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Schlossberg hosts joint HDPC-PLBC roundtable on mental health

(Dec 04, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, Dec. 4 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, today hosted a joint House Democratic Policy Committee and Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus public roundtable at Lehigh Carbon Community College on mental health. Schlossberg was joined by fellow state legislators, including members of the House Democratic Policy Committee and PLBC Chairman Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila, to discuss mental health and its impact on the community. “The people we serve have incredibly difficult stories about mental health battles they’ve faced, either personally or through loved ones,” Schlossberg said. “Today’s hearing is a reminder that people of color must be at the table when we are talking about mental health treatment because the inequities show tremendous need to boost services and coverage for those services in communities that are left behind.” “Mental health has become a predominate issue in today’s society. No one should be ashamed of having to deal with it, particularly people of color, who may go untreated because of the shame and stigma associated with their condition,” Kinsey said. “We must continue to educate people on the sensitivity of mental health and how they or someone they know can get the proper treatment for the betterment of their lives.” The panelists included: Hasshan Betts, executive director of Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley; Read more

 

Paul Muschick on Berks County child hanging deaths: Let’s pay tribute to first responders

(Dec 03, 2019)

If the thought of two children, ages 4 and 8, hanging from a basement beam with a dog cable around their necks saddens and haunts you, imagine the people who arrived at the scene.Two Kempton Fire Department emergency medical technicians were first at the home of Lisa Rachelle Snyder in Albany Township after she called 911 in September. She said she found her children hanging and couldn’t get them down.Nothing can prepare you for that. Read more

 

Schlossberg to host a joint HDPC-PLBC roundtable about mental health on Dec. 4 in Allentown

(Nov 27, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, Nov. 27 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, announced today he will host a joint House Democratic Policy Committee and Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus public roundtable on mental health next week. The roundtable is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 at Lehigh Carbon Community College, The Donley Center, 718 W. Hamilton St., 7 th Floor, Allentown. Members of the public and media are invited to attend. Schlossberg requested the roundtable to discuss mental health issues and its impact on the community. He will be joined by fellow state legislators, including HDPC Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and PLBC Chairman Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila. Panelists will include: Hasshan Batts , executive director, Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley. Murat Guzel , CEO, Natural Food Group. Phoebe Harris , Allentown School Board member. April Riddick , community activist. Stuart Horowitz , board president, National Association of Social Workers-Pennsylvania Chapter. Elizabeth Garnto , NAMl Lehigh Valley. Read more

 

Schlossberg: It’s About Helping Connect People

(Nov 22, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Mike Schlossberg joined Reps. Peter Schweyer and Jeanne McNeill at the IBEW Local 375 in Allentown to host a trade jobs fair. Read more

 

Schlossberg, Schweyer and McNeill to Host Building Trades Job Fair

(Nov 18, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, Nov. 18 -- State Reps. Peter Schweyer, Mike Schlossberg and Jeanne McNeill, all D-Lehigh, announced they will co-host a Building Trades Job Fair from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 21 at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 375 Headquarters, 101 S. Seventh St. The event is being hosted with support from Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley, The Literacy Center and Jordan Heights. Designed to help local residents connect with building trades organizations and their apprenticeship trainers, the event will include information about what skills are in high demand in the Lehigh Valley and how to start on the path to a job that pays good wages. “With the help of excellent community organizations like Promise Neighborhood, the Adult Literacy Center and Jordan Heights, we are connecting talented and hard-working people together with good, family-sustaining jobs offered through the Lehigh Valley building trades,” Schweyer said. “The Lehigh Valley Building Trades offer people the chance to make strong, middle-class wages with health care and retirement packages, and allows young people, folks re-entering the workforce or seasoned workers looking to try their hand in a new career an opportunity to better themselves.” “The people who work in the building trades come from all walks of life,” Schlossberg said. “This includes men and women, people of color, white, veterans, high school graduates, some Read more

 

You're invited to our building trades job fair this Thursday!

(Nov 18, 2019)

Learn about jobs that pay good wages available in our community! Read more

 

Join us for a Building Trades Job Fair on Thursday!

