New State Program to Help Individuals Battling Opioid Use Disorder Find and Maintain Housing in Pennsylvania WashingtonYork Press Release, Public Health, Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced a new state program that aims to direct $15 million for an opioid housing initiative that will fund a minimum of eight pilot projects in eligible urban and rural communities throughout the commonwealth. The proposed pilot programs must help individuals to become and remain engaged in evidence-based treatment interventions, provide individuals with the necessary support services to maintain housing stability, and provide pre-tenancy and tenancy education services.“Through these grants, we are supporting programs that help those working toward recovery find and maintain a place to live and we are offering one of the most basic necessities for a healthy life,” Gov. Wolf said. “For those in or hoping to achieve recovery, a home can be an important factor in finding and continuing treatment and other services.”A Request for Applications (RFA) for support services navigation and housing services for individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) is now available on the commonwealth’s eMarketplace.Developed by the departments of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) and Human Services (DHS), in partnership with the Pennsylvania Housing and Finance Agency and the Department of Community and Economic Development, the RFA’s goal is “to support innovative practices that will increase access to treatment and supports for individuals with OUD and help prevent overdose-related deaths.”Housing instability, combined with unmet basic needs, makes the road to recovery and independence extremely challenging. According to national data, about one in five people experiencing homelessness has a chronic substance use disorder. This aligns with information gathered from Pennsylvania’s 45 state-sponsored OUD Centers of Excellence, a majority of which identify housing as a major barrier for their clients.“We know that each individual seeking treatment is just that – an individual,” said DDAP Secretary Jennifer Smith. “They each have different situations and circumstances hindering their recovery. To truly combat this crisis, we must build capacity to support individuals by providing necessary, supportive wrap-around services like stable housing and case management.”“The conditions in which a person lives, including access to safe, stable housing, plays a role in a person’s health. When a person experiences homelessness in addition to a substance use disorder, the lack of a secure home is often a barrier to staying engaged with treatment and recovery, if they are able to access treatment at all,” said DHS Secretary Teresa Miller. “Supporting programs that assist with housing access and stability will help more people stay engaged in treatment and reach recovery.”The RFA is the first project launched as part of the $55.9 million SAMHSA grant secured to bolster the state’s response to the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic. Additional initiatives included in the grant are focused on expanding services to pregnant women and veterans affected by OUD, developing the treatment and recovery workforce, and strengthening criminal justice and law enforcement initiatives with a focus on reentrant supports.The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has distinguished four major dimensions that support a life in recovery: health, home, purpose, and community. This project aims to support two components of the dimensions – home and purpose. By giving an individual a stable, safe place to focus on their recovery, paired with the independence and self-worth that housing provides, an individual’s overall health and wellbeing is greatly improved.The counties that are eligible locations for pilot programs under the RFA were identified via a formula that equally considered the rate of individuals diagnosed with a substance use disorder (SUD) and rate of overdose-related deaths in a county. The thirty counties identified are: LawrenceLehigh GreeneLancaster MifflinPhiladelphia IndianaLebanon ArmstrongAllegheny VenangoWestmoreland MercerLuzerne October 17, 2018 FayetteLackawanna SHARE Email Facebook Twitter CameronDauphin ClearfieldDelaware BlairBeaver ButlerBerks For more information on the RFA, visit the PA eMarketplace.Find more information on the state’s efforts to battle the opioid crisis here. CrawfordErie CambriaBucks RuralUrban
