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BLOG: Fighting the Opioid Epidemic in the 2016-17 Budget

first_imgYou can find updates and behind-the-scenes content on the 2016-2017 budget announcement on our Facebook and Twitter.Read more posts about Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Gary Tennis, Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs Budget News,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog The numbers are grim:Nearly 2,500 drug overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014. When the final number for 2015 is tallied, we expect even more.At least seven people die each day in the commonwealth from drug overdose, which has become the top cause of accidental death.Addiction affects at least one in four families.The drug treatment infrastructure is so strained that demand for treatment beds is outstripping resources. Nationally, funding is available to treat only about 1 of every 10 people who need treatment.In short, Pennsylvania is in the midst of its worst health care crisis in our lifetime.In his 2015-16 budget, Governor Wolf courageously chose the road less traveled, acknowledging the severity of the opioid crisis with an increase of $5 million to DDAP to treat our sickest Pennsylvanians.But without Governor Wolf’s proposed 2016-17 budget, the resources dedicated to fighting this epidemic will be in jeopardy: those Pennsylvanians in the throes of addiction who need and want treatment will be in jeopardy, and our prevention efforts aimed at the commonwealth’s young people will be stymied.Governor Wolf’s proposed 2016-17 budget provides more than $34 million to treat more than 11,250 new individuals with substance use disorder. The Department of Human Services will provide 25 new Health Homes for individuals with substance use disorder, providing medication-assisted treatment and appropriate wraparound services, such as cognitive-based therapies. After this first phase of implementation, there will be a push for 25 more health homes that would have the capacity to treat 22,500 individuals total.Those who rely on this funding to do the hard, necessary work of saving lives from addiction, along with the hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians who are affected by the disease of addiction, must openly and vocally support and push for passage of the governor’s 2016-17 plan to balance the budget.Last month, the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) released its five-year projections of state revenues and expenditures for 2015-16 through 2020-21. The IFO warned that without corrective action, the commonwealth is facing a nearly $1.9 billion structural deficit for 2016-17. Gov. Wolf is rightfully steadfast in his commitment to a balanced budget — unless we have new revenues, the state has no choice but to endure massive cuts to education and human services, which directly affects drug and alcohol programs.Any cuts to funding for drug and alcohol programs will only exacerbate the current opioid epidemic. In fact, years of inadequate funding of drug and alcohol programs have contributed to the epidemic we face today. If drug and alcohol funds are cut because we can’t balance a budget with new revenues, we will make an already tragic time in our history even worse.Ultimately, the General Assembly will be tasked with deciding whether drug and alcohol services are adequately funded.Thus those human service organizations that depend on state funding to help them achieve their mission must rally around the governor. Without their vocal support for Gov. Wolf’s revenue plan, they and the Pennsylvanians they serve are at terrible risk. Without adequate funding, the efforts of these organizations are greatly hampered.Funding cuts to drug and alcohol programs will haunt us for years to come. Effective, evidence-based prevention programs that receive state funding will see immediate effects — those relying solely on state funds may be forced to close, resulting in more of our children falling into drug abuse and addiction, and even dying.The Wolf Administration is committed to combatting the opioid epidemic. But much work remains. Pennsylvania needs Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget; without new revenues to pay for resources to deal with this devastating epidemic, the prospect of reversing a steadily rising number of overdose deaths in Pennsylvania is grim. February 16, 2016center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter BLOG: Fighting the Opioid Epidemic in the 2016-17 Budgetlast_img read more

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Jane Ambachtsheer exits Mercer for BNP Paribas sustainability role

