10/18/19 – Youth Mental Health – Exton

(Oct 18, 2019)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten. Read more

 

Otten, Policy Committee examine youth mental health

(Oct 18, 2019)

EXTON, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, hosted a House Policy Committee hearing at the Lionville YMCA on youth mental health and efforts being made to end the stigma associated with discussing or seeking help for mental health issues. She was joined by lawmakers from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “There is a growing youth mental health crisis throughout the country,” Otten said. “Our kids need our help now. I want to ensure that the Pennsylvania legislature is doing all we can to improve mental health supports, build capacity in every part of the community, and increase access to mental health services for children, teens and families.” “Ensuring the well-being of Pennsylvania’s children is among my top priorities,” Sturla said. “Opening up a dialog on how we can improve the access, quality and outcomes of care to youth in need helps us lawmakers better understand what we could be doing in Harrisburg to end this crisis.” The committee heard testimony from the following: Dr. Jane Thompson, psychotherapist, Chester Springs Clinical Associates LLC. Anna Wojcik, student, Downingtown East High School. Sara Stein, student, Downingtown East High School. Mary Kwiatkowski, parent, Owen J. Roberts School District. Dr. Bradley J. Dyer, pediatrician and founder, All Star Pediatrics. Read more

 

Otten, Democratic lawmakers to hold news conference on legislation to increase accessibility of menstrual hygiene products

(Oct 18, 2019)

EXTON, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, will hold a news conference next week on H.B. 1708 , which would require public schools serving students in grades six through 12 to provide free menstrual hygiene products in school bathrooms. Reps. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, and Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., and state Sen. Maria Collett, D-Bucks/Montgomery, will also speak on menstrual equity bills they will be introducing. The news conference will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22 in the Capitol Rotunda. Otten said her bill was inspired by one student’s concern over “period poverty,” or the lack of access to menstrual hygiene products. Seventeen-year-old Lilly Minor from Owen J. Roberts High School told Otten that access to these products is limited in school bathrooms, and while they can be obtained at the nurse’s office, this is not the most accessible solution. “Lilly brought this issue to my attention and reminded me that this issue is occurring even in a relatively affluent area, so the problem is likely to be significantly worse in less well-off regions of our commonwealth,” Otten said. “If girls and women cannot access these products, it impacts their ability to work, go to school and enjoy aspects of everyday life.” Innamorato’s bill will focus on providing free menstrual hygiene products in the bathrooms of classroom buildings at Read more

 

Otten to hold policy hearing on youth mental health Friday in Exton

(Oct 15, 2019)

EXTON, Oct. 15 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, will hold a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on youth mental health. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18 at the Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive. The media and public are invited to attend. Otten requested the hearing to discuss factors contributing to the growing youth mental health crisis, along with efforts and proposed solutions to end the stigma associated with mental health and improve access to care and outcomes for children and youth. Otten will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Panelists will include: Dr. Jane Thompson, psychotherapist, Chester Springs Clinical Associates LLC Anna Wojcik, student, Downingtown East High School Sara Stein, student, Downingtown East High School Mary Kwiatkowski, parent, Owen J. Roberts School District Bradley J. Dyer, pediatrician and founder, All Star Pediatrics Perk Musacchio, author, retired teacher and educational consultant Monica Reinhard-Gorney, author/educational counselor Cindy Kruse, Educational and Workforce consultant Dr. Pamela Brown, Southeastern Region president, PSEA Dr. Bridgette Miles, principal, Coatesville Area School District Cynthia Black, president, board of directors, Communities That Care of Greater Downingtown Candy Read more

 

Fall 2019 Community Newsletter

(Oct 10, 2019)

As your state representative, my role is to ensurethat constituents of the 155th Legislative District arerepresented in the law-making process in Harrisburg. Read more

 

Otten Supports Uwchlan Township supervisor’s request to Sunoco

(Oct 10, 2019)

EXTON, Oct. 10 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, today issued a statement of support for a letter from Uwchlan Township Supervisor Mayme Baumann to Sunoco Pipeline L.P. regarding more unforeseen drilling in the community. Baumann’s letter took issue with Sunoco’s planned addition of new horizontal directional drilling sites along Devon Drive in Uwchlan Township, noting that Sunoco previously informed the township that the drilling rig for this segment of pipeline would be placed outside of Uwchlan Township. Baumann requested that Sunoco adhere to its original plan, under which Uwchlan Township would serve only as an exit point for drilling. Baumann cited concerns that the new proposal will have significantly more impact on the residents of Uwchlan Township, including substantially more noise and vibration. In a letter dated Sept. 27, 2019, Energy Transfer notified some residents of Uwchlan Township’s Marchwood neighborhood that “a certain construction activity known as Horizontal Directional Drilling (‘HDD’) for Mariner East 2…will recommence within thirty days from the date of this letter.” The Energy Transfer letter makes no mention of the change in entry or exit points, the addition of new rigs, or the duration of the drilling, which Sunoco advised township officials may last between 75 and 224 days. “This is the same letter our family and Read more

