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. Smith
, B. McKenzie
, C. Andrews
, J. Barozzini
, J. Schuster
, J. Gaurich
, J. Nirella
, P. Bacharach
, S. Brown
, J. 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