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Podcasts
Pennsylvania State Capitol Preservation

07/30/2021 3:00 PM

 In this special episode, the JSGC staff take a break from our usual policy report discussions to sit down with Dave Craig, the Executive Director of the Capitol Preservation Committee, to talk about our favorite  capitol artwork, Dave's background and preservation philosophy, and all of the work done by the Committee to maintain one of the most beautiful state government buildings in the country.

To learn more about the Capitol Preservation Committee or browse through their shop of PA State Capitol memorabilia visit them at http://cpc.state.pa.us/

Music featured in the podcast is provided by Joseph McDade.

Afterschool Program Return on Investment

06/24/2021 2:00 PM

In this episode, Glenn Pasewicz, Susan Elder, Allison Kobzowicz discuss their report detailing the social benefits of Out-of-School Time programs. Both the full report, Return on Investment of Afterschool Programs in Pennsylvania, and a short summary are available on the JSGC website. This report was sponsored  by Representative  Wheatley and authorized by HR 180 of 2020.   The report was released in June of 2021.


Music by Joseph McDade.

Mental Health Services for Victims of Sexual Violence

05/07/2021 7:00 AM

In this episode, Susan Elder and Bryan DeWalt speak with  Yvonne Hursh, project manager of Mental Health Services for Victims of Sexual Assault and Rape, about barriers to accessing mental health services, available state programs, and recommendations for what Pennsylvania can do moving forward. The report was authorized by House Resolution 642 of 2020 and sponsored by Representative McNeil. The final report was released in February of 2021.

Several acronyms are used in this podcast:

  • SANE – Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners
  • RAINN -  the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
  • PCAR – Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
  • SART – Sexual Abuse Response Teams  

Additional Resources


Music by Joseph McDade.


Coordination of Veterans Services

04/05/2021 10:00 AM

JSGC Executive Director, Glenn Pasewicz, begins the episode by discussing the role of legislative task forces in the Commission's work.  Afterward, Susan Elder and Bryan DeWalt speak with project manager Frank Lill about our recent report on veterans services. The full report, Coordination of Veterans Services in Pennsylvania, was released in March of 2021.  The report was authorized by  Senate Resolution 170 of 2019 and sponsored by Senator Iovino. 

Music by Joseph McDade.


Drug Treatment Warm Hand-Offs: Continuity of Care

03/16/2021 11:00 AM

In this episode,  Executive Director Glenn Pasewicz introduces the concept of warm hand-offs, a coordination of  public services to encourage people with Substance Use Disorder to seek treatment.  The majority of the episode features Susan Elder and Bryan DeWalt speaking with Helen Khanzhina, project manager of Warm Hand-Offs in Pennsylvania. The report was authorized by  House Resolution 216 of 2019 and sponsored by Representative Polinchock. The final report was released in December of 2020.

Music by Joseph McDade.

Police Powers

01/15/2021 12:00 PM

In this episode, Susan Elder and Bryan DeWalt interview Stephen Kramer and Allison Kobzowicz on their report Police Powers to Make Arrests, Carry Firearms, and Other Enforcement Authorizations in Pennsylvania which was released in December of 2020. They are joined by Executive Director Glenn Pasewicz who details the Commission's role in consolidating state statutes.  The report was authorized by  House resolution 620 of 2019 and sponsored by Representative Jozwiak. 

Music by Joseph McDade.

Broadband Internet Access Part 2

12/18/2020 11:00 AM

In this episode, Susan Elder concludes our discussion on broadband internet access in Pennsylvania, which was started in our previous release. This episode again features Project Manager Yvonne Hursh, who is joined by Executive Director Glenn Pasewicz and Policy Analyst Bryan DeWalt.  For more information on broadband in Pennsylvania, check out the  Delivery of High-Speed Broadband Services in Unserved Areas and Underserved Areas of the Commonwealth report, which was released in September of 2020. The report was authorized by Senate Resolution 47 of 2019 and sponsored by Senator Phillips-Hill.

A short summary of the report is also available on our website.

Music by Joseph McDade.


Broadband Internet Access Part 1

12/11/2020 10:00 AM

In our second episode, Susan Elder begins her discussion on broadband internet access in Pennsylvania with Yvonne Hursh, the project manager of the Delivery of High-Speed Broadband Services in Unserved Areas and Underserved Areas of the Commonwealth report, released in September of 2020. The report was authorized by Senate Resolution 47 of 2019 and sponsored by Senator Phillips-Hill. This discussion will be concluded in our next episode.

A short summary of the report is also available on our website.

Music by Joseph McDade.


Reusing State Property for Drug Treatment

10/07/2020 11:00 AM

In our very first episode, Glenn Pasewicz, Executive Director at Joint State introduces the agency and explains our process for creating reports. The remainder of the episode contains a discussion between Susan Elder, Comptroller at JSGC and Bryan DeWalt, Project Manager of the recently released report titled Conversion of Unused State Property into Drug Treatment Facilities. The report was authorized by House Resolution 147 of 2019, sponsored by Representative Gregory.

Music by Joseph McDade

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