Pittsburgh, Pa. −December 6, 2017 − At the request of Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), the state Senate Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public hearing this Friday in Pittsburgh on Costa’s legislation that would enable families to seek court-authorized or mandatory treatment for their loved ones.

The hearing will be held Friday, Dec. 8 at 10 am in the Dougherty Ballroom of Duquesne University’s Power Center Building, 1015 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15282.

The committee is chaired by Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh). Participants include:

  • Jen Smith, Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs;
  • Briana Mihok, Senior Policy Strategist, University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics;
  • Dennis Daley, PhD, University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry;
  • Tina Flowers and Don Holman, family advocates;
  • Cheryl Andrews, executive director, Washington County Single County Authority;
  • Marc Cherna, director, Allegheny County Department of Human Services;
  • Mark Sarneso, MS, director of Central and Western Region, Gaudenzia Inc.;
  • Stuart Fisk, CRNP, director of the Center for Inclusion Health, and Dr. Mitchell West, DO, MHA, medical director of addiction medicine, Allegheny Health Network;
  • Dr. Michael Consuelos, senior vice president for clinical integration, Hospital & Healthsystem Assoc. of PA;
  • Dr. Michael Lynch, assistant professor of emergency medicine, UPMC, and medical director, Pittsburgh Poison Center;
  • Attorney Sara Rose, staff attorney, ACLU of PA; and
  • Rosa Davis, executive director, Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery.

Media coverage is welcome.


CONTACT: Charlie Tocci
PHONE: 717-787-5166

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