Wolf admin recognizes family caregiver month | Five for the Weekend
Happy weekend, all. State officials gathered at the Capitol this week to recognize November as National Family Caregiver Month. The month, Wolf administration officials said, “offers an opportunity to raise awareness of caregiving issues, educate communities, and increase support for” family caregivers. Pennsylvania Department of Drugs and Alcohol Secretary Jennifer Smith recognized the effect the […]
State officials gather in Harrisburg to kickoff National Recovery Month | Five for the Weekend
“People can and do recover from the disease of addiction. September is a time to celebrate the gift of recovery and to remind people in recovery, and those who support them, that no one is alone in their journey,” Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jen Smith said.
Wolf admin. adds intramuscular injection to expanded naloxone order
DDAP reports that between November 2017 and March 31, 2022, there have been 22,085 overdose reversals using state-purchased Narcan.
Online addiction treatment provider tool now available in Pa. | Five for the Weekend
Known as ATLAS (Addiction Treatment Locator, Assessment, and Standards Platform), the online tool was created by Shatterproof, a national nonprofit working to combat addiction in the United States.
Pa. to start citing unlicensed recovery houses this week
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
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.
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
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
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.
Wolf admin directs federal grant dollars to services for pregnant Pennsylvanians with addiction
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
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
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.