mayview State Hospital property to be used to guarantee that community mental health services are available to assist patients moved into communities by the closure of Mayview and other state mental health and mental retardation facilities.

The Department of Public Welfare today announced the South Fayette facility will close by the end of next year and eligible patients moved into community-based mental health programs. Remaining patients who need more intensive care than offered at the community level will be transferred to remaining state hospital facilities elsewhere in Pennsylvania.

Frankel said today that he already has a bill in place (H.B. 54), introduced back in January, that would ensure that funds from the sale of Mayview or other state mental health facilities are not just turned over to the commonwealth’s General Fund, but rather are allocated to ensure the availability of community-based mental health services for patients impacted by the closing of state institutions.

“We should not close state hospitals like Mayview and others and just hope there are adequate programs in place to assist the mentally handicapped deal with life in the community,” Frankel said. “We must be certain that funding is there to guarantee that quality community-based services are in place and that long-range financial resources are available to continue to deliver those services.

“My legislation would help us to achieve exactly that without any additional burden on taxpayers.”

Frankel’s bill is in the House Health and Human Services Committee for consideration.

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