Wolf Administration Awards $4 million in Grants for Medication-Assisted Treatment Programs to Battle Addiction Epidemic

first_img October 17, 2017 Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration today awarded $1 million grants to four organizations to build medication-assisted treatment programs for Pennsylvanians suffering from the disease of addiction. The announcement was made at Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, a collaboration between Penn State Health and UPMC Pinnacle.Grants also were awarded to the Allegheny Health Network, Geisinger Clinic, and Wellspan Health.“Medication-assisted treatment helps someone suffering from the disease of addiction to recover from their illness,” Governor Wolf said. “Through these grants, we can expand access to this treatment to all Pennsylvanians in their own communities through a ‘hub-and-spoke’ network of health care providers.”Pennsylvania’s hub-and-spoke model has an addiction specialist physician at the center as the hub, providing expert guidance and support to primary care physicians in rural and underserved areas of the state who serve as the spokes. The primary care physicians will provide the direct-patient care, including the medication-assisted treatment prescription. Patients also will be connected to drug and alcohol counseling in their communities.“It’s clear that Pennsylvania needs a new and comprehensive approach to this disease,” said Dr. A. Craig Hillemeier, CEO of Penn State Health, dean of Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State’s senior vice president for health affairs. “We know from research that when treatment includes both medication and therapy, patients do better. And when patients do better, families and communities do better.”“In 2016, the Wolf Administration secured funding for Centers of Excellence (COE) across the commonwealth focusing on evidence-based medication-assisted treatment to combat the opioid epidemic,” Acting Secretary for Human Services Teresa Miller said. “While the COEs serve individuals primarily on Medicaid, today, these grants will broaden access to commercially insured individuals to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to high-quality treatment that focuses on the whole person.”“These grants will provide more primary care physicians with the support they need to prescribe medication-assisted treatment to their patients,” Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine said. “These grants will lay the groundwork for patients to receive quality addiction treatment in their community.”“Pennsylvania continues to battle the heroin and opioid crisis head-on and these grants will expand access to Medication Assisted Treatment, helping to treat individuals suffering from substance use disorder,” said Acting DDAP Secretary Jennifer Smith. “At a time when we are losing 13 Pennsylvanians each day to overdoses, increasing access to care is a top priority of the Wolf Administration.”The grants are funded through the 21st Century Cures grant, a $26.5 million federal grant received by the Wolf Administration to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic by increasing access to treatment, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose-related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment and recovery activities for opioid use disorder. Twenty-three organizations applied.The Wolf Administration holds the fight against heroin and prescription opioids as a top priority. To continue the battle against the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf, working with the General Assembly, has included the following in the 2017-18 budget:Expanding access to life-saving naloxone by providing $5 million through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to first responders, law enforcement, and other public entities across the commonwealth;Maximizing federal 21st Century Cures Act funding, which includes $26.2 million in each of the next two years for Pennsylvania, to expand access to treatment services, particularly for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured; andProviding $2 million to expand specialty drug courts to expand treatment strategies that divert offenders into more meaningful treatment and recovery.Some of the administration’s other initiatives to fight the opioid epidemic include:Working with the legislature to establish a new law limiting the number of opioids that can be prescribed to a minor and to individuals discharged from emergency rooms to seven days;Strengthening the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) through the legislative process so that doctors are required and able to check the system each time they prescribe opioids and benzodiazepines;Increasing the number by 25 of rural Medicaid providers who are able to prescribe MAT through funding from a federal grant;Forming new prescribing guidelines to help doctors who provide opioid prescriptions to their patients, including guidelines specific to orthopedics and sports medicine;Creating the warm handoff guideline to facilitate referrals from the emergency department to substance abuse treatment;Teaming with the legislature to establish education curriculum on safe prescribing for medical schools;Educating and encouraging patients to properly use, store and dispose of unused prescription medications through drug take-back initiatives, and expanding the number of drug take-back locations to more than 600; andIncreasing the availability of naloxone. 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Germany, Host France in Bruising Battle for Final Ticket

