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Pennsylvania will delay closures of two institutions for people with intellectual disabilities

The centers are slated to close Nov. 30, later than originally planned, “due to challenges with the pandemic,” state Department of Human Services officials said.

By Kate Giammarise/WESA

Advocates in Pennsylvania push for more state funds for disability services and higher wages for workers

The state’ budget is due June 30 for the new fiscal year that begins July 1
By Kate Giammarise/WESA

Updated: March 11, 2022 | 10:30 am

Pennsylvania agency heads pitch higher funding to help address staffing woes

The State Police, Labor & Industry, Education and Human Services departments say they need to directly hire or encourage more staff to join their professions in the coming year.

By Sam Dunklau

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Pa. sets aside $655 million in federal pandemic relief money for child care programs

Between March 2020 and the end of August 2021, 921 child care providers permanently closed in Pennsylvania and 680 new ones opened.

By Gabriela Martínez

Child advocates train community members on recognizing and reporting abuse

Child abuse reports dropped across Pennsylvania last year, raising concerns from child welfare professionals that the COVID-19 pandemic isolated children from the school employees, healthcare providers, and other community members who are legally required to report suspected abuse. Lebanon County, where two high-profile child abuse investigations came to light in the last year, has seen a different trend since the beginning of the school year.

By Alanna Elder

State-run psychiatric hospital can’t recruit enough workers as Pa. risks violating federal requirements

Staff is “running out of gas” at Torrance State Hospital, where federal inspectors said short-staffing created safety risks in 2018 and 2019.

By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

Updated: December 8, 2020 | 4:44 pm

Nursing home industry: Pennsylvania illegally withheld funds

The lawsuit, filed in state court and announced Tuesday, contended the Department of Human Services is refusing to provide supplemental payments to nursing homes as required by law, depriving them of crucial funding to fight the pandemic.

By Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press

Smart Talk: State of children in Pa.

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children release reports on child welfare and healthcare
By Scott LaMar