View post tag: Bollinger View post tag: Navy View post tag: united September 14, 2012 View post tag: delivers View post tag: Guard View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval Bollinger Delivers FRC to United States Coast Guard View post tag: states Share this article View post tag: FRC Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today Bollinger Delivers FRC to United States Coast Guard Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. has delivered the WILLIAM FLORES, the third Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard.The announcement was made by Bollinger executive vice president of new construction, Chris Bollinger, “We are very pleased to announce the delivery of the WILLIAM FLORES, to USCG Sector Miami. We look forward to the vessel’s commissioning, honoring William “Billy” Flores.”The 154 foot patrol craft WILLIAM FLORES is the third vessel in the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class FRC program. To build the FRC, Bollinger Shipyards used a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708. It has a flank speed of 28 knots, state of the art command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessels 26 foot cutter boat. The FRC has been described as an operational “game changer,” by senior Coast Guard officials.The Coast Guard took delivery August 15, 2012 in Key West, Florida and is scheduled to commission the vessel in Tampa, Fla. on November 3, 2012.Each FRC is named for an enlisted Coast Guard hero who distinguished him or herself in the line of duty. This vessel is named after Coast Guard Hero, Seaman Apprentice William Ray “Billy” Flores, who gave his life to save his shipmates after a collision between the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn and the 605-ft. oil tanker Capricorn in 1980. He was posthumously awarded the Coast Guard Medal for heroism.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 14, 2012; Image: Bollinger Shipyards View post tag: coast
View post tag: US Navy Share this article Authorities View post tag: Arleigh Burke-class USS Rafael Peralta passes acceptance trials The U.S. Navy’s future Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) completed acceptance trials December 16 after spending two days underway off the coast of Maine.USS Rafael Peralta is the third Flight IIA Restart destroyer laid down in October 2014 and christened a year later by the U.S. Navy at the General Dynamics’ Bath Iron Works shipyards.The U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) reviewed the ship and its crew during a series of demonstrations while underway. INSURV evaluates the ship’s construction and compliance with Navy specifications and is the governing body that recommends the ship be delivered to the Navy.Trials were conducted both pier-side and underway. Many of the ship’s onboard systems tested to validate performance, including navigation, damage control, mechanical and electrical systems, combat systems, communications, and propulsion applications, met or exceeded Navy specifications.The destroyer is equipped with the Aegis baseline 9 combat system, which includes an integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) capability, incorporating the ballistic missile defense 5.0 capability upgrade (BMD 5.0CU) and naval integrated fire control-counter air (NIFC-CA).According to the U.S Navy, the Aegis baseline 9 IAMD destroyers have increased computing power, along with radar upgrades that improve detection and reaction capabilities against modern air warfare and BMD threats.Following delivery, DDG 115 will be the 65th Arleigh Burke class destroyer and the first of the DDG 51 FLT IIA restart ships to be built at Bath Iron Works. The shipyard is currently in production on future destroyers Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) and Carl M. Levin (DDG 120) and under contract for three additional ships awarded as part of the five-ship multi-year procurement for FY13-17. View post tag: BIW Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Rafael Peralta passes acceptance trials December 29, 2016 View post tag: USS Rafael Peralta
Position Title: College Nurse SubstitutesSalary: $35.72 per hourQualifications:Must be a NYS registered nurse.Duties:The substitute College Nurse for Campus Health and Wellness Centerprovides routine health care assessment and education within thescope of practice of a Registered Nurse. The successful candidateswill serve as a substitute nurse and act as the campus medicalcaregiver and as liaison with off-campus services.Major Responsibilities: Performs routine health care for students and staff within thescope of practice for a New York State Registered Nurse (RN);Documents, records and retains confidential medical treatmentsand assessment records in accordance with College policy,procedure, and software;Makes referrals to medical providers and acts as liaison whennecessary;Responds to College medical emergencies as necessary; Special Instructions to Applicants:MVCC does not discriminate. MVCC is an affirmative action, equalopportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and people withdisabilities are encouraged to apply. MVCC offers a comprehensiveemployee enrichment program. Official academic transcripts requiredupon hire.Review Start Date: 10/9/2020Review of applications will begin on the review start date andwill continue until successful candidates have beenidentified.
