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Economy, Human Services, Press Release, Public Health, Public Safety, Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today detailed the plans for implementation of the $55.9 million federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant secured last week for the state’s response to the opioid epidemic. The planned initiatives focus on prevention, treatment, recovery, education, and training.“Pennsylvania continues to develop comprehensive ways to battle the opioid crisis, with a continued focus on increasing access to medication-assisted treatment and initiatives centered around evidence-based practices,” Governor Wolf said. “The initiatives are holistic and sustainable and will help us accurately tie programs to community needs, ensuring we are helping the most people fight and win this battle.”The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), along with Governor Wolf’s office, led the application effort with multiple state agencies now charged with implementing and tracking each initiative.“In order to effectively support individuals battling this disease, it is critical to offer wrap around services to address barriers hindering their recovery,” said DDAP Secretary Jen Smith. “The entire administration worked together to submit the successful application – a true testament of a ‘Government that Works.’ It is so important that we recognize that each individual battling addiction is just that – an individual with unique circumstances and challenges. We must continue to work together to offer services and supports that fit their needs. I look forward to continuing this collaboration to bring these projects to life.”The initiatives included in this grant focus on three overarching “buckets,” including housing supports and assistance, criminal justice and law enforcement initiatives with a focus on reentrant supports and prevention, and workforce development strategies.Opioid housing initiativeLed by the Department of Human Services (DHS) in partnership with the Pennsylvania Housing and Finance Agency, the opioid housing initiative will direct $15 million for pre-tenancy and tenancy supports and rental assistance for individuals with opioid use disorder in need of supportive housing.Also, the grant prioritizes an additional $2 million in funding to develop person-centered Health Homes to provide comprehensive physical and behavioral health care to pregnant women with OUD. These Health Homes will improve access to high-quality care for pregnant women living with OUD.“As we treat a person’s substance use disorder, we need to think broadly about what barriers to recovery may be,” said DHS Secretary Teresa Miller. “Access to safe, reliable housing is an important part of living a healthy life. The Health Homes will ensure that pregnant women have a safe and stable home that allows them to focus on their recovery and their baby’s needs.”Criminal justice programs and law enforcement initiatives with a focus on re-entry supports and preventionThe grant funding will allow the Department of Corrections to significantly expand access to all three FDA-approved medication-assisted treatments (MATs) to re-entrants and support the agency’s efforts to hire an in-house addiction medicine specialist.“We know that medication to treat substance use disorder is not one-size-fits-all,” said Corrections Secretary John Wetzel. “By making available all FDA-approved medications, we will increase the possibility that each individual afflicted with this disease will get what works best for them and thus increase the chance of a successful course of treatment. The addition of a DOC addiction specialist will provide the expertise needed to continue to implement these MAT options in an evidence-based, systematic, and effective way.”In addition, the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) will use its Overdose Information Network (ODIN) to identify areas of the state most severely affected by drug trafficking and use grant funding to increase community policing in those areas.PSP will also utilize grant dollars to increase awareness of and access to treatment for individuals with OUD and their loved ones.Workforce developmentThe Department of Health will lead the establishment of a Pennsylvania OUD Loan Repayment Program to provide loan repayment for eligible health care practitioners who work in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and specialize in treating individuals with OUD.“Access to medical professionals is essential to helping Pennsylvanians recover from this disease,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “With more medical professionals trained to treat patients suffering from opioid use disorder, especially in our most underserved areas, we will be able to improve their health outcomes and save lives.”In addition to the priority buckets detailed above, increasing access to treatment and recovery supports through Pennsylvanian’s 47 Single County Authorities (SCAs) will remain a top focus.The grant will also support the development of regional programs focusing on the education, prevention, or identification of OUD for Pennsylvania veterans, their families or caregivers and the identification of resources available for referral for treatment. This collaborative effort will combine local, state and federal government partners, veterans’ service organizations, and service providers across the commonwealth in a regional effort to combat this crisis.Complementing this significant federal investment are two, $26.5 million grants that have been received over the past two years from SAMHSA as part of the 21st Century CURES Act. With the new SAMHSA grant, Pennsylvania has received a total of $108 million in federal funding to fight the opioid epidemic.For more information on the Wolf Administration’s efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, visit governor.pa.gov. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Details Plans for $55.9 Million Grant to Fight Opioid Epidemic September 27, 2018 read more
