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Volume 15 Issue 1

  January 9, 2020
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CCAP UPDATE

An e-newsletter of the

County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania

 

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2020 Legislative Priorities

Pennsylvania's counties have selected five legislative priorities for 2020, each of which highlights CCAP members' commitment to core county responsibilities and ultimately to the people and communities in Pennsylvania.

 

Counties' top priority is to seek increased funding for mental health services, noting that state funding has lagged far behind needs for too many years, making it difficult to keep up with caseloads or to expand services, beds or diversions. In addition, close collaboration between the state and counties is critical to addressing the mental health system as a whole, including preservation of the Behavioral HealthChoices system.

 

Counties also will continue to seek solutions to the emergency medical services (EMS) crisis, building on and implementing the recommendations of its EMS Task Force. Another priority is county property tax reform, seeking additional local taxing options such as sales or income taxes, to reduce counties' reliance on property taxes. The final two priorities are to continue to develop strategies for rural broadband expansion and increase funding for adult probation.

 

CCAP Board members will officially announce the 2020 priorities at a Capitol press conference on January 14. Additional information, including fact sheets on each priority, will be available at www.pacounties.org.

 

CCAP Leadership Team

As the new calendar year begins, CCAP's executive committee includes Jeff Snyder, Clinton County commissioner and CCAP president; Kevin Boozel, Butler County commissioner, first vice president; Daryl Miller, Bradford County commissioner, second vice president; and, Leslie Osche, Butler County commissioner, treasurer. Craig Lehman, Lancaster County commissioner and previous CCAP president will serve as board chair. 

Elected as district representatives to the CCAP Board were: District 1 Representative Basil Huffman, Forest County commissioner; District 2 Representative Dan Vogler, Lawrence County commissioner; District 3 Representative Randy Phiel, Adams County commissioner; District 4 Representative Preston Boop, Union County commissioner; District 5 Representative, Michelle Kichline, Chester County commissioner; District 6 Representative John Cusick, Northampton County council member; and District 7 Representative Brian Smith, Wayne County commissioner. 

CCAP staff is led by Executive Director Lisa Schaefer; Deputy Executive Director Brinda Penyak; Managing Director of Insurance Programs John Sallade; Director of Meetings and Education Karen Sweigard, Chief Financial Officer Pamela Szajnuk; and Chief Information Officer Michael Sage.

 

Get the Word Out - Locally

The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) work year-round to provide information and influence at all levels of government, as well as with the media, the public and other constituents. We cover a wide range of audiences by making thousands of connections but nothing beats your audiences getting information from local sources in your county - in other words - you.

 

In addition to your media, legislative, publications, public meetings, website and various other methods of reaching your audiences, there are numerous NACo and CCAP materials that make it easier for you to get the word out. Much of it is ready to publish or copy and paste along with your local messaging.

 

CCAP ADVOCACY AND COMMUNICATIONS RESOURCES
County officials and their staffs have important roles to play in advocating for policy changes at the state level and informing the public of important programs and services. CCAP's Government Relations website tab at  www.pacounties.org has resources that allow counties to quickly contact their legislators and constituents regarding key issues before the General Assembly.

 

Among these resources are information about counties' priorities, talking points and sample resolutions on important issues. And, Pennsylvania Counties Are and Pennsylvania County Human Resources Are fact sheets offer a quick and easy way to teach audiences about how counties touch the lives of their residents every day. The fact sheets gives succinct and valuable summaries on services related to elections, assessments, human services, courts and corrections, planning and land use, emergency services and transportation.

 

Also on CCAP's Legislative Action Center under the Government Relations tab, you'll find articles on engaging legislators, working with media representatives, developing influential messaging and speaking skills, and other materials for your use.

NACo TOOLS

At www.naco.org, NACo's Counties Matter campaign includes data to help you explain the county role in key areas of everyday life, including infrastructure, justice and public safety, health, human services, public lands and other functions like elections, parks and record-keeping. NACo also has launched an enhanced version of its online interactive County Explorer tool, which includes hundreds of data points and printable profiles on every county, parish and borough in America. It's also been upgraded to navigate and use on tablets and mobile devices. 

Also, check out NACo's iCivics and Counties Work materials, as well as NACo's Media Relations: A Guide for Counties booklet. And, the National County Government Month's toolkit will help you plan for the annual recognition each April. It also includes prepared materials for use as proclamations and media releases.

 

CCAP CEL Program Available

CCAP is pleased to present the 2020 Center for Excellence in County Leadership (CEL) program to help county officials develop a professional culture for county government. 

Strong leadership is essential to county success and future growth. The CEL Program offers county commissioners or council members, chief clerks, county administrators and solicitors in Pennsylvania's 67  counties the opportunity to be immersed in an intensive leadership curriculum which will enhance personal and professional growth. Key county leaders and department heads may apply by providing a written letter of support from their county commissioner/council member.

The program features curriculum including managerial versatility, interpersonal dynamics, crisis communication, media management, problem solving, decision making and more.

The two and a half-day intensive program will be held at the CCAP office in Harrisburg on June 17-19, 2020. Participation is available to one eligible person per county per year, with a maximum of 12 participants per year. Application is required by January 31, 2020 to be considered for participation in the June 2020 session. 

More detailed information and an application are available on the CEL homepage or brochure  (PDF) and application

Thank you to our 2020 CEL program sponsors: PCoRP, gold ribbon sponsor; PComp | UC Trust, silver ribbon sponsors; and Cafardi Ferguson Wyrick Weis + Stotler llc (CFWW+S) | Campbell Durrant, P.C., partner sponsors..

 

NACo Legislative Conference

The National Association of Counties Legislative Conference, February 29 to March 4, 2020, will bring together nearly 2,000 elected and appointed county officials to focus on federal policy issues that impact counties and our residents. Attendees have the opportunity to engage in second-to-none policy sessions, interact with federal officials and participate in congressional briefings and meetings. Learn more here.

 

NACo Webinars

Registration is now open for the following NACo webinars:

Recordings of webinars from the past six months are available. To access these recordings, or for additional details and course registration information, please visit naco.org.

 

Job Postings

To submit a county job posting, refer to the CCAP Job Postings webpage, where you'll find the jobs below and possibly others posted since the preparation of this e-newsletter.

For additional information on submitting a job posting contact Mandi Glantz.

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