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Letter from Sue Walther

Dear Friends,

Summer is here! For MHAPA that means budget season. The good news is that Pennsylvania has a budget for FY2016-2017; the bad news is that it doesn’t restore devastating cuts made a few years ago to community-based mental health services. While MHAPA is glad we’re not facing a drawn out budget impasse like last year's, we remain concerned for the people and programs that will be impacted by an underfunded mental health system. Read our budget update for more.

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Representative Donna Bullock Joins ITE/MH Campaign As Honorary Ambassador

Donna BullockITE/MH first met Representative Donna Bullock (D-Phila.) at a June Rally for Human Services in Harrisburg. During the event, she spoke about living with mental illness in her family and how connection, example, possibility, and hope—the values reflected in the ITE/MH Campaign—have guided her personally and professionally.

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Diane F. White, Glenn Koons Scholarship Recipient, Fights the Good Fight

Diane F. White

A social worker by calling, Diane F. White has spent much of her life working in and outside of the behavioral health system to challenge practices that perpetuate racism, sexism, gender and sexuality discrimination, and segregation. A community activist by passion, she aims to always speak truth to power in her community, a disinvested area of the city, where her neighbors live with the realities of poverty and disenfranchisement.

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PA Budget Update

PA Budget: What You Need to Know

On July 13, Governor Tom Wolf signed the Pennsylvania FY2016-2017 revenue package, finalizing the state's budget and avoiding a lengthy impasse. Below is an overview of the budget's behavioral and mental health funding.

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MHAPA Seeks Board Nominations

Create a Just, Humane, and Healthy Society—Serve on Our Board or Nominate Someone You Know

MHAPA seeks qualified individuals to serve on our board of directors. Candidates must exhibit ongoing commitment to working for a just, humane, and healthy society that accords all people respect, dignity, choice, and the opportunity to achieve their full potential free from stigma and prejudice.

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Affiliate Updates

GRMHAGreater Reading Mental Health Alliance (GRMHA)

GRMHA is now accepting applications for its fall 2016 internship program. GRMHA interns will have the opportunity to build a relationship with the alliance, network with other people in the field, and gain valuable first-hand experience in nonprofit operations and mental health supports and programs. Learn more.

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Other News

MHAPA Partners to Lower Prescription Prices for Consumers

MHAPA has partnered with FamilyWize, a community partnership program, to make available the free FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card in Pennsylvania.

FamilyWize has been operating a nationwide prescription assistance program for the past ten years to help people who are uninsured and underinsured get the medicine they need.

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