Gov. Wolf Acts to Reform Services and Systems to Protect and Advocate for Vulnerable Pennsylvanians

first_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Acknowledging long-standing issues with existing state systems, Governor Tom Wolf by executive order announced that an overhaul of the state services and systems to protect the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians begins today.“Today is the beginning of a process to acknowledge Pennsylvania, over the past few decades, has failed to maintain our systems to protect and help our most vulnerable residents, and that must change,” Gov. Wolf said. “We’ve heard and seen the horror stories. Many stem from a government too eager to serve the needs of institutions and too reluctant to serve the needs of people. I am taking executive action to make changes that will stop the system from failing Pennsylvanians most in need of our protection and care. This process builds on and incorporates important reforms passed and proposed by the General Assembly, and begins what I hope to be a productive but honest conversation about how we can move forward to protect Pennsylvanians and put people first.”Governor Wolf’s “Protection of Vulnerable Populations” Executive Order establishes an Office of Advocacy and Reform, maintained by the governor’s office with an executive director that includes a new Child Advocate position and integrates the Long-term Care Ombudsman; and a Council on Reform, including 25 voting members appointed by Gov. Wolf, to support this effort by looking at protecting vulnerable populations from three perspectives: prevention and diversion, protection and intervention, and justice and support.Both the Council on Reform and the Office of Advocacy and Reform will identify reforms needed for Pennsylvania to better protect and support individuals relying upon services and assistance from the commonwealth.“I want to be clear that I am not disparaging the hardworking and frankly underpaid and underappreciated workers within this system,” Gov. Wolf said. “This is not their fault and the failures are not of their making. But we’ve had a series of incidents in our commonwealth that have revealed inadequacies in the system’s ability to protect and uplift Pennsylvanians in vulnerable situations.”The Council on Reform held its first meeting immediately following the announcement. The council is charged with reporting its findings from today’s and subsequent meetings to the governor by Nov. 1 after seeking input from various stakeholder groups.In addition, Gov. Wolf is tasking state agencies with the following directives:Pursue bold reductions in institutionalization of children and adults and transition to home- and community-based services in conjunction with reducing placements in child residential treatment facilities, nursing homes, and child congregate care settings;Institute more direct and timely referral processes to investigative authorities to reduce abuse and increase accountability for institutional bad actors;Establish Pennsylvania as a trauma-informed state to better respond to the needs of people who have had adverse childhood experiences;Issue guidance standardizing the time period to establish a plan of correction following the identification of a violation by a provider licensed by the commonwealth; verifying timely compliance with and implementation of a plan of correction; and taking licensing action against a provider that does not timely comply with a plan of correction;Use data and analysis to identify high-risk providers for additional oversight;Implement a statewide child welfare case management IT system;Launch an enterprise licensing and incident management IT system to be shared across multiple human services and health departments to increase data sharing;Use LEAN to identify opportunities for efficiency in child welfare administrative functions;Update Older Adult Protective Services mandatory reporter training;Commission a study on the financial impact to Pennsylvania due to financial exploitation of older adults; andEstablish sustainable housing and long-term services and supports for individuals exiting the corrections system with nursing facility level-of-care needs.Council of Reform members and the perspective they represent on the council include:Academic Representatives: Jennie Noll and Cindy ChristianCounty and City Official Representatives: City Council Member Cherelle Parker; Court of Common Pleas Judge Kim Berkeley-Clark; CCAP Deputy Director Brinda Penyak; Local Law Enforcement Tony Minimum; Juvenile Probation Officer Susan Claytor.Advocate Representatives: Child Advocate Kari King; Senior Advocate Bill Johnston-Walsh; Disability Advocate Nancy Murray; Victim Advocate Susan Higginbotham; LGBTQ Advocate Todd Snovel; African American Advocate David Dix; Asian American and Pacific Islander Advocate Niken Astari Carpenter; Latino Advocate Maria Teresa Donate; Women’s Advocate Randi Blackman Teplitz.Provider Representatives: Provider Association President Richard Edley; Provider Association Executive Director Diane Barber; Provider Association Executive Director Rebecca May-Cole.Health Care Representatives: Pediatrician Phil Scribrano; Geriatrician Namita Ahuja; Psychologist Stacey Rivenberg.Community Representatives: Young Adult Haundray Muir; Veteran Living with a Disability Chris Fiedler; Senior Mary Bach.In addition to governor-appointed members, Wolf Administration cabinet secretaries or their designees as non-voting members of the Council include:The Secretary of Human Services or designee – Teresa MillerThe Secretary of Health or designee – Carolyn ByrnesThe Secretary of Aging or designee – Robert TorresThe Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs or designee – Jennifer SmithThe Secretary of Education or designee – Pedro RiveraThe Secretary of Corrections or designee – George LittleThe Chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency or designee – Charles RamseyThe Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police or designee – Robert EvanchickThe Adjutant General of Pennsylvania or a designee – Mark SchindlerThe Victim Advocate or designee – Jennifer StormExecutive Director of the Juvenile Court Judges Commission or designee – Richard (Rick) Steele“In addition to the executive order I signed today and the steps by my administration, I will pursue extensive regulatory and legislative actions with input from the General Assembly,” Gov. Wolf said. “I look forward to working collaboratively with our legislators, many of whom have worked hard to advance these important issues, and to making announcements on progress with these actions in the coming months.”Read the full text of the executive order below. You can also view the executive order on Scribd and as a PDF.Executive Order- 2019-05- P… by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd July 31, 2019 Gov. Wolf Acts to Reform Services and Systems to Protect and Advocate for Vulnerable Pennsylvanianscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Football: Arsenal seeking fresh blood but Sanchez stays – Wenger

first_imgWenger and Sanchez after the Cup finalShanghai, China | AFP | Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said Tuesday he wants to make more new signings before the season begins next month and batted away fresh doubts about the future of Alexis Sanchez.Wenger is under pressure after the Premier League side failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years, and he is also dealing with persistent doubts about several of his star players.Chief among them is the future of attacker Sanchez, who has a year left on his Arsenal contract but is stalling over an extension.Wenger said that rather than sell his best players, he is in the market to add to his squad.“We are still open to strengthening our team with players coming from outside,” the Frenchman, who has already signed defender Sead Kolasinac and striker Alexandre Lacazette this summer, told the Arsenal website.“We are very active in the transfer market and have already realised two incomings.“We have to keep a balance as well, that you don’t destabilise the team too much by bringing in too many players.“But we are still active in the transfer market so let’s see what kind of opportunities we can find.” Separately, speaking at a Shanghai press conference on the eve of a friendly with Bayern Munich, Wenger said he paid little attention to more media reports linking Sanchez with a move away from Arsenal.The 28-year-old was quoted in Chilean media at the weekend as saying he wanted to play Champions League football.Wenger said he had not spoken to the player since the quotes emerged and Sanchez is not on the tour in China as he takes time out on holiday.But Wenger added: “I do not give too much importance to things that are translated.“From that interview what I got was that he didn’t really mean that (about leaving Arsenal to play Champions League football).“The main focus for us is the Premier League and the Premier League for me today is more important than the Champions League.“We played 20 years in the Champions League — 17 years before Sanchez arrived and three with him — so he can get us back in it.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more