Gov. Shapiro to join Rep. Miller at Disability & Mental Health Summit in April

Annual event in Pittsburgh is largest of its kind in western Pa.

PITTSBURGH, March 12 – As the largest event of its kind in western Pennsylvania, the Disability & Mental Health Summit hosted by Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, annually gathers hundreds of families, self-advocates, organizations, and individuals involved in the disability and mental health arenas.

Now in its 11th year, Miller is thrilled to announce today that this year the summit will feature a special guest speaker – Gov. Josh Shapiro.

Shapiro will deliver a special address at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 18. As part of his budget proposal for 2024/25, the governor has called for an increased investment of more than $480 million in federal and state funds for home and community-based service providers, so that they can pay competitive rates to attract and retain staff who provide these services to Pennsylvanians.

While the event is free and open to the public, seating is limited, and people are strongly encouraged to pre-register at

“I’m thrilled that Gov. Josh Shapiro will join us for the annual Disability & Mental Health Summit and look forward to hearing him discuss his administration’s approach to these topics, which impact so many individuals and families in Pennsylvania,” Miller said. “Since taking office the governor has been bold in his vision for our commonwealth, and I look forward to hearing him discuss that vision at our annual summit.”

Held over two days at the Beth El Congregation of the South Hills on Cochran Road in Pittsburgh, the Disability & Mental Health Summit is the largest event of its kind in western Pennsylvania. Now in its 11th year, the summit has touched thousands of lives, educating legislators from both sides of the aisle, while helping to inform families and working to increase opportunities for self-advocates across the board.

Featuring more than 20 panels and discussions over the two days, the summit includes two community resource fairs and, new for 2024 on Thursday evening, a Festiv-ALL celebration of art and music created by local artists from the disability and mental health community; and a Futures Fair focusing solely on the needs of high schoolers and young adults as they work hard to transition into adulthood.

Details and the latest scheduling information can be found at