House Democrats have a plan to make sure PA HEALS

(Apr 24, 2020)

The coronavirus pandemic is the greatest challenge many Pennsylvanians have ever faced or will ever face. For many families, it’s brought personal or financial tragedy. But it has also shown all of us that when we work together, Pennsylvania is strong enough to handle any challenge. Pennsylvanians have been staying home and saving lives. Our state’s amazing nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals are redefining the word “hero” every day. And, our grocery store employees, pharmacists, warehouse workers and truckers have kept PA supplied and moving. We owe it to them, and to each other, to stay the course until the virus is defeated and our workers, families and communities are safe. If we keep making good, commonsense choices based in facts and science, this crisis will be over soon. In the meantime, House Democrats have developed a plan to put People First, reward hard work, support community based businesses and make sure PA is H elping E mployers A nd L abor S ucceed once this crisis has passed. PA HEALS is just the first steps, but they are crucial to an effective start: Local Businesses Matter – Rep. Joe Ciresi This legislation would use $100 million from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to provide 0% interest loans to smaller, local businesses that were shut out of the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Loan Program when it ran Read more


Fill out the 2020 census!

(Mar 30, 2020)

In Pennsylvania, everyone counts and April 1 is National Census Day! If you haven’t already, don't forget to fill out your census form. Our population count determines our voice in government and how much federal funding we’ll receive for education, health care, transportation and more. Whether you respond online, mail or by phone , participate and help shape PA’s future. Your responses are anonymous and protected by law. To learn more, visit #PAcounts #2020Census Read more


COVID-19 Helpful Resources

(Mar 26, 2020)

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting Pennsylvania, we wanted to provide you with the following resources and information to help you and your family in the days ahead. Please note that this webpage will be updated as needed with additional information and resources. State Services and Resources The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has created a COVID-19 guide to assist everyone. It includes information on social distancing, mental health resources, unemployment, food assistance, changes from PennDOT and resources for small business: For individuals : For families : For businesses : COVID Support for PA Businesses : The following provides information and and links to federal, state, local and private resources. **Self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers: Apply here for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits .** Information from the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry on the federal CARES Act: The following link provides you with Read more


Closure List Exemptions

(Mar 20, 2020)

The PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has established a new resource account where businesses and staff can submit questions on exemptions regarding the closure of physical locations for non-life-sustaining businesses in the Commonwealth. Businesses seeking exemptions from closure: Please contact . Other questions about closures can be directed to . For more COVID-19 business information, DCED has set up a web site that continually will be updated as information becomes available: . Read more


Democratic legislators applaud state Supreme Court decision to halt evictions

(Mar 18, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 18 – Following the announcement that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court would be halting all eviction notices, multiple House Democrats, who earlier in the day requested this halt, issued the following statement: “We’re extremely appreciative to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for showing judicious leadership in halting all evictions statewide through at least April 3 and possibly beyond depending on the COVID-19 pandemic. “As we continually urge Pennsylvanians to stay home out of great concern for their personal health as well as the health of their community, it’s unconscionable that they could still be evicted and thrown into a world of instability when stability is what they need most. This halting of evictions doesn’t only help the homeowner or lessee, it helps the entire community. “Far too many people are living paycheck to paycheck and now face the real situation of being out of work for an extended period of time. Ensuring they have a roof over their heads for the foreseeable future isn’t simply the right thing to do, it’s the moral thing to do.” The following House Democratic legislators signed on to a letter, which can be viewed here, requesting the Pennsylvania Supreme Court halt all eviction proceedings: Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny. Democratic Whip Jordan Harris, D-Phila. State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila. State Read more


Letter to Justice Saylor asking to suspend evictions

(Mar 18, 2020)

Letter to Chief Justice Saylor asking to expand a directive in Pennsylvania to include all foreclosures and evictions, beyond those processed through HUD. Read more


Schlossberg issues statement on COVID-19, announced office operation plans

(Mar 12, 2020)

ALLENTOWN, March 12 -- State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, released the following statement on COVID-19 and the temporary closure of his district office: “We have unquestionably entered an uncharted moment in modern history. It is not an exaggeration to say that how we act now will determine the fate of thousands, if not millions. “The good news is that the vast majority of us will ultimately live through this outbreak, and after some time, resume our daily lives. The bad news is that the coronavirus will result in the deaths of fellow Pennsylvanians. It will make even more people sick. Stopping it is no longer an option. Promisingly, as has been made clear by conversations with medical professionals and public health experts, we are not powerless to lessen its impact. We all have a critical role to play. “Members of the public must understand that the official count of 21 cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania is unquestionably a low number. It comes as a result of what represents the disease’s relatively long incubation time, a lack of symptoms and a lack of tests. The real number of people who have the new coronavirus is unquestionably higher. “If we avoid unnecessary contact, we can slow the spread of this disease. This will give hospitals time to treat the sick and help maintain their capacity to treat the thousands who will need treatment. Any large social gathering should be postponed or moved to virtual means. Please, Read more


Animal protection supported by Schweyer, Schlossberg, McNeill

(Mar 11, 2020)

ALLENTOWN, March 11 – Today, state Reps. Mike Schlossberg, Peter Schweyer and Jeanne McNeill joined leaders from the Lehigh County Humane Society and The Humane Society of the United States in a call to advance legislation to better protect animals from abuse in Pennsylvania. Read more


