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

Angels drain pitching staff in marathon loss to Orioles

first_imgThe 6-hour, 19-minute game ended at 1:27 a.m., shortly after Jonathan Villar gave the Orioles the final margin with a two-run homer against Canning.The Orioles then had to resort to using center fielder Stevie Wilkerson to pitch the bottom of the inning. Flipping 55-mph tosses over the plate, Wilkerson retired the Angels in order, becoming the first position player to record a save since saves became an official statistic (1969).The loss snapped the Angels’ four-game winning streak. They had been 46-0 when leading after seven innings.The Angels used eight of their nine active relievers, with Noé Ramírez unavailable because he was at home sick. Four of the pitchers were working for the third day in a row, including Adalberto Mejia, who pitched three innings.Canning got the ball in the 15th as a last resort, as the Angels tried to squeeze out a victory on a night when their best relievers – Ty Buttrey and Hansel Robles – had each allowed runs. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter PreviousLos Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout gets set to bat during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jose Suarez throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsANAHEIM, CA – JULY 25: Starting pitcher Jimmy Yacabonis #31 of the Baltimore Orioles throws against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 25: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits double against Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout stands on second after hitting a double during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, dives safely into third on a wild pitch as Baltimore Orioles third baseman Hanser Alberto takes a late throw during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 25: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reaches safely at third base under tag of Hanser Alberto #57 of the Baltimore Orioles advancing from second base on wild pitch by pitcher Jimmy Yacabonis #31 of the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 25: Justin Upton #8 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a sacrifice ball to score Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from third base against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, left, scores on a sacrifice fly by Justin Upton as Baltimore Orioles catcher Pedro Severino gestures during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 25: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is congratulated after scoring a run on a Justin Upton #8 hit a sacrifice fly against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 25: Justin Upton #8 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is congratulated after hitting a sacrifice fly to score Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jose Suarez throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 25: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim holds the bat in the dugout as he prepares to hit against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 25: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim throws his helmet after striking with base loaded for the last of the third inning against relief pitcher Tom Eshelman #32 of the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Angels catcher Kevan Smith chases the Orioles’ Anthony Santander during a run-down between home plate and third base during the fourth inning of Thursday’s game at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols smiles as he talks to players in the Baltimore Orioles’ dugout during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout walks by a picture of Tyler Skaggs in center field prior to a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. Skaggs died on July 1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, turns away after being hit by a pitch during the third inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, left, is congratulated by Albert Pujols after scoring on a sacrifice fly by Justin Upton during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 25: Relief pitcher Luis Garcia #40 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim throws against Baltimore Orioles during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels third baseman Matt Thaiss, top, throws out Baltimore Orioles’ Trey Mancini as Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Luis Garcia ducks during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Baltimore Orioles’ Richie Martin, right, is congratulated by Anthony Santander after scoring on a single by Renato Nunez during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, right, hits a three RBI double as Baltimore Orioles catcher Pedro Severino watches during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Baltimore Orioles right fielder Anthony Santander makes a catch on a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Kevan Smith during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, talks with home plate umpire Tony Randazzo after striking out during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin, left, rounds first after hitting a solo home run as Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Mychal Givens walks off the mound during the ninth inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Baltimore Orioles’ Jace Peterson, right, scores on a single by Hanser Alberto as Los Angeles Angels pitcher Griffin Canning walks back to the mound during the 15th inning of a baseball game Friday, July 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 25: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits two-run double tote up the game against Baltimore Orioles during the 15th inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Orioles catcher Pedro Severino tags out the Angels’ David Fletcher at home plate as he attempts to score the winning run on a two-run double by Mike Trout during the 15th inning of Thursday’s game at Angel Stadium. The Angels lost 10-8 in 16 innings. