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

Cricket News This Day That Year: Sachin Tendulkar makes his Test debut against Pakistan

first_imgAfter making his debut on November 15, Tendulkar announced his retirement on November 14, 2013 in the series against West Indies. His last knock of 74 and his final walk back into the dressing room of the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai marked the end of an epoch where fans revered him and made Indian cricket the ultimate thrill in the world. The BCCI also shared the event on their timeline to honour Tendulkar’s contribution to world cricket. When Neil Armstrong became the first man to land on the moon, he spoke this famous sentence, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” On November 15, 1989, when Tendulkar strode out on the world stage, the sentence from fans would be, “A small step by a youngster, a giant leap for cricket.” New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar had a monumental journey in international cricket. A career spanning 200 Tests, 15921 runs with 51 centuries in addition to 18426 runs in 463 ODIs made Tendulkar the ultimate batsman of this epoch.For ardent cricket and Tendulkar fans, there is one date which is revered and that is November 15, 1989. It was on this day, 29 years ago, that the ‘Master Blaster’ started on his record-breaking  international journey by making his Test debut for India against Pakistan. Facing up the likes of Wasim Akram, Imran Khan and Waqar Younis, who was also making his debut, in their own conditions was a daunting task.Read More | Not sure Virat Kohli’s Indian side best in last 15 years: Steve WaughHis first Test did not begin well as he was dismissed for 15 by Waqar. However, his tour got better and in only his second Test, the right-hander scored 59 in Faisalabad. It was in the Sialkot Test which showed that Tendulkar was a class apart. On a green track, Tendulkar came out to bat and was hit on the nose by a bouncer from Waqar. There was a deep cut and Tendulkar started bleeding, which left him dazed. However, with determination, he overcame the blow and scored an attacking 57.Read More | Happy Birthday Sania Mirza: Wishes pour in for India’s tennis star Later, in an exhibition game in Peshawar, Tendulkar would hit Abdul Qadir, considered to be the best legspinner at that time, for four consecutive sixes. The Pakistan tour signalled the arrival of a superstar.So many recordsTendulkar, dubbed the ‘Master Blaster’ has so many records to his name. The most number of runs in Tests and ODIs, most centuries in both formats and the first player to hit 100 international centuries.  In addition to his run-making capability, Tendulkar enthralled audiences the world over with his amazing strokeplay.Read More | Down Under – The making of Virat Kohli, the modern legendOn Twitter, Tendulkar shared the moment on his official page and said it was an honour to represent the country for 24 years.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Benteke’s offside goal at Liverpool should not have stood, says Premier League

first_imgLiverpool’s Christian Benteke should not have been awarded the winning goal in the match against Bournemouth on Monday, the Premier League has admitted.The Belgian striker opened his account at Anfield with a goal that would have been perfectly legitimate last season, but this season should have been disallowed for offside. Benteke’s close-range goal was allowed to stand by referee Craig Pawson despite team-mate Philippe Coutinho having been stood in an offside position and attempting to play the ball.And in a highly-unusual move, the League has stated unequivocally that the match officials got the decision wrong. The League is writing to all the clubs to clarify the new ruling – and presumably also to the referees and linesmen who are clearly not yet up to speed with the new regulation.While the goal would have stood last season, a change ratified by the IFAB over the summer amended the offside rule. Players can now be offside even if not directly involved in a move, deemed to be interfering with play via their positioning on the field, by distracting or diverting opponents.HOWE’S HOWLS Speaking before the League’s admission, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was demanding answers.”It is a tough job, we know that. The officials have a split second to make a decision so I respect that and the challenge that their job brings,” he said.”From our perspective we felt we were on the wrong end of not just the two big decisions in the game but there were several other little things that went against us.””[I’m] definitely keen to have a conversation and see their perspective. From my perspective, regarding that law, that is the clearest case of that interpretation that’s been changed that you’ll see.””And the fact that hasn’t been seen is a huge worry. I’m baffled by it and I was baffled by it at the time.” “I had a really poor view at ground level, [but] I just knew there was something not quite right about the goal, and obviously it proved when I saw the replays. I’m just really surprised it was missed.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Simba claw Leopards to make Super Cup semi