Parkland schools receive state school safety grant

(Feb 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – Parkland School District today was awarded a $45,000 grant to support and implement school safety initiatives, announced state Rep. Mike Schlossberg. Read more


School safety grant awarded to Allentown city schools

(Feb 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – Allentown School District will undertake additional school safety improvements thanks in part to a $45,000 state grant that was approved today, announced state Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer. Read more


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Schlossberg issues statement on Gov. Wolf budget proposal

(Feb 04, 2020)

ALLENTOWN, Feb. 4 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, has issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget for 2020-21: “Governor Wolf’s proposed budget marks a significant commitment to many of the things important to the 132 nd Legislative District and I am encouraged by what I see in the details. “I certainly applaud Governor Wolf’s proposal to increase funding for education. Governor Wolf’s leadership has resulted in historic increases in state commitment and we must continue to fight for the resources necessary to better our schools. “The task of charter school reform is a necessary part of this budget. It is also tough conversation. For many families, including many in the 132 nd Legislative District, students attend good charter schools where they find meaningful education. The negative effects on the Allentown School District, the students who attend those schools—and cash-strapped taxpayers—cannot be ignored. In 1998, ASD’s budget for charter school costs was $3 million. This year, that number is $64 million. This is $1 out of every $6 of ASD’s budget. Can you imagine trying to run your household with 1/6 of your income being controlled by somebody else? It cannot be done and ASD’s leaders have no say in the matter. This is one illustration for why we need charter school reform so badly. “Last week, local news reported one area Read more


Religious communities come together for Unity Vigil in Whitehall

(Jan 16, 2020)

The local Islamic and Jewish communities came together Wednesday for an interfaith service to share a message of unity. Both groups have been the targets of religious hatred in recent years. Read more


Rep. Schlossberg joins roundtable to support LGBTQ mental health efforts

(Jan 15, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 15 -- State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, today participated in a joint roundtable at the Pennsylvania Capitol on mental health. Schlossberg was joined by the state Health Department Secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine, members of the Governor’s Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, service providers from organizations serving LGBTQ individuals and members of the Mental Health Caucus, LGBTQ Equality Caucus, Health Committee and Human Services Committee. “More and more, we are learning that fixing a broken mental health care system includes connecting services with at-risk communities,” Schlossberg said. “LGBTQ individuals are at high risk for a number of health concerns, including mental health. While there are some mental health services available in the Lehigh Valley for LGBTQ individuals, we need to do a better job of making these services available across Pennsylvania.” Members of the House of Representatives gathered for a roundtable discussion about mental health challenges and barriers faced by the LGBTQ community to identify policy changes needed in Pennsylvania. Many studies show LGBTQ individuals, specifically seniors, veterans, youth and communities of color are at high risk for mental health crisis. “The LGTBQ community faces unique health care needs, and access to mental health treatment without stigma is among the most pressing,” Levine said. “As part of the Governor’s Reach Out Read more


Pennsylvania suicide prevention tactics: ‘red flag’ gun law, more treatment, less stigma

(Jan 15, 2020)

Reducing stigma tied to mental health issues, removing barriers to treatment and seeking passage of a so-called “red flag” law to allow for removing firearms from people at risk of suicide will be among themes guiding a statewide suicide prevention strategy. Read more


New report calls for ‘comprehensive’ fight against Pa.’s other public health crisis: Suicide

(Jan 15, 2020)

A Wolf administration task force is calling for a “comprehensive approach to mental health treatment,” to prevent death by suicide and to reduce the stigma of mental illness, as it works to combat a public health threat that claims the lives of hundreds of Pennsylvanians every year. Read more


Rep. Schlossberg: Suicide Prevention Task Force calls for a comprehensive approach to mental health treatment in Pennsylvania

(Jan 14, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 14 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, was joined by members of the Pennsylvania House Mental Health Caucus and members of Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration at a news conference today outlining the initial report of the Pennsylvania Suicide Prevention Task Force. The work of the Suicide Prevention Task Force is a complement to the goals and strategies surrounding the governor’s Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters initiative announced earlier this month. Schlossberg, co-chair of the Pennsylvania House Mental Health Caucus, said the task force conducted 10 public listening sessions hosted throughout Pennsylvania. “We need to study all factors that lead to suicide because treating the disease is both challenging and difficult,” Schlossberg said. “I was floored to hear so many personal stories of how family members said they wish they would have identified the signs before their loved ones took their own lives.” The task force identified the following themes in their preliminary report: Reduce the stigma associated with mental health, suicide and suicide attempts, which can affect people getting help. Resources are needed to elevate mental health as a public health issue, incentivize the integration of physical and behavioral health, and improve suicide prevention at the local level. Barriers exist to treatment such as cost and insurance gaps. Access to more Read more


Gov. Tom Wolf’s mental health plan offers hope of more counselors, social workers for schools

(Jan 10, 2020)

The Allentown School District referred about 700 students a year to mental health services about a decade ago. Now it’s closer to 3,000 a year.That’s a drastic increase for a district that educates 17,000 students, and shows the need for more resources to help children struggling with mental health, Superintendent Thomas Parker told Gov. Tom Wolf Friday afternoon. Read more


Wolf’s mental health initiative brings officials, advocates to Muhlenberg

(Jan 10, 2020)

Elected officials, community leaders, health care providers and mental health advocates gathered at Muhlenberg College Jan. 3 for a roundtable conversation.The diverse group was called together by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and state Rep. Michael Schlossberg, D-132nd, to discuss mental health and related topics. Read more


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