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Volume 15 Issue 4

  February 20, 2020
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CCAP UPDATE

An e-newsletter of the

County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania

 

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Listen to County Priorities on WITF

Click here to listen to county leaders discuss our legislative priorities (mental health funding, EMS, tax reform, broadband and adult probation) on WITF Smart Talk, featuring CCAP First Vice President and Butler County Commissioner Kevin Boozel, CCAP Second Vice President and Bradford County Commissioner Daryl Miller, and CCAP Executive Director Lisa Schaefer.

 

People Don't Know What They Don't Know About Counties

National County Government Month (NCGM), held each April, is an annual celebration of county government - a time to actively promote the services and programs your county offers, and an excellent opportunity to highlight accomplishments and increase public understanding about issues that affect the everyday lives of residents.

There are numerous NACo and CCAP materials that make it easy for you to get the word out. Much of it is ready to publish or copy and paste along with your local messaging.

NACo's NCGM website has logos, proclamations, social media messages, Counties Matter, Counties Work and iCivics information, and much more to assist with communicating with your residents and legislators.

Among CCAP resources are website information about counties'priorities, talking points and sample resolutions on important issues. And, Pennsylvania Counties Are and Pennsylvania County Human Services Are fact sheets offer a quick and easy way to teach audiences about how counties touch the lives of their residents every day.

Also on CCAP's Legislative Action Center you'll find articles on engaging legislators, working with media representatives, developing influential messaging and speaking skills, and other materials for your use.

 

PCCD Funding Announcements 

The PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) has remaining State Opioid Response (SOR) funds to be encumbered before September 30, 2020. The funding, originally only available for funding opioid prevention projects has now been broadened to include any substance misuse prevention projects. Funds are expected to be used for program implementation, training, technical assistance, and evaluation. Research only projects will not be considered.

PCCD is seeking ideas and brief proposals immediately. Funds will be available on first come first serve basis. Priority will be given first to opioid specific projects, second to stimulants (such as Methamphetamine and Cocaine) and finally to all other substance misuse. Please email Geoffrey Kolchin with ideas, questions, or to submit brief proposal (1-2) written pages.

Also, PCCD announced a variety of other funding announcements. You must be registered with PCCD to access the Egrants System. Once your registration is accepted, select the Login button. Enter the User ID and Password established when you registered, and Login to the system through the Egrants Production link. Then you will see the User Management Profile Details page. You must save this information in order to access the system.

 

The 2020 Census - Privacy and Security

April 1 is National Census Day. A complete count in Pennsylvania is critical. Help to make sure our communities' voices are heard in government, and that we get our fair share of resources and federal funding. 

 

Let your residents know that the 2020 Census will be collecting basic information about the people living in each U.S, household on April 1. The answers provided as the census cannot be shared with law enforcement or used against an individual or household. Census answers can only be used to produce statistics. The U.S. Census Bureau will never ask social security numbers (SSN), bank or credit card information, money or donations, or anything on behalf of a political party. If someone claiming to be from the U.S. Census Bureau contacts a resident via email, phone, or in-person and asks for any of this information it is a scam. For residents answering the census online, make sure the website address begins with "HTTPS" and includes a lock symbol.

U.S. Census workers will visit a small number of households. All U.S. Census Bureau employees and contractors will carry an official identification badge with their photo, U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. If a resident has questions about a visitor's identity, they can call 1-800-923-8282 to speak with a local U.S. Census Bureau representative to verify that visitor's employment status.

For more information and resources to help you spread the Census message, please click here.

 

NACo Webinars

Registration is now open for the following NACo webinars:

Recordings of webinars from the past six months are available. To access these recordings, or for additional details and course registration information, please visit naco.org.

 

Job Postings

To submit a county job posting, refer to the CCAP Job Postings webpage, where you'll find the jobs below and possibly others posted since the preparation of this e-newsletter.

For additional information on submitting a job posting contact Mandi Glantz.

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