GROVE CITY – Rep. Tedd Nesbit (R-Mercer/Butler) issued the following statement regarding the announcement from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and its decision to close Polk and White Haven State centers in 2022:
“I am sad to learn that the Department of Human Services will be closing the Polk and White Haven State centers in 2022. I know the closing of these centers will result in hundreds of lost jobs and will negatively affect our region’s economy and communities.
“Additionally, I am disappointed that the governor and his administration made this unilateral decision without seeking input from my office and other state representatives in our region.
“The Department of Human Services will hold public hearings to accept comment about the closures from stakeholders, officials and the community. I encourage affected constituents to attend and voice their concerns. The Polk Center public hearing will be from 1-4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9, at Atlantic Avenue Church, 160 Atlantic Ave. in Franklin, and the White Haven public hearing will be from 1-4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, at Hazleton One Community Center, 225 E. 4th St. in Hazleton.
“Please know that my office is available to answer any questions regarding this closure and are available to help with any state related issue. My district office is located at 234 West Pine Street in Grove City, and my office can be reached at 724-458-4911.”
Representative Tedd Nesbit
8th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Brooke Haskell