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

Ready-to-eat chicken products recalled nationwide

first_imgWashington D.C. — Blount Fine Foods, a Fall River, Mass. establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of ready-to-eat chicken soup products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.The institutional, frozen “Chicken & Poblano Pepper Soup” items, which were labeled incorrectly as “Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup,” were produced on Jan. 24, 2019. The following product is subject to recall:  [View Labels (PDF only)]8-lb. cases containing 2 bags of “HOMESTYLE CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP” with a “USE BY 01242020 LOT 01242019 28A” lot code. The plastic bags inside the case are labeled as “Chicken & Poblano Pepper Soup” but do not identify a list of ingredients.The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. P-19449A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to restaurant distributor locations nationwide.The problem was discovered when the firm received a consumer complaint.There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ or restaurants’ refrigerators or freezers. Consumers or restaurants who have purchased these products are urged not to consume or serve them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that recalling firms are notifying their customers of the recall and that actions are being taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Blount Fine Foods Customer Care Team at (866) 674-4519 or email: recalls@blountfinefoods.com. Members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Larry Marchese, Managing Partner at Legion Thirteen, at (617) 733-8899.last_img read more

Ndidi: Leicester ready for EPL restart

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles stars model new national team jersey Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says The Leicester City squad are ready to face whatever the Premier League throws at them as they prepare for the restart of the season, midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has declared.After more than two months training alone, City have been back at Belvoir Drive as a team for the past fortnight, resuming contact sessions last week. And while they only have three more weeks to prepare before the campaign resumes on the weekend of June 20-21, Ndidi is confident he and his team-mates are already in the right physical and mental state for their remaining nine league games and push to secure qualification to the Champions League.“I would say we’re ready because even during the lockdown, everyone was working at home,” the 23-year-old, who became a first-time dad during the break, told LCFC TV. “So, we’re always ready and we’ll just see what comes next.“We’re just working hard. Everyone is keeping fit, working hard and the mentality is great, so we’ll just see what comes.”Manager Brendan Rodgers backed up that statement, and said he has been impressed with what he has seen from his squad on the training ground.“This early feeling has been about getting back into some sort of normality, getting into contact again, and I have to say, the players have been superb,” the manager said. “They’ve gone away and done a lot of work in their lockdown, come back and we tested them and they’re at a really high level, which is testament to the work they’ve done while we’ve been giving them programmes.”What the City players have not had for the past two months is the camaraderie of being with their teammates.That has changed now, and Ndidi believes it will spur the squad on.“I’m so glad because after staying home for so long, training alone, I’m so happy to see to see the boys, to see everyone in the training ground,” he said.“It has been amazing because seeing these guys, everyone is okay. So, we’re really happy to be back. I’m really, really happy to see these boys and see the manager and everyone. “The work I was doing in the garden, it was more difficult because I was alone. There was no push.“But training with the other guys now, you see some guys faster than you, so you try to push and try to catch up because you follow the pace of someone even better than you. You have to give 100 per cent.”Tags: Leicester City FCPremier LeagueWilfred Ndidilast_img read more

