Solutions for addiction treatment discussed in House hearings

Solutions for addiction treatment discussed in House hearings

5,465 Pennsylvanians died in 2017 from overdoses. Two bills introduced into the House look to cut that number by making it easier and quicker for patients seeking addiction treatment to get matched with help.

Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) has proposed two measures this session to combat the waiting time some face in accessing treatment. One offers to fund statewide “warm hand-offs” that facilitate people treated for overdoses at a hospital directly transferring to a bed in a treatment center. The other creates a registry for detoxification and addiction treatment.
Thursday, March 21, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
VIDEO: Legislators, nurses and advocates join to support safe staffing levels

VIDEO: Legislators, nurses and advocates join to support safe staffing levels

On Wednesday afternoon a group of legislators, nurses and others joined to support safe staffing levels for nurses in hospitals. 

New legislation House Bill 867 and Senate Bill 450 were introduced by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) and  Sen. Maria Collett (D-Montgomery) that would call attention to the patient care crisis that is occurring due to hospitals being short staffed. 

Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D-Philadelphia) joined along with other legislators to speak out on the importance of the measures. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
DiGirolamo to run for Bucks County Commissioner

DiGirolamo to run for Bucks County Commissioner

After nearly 25 years in the House of Representatives, Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) announced last week that he is running for one of the three open seats for Bucks County Commissioner.

For years the GOP has controlled the county government with a two-to-one majority, but with the news that long-time commissioner Charley Martin will be leaving, Democrats are seeing this as their way to take over the majority. But DiGirolamo is used to running against the odds.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: News and Views
State reps discuss environmental issues in Philadelphia

State reps discuss environmental issues in Philadelphia

Three of Philadelphia’s new state representatives met with voters in Olde Kensington on Thursday night to promote their upcoming bills that focus on tackling environmental causes.

Representatives Joe Hohenstein, Mary Isaacson and Malcolm Kenyatta shook hands and took questions from their constituents at Original 13 Ciderworks, a local brewpub in Kenyatta’s 181st district. The evening was hosted by PA Conservation Voters, PennEnvironment and the Sierra Club.

Friday, January 11, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
Though accountability concerns remain, new regulations for intellectually disabled care advance

Though accountability concerns remain, new regulations for intellectually disabled care advance

On Thursday, the Independent Regulatory Review Committee approved an omnibus regulation package for the care of intellectually disabled Pennsylvanians that providers and advocates said would improve on the state’s current law, even as some fretted about accountability measures.

Revealed by the Department of Human Services in 2016, the regulations will undo some 2012 vintage rules around care for people with intellectual disabilities or autism, passed with little outside input.
Thursday, October 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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