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
Figueroa suffered the injury while stretching in the box to make a good tackle that took the ball away from Spurs striker Jermain Defoe in the first half. Soon after, he had to be carried from the field on a stretcher, and Martinez suggested that the Honduras international is now likely to miss the remainder of the campaign – which includes next month’s FA Cup final against Manchester City. Martinez said: “The initial reaction is that Figueroa should be out for the season. It is a groin strain. It was (a great tackle), but the groin got stretched and the rest of the body pulled apart.” Press Association He added: “We need to see the extent of the problem, but he is on crutches at the moment. We will assess him.” Figueroa’s injury comes a week after fellow Wigan defender Antolin Alcaraz sustained a hamstring problem that has brought the Paraguayan’s own involvement in the cup final into doubt. It was a disappointing afternoon in general for Figueroa, who, when he challenged Defoe, was looking to make amends having being involved in a defensive blunder early in the game that allowed Spurs to open the scoring. A hesitant exchange of passes between Figueroa and Latics goalkeeper Joel Robles in the ninth minute led to the latter cannoning an attempted clearance against the outstretched leg of the approaching Gareth Bale, and the ball rebounded straight into the net. Wigan equalised within two minutes through a header from Emmerson Boyce, whose 90th-minute own-goal subsequently denied them victory after a Callum McManaman thunderbolt had made put the hosts 2-1 up four minutes into the second half. The result leaves 18th-placed Wigan two points adrift of 17th-placed Aston Villa, with both sides having four games left to play – including a meeting between them at the DW Stadium on the final day of the season. Wigan boss Roberto Martinez expects defender Maynor Figueroa to be out for the rest of the season with a groin problem he sustained in the 2-2 Barclays Premier League draw with Tottenham at the DW Stadium.