All eyes will turn to the sky for Ocean City’s Air Show Weekend on Sept. 14 and 15. All events are free to attend.The celebration starts with the Ocean City Airport Festival on Saturday (Sept. 14) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.The festival features a ground display of unusual airplanes ranging from World War II to the present.The event will feature a parachute jump from Team Fastrax, “America’s Skydiving Team.”It also will include food, music, classic cars and kids’ activities, including the Ocean City Board of Realtors’ popular Bubble Mania.The skydiving team will perform at the Airport Festival at some time after 12 p.m., depending on wind and weather conditions.The half-mile “Runway Run” will return and is open to all ages. It offers a chance for anybody to cover ground normally traversed only by planes. The run will go off at some time between noon and 2 p.m.The festival takes place at the Municipal Airport at 26th Street and Bay Avenue. Additional parking for the festival will be available at Shelter Road (off Tennessee Avenue) with free shuttle service provided.The Parachute Pyrotechnic Show will return for its third year at 8 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 14).The show consists of several highly trained and specially licensed Team Fastrax parachuters exiting an aircraft 6,000 feet above Ocean City’s beach and boardwalk.Brilliant white or multi-colored projectile pyrotechnics are then ignited as the parachuters fly in formation, creating a dazzling display for spectators on the ground.The jump will end with a landing on the Seventh Street Beach and will be viewable along the entire Boardwalk.The aerobatic show will keep viewers looking to the sky.The Boardwalk Aerobatic Air Show will bring some of the best stunt pilots and aerobatic champions in the world to put on a show over the beach and boardwalk starting at 1 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 15). Some of the performers will include:Mark Meredith Air Shows: Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Mark Meredith performs award-winning spins and aerobatics.Ace Maker 33: Gregory “Wired” Colyer shows off the capabilities of the T-33, the U.S. Air Force’s first operational jet and a piece of U.S. aviation history.Tucano Air Shows: The MK1 Tucano and its 1,100-horsepower turboprop “not only roars, it whines,” according to its pilot. The Tucano will execute loops and other maneuvers at all speeds.Kevin Russo Air Shows: Kevin is in his 22nd year flying air shows with his restored SNJ-6, which was built in 1944 and delivered to the Navy during World War II.Team Fasttrax: The team will make a jump to open the show. Ocean City Police Department Chief Jay Prettyman is scheduled to make the jump with the team.Thousands typically soak up some of the final days of the calendar summer as they watch the spectacle from the beach and boardwalk.The show is best viewed from the area between Fifth Street and 14th Street.There is no rain date for any of the shows, and air performances may be canceled if weather conditions do not allow for safe flying. 9/11 CEREMONY ON WEDNESDAYOcean City’s annual “A Day to Remember” 9/11 memorial ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, indoors at the Ocean City Tabernacle. All are encouraged to attend.The ceremony is always well-attended and includes music, prayer and reflections on the memory of lives lost and on the community spirit that was renewed in the wake of the tragedy.The event includes the Striking of the Four Fives, a fire service tradition noting the death of a firefighter in the line of duty.This year’s special guest speaker will be Walter Perez of 6abc Action News. Perez was working in New York and on the scene of the World Trade Center attacks in 2001. For more information, call 609-399-6111.Ocean City firefighters, police officers and other emergency responders stand at attention at a 911 ceremony in Ocean City.ALSO COMING UP “Off the Beaten Path” Art Show and Exhibition (All of Sept.): Local artists capture undiscovered beauty in the “Off the Beaten” Art Show & Exhibition” at the Art on Asbury Gallery (711 Asbury Avenue).The gallery is open daily, and there will be a “Meet The Artist” reception and awards presentation 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13.Light refreshments will be served. All artwork is for sale. