PCPA Spring Rally Schedule

There are a wide range of opportunities in May and June to come to Harrisburg and make it clear to the administration and General Assembly that large numbers of Pennsylvanians care deeply about maintaining access to community services. Stakeholders are keenly aware that in order to avoid the devastation of Pennsylvania’s community services, it is crucially important that members take action! In addition to PCPA Capitol Day on June 5, members are encouraged to consider attending other rallies.
PCPA Capitol Day – June 5
PCPA has partnered with the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania and other concerned associations and advocacy groups in a joint effort to come together on June 5 and fight for a budget that is realistic and offers the support required by Pennsylvanians receiving behavioral health, intellectual disability, and autism services. Please watch for an announcement that PCPA’s online Capitol Day web site is open! The online Capitol Day web site will feature everything needed to register, order Capitol Day t-shirts, make appointments with legislators, and get information and talking points. The legislative press conference/rally will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m. This event features legislators and other speakers to rally the crowd and share support for community services.
PARF Legislative Rally – May 8
The Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (PARF) is holding a legislative rally May 8 at 10:00 a.m. in the Main Capitol Rotunda in partnership with PCPA, The ARC of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Waiting List Campaign, and Vision for Equality to call for adequate funding for community programs for people with intellectual disabilities. The rally will call on legislators to stop proposed funding reductions for individuals with intellectual disabilities and provide crucial support for the emergency waiting list. PCPA will participate in the PARF event and urges those members unable to attend Capitol Day on June 5 to participate on May 8.

In addition to the PCPA and PARF rallies, the following rallies have been scheduled and provide an opportunity to further support the advocacy community.

  • PA Brain Injury Coalition 2012 Legislative Day on May 2. The rally will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the Main Capitol Rotunda.
  • “Keep Your Promise” Rally on May 2. The rally will take place at 12:00 p.m. in the Main Capitol Rotunda and is sponsored by Visions for Equality. It is focused on the ID Waiting List.
  • Save PA’s Bridge to Stability & Self-Sufficiency Rally and Lobby Day on May 7.
  • The rally begins at 11:00 a.m. in the Main Capitol Rotunda and is sponsored by PA Cares for All. It is focused on General Assistance budget cuts.

More information is available on the respective web sites of sponsoring organizations. Further questions may be addressed to Anne Leisure at anne@paproviders.org.

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No News is Not Good News

No News is Not Good News

In the case of the budget cuts proposed by Governor Corbett, no news is not good news. Despite an overwhelming public outcry and strong opposition from the public, mental health advocates, media, and legislators, Governor Corbett and his administration remain committed to enacting their drastic and devastating cuts to the community behavioral health system – the most significant since the system’s inception more than 50 years ago.

We need to continue making our opposition heard with legislators so that the budget introduced by the Governor is not passed. Below are some ways you can take immediate action.

Stay Informed

In addition to sending critical advocacy alerts, MHAPA posts daily updates and calls to action on our Facebook page and websitePlease follow us on Facebook to stay informed of budget–related events and activities across the state.

Contact Your Legislators

Contact your state representative and senator and let them know you oppose the Governor’s proposed cuts to the community behavioral health system.

The message is simple:
STOP the 20% cuts. STOP the Block Grant. STOP cuts to General Assistance.

Find your legislators here. Contact them by:
Sending A Postcard

Use a pre-printed postcard to share these simple messages with your PA House Representative and Senator and the Chairs of the Pennsylvania House and Senate Appropriations Committees. To order the free postcards, contact Sue Walther, MHAPA’s Executive Director, at717-346-0549, extension 1, or swalther@mhapa.org.  Please be sure to provide your mailing address and the number of postcards you would like. See the postcard here.

Writing a letter

Read samples letters written and sent by advocates at Community Advocates of Montgomery County. Use these samples as a guide to help you tell your own story.  Click here for talking points. Click here for the sample letters from Community Advocates.

Making a Phone Call

After sending your letter and/or postcard, call your legislators’ offices. Ask if they received your letter and what their positions are on the mental health cuts. Let MHAPA know what you learn by contacting Sue Walther at 717-346-0549, extension 1, or swalther@mhapa.org. Tell us who you spoke to and what their positions are. Click here to see a full summary of actions taken by one group of Community Advocates. If you have a like summary that you want to share, email it to Sue Walther.

Attend an Event

Advocacy organizations across the state are hosting events to bring together people against the cuts. Please gather your friends and family and attend at least one of these events. Two upcoming events are:
Monday, May 7Save PA’s Bridge to Stability & Self-Sufficiency Rally and Lobby Day in Harrisburg with PA Cares for All

Thursday, June 5Capitol Day with The Pennsylvania Community Providers Association, The Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, The Mental Health Association of Westmoreland County, and NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania

MHAPA updates its Facebook followers of budget related events across the area. Like us on Facebook and learn about these events—we also post them to the Budget page of our website.

