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Senator Camera Bartolotta

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Legislation Aims to Improve Access to Mental Health Care, Reduce Strain on Emergency Rooms 

Hospital emergency rooms are required by law to help patients who have a severe and immediate medical need. However, many hospitals lack the available resources to treat individuals who have an acute psychiatric problem, creating a need for emergency room personnel to devote the additional time and effort to find another hospital that can treat the patient.  

A recent report by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette indicated that beds in hospital psychiatric units in Pennsylvania regularly sit empty due to a lack of direct communication between providers seeking care for these patients and facilities with available services.  

In the near future, I will introduce legislation that would help improve communication between hospital emergency rooms and psychiatric units by creating a real-time, voluntary registry to identify psychiatric treatment facilities that have available beds for patients. The legislation would connect patients to the care they need while at the same time helping to ease the strain on busy, overcrowded emergency rooms. 

My proposal is comparable to legislation that has already been introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Dan Miller (D-Mt. Lebanon). Twenty-two other states already have similar registries in place to improve patient care. I am hopeful that Pennsylvania will join these states in improving patient access to appropriate mental health care services.

Thank you to Leadership Washington County for inviting me to share my background and experiences as an elected official.

Transportation Committee Examines Storm Response, State Police Funding

The Senate Transportation Committee, of which I am a member, held a pair of public hearings this week to examine the state’s response to Winter Storm Jonas and explore reliable alternatives to fund the Pennsylvania State Police. 

Highlights and testimony from the joint hearing with the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee regarding emergency response from the snowstorm is available here.  

Video and testimony from the hearing regarding State Police funding options is available here.

The Senate and House Gas and Oil Caucus, which I co-chair, recently held a hearing to learn more about how Marcellus Shale Impact Fee revenue is being put to use in communities throughout Pennsylvania.

“Coffee With Camera” Events Scheduled in Greene, Beaver Counties

Over the next several weeks, I look forward to hosting two “Coffee with Camera” events in Greene and Beaver counties. These informal events are designed to help residents take a break from the daily grind and enjoy relaxed conversation about what is happening in our communities. They also provide me an opportunity to share what’s happening in Harrisburg and more about my legislative and district priorities. 

The Greene County event will be held on March 17 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Cumberland Township Municipal Building located at 100 Municipal Road in Carmichaels. Beaver County residents can join me on April 7 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Hopewell Township Municipal Building located at 1700 Clark Boulevard in Aliquippa.

For more information or to RSVP for either of these events, please contact Lauren Adair at or call (724) 746-3762. I look forward to seeing you! 

I deeply appreciated the chance to meet with ARC Human Services representatives Deanna Brown and Princess Johnson to listen to their message of inclusion in the community as well as personal independence. They also presented me with a beautiful picture collage.

Tele-Town Hall Meeting Scheduled on March 22nd

Please join me for a live telephone town hall event on Tuesday, March 22nd from 6-7 p.m. It is another great opportunity to talk about some of the most important issues facing Pennsylvania and individual communities throughout the area.

The tele-town hall format encourages community residents to participate in a discussion on the issues without the need to travel. Participants can ask questions or simply remain on the line to listen to the discussion.

The event will also feature a live audio stream page that allows smartphone, tablet and computer users to listen in and submit questions online. Stay tuned for details regarding registration for the event and a link to the live audio stream.

Budget Hearings Begin Next Week 

Starting next week, the Senate Appropriations Committee will hold a series of hearings to examine the 2016-17 budget proposed by Governor Wolf. The hearings, which are scheduled to run from February 22 through March 10, will allow lawmakers to question members of the Wolf Administration regarding the operation, cost and performance of state programs and services, as well as the potential impact of the governor’s new spending and tax proposals.

Full coverage of the hearings, including photos, video and testimony, will be available online at

Efforts to save Cokeburg Dam took center stage during a meeting at the Ellsworth Sportsmen’s Club this week. I appreciated all of the individuals who took the time to attend and offer suggestions.

Washington County Farm Bureau Food Drive Begins 

Throughout February and March, the Washington County Farm Bureau is sponsoring a regional food collection drive to benefit the food pantries of the Greater Washington County Food Bank. These pantries play a crucial role in meeting the nutritional needs of thousands of individuals and families in need, and this annual food drive is among the most important events in ensuring these needs are met.

If you are able to help, please consider donating to this wonderful cause. A complete list of drop-off locations is available below.

