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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court should uphold the unanimous decision of the Commonwealth Court panel* that declared illegal the cumbersome rate-setting process implemented by the Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF). Established without legislative approval, the process has disrupted normal contracting between counties and private agencies and wreaked financial havoc, in some cases forcing providers out of business.
* This action step was accomplished on April 24, 2013. See “PA Supreme Court decision terminates illegal state fiscal process.”
The Pennsylvania General Assembly should approve legislation to amend Act 30 which include, but are not limited to, the following three provisions:
Governor Corbett and his Secretary of Public Welfare should insist that:
** Although OCYF waited until the Supreme Court upheld the Commonwealth Court’s unanimous decision, this has been accomplished as a result of the decision on April 24, 2013. See “PA Supreme Court decision terminates illegal state fiscal process.”
The Corbett administration has a significant opportunity to restore the healthy partnership between government and private agencies that characterized Pennsylvania’s children and youth services in the past.
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