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Pa. to start citing unlicensed recovery houses this week

BY: - June 5, 2022

The agency was granted that oversight through a 2017 state law, and licensing applications were made available through DDAP in December 2021. 

Bill allowing personal testing equipment, Fentanyl test strips passes House committee

BY: - May 25, 2022

Current state law categorizes “testing equipment used, intended for use or designed for use in identifying or in analyzing the strength, effectiveness or purity of controlled substances” as “drug paraphernalia.”

State, local officials highlight addiction prevention efforts across Pa.

BY: - May 9, 2022

One of those leaders is Kristen Varner, administrator of Dauphin County Drug and Alcohol Services. Varner said that her own success in long-term recovery from substance use disorder is largely due to “protective factors,” such as a continuous support from a “loving environment.”

With months left in tenure, Wolf admin official looking to make most of the time that’s left

BY: - May 6, 2022

On Wednesday, Smith led a roundtable discussion with the agency’s Parent Panel Advisory Council, a group of parents from across the commonwealth who have first-hand experience parenting children affected by substance use and substance use disorders, and who make recommendations to DDAP regarding support services. 

State officials launch $10M program to help substance use disorder treatment professionals repay their student loans

BY: - May 3, 2022

The Substance Use Disorder Loan Repayment Program, which is being administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, is accepting applications from treatment professionals as well as case management professionals with outstanding student loan debt. 

Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs Secretary Jen Smith

Wolf admin directs federal grant dollars to services for pregnant Pennsylvanians with addiction

BY: - February 23, 2022

The funding is part of $55M in federal money awarded to Pennsylvania, according to DDAP.

$15M in grant funds headed to substance use disorder treatment providers for pandemic response

BY: - February 18, 2022

The grant funding, which amounts to more than $15 million, can be used to “minimize the spread of COVID-19," officials said Friday.

‘No one is immune’: DDAP encourages Pa. workers, health care workers, to invest five minutes to better understand addiction

BY: - February 15, 2022

The online learning platform, known as Just Five, launched in May 2021 as a way to improve Pennsylvanians' understanding of addiction and substance use disorder, reduce the stigma surrounding the disease, and provide individuals with helpful resources. 

‘Vulnerable’ and ‘overlooked’, state officials highlight need to address substance use disorder in older adults

BY: - January 27, 2022

Older adults “are underdiagnosed when it comes to the disease of addiction” because they tend to take more medication than other age groups and because SUD symptoms in older adults are similar to those of other medical conditions, he said. 

‘It’s OK to not be OK,’: Wolf admin. highlights mental health, substance use resources for holiday season

BY: - December 22, 2021

In a virtual briefing with reporters Wednesday, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jen Smith said that the holiday season can be “overwhelming and triggering” for those with substance use disorder. 

Crawford County substance use roundtable highlights pandemic treatment challenges

BY: - December 13, 2021

So far in 2021, Pennsylvania has logged 2,279 overdose deaths, according to state data.

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State officials discuss trauma, substance use among incarcerated women | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - December 3, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections reports that about 66 percent of the women in state correctional institutions (SCIs) are on the DOC mental health roster; more than 50 percent of the women have a history of substance use.