Avella Community Center/Library – 11 School Court, Avella, Pa. 15312 – 724-587-3558
Bentleyville Public Library – 931 Main Street, Bentleyville, Pa., 15314 – 724-239-5196
Ed Schultz Nationwide Insurance Agency – 1000 Main Street, Bentleyville, Pa. 15314 – 724-239-4444
Marianna Public Library – P.O. Box 457, Marianna, Pa. 15345 – 724-267-3888
Log Cabin Fence – 411 Ten Mile Road, Amity, Pa 15311 – 724-222-8755
Fredericktown Public Library – 38 Water Street, P.O. box 625, Fredericktown, Pa. 15333 – 724-377-0017
Millsboro Save a Lot – Box A, Millsboro, Pa. 15348 – 724-377-0930
Petrucci’s Market IGA – 146 Main Street, Burgettstown, Pa. 15021 – 724-947-4723
Burgettstown Community Library – 2 Kerr Street, Burgettstown, Pa. 15021 – 724-947-9780
Heritage Library - 52 Fourth Street, McDonald, Pa. 15057 – 724-926-8400/4686
Mc Donald Giant Eagle – 200 Station Street, Mc Donald, Pa. 15057 – 724-926-2830
Midway Community Center – 304 Noblestown Road, Midway, Pa. 15060 – 724-796-5025
Hickory Subway – 186 Main Street, Hickory, Pa. 15340 – 724-356-7821
Hickory Dollar General #15903 – 176 West Main Street, Hickory, Pa. 15340
Washington Hospital Cecil Outpatients Center – 3415 Millers Run Road, Cecil, Pa. 15321 – 724-579-1400
Frank Sarris Library – 35 North Jefferson Avenue, Canonsburg, Pa. 15317 – 724-745-1308/4958
Bahr Hardware – 136 North Central Avenue, Canonsburg, Pa. 15317 – 724-745-5777
84 Agway – 1025 Route 519, Eighty Four, Pa. 15330- 724-222-0600
Canonsburg Dollar General #13237 – 145 Adams Avenue, Canonsburg, Pa. 1531
North Strabane Township – 1929 Route 519, Canonsburg, Pa. 15317
Chartiers Houston Library – 730 West Grant Street, Houston, Pa. 15342 – 724-745-4300/4233
Dollar General Store #6675 – 124 West Pike Street, Houston, Pa. 15342 – 724-746-3269
First Niagra – 22 East Pike Street, Houston, Pa. 15342 – 724-745-8240
John K. Tenor Public Library – 638 Fallowfield Avenue, Charleroi, Pa. 15022 – 724-483-8282
Rep. Pete Daley - Center in the Woods – 130 Woodland Courts, Brownsville, Pa.15417
California Public Library – 100 Woods Street, California, Pa, 15419 – 724-938-2907
First Niagra – 3500 Extension Avenue, Finleyville, Pa. 15332 724-348-7176
Donora Public Library – 510 Meldon Drive, Donora, Pa. 15033 – 724-379-7940/8809
Monongahela Area Library - 813 West Main Street, Monongahela, Pa. 15063 – 724-258-5409
Cox Market – 711 Route 481, Monongahela, Pa. 15063 – 724-258-3322
Peters Township Public Library – 616 East McMurray Road, Canonsburg, Pa. 15317 – 724-941-9430
Good Will - 3492 Washington Road, Canonsburg, Pa. 15317 – 724-941-5017
Matthew Baculik Nationwide insurance 2862 Washington Road, McMurray, Pa. 15317 - 412-228-5000
Dan Wingard Nationwide Insurance 4050 Washington Road, Mc Murray, Pa. 15317 – 724-941-4459
Minteers Market – 211 Main Street, Claysville, Pa. 15323 – 724-663-5374
Citizen Community Library – 55 South College Avenue, Washington, Pa. 15301 – 724-222-2400
Mikes Feed Store – 310 Cleveland Road, Washington, Pa. 15301 – 724-225-2370
Goodwill – 89 Jefferson Avenue, Washington, Pa. 15301 – 724-223-0917
Dollar General Store #10354 – 935 Henderson Avenue, Washington, Pa. 15301
Dollar General Store #8758 – 155 West Beau Street, Washington, Pa. 15301
Chad Borghini Nationwide Insurance – 981 Jefferson Avenue, Washington, Pa. 15301 – 724-222-3690

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Harrisburg Office
Senate Box 203046
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3046
Phone: 717-787-1463
Fax: 717-772-2108
M-F: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

SouthPointe District Office
135 Technology Drive
Suite 202
Canonsburg, PA 15317
Phone: 724-746-3762
Fax: 724-746-3797
M-F: 9 am – 5 pm

Greene County Office Building
93 East High Street
Suite 308
Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-627-9802
Fax: 724-627-5066
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Monongahela Office
316 West Main Street
Monongahela, PA 15063
Phone: 724-258-3365
Fax: 724-258-3368
M-Th-F: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Satellite Office
Hopewell Twp. Building
1700 Clark Boulevard
Aliquippa, PA 15001
2nd Monday of Month:
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