2/19/20 – Mental Health Professional Shortages in Schools – Dickson City

(18 hours ago)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Bridget Kosierowski. Read more

 

Kosierowski to introduce legislation addressing shortage of mental health professionals in schools

(19 hours ago)

TAYLOR, Feb. 20 – State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, today said she plans to introduce legislation to address the shortage of mental health professionals in schools. Under H.B. 2320, a loan forgiveness program would be established for individuals seeking to serve as school counselors, psychologists or social workers. Qualifying mental health school professionals would be able to receive up to $40,000 in loan forgiveness in exchange for serving in a Pennsylvania school for a minimum of four years. “Currently, many of our children across Pennsylvania do not have access to mental health professionals when they may need it most,” Kosierowski said. “This bill would encourage these qualified and bright individuals to study and join these important workforces, which will improve school safety and support our students.” Kosierowski said she authored the bill after holding a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing this week which addressed the issue. Kosierowski is currently seeking co-sponsors of the legislation. Read more

 

Kosierowski, HDPC look at mental health professionals in schools

(1 day ago)

DICKSON CITY, Feb. 19 – State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at Dickson City Borough on the shortage of mental health professionals in schools. Kosierowski was joined by fellow state legislators, including HDPC Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, to discuss the importance of schools having mental health professionals available. She is working on legislation that would establish a loan forgiveness program for individuals seeking to serve as school counselors, psychologists, or social workers. “The mental health crisis does not only impact adults, it affects many of our young students as well,” Kosierowski said. “The safety and well-being of children is one of my core issues as a lawmaker, and I want to make sure our schools have the staff and resources they need to help students address mental issues like depression and anxiety.” Sturla added, “It is critical that schools have mental health professionals that can readily help students who are overcoming adverse childhood experiences. I commend Representative Kosierowski for spotlighting this issue, so we can provide better support to schools and to those Pennsylvanians pursuing a career in this mental health field. The panelists included: Meghna Patel, deputy secretary for health innovation, Pennsylvania Department of Health; Sister Gail Cabral, professor of Read more

 

Kosierowski to host HDPC hearing on mental health Feb. 19 in Dickson City

(Feb 13, 2020)

DICKSON CITY, Feb. 13 – State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lehigh, announced today she will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing next week on the shortage of mental health professionals in Pennsylvania schools. The hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Dickson City Borough, 901 Enterprise Street, Dickson City. Members of the public and media are invited to attend. Kosierowski requested the hearing to discuss the importance of having mental health professionals available in schools. She will be joined by fellow state legislators, including HDPC Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 2:10 p.m. Meghna Patel , deputy secretary for health innovation, Pennsylvania Department of Health 2:40 p.m. Panel of Experts Sr. Gail Cabral Ph.D. , professor of psychology, Marywood University Sandie Lamanna M.S. , psychologist in private practice Jenna Kelly, M.S., p sychologist in private practice 3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks This hearing is part of a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, an agenda focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing healthcare access, creating quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com . Hearing materials will Read more

 

2020 Winter Newsletter

(Feb 07, 2020)

Serving the residents of the 114th District has truly been the most rewarding feeling. I am very proud of what we have accomplished in the short time I have been in office. Read more

 

Kosierowski responds to Wolf budget proposal

(Feb 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, offered the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2020-21 budget plan, which was unveiled today. “First of all, it was a pleasure to serve on the escort committee this year to walk Governor Wolf into the Hall of the House to deliver his budget address. This year’s plan contains many items I am pleased to support, which will greatly benefit my district. “I am pleased to hear the governor’s plan to reform many aspects of our education system. From expanding full-day kindergarten programs and increasing funding for special education, to reforming student loans and scholarships for higher education, these are designed to give our children the best chances to succeed. “I am also hopeful for Governor Wolf’s plan to address the opioid crisis. With over 25 years working as a registered nurse, I have seen firsthand how difficult the battle of addiction is for families. We have seen how these initiatives are working to reduce overdose deaths, so I want to ensure these programs continue to prevent people from losing their lives. “There is still a long way to go in the budget process and I look forward to learning more details as wells as doing everything I can to support the governor’s plan to improve the lives of the residents of Lackawanna County and Pennsylvania,” Kosierowski said. Read more

 

Kosierowski announces $1,010,000 in gaming grants to benefit community

(Jan 22, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 22 – State gaming grants totaling $1,010,000 have been awarded for several local projects, state Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, announced today. “These projects are great examples of how LSA funding helps improve the quality of life in our communities by investing in safety and infrastructure,” Kosierowski said. “I want to thank my fellow Lackawanna County colleagues in both the House and Senate for working together to acquire this critical funding for our region.” Kosierowski said the projects include: $300,000 to Old Forge Borough to renovate the municipal building and police headquarters. $205,000 to Taylor Borough to renovate the gymnasium of the Community Center. $125,000 to the Greater Carbondale YMCA for lower-level renovations at its facility. $100,000 to Dickson City to convert a vacant building into a community center for residents and organizations. $100,000 to the United Cerebral Palsy of Northeast PA to purchase two wheelchair vans fitted for ADA accessibility. $80,000 to Glenburn Township for the purchase of an F-550 maintenance vehicle for general maintenance, snow removal and salt application. $50,000 to Mayfield Borough for the purchase of a Ford Interceptor SUV for the police department. $50,000 to Waverly Township for the purchase of a Ford Interceptor patrol car for the police department. Read more

 

Kosierowski announces over $288,000 in local fire department, EMS grants

(Jan 17, 2020)

CARBONDALE, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, announced today grants totaling $288,265 have been awarded to 19 fire and EMS companies in the 114 th Legislative District. “Our emergency responders do an amazing job at saving lives and keeping our communities safe and secure,” Kosierowski said. “I am pleased to see these companies get the vital funding they need to do their incredible work.” The grant list in Kosierowski’s district is as follows: $13,700 – Carbondale Fire Company. $11,920 – Columbia Hose Company #5. $12,604 – Cottage Hose Ambulance Corps Inc. $12,331 – Cottage Hose Company #2. $12,567 – Whites Crossing Hose Company. $21,660 – Clarks Summit Fire Company. $21,386 – Justus Vol. Fire Company. $13,165 – Eagle Hose Company. $22,892 – Greenfield Township Volunteer Fire Company. $11,920 – Artisan Fire Company. $12,604 – Crystal Fire Company. $23,303 – William Walker Hose Company. $12,331 – Mayfield Hose Company Engine #1. $14,248 – Greenwood Hose Company #1. $12,467 – Lawrence Hose Company #1. $12,878 – Old Forge Hose and Engine Company. $21,523 – Scott Township Hose Company. $12,741 Read more

 

Kosierowski announces $105,000 in grants to advance science and technology education

(Jan 17, 2020)

State Rep. Bridget Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, announced three PAsmart grants worth $35,000 each to the Carbondale, Lakeland and Old Forge school districts to help expand computer science classes and teacher training. Read more

 

Kosierowski announces state funding to improve traffic safety

(Dec 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 17 – State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, today announced $57,653 in state funding has been approved to upgrade and improve the traffic signals in Carbondale. “This money will ensure not just motorists, but bicyclists and pedestrians are able to safely travel through downtown Carbondale,” Kosierowski said. “I am very pleased to see Governor Wolf and PennDOT release funding for this project.” The money will be used to upgrade the North Main Street pedestrian crosswalk with solar flashing signage and pedestrian push buttons to notify oncoming traffic of pedestrians in the crosswalk. The grant was among $13.1 million in funding awarded to improve safety at signalized intersections in 34 municipalities around the state at 41 locations where data shows red-light running has been an issue. The grants are funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Automated Red Light Enforcement Program. More information is available on the traffic signals page under “Travel in PA” at www.penndot.gov . Read more

 

Kosierowski introduces legislation for domestic violence victims

(Nov 22, 2019)

This legislation would help break the cycle of continued victimization these survivors endure after receiving long prison sentences. Read more

 

Kosierowski announces $244,400 in state funding for two local improvement projects

