Pennsylvania Sees Success in Substance Use Hotline Connecting Callers to Treatment Press Release, Public Health, Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today recognized the one-year anniversary of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs’ (DDAP) PA Get Help Now Helpline, which first began taking calls on November 10, 2016. The helpline is a toll-free, statewide service that connects individuals seeking treatment for themselves or a loved one to options in their community. The helpline, staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, received more than 18,000 calls in the first year.“The PA Get Help Now helpline is connecting people to the care they need to begin the process of recovery,” Governor Wolf said. “As Pennsylvanians continue to battle against the heroin and opioid epidemic, the helpline is a tremendous example of an initiative that is making a measurable difference in the fight.”“In the past year, PA Get Help Now has received more than 18,000 calls,” DDAP Acting Secretary Jennifer Smith said. “These calls have connected thousands of Pennsylvanians into treatment options that help make recovery a reality. Too often I hear that people delay seeking treatment simply because they do not know where to begin. The helpline combats that problem every day.”The helpline has connected thousands of Pennsylvanians to at least one treatment resource, including detoxification centers, medication-assisted treatment options, outpatient treatment, and other treatment and recovery support services. Helpline operators connect callers directly to these resources and will stay on the phone with the caller until an appointment is scheduled.“Helpline operators are trained to connect you to treatment resources that can best identify and address a caller’s needs, including financial concerns. If a caller is unsure if their insurance will cover treatment or how they will pay for it, helpline operators will help find the best option for their financial situation,” said Acting Secretary Smith. “Concerns over ability to pay should not prevent anyone from seeking treatment.”Individuals seeking recovery resources for themselves or a loved one can call the toll-free PA Get Help Now helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). A live chat option is also available online for those seeking help who may not be comfortable speaking directly to a helpline operator.For more information on the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and treatment options around the commonwealth, visit www.ddap.pa.gov and https://apps.ddap.pa.gov/gethelpnow/. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter November 13, 2017
The Pembroke star top scored for the Irish with 63 as they posted a commanding 237 for 6 in their 50 overs.Ireland are back in action on Wednesday when they face hosts Sri Lanka – who were beaten today by tournament favourites India.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.- It was a night full of anticipation, fun, and giving back, as local first responders and service men and women took a moment out of their busy schedules to help kids shop for their families. Each child received a $100 gift card to explore the store for as long as they wanted. Each holiday season, Meijer hosts more than 100 “Shop with a Hero” events, which pair children in need with area law enforcement personnel to shop for holiday gifts.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Tips on avoiding heating fires this winterNext Alpena’s Bagley street bridge will get rehabilitated
It was blustery Sunday night into early Monday, but nothing out of the ordinary, just a good winter storm. Although some computer models predicted a much stronger storm, it appeared to me that it would begin to “fill” or lose strength rapidly the moment it hit land, which is exactly what happened. I mentioned in Sunday’s column there could be 40-50 mph winds up and down Interstate 5.That’s not to say there wasn’t wind damage; with saturated soils, many trees toppled, and there were scattered power outages. The high-wind warning was justified for the coastal strip but certainly not for the inland locations. The strongest wind in Vancouver was only 36 mph at Pearson Field, and I had 32 mph in Salmon Creek. South of the Columbia, winds topped 48 mph at the Portland airport and 51 at Troutdale. Winds were also in the 40-45 mph range further down the Willamette Valley. Seattle had a gust of 59 mph.Very cold air followed the front, with snow falling down to 1,000 feet late Monday, and even mixing in the heavier showers around Vancouver during the day. I had several reports of ice pellets and wet snow covering roadways and bark dust in the heavier showers Monday afternoon.With falling temperatures and more showers headed our way, my thinking as of late Monday afternoon is that good sticking snow could fall as low as 500 feet for short periods — perhaps even lower if you are under a heavy shower and we get some good cold. So don’t be surprised to see traces of snow — or several inches of it on cars from higher elevations — today.Beyond that, more wind and rain and heavy mountain snow, the freezing level bumps up on Wednesday and some areas could get a wintry mix as the next storm comes in and then cooler and lower snow levels through Christmas.Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at Weather Systems.