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (609) 814-0308 or visit oceancityfineartsleague.org. Bruce Garrity Exhibit (All of Sept.): Painter Bruce Garrity brings his colorful oil paintings to the Ocean City Arts Center Sept. 2 through Sept. 30.A “Meet the Artist” reception, free and open to the public, will be held 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13. Garrity’s paintings — in the traditional modes of still life, the figure, interiors and landscape — reference Garitty’s studio life and practice, as well as an interest in art historical models.The Ocean City Arts Center is within the Community Center at 1735 Simpson Avenue. Symphony Night at the Pops (Sept. 11): Cody Austin and the world-class musicians of the Ocean City Pops are the stars of the show.The orchestra will be at its best as Maestro Vince Lee leads some of the greatest and most-beloved music in history, featuring favorites such as Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and selections from Wagner’s operatic Ring Cycle. Tickets are $20 to $25.Tickets are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or by calling 609-399-6111.Bill Scheible Returns (Sept. 14): The Pops’ retired maestro and artistic director returns to conduct a program featuring the most recent winners of the Esther Weil student competition at the Music Pier. Tickets are $15 to $20. Tickets are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or by calling 609-399-6111.Ocean City Boardwalk……Walk To Defeat ALS (Sept. 14): This 2-mile walk raises funds to support patient services and research. Registration is 9 a.m. and the walk will start at 10 a.m. Registration is at the practice field at Sixth Street and Boardwalk. For more information, visit www.oceancitywalktodefeatals.org.Ocean City Historical Museum Annual Luncheon (Sept. 18): Former U.S. Representative and Ambassador to Panama Bill Hughes will discuss how his political career began, his time in office, and how Ocean City impacted his life at a luncheon 11:30 a.m. Sept. 18 at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point. Tickets ($50 for general public, $45 for members) are on sale now. Call 609-399-1801.The MS City to Shore ride is coming to Ocean City Sept. 21.MS City to Shore Ride (Sept. 21): Visit www.mscycling.org for more information on the annual bicycle ride across southern New Jersey with an overnight stop in Ocean City. The event typically includes 7,000 cyclists and has raised $5.6 million.Corvette Show (Sept. 22): More than 350 cars from throughout the history of Corvettes are on display in one of the largest shows of its kind on the East Coast. The cars will be on the boardwalk between Sixth Street and 14th Street from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 609-457-0081 or visit www.boardwalkcorvettesclub.com.Austin Healy Sport and Touring Encounter 2019 (Sept. 25): Car show on the boardwalk from noon to 4 p.m. For more information. visit www.AHSTC.org or call (267) 679-2500.Walk for the Wounded (Sept. 28): Enjoy a walk on the boardwalk to support wounded military heroes and their families. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Music Pier. A ceremony honoring our military begins at 10 a.m. followed by the walk at 10 a.m. For more information, visit www.operationfirstresponse.org or call (609) 402-5190.Health, Fitness & Wellness Expo (Sept. 28): The OCNJ Healthy Living Advisory Council will host its first Health, Fitness & Wellness Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 pm. Sept. 28 at the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center, 6th Street and Boardwalk.OCNJ Half Marathon, 5k & 10 Mile Non-Competitive Walk/Run (Sept. 29): Visit www.ocnj.us/Race-Events to learn more and register for these events.Older veterans of different wars help to lead a crowd of hundreds down the Boardwalk in the Walk for the Wounded. Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Mark Meredith will perform award-winning spins and aerobatics at the air show Saturday. (Photo courtesy City of Ocean City).
EHL Ingredients is looking to take its revenue to £5m this year, after reporting a 20% increase in sales during December 2011.The family-run manufacturing firm, based in Stockport, which produces natural herbs, seasonings and spices, said it would like to build on last year’s annual turnover which came to £3.8m. In order to achieve this, the company will be looking to hire four new members of staff, invest in new machinery and add further products to its portfolio, such as allergen-free spices and seasonings, Mexican chillis, and heat-treated herbs and spices.Tasneem Backhouse, sales director at EHL Ingredients, told British Baker: “The business has been doing really well. We’re looking into new product development to help EHL grow further – possibly blended seeds and herbs that might be ideal for the bakery sector. In addition, we’re taking on more customers and looking to recruit new members of staff for our admin, sales and technical sides of the business to help it succeed in 2012.” Backhouse, whose mum Emma Haq started up the business in 1997, said EHL Ingredients currently employs 18 staff, who help in its production of more than 400 ingredients for bakeries, food manufacturers, wholesalers and cash-and-carry firms within the UK.