THE ESPORTS ROUNDTABLE IS A PODCAST THAT HOSTS DIFFERENT GUESTS EACH AND EVERY WEEK, DISCUSSING ALL THINGS BUSINESS IN ESPORTS.This week on The Esports Roundtable, host Joe Hills is joined by Jon Gurman, the CEO of H4X – the official merchandising partner of ESL and DreamHack. Together, Hills and Goodman set their sights on discussing H4X’s journey, the current state of esports merchandising, and how they envisage the future of that particular industry.As always on The Esports Roundtable, the guest delves a little into their backstory to explain how they entered the industry of esports. Gurman revealed that he has a background in fashion and licensing, and when some friends of his showed him Twitch and competitive gaming, he knew within 10 minutes that he wanted to get involved. Gurman noticed the way players dressed when watching a competition and realised that there was an opportunity there.Gurman goes on to explain how he is the CEO of Moniker, in which H4X is its flagship brand. Moniker deals with brand management and Gurman create H4X when he decided the company needed to build a brand that’s endemic to esports – much like Vans to skateboarding, for example. This means H4X is built with gaming and gamers specifically in mind, which is unique in esports.The conversation moves to the state of fashion and merchandising in esports in the present day. Hills notes that with official clothing from Riot Games seems a little low quality with big, flashy logos, while merchandise from the Overwatch League favours performance. Gurman believes that clothing in esports will follow trends set by the fashion industry in general, so there’s no way of predicting exactly which way clothing in esports will go.H4X’s CEO sees a world where the brand is worn by those who aren’t aware that it’s a gaming brand, claiming that’s when he’ll know the brand has made it. He wants the clothing to be bought and worn because it’s stylish and on-trend, not just because it’s good for gaming.Gurman discussed this episode of The Esports Roundtable afterwards: “We are loving all the reception from fans at events so far. Stay tuned for our future collections and say hi at Dreamhack/ESL events this month!”Joe Hills, LFG and The Esports RoundtableSpeaking to Esports Insider, Joe Hills, Founder and Host of The Esports Roundtable, also commented:“Merch is a hot topic to track in the industry. Super excited to see H4X, Sector Six and other brands step up to provide quality at scale.”Hills is the Founder of Looking for Group, an esports executive recruitment company and has worked to achieve placements for many high profile individuals in the burgeoning esports industry.
MORE: Sporting News’ 2018-19 All-AmericansCameron Jackson’s home is in Winchester, Va., which meant Young had to drive across I-85 toward Charlotte, turning north on I-77 for a short spell before exiting onto I-81. It carried him across nearly the entire state, to the outskirts of a 275-year-old city that was the site of battles in the Civil War and the American revolution.Young was ready to fight for Jackson, if necessary.“He’s as big as a house, and he can score on anybody,” Young told Sporting News. Jackson had been injured as a sophomore and received a medical hardship waiver, which meant he eventually would graduate from Wofford with eligibility remaining. “With this ridiculous grad transfer rule, I sat down with him and said, ‘You’re going to have a lot of opportunities. …’“And I’m going down that line for about three or five minutes and he stops me and he said, ‘Did you drive all the way up here to talk to me about this?’ And I said, ‘Well, yeah. I mean, you’re pretty important to me.’ And he said, ‘Coach, there is no way in the world that I would ever consider leaving.’ And he never wavered.”Mike Young didn’t become the 2018-19 Sporting Coach of the Year that day. He earned the award during all the years he developed this program to which Jackson was attracted; all the days during which Jackson and his teammates were formed into one of this season’s most mature and connected teams; and all the games the Terriers dominated since opening with a narrow loss to eventual ACC regular-season champion North Carolina.Young grew up in Radford, Va., played in Division III at Emory and Henry College and began his coaching career as an assistant there. He has been at Wofford for 30 years, the first 13 as an assistant, the rest as the man in charge. After spending most of the 2000s getting the program established, he built a program in which his veteran teams were league-championship quality and have never lost a conference tournament game in three tries as a No. 1 seed.He’s never had a team like this, however.“So many teams at our level might have really good perimeter players, might have a really good stretch-4,” Young said. “But with this one, there’s a bunch of guys that can really shoot it and they’re tough and experienced and didn’t have to rely on a freshman. But this team has a post player that can play anywhere in the country. I am convinced he can play anywhere in the country. And we can do so many things that give people such heartburn.”Young praises Jackson’s ability to handle the ball, to execute a dribble handoff or keep it and hit an open cutter. He compares that to some of Bob McKillop’s best teams at Davidson, so difficult to defend “because of their post player’s ability to do the same things.”Young’s team went 29-4 overall and 18-0 in a Southern Conference that featured, by the standards of the NCAA, four of the top 75 teams in Division I. “I firmly believe this is the best Southern Conference basketball league I’ve been a part of,” Young said, which makes the Terriers’ dominance all the more amazing.They went 11-3 on the road; only three of the nation’s other 352 teams compiled more victories as visitors. They climbed to 14th in the NCAA’s NET rankings, surrounded on that list by major conference powers such as Purdue, Auburn, Kansas and Florida State. And though they were all but assured of being invited to compete in the NCAA Tournament regardless of what occurred in the Southern Conference championship, they eliminated any Selection Sunday suspense by winning another three games their and claiming the league’s automatic bid.MORE: Wofford vs. UNC: Behind the scenes The NET formula is a departure from the old Ratings Percentage Index by which the NCAA used to measure Division I teams, and it has been a bonanza for Wofford, all but demanding those who follow college basketball take the Terriers and the SoCon more seriously.