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher, left, is tagged out by Baltimore Orioles catcher Pedro Severino while trying to score on an RBI double by Mike Trout during the 15th inning of a baseball game Friday, July 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Members of the Los Angeles Angels gesture during an official review following a close play at home after Angels’ David Fletcher tried to score on a double by Mike Trout during the 15th inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Friday, July 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 25: Hanser Alberto #57 of the Baltimore Orioles congratulates Jonathan Villar #2 of the Baltimore Orioles after hit a two-run home run to break a tie game in the 16th inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Baltimore Orioles’ Jonathan Villar, center, celebrates his two-run home run with Pedro Severino, left, as Los Angeles Angels catcher Kevan Smith stands at the plate during the 16th inning of a baseball game Friday, July 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 25: Centerfielder Stevie Wilkerson #12 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches in the sixteenth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 25: Centerfielder Stevie Wilkerson #12 of the Baltimore Orioles is congratulated by Hanser Alberto #57 of the Baltimore Orioles after earning a save against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the sixteenth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. Wilkerson came in to close the game after the Orioles ran out of pitcher. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout gets set to bat during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 35Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout gets set to bat during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandANAHEIM — Anyone who stuck around for the end of the Angels game on Thursday night/Friday morning will certainly be unable to forget it.No matter how hard they try.Not only did the Angels lose a heartbreaking 10-8, 16-inning game to the Baltimore Orioles, getting shut out by a center fielder for the final inning, but they exhausted their pitching staff to the point that they’ll be in scramble mode for at least a couple days.The Angels were forced to use Griffin Canning, who was scheduled to start on Friday, for the last two innings. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Brian Goodwin, who had entered the game for defense, bailed out Robles by hitting a game-tying homer in the bottom of the ninth.That sent the game spinning into extra innings, as both teams exhausted their bullpens to try to secure the victory.Hours earlier, Angels starter José Suarez had done all the team asked of him, getting two times through the order while keeping the team in the game.Suarez was charged with two runs in 4-1/3 innings. He struck six of the 10 hitters he faced in the first three innings before the Orioles got to him for a run in the fourth. He was pulled after allowing back-to-back singles in the fifth.The Orioles primary pitcher was Tom Eshelman, a product of Cal State Fullerton pitching in his fourth big-league game.Eshelman was charged with one run in 4-1/3 innings. He struck out Mike Trout to strand two runners in the fourth and he struck out Albert Pujols to leave the bases loaded in the third. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Even though they came fractions of an inch from winning the game in the 15th, they at least earned Canning another chance to go back to the mound in the 16th. He got two outs but then gave up a single to Pedro Severino and a homer to Villar.“He’s not used to coming out of the ’pen, certainly not used to pitching at 1 o’clock in the morning,” Ausmus said of Canning.It’s unclear now who will start the next couple of days for the Angels, who already had a hole in their rotation on Saturday. The Angels also will need to figure out how to cover their bullpen. The four relievers who worked for the third straight day will certainly be unavailable.“We’ll have to find a way,” Ausmus said. “We’re in a position where we need to win games. Every game matters, so we’re gonna need some people that we didn’t necessarily have on the roster or didn’t expect to step up to step up and help us win.”It could have been a nice tidy victory in regulation if the Angels had held the 4-2 lead they took on Kole Calhoun’s three-run double in the seventh inning.Calhoun, who had two homers and four doubles in the previous two games, was all set to be the hero again.Buttrey then entered in the top of the eighth and promptly allowed the Orioles to tie it. He gave up three hits, including a game-tying double to Wilkerson.Robles, working for the third straight day, got the ball in a tie game in the ninth, and he allowed a homer to Trey Mancini on a 96 mph fastball at the top of the zone.Related Articles Canning gave up the tie-breaking runs on a two-out single by Jace Peterson in the15th. He then allowed another run on a single by Hanser Alberto.The Angels got Canning a second life when they scored three runs in the bottom of the 15th. Mike Trout’s bases-loaded double tied the score and nearly won it. David Fletcher was called out at the plate as he tried to score the winning run.“When it happened live I thought I got my hand in there, but I guess they didn’t have enough to overturn it,” Fletcher said. “When it’s really close they usually stay with what they call on the field. I thought I got my hand in there. I’m probably biased though.”Ausmus also said he thought the play should have been overturned on the video review: “His hand was in there before the glove hit him in the chest. I think it’s a tough call for (umpire) Tony Randazzo, but I think New York missed it.”last_img read more