For many months no one could get away from hearing two words throughout Pennsylvania – “Budget
Impasse.” It all began July 1, 2015 when the State legislators failed to come to agreement on the
2015/2016 state budget. As lawmakers talked about how far apart the two sides were , the rural
counties began to discuss how they would manage the impact of not having state funding for
human services for some of the most vulnerable populations. This article highlights the strategies
employed, as well as the impact of the impasse on two of our rural county’s Drug and Alcohol
Potter County is one of our most rural areas and the Human Services program has always worked along
with their providers to assure services were available to residents throughout the area.
The results of not having a state budget or funding for Human Services was felt hard by the Drug
and Alcohol Program and the providers of services.