Toohil, Heffley to Seek Committee Meeting on Pending White Haven Center Closure

Sep. 13, 2019 /

HAZLETON – After attending Thursday’s public hearing regarding White Haven Center (WHC) conducted by the Department of Human Services (DHS), Reps. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) and Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced they are working with the chairman of the House Human Services Committee, Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), to hold an urgent meeting regarding the pending closure of the facility for the physically and mentally challenged.

Toohil Issues Statement on Proposed Closure of SCI Retreat

Aug. 29, 2019 /

HAZLETON – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) issued the following statement in response to the announcement by the Department of Corrections (DOC) of the proposed closure of SCI Retreat in Newport Township. The prison employs about 400 men and women, including many who reside in the 116th Legislative District, which Toohil represents.

Toohil to Host Senior Expo on Sept. 12

Aug. 14, 2019 /

HAZLETON – In her continuing effort to improve the quality of life for older residents in the Hazleton area, Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) will host a Senior Citizens Expo on Thursday, Sept. 12.

Toohil Issues Statement on Pending Closure of White Haven Center

Aug. 14, 2019 / Press Release

HAZLETON – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services that the White Haven Center will close in 2022. The decision affects 429 employees and 112 residents, who will be moved into community-based settings.

Toohil Applauds Wolf’s Creation of Child Advocate Position

Aug. 07, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) today commended Gov. Tom Wolf for signing an executive order last week that overhauls Pennsylvania’s protective services systems, including the creation of a child advocate position within state government.

CALO Awarded $1 Million Grant for Treatment Facility in Foster Township, Announce Toohil, Mullery, Yudichak

Aug. 01, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – CALO, a program that treats the effects of early childhood trauma, today was awarded a $1 million state grant that will go toward construction of a treatment facility in Foster Township, announced Reps. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne), Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne) and Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon). The legislators worked together in securing the funding through Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).

Lehigh Valley Health Network Awarded $1 Million for Expansion Project in Hazleton, Announce Toohil, Mullery, Yudichak

Aug. 01, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – Lehigh Valley Health Network today was awarded a $1 million state grant will go toward a multi-phased expansion project at its Health and Wellness Center in Hazleton, announced Reps. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne), Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne) and Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon), who, working together, played a key role in securing the funding through Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).

Toohil’s Adoption Bill Signed into Law

Jul. 11, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – Legislation to simplify the process for certain adoptions in Pennsylvania sponsored by Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) was recently signed into law.

Toohil Supports No-Tax-Hike Budget Bill

Jun. 26, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) joined a bipartisan majority of her House colleagues in passing the 2019-20 state budget proposal on Tuesday. House Bill 790 increases education funding to historic levels while keeping spending growth in line with the rate of inflation and without raising taxes or fees for hard-working Pennsylvania residents.

Free Produce Available to Area Seniors through State Program, Says Toohil

May. 29, 2019 /

HAZLETON – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) is encouraging eligible seniors living in the 116th Legislative District to take advantage of a Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture program that provides vouchers worth $20 that can be used to purchase produce at participating farmers markets and roadside stands.

Boback, Toohil Push for Passage of Foster Care Legislation

May. 14, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – The challenges faced by young people as they age out of foster care was the focus of an informational hearing conducted by the House Children and Youth Committee today. Rep. Karen Boback (R-Luzerne/Lackawanna/Wyoming), who chairs the committee, and Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne), who serves as committee vice chair, also held a news conference with stakeholders to discuss legislation that would make improvements to Pennsylvania’s foster care system.

Boback, Toohil to Discuss Foster Care Legislation at Capitol News Conference

May. 13, 2019 /

WHAT: House Children and Youth Committee Chairman Karen Boback (R-Luzerne/Lackawanna/Wyoming) and Vice Chairman Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) will host a news conference to discuss legislation that would improve Pennsylvania’s foster care system. Boback’s measure, House Bill 856, would reinstate the extension of permanent legal custodian and adoption assistance subsidies. Toohil’s proposal, House Bill 1326, would create a program to help foster care youth with obtaining driver’s education, training and costs associated with maintaining an auto insurance policy. House Bill 1276, sponsored by Rep. Dave Hickernell (R-Lancaster/Dauphin), would create a program to assist foster care youth with the challenges of accessing higher educational opportunities.

Toohil Seeking Additional State Funding for Hazleton Schools

Apr. 24, 2019 /

HAZLETON – Alarmed by the level of state funding for the Hazleton Area School District, Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) has contacted Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration to express her concern and push for a larger appropriation.

Boback, Toohil Chosen to Serve on Board of State Children’s Fund

Apr. 23, 2019 /

HARRISBURG - State Reps. Karen Boback (R-Luzerne/Lackawanna/Wyoming) and Tara Toohil (R-Luzerne) have been appointed to serve on the board of directors for the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF), a group dedicated to supporting innovative and creative community-based child abuse and neglect prevention programs.