Hoddle, Fabio Capello and Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino have emerged as contenders for the position after Andre Villas-Boas’ abrupt departure. The former England boss was in charge at Spurs between 2001 and 2003 but has not been in club management since Wolves in 2006. “It is a wonderful job at the end of the day. It is a big squad and a superb squad.” Sherwood, who is already on the coaching staff at White Hart Lane, is to take charge of Spurs in an interim role, beginning with Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup quarter-final at home against West Ham. Sherwood’s interim role could be extended for a longer period depending on the club’s search for a permanent successor. The Hammers won 3-0 in the Premier League contest at White Hart Lane in early October and face a Tottenham side without captain Michael Dawson and midfielders Paulinho and Sandro. Paulinho misses the first of three matches for his dismissal against Liverpool, while Dawson is banned for one match and Sandro is expected to be out for around a week with a calf injury. Danny Rose (toe), Christian Eriksen (ankle), Vlad Chiriches (knee) and Younes Kaboul (thigh) could all return, but defender Jan Vertonghen (ankle) is out. Glenn Hoddle has been backed to revive Tottenham by his former Spurs team-mate Ossie Ardiles. Press Association Gary Lineker was among those backing Hoddle, and Ardiles, Spurs boss from 1993 to 1994. “For me, the man for the job is Glenn Hoddle,” Ardiles told TalkSPORT. “I think he is a wonderful manager and he is a lot more mature, so I think he will be a wonderful choice. “He knows everything about the Premier League and Spurs especially.” Villas-Boas was sacked after Sunday’s 5-0 loss at home to Liverpool, with Tim Sherwood placed in temporary charge. Despite the Reds reverse and the earlier 6-0 defeat at Manchester City, Ardiles has confidence in the Spurs squad. The former Argentina midfielder added: “I believe whoever is the manager will have a wonderful, wonderful squad. They have one of the best squads in the Premier League in fact. “Unfortunately, things have not gone right this season, but in terms of the quality of our players it is absolutely second to none. read more
MEGHAN CONLIN/Herald PhotoTry to give junior Andrea Wiesner a hard practice and she’ll laugh in your face — literally. The short and bubbly member of the Wisconsin swim team is always laughing, even through a rough practice. “She always has a positive attitude throughout practice,” teammate Amalia Sarnecki said. “Having someone around who is light-hearted and entertains makes it easier to be there. … She is just so much fun to have as a teammate. Honestly, the best person ever. I am really grateful to have Andrea as a training partner and as a friend.”Even though Wiesner always has a smile on her face, not everything is fun and games.This Montrose, Colo. native takes swimming seriously and she has the finish times to back it up. Going into the Big Ten Championships on Wednesday, Wiesner will enter the meet ranked second nationally in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:14.25.Wiesner swam that time at the Texas Invitational last December, a swim she considers the highlight of her season.Wiesner also ranks fourth in the nation in the 200-yard individual medley and 37th in the 200-yard backstroke.Her times have already qualified her for the NCAA Championships in March. It will be her second showing at the meet.”I think it’s awesome,” her older brother and former teammate Eric Wiesner said of her qualifying for nationals. “I’m very proud and impressed with her. I think she deserves it. She is a very humble person who works hard and is not conceited. … She is also very smart and fun to hang out with.”Wiesner has been swimming with her brother since she was little and it was only fitting that she follow in his footsteps when deciding on a college.”I enjoy having her here,” Eric said. “Me being here helped her in transition between high school and college. She enjoys it here and doesn’t regret her decision at all.”In high school, Wiesner also enjoyed some success in the water. She won six state titles and was named Colorado 4A Swimmer of the Year during her senior year.”I’m pretty proud of my accomplishments in high school, I guess,” Wiesner said humbly.Her high school successes attracted the attention of the Wisconsin coaches and again with a smile, Wiesner committed to UW before taking an official trip here.”I had been familiar with the school, I really liked Madison, I liked the team and the coaches are great,” Wiesner said.Wiesner’s impact on the team was immediate and not just in the pool. Wiesner boosts one of the highest GPAs on the team and her academic achievements have helped the women’s swimming team to the highest GPA in the athletic department.”I think she is [a] silent leader,” her brother said. “She is just a really smart girl and works really hard for it. Holding a high GPA and swimming at the level that she does is impressive.”Now, following in her footsteps, the last member of the Wiesner family, younger brother Steven, has recently committed to UW.When asked about his brother committing, Eric simply said, “I don’t even know. I honestly think it’s weird.”Added Sarnecki, “I think they should move to Wisconsin so they could pay in-state tuition.” read more
Board member of Accra Great Olympics, Fred Pappoe, has urged the club to be united and up to the task in their return to the Ghana premier league.Olympics, together with King Faisal, were reinstated to the Ghana Premier League for the 2019/2020 football season at the GFA Extraordinary Congress last Friday.The two clubs had been asking to be part of the new league structure after they both deemed to have been victims of some acts of injustice and those acts led to their relegation.The move means that the new league season will have 18 teams instead of the standard 16 which has been the norm for many years, with 5 teams to be relegated at the end of the season, bring the number of competing teams back to 16 at the start of the 2020/2021 season.Pappoe says they cannot get carried away by the huge opportunity presented to them, and must fight hard to retain their place in the league when the competition starts.“It is a source of great joy for the club and the supporters, but it also signifies the need for hardwork and unity in the club,” he said.“We know that we cannot just jubilate because of this decision and forget the task at hand.“It calls for a lot of hard work and unity in the club, and I’m sure the club will rise up to the challenge,” he added. read more