The biggest night of the baking industry year is coming up – so make sure you’ve booked your place!This year’s Baking Industry Awards will be held at the London Hilton on Park Lane on 5 September, with a glittering ceremony hosted by TV presenter and all-round entertainer Stephen Mulhern.Stephen is one of the most in-demand television presenters today, with a string of smash hit television shows including Catchphrase and Britain’s Got More Talent.As well as his TV career, Stephen is an experienced all-round entertainer, having performed his very own magic and one-man variety shows up and down the country for the past 12 years. He even has a BAFTA Award under his belt.His unique style of comedy and presentation has made him one of the best-loved presenters in the country, having performed for some of the most recognised people in the world, including Her Majesty The Queen.Featuring an ‘Oceanic’ theme, this year’s event will begin with a champagne reception. This will be followed by a three-course dinner, then a ceremony recognising the winners in 10 awards categories:Baker of the Year – sponsored by Brook Food Processing EquipmentBakery Innovation of the Year – sponsored by ReiserCelebration Cake Business of the Year – sponsored by RenshawFree-from Bakery Product of the Year – sponsored by IngredionSupermarket Bakery Business of the Year – sponsored by Lantmännen Unibake UKSpeciality Bread Product of the Year – sponsored by BakelsThe Craft Bakery Business Award – sponsored by Dawn FoodsThe Customer Focus Award – sponsored by CSM Bakery SolutionsThe Rising Star Award – sponsored by RondoOutstanding Contribution to the Baking Industry – sponsored by DélifranceAttendees can also enjoy entertainment into the early hours with around 800 other bakery delegates at this premier networking event.Here’s how to book tickets for the ceremony:When: Wednesday 5 SeptemberWhere: Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London W1Tickets: £290 a ticket, table of 10: £2,625Tickets sell out fast, so apply early to [email protected] or tel: 01293 846593(Finalists and partners attend free)
At the conclusion of a one-ticket race, Saint Mary’s students elected juniors Kat Sullivan and Maddy Martin on Thursday to serve as the 2013-14 student body president and vice president. Sullivan, a communications studies major whose mother was student body president of Saint Mary’s in 1976, said she is looking forward to stepping into the role April 1. “It was really exciting and I was glad that other students were just as [excited as] we were,” Sullivan said. “They realized the importance of voting, regardless of the fact that we were running unopposed. It is very important that students’ voices are heard.” The Student Government Association (SGA) sent an email Thursday to students opening up the election. Attached was a link to OrgSync, the College’s new communication system, where students were able to select the Sullivan-Martin ticket or chose to abstain. Current student body president Maureen Parsons said 262 students voted in this year’s election, and 91 percent of the voters were in favor of the Sullivan-Martin ticket. Martin, a biology and Spanish double major, said she is particularly excited about the level of voting participation from the student body. “Obviously it wasn’t a huge surprise, but it was still really awesome that we had enough participation from the student body,” she said. “Even though we were the only ticket running, I had great feedback from other students saying that Kat and I were going to be great leaders next year. It really gives me a lot of confidence going in to next year knowing that the student body supports us.” In the upcoming weeks, Sullivan said she and Martin will work on applications for other SGA positions. They plan to release the applications for these positions Friday to give students ample time to consider applying. “We would also like to have an Activities Night geared towards SGA so students can see what exactly SGA is and how they can get involved,” Sullivan said. “This will be important as we start to work towards transparency and better communication between SGA and the student body.” Martin, who currently serves as the vice president of finance for SGA, said she wants to alert the student body to the opportunities SGA offers. Outgoing leaders will assist the new team in learning the ropes of their jobs. “We will have a grace period starting April 1 where the new members essentially ‘shadow’ old members,” Martin said. “It provides some comfort going in because students have the opportunity to ask questions; they aren’t just thrown into the system.” Choosing the right students as fellow leaders for the College is the pair’s first priority once they take office in April, Sullivan said. “I would also like to sit down with all the newly elected leaders on campus once big board and class board elections are finalized,” Sullivan said. “I would like to hit the ground running and delegate tasks from the beginning of our term as student body president and vice president. That’s why it will be important to