In Norristown, Governor Wolf Touts Strides Made in 2016-17 Budget to Combat Opioid Epidemic

first_img August 10, 2016 Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas visited Resources for Human Development’s Montgomery County Recovery Center, a Center of Excellence in Norristown, to discuss the significant strides made in the 2016-17 budget to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic in Pennsylvania. The Wolf Administration successfully secured the necessary funding for DHS to open 20 Centers of Excellence (COEs) statewide by October 1, 2016.“I am thrilled that by working with Republicans and Democrats, we have achieved this level of funding for our fight against this public health crisis,” said Governor Wolf. “Now that this year’s budget is complete, it is imperative that we all continue working together to focus on Pennsylvania’s opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic. While the budget allows us to expand treatment for individuals suffering from addiction, we can and should do more to address this matter that is plaguing all of our communities. My administration will keep its focus on this issue and I will continue preparing for the upcoming special session.”“We are honored to join a community of providers fighting the national opioid epidemic,” said Linda Donovan-Magdamo, Executive Vice President of RHD’s Pennsylvania Behavioral Health & Housing Division. “RHD’s Montgomery County Recovery Center is committed to participating actively in the learning network collaborative that arises out of this initiative. RHD has long been at the forefront of innovative, person-centered programs for people in addiction recovery and we’re thrilled to see MCMC recognized for its excellence of service and dedication to the people of Pennsylvania.”“This is a wonderful opportunity implement a holistic approach to service, and enhance MCRC’s commitment to care for the whole person,” Montgomery County Recovery Center director Marie McCartney said. “This award from DHS will double the capacity of our program, expanding the essential services we offer to people in our community who are in dire need of support.”The current path of treatment for people who have opioid-related substance use disorders can be confusing and difficult to navigate. The links between behavioral health treatment and physical health treatment are often broken or not made at all. This means people may drop out of treatment after they receive care for their physical symptoms, bypassing critical components of care such as behavioral therapies and connection to community supports that can lead to meaningful recovery from substance use disorder.The Centers of Excellence are a central, efficient hub around which treatment revolves. These centers will have navigators to assist people with opioid-related substance use disorders though the medical system, and ensure they receive behavioral and physical health care, as well as any evidence-based medication-assisted treatment needed.The use of medication (like buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone), coupled with wrap-around supportive services, can prevent people from relapsing and improve their chances for recovery, ultimately driving the aforementioned statistics in the opposite direction.The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs will license the COEs as drug and alcohol providers that provide one of the three FDA-approved medications.DHS is currently working with its actuaries to determine whether additional COEs can be funded by analyzing the impact they will have on the physical and behavioral health Medicaid managed care rates.For more information about the Centers of Excellence, visit www.dhs.pa.govLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf In Norristown, Governor Wolf Touts Strides Made in 2016-17 Budget to Combat Opioid Epidemiccenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Cricket News I didn’t announce any retirement: Chris Gayle

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Port-of-Spain: West Indies’ third one-dayer against India here appeared to be the last international match for Chris Gayle but the ‘Universe Boss’ has suggested after the game that he has not yet retired. The 39-year-old Gayle played the third ODI, which India won by six wickets under D/L method, on Wednesday with a special ‘301’ jersey—indicating the number of ODIs he has featured in throughout his career, a record for any cricketer from the West Indies.The Jamaican, who made 72 off 41 balls, was applauded by the Indian players as he walked off after being dismissed in the 12th over of West Indies innings. He raised his bat, helmet perched on top of it, and the crowd continued to cheer, wondering if it was the last time they would see him bat.But after the game, Gayle dismissed suggestions that this was his farewell game.“I didn’t announce anything…any retirement,” he said in a short video posted by Cricket West Indies, when asked whether he has retired from ODI cricket or not.Asked if he will still be around, he said, “Yeah, until further notice.”Gayle, who also had played in 103 Tests, had earlier announced that the ICC World Cup in the United Kingdom would be his last international assignment, before revealing a change of plans towards the end of the marquee tournament.During the World Cup, he said he wanted to play the ODIs and Tests in the home series against India, possibly setting up a farewell Test at his hometown Kingston. However, Gayle was not selected for the two-match Test series, which made it likelier that he might have played his last international match in the third ODI against India here on Wednesday.At the a post-match press conference, West Indies captain Jason Holder said, “To my knowledge he hasn’t retired from international cricket.”“But today was an example of his career. The knock he played was outstanding. He got us off to a really good start. He was entertaining, he showed presence, and that’s just what people have come to expect of Chris Gayle over the years.” last_img read more

