Secretary Price sends letter to governors: “Through a sustained focus on people, patients, and partnerships, I am confident that together we can turn the tide on this public health crisis."
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D. today announced that HHS will soon provide $485 million in grants to help states and territories combat opioid addiction. The funding, which is the first of two rounds provided for in the 21st Century Cures Act, will be provided through the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The funding will be issued to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories, and the free associated states of Palau and Micronesia. Funding will support a comprehensive array of prevention, treatment, and recovery services depending on the needs of recipients. States and territories were awarded funds based on rates of overdose deaths and unmet need for opioid addiction treatment.
Secretary Price sent a letter to governors whose states are receiving grants and outlined his and the administration’s firm commitment to address the opioid crisis as each state and territory across the country works to address the significant health, social, and economic consequences. In his letter to governors, Secretary Price wrote, in part:“As I begin my tenure as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), I do so with a profound commitment to addressing this public health crisis as one of our top three Departmental priorities. Opioids were responsible for over 33,000 deaths in 2015; this alarming statistic is unacceptable to me. We cannot continue to lose our nation’s citizens to addiction. Through a sustained focus on people, patients, and partnerships, I am confident that together we can turn the tide on this public health crisis."
The PA System of Care Partnership is requesting input and participation of system partners, staff, community providers, youth and family consumers, advisory boards or other individuals and groups, through a survey being conducted to obtain an extensive view of the efforts in the expanding role of Systems of Care in Pennsylvania.
The survey is available throughout the month of April 2017 and can be accessed either online or in paper format. The online version of the 2017 County Assessment accommodates both English speakers and Spanish speakers. Click HERE to take the online survey. Paper versions of the survey are available in English (CLICK HERE) or Spanish (CLICK HERE).
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Today Pennsylvania launches its third statewide art contest for artists with a disability, Art: the Universal Language. This year’s theme will be Visions of Pennsylvania.
Artists of all ages are encouraged to share their vision and interpretation of Pennsylvania, whether they show their rendering of its natural beauty, city streets, its people, or any other aspect of the commonwealth.
Artists can submit images of their paintings, drawings, photos, 3-D items, or multi-media pieces. A team of judges will choose winners based on originality, imagination, visual interest, and skillful use of materials.
US Senator Bob Casey and PA Senator Lisa Baker join in announcement of tax-free savings accounts to supplement existing benefits and grow financial independence
PA Treasurer Joe Torsella today announced the opening of the Pennsylvania Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) Savings Program that provides tax-exempt accounts for individuals with qualified disabilities and their families, during an event at the state Capitol with more than 200 disability advocates, their families, state lawmakers and US Senator Bob Casey, sponsor of the federal legislation.
Sara Wolff of Moscow, PA and Michael Anderson of Merion, PA became Pennsylvania's first two account holders.
"PA ABLE allows people with disabilities and their families to save, without jeopardizing eligibility for needed assistance," Torsella said. "It allows for greater control and flexibility to achieve a more secure financial future. It allows for hope, that Pennsylvanians with disabilities can live a life of independence."