Committees to Examine Closures of White Haven, Polk State Centers

Oct. 17, 2019 /

WHAT: The House Human Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), and the House Health Committee, chaired by Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren), will hold a public hearing on the decision by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services to close the White Haven and Polk state centers.

Committee to Consider Seven Human Services Bills, Resolutions

Sep. 16, 2019 /

WHAT: The House Human Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), will hold a voting meeting to consider seven proposals. They include measures that would merge the mandatory and supplemental disorder lists so that every baby in Pennsylvania will be screened for every recommended disorder

Committee to Consider Three Addiction-Related Bills

Jun. 24, 2019 /

WHAT: The House Human Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), will hold a voting meeting to consider three proposals. They include measures that would require the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs to continue to use client placement criterial developed by Pennsylvania for Medicaid recipients needing drug and/or alcohol treatment (House Bill 386); add Suboxone and Buprenorphine-related deaths and incidents to the Methadone Death and Incident Review Act (House Bill 1662); and provide for licensure of office-based Buprenorphine prescribers (Senate Bill 675).

Committee to Examine Suboxone, Buprenorphine

Jun. 18, 2019 /

WHAT: The House Human Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), will hold a public hearing on understanding the use of suboxone and buprenorphine.

PIAA Legislative Oversight Committee to Reorganize, Receive Updates

Jun. 14, 2019 /

WHAT: The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Legislative Oversight Committee will hold a reorganizational meeting for the 2019-20 Legislative Session and receive updates from the PIAA regarding matters important to interscholastic athletics in conjunction with the PIAA’s continued compliance with Act 91 of 2000.

Committees to Examine Challenges for those with Disabilities when Traveling

May. 14, 2019 /

WHAT: The House Human Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), and the House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee, chaired by Rep. David Millard (R-Berwick), will hold a second joint informational meeting on the challenges people with disabilities face when traveling.

Committee to Consider Three Human Service Bills, Resolutions

May. 13, 2019 /

WHAT: The House Human Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), will hold a voting meeting to consider three proposals. They include measures that would add language in law clarifying that parents have the right to and should be allowed to secure mental health treatment for their children (House Bill 672); define a best practice for loved ones to be notified when a person decides to leave addiction treatment against medical advice (House Bill 1052); and direct the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study on the mental health provider shortage in Pennsylvania and issue a report (House Resolution 193).

Committee to Examine Full Continuum of Care for Individuals with Disabilities

Apr. 29, 2019 /

WHAT: The House Human Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), will hold a public hearing on the value and necessity of residential choice for individuals with severe and profound disabilities, including intermediate care facilities, congregated care living and the Pennsylvania State Developmental Centers.

Committee to Consider Variety of Human Service Bills, Resolutions

Apr. 15, 2019 /

WHAT: The House Human Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), will hold a voting meeting to consider four proposals. They include measures that would provide for a detoxification and addiction treatment bed registry (House Bill 596); not require a positive drug test to begin treatment (House Bill 1024); recognize the rights of individuals with cognitive disabilities to technology and information access (House Resolution 74); and create an advisory committee to study ways the Commonwealth can forge the next link in the chain of care for people struggling with an addiction (House Resolution 216).

Committees to Examine Challenges for those with Disabilities when Traveling

Apr. 09, 2019 /

WHAT: The House Human Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), and the House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee, chaired by Rep. David Millard (R-Berwick), will hold a joint informational meeting on the challenges people with disabilities face when traveling.

Committee to Gather Information on State’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Apr. 08, 2019 /

WHAT: The House Human Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), will hold an informational meeting on maximizing the effectiveness of Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). The meeting will include discussions on ways to use best practices to streamline warm hand-offs to treat people struggling with addiction.

Committee to Examine Adolescent Substance Abuse

Mar. 25, 2019 /

WHAT: The House Human Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), will hold an informational meeting on adolescent substance use care in Pennsylvania. The meeting will examine challenges and opportunities surrounding this issue.

DiGirolamo, Collett to Unveil Safe Staffing Legislation

Mar. 19, 2019 /

WHAT: Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) and Sen. Maria Collett, RN (D-Montgomery/Bucks) will lead a press conference to announce their legislation to set safe nurse-to-patient limits in Pennsylvania hospitals. The bills are an important part of keeping patients in hospitals and acute long-term settings safe, and ensuring they receive the best care possible.

Committee to Consider Two Human Services Bills

Mar. 18, 2019 /

WHAT: The House Human Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) will hold a voting meeting to consider House Resolution 147 (Gregory) directing the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a comprehensive review of unused properties, buildings, and facilities owned by the Commonwealth and how to repurpose them for addiction treatment and recovery supports. This resolution was discussed at the committee hearing on March 12. Additionally, the committee will recommend House Bill 316 (Owlett) be re-referred to the House Children and Youth Committee. This legislation establishes a task force focused on the impact the opioid abuse epidemic is having on the children of the Commonwealth.

Committee to Examine Issues of Bed Registry, Warm Hand-Off

Mar. 11, 2019 /

WHAT: The House Human Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), will hold a public hearing on House Bills 424 and 596, sponsored by Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon). The bills would create a bed registry and a warm hand-off for addiction treatment. The Blue Guardian program from Lehigh County, which was the inspiration for the warm hand-off legislation, will make a presentation.

DiGirolamo Reappointed to PIAA Oversight Committee

Jan. 16, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Buck) today was reappointed by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Legislative Oversight Committee in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

DiGirolamo to Continue to Lead Committee to Help Those Most Vulnerable

Jan. 02, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), who has been nationally recognized for his work to help Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable residents, has been appointed to serve as chairman of the House Human Services Committee for the 2019-20 legislative term. This is his fifth consecutive session as chairman.