 

Otten invites community to health and wellness fair on Saturday

(Oct 08, 2019)

EXTON, Oct. 8 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, will hold her first community wellness fair from noon to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 12 at Marsh Creek Community Church, 101 Crump Road, Exton. Otten said more than 30 local businesses, service providers and community agencies will be present to provide information to people interested on how to live physically and mentally healthy lives. The fair will also include a lineup of speakers, children’s activities, free chair massages, an acupuncture demonstration, a youth strength and conditioning class, a restorative qigong class, and more. Additionally, a local pharmacy will have flu shots available for those who bring their insurance or Medicare cards. “This is a free event that has something for everyone, whether you’re interested in youth mental health, health and wellness for seniors, or simply a new addition to your exercise routine,” Otten said. “I’m hoping that each attendee can leave with a better understanding of the resources available in our community and valuable information on how they can improve their health and their daily lives.” For more information about Otten's community wellness fair, those interested can call Otten’s office at 484-200-8259. Read more

 

Otten introduces plan to amend Pa. constitution for local self-government

(Oct 03, 2019)

EXTON, Oct. 3 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, today announced a proposal for an amendment to the Pennsylvania constitution. Otten’s amendment, H.B. 1813 , would allow municipal governments to enact laws protecting the health and safety of their communities without interference from corporations or pre-emption by the state or federal government. “Today, I stood with local elected officials and members of our community to announce a proposal for an amendment to the Pennsylvania constitution that would recognize the fundamental right of the people to local self-government and place the rights of citizens over the interests of private corporations,” Otten said. “Under current law in Pennsylvania, corporations can sue state and federal governments to override community attempts to protect themselves from projects with the potential to cause great personal or environmental harm. It is time we correct that failure.” Otten was joined by Uwchlan Township Supervisor Bill Miller, West Chester Mayor Dianne Herrin, community organizer and Downingtown Area School Board director Rebecca Britton, PA Community Rights Network President Malinda Harnish Clatterbuck and a volunteer leader with the Pennsylvania chapter of Moms Demand Action, Erin Buchner. Miller noted the current inability of townships to regulate the proliferation of cellular towers, the presence of guns in local parks or the sale of fireworks Read more

 

Otten to introduce amendment to PA constitution calling for local self-government

(Sep 27, 2019)

EXTON, Sept. 27 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, will announce her proposal for an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution next Thursday. The announcement will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Uwchlan Township building, 715 N. Ship Road in Exton. The media and public are invited to attend. Otten said her amendment would recognize the fundamental right of the people to local self-government. Otten explained that this would allow communities to make decisions on their own behalf to protect their own health and safety, or to move toward a sustainable future. “Under existing law, corporations can sue state and federal governments to override community attempts to protect themselves from projects with the potential to cause great personal or environmental harm,” Otten said. “My amendment places the rights of citizens over the interests of private corporations. This would empower communities and their municipal governments to enact local laws without interference from corporations or pre-emption by the state or federal government.” For more information or questions, call Otten’s office at 484-200-8259. Read more

 

Legislative Policy Hearing on Youth Mental Health

(Sep 24, 2019)

Rep. Otten will host a Legislative Policy Hearing on Youth Mental Health on Friday, October 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Lionville YMCA on Devon Drive in Exton. Legislators from throughout the region will be invited to hear testimony about our growing youth mental health crisis and its impact on our children, families, schools, communities, and workforce. Panelists will include psychotherapists and counselors to discuss the scope of the crisis, parents and teens sharing their perspectives, school administrators, researchers, and others working to find solutions. The hearing is open to the public; however, space is limited. Please contact our district office with any questions. Read more

 

Community Wellness Fair

(Sep 24, 2019)

On Saturday, October 12, Rep. Otten will host her first Community Wellness Fair at the Marsh Creek Community Church in Exton. Join Rep. Otten for a free, community-friendly afternoon of wellness for all! This Wellness Fair is a great place to get connected with the health and wellness opportunities available in our community. Activities will include free chair massages, an acupuncture demonstration, blood pressure screenings, a healthy food demonstration, a youth strength and conditioning class, a restorative qigong class, and more! Hear from a line-up of speakers, and get information about wellness from local businesses, service providers, and community agencies. If you are interested in volunteering or if you would like any additional information, contact our district office at 484-200-8259 or email Sarah at sheil@pahouse.net . Read more

