Sep. 20, 2019

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Preventing Suicides Begins with Risk Protection Orders

This week, I spoke at the Moms Demand Action Rally in Harrisburg as part of Suicide Prevention Month.

We lose about 1,000 Pennsylvanians to firearm suicide every year, nearly three people a day.

My legislation, House Bill 1075, would enact extreme risk protection orders to those in crises, temporarily restricting their access to firearms and saving lives from suicide in Pennsylvania.

Breaking Ground at Sandy Run
It was my privilege to attend the Sandy Run Middle School Groundbreaking Ceremony. I want to congratulate all the administrators, families and students for making this possible.

Pike Fest in Lower Gwynedd

I enjoyed chatting with everyone at Pike Fest in Lower Gwynedd this week. Such a great community event!

Applications Open for School Safety Grants
The School Safety and Security Grant Program is now accepting applications for funding from school districts and school entities across the Commonwealth.

The program, created by the Legislature and administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, offers both meritorious and competitive grants to help ensure the safety of all students in our schools.

Meritorious grants are open only to school districts, while competitive grants are available to school districts as well as other school entities, including intermediate units, area career and technical schools, charter schools and more.

The funding may be used for any of the nearly two dozen school safety initiatives listed in the law, including such things as hiring school security officers, purchasing security-related technology, completing safety and security assessments, implementing violence prevention curricula, offering counseling services for students, and other programs and services to protect students.

For more information about the program and how school districts and school entities may apply, click here. The deadline to apply for the grants is Monday, Nov. 4.
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