Office of Advocacy and Reform

Our Mission
Our Vision
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Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

Pennsylvania as a national model of equity, inclusion, and justice for, and in the wellbeing of, vulnerable people.

Our Values

  • Equity
  • Inclusion
  • Justice
  • Data/Science
  • Innovation
  • Communication
  • Accountability
  • Bravery

About Us

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.

Meet the members of our Trauma-Informed PA Think Tank.

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