 

PHEAA Financial Aid Presentation

(Sep 24, 2019)

High school seniors and parents are invited to attend a PHEAA presentation about college financial aid on Monday, September 30, at 6 p.m. in our district office. Get expert advice on how to pay for college, and receive information on state services benefiting students and their families. Space is limited, so please RSVP by calling our district office at 484-200-8259 or email Sarah at sheil@pahouse.net Read more

 

Otten invites community to first health and wellness fair

(Sep 24, 2019)

EXTON, Sept. 24 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, will host her first community wellness fair, featuring more than 30 local businesses, service providers and community agencies in October. This fair will include a lineup of speakers and activities, including free chair massages, an acupuncture demonstration, blood pressure screenings, a healthy food demonstration, a youth strength and conditioning class, a restorative qigong class and much more. All ages are encouraged to attend. The fair will run from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Marsh Creek Community Church, 101 Crump Road, Exton. Otten and her district office staff will be on site to answer questions about legislative issues or provide help with state-related matters. “We want this to be an inclusive, all-encompassing event where Chester County residents can learn more about everything from holistic healing, to child and family wellness and senior health,” Otten said. “Mental health, particularly youth mental health, has been a focus of my work in Harrisburg and at home this legislative session. One of the recurring themes I’ve heard from families, healthcare practitioners and service agencies is how important healthy communities are to our children’s wellbeing. This includes healthy habits, a healthy culture and a safe, clean environment. Our goal for this fair is to help build and promote a healthy community right here in the 155th.” Read more

 

Friel-Otten: Marsh Creek State Park Is A Local Treasure

(Sep 18, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Danielle Friel Otten toured Marsh Creek State Park last week to learn more about the history of the lake and the many benefits it brings to the local community, like stormwater management and clean drinking water. Read more

 

Otten and Muth announce $32k grant to update Upper Uwchlan Township’s sewage plan

(Sep 18, 2019)

EXTON, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten and state Sen. Katie Muth today announced that a $32,610 Commonwealth Financing Authority grant will be awarded to Upper Uwchlan Township’s Sewage Facilities Program. Upper Uwchlan Township is looking to update its sewage plan in accordance with Act 537 and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The revised plan will address the planning requirements necessary to meet future sanitary sewer service needs not currently served by the central Route 100 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. The total project cost is $65,220. “I’m thankful that we could bring these funds back to the 155th,” Otten said. “This grant will allow Upper Uwchlan Township to determine the most efficient and best practices for providing future public sewer services to its residents while effectively maintaining existing sewage facilities.” “It is important to support projects that will improve services for current and future residents,” Muth said. “The funding awarded today serves to update and advance current sewer operations in Upper Uwchlan, allowing for future operational expansion to address the needs of those living in the township.” The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth. The CFA provides funding for various projects that help Read more

 

Otten and Muth to hold series of town halls this month

(Sep 03, 2019)

EXTON, Sept. 3 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, will hold three town hall meetings this month to address topics such as the cost of living, youth mental health and more. Sen. Katie Muth will co-host two of the three meetings. Town halls will take place on the following days: 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 at the East Pikeland Township Building with Muth. 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at Henrietta Hankin Library Annex. 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 at Brandywine Wallace Elementary School with Muth. “I encourage my constituents to come out prepared with questions or concerns so we can have a productive discussion and attendees can leave feeling much more informed about their state legislature,” Otten said. “We’ll be covering topics that are important to the community and me, so I want to ensure everyone’s voice is heard at each meeting. When constituents express their views in an open forum like this, I can make better decisions on behalf of this community in Harrisburg.” “Coming together to discuss the issues that matter to our area is an important part of civic engagement and why I enjoy having the opportunity to host town hall meetings such as these. I look forward to hearing the questions and topics community members wish to discuss as it helps Representative Otten and me better understand how we can best serve those we’ve been elected to represent,” Muth said. Constituents can call Otten’s Read more

 

Otten and community members submit pipeline safety letter to PUC

(Aug 28, 2019)

