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

first_imgGovernor Wolf Visits Centers of Excellence, Touts Strides Made in 2016-17 Budget to Combat Opioid Epidemic Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas visited two Centers 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 Gateway Rehabilitation Center in Allegheny County and Esper Treatment Center in Erie.“Our mission to heal the body, mind, and spirit of people suffering from addictive disease is greatly enhanced by this progressive program to coordinate care between physical, behavioral and addictive treatment providers,” said Paul Bacharach, President and CEO of Gateway. “We applaud the governor and the legislature for their willingness to work cooperatively in creating and funding this effort to reverse the growth of the prescription drug/opioid epidemic and the toll that it has taken on so many individuals and their loved ones.”“Esper Treatment Center is honored to be selected as a Center of Excellence within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Jennifer Esper, President, Director, and CEO of Esper Treatment Center. “Our facility has 14 years of experience helping those that suffer from opiate addiction start on the path to recovery. We have the resources and the ability to help those who suffer not only with addiction but other external factors that can hinder their ability to start the process of recovery. We applaud all those individuals who are courageous enough to take the first step towards bettering their lives, and we will support them and help them on their journey as we always have. It is our hope that we can be the conduit for change and help put an end to this awful epidemic.”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/GovernorWolf August 04, 2016center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Sunderland sign Senegal striker Dame N’Doye on loan

first_img Press Association Sunderland have signed Senegal striker Dame N’Doye on loan from Trabzonspor for the rest of the season. “Having already played in the Premier League, he should have no problems in hitting the ground running, too, which is very important at this stage of the season.” After spells with Academica in Portugal and Greek sides Panathinaikos and OFI Crete, N’Doye enjoyed the most prolific spell of his career at FC Copenhagen, scoring 59 goals in 104 appearances. His stint in Denmark ended in 2012 when he joined Lokomotiv Moscow, and his form there earned him a move to Hull. N’Doye made an immediate impact with three goals in his first four games and also scored a double against Crystal Palace but finished last season on a five-match winless run as Hull were relegated. He spent pre-season with Hull but left after Trabzonspor met his release clause of £2.2million, which was £800,000 less than the Tigers paid for him. N’Doye, who will wear the number 10 shirt for Sunderland, has been a regular for Senegal since making his debut in 2010 and played in last year’s African Nations Cup. He will not be available for Saturday’s trip to Tottenham because formalities pertaining to his work visa still need to be completed. center_img The 30-year-old has Barclays Premier League experience having played for Hull last season, scoring five goals in 15 appearances before moving to Turkey in August. Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce told the club website: ” Dame will bring something different to our forward options. last_img read more