Shawcross earns Potters victory

first_img The hosts went 1-0 down in the 31st minute when their slack play at the back allowed Marouane Chamakh to score on his first Palace start. Charlie Adam equalised in the 58th minute, dispatching a shot beyond Julian Speroni from Jon Walters’ pass. Press Association Stoke came from behind with two goals in four minutes against Crystal Palace to ensure Mark Hughes’ first home game in charge of the Potters ended in a 2-1 victory. The hosts almost found an immediate reply as Crouch rose to get his head to Adam’s delivery and sent the ball against the bar. Palace were soon back on the attack, though, with Dean Moxey flashing an effort across the face of goal and narrowly wide. Jose Campana then looped a free-kick over the bar as the visitors finished the first half strongly. Stoke began the second period looking intent on getting themselves back in the game and within two minutes of the restart another good chance was missed by Crouch, with the striker completely miscuing an attempted header from a corner. Steven Nzonzi did not do much better in skewing a shot wide five minutes later, but Stoke kept up the tempo and Jon Walters’ produced an improved effort, lifting the ball over the bar. The equaliser duly arrived soon after as Walters received the ball from Crouch’s header and laid it to Adam, who placed it past Speroni into the net. Stoke’s momentum then swiftly yielded another goal as Huth and Shawcross made amends for their earlier sloppiness. Good perseverance in the box from the former saw the ball break for Shawcross to smash it home. Jason Puncheon went close to scoring a quick leveller, bursting into the box and unleashing a strike which Begovic slowed with a finger-tip at full stretch before smothering. Stoke then nearly added to their tally as Nzonzi lashed the ball against the post. Palace remained full of belief and after substitute Kevin Phillips had shot wide, Gayle was off-target with an ambitious volleyed attempt. Gayle also produced another unsuccessful shot in stoppage time as Stoke held on for the win. And Ryan Shawcross – who had been outmuscled by Chamakh in the build-up to the visitors’ goal – then netted what proved to be the winner in the 62nd minute, firing in when the ball ricocheted his way in the area. The result provided Hughes with his first points since being appointed as Stoke boss over the summer, and his first Barclays Premier League win since May 2012, when he was manager at QPR. Both Stoke and Palace were looking to bounce back from 1-0 defeats on the opening weekend of the season, and it was the home side who started the contest most brightly. Adam drilled a low shot from outside the box into the arms of Speroni in the sixth minute and the Potters continued to pressurise, winning three corners in quick succession but not being able to make anything of it. Dwight Gayle tried his luck at the other end in the 16th minute with a strike that Asmir Begovic got down to save, and Palace fans then appealed for a penalty when Joel Ward went down in the area under the attentions of Matthew Etherington, but referee Andre Marriner judged there had been no foul committed. Peter Crouch passed up an opportunity to put Stoke ahead in the 21st minute, nodding Etherington’s cross over the bar from inside the six-yard box. Palace had steadily been growing into the contest and just after the half-hour mark, they snatched the lead as Chamakh made the most of some poor Stoke defending. Alongside Shawcross, Chamakh chased a long ball which had been lofted forward by Damien Delaney, shrugged off the Potters defender with relative ease, cut inside – fooling Robert Huth – and slammed a shot past Begovic. last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— Hours after the Australian government called for its citizens to cancel all non-essential travel, the Australian rules Australian Football League announced it was postponing its seasons until May 31. Australia’s various football leagues were among the few remaining professional sports still playing across the globe.— The $12 million Dubai World Cup, the world’s richest purse in horse racing, will be postponed until next year. That’s according to a governmental agency. Officials had planned to run the race March 28 without spectators.NFL-NEWSAP sources: Jets agree to 1-year deal with CB Pierre DesirNEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets and cornerback Pierre Desir have agreed to terms on a deal, according to two people with direct knowledge of the contract. Barefoot Hamlin wins NASCAR iRaceCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin won a race without using a drop of gas.Racing barefoot, the three-time Daytona 500 winner beat Dale Earnhardt Jr. off the final corner to win a NASCAR iRacing event at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway.Damaged cars were repaired with the push of a button, among a few virtual signs that NASCAR backed quite an unreal race.NASCAR eased off the brake in the real sports world brought to a sudden halt by the coronavirus and introduced the country to iRacing with some of the sport’s biggest stars. The International Olympic Committee now says it will consider the possibility of postponing the Summer Games. The IOC issued a statement saying it will hold four weeks of discussions with global sports officials and Japanese authorities to examine the options. It says the “scenario planning” will include the possibility of changing the July 24 start date for the Games, but that “cancellation is not on the agenda.”The announcement came after IOC President Thomas Bach led a conference call with executive board members.The leader of the international track federation has sent a letter to Bach saying holding the Olympics in July “is neither feasible nor desirable” with the coronavirus impacting huge swaths of the globe.The Canadian Olympic Committee has made the strongest objection yet to an Olympics this summer, announcing it will not send a team to Tokyo unless the games are postponed for a year. Canada is the first country to threaten such a move in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.The committee sent out a statement Sunday evening saying it was willing to help the IOC search for alternatives. However, it feels it was not safe for athletes, “their families and the broader Canadian community for athletes to continue training for these Games.” The Athletic first reported the Jets’ agreement with Desir, who was released by Colts on Saturday.The 29-year-old defensive back spent the past three seasons with Indianapolis, where he had 161 total tackles, five interceptions, 26 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 37 games, including 29 starts.Also in the NFL:— A person with knowledge of the deal says the Seahawks have agreed to terms with offensive lineman Chance Warmack. The former first-round pick has not played since 2018 when he appeared in nine games for Philadelphia. Warmack sat out last season to reportedly get healthy after a series of injuries.NASCAR-iRACING March 23, 2020 The United States governing bodies of swimming and track have called on their national Olympic officials to push for a postponement.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSJays’ Shapiro expects 4-week spring training before seasonUNDATED (AP) — Toronto Blue Jays President Mark Shapiro says he thinks Major League Baseball would need at least a month of workouts and exhibition games before regular season play can begin.Opening day has been postponed until at least mid-May because of the coronavirus pandemic. It was Hamlin’s 31st victory in iRacing, which is where he was first discovered by Earnhardt long before he made it to NASCAR. He said he raced barefoot because “I like to feel the pedals.”Hamlin was heavily involved in putting together Sunday’s pretend race, which was broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 and called by its regular team of Mike Joy and Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon.NASCAR has suspended racing until at least May 9.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-OLYMPICSIOC considers postponing Tokyo Olympics…Canada says no to 2020 Summer GamesUNDATED (AP) — There’s a growing possibility the Tokyo Olympics won’t begin in late July as scheduled due to the new coronavirus. Shapiro cautioned that training camps aren’t likely to open for some time because of the outbreak. All but three of Toronto’s major league players have left the team’s spring training site in Dunedin, Florida. Shapiro says no Blue Jays players or staff have displayed any symptoms of the new coronavirus, and that no one has been tested.Shapiro spoke to reporters on Sunday from his home in Toronto.In other virus-related developments:— Leading golf instructor Pete Cowen tells The Daily Telegraph in Britain he has all the symptoms of the new coronavirus. Cowen says he has told all his players to follow health and government guidelines on COVID-19. Cowen works with Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh), Gary Woodland and Graeme McDowell, among many others.— The St. Louis Blues say a relative of a team employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The person is in self-isolation along with members of the person’s family, according to the team. All Blues staff who may have come into close contact with the employee have been notified. The team says it is asking for all members of the Blues to remain isolated, monitor their health and seek advice from team medical staff. Update on the latest sports Associated Press The Australian Olympic Committee is advising its athletes to prepare for an Olympics in 2021. Ian Chesterman, Australia’s team leader for Tokyo, says “It’s clear the games can’t be held in July.”Two-time gold medalist Seb Coe has sent a letter to Bach stating that holding the Olympics in July “is neither feasible nor desirable” with the coronavirus impacting huge swaths of the globe. Coe sent the letter after meeting with leaders from around the world in track, which is the biggest sport at the Olympics. It came hours after the IOC announced it could take up to four weeks to make a decision on whether to postpone the games, which are scheduled to start July 24.Coe is a two-time Olympic track champion in the men’s 1,500 and president of the International Association of Athletics Federations.Leaders at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee said the update provided by the IOC about the Tokyo Olympics signaled an important step. However, those U.S. sports leaders say athletes are still beset with questions about whether the games will go ahead as scheduled.National Olympic committees in Brazil and Slovenia later called for a postponement to 2021. Norway’s Olympic body said it did not want athletes going to Tokyo until the global health crisis is under control.last_img read more

