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1995

“A proposal in Congress to break the Medicaid program into block grants to the states would disrupt services and treatment for thousands of Pennsylvania adults with mental illnesses and children with serious emotional problems…the Association educated state and federal lawmakers about the harm that this proposed redesign…would inflict…The Philadelphia Inquirer published an insightful analysis of the issue by Policy Director Mary Hurtig.”

“The Association is always on the lookout for new opportunities to broaden access to its wealth of information…MHASP is exploring the Internet to expand the availability of educational and technical assistance information programs, positioning the organization to be responsive to future demands.”

“The Training and Education Center (TEC) Network added new training programs for professionals and family members…TEC and the Alliance for the Mentally ill of Eastern Pennsylvania opened The Family Resource Center at Friends Hospital.”

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1992

“MHASP’s ongoing efforts to shift Pennsylvania’s public mental health system away from state hospitals toward less restrictive settings…was largely the result of MHASP’s multi-year effort to redirect funds formerly earmarked for state hospitals to programs in the community…the effort was led by Deputy Executive Director Joseph Rogers and Policy Director Mary Hurtig…As a result, Deputy Secretary for Mental Health Ford Thompson agreed…that dollars must follow patients from state hospitals into the community…In the years ahead, these developments are certain to represent a sea change for mental health services…”

“Another major initiative…was MHASP’s vigorous campaign to ensure that mental health consumers are not short-changed…if Medical Assistance-funded services are controlled by managed care plans, while state and county allocations continue to be administered by counties…MHASP submitted a position paper to DPW at its request…the paper called on DPW to give each county an opportunity to administer a unified managed care mental health system that includes Medical Assistance funding.”

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1990

“The long awaited closing of Philadelphia State Hospital on June 30, 1990, was a landmark achievement in the history of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania…Association staff worked with a broad-based coalition to put in place a humane, comprehensive system of care in the community to replace PSH’s deteriorating wards…The closing of Philadelphia State Hospital irrevocably changed the face of the public mental health system in Philadelphia – and that makes this accomplishment the pinnacle of MHASP’s 40-year history as a leading advocate for system reform.”

“MHASP worked with the National Mental Health Association to promote the federal Children’s and Communities Mental Health Systems Improvement Act.”

“Working in coalition with Pennsylvania Protection & Advocacy and the Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Pennsylvania, MHASP worked to develop mental health systems-change bills, which would establish a unified community-based system of care by converting funds allocated to state hospitals to services in the community.”

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