E-BLAST: Veterans BBQ, Roe v Wade reaction, legislative update and more

(Jul 01, 2022)

Veterans, friends, and family are all welcome to my Annual Veterans BBQ at Wilson Farm Park Pavilion from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. Read more

 

Shusterman: The Supreme Court decision isn’t pro-life, it’s anti-choice

(Jun 24, 2022)

HARRISBURG, June 24 – Today, state Rep. Melissa Shusterman issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade case. “Quite frankly, I'm disgusted. Overturning Roe v. Wade will result in millions of women losing the ability to make their own extremely personal and private health care decisions.” “Unfortunately, I have colleagues that will immediately begin working to make abortion illegal in Pennsylvania. This decision will result in an increase in maternal mortality rates. It isn't a pro-life decision; it's an anti-choice decision.” “Roe protected the freedom for women and their families to make their own health care decisions. I will always support the freedom for women to make decisions for their own body.” Read more

 

Shusterman to host annual summer barbeque for veterans

(Jun 23, 2022)

PAOLI, JUNE 23 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, invites local veterans to her annual summer barbeque from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9 at Wilson Farm Park Pavilion, 600 Lee Road, Chesterbrook. “I am very excited to meet with our veterans and their families,” said Shusterman. “This event is a way to thank our local veterans for the sacrifices they made to preserve our nation’s freedoms and keep us all safe.” Veterans are welcomed to bring along family and guests; this event is open to all ages. In addition to a barbeque buffet, several organizations will be available to answer questions about benefits and services for those who have served. RSVPs are required. Please RSVP by July 5 by calling Shusterman’s office at 484-200-8260, or register online . Read more

 

Berwyn Fire Co. to receive additional state funding

(Jun 22, 2022)

HARRISBURG, June 22 – State Sens. Carolyn Comitta and Tim Kearney and state Reps. Kristine Howard and Melissa Shusterman announced today an additional $500,000 state grant for the Berwyn Fire Co. to assist in replacing its main station with a state-of-the-art new fire house. The Berwyn Fire Co. has been operating out of its current building for more than 90 years. Their two-phased plan would replace the existing Main Station on Bridge Avenue in Easttown Township and build a new permanent station in Tredyffrin Township. “I’m thrilled that we secured additional state funding to support Berwyn Fire Company,” Comitta said. “Providing strong emergency response services is a top priority for our communities. I hope the added funds will help bring the new fire station closer to reality so that our firefighters and emergency first responders have the equipment and resources they need to continue to do their jobs safely and effectively.” “I am happy to have helped secure RACP funding for the Berwyn Fire Company,” Kearney said. “Our first responders are critical to the safety and well-being of our communities, and this funding ensures that Berwyn Fire Company has the support they need to build a new firehouse, making way for a stronger emergency response infrastructure to safeguard our communities. The state funding will assist in Phase 1 of the project, replacing the old station. Read more

 

Shusterman secures additional funding for 675 E. Swedesford Road

(Jun 22, 2022)

PHOENIXVILLE, June 22 – The 675 E. Swedesford Road HQ has secured an additional $500,000 in state funding through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program , state Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, announced today. This grant will assist in funding a two-story parking structure to support 675 Swedesford Road’s timber-built office headquarters. The project will include installing electrical; geopiers; metal fabrication; fencing and guardrail; precast concrete; structural steel; air vapor barrier; roofing; joint sealants and waterproofing; carpentry, metal stud, drywall, and ceilings; fire protection; plumbing; and HVAC. “I am pleased that we were able to secure this funding for the 675 Swedesford Road Headquarters,” said Shusterman. “This project will modernize the way Chester County does business, by creating a sustainable and energy efficient building while also bringing more job opportunities to the community.” 675 E. Swedesford Road headquarters is a proposed 5-story office space at the corner of East Swedesford Road and Old Eagle School Road in Tredyffrin Township. It is a new class of office space, using 36,000 square feet of reclaimed wood for ceilings, floors, and conference rooms. Wood has a low manufacturing carbon footprint and is the only material that can remove carbon from the atmosphere. By using wood instead of steel, 1,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions will never be produced. Read more

 

Environmental, re-entry, and recycling funding opportunities

(Jun 21, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Assessing Racial & Ethnic Disparities (R/ED) in PA’s Criminal Justice System (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Higher education institutions (public/not-for-profit), nonprofit organizations, and for-profit institutions (i.e., consulting firms). Use : To develop and implement a statewide research initiative to identify current R/ED levels using quantitative methods, understand potential drivers using qualitative methods, and make recommendations to chart a path forward. Funds : Up to $250,000. Application Deadline : July 12, 2022 More Information : Click on https://egrants.pccd.pa.gov/Public/OpenAnnouncements.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Victim Advocacy – School District of Philadelphia (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply: Organizations that provide direct services to crime victims and may be operated by a non-profit organization or public (governmental) agency, or a combination of such agencies or organizations. Use : To support students and their families who are victims of violence within the School District of Philadelphia. Funds : Up to $375,000 over three years. PCCD expects to fund one (1) applicant over a three-year project period. Application Deadline : Read more

