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HR 590: Access to Treatment

With the passage of House Resolution 590 in May of 2016, DDAP has been charged with convening a Task Force (TF) comprised of representatives from the Department of Health (DOH), PA Insurance Department (PID), Department of Human Services (DHS), licensed treatment programs, patient advocates and parents/loved ones.  It is the function of the TF to review public comment made through a public comment period held during the month of August, as well as to review the testimony presented at 6 hearings to be held across the commonwealth in order to assess barriers to accessing SUD treatment and benefits.  The TF will analyze current laws and resources about access to treatment services to determine what recommendations can be made to the general assembly to address the identified barriers via a written report.  The following information provides additional information about the task force and the process, as well as provides written copies of the testimony provided at each hearing.

After completion of the hearings and committee review, a report summarizing the findings has been developed:

Public Hearing Transcripts

NOTE:  Where available, written testimonies are provided in PDF format.

September 7, 2016 - (10:00 am - 1:00 pm) - Philadelphia - Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St. 

      Testimony Transcripts:  C. Rustucher,  D. Rosati, D. LaRocca, J. Ramsey, J. White Jr., L. Fox, M. Harle, V. Brown, W. Folks

      Additional Speaker:  J. Hatzell

September 21, 2016 - (10:00 am - 1:00 pm) - Wilkes Barre - Kings College, 133 N. River St.

      Testimony Transcripts:  C. Jacob, D. Albertson, J. Fabiseski, J. Hendricks, J. Layne Turner, P. Meadows, R. Norris

      Additional Speakers:  M. Donahue, J. McNulty, R. Taylor

October 14, 2016 - (10:00 am - 1:00 pm) - Pittsburgh - 414 Grant St, Room 510

Testimony Transcripts:  A. SmithB. McKenzieC. AndrewsJ. Barozzini, J. SchusterJ. GaurichJ. NirellaP. BacharachS. BrownJ. Sundo 

      Additional Speaker:  S. Zapalla

October 18, 2016 - (10:00 am - 1:00 pm) - Harrisburg - 333 Market St, Hearing Rooms A &B

      Testimony Transcripts:  A. Fiore, C. Dondero, G. Scott, J. Nirella, P. Ruane, S. Hastings, T. Duer

      Additional Speaker:  T. Wallace

October 27, 2016 - (10:00 am - 1:00 pm) - Williamsport - PA College of Technology, 1 College Ave.

      Testimony Transcripts: R. Mirabito, D. Heffline, E. Fitzgerald, J. Rosser, S. Hawkins, T. Lawson

November 29, 2016 - (10:00 am - 1:00 pm) - Erie - Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive, Suite 1

      Testimony Transcripts:  B. Stoesz, B. Zimmer, D. Crowe, D. Kane, K. DelPrincipe, P. Groh, S. Simmelkjaer, J. Sterling

      Additional Speakers:  F. Fabrizio, B. Roae, M. Tinglum, C. Tinglum, S. Parkin

December 6, 2016 - (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm) - Philadelphia - Plumbers Union Local 690, 2791 Southampton Road

      Testimony Transcripts:  B. Roberts, J. Tomaselli, J. Vieldhouse, L.M. Singleton, M. Goodwin, M. Hottenstein, M. Warfel for HIGHMARK, R. Dellavella, R. Lintelman, T. Hurst, T. Murt, Y. Stroman for G. Vogel

      Additional Speakers:  R. Lamb, M. Levine, J. Cooper, E. Neilson, J. Sabatina


HR 590 Task force member testimony