New State Program to Help Individuals Battling Opioid Use Disorder Find and Maintain Housing in Pennsylvania

first_imgNew 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 RuralUrbanlast_img read more

The week that was: the top three sales on the Gold Coast

first_imgWhat a view- 8-10 Peter St, Banora Point.There is no shortage of luxury features attached to the residence with a gymnasium, tennis court, pool, cinema and several intimate outdoor entertaining areas.Ray White Prestige Gold Coast — Surfers Paradise agents Robert Graham and Jordan Thams handled the sale.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoThe highest sale on the Gold Coast this week was $2.65 million for this Banora Point hillside property.The second highest sale was $2.35 million for a Southport waterfront property.Located on a 1196sq m block, the home at 14 Biggs St has been tightly held with the same family for 30 years. The hillside Banora Point property. 14 Biggs Place, Southport.Described as the “best block on the street” the property is in a quiet cul-de-sac and is just minutes from the cultural hub of Southport“The home offers access to some of the best waterways on the Gold Coast; immediate to the Nerang River, the Sundale Bridge, Marina Mirage and Sea World,” the listing states.Carita Lanham of Ray White Benowa marketed the property. 16 Ventura Rd, Mermaid Beach sold for $2.055 million.A Mermaid Beach property rounded out the top three sales after it changed hands for $2.055 million.Set on 513sq m and with ocean glimpses, the house at 16 Ventura St features a versatile floorplan with a lap pool, alfresco area and security entrance.Ron London of London Estate Agents handled the sale. The second highest sale was in Southport. 16 Ventura Rd, Mermaid Beach.undefined This Banora Point beauty recorded the highest sale on the Gold Coast this week after it changed hands for $2.65 million.A HILLSIDE Banora Point property has changed hands for $2.65 million — the highest settled sale according to CoreLogic on the Gold Coast this week.The huge 6,228sq m estate at 8-10 Peter St offers sweeping ocean views from Fingal to Byron Bay.last_img read more

Wavepiston and Fiellberg Wrap Up Eurostars LOCWEC Project

first_imgIllustration of the load control principle of flipping plates when the loads get too highFiellberg, supplier of hydraulic cylinders, and Wavepiston, developer of the Wavepiston wave energy converter, have worked together in the Eurostars LOCWEC project on improving the control of the loads on the Wavepiston energy collectors.Michael Henriksen, CEO of Wavepiston, explains: “One of the largest challenges for getting a competitive wave power system is handling the loads from the large waves, not only surviving the waves but also be durable to keep the costs for maintenance down. The large waves are not frequent, they count for less than 1 % of the year, but a wave energy converter must be designed to handle these and even the largest wave that can happen in a 100-year perspective.“A proper load control is key to increasing the efficiency and durability of the system reaching a competitive levelised cost of energy and water.“In the project we have had a good cooperation with Fiellberg to develop and test an improved solution for load control in relation to the hydraulics and flip mechanism. The aim was to improve the energy conversion by having larger plates on the energy collectors, more durable pumps and reaching a 7-years lifetime.”Juha Elonen, managing director of Fiellberg, follows up: “The Fiellberg telescopic pumps have undergone several improvements during the project. We are very thrilled to see that we have achieved to get a more durable design in place within a reasonable short time with the support of the Eurostars grant. Eurostars is a very good programme for small, innovative companies in Europe.”Testing in the North SeaThe project has now been finalised.The improved load control system will be demonstrated in relation to two full-scale projects. One at Plocan, Gran Canaria, supported by EU’s Horizon 2020 SME Instrument, and one at a small tourist island, Isola Piana, Sardinia, supported by EU’s Horizon 2020 Fast Track to Innovation Programme.In relation to the full-scale demonstration, Wavepiston is currently running an equity issue and negotiating with potential investors.last_img read more

Amaya promotes David Carrion to Director of Marketing for PokerStars

first_imgShare Related Articles PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Share David CarrionUpdating the market, Toronto-listed Amaya Inc has confirmed the promotion of David Carrion to the leadership position of Director of Marketing for its PokerStars division.Carrion has been involved with PokerStars marketing and operations since 2010, joining the online poker room under the management of Rational Group. Carrion has worked on a number of international expansion projects for the PokerStars brand, helping the operator become market leader in LATAM and Southern Europe.Prior to being appointed PokerStars Director of Marketing, Carrion served as Group Director of Performance Marketing, spearheading Amaya player acquisition strategies and initiatives.Amaya governance detailed that Carrion would take-up the executive position on 1 July. As Director of Marketing, Carrion will be responsible with the performance and reporting of all PokerStars international multi-market teams.PokerStars released the following statement on the promotion of Carrion “PokerStars has appointed David Carrion as Director of Marketing to lead the global strategy of the PokerStars brand, including advertising, digital, social media, content marketing and live events. Carrion joined PokerStars in January 2010 as Director of Live Poker Operations for Latin America. A background in poker and table games within the bricks and mortar industry served him well in growing and developing the Latin American Poker Tour, sponsoring the Brazilian Series of Poker and directing the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure through to 2015.Carrion will assume the role permanently on July 1 and will also be interim Director of Live Events until a new executive is appointed. Vadim Soloveychik, Director of Brand Marketing and Edgar Stuchly, Director of Live Events, will leave the company at the end of June. PokerStars would like to thank both Soloveychik and Stuchly for their dedicated service and wishes them well in their future endeavors.” UK drives Stars Group growth despite international ‘disruptions’ February 27, 2020last_img read more

