March 2023 Newsletter

A Perspective on Governor Shapiro’s Proposed State Budget

On Tuesday, March 7, Governor Shapiro delivered his inaugural budget address and proposed funding for child nutrition, education, and health focused programs that benefit children across Allegheny County and Pennsylvania. Allies for Children is pleased with the Governor’s proposed budget and looks forward to working with the General Assembly to implement these allocations through the budget and appropriations process in the next few months.
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“Someone Who Can Help Them”: A Deep Dive Into the Mental Health Proposals in the Gov.’s Budget

What funding has the Governor proposed to support Pennsylvanian's mental health, especially that of young people?

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School Meals and the Governor’s Budget Address

Gov. Shapiro's budget address proposed critical funding to continue the Universal School Breakfast Program.

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Boosting the Potential of Our Youth

This guest blog by the President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western PA  details potential Out-of-School Time funding that could be established by the legislature.

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Addressing Mental Health in Schools

AFC's recent paper looked at some of the work being done in area schools to support students' mental health, and what types of programs are needed on an even wider scale.

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What Else is New?

More updates in the world of child advocacy

Medicaid Unwinding Begins April 1

For the first time in three years, Medicaid participants will have to go through the process of re-enrolling and determining eligibility. Throughout the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, Medicaid was operating under a continuous coverage requirement - but that ends tomorrow, April 1, 2023. Families enrolled in Medicaid will need to make sure that their contact information is updated in order to know when it's time for them to renew. To learn more, check out this press release from the Department of Human Services or revisit our blog on the subject from last month.

AFC Attends Allegheny County Legislative Forum on Education

On March 23, Allies staff members attends the Allegheny Intermediate Unit's annual Allegheny County Legislative Forum on Education. 
This year's forum featured Rep. Dan Miller, Rep. Abigal Salisbury, Rep. Robert Mercuri, Sen. Lindsey Williams, Rep. Arvind Venkat, and Sen. Jay Costa. The legislators spend the evening answering questions that had been submitted by attendants on subjects such as: the recent decision finding PA's school funding system unconstitutional, staffing shortages, safety in schools, and what they think might be accomplished during this legislative session. As always, AFC will look forward to seeing what our legislators push for to support our children in Allegheny County. Watch highlights from the forum here.

March is National Social Work Month

In March we thanked and celebrated the social workers who are on the ground working with and supporting children every day - let's keep the appreciation going all year long!
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