The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) was joined by national nonprofit Shatterproof and substance use disorder treatment provider Gaudenzia to announce the expansion of the free and confidential Addiction Treatment Locator, Assessment, and Standards Platform, ATLAS, to Pennsylvania.
Happy weekend, all.
An online tool to help those experiencing substance use disorder find reputable treatment providers is now available to Pennsylvanians.
ATLAS “evaluates” treatment facilities use of evidence-based best practices and Shatterproof’s Principles of Care to help those in need of care or their loved ones find and compare facilities across Pennsylvania.
“This new tool will not only monitor the quality of treatment providers in Pennsylvania, but also gives individuals and families a trusted resource to locate quality care for themselves and their loved ones,” Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jen Smith said.
Pennsylvanians can search ATLAS for treatment providers by their location, services provided, and insurance accepted.
ATLAS is available in nine other states, including Delaware, New Jersey, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma, North Carolina and West Virginia. ATLAS will be available in California in 2023, according to Shatterproof.
ATLAS is also fully available in English and Spanish.
As always, the top five stories from this week are below.
Heat waves are becoming supercharged as the climate changes – lasting longer, becoming more frequent and getting just plain hotter. One question a lot of people are asking is: “When will it get too hot for normal daily activity as we know it, even for young, healthy adults?”
The answer goes beyond the temperature you see on the thermometer. It’s also about humidity. Our research shows the combination of the two can get dangerous faster than scientists previously believed.
Scientists and other observers have become alarmed about the increasing frequency of extreme heat paired with high humidity, measured as “wet-bulb temperature.” During the heat waves that overtook South Asia in May and June 2022, Jacobabad, Pakistan, recorded a maximum wet-bulb temperature of 33.6 C (92.5 F) and Delhi topped that – close to the theorized upper limit of human adaptability to humid heat.
Despite opposition from Senate Democrats, Republicans in the upper chamber advanced a proposal to add language to the Pennsylvania Constitution stating that the governing document does not guarantee any rights relating to abortion or public funding for the procedure.
After voting to waive a rule banning votes after 11 p.m., the Senate Rules Committee on Thursday tacked on proposed amendments, including language requiring voters to show ID at polling places, allowing gubernatorial candidates to select their running mates, and creating a system for election audits. The bill also includes language that would let lawmakers disapprove regulations without a possible veto from the governor.
Three new state parks are in the works for Pennsylvania, state officials said this week.
Gov. Tom Wolf made the announcement in a Tweet on Tuesday that the commonwealth will make its first addition to its state park system since 2005, bringing the total number of state parks in Pennsylvania to 124.
The news comes just days after Wolf signed the 2022-23 state budget, which allocates $56 million to the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which oversees the commonwealth’s state parks and forests, for infrastructure projects to support the development of three new state parks.
Eight days into the new fiscal year, Pennsylvania has a finalized budget.
The Republican-controlled Pennsylvania Senate voted 47-3 to approve a $45.2 billion spending plan for the 2022-23 fiscal year, sending it to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who signed the proposal in a private event later Friday evening.
The House of Representatives approved the general appropriations bill in a 180-20 vote with little debate on Thursday. And while lawmakers noted Thursday and Friday that the documents aren’t perfect, they touted the bipartisan agreement and investments in education, infrastructure, community safety, mental health, and relief.
The Republican-controlled General Assembly on Friday approved a five-part proposed amendment package, which includes language that would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to state that it does not guarantee any rights to abortion or public funding for abortions.
The Senate voted 28-22 to send the proposal, Senate Bill 106, to the House of Representatives, which approved the legislation 107-92 after more than four hours of debate.
And that’s the week. We’ll see you back here next week.
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