Tell the Media

Send a copy of your legislator letter to your local newspaper—it makes an impact. Kathie Mitchell, Director of Community Advocates of Montgomery County, sent a letter to The Mercury in Pottstown.  The paper published it and Community Advocates received three phone calls as a result of the published letter.  

Let Us Know What You’ve Done

Let us know what action you’ve taken so we help to ensure that your voice is being heard. Contact Sue Walther at 717-346-0549, extension 1, or swalther@mhapa.org. Click here to see a full summary of actions taken by Community Advocates. If you have a similar summary to share, email it to Sue Walther.

The Pennsylvania Waiting List Campaign

April  2012                                                                                       www.pawaitinglistcampaign.org



You Pay Your Fair Share. So Should They.
More than a dozen “close the loopholes” events are planned across PA. Find one near you.

It’s that time of year again – time to file your state and federal tax returns. At the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center’s web site, we have a new resource page showing you how your tax dollars are spent and why closing tax loopholes is such a big priority.
State and federal tax loopholes allow many large profitable corporations to avoid paying taxes, costing billions of dollars that could be invested in education, infrastructure and other services that make our economy strong. 
You pay your fair share of taxes. Don’t you think it’s time that corporations pay their fair share, too? 

Take a Stand on Tax Day.

On Tuesday, April 17, citizens from across Pennsylvania will mark Tax Day by calling on state and federal lawmakers to end these tax giveaways. Find a Tax Day event near you in the list below and come on out. You can also sign our Better Budget Petition and send a message to Governor Corbett and the Legislature to close loopholes before making more cuts that hurt middle-class families and children.
If you want to learn more about any of the Tax Day events below, contact Kate Atkins at 215-563-5848 x 16 or atatkins@pennbpc.org.
Tax Day Actions: Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Bethlehem (CLEAR Coalition)
4:30 p.m.: Rep. Justin Simmons’ District Office, 3606 Route 378, Suite A, Bethlehem, PA

Erie (CLEAR Coalition)
4:00 p.m.: Outside Giant Eagle, 1338 East Grandview Blvd., Erie, PA

Greensburg (CLEAR Coalition)
4:00 p.m.: Outside Giant Eagle, Hempfield Square Shopping Center, 6204 Route 30, Greensburg, PA

Harrisburg (Better Choices for Pennsylvania)
12 p.m.: Outside Harrisburg Post Office, Federal Square, 228 Walnut Street, Harrisburg, PA

Johnstown/Altoona (CLEAR Coalition)
3:30 p.m.: Outside Toys R Us, 620 Galleria Dr, Johnstown, PA

Levittown (PennAction)
4:00 p.m.: Outside Wells Fargo, Levittown Shopping Center, 175 Levittown Parkway, Levittown, PA

Norristown (SEPA Coalition)
12:00 p.m.: Outside Main Post Office, 28 East Airy Street, Norristown, PA

Philadelphia (Fight for a Fair Economy)
3:00 p.m.: Meet at Love Park, 16th Street and JFK Blvd, Philadelphia, PA for a March to Comcast Headquarters
8:00 p.m.: Outside 30th Street Post Office, Philadelphia, PA

Pittsburgh (Fight for a Fair Economy)
12:00 p.m.: Market Square, Pittsburgh, PA

State College (CLEAR Coalition)
3:30 p.m.: Outside Comcast Building, Benner Pike, State College, PA

West Chester (CLEAR Coalition)
4:30 p.m.: Outside Giant Grocery Store, 1502 W. Chester Pike, West Chester, PA

Wilkes-Barre (CLEAR Coalition)
11:30 a.m.: Outside Toys R Us, 620 Kidder Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Williamsport (CLEAR Coalition)
12:00 p.m.: Outside Comcast Building, 1020 Commerce Park Drive, Williamsport, PA

The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center is a non-partisan policy research project that provides independent, credible analysis on state tax, budget and related policy matters, with attention to the impact of current or proposed policies on working families.

Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center,  412 N. 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101 | 717-255-7156

From Housing to Recovery

From www.fromhousingtorecovery.org:

1 in 4 American adults live with a diagnosable mental health condition.  Do More for 1 in 4 by becoming a member of Mental Health America.  For $5/month you can help the 60 million Americans with a mental health condition find information, support and treatment.  Visit http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/action/membership to learn more. 

Join us at the 2012 Zarrow National Mental Health Symposium and MHA Annual Conference!  Sponsor opportunities still available – 1,000 attendees expected!
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