Two complaints of Civil Rights violations in the administration of Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS, often mistakenly called “wraparound” services in Pennsylvania) were filed in December. The Department of Public Welfare (DPW) Secretary, Gary Alexander, resigned in February. Other DPW authorities have moved to jobs in the private sector. The BHRS “re-design” plans that had been in development since at least March 2012, without notice to most consumers, advocates and BHRS providers were announced publicly in October and November with planned implementation set for January 1, 2013 were “put on hold.” On April 18, 2013, the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare issued a Draft Bulletin regarding BHRS. I didn’t receive it from DPW; although I began providing what eventually became known as BHRS in 1981, more than ten years before anyone else in the state.
A friend passed the bulletin on to me and, despite limited time, I submitted the following response to the DPW invitation for comments.
Best wishes for the future, as always.