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards defender Isaac Kipyegon skips away from Simba’s Zana Coulibaly during their SportPesa Super Cup match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on January 23, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluDAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, Jan 23 – A late fight back from AFC Leopards did not bear fruit as the 13-time Kenyan Premier League champions fell 2-1 to Tanzanian giants Simba SC who qualified for the semi-finals of the SportPesa Super Cup at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday evening.Goals in either half from Emmanuel Okwi and Clatous Chama did the damage for Simba despite Vincent Oburu’s mid-second half goal that sparked the futile fight from two goals down. Simba who reached last year’s finals and lost to Gor Mahia will play another Kenyan outfit Bandari FC in Friday evening’s semi-final at the same venue.Wekundu wa Msimbazi did not show any signs of a hangover despite arriving in the Tanzanian capital just a few days from a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of AS Vita in a CAF Champions League match in DR Congo.The home side broke the deadlock after 13 minutes, Okwi striking them ahead with a deflected shot inside the box.A brilliant team move by the home side saw Zana Coulubaly released on the right and the wingback laid in a brilliant first time well weighted cross met by Okwi at the backpost unmarked. The Ugandan swept his markers away before striking a stinging shot that was deflected beyond keeper Jairus Adira.Simba had kept a commanding start to the match, keeping possession, passing with ease and pushed on by the sizeable crowd that had come out for the early evening kick off.AFC Leopards Whyvonne Isuza vies for the ball with Simba’s Jonas Mkude during their SportPesa Super Cup match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on January 23, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the 19 minutes, Coulibaly sent Okwi through again this time with a long ball planted behind the defense. However, Adira was hawkeyed in the AFC goal and he rushed out quick, sweeping away the ball with his feet as Okwi tried to dribble past him.AFC’s first chance of the game came through in the 24th minute and it was off a set-piece, Robinson Kamura sending it straight to keeper Aishi Manula after Eugene Mukangula was axed at the edge of the area.Four minutes later, Ingwe who were building their confidence step by step should have surely been level but Congolese striker Wayeka Tutawe, signed from Tanzania’s Africa Lyon in the beginning of the season wasted a glorious opportunity.The forward muscled away from Rashid Juma on the left before breaking into the box, but he chose to cut back the ball to Brian Marita instead of shooting.With the defense clouding around the winger, Marita was forced to tee up Edward Seda at the edge of the box but the midfielder’s shot was weak ending up in a routine save for Manula.AFC Leopards midfielder Edward Seda moves the ball forward during the SportPesa Super Cup match against Simba SC at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on January 23, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluTwo inutes later Tutawe came close when Marita knocked down Mukangula’s header for hm at the near post, but his shot brushed the bar on its way out.At the start of the second half, Simba tactician Patrick Aussems made changes, Meddie Kagere, Murushid Juuko and James Kotei all coming on for Hunlede Kisimbo, Serge Pascal Wawa and Jonas Mkude respectively.It took them just four minutes to double their advantage when Chama shot into the bottom right corner after being fed off by Okwi who had done well to sprint away from Isaac Kipyegon on the left.Adira was called into a brilliant save in the 56th minute when he sprung up brilliantly to tip over a Hassan Dilunga shot from distance after he was teed up by Okwi.Despite going down twice, AFC made a case for themselves with constant attacks and they made changes upfront, Vincent Oburu coming on for Wayeka while Aziz Okaka was on for Brian Marita.AFC Leopards defender Yussuf Mainge goes past Smba SC’s Rashid Juma during their SportPesa Super Cup match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on January 23, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluBarely with his first touch of the ball, Okaka set up Oburu for Ingwe’s goal, running down the right before squaring a pass that Oburu scrambled into the net.AFC piled pressure to get the second goal and potentially send the game to penalties, but Simba held on for the slim advantage.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more