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PathWays PA E-Newsletter: August 27, 2012

Voting United StatesSpecial Alert

During the Election Season, PathWays PA will send out a special email with important updates and services as we learn of them.  If you have a service or issue you would like us to discuss, please let us know by email at  For those of you who are interested in learning more about helping your clients register to vote, you may want to learn more about tomorrow's webinar from the Better Choices Coalition.

Federal Policy Updates


The Pennsylvania Health Access Network, Maternity Care Coalition,  the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, the Pennsylvania Health Law Project, Community Legal Services, the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, Resources for Human Development Inc, Consumer Health Coalition, and SEIU Healthcare PA would like to invite you to a strategy meeting about Medicaid expansion under the ACA.

The Medicaid expansion is a tremendous opportunity for Pennsylvania individuals and families. This is an opportunity to discuss both the opportunities and threats to expanding Medicaid in Pennsylvania and how we can move Pennsylvania forward in the implementation process. Details of the meeting are as follows:

In Person Meeting
PSEA - 400 n 3rd Street
Harrisburg, PA
Tuesday,  August 28th at 11:00am

Please rsvp to Antoinette Kraus at

** Also please note there will be a satellite option for folks who want to join the meeting from the Pittsburgh area: 
In Person Meeting
Office of Child Development, University of Pittsburgh
400 North Lexington Street, Pittsburgh 15208 (North Point Breeze). Free parking in adjacent lot.

Courtesy of our friends at the Maternity Care Coalition.


The House Appropriations Subcommittee on HHS funding marked up its fiscal year (FY) 2013 funding legislation on Wednesday, July 18. While they released some preliminary details of the legislation, details on the FY 2013 funding level for the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act program have not yet been released. 

The full House Appropriations Committee has not yet marked up the legislation, and it has not yet been scheduled to do so. Since Congress is currently on recess until September 10 and will be home most of the autumn in the lead up to the elections, it is unlikely that the Appropriations Committee will move forward with their markup anytime soon.

The Administration proposed providing $115 million for RHYA programs in FY 2013, which represents flat funding as compared to FY 2012. The Senate Appropriations Committee also proposed providing $115 million. The full Senate has yet to move on this legislation and it is unclear when they will do so.

Recesses are a fantastic opportunity to discuss the importance of these programs to our nation’s most vulnerable people – homeless and at-risk youth. The Runaway and Homeless Youth Alliance looks forward to working with you throughout the remainder of the summer on fall as they continue to work toward increasing RHYA funding and making systemic improvements to the way communities address youth homelessness.

Call your representatives’ offices and ask to speak to the person who handles family/youth issues. You can find your representatives’ numbers by calling the congressional switchboard at 202.224.3121.

From our friends at National Safe Place and the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

State Policy Updates 


On Tuesday, August 28th at 6:00 pm, our friends at the Pennsylvania Health Access Network will host a call to discuss the future of long term care in Pennsylvania. Dennis Short, Research Director for SEIU Health Care PA, will facilitate the call to discuss:
  • The state of long term care in the Commonwealth
  • Provisions in the ACA that offer new opportunities to expand Medicaid home and community based care
  • A quick rundown of the state budget's impact on long term care in PA
  • Proposed federal budget's impact on long term care in PA
Whereas these calls are often attended by policy experts, PA Health Access Network always begins with a brief introduction so that everyone should feel comfortable joining. The call will be over before 7:00 PM, with time for questions included.

Click the following link to RSVP and check your inbox for an email with a number and passcode.  On Tuesday, August 28th at 6:00 dial that number and enter the passcode when prompted.

Information and Events 


Get excited--the Jobs with Justice Taproot Training is coming to town September 14th-September 16th!
Taproot Training is carefully honed and develped by and through the national Jobs with Justice network, and provides leaders with insight into value-based organizing's key concepts and skills. Taproot covers topics like building relationships, understanding power, the meaning and understanding of self-interest, issues and actions, and creating winnable campaigns.These sessions will develop and prepare new leaders to engage the issues they care about, and that impact their lives and their communities as leaders in Jobs with Justice.