Guyana Lottery Company/Let’s Bet Sports support Golden Jaguars Gold Cup quest

first_imgTHE Guyana Lottery Company, through its Let’s Bet Sports brand, yesterday announced its alliance with Guyana Football Federation (GFF) for the country’s March 23 game against Belize in the CONCACAF Nations League qualifiers, at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora.With a win, Guyana’s senior Men’s National team, Golden Jaguars, will qualify for the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the first time in the country’s history and follow the success of the women’s national team, Lady Jags, who had featured at the confederation’s showpiece in 2010.“Let’s Bet Sports is more than pleased to assist in whatever way possible in encouraging everyone to rally behind the Golden Jaguars,” said Rawle Toney, the Let’s Bet Sports Brand Ambassador.Toney made a presentation of a quantity of jerseys and tickets to GFF’s Social Media Officer, Keeran Williams at the Federation’s Headquarters, and pointed out that “it’s imperative that we give Golden Jaguars the support they need because the spinoffs from their victory on March 23 could be life-changing.”“At the Guyana Lottery Company and Let’s Bet Sports, we strive on being an entity and a brand that support sports and its development in Guyana, which is why with every lottery ticket and bet placed, a percentage of that ticket and wager will go towards the development of Guyana,” Toney pointed out.The jerseys, tickets and other memorabilia, Toney related, will be given to lucky fans through a series of radio and television promotions by Let’s Bet Sports and GFF leading up to the important fixture against Belize.Football fans, 18 years and older, will be able to place a wager on the Guyana vs Belize game, and are encouraged to visit their nearest Guyana Lottery Agent and ask for ‘Let’s Bet Sports’.last_img read more

MLS navigates resuming the season in local markets

first_imgLast Updated: 10th August, 2020 11:17 IST MLS Navigates Resuming The Season In Local Markets In light of Major League Baseball’s trouble with its season, Major League Soccer’s plan to resume play in its local markets is under scrutiny. First Published: 10th August, 2020 11:17 IST WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Associated Press Television News Written Bycenter_img FOLLOW US In light of Major League Baseball’s trouble with its season, Major League Soccer’s plan to resume play in its local markets is under scrutiny. The league has been buoyed by the success of its MLS is Back tournament in Florida, which concludes Tuesday with the title game between the Portland Timbers and Orlando City. With teams headed home, the plan now is for an abbreviated season.“It started with a tournament in a bubble, but in our minds it had always been that we would get back into the markets at some point soon,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said. “And that transition from the successful tournament to playing in our home markets is no different than the process with our tournament: It is very closely following the guidance of our medical experts and our infectious disease advisors, and in consultation with the local health authorities and government officials in all of our local markets.”The tournament got off to a rocky start when both FC Dallas and Nashville were forced to withdraw because of positive coronavirus tests. But only two other players have tested positive in the bubble at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World.MLS, the National Women’s Soccer League, the NBA and the WNBA have been able to successfully play games amid the pandemic, but in controlled environments with players sequestered from the general public. The NHL has resumed its season in “secure zones” in Toronto and Edmonton, and the league says it has not had any positive tests.But MLB, playing in home stadiums without fans, has had some two dozen games postponed because of the coronavirus. Outbreaks have notably impacted the Marlins and Cardinals. The NFL is planning games in the fall, although 67 players have opted out. The players association says 56 players have tested positive since the start of training camps on July 26.The USL Championship, the tier below MLS in American soccer, has been playing in local markets since July 11 but there have been more than a dozen games postponed because of positive tests. LA Galaxy II has had 11 positive tests. The MLS plan comes amid increasing coronavirus cases in the United States, with more than 5 million contracting the virus and 162,000 deaths.Dr. Carlos del Rio, an infectious disease expert who is chairman of the Hubert Department of Global Health at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, has reviewed Major League Soccer’s plans for playing out the season and believes it is sound.He pointed to the league’s mandate that teams take charter flights or buses to the games, with no overnight hotel stays. That will cut down on the contact the teams have with the public. The league’s rigorous testing program also should help prevent outbreaks.“I think the major difference between what MLS does and what baseball is doing is, let’s say Atlanta United was playing in New York. They’re flying in the morning, they’re playing and they’re flying back home. So they’re not staying there overnight, there’s no risk of the players going to hotels, staying at an unknown place, having to get meals in a restaurant or go out to eat,” del Rio said. “They’re not having back-to-back games. And that will give them the opportunity to test them again before the next game. So I think there’s some fundamental differences.”But players will individually need to be diligent in protecting themselves away from the team, he said.“I think that’s where the issues are. And that’s why I think it’s very going to be very important that the players have the discipline and have the education about those risks and try to avoid that, because the reality is those are the things you cannot control,” he said. “So it’s less about the bubble or the market, it is more about what happens outside of those settings.”Del Rio is on the NCAA’s COVID-19 advisory panel. He is not so certain about college football this fall, considering all the variables involved. The most important thing, he said, was that the nation needs to comprehensively address the pandemic.For Chicago Fire coach Raphael Wicky, the resumption of the season is a chance for his team to move on from a disappointing showing at the MLS is Back tournament. But he too emphasized the importance of individual responsibility.“Knock on wood, we never had a positive test in our team and in our club. So, I think we were very disciplined, but it’s very important that we keep doing that,” Wicky said. “Especially now, everyone’s back home. It’s summer, everyone has a life, but we tell the players, `Look, you’ve got to be very careful and you’ve got to follow the rules, wearing masks, social distancing.’”Garber said that if circumstances merit it, he won’t hesitate to pull the plug on the rest of the season.“We believe we have a good plan, we believe our players and our staff are focused on adhering to our protocols, and if we’re able to do that, we ought to be able to get our games in,” Garber said. “And if we can’t do that in a way that’s safe, and one that’s ensuring the health of our players, we’ll have to address it. If it doesn’t work then we won’t move forward.” SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENTlast_img