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Recovery Month

September is recognized as Recovery Month in Pennsylvania, and the rest of the nation. The opioid epidemic has touched every corner and demographic of this state, and I’m doing what I can from a policy standpoint to fight it. I’m supporting several pieces of legislation that include:

  • Legislation to create a ‘public health emergency,’ similar to the natural disaster state of emergency, it would equip the executive branch with additional tools and deft to handle a crisis like addiction
  • Legislation to provide families with a process to seek mandatory treatment for their loved ones facing addiction
  • Allowing hospice and home health workers to dispose of opioid medications following a
    patient’s death
  • Looking to the pharmaceutical industry to be part of solutions to addiction, including an
    assessment on the wholesale import of opioids to fund addiction treatment programs
  • Limiting opioid prescriptions for all individuals to 7-day supplies
  • Expanding the number of beds and personnel available for treatment

For more information on the PA Senate Democratic Caucus’ efforts, please visit

Trade Institute of PittsburghCongratulations, Trade Institute of Pittsburgh!

Congratulations are in order for Trade Institute of Pittsburgh! They were awarded one of the Manhattan Institute’s 2019 Civil Society Awards. The Manhattan Institute recognizes social entrepreneurs who are helping to pave the way by developing solutions to emerging needs and problems in our society. As a Civil Society Award recipient, they will receive $25,000 for the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh in order to continue improving the lives of women and men with significant barriers to employment through lifelong skill training and job opportunities.

The Manhattan Institute confirms what we've known here for awhile. TIP is a great organization doing important work, and I was incredibly impressed when I visited them in February for an episode of #InThe43rd.

Telephone Townhall

I hosted a telephone townhall meeting this week to talk to constituents about what’s happening in the district, and what they can expect to see from the PA Senate when we return to Harrisburg this month. We had a great conversation, and for those who did not get their questions answered, my district office will be reaching out.

I’ll have another of these meetings in a few months, and you can sign up to get a call on my website. Don’t miss it!

In The 43rd In the 43rd

We’ve had some really fun episodes for you in the last few weeks, and we have upcoming shows from Oakmont, Wilkinsburg and Homestead. Check in every other Wednesday to catch a new one, and let me know where you think we should go next!

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Offices to Serve You

  Forest Hills
1501 Ardmore Blvd. | Suite 403
Pittsburgh, PA 15221
Phone: (412) 241-6690
Fax: (412) 731-2332
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
2306 Brownsville Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15210
Phone: (412) 884-8308
Fax: (412) 886-2080
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
314 E. Eighth Ave.
Homestead, PA 15120
Phone: (412) 462-4204
Fax: (412) 462-4543
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Harrisburg Office
Senate Box 203043
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: (717) 787-7683
Fax: (717) 783-5976
8:30 am – 5:00 pm