(Nov 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, today announced $244,400 in state funds which will benefit two local improvement projects. “ Our parks and outdoor spaces play an important role in building active and healthy communities,” Kosierowski said. “I am pleased to see the state make this investment in Lackawanna County.” North Abington Township will receive $166,900 which will be used to acquire approximately 65 acres for passive recreation and connection to other protected lands. Also, Dickson City Borough will receive $77,500 to acquire 2 acres for the creation of a community park. The grants are among dozens awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources through its Community Conservation Partnerships Programs. DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation assists local governments, recreation and conservation organizations with funding for projects related to conservation, parks and recreation, including conservation of open space, river conservation and access, and the planning, acquisition and development of public parks. More information can be found here . Read more

 

Kosierowski announces $232,800 for local community park improvements

(Nov 14, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, announced today $232,800 in state funding has been awarded to the Upper Valley YMCA for the Greater Carbondale YMCA Community Park. “The Greater Carbondale YMCA does so much to benefit the lives of everyone in the community,” Kosierowski said. “I am pleased to see the state make this critical investment, which will not only improve the park but protect the environment at the same time.” The funding will be utilized for Phase 2 of the Community Park. Plans include the construction of a spray park, pavilion, and installation of stormwater management measures, including filtration and recirculation systems, additional play equipment with required safety surfacing, ADA access, landscaping and other site improvements. The grant was awarded through DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program, which provides financial and technical assistance to local governments, river and trail organizations, and trusts, and other nonprofits for planning, acquisition and development of park, recreation, conservation and greenway projects. Read more

 

Kosierowski to hold community cleanup event Saturday

(Nov 13, 2019)

OLD FORGE, Nov. 13 – State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, is partnering with several community organizations to clean up trash and debris along a stretch of the Heritage Trail on Saturday, Nov. 16. The event will be from 9 a.m. to noon. Residents and groups interested in participating can call Kosierowski’s office at 570-562-2350. “The Heritage Trail is a wonderful part of the community where people can enjoy the outdoors, and just like our homes and yards, it too deserves a thorough cleaning,” Kosierowski said. “I’m inviting everyone to get involved and make an important part of their community better and brighter.” Those also sponsoring the event are Old Forge Borough, the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority, the Lackawanna River Conservation Association, and the Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation. Read more

 

Kosierowski Hosts Veterans Resource Fair

(Nov 12, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski hosted her first Veterans Resource Fair, helping connect area veterans and their families with the benefits they have earned. Read more

 

Kosierowski: $500,000 in funding awarded to extend Lackawanna Heritage Trail

(Nov 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 12 – State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski today announced $500,000 in funding has been awarded to help a local community with an improvement project. “I am pleased the CFA board recognized how important this project is for the residents of and visitors to Carbondale,” Kosierowski said. The city of Carbondale will use the funding to install sidewalks along Pike Street to extend the Lackawanna Heritage Trail. The project will install 3,685 square yards of sidewalk along with nine ADA-compatible ramps. The total cost of the project is $938,532. The funding comes from the Multimodal Transportation Fund which is administered by the state’s Commonwealth Financing Authority. Read more

 

Kosierowski presents citation to Greenfield Twp. volunteer firefighter

(Nov 07, 2019)

GREENFIELD TWP., Nov. 6 – State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, presented a House citation today to volunteer firefighter Alan Rudalavage for his heroic actions. Just after midnight on Sept. 6, Greenfield Township Volunteer Fire Company was dispatched to a house fire with entrapment on Shadyside Drive. Rudalavage was the first to arrive on the scene and was able to locate the victim and get her safely out before any fire apparatus arrived. Officials say the woman was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital and is still recovering in stable condition. Without Rudalavage’s quick actions, or had firefighters waited any longer, the victim would not have survived. “Firefighters and first responders put their lives on the line every time they answer a call,” Kosierowski said. “I am proud to present the citation to Alan Rudalavage for his bravery and life-saving actions.” Read more

 

Rep. Kosierowski to hold veterans fair Nov. 9

(Nov 01, 2019)