first_imgAmbachtsheer is an influential figure in sustainable finance, having acted as a consultant to the United Nations when it set up the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in 2006. The project now has more than 1,900 signatories representing $81trn (€69trn). BNP Paribas Asset Management has hired Mercer’s Jane Ambachtsheer as its new global head of sustainability. She will join the group on 27 August, BNP said in a statement this morning, and will be based in its Paris office.Ambachtsheer will oversee the company’s approach to sustainability for the €568bn worth of assets it manages and advises on, alongside deputy head of sustainability Helena Viñes-Fiestas.At Mercer, Ambachtsheer was a partner and chair of the consultancy giant’s responsible investment team. She first joined Mercer in 2000 as an investment analyst, and began working in responsible investment in 2003. Jane AmbachtsheerShe is currently a trustee of the Carbon Disclosure Project and a member of both the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures and the PRI’s Academic Working Group.Frederic Janbon, CEO of BNP Paribas Asset Management, said: “We are very proud to welcome Jane Ambachtsheer to BNP Paribas Asset Management.“As a seasoned professional who is recognised globally as a leading influencer in responsible investment, Jane adds outstanding expertise to a central pillar of [our] strategy.“While we continue to strengthen our commitment to long-term investing, as well as acting as a responsible firm, having Jane on board will definitely accelerate the path to achieving our goals as a leading player in sustainable finance.”last_img read more

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Bacolod grad rites suspended

first_imgSales added Briones has suggested thatthe end of school year rites can still be held between April 13 and 17 “wheneverything will be okay.” (With PNA/PN) Mayor Evelio Leonardia issued ThursdayExecutive Order No. 16-2020, saying it is imperative that the city governmentimplements urgent and critical measures to prevent the spread of the diseasecoronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “That’s why we decided to endface-to-face classroom interaction by March 20. After that, all our learnerswill be given home self-help activities. The five days from March 22 to 27 arenon-contact days, but are still counted as part of the school days,” she said. BACOLOD City –School recognition and graduation exercise in all levels of public and privateschools in this city will be suspended until further notice. “I’d like to thank the mayor forpromptly deciding on the issuance of the EO for the suspension of graduationand end of school year rites. This decision is consistent also with that of thegood (Education) Secretary Leonor Briones,” she said. For her part, City Schools DivisionSuperintendent Gladys Amylaine Sales welcomed the mayor’s decision.center_img Sales, however, said public schoolsunder the Department of Education (DepEd) have not suspended classes since theyare almost done with all the learning competencies for the school year. Leonardia said he arrived at thedecision to suspend the graduation and moving-up ceremonies after threeconsecutive emergency meetings with city, school, and health officials onWednesday. Leonardia cited Resolution No.282-2020 approved by the City Council on Wednesday, declaring a local state ofhealth emergency, after President Rodrigo Duterte made a similar declarationall over the country, and after the World Health Organization also declared thedisease as public health emergency of international concern. According to Leonardia, the Departmentof Health strongly urges the public to avoid attending, participating in, andorganizing events that draw a huge number of attendees.last_img read more

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Man Utd set to beat Spurs to Sunderland wonderkid Hugill in six-figure deal

first_img3MANCHESTER UNITED hope to beat Tottenham to the signing of Sunderland’s young striker Joe Hugill.United are in touch with the Black Cats about a deal that would see the rangy frontman join them for a six figure fee.⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates3 Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to add more youngsters to his squad, like Sunderland’s Joe HugillCredit: EPA3 Birmingham midfielder Jude Bellingham is another 16-year-old on the Man Utd radarCredit: Getty Images – GettyJose Mourinho’s Spurs were in pole position for Hugill and sent top spy Ian Broomfield to watch him in the last days before lockdown.But now United are ready to take advantage of the delay and make their move.Hugill, 16, plays well above his age group and is rated as good as any of his type of forward for his age.United are looking for emerging talent and have already poached Hugill’s team-mate Logan Pye.Meanwhile, United have been unable to force through a £30million move for Birmingham City 16-year-old Jude Bellingham, despite Sir Alex Ferguson’s intervention.The midfielder has enjoyed a sensational Championship season so early in his career.And Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have also been linked with the hottest English talent outside the top-flight.CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – STAY IN THE KNOWDon’t miss the latest news and figures – and essential advice for you and your family.To receive The Sun’s Coronavirus newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.Get Britain’s best-selling newspaper delivered to your smartphone or tablet each day – find out more.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBut Bleacher Report suggest he is still open-minded about his future, although United remain favourites.Dortmund, with their brilliant record for pushing youngsters like Jadon Sancho through, are also confident.But there is talk Bellingham’s family are anxious about switching overseas when barely out of school.Inside Alexis Sanchez’s new £2m Florida apartment which includes a private clublast_img read more

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