This training isn't just about abstract strategy--this is about where we are right now, and what we need to do to move forward. In the training, you'll find yourself building new relationships and connecting with new members of the Philly JwJ community. Read more here, and apply here.

Courtesy of our friends at Philadelphia Jobs with Justice. 


On September 5, National Skills Coalition invites you to join the members of nearly 40 national organizations for a webinar sponsored by the Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce (CIAW) to discuss the budgetary and political situation threatening workforce development programs. As NSC members know, NSC is one of the convening members of CIAW. During the webinar, NSC Federal Policy Director Rachel Gragg will join other national policy experts to:   
  • Provide the latest information on funding levels for FY13 and the politics surrounding final decisions; 
  • Discuss the potential impact that sequestration may have on workforce development and job training programs across the nation; 
  • Recommend specific actions that workforce advocates can take NOW to ensure that our programs remain strong, vital and effective; and  
  • Highlight resources that are available to assist in outreach and educational efforts.
While NSC members are already participating in efforts to raise policymakers’ awareness of the potential impact of these cuts (see NSC’s Save Our Skills! Campaign), this joint event with other national organizations will provide additional information about the funding battle facing workforce development and job training programs. 

Title: Washington Update: Making the Federal Case for Workforce Development
Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Space is limited. Reserve your webinar seat now!


You don't have time to dawdle on decision-making. You've got a lot of rapid-fire assumptions to make, and you want to find out how right - or wrong- you are as soon as possible. Monica Mehta will help make you just the sort of instinct-driven entrepreneur who sells products before they exist and finds shortcuts to market.

On August 28 at 1 PM EST, the author, investor and small business expert will host a teleconference where you'll learn how to work your network and trade your time for big savings. Speaking from 15 years of experience as an advisor to hundreds of entrepreneurs, Monica will teach you to be the kind of entrepreneur who doesn't spend a dime until her imagination has been exhausted. Register now!
Interested in entrepreneurship? Check out The Pennsylvania Conference for Women Spark & Hustle Small Business Boot Camp!


Birth certificates are often needed to receive medical assistance, housing and other public benefits, to obtain a Pennsylvania driver’s or non-driver’s license, for access to many public buildings, for general identification and for many other purposes. This is especially critical right now because of Pennsylvania’s new voter photo ID law.

When: Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Where: PECO EXELON 2301 Market Street, (Energy Hall A & B) Philadelphia, PA 19101
Who: Open (and free of charge) to homeless individuals and families and those at risk of  homelessness

Homeless individuals who attend this free clinic will meet with an advocate who will request birth certificates for them and their minor children free of charge. For all clinic dates and more information please visit:


Child and Family Connections is actively recruiting 15-20 participants for a FREE Workshop Series entitled, Parenting with a Mental Illness, for parents with a psychiatric disability that teaches positive parenting skills and strategies that promote child resiliency and foster parent-child trust and communication.

Workshop Highlights:
  • How (and why) do I talk to my child about my psychiatric disability? 
  • Developing positive parenting plans 
  • Role playing, film, activities 
  • Peer support and networking 
  • and more!

When: Starts Thursday, October 4th, 2012, and runs for seven consecutive weeks, ends Thursday, November 15th, 2012
Where: 1515 Market Street in Philadelphia (Temple University’s Center City Campus - adjacent to public transportation)

Who Can Attend?

  • You are a custodial parent who is currently raising a child between the ages 12 to 18 
  • You have a diagnosed psychiatric disability such as bipolar disorder, major depression, schizophrenia spectrum disorder, etc. 
  • You can commit to the full seven week program 
  • You must register in order to participate 
  • Participation is on a first come, first served basis and is limited to 15 parents 

If you or someone you know are interested in learning more, please contact:
Evan Kaplan, CFC Co-Founder
Phone: 267-808-8081

PathWays PA Information


PathWaysPA will be holding a series of Adult Education classes for Adult Learners seeking to obtain GED Certification and improve their literacy skills. These classes will be held this fall at PathWays PA’s corporate office in Holmes, PA, as well as the CareerLink in Chester, PA.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Lauren Rodino at 610-543-5022 x 258.


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