• Pennsylvania,  placed,  policy updates

    About the Children: Policy Updates from Pennsylvania

    Hello again! PA HB 825 – This bill is reminiscent of the Senate bill from a while back, SB 179, which has since been tabled, perhaps to never be heard from again.  This House bill has already been edited and amended a bit, so where it began as a bill that established an internet-based psychiatric and detox bed registry, it now is solely for detox beds.  Helpful, sure, and timely given the opioid crisis, but psychiatric beds also need a registry.  This just passed through the House this week and is off to the Senate. If you’re up for contacting your congressperson, let them know that you support a registry for more…

  • Pennsylvania,  placed,  policy updates

    About the Children: Policy Updates from Pennsylvania

    Another week, another set of legislation coming down the pike. PA State House HB 1653 – This is a bill to include students enrolled in distance education (online classes) in eligibility for state grants for higher education.  I’m not a huge proponent of distance education (but I’m biased as a former classroom teacher) but online classes make learning accessible to students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to take some of their classes, including youth who don’t have permanency or need to work during the day to make money for school.  Our youth often fit into those categories, so it is necessary that online education be an option for them, without disqualifying them from…

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