Criminal Justice

The sustained funding of community-based mental health services, such as community residential programs, family-based support, outpatient care, and crisis intervention, are critical to the wellbeing of our constituents and our communities. Funding levels for county mental health services have direct impacts on whether these important community and family supports will be available. Yet for too many years, state funding for mental health services has lagged far behind its needs. Counties find themselves advocating for the prevention of funds being cut instead of achieving the increases that are needed to catch up from years of underfunding.

This week’s advocacy letter, which is being sent on behalf of the Coalition, stands as an open call to the PA General Assembly and stakeholders. Governor Shapiro’s budget address called for an initial $20 million investment as a starting point to creating a sustainable funding platform for county-based mental health services. These budgeted funds, if approved by the General Assembly, would represent the first increase in county-based mental health funding in more than a decade. Now is the time for action on sustaining the funding of community-based mental health services and creating the legislation to move on the allocation of the $100 million in funding, as outlined by the Pennsylvania Behavioral Health Commission.

The Coalition is open to all new partners. Join our mission of advocacy for this 2023–24 initiative and begin engaging with your representative. The Coalition will also be developing an advocacy toolkit for members in order to come together to sustain the safety net and serve those who need it most. The reality is that the demand for service far outweighs capacity and rate structures to serve this population.

If you have additional questions or would like to join the Mental Health Safety Net Coalition, please contact RCPA Policy Director Jim Sharp.

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s (L&I) Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) seeks collaborative opportunities with qualified entities in meeting the needs of the Disability Innovation Fund (DIF) Subminimum Wage to Competitive Integrated Employment (SWTCIE) Grant Award PR# H421D220003.

OVR is seeking a single entity to manage the delivery of grant services identified as the “InVEST” (Integrated Vocational Engagement & Support Team) Project at six district project sites throughout the 5-year term of the grant (date upon award of contract — 9/30/27). Interested parties should access information regarding this opportunity here.

The Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP) is pleased to offer series of upcoming webinars focusing on various Medicaid-related topics. During each session, experts from PHLP will share what advocates and providers need to know about the unwinding of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).

Please register for each training using the separate links below. Closed captioning will be available for each session. If you have any questions about the series or problems with registration, please email Danna Casserly.


Getting Ready for Medicaid & SNAP Changes
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
9:30 am ET

Medicaid Eligibility 101
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
10:00 am ET

Medicaid Appeals, Reconsideration, & Troubleshooting Coverage Denials
Tuesday, April 11, 2023
10:00 am ET

Revisiting MAWD (Medical Assistance for Workers With Disabilities) & Introducing Workers With Job Success
Thursday, April 20, 2023
11:00 am ET

Dual Eligibles & Medicare Savings Programs
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
11:00 am ET

Communicating With Digital Accessibility Mind — Tips & Tools! 

Attendees will learn:

  • Why emails and documents need to be created with digital accessibility in mind;
  • How to be more accessible in creating emails and MS Word documents; and
  • Where to access a host of user-friendly tips and videos about this topic.

Presented by:

  • Katherine Eng, Senior ICT Accessibility Specialist, Office of Technical and Information Services, U.S. Access Board
  • Janet D. Fiore, CEO, Sierra Group, Inc.
  • Michael Mangos,  Chief Strategist, Tamman, Inc.
  • The Sierra-Tamman 360 Collaborative

This Complimentary Training is hosted on GoToWebinar.
Wednesday, March 29, 2023
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT

ASL and Auto-Captions will be provided.

Request additional accommodations during registration on or BEFORE 3/15/23 via email.

Space is Limited, Register Today! Accommodation requests are due by 3/21/2023.

Why attend?

Because together, we can drive up accessibility and inclusion for Americans with Disabilities in the Workforce. Yet this does not happen every day. Your efforts can make a significant different. Attend to learn how.

Emails and Word documents as Daily Communication Tools!

Your professional communications and content is not automatically inclusive to everyone, but it can be — learn how by joining us for this COMPLIMENTARY training, which is geared for any business professional who uses email and MS Word at work. Includes entry level content with tools and tips for deeper learning.

Why Be Accessible?

So that someone with a disability has the same access to your information as everyone else. It’s the right thing to do, and it’s the law.

About The Sierra Group

The Sierra Group Academy and Tamman, Inc.’s 360 Degree Collaboration

Committed to spreading the word about digital inclusion AND the accommodations per the ADA, in the summer of 2020 when the world was emerging from the full pandemic lockdown mode, digital accessibility for Americans with disabilities was more critical than ever before.  64 million Americans with disabilities were beholden to live and work and shop and tele-health remotely, just like everyone else.  However, communication tools and IT systems were not fully inclusive to support them. 

About the US Access Board:

The Access Board is an independent federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. The Board develops and maintains design criteria for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and for electronic and information technology.