October 14, 2020
"These municipalities are not going to sit idly by and watch their resources drain away... Perhaps we’re in a position where new and innovative approaches that were unthinkable years ago are now...
August 24, 2020
Public Source: Many arrests are rooted in behavioral health issues. Can this program be an alternative for the Pittsburgh region?
“'Those issues don’t know geographic boundaries,' Raeford said. 'We really have to really be looking at this as a regional challenge.'”
July 21, 2020
July 20, 2020
"The City of Pittsburgh and CONNECT have been awarded funds to develop and implement a public health-focused, pre-arrest diversion program for people who commit low-level crimes stemming from...
June 10, 2020
TribLIVE: Municipalities across Pittsburgh region face bleak budget forecasts in wake of coronavirus
“There is no question in my mind that there will be fewer police and firefighters in the commonwealth...if no aid comes in,” said Rick Schuettler, executive director of the Pennsylvania Municipal...
May 21, 2020
"Miller says dozens of municipalities will now qualify for Act 47, which he points out has only been used a couple dozen times total since the law was enacted 33 years ago."
May 18, 2020
"Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Metropolitan Studies found that in the worst-case scenario, 112 cities, boroughs and townships would be unable to pay their bills with the...
March 15, 2020
Public Source: Why municipal fragmentation makes the wider Pittsburgh region especially vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic
"So what can we do? In the short term, we should focus on scaling up existing platforms for regional coordination across municipalities, like The Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT)."
January 25, 2020
Post Gazette: Hand-offs, not handcuffs: National program for nonviolent criminals may soon be coming to Pittsburgh
If officers are trained, motivated, and provided with “a streamlined process” that emphasizes rehabilitation over punishment, many of them will choose that route, [Cmdr Christopher Ragland] said.