Governor Corbett has proposed in his 2012-2013 budget plan the biggest changes in 50 years
Governor Corbett has proposed in his 2012-2013budget plan the biggest changes to the mental health system in more than fifty-years, and the larges cuts ever to our recovery focused, community-based system ever proposed.
• The Governor has proposed to take all of the funding for six human service budget line items – mental health services, intellectual disabilities, behavioral health services (drug and alcohol and mental health), Act 152/drug and alcohol treatment services, county child welfare grants and homeless assistance programs – and roll them altogether into a single fund, called the Human Services Development Block Grant.
• The Governor then wants to cut an astounding 20% out of the block grant and give the reduced funding to each county to decide how it will divide it up.
• The Governor also wants to eliminate General Assistance (GA). This is the last resort program that currently provides 68,000 individuals with serious health problems (including mental health and substance use disorders), or children who live with someone who is not their parent, $205 per month. For many of those who receive GA these meager funds mean the difference between living on, or not living on, the streets.
Please tell the Governor and your elected state legislators that the block grant and its funding cuts are wrong, and that eliminating General Assistance is wrong!
If you have a personal story about how you or someone you know has been helped by services or GA please share it. A letter or phone call will make a difference.
Here’s how to contact Governor Tom Corbett:
225 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120
Phone: (717) 787-2500
Fax: (717) 772-8284
E-mail the Governor's Office
Follow this link to find your Pennsylvania State Senator and Representative: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/index.cfm?CFID=106974489&CFTOKEN=34548690
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