“I didn’t pay any attention to it when the switch was made,” Young said. “I remember reading about it, but I didn’t give it a second thought. But then you start, you’re into it and somebody says, ‘Hey, you’re number 41 in the NET.’ What the hell is the NET? I don’t know KenPom. All that stuff is so over my head. My staff keeps up with it.“I think it’s going to be very interesting to see how they evaluate that and how that stuff is taken into account next Sunday.”This will be Young’s fifth trip to the NCAA Tournament as Wofford head coach. The Terriers also made it in 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015. This will almost certainly be the first time they walked onto the court wearing their home uniforms, signifying Wofford is the higher seed. And it will be the first game for Young as Sporting News’ reigning national coach of the year.“I don’t think any of us as coaches allow ourselves to think, ‘Wow, we’re pretty good, better than I thought we were going to be,’” Young said. “Greensboro was picked to win our league, and we went to Greensboro and I told our beat writer I thought this was kind of a litmus test, let’s see where we are. Greensboro is defending champion, really good, played Kentucky tooth-and-nail. LSU, 6-point game, led a lot of that game. And we went up there and beat them by 30. And we drove then to Roanoke for a game against VMI. And I thought to myself, privately: ‘Daggone, we’re pretty good.’“We’re defending and, I don’t want to use the word ‘elite’ offensively, but I’ll tell you what: We can score. Holy cow. We can score the ball.”MORE: Q&A with Wofford’s Fletcher MageeThe Terriers average 83 points, which ranks 12th in Division I. They are fifth in 3-pointers made and second in 3-point percentage. Senior Fletcher Magee, a 6-5 guard who twists oddly into his jumpshot — as if the catch, turn and release were all one motion — averaged 20.5 points and is just a few made 3s away from setting the NCAA career record for 3-point goals.Junior Nathan Hoover, another guard shooting well above 40 percent from long range, was the hero of the SoCon title game, with 20 second-half points to help the Terriers overcome a small halftime deficit and pull away from UNCG to a 70-58 victory.Jackson provides the force on the inside — averaging 14.6 points and 7.5 rebounds — that draws defenders away and helps to free Magee, Hoover and sophomore point guard Storm Murphy for open 3s. Sophomore Keve Aluma provides a defensive and rebounding presence at 6-9, 230 pounds. Senior Matthew Pegram, 6-11, assures there’s another big man available when Aluma and Jackson need a break or encounter foul trouble.“You’re talking about high-character people,” Young said. “We lose 4,500 points with these three seniors. It’s just college athletics the way it was designed to be. Great people, great students, great citizens on our campus.“Greensboro was better than we were last year, but we had three shots in the last 10 seconds to beat them in the semifinals and move on. And the tears and the pain and the agony of that loss, to see how that kind of set our jaw to have a great spring and summer and the determination and incredible amount of toughness to get to this point, it’s been very rewarding.” It was about 18 months ago that Mike Young hopped in his car in Spartanburg, S.C., and headed out on a recruiting trip he believed would be essential toward success in a season that would turn out to be the greatest in his time at Wofford College.That it required a seven-hour drive was not what made it unusual. The curious thing is, he was pursuing a player who’d been with the Terriers for three years, started 35 games in his career and averaged more than a dozen points per game in his most recent season. And now Mike Young has been “awarded” for his efforts, as the advertising people like to say. Young joins last year’s choice, Mick Cronin of Cincinnati, and such recent winners as Mark Few of Gonzaga, John Calipari of Kentucky and Bill Self of Kansas.Winning has been a habit lately for Young. Wofford has not lost a game since Dec. 19. To understand how difficult it was to win 21 SoCon games without a loss, understand that East Tennessee State, Furman and UNCG each won at least 24 games overall, went 38-2 against the rest of the league — and 0-7 against Wofford.“To think we went on the road all three of those places and won, that just doesn’t happen,” Young said. “That’s really, really hard. To do it undefeated in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big South, the Southern Conference, that’s storybook stuff. You don’t even dream of stuff like that.”