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
The Interfraternity Council has placed sanctions on the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity after a person associated with the organization was transported to a local hospital on Aug. 29.The transport, which occurred at 12:47 a.m. on Saturday morning according to the Department of Public Safety incident log, directly violated the Greek recruitment moratorium period, which effectively bans alcohol consumption until the end of the recruitment periods.“Sigma Alpha Mu will not be permitted to participate in Spring recruitment, and they will not be permitted to hold any internal or external social events for six weeks with the exception of service-oriented, philanthropic projects,” said Jake Simon, president of the IFC. “Furthermore, they will need to work with their national organization to restructure their new member program to reflect the values of our council and their national organization.”The IFC Judicial Board decided upon the terms of the sanctions.Simon said the sanctions will act as a reminder toward the code greek organizations should follow.“The sanctions are intended to be educational and reinforce the policies that strengthen our community and member chapters,” Simon said. “We expect that Sigma Alpha Mu will respond by improving their practices, ultimately strengthening their chapter and serving as a positive representation of our council.”Representatives from Sigma Alpha Mu could not be reached for comment.