Budget News, Efficiency, Government That Works, Substance Use Disorder, The Blog Yesterday, Governor Wolf announced his plan to create a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in his 2017-2018 budget which would merge the Departments of Aging (PDA), Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), Health (DOH), and Human Services (DHS) in order to help provide more streamlined services to Pennsylvanians.One group of Pennsylvanians the creation of this new department will benefit are those suffering from substance use disorder. Currently, PDA, DDAP, DOH, and DHS have all been critical to battling the opioid and heroin epidemic. For example:DOH launched a prescription drug monitoring program and has been raising awareness of the naloxone standing orderDDAP has led the effort to increase the availability of naloxone and drug take back boxesDHS has created 45 centers of excellence to coordinate treatment for those suffering from substance use disordersPDA has led prescription drug take back efforts among the senior population encouraging proper use, storage, and disposal of unused prescription medicationsBy creating a single organization that is structurally better able to support and coordinate these efforts, individuals in desperate need of substance use disorder treatment will be able to access services through one agency with an integrated data and delivery system.It’s important to note that the creation will not result in a loss of services for those suffering from substance use disorder. In fact, just today Governor Wolf announced that his proposed 2017-2018 budget will include $10 million to provide live-saving Naloxone to first responders and law enforcement across the state to help save lives and get people into treatment.Governor Wolf is continuing to make battling the opioid and heroin crisis epidemic a top priority which is why there will continue to be a cabinet-level position in his administration that will be dedicated to battling this public health crisis.Additionally, the new HHS will serve as the single state authority for Medicaid, substance use, and mental health purposes enabling the commonwealth to maximize available federal dollars and offset state costs for staff and services.By streamlining services and getting rid of unnecessary red tape, Pennsylvania will be able to provide additional, high-quality services to those suffering from substance use disorder so we can stem the tide of the terrible disease of addiction.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Beth Melena, Deputy Press Secretary SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 31, 2017 How the New Department of Health and Human Services Will Help People with Substance Use Disorder
Roberts admitted at the end of last month that he had no time-frame on a return and that the club’s medical staff had “exhausted everything they can to try and make it right”. Royals boss Brian McDermott had a more positive outlook on the player’s situation and had been hopeful of having him back available for the Barclays Premier League run-in. “I think Jason said himself that we have to wait and see day to day,” McDermott said last week. “He was out on the training pitch with the physios the other day and was kicking a few balls around, so he is in a much better place than he was a couple of weeks ago.” Second-bottom Reading have won just five times in the league this season heading into tomorrow’s crucial home clash with third-bottom Aston Villa. The experienced forward spent six years with Blackburn before joining the Royals in January 2012. He was a key player for the Berkshire club last term, netted six goals as the Berkshire club won the npower Championship title. Press Association The 35-year-old announced on Twitter on Friday evening that his recovery had not gone to plan and that going under the knife looked to be his only choice. “Injury Update…Rehabilitation has not been successful…seems at this point Surgery is our only option..meaning my Season is over! #gutted”, he posted. “Everything that could have been done has been done..but..the most important thing is P.L. Football for Reading FC next Season…”. Veteran Reading striker Jason Roberts expects to undergo hip surgery which will rule him out for the rest of the season.