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HARRISBURG, May 23 – Today, the PA House Human Services Committee voted two bills out of committee to address mental health initiatives and funding for programs as well as funding for kinship care legal assistance. The first bill ( H.B. 849 ), introduced by state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, would take recommendations from the Behavioral Health Commission on Adult Mental Health on how to appropriate $100 million in one-time ARPA funds. As part of the 2022-23 budget (through Act 54 of 2022), the General Assembly established the Behavioral Health Commission on Adult Mental Health, a 24-person commission tasked with providing recommendations to the General Assembly on how to appropriate $100 million in one-time ARPA funding to address adult behavioral health needs in Pennsylvania. The commission, composed of experts in the behavioral health field, advocates, providers, and legislators, met over the course of four weeks for a total of 17 hours to create a set of recommendations they believe would be the first step towards true change for all Pennsylvanians. H.B. 849 would take the following recommendations from the commission and turn them into actionable legislation, as well as expand these efforts to address the needs of struggling youth: $37 million towards workforce development. $23.5 million to improve the criminal justice system and public safety systems. $39 million to expand access and service delivery. $500,000 to evaluate the Read more
State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Wilkes-Barre, in conjunction with Sen. Marty Flynn, D-Scranton, and Sen. David Argall, R-Pottsville, announced 12 area projects were awarded state funding totaling $2.27 million.“The state funding awarded to these municipal projects are for equipment, renovations and safety measures needed by those communities,” Pashinski said. “The nature of these projects is to provide extra safety to the community and give peace of mind to as many people as possible.” Read more
“The state funding awarded to these municipal projects are for equipment, renovations and safety measures needed by those communities,” said Pashinski. Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — A new state-certified trademark specifically designating locally produced organic foods could soon be in grocery stores across Pennsylvania.Legislation was passed through the General Assembly this month to create a PA Preferred Organic logo, which aims to improve sales for Pennsylvania farmers creating sustainable products. Read more
“Pennsylvanians should be proud that their commonwealth is a national leader in organic agriculture sales, research, and farmer training thanks to organizations like the Rodale Institute," State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski (D-Luzerne) said. Read more
State legislators want hospital companies to give communities more notice, and resources for care, ahead of reducing services or closing hospitals. We speak to Representatives Jennifer O’Mara, (D., Delaware) and Eddie Day Pashinski (D., Luzerne) about their proposal and intended impacts. (10:40 - 22:30) Read more
House Bill 158 (Rep. Pashinski) and Senate Bill 184 would increase the time in which hospitals must notify government agencies ahead of a hospital or unit closure from 90 days to 180 days. Read more
In Pennsylvania,”there are an estimated 202,000 children who live in households that are headed by their grandparents or other relatives and they deserve access to support and resources just like other foster families,” Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski said. Read more
“These facilities need oversight because they are not like other businesses, they make the difference between life or death and improve the quality of life for local patients,” Pashinski said. Read more
“When hospitals and health care facilities close or significantly reduce services, patients, doctors, nurses, staff and entire communities suffer,” Pashinski said. “These facilities need oversight because they are not like other businesses, they make the difference between life or death and improve the quality of life for local patients. Even the healthiest person will at some point need help – whether that’s a visit to the emergency room, care for mental health, preventative medicine, or treatment for cancer. House Bill 158 and Senate Bill 184 would ensure that patients, doctors, nurses, staff and their communities have a voice in any major decision to close or reduce services.” Read more
Having witnessed firsthand the impact of sudden hospital closures on patients, doctors, nurses, staff and the communities they serve, Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski and colleagues from the House and Senate have introduced legislation that would provide Pennsylvanians earlier notification in the event of a hospital closure. Pashinski says the legislation doubles the notification time from 90-180 days and requires a Health Equity Impact Assessment be submitted to the state Department of Health. The bill also calls for increased community input, data collection, and public hearings prior to closure. Read more
Legislation introduced in the state House by Rep. Jenn O’Mara and Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, and in the state Senate by Sen. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, would double the required notice to six months. Read more
“Creating an easily identifiable PA Preferred Brand logo for PA-made organic products is a win for Pennsylvania’s farmers and producers as well as our consumers who know that label means their purchase was grown in PA, by PA Farmers, for PA families,” Pashinski said. Read more
Health Equality Impact Assessment from The Center for Rural Pennsylvania Read more
Our bill would take significant steps to reform Pennsylvania’s hospital closure process: strengthening accountability and transparency without disrupting access to care. Read more
“Many kinship families are low-income households already facing complex issues and aren’t equipped to navigate the complicated legal process on their own. This assistance will help at-risk children to stay in stable family environments, relieving excessive pressure on the foster care system,” said Pashinski. Read more
Here are some of the latest state programs now open for applications. Read more
Democratic state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski of Luzerne County has proposed a plan for some student loans in Pennsylvania that would be a good model for all student loans for a very fundamental reason — it treats financing higher education as a public good. Read more
Reps. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, and Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, re-introduced a bill that would make it more difficult for hospitals to close, which could help address one of the root causes for maternity health deserts. Read more
The restoration effort will be funded by a variety of sources, including state grants, Wielage said. He credited state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-121, Wilkes-Barre, and former state Sen. John Yudichak for working to obtain funding. Read more
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