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
Havyard Group has confirmed it signed a contract for the fifth Service Operation Vessel (SOV) ordered by Esvagt, which will be chartered by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind for a period of fifteen years to serve the 252MW Deutsche Bucht (DeBu) offshore wind farm in Germany.The contract, worth more than NOK 70 million (approx. EUR 7.6 million), involves the design and equipment for construction at an external shipyard in Europe. The SOV will be built by the Zamakona shipyard in Bilbao, Spain.Work on both design and equipment package will start immediately and the vessel is due to be delivered in August 2019.This is going to be the seventh Havyard vessel heading to Esvagt. The other six include four wind farm vessels, one oil service vessel and one vessel for crew change.Design Manager Arve Helsem Leine said the starting point for the development of Havyard 831 SOV was to design a compact, efficient and profitable vessel for smaller windfarms.“As we now sign a second contract for this design, it confirms that we have succeeded in creating a design that meets expectations.”The DeBu SOV will be equipped with a walk-to-work gangway system in a bespoke tower with a crane placed on top of the tower, which, together with Esvagt’s Safe Transfer Boats STB 7 and STB 12, will contribute to the safe transfer of turbine technicians, tools and spare parts.MHI Vestas Offshore Wind received a firm and unconditional order for the Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm last Friday. The company will supply 31 units of the V164-8.0 MW wind turbine, as well as a long term full-scope service package.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and Gamadev Nigeria Limited have sealed a partnership on the World Martial Arts Championship to be hosted in Nigeria this year.The event will be held at the National Stadium, Lagos, from November 21-27. It will be the first World Martial Arts Championship in Africa.The international body appointed Gamadev, led by Godstime Omadevue, as the sole promoter of the championship. At the courtesy visit by the event Local Organising Committee, FRSC agreed to provide technical support in traffic control for the event.The FRSC Corps Marshall, Boboye Opeyemi, represented at the ocassion by Deputy Corps Marshall Kabiru A. Lawal, said the agency would affiliate with Gamadev in the training of its personnel in martial arts and combat sports. Boboye attributed the fitness of FRSC personnel manning Nigerian roads to their involvement in sports, particularly the martial arts. He noted that the agency is already affiliated to the Taekwondo Association of Nigeria.A Nigerian, Ogaga Jesse, is a Black Belt holder in world martial arts, who boasts of 267 worldwide awards in the arts. Omadevue disclosed of the plan to build a martial world academy in Nigeria, the first in Africa and the second of its kind in the world.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Carol Faull, an external consultant, has been working with USC since August to evaluate the school’s current culture. (Long Le | Daily Trojan) More than 50 attendees learned about the experiences of the Dornsife community as reflected in the poll. “I look toward the data that’s telling me what’s happening for communities that are marginalized,” Freeman said. “There’s opportunities to really understand [what] members within the gender categories are experiencing not only in their immediate environment but at USC as a whole.” Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences administrators emphasized Thursday the importance of the sessions the will hold to discuss needed changes to USC culture at the third of eight town hall. Findings of personal values, current culture values and desired culture values by faculty, staff and students were discussed following the release of results from the USC Values Poll administered last Fall. “It’s not that we have a list of 100 things to chase,” Faull said. “If we solely focused on those top five, we would have some really rich conversations and be able to shape the core unifying values that will take this university forward, as well as how we define that.” “We heard in the past that for surveys that had been conducted … people never heard the results,” Faull said. “So we were committed through the working groups to transparency.” Discussion sessions to talk about the poll and its results will be held over the coming weeks with separate sessions for students, faculty and staff. The goal of the sessions is to collectively redefine the values of the University, according to Freeman. The poll was administered to find out what the USC community wanted to improve regarding the University’s culture. With approximately 20,000 participants across staff, faculty and students, the poll garnered a 27.4% participation rate. Specifically for Dornsife, there was a 24% participation rate. Freeman said releasing the poll’s results and gaining knowledge of community values was essential to Dornsife’s mission as a liberal arts college that centers its research around values. According to the USC Values Poll, the University’s current cultural entropy, which represents the amount of energy consumed in unproductive work, is 28%. From this assessment, USC is categorized as facing “significant issues,” which means there are issues that require attention and systems that need exploration. “We have world-class research in social sciences and natural sciences and humanities and so we create a lot of the content that eventually shows up in this kind of work around values,” Freeman said. “So I see an alignment with what we fundamentally do as a liberal arts college.” Faull said results showed that five of the top 10 values that were selected for desired culture, including communication, ethical and transparency, were shared by staff, faculty and students, serving as a starting point for conversations and deciding values the University wants to build. Carol Faull, a senior consultant with 1-degree, has been working with USC since August to identify the current experience, build the aspired culture and train USC facilitators. Faull said the company wanted to increase transparency by sharing results in a town hall format, both at the University and individual college level. “It’s not intended to be a destination, it’s a journey,” Freeman said. “So I think we need to remind people that we are just beginning.” Kimberly Freeman, the associate dean and chief diversity officer at Dornsife, said the results of the poll would help identify the key areas that the school needs to improve on and help in bringing the right support to different communities on campus. The University’s Culture Journey is in partnership with 1-degree, an experienced Barrett Values Centre that created the poll and helps organizations build and sustain values-driven culture. The process consists of the poll, reportings through Town Hall meetings and discussion sessions.