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Articles Posted February 2017

Helping Parents Help Their Teens and Young Adults

posted February 21, 2017
What is it?
The Parent Support Network is a coaching service offered by the Partnership for Drug Free Kids to parents and other caregivers who are struggling with a teen or young adult who is considering or using drugs and alcohol. It includes:
* Seven ninety-minute group sessions with a parent coach who has personally experienced the challenges of teen substance use
* A resource book entitled The 20 Minute Guide for Parents

What does it cost?

Sessions are free. You may make a voluntary offering of $20 to cover materials.

How can these sessions help me? Your coach can:
* Listen and provide support
* Recommend ways to talk to your teen about substance use
* Develop strategies to engage your teen in healthy behaviors
* Help with effective alternatives to punishment and enabling
* Assist in improving collaboration between parents/caregivers
* Direct you to other useful resources

Where and when will the sessions be held?
The sessions will run for seven weeks and will be held in the Library from 7:00PM to 8:30 PM beginning Tuesday, May 2, 2017 and ending Tuesday, June 13, 201.

How do I sign up?
Please send an email with your interest to jward511@outlook.com or call Joan at 724.622.5000. Your attendance will be confirmed via email.

What happens when the coaching sessions are completed?
Your coach will ensure you are aware of additional support services in your community. Also, you will be asked to complete a survey as to your experience with the group coaching service.

Clearances Workshop

posted February 18, 2017
Murrysville Volunteer Program Clearance Workshop is being presented next Wednesday evening, February 22 at 6:00 p.m. at the Murrysville Community Center.

Are you not sure who needs clearances?
Are you not sure when your volunteers need clearances?
Do you know what clearances are needed?
Do you not know where to get your clearances?
Do you not know if clearances are free or if there are fees involved?

Many of the questions that have been asked about clearances will be addressed, plus any questions specific to your organizationsí needs can and will be answered so itís very important that you attend or send a representative.

Please RSVP to Carly Greene no later than Friday, February 19 so that we can properly plan for the workshop.
If you have any questions, please donít hesitate to call. We look forward to seeing you!

Carly Greene, CPSI, CFEA
Recreation Director
Murrysville Recreation Dept.
4100 Sardis Rd, Murrysville PA 15668
724.327.2100 x115

End the "R" Word, March 4th

posted February 11, 2017
End the "R" Word, March 4thYou are invited to the 7th annual "End the "R" Word" Celebration at Westmoreland Mall, 5256 State Route 30, Greensburg, PA 15601.

March 4th, 2017 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

There will be Activity Tables, Uplifting Performances, Mascots, Dances, and a Pledge to End the R-Word.

You can also find more information on the Web at

Look forward to seeing you there.

St Patrick's Day Dance

posted February 11, 2017
St PatrickSt Patrick's Day Dance

Join East Suburban Citizen Advocacy at Integral Ballroom for an inclusive St Patrick's Day Dance! You will receive Dance lessons, play games, have refreshments, and socialize with others in a positive environment.

5:30 -----Sign in and welcome
5:45 -----Ice Breaker Dance
6:00 -----Dancing with Instruction
6:30 -----Refreshments
6:45 -----Dance Demo's (Interactive with participants)
7:00 -----Name that Dance Game
7:15 -----Open Dancing

Where: Integral Ballroom
3731 William Penn Hwy, Suite 200
Murrysville, PA 15668
Cost: $5.00 per person

RSVP by Friday, March 10 to ESCA at 724-325-3344

Protect Children's Social Security Income (SSI)

posted February 04, 2017
Protect Children's SSI

As part of its efforts to reduce spending on vital human services, Congress is considering a disastrous plan to eliminate Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for children nationwide. This cash assistance, with an average benefit of $664 monthly, is narrowly limited to the most vulnerable children with disabilities: those who have marked and severe functional limitations who live in a household with low income and few assets. Often, parents use this income to cover the additional expenses associated with raising a child with disabilities, such as costs for exceptional child care needs, extra utility costs, time off from work to care for their child or take their child to medical appointments, safe and accessible housing, special diets, respite, and health care.
In Pennsylvania, close to 70,000 children are vulnerable to losing their SSI, among 1.3 million children nation-wide.
Disability Rights Pennsylvania is seeking stories from families whose children receive SSI so that we can effectively advocate for continuation of this essential support. Please fill out our survey at: [remove_http]https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DRP-SSI-Survey.
If you need a copy of the survey mailed to you, or to speak with a staff person, please call 1-800-692-7443.
There are three things that you can do to help protect SSI for children with disabilities.
If you are a family member of a child on SSI, please complete the survey.
Please distribute this Alert widely. If you are a family member or friend, advocate, teacher, case manager, supports coordinator, or other professional serving children with disabilities, please do what you can to reach out to parents and share the survey.
Contact your member of Congress to let them know it is wrong to end or cut the SSI childhood disability program and remove essential supports from children with disabilities. You can click here to send a letter today.
For a list of all US House of Representative members in PA and the numbers of children with disabilities who receive SSI in each of their Districts, click here. When contacting Senators Casey and Toomey, the 70,000 state-wide total figure can be used.
Thank you so much for your staunch advocacy on behalf of children with disabilities.
Disability Rights Pennsylvania
Offices in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh