Yesterday, after Governor Wolf delivered his 2019/20 budget address to the General Assembly, the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Human Services (DHS) held a budget briefing updating stakeholders on the status of 2018/19 initiatives and rolling out the Governor’s 2019/20 DOH/DHS budget initiatives. The Governor’s main initiatives for DOH and DHS for the upcoming fiscal year are as follows:
- Increase the minimum wage;
- Help low-income working parents support their families;
- Strengthen high quality care for infants and toddlers;
- Expand evidence-based home visiting;
- Expand services for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism on the waiting list;
- Protect individuals in personal care homes and residential and day-treatment programs;
- Support Pennsylvanians with disabilities;
- Invest in mental health services; and
- Combat the opioid epidemic.
For further information on the above initiatives, please see the DOH and DHS PowerPoint presentations. Questions, contact RCPA Director of Government Affairs Jack Phillips.