With Diaspora Help, Tappita Exceeds 100% Local Stake in Community Bank

first_imgNimba County is forging ahead, entrenching its position as Liberia’s second most active economic zone, next to Montserrado County, which hosts the nation’s political and economic capital, Monrovia. Just over the weekend, the new Executive Governor of Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Executive Governor, Milton Weeks disclosed that the people of Tappita (Nimba) raised more than twice the amount of money required by CBL for the construction of a community bank in the area.According to Governor Weeks, in order to establish a community bank, CBL requires that the community raise a minimum of US$25,000, representing 50% of the total capital required to establish a Rural Community Financial Institution (RCFI). With this local contribution, the CBL will then provide the remaining 50 % (US$25,000) to reach the US$50,000 total requirement. But the citizens of Tappita, with the help of their Diaspora compatriots, raised a whopping US$63,000— more than 100% of the total required capital, apart from the CBL’s contribution.This led to the establishment of the nation’s first people-owned financial institution in rural Liberia that is also capable of facilitating money transfers. The initial US$25,000 was raised right in Tappita, while the Diaspora Nimbaians, especially those from the Tappita district area, chipped in with a handsome US$38,000 for the construction of the RCFI to serve that vast district and beyond.Governor Weeks, who inaugurated the bank, known as the Tappita Rural Community Finance Institution (TRCFI) over the weekend was highly impressed by the contribution of the Diaspora Nimbaians. He called on others to emulate the people of Nimba.“Nimbaians in the Diaspora had also rallied to the cause of creating Tappita’s first bank. Contributing US$38,000, as their way of helping to start this bank,” he said. That investment from abroad alone, the Governor said, was an incredible 66% of the amount needed from locals. The total, therefore, raised by Nimbaians at home and abroad for the creation of this bank was over one hundred percent of the needed capital,” said Governor Weeks. This, however, clearly indicates how patriotism and commitment and other virtues are leading Nimbaians in the right direction—the cause of their county’s development. “TRCFI is more not just a financial institution, but actually a bank, which will offer the customers both savings and checking accounts as well as money transfers through MoneyGram and Western Union,” he said, adding that credit unions and village savings and loan associations (VSLAs), which are beneficiaries of the CBL’s credit facilities, may also make payments through the TRCFI. The TRCFI, according to Governor Weeks, is the 11th such institution in eight counties. CBL rates the Tappita bank as the first of its kind in money transfer transactions.Governor Weeks seems to be moving in the footsteps of his predecessor, Joseph Mills Jones, who began the microfinance empowerment program to rural communities across the country. Former governor Jones also started the construction and financing of the TRCFI in Tappita. This, according to the CBL boss, is the nation’s first people-owned financial institution that is also capable of facilitating money transfers. Weeks told the Nimbaians at the program that the CBL’s goal is to provide people the opportunity to have access to financial services in their communities at a reduced cost. He made specific reference to rural communities.The bank will therefore bring relief to many rural teachers and medical workers in Tappita and adjacent communities. “This bank is a relief to the teachers because it will make unnecessary their travel to Ganta, nearly five hours away and weeks of waiting, to receive their checks,” Tappita District Education Officer, Deepah Karneh, said. Nimba Senator Thomas Grupee, speaking during the inauguration, urged his kinsmen to remain patriotic and take good care of their bank. Meanwhile, it is becoming clearer by the day that there won’t be solutions to the precarious living conditions of Liberians unless they begin to make the requisite sacrifices or intervention to ensure that the country’s economy is retrieved from foreign hands that have controlled it from time in memorial. Though giving the economy back to Liberians is a promise made by government yet to be redeemed, Nimbaians—by their little efforts, are taking the bull by the horn. Many of the merchants in the county are Sons of the Soil (SOS).With their focus, seriousness and determination Nimba is indeed leading the economic emancipation of the Liberian masses who continue to live in abject poverty.The county has so many booming cities such as Ganta, Tappita Saclepea, Bahn and others. Ganta, the standout amongst these fledging communities, is now being lined with storied buildings. The biggest question that remains unanswered is whether other counties will emulate the good example of Nimba.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jolie adopting orphan from Vietnam

first_imgActress Angelina Jolie picked up a 3-year-old boy from a Vietnamese orphanage today and headed to a ceremony where she was expected to adopt the child, officials said. The star, who arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday night, carried the boy from the Tam Binh orphanage to a waiting Toyota van. They were expected at the Department of Justice in Ho Chi Minh City where an official ceremony will be carried out to complete the adoption. Vietnamese adoption officials confirmed to The Associated Press that she planned to adopt the boy. If all goes as planned, Jolie could take the child home by the weekend, officials said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt, Jolie’s partner, did not accompany her to Vietnam. – Associated Presslast_img read more