Friday, April 24, 2015

Gov. Wolf funding local efforts to fight herion use

As part of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s 2015-16 budget proposal, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) announced that it is seeking proposals from the local county drug and alcohol agencies to address the heroin and opioid overdose epidemic.
“We know that individualized treatment conducted with clinical integrity, is an effective solution in addressing the current epidemic,” DDAP Acting Secretary Gary Tennis said in a news release, reported WKBN-TV. “This funding opportunity will improve intervention strategies, increase the use of best practices, and increase access to treatment through the local counties.”
The proposal asks counties to develop and implement strategies that will provide individuals the full continuum of care while facilitating their application for funding through Medicaid or private insurance. In addition, the proposal calls for the participating county to track the outcomes of opioid addicted individuals who are referred into treatment.
Additional proposal options include developing or enhancing current methods to access funding for treatment services, use of medications as companions to clinically appropriate treatment, ensuring overdose survivors are referred to treatment and utilizing evidence-based prevention programs.
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