Kosierowski to hold veterans fair Nov. 9 CARBONDALE, Nov. 1 - Area veterans will have the opportunity to learn more about benefits and services available to them at a free veterans’ fair hosted by state Rep. Bridget Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Carbondale Area Junior Senior High School, 101 Brooklyn St. “ This fair will provide our veterans access to numerous federal, state and local organizations under one roof because we want to make it as easy as possible for our vets and their families to get the benefits they have so well earned,” Kosierowski said. Kosierowski said information on finances, housing and health organizations will also be available. For more information on this and other events in the 114 th District visit www.pahouse.com/Kosierowski or call the office at (570) 562-2350 Read more

 

Kosierowski lauds House passage of bill to extend, expand Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program

(Oct 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 29 – State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, announced the House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill which would help emergency service companies fund recruitment efforts. Currently, the Pennsylvania Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program provides grants to fire and EMS companies across the Commonwealth to fund protective equipment and training. House Bill 1834 would extend and expand the program to also provide and allow funding to be used for volunteer recruitment. “These emergency companies are facing a serious shortage of recruits, which can greatly impact responses to fires and emergencies,” Kosierowski said. “I am pleased to support the expansion of this program to ensure these fire and EMS companies are able to attract and retain the recruits they need.” This bill is one of a number of bills passed by the House to expand support for emergency first responders and companies. It now heads to the state Senate for consideration. Read more

 

Kosierowski: $42,001 in school safety grants awarded to two Lackawanna County school districts

(Oct 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 17 – The Riverside School District and Old Forge School District will receive a combined $42,001 in school safety grants, state Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, announced today. Kosierowski said the funding will enable the school districts to prevent and reduce violent incidents by purchasing safety and security-related equipment and to provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers. “Our children deserve to learn and grow in safe environments and providing funding for school safety is one of the most vital investments we can make,” Kosierowski said. “This funding will be a big help to ensure the students, faculty and staff in our schools are safe and secure.” Riverside School District is awarded $22,003 in the form of a 2019-20 equipment grant. Old Forge School District is awarded $19,998 in the form of a 2019-20 program grant. This funding is part of the $7.3 million in School Safety Grants the Pennsylvania Department of Education is awarding to both public and non-public school districts throughout the commonwealth. Read more

 

2/19/20 – Mental Health Professional Shortages in Schools – Dickson City
18 hours ago

Kosierowski to introduce legislation addressing shortage of mental health professionals in schools
19 hours ago

Kosierowski, HDPC look at mental health professionals in schools
1 day ago

Kosierowski to host HDPC hearing on mental health Feb. 19 in Dickson City
Feb 13, 2020

2020 Winter Newsletter
Feb 07, 2020

Kosierowski responds to Wolf budget proposal
Feb 04, 2020

Kosierowski announces $1,010,000 in gaming grants to benefit community
Jan 22, 2020

Kosierowski announces over $288,000 in local fire department, EMS grants
Jan 17, 2020

Kosierowski announces $105,000 in grants to advance science and technology education
Jan 17, 2020

Kosierowski announces state funding to improve traffic safety
Dec 17, 2019

Kosierowski introduces legislation for domestic violence victims
Nov 22, 2019

Kosierowski announces $244,400 in state funding for two local improvement projects
Nov 19, 2019

Kosierowski announces $232,800 for local community park improvements
Nov 14, 2019

Kosierowski to hold community cleanup event Saturday
Nov 13, 2019

Kosierowski Hosts Veterans Resource Fair
Nov 12, 2019

Kosierowski: $500,000 in funding awarded to extend Lackawanna Heritage Trail
Nov 12, 2019

Kosierowski presents citation to Greenfield Twp. volunteer firefighter
Nov 07, 2019

Rep. Kosierowski to hold veterans fair Nov. 9
Nov 01, 2019

Kosierowski lauds House passage of bill to extend, expand Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program
Oct 29, 2019

Kosierowski: $42,001 in school safety grants awarded to two Lackawanna County school districts
Oct 17, 2019