On April 17th a group from Chartiers T&SR joined their staff and went on a bus trip to the Pennsylvania State Capitol. Joining other consumers and staff the group visited offices and got to meet with their local politicians to educate and talk to them about the importance of the services they receive and the need for additional funding.
Great opportunity to advocate for themselves and their services!
According to Amy Randall the group visited the following:
Representative Jason Ortitay, Representative Dan Miller, Representative Dan Deasy and staff in Representative Anita Kulik’s office. Senator Wayne Fontana, Senator Thomas McGarrigle (Chair of Urban Affairs and Housing), Senator Randy Vulakovich’s representative, Scot Pitzer. (He is on the appropriations committee, the aging and youth committee and is the Chair of Veteran’s Affairs and Emergency Preparedness) We also went to Senator Vincent Hughes’ office and spoke to Lisa Fleming. Senator Hughes is the Minority leader of appropriations. Lisa Fleming is the Asst. Executive Director of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Below is the First Post Regarding Capitol Day
The Conference of Allegheny Providers is leading a visit to Harrisburg on April 17, for clients and family members served by behavioral health and intellectual/developmental disability providers. The goal of the trip is to educate Pennsylvania lawmakers on the importance of the services they provide, while also conveying the need for increased funding.
“The Conference of Allegheny Providers is looking forward to clients and family members telling their stories to legislators,” said David Fath, Assistant Executive Director of Behavioral Health and Drug & Alcohol Services at Milestone Centers Inc., and organizer of the Capitol Day event. Chartiers Center will be participating with Amy Randal and Dan Marsico taking a lead role in helping to fill the bus with Chartiers T&SR participants! According to Sue Coyle, Chartiers’ CEO, “It is important for all of us to be aware that our state government is a core stakeholder in our services; they overwhelmingly regulate us and fund us. It is important that our voices be heard and especially the voices of the people we serve.”
Local organizations involved in the Capitol Day event include: Milestone Centers, Achieva, Chartiers Center, Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh, Laughlin Center, Merakey (formerly NHS), NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Keystone Pennsylvania, PLEA, Step by Step, and Wesley Family Services of Pennsylvania.
Capitol Day is an all-ages event. Registration is free, and lunch will be provided for those taking part. Buses will transport participants to Harrisburg and back. Buses will depart at 6 a.m. from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 4503 Old William Penn Highway in Monroeville (boarding at 5:45). The group will return to Good Shepherd Church in Monroeville by approximately 8 p.m.
For tickets, visit https://capcapitolday18.eventbrite.com
Amy Randal is coordinating the group from Chartiers Center. Please contact her for more information 412-561-3390, Arandal@chartierscenter.org