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Parkland schools receive state school safety grant

(7 hours ago)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – Parkland School District today was awarded a $45,000 grant to support and implement school safety initiatives, announced state Rep. Mike Schlossberg. Read more

 

School safety grant awarded to Allentown city schools

(7 hours ago)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – Allentown School District will undertake additional school safety improvements thanks in part to a $45,000 state grant that was approved today, announced state Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer. Read more

 

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(Feb 24, 2020)

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Schlossberg issues statement on Gov. Wolf budget proposal

(Feb 04, 2020)

ALLENTOWN, Feb. 4 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, has issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget for 2020-21: “Governor Wolf’s proposed budget marks a significant commitment to many of the things important to the 132 nd Legislative District and I am encouraged by what I see in the details. “I certainly applaud Governor Wolf’s proposal to increase funding for education. Governor Wolf’s leadership has resulted in historic increases in state commitment and we must continue to fight for the resources necessary to better our schools. “The task of charter school reform is a necessary part of this budget. It is also tough conversation. For many families, including many in the 132 nd Legislative District, students attend good charter schools where they find meaningful education. The negative effects on the Allentown School District, the students who attend those schools—and cash-strapped taxpayers—cannot be ignored. In 1998, ASD’s budget for charter school costs was $3 million. This year, that number is $64 million. This is $1 out of every $6 of ASD’s budget. Can you imagine trying to run your household with 1/6 of your income being controlled by somebody else? It cannot be done and ASD’s leaders have no say in the matter. This is one illustration for why we need charter school reform so badly. “Last week, local news reported one area Read more

 

Religious communities come together for Unity Vigil in Whitehall

(Jan 16, 2020)

The local Islamic and Jewish communities came together Wednesday for an interfaith service to share a message of unity. Both groups have been the targets of religious hatred in recent years. Read more

 

Rep. Schlossberg joins roundtable to support LGBTQ mental health efforts

(Jan 15, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 15 -- State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, today participated in a joint roundtable at the Pennsylvania Capitol on mental health. Schlossberg was joined by the state Health Department Secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine, members of the Governor’s Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, service providers from organizations serving LGBTQ individuals and members of the Mental Health Caucus, LGBTQ Equality Caucus, Health Committee and Human Services Committee. “More and more, we are learning that fixing a broken mental health care system includes connecting services with at-risk communities,” Schlossberg said. “LGBTQ individuals are at high risk for a number of health concerns, including mental health. While there are some mental health services available in the Lehigh Valley for LGBTQ individuals, we need to do a better job of making these services available across Pennsylvania.” Members of the House of Representatives gathered for a roundtable discussion about mental health challenges and barriers faced by the LGBTQ community to identify policy changes needed in Pennsylvania. Many studies show LGBTQ individuals, specifically seniors, veterans, youth and communities of color are at high risk for mental health crisis. “The LGTBQ community faces unique health care needs, and access to mental health treatment without stigma is among the most pressing,” Levine said. “As part of the Governor’s Reach Out Read more

 

Pennsylvania suicide prevention tactics: ‘red flag’ gun law, more treatment, less stigma

(Jan 15, 2020)

Reducing stigma tied to mental health issues, removing barriers to treatment and seeking passage of a so-called “red flag” law to allow for removing firearms from people at risk of suicide will be among themes guiding a statewide suicide prevention strategy. Read more

 

New report calls for ‘comprehensive’ fight against Pa.’s other public health crisis: Suicide

(Jan 15, 2020)

A Wolf administration task force is calling for a “comprehensive approach to mental health treatment,” to prevent death by suicide and to reduce the stigma of mental illness, as it works to combat a public health threat that claims the lives of hundreds of Pennsylvanians every year. Read more

 

Rep. Schlossberg: Suicide Prevention Task Force calls for a comprehensive approach to mental health treatment in Pennsylvania

(Jan 14, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 14 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, was joined by members of the Pennsylvania House Mental Health Caucus and members of Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration at a news conference today outlining the initial report of the Pennsylvania Suicide Prevention Task Force. The work of the Suicide Prevention Task Force is a complement to the goals and strategies surrounding the governor’s Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters initiative announced earlier this month. Schlossberg, co-chair of the Pennsylvania House Mental Health Caucus, said the task force conducted 10 public listening sessions hosted throughout Pennsylvania. “We need to study all factors that lead to suicide because treating the disease is both challenging and difficult,” Schlossberg said. “I was floored to hear so many personal stories of how family members said they wish they would have identified the signs before their loved ones took their own lives.” The task force identified the following themes in their preliminary report: Reduce the stigma associated with mental health, suicide and suicide attempts, which can affect people getting help. Resources are needed to elevate mental health as a public health issue, incentivize the integration of physical and behavioral health, and improve suicide prevention at the local level. Barriers exist to treatment such as cost and insurance gaps. Access to more Read more

