Governor Wolf Backs Bipartisan Bills to Help ‘Grandfamilies’ Affected by Opioid Crisis

first_img Press Release,  Public Health,  Seniors,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today threw his support behind bipartisan state and federal proposals to help “grandfamilies” and aid grandparents who have assumed sole care-giving responsibilities for their grandchildren, especially those affected by the opioid epidemic, by ensuring they have access to all the services possible to help them with their duties as caregivers and guardians.Governor Wolf backed a package of legislative proposals in the State House proposed by Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, and Rep. Kathy Watson, R-Bucks, and joined U.S. Senator Bob Casey in urging the U.S. House to pass his federal legislation, Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act, which passed unanimously in the U.S. Senate.“One of the worst effects of the opioid crisis is the damage the disease of addiction has done to so many families across Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf. “Many grandparents are stepping up to take care of their grandchildren and we need to make sure they have our full support as caregivers and legal guardians of children, our most innocent bystanders to this awful epidemic.“These grandparents are making sacrifices to help their families and communities and they should be accessing all the resources available to help them. I hope the state legislature will send these bipartisan bills to my desk with the necessary funding to implement these programs, and I urge the U.S. House to pass Senator Casey’s legislation.”The state proposals recently advanced from the House include House Bills 2133 (Watson) and 1539 (Pashinski), and House Resolution 390 (Pashinski).According to the bills’ sponsors, an estimated 82,000 grandparents are the sole caregivers for nearly 89,000 grandchildren in Pennsylvania. That number is increasing due to the devastating opioid crisis across the commonwealth. The House Children and Youth Committee held a hearing on the issue last summer, with estimates showing that Pennsylvania grandparents are saving the state at least an estimated $1 billion a year by keeping their grandchildren out of the foster care system. April 10, 2018 Governor Wolf Backs Bipartisan Bills to Help ‘Grandfamilies’ Affected by Opioid Crisiscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Rivers Hoopers adds Baptist, Hamdy to their Basketball Africa League roster

first_imgThree-time league champions, Rivers Hoopers, have secured the signature of American Billy Baptist and Egyptian Ahmed Hamdy Mohamed. The 26 year old power forward was one of nine Egyptian-born players on an NCAA team, seven of whom played an NCAA Division 1 team. Mohamed also averaged 5.9 PPG and 3.8 RPG while shooting 47.7 percent as a junior at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and helped the Rams as they are fondly called to a 26-9 record as he played in 33 of 34 games and nine starts in the 2016/2017 season. The 6’9” Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness graduate at VCU had a wonderful senior season a year later averaging 5.9 PPG, 3.0 RPG and 13.2 minutes per game. Read Also:Rivers Hoopers begin Basketball Africa League against Ferroviario Both players join Kaylon Tappin whom the KingsMen signed on Tuesday to Hoopers’ roster for the Basketball Africa League. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Famous And Incredibly Unique Places In Thailand8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot And Saved The Whole Movie10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithMost Popular Movies With Sylvester StalloneWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Biggest Cities In The World So Far Baptist spent his 2013/2014 season in the NBA Developmental League for the Bakersfield Jam. He appeared in 42 games for the Jam and averaged 7.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG and 1.2 APG. The 32 year old small forward moved on to London Lightning in Canada where he averaged 5.3 PPG, 3.0 RPG and 1.5 APG. Baptist, an undrafted pick in the 2011 NBA Draft has also played for Baxi Manresa and Unicaja Malaga in Spain, Merlins Crailsheim in Germany and Keflavik in Iceland. Meanwhile, Mohamed averaged 16.2 PPG, and 10 RPG while shooting 54.5 percent from the field as a freshman at Lee College in Baytown, Texas in the 2014/2015 season.Advertisementlast_img read more