In The News
Wolf Administration Partners with The Arc to Discuss Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - September 18, 2017
"The Arc has a long history of promoting awareness regarding the impacts of alcohol use during pregnancy. FASD Awareness Month is an opportunity to broadcast the message that there really is no known safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy,' said Cronin. 'Let's give our babies their best chance at life."
"Cronin said she understands the anxiety of families who are faced with moving their loved ones out of a residential facility, but institutionalization is not a viable model anymore.
“If done well, families can be part of that transition and often the choices being made,” she said. “I think the state has done an excellent job of keeping families engaged in the process.”
"One of the biggest spending increases in this year's budget bill went to services for people with autism and intellectual disabilities, making it the best budget in a decade for those residents, said Maureen Cronin of the Arc of Pennsylvania. Now, Arc chapters from around the state are watching with rising concern."
Low Pay for Workers Aiding Disabled Causing High Turnover - Direct Service Professional’s Life - Long hours, Low Pay, Lasting Relationships - July 28, 2017
“The Medicaid discussion totally paralyzes us,” said Maureen Cronin, executive director of The Arc of Pennsylvania. “The states decide how much to spend and who’s eligible, and the feds do a match. If the feds put a cap (on spending), the states would have to find a different (way of funding). That is beyond scary.”
John Finnerty for Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., interviews our Exec Dir. about the MA loophole. "Parents already bear significant costs due to treatments, therapies, hospitalizations, and doctor visits that children with significant disabilities need, she said. Requiring families to pay premiums in addition to these expenses will force parents to make difficult decisions that will impact their children" Cronin said.