 

Gov. Tom Wolf’s mental health plan offers hope of more counselors, social workers for schools

(Jan 10, 2020)

The Allentown School District referred about 700 students a year to mental health services about a decade ago. Now it’s closer to 3,000 a year.That’s a drastic increase for a district that educates 17,000 students, and shows the need for more resources to help children struggling with mental health, Superintendent Thomas Parker told Gov. Tom Wolf Friday afternoon. Read more

 

Wolf’s mental health initiative brings officials, advocates to Muhlenberg

(Jan 10, 2020)

Elected officials, community leaders, health care providers and mental health advocates gathered at Muhlenberg College Jan. 3 for a roundtable conversation.The diverse group was called together by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and state Rep. Michael Schlossberg, D-132nd, to discuss mental health and related topics. Read more

 

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(Jan 03, 2020)

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State funding to give boost to community improvement projects in Allentown

(Dec 19, 2019)

Organizations in Lehigh County have received state funding to help with affordable housing and property renovations in Allentown. Read more

 

Schlossberg, Schweyer laud $720,000 in state funding for Allentown improvement projects

(Dec 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 18 – State funding in the amount of $720,000 has been approved for several community improvement projects in Allentown, according to state Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, both D-Lehigh. “As a city kid, improving the quality of life for the residents of Allentown has been and will always be important to me,” Schweyer said. “I am pleased Governor Wolf recognized the importance of these projects and will continue to help rebuild the neighborhood where I grew up.” “This funding is crucial for Allentown,” Schlossberg said. “It will benefit the city’s hardworking residents, help to build adequate housing and make a safe place to live and raise a family.” Community Action Development Corp. of the Lehigh Valley will receive $440,000 to continue years six and seven of Upside Allentown. This will allow the organization to complete renovations of residential and commercial properties, advance neighborhood-based arts and culture activities, help with litter abatement, support parent and family engagement in the Allentown Parent Network, strengthen relationships between city youth and the Allentown Police Department and grow small businesses. Money will also go toward community outreach for rehabilitating front porches and support up to 30 families to prevent homelessness. Housing Association and Development Corp. will receive $280,000 to Read more

 

Bipartisan members of Mental Health Caucus issue call for increased funding

(Dec 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 17 – A bipartisan group of the Pennsylvania House Mental Health Caucus sent a letter to Governor Tom Wolf today urging him to restore funding cuts made a decade ago in order to bolster mental health service programs in Pennsylvania, according to state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, co-chair of the Pennsylvania House Mental Health Caucus. “A big part of addressing Pennsylvania’s suicide crisis requires these funds to be restored,” Schlossberg said. “These cuts continue to hamstring counties and mental health service providers from supporting Pennsylvanians in crisis and helping them through recover. We cannot stand by any longer and expect the same level of funding from 2009 to be sufficient in 2019.” The 2012-2013 budget resulted in funding for health and health services being cut by ten percent, forcing counties to reallocate funding for mental health for other equally important services. This has hindered the delivery of quality community based mental health services and destabilized people’s chances for recovery. These cuts led to: A reduction or elimination of mental health employment, education and/or training programs; Reductions to community housing and residential programs; A reduction in funding for psychiatric rehabilitation services; Funding cuts or an elimination of drop-in centers, clubhouses, and warm lines; and An exacerbation of the health and Read more

 

Schlossberg hosts joint HDPC-PLBC roundtable on mental health

(Dec 04, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, Dec. 4 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, today hosted a joint House Democratic Policy Committee and Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus public roundtable at Lehigh Carbon Community College on mental health. Schlossberg was joined by fellow state legislators, including members of the House Democratic Policy Committee and PLBC Chairman Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila, to discuss mental health and its impact on the community. “The people we serve have incredibly difficult stories about mental health battles they’ve faced, either personally or through loved ones,” Schlossberg said. “Today’s hearing is a reminder that people of color must be at the table when we are talking about mental health treatment because the inequities show tremendous need to boost services and coverage for those services in communities that are left behind.” “Mental health has become a predominate issue in today’s society. No one should be ashamed of having to deal with it, particularly people of color, who may go untreated because of the shame and stigma associated with their condition,” Kinsey said. “We must continue to educate people on the sensitivity of mental health and how they or someone they know can get the proper treatment for the betterment of their lives.” The panelists included: Hasshan Betts, executive director of Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley; Read more

 

Paul Muschick on Berks County child hanging deaths: Let’s pay tribute to first responders

