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As communications director, Sharon Militello is responsible for the design, development, and maintenance of the association website and social media pages; editing and preparation of communications; preparing and running webcasts; cultivating media relations; and maintaining relationships with technology support vendors.

PA Dept of Banking and Securities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2020

Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Banking and Securities (DoBS) is providing recommendations for Pennsylvanians receiving their stimulus checks, known as an economic impact payment, in paper check form instead of direct deposit. The payments are part of the federal CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act). The department also is reminding licensees of limitations on fees for cashing government checks.

“It is important consumers understand check cashing fees so they keep as much of their money as possible,” said Acting Secretary Richard Vague. “We will be ensuring that check casher licensees are complying with statutory provisions related to fees on government checks during ongoing examinations.”

Economic impact payments are specifically defined as a “Government Check” in the law that regulates check cashers in Pennsylvania. For any consumer that uses a licensed check casher or a registered retail check casher (e.g. grocery store) to cash this check, a maximum fee of 1.5 percent of the value of the check may be assessed. For example, on a $1,200 check, the maximum allowed fee is $18. A consumer would receive cash in the amount of $1,182.

To be sure that the establishment is properly licensed or registered consumers can search on the NMLS Consumer Access website or call 1-800-PA-BANKS.

If an establishment cashes your Government Check and charges more than 1.5 percent, please contact DoBS immediately by calling 1-800-PA-BANKS or visiting the website at dobs.pa.gov. It is important that you retain records of the transaction including a receipt.

“Consumers should remain vigilant about various coronavirus scams,” said Vague. “No government official will call you to confirm bank account information or your Social Security number. Never give out personal information if you did not initiate the phone call.”

For more detailed information related to financial scams and tips for protecting yourself, DoBS has developed a financial scams guide.

Learn more about COVID-19 information and guidance for financial Institutions and consumers from DoBS. Anyone can contact DoBS at 1-800-PA-BANKS or 1-800-600-0007 to ask questions or file complaints about financial transactions, companies, or products.

Visit the commonwealth’s Responding to COVID-19 guide for the latest guidance and resources for Pennsylvanians or the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s dedicated coronavirus webpage for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.

MEDIA CONTACT: Virginia Lucy, 717-214-6036, RA-BNDOBSCOMM@pa.gov

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Below you will find all pertinent information we have sent out in recent weeks, regarding the COVID-19 crisis in the Commonwealth and beyond. Please contact the RCPA office with any questions.

November 25

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services / Drug and Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 

Physical Disabilities and Aging

November 24

Multi-Divisional

Human Resources

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 

November 23

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 

Mental Health

Physical Disabilities and Aging

  • RCPA Physical Disabilities & Aging Division Meeting on December 3
    • RCPA will hold its next Physical Disabilities & Aging (PD&A) Division meeting on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 12:30 pm. Please register here to participate. The agenda can be found here. Please send any questions to Allison Brognia by Monday, November 30, 2020. We look forward to your participation!

November 20

Multi-Divisional

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Government Affairs

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Physical Disabilities & Aging

November 19

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / IDD / Rehabilitation Services / Physical Disabilities and Aging

Children’s Services / Drug and Alcohol / Mental Health

Human Resources

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 

November 18

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / IDD / Rehabilitation Services

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Haverford Education Series for Nonprofits Presents: Nonprofit Leadership 2021 – The Demand for Change (panel discussion)

Drug and Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities / Physical Disabilities & Aging

November 17

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Government Affairs

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

IDD / Physical Disabilities and Aging

November 16

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / IDD / Rehabilitation Services / Physical Disabilities and Aging

Children’s Services / Mental Health

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health / Drug and Alcohol

Physical Disabilities and Aging

November 13

Multi-Divisional

Drug and Alcohol

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

November 12

Multi-Divisional

RCPA Member News

Brain Injury / Rehabilitation Services / Physical Disabilities and Aging

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Drug and Alcohol

Government Affairs

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is November 21, 2020

November 10

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Rehabilitation Services / Physical Disabilities & Aging / Mental Health