(Nov 18, 2019)

Learn about jobs that pay good wages available in your community! Read more

 

House approves Rep. Schlossberg's bipartisan mental health bill to help first responders

(Oct 30, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct 30 -The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously passedH.B.1459,bipartisan legislation introduced by state Reps. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, and Frank Farry, R-Bucks, that would establish an emergency responder mental wellness and stress management program in Pennsylvania. Under the bill, a variety of services to support first responders would launch through the Pennsylvania Department of Health in cooperation with the Department of Human Services, county mental health offices and the state fire commissioner. “Our first responders put their lives on the line to protect us, and their efforts often come at a heavy cost to their mental health,” Schlossberg said. “These heroes deserve more than just words of thanks. They deserve the resources and programs they need to get help.” Under the bill, support would include peer-to-peer support programs, training for peer support efforts, a toll-free helpline, statewide and regional stress management support, trauma and suicide awareness training and support for non-profit organizations already doing this work. Schlossberg said recent studies have shown that first responders have higher rates of depression, alcohol abuse, sleep disturbances, anxiety disorders and suicidal thoughts. To make these programs possible, the bill would direct $250,000 annually be dedicated to the statewide Critical Incident Stress Management Program. Funding would be made possible by Read more

 

Schlossberg votes to approve election reform bill

(Oct 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, OCT. 29 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, voted to approve S.B. 421 , legislation that makes sweeping changes to Pennsylvania’s election laws, pays for voting machines that produce a paper trail, and commits critical resources to bolster Pennsylvania’s census efforts heading into 2020. “I am glad Pennsylvania’s election laws are starting to come into the 21 st century,” Schlossberg said. “The changes in this bill will make registering to vote easier, make voting by absentee ballot easier and even allow voters to vote by mail. It’s about time!” In 2018, Gov. Tom Wolf announced all voting machines in Pennsylvania must produce voter-verified paper trails for the 2020 election. As a result, counties across Pennsylvania have begun the process of replacing those machines. “This legislation will help pay for voting equipment to create a paper trail for votes cast in Pennsylvania and offset the costs for Allentown and South Whitehall taxpayers,” Schlossberg commented. He also noted Lehigh County’s leadership on this front. “Election security is a real challenge in a world where cyber security is in doubt. We need to make sure every vote is counted and counted correctly.” Senate Bill 421 also includes $4 million to ensure a complete count in Pennsylvania for the 2020 Census. With $675 billion in federal funding distributed Read more

 

Schlossberg Working to Improve Suicide Prevention Efforts

(Oct 28, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Mike Schlossberg participated in a listening session with Gov. Wolf's Suicide Prevention Task Force in Allentown to hear people's experiences and learn more about what resources are needed to prevent suicide across Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Schlossberg: Da Vinci Science Center is a Win for Downtown Allentown

(Oct 28, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Mike Schlossberg says the Da Vinci Science Center relocating to downtown Allentown will boost economic development in the city while providing kids with a first-class science and technology experience. Read more

 

Pennsylvania’s Suicide Prevention Task Force: Shattering stigma through sharing stories

(Oct 07, 2019)

As a Special Advisor to the Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, I have the honor of heading up the statewide Suicide Prevention Task Force, along with my dedicated colleagues at the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, State Representative Mike Schlossberg, various state agencies, and Prevent Suicide PA. Read more

 

PA Fireworks law that led to “war zone” Fourth of July may be changed, but not repealed

(Sep 26, 2019)

The fires and noise and disruptions of Pennsylvania’s most recent Fourth of July were recalled in Harrisburg this week as lawmakers began to mull changes to the 2017 law that vastly increased sales of fireworks. Read more

 

Bill supporting mental health programs for first responders passes unanimously

(Sep 26, 2019)

PLAINS, LUZERNE CO. (WOLF) — In recent years, there's been an uptick in emergency responder suicides and it's gotten the attention of state lawmakers. Read more

 

Gun violence and Second Amendment rights again at center stage in Harrisburg

(Sep 25, 2019)

One said a new "red flag” law on gun ownership could save lives. The other said laws don’t stop criminals. Read more

 