first_imgAs Loew acknowledged, France is buoyed by Sunday’s 5-2 hammering of minnows Iceland in their quarterfinal clash.And the hosts can expect near fanatical support in Marseille, the heartland of the nation’s die-hard fans.Nevertheless Loew can barely wait for kick-off this evening. “I’m not worried about who the favourite is,” said Germany’s head coach.“It would be easy to say that we have a few injuries and France are favourites as they played really well.“But that does not matter at all over 90 or 120 minutes.“It is like it was against Italy: a game of two teams with outstanding individuals.“Both have a clear direction, even if France naturally plays offensively. I love games like this.”Loew was very clear that Schweinsteiger, who has a strained knee, will only face France if fully fit.The Manchester United star had only recently recovered from tearing the medial ligament in his right knee in March.“If a player is less than 100 percent fit, then I won’t play him,” said Loew.“I made that mistake once before in my career and I won’t do it again.”Loew refused to be drawn about the mistake he referred to – passing it of from earlier in his career as a club coach.But he has been in this situation before with Germany.Loew played Michael Ballack in the Euro 2008 final, when Germany were beaten 1-0 by Spain, when the defensive midfielder was carrying a calf injury.But France’s defender, Olivier Giroud, believes his country will have the perfect opportunity to avenge their defeat to Germany in the 2014 World Cup when they take on their old foes in the Euro 2016 semifinals today.“It will be a great match, we have a lot of desire to get our own back for the World Cup,” Giroud said after his two goals helped France thrash Iceland 5-2 in Sunday’s quarterfinal.A header from Mats Hummels knocked France out in the quarterfinal in Rio de Janeiro two years ago and Germany went on to win their fourth global crown.Arsenal forward Giroud said the showdown with Germany in Marseille will be “a completely different match” to the romp against the Icelanders.“They are the world champions and they are often in the last four of major tournaments,” Giroud said.“I’m very proud of what this France side is achieving and I hope we’ll come out once again with the right result.”In contrast to France’s straightforward passage, the Germans were given a severe test in their quarterfinal. Italy took them to an error-strewn penalty shootout in Bordeaux on Saturday before Joachim Loew’s side triumphed 6-5.Despite the setbacks of missing Gomez, Khedira and Schweinsteiger, France coach Didier Deschamps is in no doubt that Germany is the class act of the tournament.“Germany are the best team, there is no doubt about that, even if Italy gave them a few scares. But we are there in the final four and we’ll give it our all,” Deschamps said.“They are one of the rare teams which can control a match. It will be a great game but it won’t be a stroll in the park.”France striker Antoine Griezmann said taking on the Germans in front of a predominantly French crowd at the Stade Velodrome will help.“We’ll have to give everything we’ve got, it’ll be a semifinal at home, in front of so many supporters,” he said after his goal against Iceland left him top of the Euro 2016 scorers’ charts with four.Hummels will not be there to torture France again as he did on that stifling hot day in Rio as he is suspended for the semifinal.Deschamps withdrew Giroud and key defender Laurent Koscielny during the Iceland game as they were at risk of suffering the same fate.Today’s match up is taking place almost 34 years to the day since the 1982 World Cup semifinal in Seville which ended in a traumatic defeat for Michel Platini’s team.Schumacher’s shoulder-charge on Battiston left the French substitute with three broken ribs, broken teeth and cracked vertebrae. The German goalkeeper escaped without even a booking as the referee claimed he had not seen the incident.]France roared to a 3-1 lead in extra-time but the Germans fought back to equalise with goals from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Klaus Fischer. The Germans, inevitably, won the penalty shootout 5-4, but went on to lose to Italy in the final.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Germany Coach, Joachim Loew, is relishing facing hosts France in today’s Euro 2016 second semifinal despite a mounting injury list.“It’s great that there’s a game like this. I love playing knock-out games against teams of this calibre,” said Loew in Evian during the week.Loew’s cause for optimism over the Marseille semifinal is not obvious with three key players definitely ruled out, while captain Bastian Schweinsteiger is doubtful with a new knee injury.Germany’s defender Mats Hummels is suspended while Mario Gomez and Sami Khedira are out with injury – Gomez for the rest of the tournament.last_img read more