DDAP has announced that the first of the six HR 590 public hearings will be held on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm in Philadelphia (location TBD). DDAP has identified geographic regions in which to hold the hearings according to the health districts; the September 7 hearing will cover the following counties: Schuylkill, Berks, Lancaster, Chester, Delaware, Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Bucks.
DDAP has requested that representatives of the provider organizations serving on the task force assist by identifying one individual employed by an actual treatment provider from each respective membership organization to represent them at this regional hearing. Charlie Folks of Eagleville Hospital will be representing RCPA. Full testimony will be submitted ahead of time in writing.
The DDAP announcement also stated: “Please be aware that anyone is invited to attend the public hearings and may participate in the public comment portion of the agenda. However, these identified individuals will be a part of the planned agenda.” All RCPA members in this region are strongly encouraged to attend the hearing and submit testimony. As additional hearings are scheduled, RCPA will be contacting members in those areas.