To advocate for all vulnerable people in our Commonwealth across all state government agencies, convenings, and communities to continuously reform our policies and procedures to achieve excellence in our outcomes and theirs.
Pennsylvania as a national model of equity, inclusion, and justice for, and in the wellbeing of, vulnerable people.
In July of 2019, Governor Wolf signed an executive order to create the Office of Advocacy and Reform to better protect and serve vulnerable Pennsylvanians.
The Office of Advocacy and Reform (OAR) consists of an Executive Director, a Child Advocate, and the Long-Term Care Ombudsman. The team works on behalf of vulnerable Pennsylvanians both internally across all state agencies and externally in all of our communities. Using principles of Trauma-Informed Practices and Public Health Strategy, OAR seeks to reduce trauma to vulnerable populations through a focus on prevention whenever possible. That requires identifying and eliminating core causes of a problem, and not just indefinitely treating its symptoms.
View the plan to guide the commonwealth and service providers statewide on what it means to be trauma-informed and healing-centered in PA: Trauma-Informed PA: A Plan to Make Pennsylvania a Trauma-Informed, Healing-Centered State
Meet the members of our Trauma-Informed PA Think Tank.
- Office of Advocacy and Reform Announces Plan to Build a Trauma-Informed Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania Seeks Volunteer Think Tank Members to Set Guidelines for ‘Trauma-Informed PA’
- Gov. Wolf: Child Advocate Joins Office of Advocacy and Reform