Gov. Wolf: Opioid Crisis Medical Practitioners Can Now Get Help with Repaying Education Loans

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first_img Education,  Press Release,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the state will allocate $5 million in federal funding to a loan repayment program for health care practitioners providing medical and behavioral health care and treatment for substance use disorder and opioid use disorder in areas with high opioid-use and a shortage of health care practitioners.“It’s imperative that everyone suffering from the disease of addiction is receiving quality care where they can access it, in their communities,” Gov. Wolf said. “By removing some of the burden of debt for medical training, we are incentivizing these professionals to practice where they are most needed.”There are 30 highly impacted counties where opioid use disorder is most prevalent; 15 rural, including Fayette, Lawrence, Blair, Greene, Cambria, Armstrong, Venango, Mercer, Washington, Mifflin, Cameron, Clearfield, Crawford, Indiana and Butler; and 15 urban, including Philadelphia, Westmoreland, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Beaver, Allegheny, Erie, Delaware, Bucks, Dauphin, Berks, York, Lebanon, Lehigh, and Lancaster.While applications are not limited to these counties, practitioners in these counties could receive additional points when being considered for the loan repayment program. Applications are available through June 3.“The opioid crisis is the largest public health crisis in decades, and we continue to need more professionals who can assist in addressing this crisis,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “This funding helps us ensure that those affected by the crisis living in both underserved areas and areas hit particularly hard have access to primary medical and behavioral health care services to treat their disorder. We want to make sure that all Pennsylvanians with the disease of addiction have the ability to be treated at a location convenient to them.”The funding comes from the $55.9 million Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) grant meant to help states increase access to medication-assisted treatment of opioid use disorder, reduce opioid overdose related deaths through prevention, treatment and recovery, and to reduce unmet treatment need.“The Wolf Administration is committed to strengthening the drug and alcohol treatment system throughout all of Pennsylvania,” said Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs Jen Smith. “We are at a critical crossroad in the opioid crisis. To date, we have focused on keeping individuals alive by reducing overdose deaths and making naloxone readily available. Now we are starting to shift some of our focus to the quality of treatment individuals receive. A key component to this is ensuring there is an adequate number of doctors available to treat individuals battling substance use disorder. By doing so, we hope to prevent individuals from cycling through the treatment system.”Practitioners are required to have already served two years treating substance use disorder and opioid addiction. Applicants are obligated to commit to providing services for at least two additional years at a substance use disorder approved site: a licensed drug and alcohol treatment facility, a community-based primary care or behavioral health center, a PA State Correctional Institution or a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facility in Pennsylvania. Recipients may be from a number of disciplines. More information is available on the Department of Health’s Substance Use Disorder Loan Repayment Program website.This SAMSHA funding complements the state’s existing loan repayment program, which is for primary care physicians. For fiscal year 2018-19, the state’s budget allocated $2.6 million for the Pennsylvania Primary Care Loan Repayment Program through a combination of state and federal funds.For more information about the loan repayment program, visit the Department of Health website at www.health.pa.gov or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.For more information on how the Wolf Administration is battling the opioid crisis, visit governor.pa.gov/action-plan-pennsylvania/#FighttheHeroinandOpioidEpidemic. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf: Opioid Crisis Medical Practitioners Can Now Get Help with Repaying Education Loanscenter_img May 15, 2019last_img read more

Marriage is different from cohabitation – Canadian court

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first_imgMercatorNet.com 26 Jan 2013Today the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Quebec can exclude cohabiting couples from receiving spousal support in the event of relationship breakdown. The Institute of Marriage and Family Canada applauds this decision because it accurately reflects the fact that social science research shows marriage to be substantively different from living common law. “There is great consensus from social scientists, no matter their political stripe, that marriage is different from living together,” says IMFC Manager of Research Andrea Mrozek. “Unfortunately, the statistical reality is that people living together break up more readily – even if they do eventually wed. They are more likely to have multiple partners. Their children face more problems – higher rates of school dropout, more drug use and an earlier age of sexual initiation. And single parents – typically mothers – are more likely to be poor. These are some of the harsh statistical realities of living together versus getting married, and it is wise to acknowledge this difference,” says Mrozek. Marriage protects against poverty and remains the most stable manner in which to raise children. Some researchers have even identified that a new class division is emerging along married versus  unmarried lines. This is the message of author Kay Hymowitz’s book, Marriage and Caste in America.http://www.mercatornet.com/family_edge/view/11736last_img read more

Liverpool equal Premier League record with victory over West Ham

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first_img Jurgen Klopp’s side has won every league game since they drew 1-1 with Manchester United at Old Trafford in October, a result which, remarkably, remains the only time they have dropped points all season. The win also sends the Reds 22 points clear of City at the top of the table and within sight of claiming their first Premier League title.Advertisement Liverpool have equalled Manchester City’s record of 18 consecutive Premier League wins after beating West Ham 3-2 at Anfield on Monday night. City’s 18-run winning sequence came during the 2017-18 season when they won the title with a record-breaking 100 points, but Liverpool are on course to surpass that mark this season. The Merseysiders can set a new record of 19 straight league wins when they travel to relegation-threatened Watford on Saturday evening. read also: Klopp reacts to Werner’s comments about Liverpool switch The run also sees Liverpool’s unbeaten league run extended to 44 matches, closing in on Arsenal’s all-time English top flight record of 49. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The ShowTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Biggest Cities In The World So FarWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Artlast_img read more

USC hosts Zombie Run 5K Friday night

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first_imgOn the run · The Undergraduate Student Government’s Special Events Committee, Trojan Pride and the USC Triathalon team organized a Zombie 5K run Friday night in Pardee Plaza where “zombies” chased participants. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanOn Friday night, the Special Event Committee, Trojan Pride and USC Triathalon partnered to throw the Zombie Run 5K in Pardee Plaza.Participants were given flags and ran two laps around campus while Undergraduate Student Government members painted by makeup artists to look like zombies chased them. The ”zombies” were only allowed to use two limbs to try and take the runners’ flags while they ran around campus.The event was promoted by a social media campaign that had Trojan Pride members and other members of USG change their profile pictures to “zombified” versions of themselves.Trojan Pride Program Director Joshua Chang thought that it was the energy of both the volunteers and the participants that made the event such a success.On the run · The Undergraduate Student Government’s Special Events Committee, Trojan Pride and the USC Triathalon team organized a Zombie 5K run Friday night in Pardee Plaza where “zombies” chased participants. – Joseph Chen | Daily Trojan“The zombies did a great job of scaring all the runners, and I’m glad everyone had a fun time. The impromptu dance party at the end with all the participants was probably the most random and entertaining thing that happened,” Chang said. “I want to thank all the participants and volunteers for making this an outstanding event.”Patrick Macias, a sophomore majoring in industrial and systems engineering, enjoyed seeing so many organizations collaborate together to create a unique experience.“It was a lot of fun to participate in, and it was great to see so many different organizations coming together to run an event.”Avery McEvoy, a junior majoring in environmental engineering, also found the experience enjoyable and unique, as well as eye-opening.“The Zombie Run turned out to be an amazing event. It was hilarious to see Trojans coming together not only to run a 5K, but to also be chased by zombies,” Evoy said via email. “The zombies were very dedicated and realistic, and I definitely heard screams all around campus. This event convinced me of two things. One, I may be less equipped to survive a zombie apocalypse than I thought. Two, Trojans know how to have fun.”last_img read more