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The Joint State Government Commission (JSGC) is the primary non-partisan public policy and statutory research organization that serves the Pennsylvania General Assembly. We issue reports on a wide variety of public policy topics. Our episodes feature staff discussions highlighting recently released reports. To learn more about us and access full reports, please visit our website: http://jsg.legis.state.pa.us/

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The Joint State Government Commission (JSGC) is the primary non-partisan public policy and statutory research organization that serves the Pennsylvania General Assembly. We issue reports on a wide variety of public policy topics. Our episodes feature staff discussions highlighting recently released reports. To learn more about us and access full reports, please visit our website: http://jsg.legis.state.pa.us/

    Pennsylvania State Capitol Preservation

    Pennsylvania State Capitol Preservation

     In this special episode, the JSGC staff take a break from our usual policy report discussions to sit down with Dave Craig, the Executive Director of the Capitol Preservation Committee, to talk about our favorite  capitol artwork, Dave's background and preservation philosophy, and all of the work done by the Committee to maintain one of the most beautiful state government buildings in the country.

    To learn more about the Capitol Preservation Committee or browse through their shop of PA State Capitol memorabilia visit them at http://cpc.state.pa.us/

    Music featured in the podcast is provided by Joseph McDade.

    • 18 min
    Afterschool Program Return on Investment

    Afterschool Program Return on Investment

    In this episode, Glenn Pasewicz, Susan Elder, Allison Kobzowicz discuss their report detailing the social benefits of Out-of-School Time programs. Both the full report, Return on Investment of Afterschool Programs in Pennsylvania, and a short summary are available on the JSGC website. This report was sponsored  by Representative  Wheatley and authorized by HR 180 of 2020.   The report was released in June of 2021.


    Music by Joseph McDade.

    • 20 min
    Mental Health Services for Victims of Sexual Violence

    Mental Health Services for Victims of Sexual Violence

    In this episode, Susan Elder and Bryan DeWalt speak with  Yvonne Hursh, project manager of Mental Health Services for Victims of Sexual Assault and Rape, about barriers to accessing mental health services, available state programs, and recommendations for what Pennsylvania can do moving forward. The report was authorized by House Resolution 642 of 2020 and sponsored by Representative McNeil. The final report was released in February of 2021.

    Several acronyms are used in this podcast:
    SANE – Sexual Assault Nurse ExaminersRAINN -  the Rape, Abuse & Incest National NetworkPCAR – Pennsylvania Coalition Against RapeSART – Sexual Abuse Response Teams  Additional Resources
    Sexual Assault HotlinesSANE Programs in PAPA Rape Crisis Centers and Services offered by County 
    Music by Joseph McDade.

    • 31 min
    Coordination of Veterans Services

    Coordination of Veterans Services

    JSGC Executive Director, Glenn Pasewicz, begins the episode by discussing the role of legislative task forces in the Commission's work.  Afterward, Susan Elder and Bryan DeWalt speak with project manager Frank Lill about our recent report on veterans services. The full report, Coordination of Veterans Services in Pennsylvania, was released in March of 2021.  The report was authorized by  Senate Resolution 170 of 2019 and sponsored by Senator Iovino. 

    Music by Joseph McDade.

    • 20 min
    Drug Treatment Warm Hand-Offs: Continuity of Care

    Drug Treatment Warm Hand-Offs: Continuity of Care

    In this episode,  Executive Director Glenn Pasewicz introduces the concept of warm hand-offs, a coordination of  public services to encourage people with Substance Use Disorder to seek treatment.  The majority of the episode features Susan Elder and Bryan DeWalt speaking with Helen Khanzhina, project manager of Warm Hand-Offs in Pennsylvania. The report was authorized by  House Resolution 216 of 2019 and sponsored by Representative Polinchock. The final report was released in December of 2020.

    Music by Joseph McDade.

    • 27 min
    Police Powers

    Police Powers

    In this episode, Susan Elder and Bryan DeWalt interview Stephen Kramer and Allison Kobzowicz on their report Police Powers to Make Arrests, Carry Firearms, and Other Enforcement Authorizations in Pennsylvania which was released in December of 2020. They are joined by Executive Director Glenn Pasewicz who details the Commission's role in consolidating state statutes.  The report was authorized by  House resolution 620 of 2019 and sponsored by Representative Jozwiak. 

    Music by Joseph McDade.

    • 15 min

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