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Pennsylvania DHS General Assistance is Back!

The following was announced by Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association:

PMHCA was a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the PA Department of Human Services that resulted in a unanimous PA Supreme Court decision to again make General Assistance available to people in Pennsylvania. The Mental Health Association in PA, a partner in many advocacy efforts, was also one of the several plaintiffs. Disability Rights PA represented our concerns about Act 80, a piece of legislation passed in 2012 during the Corbett administration which eliminated the General Assistance category.

Community Legal Services prepared a fact sheet providing this information.

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Those closest to the problem are closest to the solution

"To fully understand the complexities of the growing opioid epidemic, we as a society must begin to engage one another without excluding those who are closest to the problem.  People who are experiencing homelessness, active addiction from a substance use disorder and mental health challenges need to be at the table. We must consider those who are struggling with these challenges as subject matter experts when we invite them to the table to focus on solutions towards ending homelessness and with fighting the opioid epidemic in Philadelphia, such as exploring the expansion of low-barrier non-abstinence housing first programs."

Evan Figueroa-Vargas is a Board Member at Pathways to Housing PA, as well as a homeless service provider at Mental Health Partnerships

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