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June 26, 2014Alerts

Your Input Is Needed for the Long-Term Care Commission

Friends –

The Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Commission is currently studying and evaluating the long-term care services and supports system for persons with disabilities and older persons.  The Commission has held several hearings and is accepting public comments to help identify issues and trends.  The Commission must submit a report with findings and recommendations to Governor Corbett by December 31, 2014.  Click here to read more about the Commission.
Public hearings have been held in Harrisburg, Mercer, Allison Park, Williamsport, Blue Bell and Lords Valley.  A new public hearing has been scheduled for Monday, July 14, 2014, from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM.  The hearing will be held in the Main Council Chambers at City Hall, 1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

If you want to testify at a hearing, you must register with the Commission at least two business days before the hearing.  Click here to register.  You may also register by calling 717-425-5719 or 1-800-654-5984 (TDD).

Each person’s testimony will be limited to five minutes.  Those who testify are asked to provide a written copy of their comments to the Commission at the hearing or by mail or email (addresses below).

You can attend any of the hearings even if you do not wish to testify.  It is recommended that you register to ensure that there are enough seats.

You can submit written comments even if you do not testify.  Written comments are now due Thursday, August 14, 2014.  Written comments must be submitted to:

Department of Public Welfare
P.O. Box 8025
Attn:  OLTL Policy
Harrisburg, PA  17105

or (email)

Persons with a disability who require an auxiliary aid or service may submit comments using the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at 1-800-654-5984 (TDD) or 1-800-654-5988 (voice).

What Topics Are Important?

You can testify and submit comments on any issues or problems concerning the long-term care services and supports system.  The Commission states that it is particularly interested in the following topics: prevention and caregiver support, accessibility of services and supports, provision of services and supports, and quality outcomes and measurement.  The Disability Rights Network suggests the following as examples of topics:  shifting services from institutional settings to home and community-based settings, timeliness of intake and service provision, access to residential services, services for children and for youth transitioning to adult systems, participant direction, and person-centeredness.

Who Do I Contact?

For more information about the Commission, or for questions about registering for a hearing or submitting public comments, contact the Commission at:

717-425-5719 (voice)
1-800-654-5984 (TDD) (email)

Thank you,

Kelly Whitcraft
Policy Coordinator
800-692-7443, ext. 323