choose leaders as soon as we can so we can establish what roles people will take with events and initiatives over the next year.” Student Activities Board (SAB), Student Diversity Board (SDB), Residence Hall Association (RHA) and class board elections will be held March 7, Martin said. “I am so excited to continue expanding SGA,” Martin said. “We have a really great backbone set in place, and now it comes time to add on. We can now begin to perfect and modify the structure.” Sullivan, like Martin, said she is looking forward to working alongside her fellow Belles to get the student body more involved in SGA. “I am really excited to be working with Maddy,” Sullivan said. “I think that we will make a good team because we have different academic and extracurricular backgrounds. Through our current involvement on SGA, we have seen different aspects of Saint Mary’s that need to be improved. “Together, we can change the dynamic of the student body.”
To augment the work of student government’s Gender Issues Committee and the new Prism ND, the Gender Relations Center (GRC) is initiating new programming this year to drum up conversation about sexuality, identity and relationships at Notre Dame. Dr. Christine Caron-Gebhardt, director of the GRC, said expanded offerings include roundtable discussions, presentations from experts and dorm workshops. The first notable event is a three-part series of speeches from Terry Nelson Johnson, a professional speaker and mentor at Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago, on sexuality and Catholicism, men and masculinity and LGBTQ and Catholicism and it will take place Sept. 16 and 17. “We’re continuing our conversations on sexuality and relationships, but really broadening the conversation to include things around men and masculinity, LGBTQ, understanding of gender and identities [and] the intersectionality of identities,” Caron-Gebhardt said. Amanda Downey, assistant director for educational initiatives at the GRC, said Johnson first spoke at Notre Dame last year, at the request of a group of students from Keough Hall. “Terry Nelson Johnson came to us as a result of a student interest. A group of men from Keough came over one day and said they wanted to talk about intimacy,” Downey said. “They wanted to bring him, and they wanted him to talk about intimacy.” To better connect with the needs of the student body, Caron-Gebhardt said the GRC is starting a dorm commissioner program. “We are piloting dorm commissioners as a resource for students within their residence halls as well as a conduit for students to let us know what kinds of conversations, what kinds of questions they want to talk about here on campus about gender, sexuality and relationships,” she said. For those who want to continue these conversations, Caron-Gebhardt said the GRC is sponsoring the Sr. Jean Round Table, where students can discuss gender issues together. Each meeting will have a different theme ranging from “sports and gender,” to “gender and Catholicism,” with the first taking placed Oct. 2. The GRC will also sponsor “Man Talk” and “Women’s Wisdom” sessions, Caron-Gebhardt said. “Those conversation talks are student-generated,” she said. “We provide the venue, we provide the structure, but students provide the things that are important and they want to discuss.” To begin the discussion freshman year, Caron-Gebhardt said the GRC has amended its Contemporary Topics curriculum so one day covers healthy relationships and the other addresses prevention of sexual violence on campus through bystander intervention. “We took up that charge from [the Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention] saying, ‘How can we understand that sexual violence on our campus is not just about two people involved but actually impacts our community?’” Caron-Gebhardt said. In another effort to raise awareness of sexual violence in the spring, Downey said the GRC will sponsor an exhibition of “Unheard Voices,” a show by artist Jason Dilley that tells the stories of individual survivors of sexual assault. “[Dilley] has bronzed face casts – imagine a plaster cast of a face and then it’s dipped into a bronze and on a black background,” she said. “Students can walk around and there are little headphones attached to each face, and you can actually hear this person tell their story, which is a really powerful program.” Caron-Gebhardt said the GRC also plans to supplement Prism ND’s LGBTQ-focused programs, including special events for National Coming Out Day in October and Transgender Awareness Month and Stand Against Hate in November. “We see collaborating on events and co-sponsoring events together [with Prism ND],” Caron-Gebhardt said. “We also see that there are things that they may offer that we would then complement and offer individually. I see us doing things collaboratively and individually.” Caron-Gebhardt said the GRC encourages students to get involved with their programing and express what they want the GRC function. “[We want to] respond to student needs as we continue the dialogue around certain issues,” she said.