EXTON, Aug. 28 – Rep. Danielle Friel Otten was joined by more than 220 members of the public in submitting a letter to the Public Utility Commission today outlining recommendations for pipeline safety regulations. The unified statement, drafted with help from community members and signed by constituents and other Pennsylvanians, was submitted in response to the Commission’s request for public comment on proposed rulemaking regarding hazardous liquid public utility safety standards. Otten and her staff worked with constituents impacted by Mariner East pipeline construction to write the letter, which contains specific recommendations for regulations surrounding all aspects of pipeline safety, including construction methods, leak detection, public notification, liability and property rights-of-way. Maggie Quinn and Rebecca Britton of Uwchlan Safety Coalition led the efforts on the community side. “Our constituents have lived with and experienced these pipelines and the shortcomings of current regulations,” Otten said. “They shared their experiences with various aspects of pipeline construction and operation and helped us identify, research, and cite these recommendations to create a list that encompasses the most pressing concerns of Pennsylvanians impacted by pipelines.” By working with the community to create a collaborative response to the PUC, Otten hoped to make it easier for community members who want to provide public comment Read more

 

Letter to the PUC on pipeline safety regulations

(Aug 28, 2019)

Pipeline construction and safety is of great concern in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Although much public and media focus has been on the Mariner East project, tens of thousands of miles of pipeline upgrades and installation are anticipated in the next 10 years, according to state officials. Read more

 

Public Comment on Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Hazardous Liquid Public Utility Safety Standards

(Aug 16, 2019)

Rep. Danielle Friel Otten is collecting signatures on a letter to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) for public comment on proposed rulemaking regarding hazardous liquid public utility safety standards. This letter is intended to be a unified comment to the PUC from Pennsylvanians who have been impacted by pipeline construction across the state. Please read this letter and list of recommendations for regulations that will protect the health and safety of our communities and show your support by signing below! If you would like to write and submit your own public comment to the PUC regarding new pipeline regulations, we also encourage you to do so! Click here to learn more. THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT COMMENTS TO THE PUC IS WEDNESDAY, AUG. 28, 2019. IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT YOUR NAME IS ADDED TO THIS LETTER , PLEASE RESPOND BY 5 P.M. TUESDAY, AUG. 27. Read more

 

Addressing the Need for a Pipeline Early Detection and Warning Board

(Aug 08, 2019)

Monday night, at a time of night that many Chester County families would be putting young children down to bed for the night, a loud boom shook residents living in and near West Goshen and East Goshen townships. Similar to the incident that happened earlier this year at Lisa Drive in West Whiteland Township, there was a void of immediate information available to the public, a widespread concern about public health and safety, and confusion about what was happening. One of the most clear questions I have seen about Monday's incident is, "how are we supposed to know when to evacuate, on foot, upwind, 1/2 mile?" On May 30, 2019 Tim Boyce, Director of Delaware County Emergency Management , testified before the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee at a public hearing about the lack of state funding for emergency preparedness around potential pipeline incidents and the lack of plans in place for a community-wide evacuation, especially within the first 30 minutes of an incident. My proposed House Bill 1735 aims to rectify this void by establishing an early detection and warning system for communities facing oil and gas infrastructure and creating a funding source for affected local municipalities to implement that warning system BEFORE those facilities go into operation. Read more here On a personal note, as a parent to small children who put their heads down every night next to the Mariner East project, I share many of the Read more

 

10/18/19 – Youth Mental Health – Exton
Oct 18, 2019

Otten, Policy Committee examine youth mental health
Oct 18, 2019

Otten, Democratic lawmakers to hold news conference on legislation to increase accessibility of menstrual hygiene products
Oct 18, 2019

Otten to hold policy hearing on youth mental health Friday in Exton
Oct 15, 2019

Fall 2019 Community Newsletter
Oct 10, 2019

Otten Supports Uwchlan Township supervisor’s request to Sunoco
Oct 10, 2019

Otten invites community to health and wellness fair on Saturday
Oct 08, 2019

Otten introduces plan to amend Pa. constitution for local self-government
Oct 03, 2019

Otten to introduce amendment to PA constitution calling for local self-government
Sep 27, 2019

Legislative Policy Hearing on Youth Mental Health
Sep 24, 2019

Community Wellness Fair
Sep 24, 2019

PHEAA Financial Aid Presentation
Sep 24, 2019

Otten invites community to first health and wellness fair
Sep 24, 2019

Friel-Otten: Marsh Creek State Park Is A Local Treasure
Sep 18, 2019

Otten and Muth announce $32k grant to update Upper Uwchlan Township’s sewage plan
Sep 18, 2019

Otten and Muth to hold series of town halls this month
Sep 03, 2019

Otten and community members submit pipeline safety letter to PUC
Aug 28, 2019

Letter to the PUC on pipeline safety regulations
Aug 28, 2019

Public Comment on Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Hazardous Liquid Public Utility Safety Standards
Aug 16, 2019

Addressing the Need for a Pipeline Early Detection and Warning Board
Aug 08, 2019