 

Rep. Shusterman's June 2022 Newsletter

(Jun 20, 2022)

Happy Summer! I first want to congratulateall of the 2022 graduates! I’m extremely proud of your hard work and dedication. Read more

 

Shusterman announces grant money to address student mental health needs

(Jun 08, 2022)

HARRISBURG, June 8 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, announced today the Woodlynde School in Chester County has received $136,370 in state funding to support student mental health needs. “Since the COVID-19 pandemic began more than two years ago, we have seen an increase of mental health needs in students at every age,” said Shusterman. “Our children are in desperate need of help. It is essential that our schools are equipped with resources to address these needs. I am proud to see this funding awarded to the Woodlynde School.” The Woodlynde School plans to use the funding to: engage a trained specialist in social-emotional mental health and to provide accompanying professional development for colleagues to support and develop their comprehensive Social-Emotional Learning programming, data gathering processes, counseling services, and behavior referral program. hire a teaching colleague who has experience in counseling, social-emotional learning, emotional support, and/or behavior analysis. provide team-based support to continue the school’s efforts in a comprehensive model for social-emotional learning and support in grades K-12. create a bank of resources and a shared vision of social-emotional supports in every classroom and every content area. grow the school’s behavior referral program and data collection procedures to respond to emotional needs Read more

 

E-Blast: Legislative Update, Happy Pride Month and more

(Jun 02, 2022)

As always, I want to share information that I hope you find informative and useful. Read more

 

Home and community-based services, crisis intervention, and archival records care funding opportunities

(Jun 01, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Human Services: Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Quality Improvement Program (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : An entity enrolled with the Department’s OLTL as a Medical Assistance provider type 59 and have a signed OLTL-HCBS Waiver Agreement and be actively rendering services to participants in the CHC or OBRA waiver programs or both as of the date of May 1, 2022. Use : To help HCBS providers implement projects to improve the quality of services provided to individuals in the CHC and the OBRA waiver programs. Funds : Up to $40,000 in funding. Application Deadline : December 31, 2022 or until funds are expended. More Information : Click on https://www.dhs.pa.gov/providers/Providers/Pages/Long-Term-Care-Providers.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Human Services: Work Force Support Grant (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Certified child care providers. Use : To support the work force of DHS certified child care providers. Funds : Amounts vary by award. Application Deadline : June 17, 2022. More Information : Click on https://www.pakeys.org/workforcesupportgrants/ . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: 2022 Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Policy and Implementation Program Read more

 

Lawmakers, county officials tour Paoli Hospital in wake of hospital closings

(May 27, 2022)

State Senator Carolyn Comitta, State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, and Chester County Commission Chair Marian Moskowitz recently visited Paoli Hospital, part of Main Line Health, to tour its campus and discuss the ongoing challenges facing hospitals and healthcare systems in the region. Read more

 

Local lawmakers on gun violence: ‘Enough is enough’

(May 26, 2022)

“There are elected officials that do care and want to act so tragedies like these don’t keep happening, but common-sense legislation is tied up and never gets a vote,” said state Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-157th Dist. Read more

 

PA Lawmaker Working On Bill To Support Abortion Resources

(May 23, 2022)

Melissa L. Shusterman is working on legislation for funding to organizations supporting all health care options, including abortion. Read more

 

E-BLAST: Legislative Highlights, Grants Available, District Events and More

(May 20, 2022)

Public funding should be going to organizations that provide all health care options for pregnant women, not biased organizations that don’t provide information about abortion. Read more

 

Now open for applications: Substance use disorder, violence prevention, and suicide prevention funding opportunities

(May 10, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs: Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Eligible practitioners with the capacity to provide SUD treatment or SCA-funded case management services at approved practice site(s) and can demonstrate a minimum of two prior years of experience in the SUD field as well as a service commitment of two additional years. Use : To support the supply, distribution and retention of individuals delivering SUD treatment and SCA funded case management services. Funds : Varies by award. Application Deadline : May 26, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.ddap.pa.gov/Documents/Funding%20documents/GIFA%2022-02%20LoanRepayment_applicationguidance.pdf . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Enhancing Services to Culturally Specific Populations Program (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : A nonprofit organization for which the primary purpose of the organization as a whole is to provide culturally specific services to one or more of the following racial and ethnic communities: 1) American Indians (including Alaska Natives, Eskimos, and Aleuts); 2) Asian Americans; 3) Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders; 4) Blacks; and 5) Hispanics. Use : To establish, expand, or Read more

 

Ghost Guns Kill Real People. It’s Past Time to Address Their Use

(May 10, 2022)