The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated many businesses, including the mortgage lending industry. One of the significant obstacles faced within the mortgage industry was the change in approach to completing an inspection of the borrower’s home by a third party. In most scenarios, the appraiser is considered to be the third party, however, as the traditional real-estate transaction is completed there may be additional third parties who become involved. Depending on the scenario, this can include a third-party inspection by a home inspector, FHA inspector, city building inspector, etc. In the face of the pandemic, many appraisers, myself included, have come across borrowers who are hesitant to allow an inspection of their home. In some cases, borrowers would simply not allow a third party into their home, even with all precautions against the spread of the virus being taken, including using a mask and gloves.As the pandemic grew in the US, many major cities put in place stay at home orders and deemed certain professions non-essential. This created significant delays in the completion of an appraisal report. In response, the GSE’s were quick to offer some temporary guidance on how an appraisal can be completed without the interior of the subject being inspected. This was dependent on the loan type, LTV ratio, and type of transaction. (Lender Letter 2020-04) These guidelines allowed certain loans to qualify for a desktop only or drive-by appraisal to avoid any persons entering the borrower’s home.Speaking with many lenders, credit unions, and servicers, some groups have tried to create a way to allow the borrower to send interior property data to their valuations team to allow the information to be transmitted to the appraiser to complete a more credible report. We have seen lenders create their own DropBox or Google Drive enabling the homeowner to send photos to these platforms. This works in limited capacity but ultimately, proves too complicated. Another proposed workaround is having the borrower submit photos via email. However, with most inboxes at a 10MB limit, this only allows for 2-5 photos to be sent. Additionally, having multiple emails from thousands of different borrowers sent to a lender, becomes disorganized and messy very quickly. On top of these obvious issues, lenders are also faced with questions regarding the authenticity of the photos, including questions of when they were taken, where they were taken, etc. Without a method of verifying this information it is a big risk for the lender and the appraiser to take. It became apparent, a more secure method of transferring interior subject data is a must have for the current industry and we have seen many different technologies develop to help with this.Some companies have developed smart-phone applications or web applications to allow the borrower to submit interior data of their home. These applications range from simply taking photos to answering property specific questions. While this solves the problem of easy data submission for the borrower, the problem of verifying authenticity remains. There has to be a solution that will record the longitude/latitude of where the photos were taken, and a time stamp to verify when it was taken. A geo-fencing security option is most important along with a method to only allow for real-time photos to be accepted within the application. This forces the user to take the photos through the application and prohibits any uploads from a photo gallery, where the photos can be edited or taken at a previous date.An inspection solution must include the aforementioned fraud prevention tactics to be successful. Additionally, the user experience should also be taken into consideration. It is important to have an easy and user-friendly application for the typical homeowner to navigate and complete the order request. As they say, one size does not fit all, and the same solution will not apply to each credit union and lending institution. Certain customization may be required within the application, such as different photo requirements, the ability to add a questionnaire to each request, or as simple as a white labeling option. Not every application will offer this level of customization so the lending institution or credit union will have to consider these options in order to select the application which can best fulfill their requirements.As the needs of customers change along with the ever-evolving landscape of technology, these are some great starting points to consider when preparing to make these decisions. 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Luke Tomaszewski Luke Tomaszewski is the CEO of eValuation ZONE, Inc. a national AMC(Appraisal Management Company) and also CEO and founder of a newTech company called ProxyPics, Inc. located in … Web: https://proxypics.com Details
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