Contact Legislators in Support of Polk and White Haven Closures Announcement
From The Arc of Pennsylvania
Governor Wolf’s announcement to close Polk and White Haven centers earlier this month is another progression in moving Pennsylvania to becoming an “institution-free” state. As expected, this announcement brings fear for the parents and family members of the residents prompting them to mobilize extensively against the closure. They are calling both their local legislators and their federal legislators in opposition.
The Arc of Pennsylvania has spoken with Senator Casey’s office and other legislators who have said they’ve only received calls against the closure. If legislators only hear from those opposed to the closure, they will have an incomplete picture of the issue. We cannot allow Pennsylvania to reverse its course of action by re-normalizing the institutionalization of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The Arc of Pennsylvania and all of its chapters need to be a leading voice in supporting this announcement.
Please call your legislators, even if you are not in the surrounding region of Polk or White Haven, expressing your support of the closures. Attached is a copy of the letter The Arc of Pennsylvania sent to all the State’s legislators, Congressmen for Polk and White Haven, and Senators Casey and Toomey. If The Arc of Pennsylvania and ACHIEVA are to realize the goal of closing all state centers within Pennsylvania, it is imperative we vocalize our support and make ourselves a resource of knowledge to elected officials.
- Senator Bob Casey: 717.231.7540 (Harrisburg), 412.803.7370 (Pittsburgh)
- Senator Pat Toomey: 717.782.3951 (Harrisburg), 412.803.3501 (Pittsburgh)
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