Children’s Services

Drugs and Alcohol and Mental Health

Mental Health

November 9

Multi-Divisional

Drug and Alcohol 

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Physical Disabilities & Aging

November 6

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities / Physical Disabilities and Aging

Drug & Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Physical Disabilities & Aging

November 5

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Office of Developmental Programs COVID-19 Report

November 4

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities  / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health

November 3

Multi-Divisional

Member News

Brain Injury / Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities / Physical Disabilities and Aging

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 

November 2

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

October 30

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury

Children’s Services / Drug & Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Medical Rehabilitation

October 29

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

October 28

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury/Physical Disabilities and Aging

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health

October 27

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Physical Disabilities & Aging

October 26

Multi-Divisional

Children’s / Drug & Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual Developmental Disabilities/SCOs

Member News

October 23

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Members in the News

October 22

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities / Brain Injury / Physical Disabilities & Aging

October 21

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services / Mental Health

Drug & Alcohol / Mental Health

October 20

Multi-Divisional

Member News

Brain Injury / Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Drug and Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Rehabilitation Services

October 19

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / IDD / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Drug & Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

October 16

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities / Rehabilitation Services / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health

October 15

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

October 14

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury ~ Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities ~ Physical Disabilities & Aging

Children’s Services

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

October 13

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury ~ IDD ~ Rehabilitation Services ~ Physical Disabilities & Aging

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

October 9

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / IDD / Medical Rehabilitation / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Drug and Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

October 8

Multi-Divisional

Drug and Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

October 7

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Drug & Alcohol

October 6

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Brain Injury / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Drug and Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

October 5

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

October 2

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

October 1

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Medical Rehab

September 30

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Member News

September 29

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Rehabilitation Services / IDD Employment / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

September 28

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / IDD / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

September 25

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

September 24

Multi-Divisional

Drug & Alcohol Programs

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

September 23

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

September 22

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services / Mental Health

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

September 21

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

September 18

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / IDD / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Drug and Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

September 17

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Children’s Services

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

September 16

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Brain Injury / Medical & Outpatient Rehab / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Drug and Alcohol

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September 15

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

September 14

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Rehabilitation Services / Physical Disabilities & Aging

September 11

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Children’s Services

Drug and Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities & Mental Health

September 10

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Children’s / Drug & Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

September 9

Multi-Divisional

September 8

Multi-Divisional

Drug & Alcohol/Mental Health

Finance

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

September 4

Multi-Divisional

Mental Health

Physical Disabilities & Aging

September 3

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

September 2

Multi-Divisional

Drug and Alcohol / Mental Health

Human Resources

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

September 1

Multi-Divisional

Physical Disabilities & Aging

August 31

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services / Drug & Alcohol

August 28

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Rehabilitation Services / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Children’s Services

Drug and Alcohol

Human Resources

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

August 27

Multi-Divisional

Drug & Alcohol

Brain Injury / Rehabilitation Services / Physical Disabilities & Aging

August 26

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Drug and Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health

August 25

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Physical Disabilities & Aging

August 24

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

August 21

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

August 20

Multi-Divisional

Drug & Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

August 19

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Rehabilitation Services / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Children’s Services / Mental Health

August 18

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Drug and Alcohol

August 17

Multi-Divisional

Drug and Alcohol / Mental Health

August 14

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

International Pediatric Rehabilitation Collaborative (IPRC)

Physical Disabilities & Aging

August 13

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Medical Rehabilitation / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Mental Health

August 12

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Medical Rehabilitation

August 11

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Children’s Services

Government Affairs

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health

August 10

Multi-Divisional

Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities/SCO

Drug & Alcohol/Mental Health

August 7

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Physical Disabilities & Aging

August 6

Multi-Divisional

Drug and Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health

Physical Disabilities & Aging

August 5

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Drug and Alcohol

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health

August 4

Multi-Divisional

Brain Injury / Physical Disabilities & Aging

Drug and Alcohol / Mental Health

Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities / Brain Injury / Physical Disabilities & Aging

August 3

Multi-Divisional

Children’s Services

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health