Aug. 14, 2019

HARRISBURG – In light of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) announcing its plans to close White Haven State Center, Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) shared his concerns about how this closure will impact the individuals and their families who depend on the center’s care as well as the staff of the facility.

“Today, I was informed that DHS would be closing the White Haven State Center, despite the fact that they never mentioned this being considered prior to their announcement. This closure is truly a blow to our community as 112 facility residents depend on and benefit from the center’s various programs to help with their daily needs and 429 employees depend on this center to earn a living.

“DHS should not bypass input from center residents, employees or our local legislative delegation like they did before making such a critical decision. This is an issue that requires substantial legislative inquiry as a means to ensure that the state is acting in the best interests of the residents there.”

For more information about this outreach, or any other state-related issue, contact Kaufer’s district office in Luzerne located at 161 Main St., by calling 570-283-1001. Information can also be found online at or

Representative Aaron Kaufer
120th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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