Oct. 17, 2019

WHAT: The House Human Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), and the House Health Committee, chaired by Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren), will hold a public hearing on the decision by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services to close the White Haven and Polk state centers.

WHO: DiGirolamo; Rapp; members of the Human Services Committee; members of the Health Committee; Kristin Ahrens, deputy secretary with the Department of Human Service’s Office of Developmental Programs; Sherri Landis, executive director of The Arc of Pennsylvania; Jamie Ray-Leonetti, associate director of policy at Temple Institute on Disabilities; Judy Banks, deputy director of Disability Rights Pennsylvania; Marian Baldini, president and CEO of KenCrest; Gary Blumenthal, vice president of government relations and advocacy at InVision Human Services; Tom Kashatus, president of White Haven Friends and Families; Irene McCabe, president of Polk Center Friends and Families; Darrin Spann, assistant to the executive director of AFSCME; Bill Hill, maintenance at the White Haven Center; Tammy Luce, residential services aide at the Polk Center; Maria Gunta Ferrey, residential services supervisor/qualified intellectual disabilities professional at the White Haven Center; and Bill Bailey, psychological support specialist at the Polk Center.

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m.

WHERE: Room 140, Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg.

LIVE WEBSTREAMING: The informational meeting will be streamed live at GeneDiGirolamo.com and RepRapp.com.

Media contact: Tracy Polovick, 717.260.6358, tpolovick@pahousegop.com

Office of State Rep. Gene DiGirolamo
Office of State Rep. Kathy Rapp