(Dec 03, 2019)

If the thought of two children, ages 4 and 8, hanging from a basement beam with a dog cable around their necks saddens and haunts you, imagine the people who arrived at the scene.Two Kempton Fire Department emergency medical technicians were first at the home of Lisa Rachelle Snyder in Albany Township after she called 911 in September. She said she found her children hanging and couldn’t get them down.Nothing can prepare you for that. Read more

 

Schlossberg to host a joint HDPC-PLBC roundtable about mental health on Dec. 4 in Allentown

(Nov 27, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, Nov. 27 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, announced today he will host a joint House Democratic Policy Committee and Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus public roundtable on mental health next week. The roundtable is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 at Lehigh Carbon Community College, The Donley Center, 718 W. Hamilton St., 7 th Floor, Allentown. Members of the public and media are invited to attend. Schlossberg requested the roundtable to discuss mental health issues and its impact on the community. He will be joined by fellow state legislators, including HDPC Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and PLBC Chairman Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila. Panelists will include: Hasshan Batts , executive director, Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley. Murat Guzel , CEO, Natural Food Group. Phoebe Harris , Allentown School Board member. April Riddick , community activist. Stuart Horowitz , board president, National Association of Social Workers-Pennsylvania Chapter. Elizabeth Garnto , NAMl Lehigh Valley. Read more

 

Schlossberg: It’s About Helping Connect People

(Nov 22, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Mike Schlossberg joined Reps. Peter Schweyer and Jeanne McNeill at the IBEW Local 375 in Allentown to host a trade jobs fair. Read more

 

Schlossberg, Schweyer and McNeill to Host Building Trades Job Fair

(Nov 18, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, Nov. 18 -- State Reps. Peter Schweyer, Mike Schlossberg and Jeanne McNeill, all D-Lehigh, announced they will co-host a Building Trades Job Fair from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 21 at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 375 Headquarters, 101 S. Seventh St. The event is being hosted with support from Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley, The Literacy Center and Jordan Heights. Designed to help local residents connect with building trades organizations and their apprenticeship trainers, the event will include information about what skills are in high demand in the Lehigh Valley and how to start on the path to a job that pays good wages. “With the help of excellent community organizations like Promise Neighborhood, the Adult Literacy Center and Jordan Heights, we are connecting talented and hard-working people together with good, family-sustaining jobs offered through the Lehigh Valley building trades,” Schweyer said. “The Lehigh Valley Building Trades offer people the chance to make strong, middle-class wages with health care and retirement packages, and allows young people, folks re-entering the workforce or seasoned workers looking to try their hand in a new career an opportunity to better themselves.” “The people who work in the building trades come from all walks of life,” Schlossberg said. “This includes men and women, people of color, white, veterans, high school graduates, some Read more

 

Parkland schools receive state school safety grant
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School safety grant awarded to Allentown city schools
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Winter 2020 Newsletter
Feb 24, 2020

Schlossberg issues statement on Gov. Wolf budget proposal
Feb 04, 2020

Religious communities come together for Unity Vigil in Whitehall
Jan 16, 2020

Rep. Schlossberg joins roundtable to support LGBTQ mental health efforts
Jan 15, 2020

Pennsylvania suicide prevention tactics: ‘red flag’ gun law, more treatment, less stigma
Jan 15, 2020

New report calls for ‘comprehensive’ fight against Pa.’s other public health crisis: Suicide
Jan 15, 2020

Rep. Schlossberg: Suicide Prevention Task Force calls for a comprehensive approach to mental health treatment in Pennsylvania
Jan 14, 2020

Gov. Tom Wolf’s mental health plan offers hope of more counselors, social workers for schools
Jan 10, 2020

Wolf’s mental health initiative brings officials, advocates to Muhlenberg
Jan 10, 2020

Capitol Update
Jan 03, 2020

State funding to give boost to community improvement projects in Allentown
Dec 19, 2019

Schlossberg, Schweyer laud $720,000 in state funding for Allentown improvement projects
Dec 18, 2019

Bipartisan members of Mental Health Caucus issue call for increased funding
Dec 17, 2019

Schlossberg hosts joint HDPC-PLBC roundtable on mental health
Dec 04, 2019

Paul Muschick on Berks County child hanging deaths: Let’s pay tribute to first responders
Dec 03, 2019

Schlossberg to host a joint HDPC-PLBC roundtable about mental health on Dec. 4 in Allentown
Nov 27, 2019

Schlossberg: It’s About Helping Connect People
Nov 22, 2019

Schlossberg, Schweyer and McNeill to Host Building Trades Job Fair
Nov 18, 2019