County Code Rewrite Enacted
Senate Bill 1005, a multi-year project to update and combine the County Code and Second Class County Code into a single, comprehensive statute, was signed into law as Act 154 of 2018. The legislation, introduced by former CCAP member Sen. John Eichelberger, brings counties' core statutes governing county operations, enacted in the 1950s, up to date with current need and practice. Although most changes are of a technical or conforming nature, it also makes substantive changes to the extent needed to incorporate case law or to delete obsolete language.
While before the House in late September, an amendment was adopted to clarify provisions in the law relating to placing flags on veterans' graves, to provide the flexibility to assure that cemeteries are able to be properly maintained throughout the year, while assuring our veterans are able to receive the honor and respect they deserve. The amendment was collaboratively developed with the input of county veterans affairs directors.
CCAP extends its appreciation to the Local Government Commission for the effort and expertise its staff dedicated to this extensive project, which included regular meetings with CCAP and the county row office associations, and a detailed review of each section of the statutes. The Commission's website includes a summary, a detailed analysis of the act's provisions, and disposition and derivation tables to enable comparison of the old law to the new.
Prescription Drug Disposal in Rural Areas
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will award additional priority points to Solid Waste Management Grant Program applications proposing innovative projects to promote the safe disposal of prescription drugs in rural communities. USDA Solid Waste Management Grants support the planning and management of solid waste sites. Rural communities, non-profit organizations, federally recognized tribes and academic institutions can apply.
The application deadline for the Solid Waste Management Grant Program is December 31, 2018. Applications can be submitted electronically at Grants.gov or in hard copy to: USDA Rural Development Water and Environmental Programs, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Room 5168, STOP 1522, Washington, DC 20250-1597. A fact sheet of the program can be found here.
A new online tool has been launched to help individuals identify drug and alcohol treatment options and supportive services for themselves or a loved one.
A team comprised of staff from the Departments of Drug and Alcohol Programs and Human Services worked together to create the Drug and Alcohol Referral Tool (DART) to centralize the ways to connect a person to drug and alcohol treatment as well as related support resources.
The DART is a free, anonymous resource. Results are generated based on a person's answers to the nine questions, and users may skip a question at any point. When they finish the questionnaire, they will be able to email, download, and/or print their results. The tool is not a diagnostic assessment and does not gauge eligibility for any programs listed in a person's results.
Family First Prevention Act Training
The Pennsylvania Children and Youth Administrators invites you to an overview regarding the implementation of the Family First Prevention Act which will dramatically change the federal funding priorities for child welfare. There will be a host of new requirements and some new opportunities in the areas of prevention and older youth, as well as a push toward evidence based programs.
The Office of Children, Youth and Families will present from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., including a one hour lunch break on your own. From 1 to 3 p.m. there will be discussion groups for providers and county staffs. There is no cost for attendance, but space is limited, and you can join in person or via webinar. You must register in order to attend, as we anticipate that all space will be filled. The session will be held on Thursday, January 30 at the CCAP Office in Harrisburg. For more information, contact Jennifer James at email@example.com or (717) 736-4764.
- CCAP Spring Conference, March 24-26, 2019, Harrisburg Hilton
- CCAP Solicitors' Conference, May 3, 2019, CCAP Office, Harrisburg
- CCAP County Administration Conference, May 29-30, 2019, Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
- CCAP Annual Conference and Trade Show, August 4-7, 2019, DoubleTree by Hilton, Reading
- PA Cybersecurity Summit, October 7, 2019, CCAP Office, Harrisburg
For a complete listing of upcoming events refer to the CCAP website.