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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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New Directions fundraiser planned in Greensburg

first_imgGreensburg, In. — A fund raiser for Greensburg-based New Directions will be held at the Knights of Columbus Friday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35-per person or $240-per table. For more information please call 812-662-8223.New Directions serves the victims of domestic violence in Decatur County.last_img

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Syracuse looks to find consistency in conference play

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 17, 2018 at 10:49 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarez For a Syracuse team replacing 86 percent of its scoring from a year ago and 80 percent of its starting lineup, the 2017-18 Orange squad still resembles last season’s. The scoring load has been carried by two players — Tiana Mangakahia and Miranda Drummond — and the team has struggled early on in conference play, specifically on the road.“We have nine, 10 newcomers on the court playing in one of the best conferences in the country,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “… It’s tough to win on the road.”SU has four losses, all of which have occurred away from the friendly confines of the Carrier Dome. One was a neutral-site game, and the rest have been on the courts of conference opponents. Last year, Syracuse won just one of its first four conference road games. Hillsman doesn’t think it’s an issue. He argues that his team has no bad losses and even one upset win. But SU still hasn’t cracked the Associated Press Top 25 poll and it currently sits eighth in the ACC standings.When Syracuse (14-4, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) travels to Coral Gables, Florida to take on Miami on Thursday night and returns home to face Pittsburgh on Sunday, it has a chance to defeat two of the lesser teams in the conference and find the consistency it has lacked so far in conference play. Last year, SU played then-No. 14 Miami following two conference road losses and routed the Hurricanes, 81-48, in the Carrier Dome. Since then, Miami has graduated three starters and is 10th in the ACC.“We’re there most of those games and we have a chance to win at the end of the game,” Hillsman said. “… We have to finish the game and be tougher.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange sprinted out to its best start in eight years (11-0) before falling to then-No.5 Mississippi State in Las Vegas on Dec. 21. After being outpaced by the Bulldogs, 76-65, SU bounced back with a win against UNLV to close out its non-conference schedule. But since then, the Orange has sputtered, tallying a 2-3 record to start conference play.In its first conference matchup against then-No. 2 Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, the Orange were gashed down low and allowed 48 points inside the paint. Mangakahia was the only player to score more than 15 points but committed eight turnovers. Despite leading by one in the third quarter, the Orange allowed a 10-0 Irish run and ended up losing by 15. After the contest, which took place on Dec. 28, Hillsman said his team had to do a better job of closing out games.Three days later against Virginia in Charlottesville, SU’s offense wilted in the fourth quarter and connected on just four of 14 shots. Mangakahia, again, was the majority of SU’s offense but she shot just 33 percent from the field and committed 12 turnovers, five of which came in the final frame. The back-to-back losses marked the first time in three years that SU started conference play 0-2.After the game, Hillsman again noted that his team couldn’t close it out. The 12-year head coach cited a play down the stretch, with SU down by a possession and UVA at the free-throw line, when J’Kyra Brown missed but the Cavaliers got it back after the Orange couldn’t secure the rebound.Syracuse returned home and won its first two conference games of the year in the Carrier Dome against Georgia Tech and then-No. 11 Florida State. Those victories came off two stellar scoring outbursts from Mangakahia and Drummond that Hillsman isn’t “trying to figure out.”“When I’m not having a good day or Miranda isn’t,” Mangakahia said, “I think we can all step up and contribute.”On Jan. 14, against North Carolina State, Mangakahia and Drummond were limited to 27 combined points and no other scorer reached double-digits. The Orange led at half, but still were outrebounded and fell in Raleigh, North Carolina.SU’s upcoming stretch would be an opportune time to find the steadiness it has needed and get above .500 in the ACC. SU’s next five opponents are a combined 6-18 against other teams in conference.  After Miami and Pittsburgh, Syracuse faces Clemson, Boston College and Virginia Tech. Two of those games, Miami and Boston College, will be away from the Carrier Dome and test the Orange’s ability to close out games on the road. If Syracuse looks to prove itself as an upper-echelon team in the ACC, it will need to.“It’s a long conference season,” Hillsman said. “There’s a lot of basketball left to play. We’re trying to stay healthy and get through these games and compete at the highest level.” Commentslast_img read more

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A DONEGAL MAN’S CYCLE ACROSS AMERICA – ROGER IS DOWN BUT NOT OUT!

first_imgLetterkenny man Roger Holmes is cycling across America in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.He is doing superbly well despite being hit by a falling rock the size of a basketball yesterday!He’s ready to get back into the saddle but his beloved bike Peggy might need a few more repairs. This is his latest instalment.Keep it going Roger – we’re all behind you.“Yesterday on US50 going through a gorge cañon along the Arkansas River, a piece of rock fall about the size of a baseball rolled out in front of me and I hit it and came off the bike.“I’m fine…just some road rash. Poor Peggy the bike took the worst of it and I need to wait to get to a bike shop tomorrow morning to see what the damage is. “I was helped on the roadside by the good samaritan Diane M. Krier and rested up at the Super8 motel in Cañon City.“This morning I was unsure what my next move was going to be. Then Yeju Christina Lee and her family came to my rescue! Christina, who is a biology major dressed my road rash wounds. She told me her first gorey project at college was disecting a foetal pig. Working on a crazy Irishman is probably worse 🙂“I am going to relax today, and possibly go out to see Royal Gorge. I am deeply indebted to Diane and to Christine and her family for helping me out and keeping this challenge alive.“I am now even more determined to complete ‪#‎TransAtlanticCycle‬ for the ‪#‎IrishCancerSociety‬. I am grateful for yet more ‪#‎AmericanHospitality‬. Hopefully tomorrow or Tuesday I will be back on the road. ‪#‎OneDayAtATime‬ ‪#‎JustNotToday‬Peggy needs some TLC and perhaps a bit of oil!A DONEGAL MAN’S CYCLE ACROSS AMERICA – ROGER IS DOWN BUT NOT OUT! was last modified: July 11th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cycle across AmericadonegalRoger Holmeslast_img read more

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