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PENNSYLVANIA’S MOST VULNERABLE RESIDENTS ARE AT RISK.

COVID-19 has worsened a workforce crisis that affects nearly every human services field, including intellectual disabilities and autism, mental health, substance use disorder, children’s services, brain injury, physical disabilities, rehabilitation services, and more.

Staff turnover is epidemic. Open positions remain unfilled. Vacancy rates are at all-time highs.

Unless lawmakers act, individuals and families may not be able to live at home, in a community home or receive the life-sustaining services they need. Without additional state funding for human service professionals, providers will have no choice but to cut services or eliminate programs because there simply aren’t enough workers to do the jobs.

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It doesn’t have to be this way. And it shouldn’t be.

Most lawmakers and the administration recognize the problem and have been doing what they can to help. But the crisis is growing far worse, quickly, so more must be done, now. Pennsylvania is sitting on billions of federal dollars and state “rainy day” funds that could increase wages to help retain workers and attract and train a new workforce. As long as that money goes unspent, the needs of our most vulnerable residents go unmet.

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LAWMAKERS NEED TO ACT.

Tell lawmakers to release funding to address the workforce crisis facing Pennsylvania’s health and human services. Those with disabilities and mental health challenges need direct support professionals and mental health practitioners. And those professionals need you on their side.

The Issues

Chronic underfunding, unlivable wages, availability of care & more.

The Facts

Direct Support & Mental Health

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Hear From Individuals & Families

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