Governor Wolf Visits Johnstown Center of Excellence, Touts Strides Made in 2016-17 Budget to Combat Opioid Epidemic

first_imgGovernor Wolf Visits Johnstown Center of Excellence, Touts Strides Made in 2016-17 Budget to Combat Opioid Epidemic July 21, 2016 Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Johnstown, PA — Governor Tom Wolf and Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas visited a Center of Excellence today to discuss the significant strides made in the 2016-17 budget to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic in Pennsylvania. The Wolf Administration successfully secured the necessary funding for DHS to open 20 Centers of Excellence (COEs) statewide by October 1, 2016.“I am thrilled that by working with Republicans and Democrats, we have achieved this level of funding for our fight against this public health crisis,” said Governor Wolf. “Now that this year’s budget is complete, it is imperative that we all continue working together to focus on Pennsylvania’s opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic. While the budget allows us to expand treatment for individuals suffering from addiction, we can and should do more to address this matter that is plaguing all of our communities. My administration will keep its focus on this issue and I will continue preparing for the upcoming special session.”“The Centers for Excellence will provide vital, potentially life-saving coordination of care for Pennsylvanians struggling with the disease of addiction,” said Secretary Dallas. “Rather than just treating a person’s addiction, DHS will treat the entire patient through team-based treatment, with the explicit goal of integrating behavioral health and primary care and, when necessary, evidence-based medication assisted treatment. As our strategy involves both behavioral therapy and FDA approved medication that individuals take to help curb cravings and manage withdrawal symptoms, it can improve the odds of recovery.”Governor Wolf and Secretary Dallas visited Alliance Medical Services in Johnstown.“We needed to find the funding to expand services and make them more accessible. Under the Governor’s leadership, we were successful,” said Joe Pritchard, CEO of Pinnacle Treatment Centers, which oversees Alliance Medical Services. “The staff and clinicians of Alliance Medical Services, as well as other Pinnacle Treatment Centers sites around the commonwealth, understand that opioid addiction is an illness and that we need to re-think our approach regarding treatment for these patients. The Centers for Excellence approach of treating the whole person according to their individual needs while integrating services within the community underscores the model used at Alliance Medical Services and throughout Pinnacle.”The current path of treatment for people who have opioid-related substance use disorders can be confusing and difficult to navigate. The links between behavioral health treatment and physical health treatment are often broken or not made at all. This means people may drop out of treatment after they receive care for their physical symptoms, bypassing critical components of care such as behavioral therapies and connection to community supports that can lead to meaningful recovery from substance use disorder.The Centers of Excellence are a central, efficient hub around which treatment revolves. These centers will have navigators to assist people with opioid-related substance use disorders though the medical system, and ensure they receive behavioral and physical health care, as well as any evidence-based medication-assisted treatment needed.The use of medication (like buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone), coupled with wrap-around supportive services, can prevent people from relapsing and improve their chances for recovery, ultimately driving the aforementioned statistics in the opposite direction.The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs will license the COEs as drug and alcohol providers that provide one of the three FDA-approved medications.DHS is currently working with its actuaries to determine whether additional COEs can be funded by analyzing the impact they will have on the physical and behavioral health Medicaid managed care rates.For more information about the Centers of Excellence, visit www.dhs.pa.govLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Spurling, Parady named Maine Basketball Hall of Fame inductees

first_imgELLSWORTH — Ellsworth’s Terry Spurling and Mount Desert Island’s Bernard Parady were announced Wednesday as two of 19 inductees into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2017 class.Spurling, a former All-State player, was part of the legendary Ellsworth boys’ teams that claimed back-to-back state titles in both 1953 and 1954. He later played at the University of Maine and coached at both Aroostook Central Institute and Houlton.Parady spent 26 years coaching the boys’ basketball teams at both Mount Desert High School in Northeast Harbor and MDI High School in Bar Harbor. His Mount Desert teams won state titles in 1958, 1959, 1960 and 1965, and MDI named the gymnasium in his honor in 1991.Others set to be inducted include Houlton’s Diane Nagle, Stearns’ Terry Carr and current Husson University women’s head coach Kissy Walker. The induction ceremony will be held Aug. 20 at Bangor’s Cross Insurance Center.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

AP Source: Brewers, Reds game postponed in wake of shooting of Black man in Wisconsin

first_imgAP Source: Brewers, Reds game postponed in wake of shooting of Black man in Wisconsin August 26, 2020 Associated Press center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMILWAUKEE (AP) — AP Source: Brewers, Reds game postponed in wake of shooting of Black man in Wisconsin.last_img

Dodgers sign Mookie Betts to 12-year, $365 million extension

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Mookie Betts and the Dodgers have finalized a contract extension that will keep the talented outfielder in Los Angeles through 2032. The contract pays $365 million – an average of $30.4 million over 12 years – including deferrals. Progress toward the extension was first reported Wednesday morning by Boston radio station WEEI.Due to become a free agent this winter, now Betts can’t become a free agent before his 40th birthday.Betts still hasn’t played a regular-season game since he was traded by the Red Sox for Alex Verdugo and prospects Jeter Downs and Connor Wong in February. The novel coronavirus pandemic postponed spring training in March. Baseball’s new Opening Day is Thursday.Angels outfielder Mike Trout signed a 10-year, $360 million extension with the Angels last year. He cannot be traded without his permission. Trout was 27 at the time the deal was signed. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Betts, who turns 28 in October, might be second only to Trout among the best players in the game. In 2019, he batted .295 with 29 home runs and 80 RBIs for the Red Sox. That was considered a “down year” in comparison to his MVP campaign of 2018: a .346 average, 32 home runs, 80 RBIs and a career-high 30 stolen bases.In Los Angeles, Betts is poised to join the reigning National League MVP, Cody Bellinger, to form an incomparable outfield duo. Bellinger has been deployed in center field and Betts in right field in exhibition games this year.Betts becomes the sixth baseball player to sign a contract in excess of $300 million. Trout, Gerrit Cole, Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and Giancarlo Stanton are the others.Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img read more