Messi: Peru game more fight than football

first_imgCarlos Zambrano gifted Peru a 1-0 lead after 22 minutes of play, but Gonzalo Higuain helped the Argentines to a 1-1 draw with his equaliser only 15 minutes later.“It was a really tight game, and it was more fight than football. Away games like this are always difficult and you have to be strong,” Messi stated to reporters.“The pitch did not exactly help either, but I don’t want to use that as an excuse.“We would have preferred to bag the full three points, but the most important thing was not to lose.“A draw is a good result as we still sit atop of the table. We will have to win our next game against Uruguay.”Argentina have collected 14 points from seven games, and hold a one-point lead over runners-up Colombia.last_img

NBA, NBPA reach agreement on reduced player payment plan as coronavirus keeps league in holding pattern

first_imgMORE: Sports figures who have tested positive for COVID-19″Through this agreement, and in order to provide players with a more gradual salary reduction schedule, partial reductions of 25 percent will begin with the players’ twice-a-month payment due on May 15,” the statement said. “The CBA stipulates that the compensation of all NBA roster players shall be reduced in the event of a ‘force majeure’ event, such as an epidemic or government order, in accordance with a formula based on the number of games missed.” “Force majeure” events are covered under Article XXXIX, Section 5 of the CBA: The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association are hoping the 2019-20 season can resume in the near future, but they are preparing for the possibility of games being canceled.In a statement released Friday evening, the NBA and NBPA announced they have reached an agreement on a plan to reduce player payments in the event regular-season and/or playoff games are lost because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  “Force Majeure Event” shall mean the occurrence of any of the following events or conditions, provided that such event or condition either (i) makes it impossible for the NBA to perform its obligations under this Agreement, or (ii) frustrates the underlying purpose of this Agreement, or (iii) makes it economically impracticable for the NBA to perform its obligations under this Agreement: wars or war-like action (whether actual 468 Article XXXIX or threatened and whether conventional or other, including, but not limited to, chemical or biological wars or war-like action); sabotage, terrorism or threats of sabotage or terrorism; explosions; epidemics; weather or natural disasters, including, but not limited to, fires, floods, droughts, hurricanes, tornados, storms or earthquakes; and any governmental order or action (civil or military); provided, however, that none of the foregoing enumerated events or conditions is within the reasonable control of the NBA or an NBA Team.If the season does resume at some point this summer, the money taken through the reductions could later be returned to the players. If games are lost, then team owners would be able to keep a percentage of the wages. Simple way to explain NBA/NBPA agreement on 25% withholding starting 5/15: Teams wanted what they’d be entitled to take via force majeure; players wanted to avoid suddenly losing up to 6 straight paychecks. Now there’s enough $ for NBA, while players get smooth paycheck flow.— Albert Nahmad (@AlbertNahmad) April 17, 2020The NBA currently has no plans to cancel the season, and it could be June 15 before players know whether games will be canceled, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. NBA commissioner Adam Silver told reporters Friday night that the league is not in a position to make a decision about the season.Prior to the agreement on the payment plan, players were receiving standard paychecks. NBA commissioner Adam Silver suspended the season on March 11 following a positive COVID-19 test for Jazz center Rudy Gobert.last_img read more