Schlossberg emergency responder bill headed to House floor for vote

(Sep 24, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 24 – The House Veterans and Emergency Preparedness Committee today unanimously adopted legislation introduced by state Reps. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, and Frank Farry, R-Bucks, that would establish an emergency responder mental wellness and stress management program in Pennsylvania. Under the legislation, the Pennsylvania Department of Health would be responsible for launching a variety of services to support First Responders “Our First Responders put their lives on the line to protect us, and their efforts often come at a heavy cost to their mental health,” said Schlossberg. “These heroes deserve more than just words of thanks. They deserve the resources and programs they need to get help.” Under the bill, support would include peer-to-peer support programs, training for peer support efforts, a toll-free helpline, statewide and regional stress management support, trauma and suicide awareness training and support for non-profit organizations already doing this work. Schlossberg said recent studies have shown that first responders have higher rates of depression, alcohol abuse, sleep disturbances, anxiety disorders and suicidal thoughts. To make these programs possible, the bill directs $250,000 annually be dedicated to the Emergency Responder Mental Wellness and Stress Management Program. Funding would be made possible by increasing fines for traffic violations from $10 to $20 and Accelerated Read more

 

After her partner’s suicide, Susan Wild has added another priority to her work on Capitol Hill: expanding mental health care and suicide prevention efforts

(Sep 20, 2019)

Mental health wasn’t something Susan Wild imagined becoming one of her primary policy issues when she came to Congress last year. Read more

 

People urge lawmakers to consider raising minimum wage during rally in Allentown

(Sep 16, 2019)

Organizers of the Raise the Minimum Wage rally are urging lawmakers in Harrisburg to take up the issue when they return to Harrisburg this week. Read more

 

Allentown program to reduce gun violence in city gets boost from state

(Sep 16, 2019)

Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley will receive about $150,000 from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to run a Zero Youth Violence program that had its funding cut off in July. The grant will cover the salaries of a coordinator and outreach workers, training, technical assistance and community events, according to a joint news release from Republican state Sen. Pat Browne and Democratic state Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, who all worked to secure the funding. Read more

 

Capitol Update (Allentown Version)

(Sep 12, 2019)

You can read the latest edition of Rep. Schlossberg's Capitol Update by clicking here. Read more

 

Schlossberg hosts joint HDPC-PLBC roundtable on mental health
Dec 04, 2019

Paul Muschick on Berks County child hanging deaths: Let’s pay tribute to first responders
Dec 03, 2019

Schlossberg to host a joint HDPC-PLBC roundtable about mental health on Dec. 4 in Allentown
Nov 27, 2019

Schlossberg: It’s About Helping Connect People
Nov 22, 2019

Schlossberg, Schweyer and McNeill to Host Building Trades Job Fair
Nov 18, 2019

You're invited to our building trades job fair this Thursday!
Nov 18, 2019

Join us for a Building Trades Job Fair on Thursday!
Nov 18, 2019

House approves Rep. Schlossberg's bipartisan mental health bill to help first responders
Oct 30, 2019

Schlossberg votes to approve election reform bill
Oct 29, 2019

Schlossberg Working to Improve Suicide Prevention Efforts
Oct 28, 2019

Schlossberg: Da Vinci Science Center is a Win for Downtown Allentown
Oct 28, 2019

Pennsylvania’s Suicide Prevention Task Force: Shattering stigma through sharing stories
Oct 07, 2019

PA Fireworks law that led to “war zone” Fourth of July may be changed, but not repealed
Sep 26, 2019

Bill supporting mental health programs for first responders passes unanimously
Sep 26, 2019

Gun violence and Second Amendment rights again at center stage in Harrisburg
Sep 25, 2019

Schlossberg emergency responder bill headed to House floor for vote
Sep 24, 2019

After her partner’s suicide, Susan Wild has added another priority to her work on Capitol Hill: expanding mental health care and suicide prevention efforts
Sep 20, 2019

People urge lawmakers to consider raising minimum wage during rally in Allentown
Sep 16, 2019

Allentown program to reduce gun violence in city gets boost from state
Sep 16, 2019

Capitol Update (Allentown Version)
Sep 12, 2019