Ghost guns – unserialized, privately made firearms – have become an increasing and dangerous problem in the United States and right here in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Shusterman: Ghost guns kill real people; It's past time to address their use

(May 09, 2022)

Ghost guns – unserialized, privately made firearms – have become an increasing and dangerous problem in the United States and right here in Pennsylvania. The White House says last year approximately 20,000 ghost guns were reported to the federal ATF as having been recovered by law enforcement in criminal investigations. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has said that in 2021, law enforcement seized 571 ghost guns in Philadelphia, and so far, this year, 113 have been seized. Thankfully, President Biden recently announced federal steps to crack down on ghost guns. The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a final rule that would ban the business of manufacturing the most accessible ghost guns – such as unserialized buy-build-shoot kits – and clarify that the kits qualify as firearms. Manufacturers will have to become licensed and include serial numbers on the kit's frame or receiver, and sellers must become licensed and run background checks. Just last week, Governor Wolf announced, following President Biden’s new rule on ghost guns, Pennsylvania stands ready to implement the same regulation at the state level. This is welcome news, particularly in the absence of action here in the state legislature. My own bill to address 3D-printed firearms has been stuck in the House Judiciary Committee, on which I serve, since January 2021. My legislation would ensure a 3-D printed firearm is treated as a standard Read more

 

Shusterman to host Savvy Senior Expo on May 12

(May 04, 2022)

PHOENIXVILLE, May 4 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, will host her annual “Savvy Senior” Expo from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12 inside Hall D of the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave. in Oaks. “There will be so many healthy living and recreational opportunities for visitors to explore during this year’s expo,” Shusterman said. “My hope is this event will energize and enrich the lives of this district’s vibrant senior community.” Representatives from over 70 local and state resources will be there to share information. SEPTA will be there to renew travel cards, PennDOT will have information about Real ID, Mainline Health will be giving up-to-date blood pressure readings, the Upper Providence Police Department will collect expired prescription drugs, and much more will be had. There will be free admission and free parking for this event. For more information regarding this event, contact Shusterman’s office at 484-200-8260. Read more

 

Time to Reform the 340B Drug Pricing Program

(May 02, 2022)

My motto in the office is “Common Sense Before Politics.” I take this motto to heart. Every day, I work to ensure that politics does not get in the way of good government and its ability to help working people. Read more

 

Shusterman to host free shred event May 7

(May 02, 2022)

PHOENIXVILLE, May 2 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, will host a free shredding event this upcoming Saturday to help residents of the 157 th Legislative District properly dispose of unneeded documents. The shred event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon (or until the truck is full) Saturday, May 7, at the Technical College High School Pickering Campus, 1580 Charlestown Road, Phoenixville. “An important step to ensuring that you do not become a victim of identity theft is to shred unnecessary, old documents,” said Shusterman. “Unfortunately, identity theft has become too common. Please take advantage of this opportunity to make certain your private information stays out of the wrong hands.” There is a limit of three boxes/bags per person. There is no need to remove staples, paper clips or rubber bands. Common types of unwanted items for shredding include credit card statements or applications, bank and investment statements, canceled checks, income tax information, insurance and health records, and retirement or pension fund information. For more information, residents may contact Shusterman’s office at 484-200-8260. Read more

 

E-BLAST: Veterans BBQ, Roe v Wade reaction, legislative update and more
Jul 01, 2022

Shusterman: The Supreme Court decision isn’t pro-life, it’s anti-choice
Jun 24, 2022

Shusterman to host annual summer barbeque for veterans
Jun 23, 2022

Berwyn Fire Co. to receive additional state funding
Jun 22, 2022

Shusterman secures additional funding for 675 E. Swedesford Road
Jun 22, 2022

Environmental, re-entry, and recycling funding opportunities
Jun 21, 2022

Rep. Shusterman's June 2022 Newsletter
Jun 20, 2022

Shusterman announces grant money to address student mental health needs
Jun 08, 2022

E-Blast: Legislative Update, Happy Pride Month and more
Jun 02, 2022

Home and community-based services, crisis intervention, and archival records care funding opportunities
Jun 01, 2022

Lawmakers, county officials tour Paoli Hospital in wake of hospital closings
May 27, 2022

Local lawmakers on gun violence: ‘Enough is enough’
May 26, 2022

PA Lawmaker Working On Bill To Support Abortion Resources
May 23, 2022

E-BLAST: Legislative Highlights, Grants Available, District Events and More
May 20, 2022

Now open for applications: Substance use disorder, violence prevention, and suicide prevention funding opportunities
May 10, 2022

Ghost Guns Kill Real People. It’s Past Time to Address Their Use
May 10, 2022

Shusterman: Ghost guns kill real people; It's past time to address their use
May 09, 2022

Shusterman to host Savvy Senior Expo on May 12
May 04, 2022

Time to Reform the 340B Drug Pricing Program
May 02, 2022

Shusterman to host free shred event May 7
May 02, 2022