Penn Relays to honour Dyke

first_imgEDWIN Allen High’s girls’ track and field head coach, Michael Dyke, will have added motivation when he attends the 123rd staging of the Penn Relays next week in Franklin Field, Pennsylvania. Dyke will become the latest local coach to be recognised for his team’s outstanding performances at the relay carnival as he will be the 2017 high school girls Penn Relays honorary referee. “On Monday I got a call from Dave Johnson, the high school co-ordinator of the carnival, informing me that I will be the honorary girls’ coach referee. “When I got the call at first I was a bit nervous wondering if something had gone wrong with my entries,” said Dyke. “However, when I got the news I was elated knowing that my hard work and sacrifice have paid off and this is an honour for me and I appreciate this.” Since making his first visit with coach of Edwin Allen in 1995, Dyke’s team have landed 15 Championships of America Relay wins. This includes five each in the 4x100m, 4x400m and 4x800m. In addition, athletes from his teams have also landed several individual titles in the long jump, high jump, discus throw and 400m hurdles. Olympian Ristananna Tracy still holds the record in the latter event when she did 56.17 seconds in 2011. Another Edwin Allen standout, Sherene Pinnock, has the seconbd fastest time, 56.90, in 2006.last_img read more

Pepper Spray Sends Sando Moore to Hospital

first_imgMr. Sando Moore, the publisher of The Images monthly magazine, who was one of the victims pepper sprayed by unidentified police officers, has been admitted at a local Chinese Clinic in Monrovia.Mr. Moore, who was on assignment to cover the Liberia/Togo crucial encounter on Sunday June 5, told journalists right after the incident that he would sue the Liberia National Police for its action.The incident occurred at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium when chaotic arrangements by sports officials forced police officers to pepper spray soccer fans, with many fainting and being attended to by medical staff on the field.Prince Mulbah, deputy director for operations at the Liberia National Police told journalists at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium that there were issues outside the stadium with soccer fans and the police was dealing with it.He could not explain how inside the stadium proper, where food is sold, got pepper sprayed. He also blamed the handlers for poor tickets handling; for selling more tickets than the stadium could contain.However, LFA President Musa Bility said tickets were resold by those responsible to manage them.Prince Mulbah was not specific as to why fans were pepper sprayed and said on several radio networks that everything was being done to put the situation under control.Meanwhile, after coughing with tears in his eyes, Mr. Moore threatened to sue the police because being a diabetic, the pepper spray increases his chances of suffering from his condition, which eventually sent him to a local Chinese Clinic.In a telephone interview on Saturday after he had returned home, Moore said he was getting better; and on his facebook page, he asked his friends to pray for his recovery.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GTT launches Blaze in Parfaite Harmonie

first_imgOver 3000 residents in the Parfait Harmonie Housing Scheme on the West Bank of Demerara is all set to benefit from high speed internet service as GTT officially launches its Blaze high-speed internet service in the Scheme.Residents signing up for Blaze Service on SaturdayAccording to GTT’s Region Three Manager, the launch is a two-day event with them offering same day installation to the customers who sign up.Following that, they would have to complete the application and awaiting installation on an appointment basis. Additionally, the Manager said they are targeting the Tuschen Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo, with that launch expected by the end of the year.Meanwhile, Parfaite Harmonie residents expressed their satisfaction with the decision to introduce the service.Blaze is the upgraded version of GTT’s DSL service. It offers faster internet speeds, improved streaming and easier connectivity. GTT introduced the Blaze service almost a year ago and offers three options- Blaze Ignite, Blaze Flaming and Blaze Inferno. “Blaze Ignite” – customers will be able to access Internet speed at five megabytes per second, “Blaze Flaming” users will access Internet with the speed of 20 megabytes per second and “Blaze Inferno” users, 50 megabytes per second.last_img read more