Pennsylvania State Agencies Release 2016 Accomplishments (Round-Up)

By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant

December 18, 2016

With the year coming to an end, Pennsylvania state agencies have released their 2016 accomplishments to highlight the progress made by each agency this year.

Since taking office, Governor Wolf has focused on three priorities for his administration; creating Jobs That Pay, funding Schools That Teach, and providing a Government That Works for all Pennsylvanians. State agencies are essential in helping Governor Wolf implement and improve programs that move these three initiatives and Pennsylvania forward.

Some highlighted accomplishments of 2016 include:

Select an agency to see full list of 2016 accomplishments.

Department of Education

Helping the governor implement a new fair-funding formula and to secure a historic $640 million increase in funding for Pennsylvania schools.

Department of Labor & Industry

Increasing access to workforce training and development through programs, such as the Pennsylvania’s Apprenticeship Initiative.

Department of Community and Economic Development

Announcing the completion of 58 projects through the Governor’s Action Team that will enhance job creation and investments across the Commonwealth.

Department of Health

Working to implement Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program and working collaboratively with other state agencies to tackle the current opioid abuse epidemic plaguing Pennsylvania.

Department of Human Services

Establishing Centers of Excellence to treat individuals suffering from Substance Use Disorder and increasing the number of Pennsylvanian’s enrolled for healthcare benefits.

Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs

Implementing a “warm hand-off” policy to ensure that overdose survivors are directed into treatment and providing drug take-back boxes across the state so Pennsylvanian’s can properly dispose of unwanted prescriptions.

Department of Aging

Hosting several community forums statewide to receive feedback from thousands of stakeholders on how to enhance the lives of older Pennsylvanians and working with the Department of Human Services to rollout Community HealthChoices to improve long-term care in Pennsylvania.

Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Coordinating efforts to place more than 2,500 homeless veterans into permanent housing and working with Governor Wolf to enact several bills that support the military and veterans, such as increased pay for state active duty.

Insurance Department

Announcing savings of $2.7 million by making changes in investment managers fees.

Department of Transportation

Improving customer service by reducing wait times at Driver License Centers and creating a new mobile app for Driver License examiners and construction inspectors.

Department of Banking and Securities

Announcing a new program designed to identify and protect Pennsylvania seniors from financial abuse.

Office of Administration

Publishing the first annual report of accomplishments for the Governor’s Office of Transportation, Innovation, Management, and Efficiency (GO-TIME), highlighting projects that helped save over $156 million for taxpayers.

Department of State

Announcing that nearly 900,000 Pennsylvanians registered to vote by the October registration deadline by using Online Voter Registration.

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Issuing its State Forest Management Plan that will help protect and sustain Pennsylvania’s forests.

Department of Environmental Protection

Implementing mine land reclamation projects to put coal miners back to work and continuing to improve investments in Pennsylvania’s energy economy

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