In Reading and Lackawanna County, Governor Wolf Discusses 2016-2017 Budget Investment in Battling the Opioid Epidemic

first_imgIn Reading and Lackawanna County, Governor Wolf Discusses 2016-2017 Budget Investment in Battling the Opioid Epidemic SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas visited the Reading Health System and the Wright Center for Primary Care to discuss the significant strides made in the 2016-17 budget to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic in Pennsylvania. Earlier this week, Governor Wolf announced that his administration will implement an additional 25 Centers of Excellence (COE) locations throughout the state by January 1, 2017. The COEs will offer treatment to Pennsylvanians with opioid-related substance use disorder.“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. “As we all know, the opioid epidemic does not discriminate – it affects Pennsylvanians from all walks of life. With these additional locations, my administration is continuing its commitment to expanding high-quality treatment across Pennsylvania. 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.”The 2016-2017 budget included $10 million in behavioral health funding and $5 million in medical assistance funding, totaling $15 million. This will allow DHS to draw down $5.4 million in federal funding for an overall total of $20.4 million.During phase one, the Department of Human Services implemented 20 Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Centers of Excellence by utilizing the $10 million in behavioral health funding. After working with its actuaries to analyze the impact of adding medication assisted treatment on Medicaid managed care rates and subsequently negotiating 2017 rates with managed care organizations, DHS has determined that they can implement 25 additional centers with the $5 million in state Medicaid funds and $5.4 million in federal funds. The additional 25 COEs announced will serve at least 5,600 additional individuals.“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.”“Reading Health is proud to be designated a Center of Excellence (COE) in the fight against opioid abuse,” said Reading Health President & CEO Clint Matthews. “Our interdisciplinary team of providers is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to all members of our community and our designation as a COE will help provide the necessary treatment and resources to those in need.”“The profession of medicine must humbly recognize that, although unintentionally, our pain prescribing patterns in a fragmented, ineffective care delivery system have contributed to our national opiate public health crisis,” Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak, President and CEO of The Wright Center.   “We must acknowledge our role in this devastating debacle not with shame, fear or discouragement but with intentional, passionate commitment to responsively and responsibly help generate and lead collective solutions. Every stakeholder needs to get involved in America’s ‘Turn the Tide’ initiative lead by Secretary Burwell. We need to build our care delivery and IT infrastructure and our community resource networks to be more effective, while we deliberately change culture and develop skillsets of current and future workforce to promote recovery and resilience. The Wright Center is privileged to be selected as a Pennsylvania Center of Excellence and we are absolutely committed to coming out of our organizational comfort zone to learn and best steward the allotted public dollars to ensure more effective care for the patients, families and communities we serve that are struggling with addiction.”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 Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs will license the COEs as drug and alcohol providers that provide one of the three FDA-approved medications.For more information about the Centers of Excellence, visit www.dhs.pa.gov.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img September 01, 2016last_img read more

NFF Overrules Wikadson’s Appointment as Plateau Utd’s Head Coach

first_img*Insists: Ban over scandalous results from play-offs in Bauchi still in forceDuro IkhazuagbeThe appointment of Victor Wikadson as replacement for sacked Zakare Baraje by the management of Plateau United Football Club has run into troubled waters as the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) insisted yesterday that the former who is under ban cannot act in that capacity.Wikadson was the head coach of the Plateau United Feeders team that was banned for life with 18 players for their involvement in the scandalous 76-0 and 89-0 scorelines match fixing along side three other teams. Other teams involved in the scam include Akurba United FC of Lafia, Police Machine FC of Yola and Bubayero FC of Gombe. All the players and officials involved in that scandalous 2013 play-off of the Nigeria Nationwide League in Bauchi Centre that attracted global alarm and condemnation were banned for life from the game by the NFF.In a letter to Plateau United FC yesterday, General Secretary of the NFF, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, instructed the Plateau State Football Association to ensure that the ban is enforced in its domain.“The reminder became necessary in view of the move by NPFL side, Plateau United FC on Monday to appoint Victor Wikadson as its new Head Coach.“From Plateau United Feeders, 18 players and seven team officials were axed. Fifteen players and three team officials of Akurba United were banned, alongside 18 players and five team officials of Police Machine FC and 16 players and three team officials of Bubayero FC of Gombe.“For record purposes, the banned players and match officials of Plateau United Feeders FC include: Kenneth Ilo, Jacob Bulus, Emmanuel Mathew, Ezekiel Damiri, Paul Danjuma, Mathew Luka, Tenton Yamen, Katura Christopher, Kika James, John David, Ugochukwu Kingsley, Safiyanu Idris, Daform Pam, Alexanda Longs, Joseph Dokatri, Laila Ibrahim, Sani Mohammed and Solomon Effom. Officials: Victor Wikadson (Chief Coach), – Chief Coach Others were Sani Mohammed (Assistant Coach), John Babo (Assistant Coach), Shuaibu Usman (Welfare), Garba Mohammed (Masseur), Babawo Sambo (Curator), Danladi Bala (Team Manager).The NFF also insisted that the ban slammed on the match officials including Olu Okeneye, M. O. Bakare (match commissioners), Mohammed Mohammed, Umar Garba (referees), S. Chiroma, A. Shina, Sani Abdul, Hassan Pegt (assistant referees) H. Murtala and M. Salahuddin (reserve referee) is still in force.Players and officials of the other three teams are still under same life ban as Plateau United Feeders FC.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Double down on D

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Erram and Standhardinger were teammates in the national team which placed fifth in the recent 18th Asian Games in Indonesia.The Elite could also lean on Allein Maliksi, Nards Pinto, Mac Belo and Michael DiGregorio in matching up with the Beermen’s elite core of Marcio Lassiter, Arwind Santos, Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross.Also returning from his Asian Games tour of duty is Stanley Pringle, who will suit up with Sean Anthony to check NorthPort’s 0-3 slide against Barangay Ginebra in the other game.“With Pringle and Anthony back in the fold, NorthPort is a completely different team than what we’ve seen so far this conference,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone. “With those guys, they are true contenders. It’s our third game in six days so energy will be a concern for us. We know we have a battle in our hands.”The Kings, aiming to rule the season-ending conference for the third consecutive time, won their first two games on the heroics of super import Justin Brownlee.ADVERTISEMENT It might sound trite and ordinary, but playing effective defense will be the weapon of choice by Blackwater for a chance to topple San Miguel Beer on Wednesday in the PBA Governors’ Cup.“We really have to work double time on the defensive end,” said Blackwater coach Bong Ramos prior to their 4:30 p.m. faceoff with the Beermen at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “Defense is the key.”ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Kinder diagnosis from Indonesian Asiad Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Beermen will be without prized center June Mar Fajardo, who will sit out for seven weeks due to a stress fracture on his right shin.But even without the four-time MVP, San Miguel Beer still came out lethal in a 125-112 walloping of the NLEX Road Warriors in its conference debut last Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“If we don’t focus on playing defense, we will definitely face a big problem against SMB,” said Ramos, whose Elite surprised contender TNT in overtime, 104-98, over a week ago.While Blackwater’s Henry Walker and San Miguel’s AZ Reid can cancel each other out, the return of Poy Erram can certainly help Blackwater’s cause in the paint, where Christian Standhardinger has effectively covered for Fajardo. View commentslast_img read more