People Above Politics

Litz brings Local Government, Small Business, and Conservation Experience to the Table.

   Jo Ellen is a 5-term Lebanon County Commissioner who is the Boots on the Ground for local government implementing programs to Protect Children, Serve Families, Secure Justice, Manage Emergencies, and Safeguard Elections.  In short, Commissioner Litz Safeguards the Public Trust.

Whether it was the 2004 Campbelltown Tornado, Tropical Storm Lee in 2011, Jonas 30" Snowstorm 2016 , or the Summer Storm of 2018,

I've been here for you.

Litz was elected by her peers from across the state of Pennsylvania to serve as the 2012 president and 2013 chairman of the Board for the statewide commissioner's association. 

Litz is about starting a conversation from public structures like roads and bridges, water and sewer, schools, and energy.  A sound infrastructure is the basis of a sound economy.  Litz believes we need these Economy Boosting Jobs to put money into the pockets of people so that they can buy homes, cars, and goods.  Litz supports a transportation plan to make our roads and bridges safe.  In this way, we will create good paying jobs, get people to these jobs, our goods to market, and children to schools. 

Jo Ellen served as the chair of the MPO (2012-15)--Metropolitan Planning Organization for Lebanon County--where she helps to prioritize local road and bridge projects with PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration. 

Keep Litz doing the People's Business.


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Invest in my campaign for commissioner.  As a TEAM, we can overcome Big Money, and make this a People's Campaign.  Are you with me?

Each of us is at a different place in our life.  Some people can volunteer time.  Other people can provide financial support--$5, $50, or $500 a month.  Whatever your situation, your contribution of time and or money is gratefully appreciated.   

Your early and/or monthly donation will help Jo Ellen to get elected by printing literature, reserving media buys, ordering signs….  

Thank you for your help and support during this campaign.  Your unwavering commitment is the wind beneath my wings.

On election day, every vote matters.  You matter!  And I can't win this race without you.


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Thank you for your support and for all that you do.

Sincerely, Jo Ellen

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Team Litz:  Treasurer, Cathy Garrison

Honorary Chair:     Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll --a woman who broke the glass ceiling and contributed greatly to PA politics; born in 1930, died November 12, 2008.

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Lebanon County Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse

220 E Lehman St., Lebanon Pa  17042; phone (717)274-0427

Managed Care-2001

Services available from the Lebanon County Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse:

Substance Abuse Evaluations

Outpatient Counseling

Partial Hospitalization

Detoxification  - Methadone Treatment

Residential Rehabilitation

Halfway House Programs

Specialized Services for Women and Children

If you are a Lebanon County resident in need of any of these services, but do not have health insurance or funds to pay for these services, please contact either New perspective/Roxbury, 701 Chestnut St., Lebanon 270-3900 or Renaissance Counseling Center, 701 Chestnut St., Lebanon 274-2741.

The following programs are not funded by LCCDAA, but provide assistance 24 hours a day in the event of an emergency:

    Crisis Intervention, Good Samaritan Hospital, 4th & Walnut Sts.,      Lebanon 274-3363-health crisis and medical services

    Philhaven Hospital, 283 S Butler Rd., Mt Gretna 273-8871 -  psychiatric services


Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous 274-1649
Al-Anon 274-6212
ACOA (Adult children of alcoholics) none
Narcotics Anonymous none
NAR-ANON (For those affected by some one else's drug use) 272-6875

Since 1986 the Lebanon County Commissioners have declared the last week in October (23-31) as "Red Ribbon Week."  As part of this national campaign against drug and alcohol abuse, local businesses are asked to help the Lebanon County Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program "paint the town" red.wpe5.jpg (15071 bytes)


Since its conception, the red ribbon has come to symbolize each person's individual commitment to a drug-free lifestyle.  Red ribbons are distributed free for the asking.  Call 274-2741.  The slogan this year is, "Working Towards a Drug Free Community!"


Drug and alcohol abuse continues to be the number one contributing factor in divorce, child abuse, violent crimes, teen pregnancy, school drop outs, and suicide.  This type of abuse is the number one killer of our children between the ages of 13 and 20.  All of us share in the responsibility to educate our children and community about this life threatening disease.


The Red Ribbon Campaign is celebrated across the country each October.   It originated in 1985 when Federal Agent Enrique "kiki" Camerena was murdered while he was investigating Mexican drug traffickers.  The Red Ribbon became the symbol to reduce the demand for drugs. 

Goals and Objectives

Fiscal Year 1996 - 1997

Goal 1:  To make available an array of substance abuse treatment services to Lebanon County residents

Objective 1: To maintain ownership and operation of New Perspective     via private provider

Action Step 1:  maintain written agreement with provider to operate New Perspective in accordance with the goals and objectives of the SCA

Action Step 2:  Review performance of contracted provider through ongoing communication and biannual monitoring visits.

Objective 2:  To maintain written agreements with ODAP-licensed providers for the provision of treatment services to Lebanon County residents.

Action Step 1:  Develop and execute written agreements with selected treatment providers.

Goal 2:  To expand substance abuse services within the Lebanon County Correctional Facility.

Objective 1:  To provide substance abuse therapy to female inmates incarcerated in the Lebanon County Correctional Facility.

Action Step 1:  Add a women's outpatient therapy group to the schedule of services to the inmate population.

Goal 3:  To assure that the Lebanon County Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse is operated in compliance with ODAP regulations.

Objective 1:  To develop and implement yearly goals and objectives.

Action Step 1:  Review progress toward the goals and objectives of the agency on a regular basis

Objective 2:  To schedule and conduct agency and subcommittee meetings on a regular basis

Action Step 1:  Schedule and conduct monthly Executive Commission meetings

Action Step 2:  Schedule and conduct monthly Executive Committee meetings

Action Step 3:  Schedule and conduct monthly Prevention Committee meetings

Action Step 4:  Schedule and conduct quarterly Treatment Committee meetings

Action Stop 5:  Schedule and conduct monthly Budget Committee meetings

Objective 3:  To schedule and conduct Service Provider Advisory Task Force meetings on a regular basis

Action Step 1:  Schedule and conduct quarterly Service Provider Advisory Task Force meetings