We were incredibly disappointed to learn that Governor Wolf vetoed Senate Bill 906 this afternoon, which would put a five-year moratorium on the closings of Polk and White Haven State Centers. We were proud of the bi-partisan support this bill received in both the House and the Senate over the last many weeks, and we hope that support continues in the coming days.
S.B. 906 would create a full and fair process that would not only create better and more equitable outcomes to the residents of Polk and White Haven Centers, but would also ensure the Commonwealth addresses the 12,182 individuals in need on the waitlist. We agree with the Governor that quality care and individual choice should be paramount when aiding the individuals we serve. While community-based living is often the best option for many individuals with intellectual disabilities, it is not the best option for all individuals.
We urge the General Assembly to override this veto and enact S.B. 906 as law to ensure continued, quality care for the residents of Polk and White Haven State Centers and for the thousands of Pennsylvanians currently on the waitlist.