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

UK roundup: Llewellyn, BNY Mellon, Redington, Agility, Barnett Waddingham

first_imgStock investors are implicitly adding 20% to defined benefit (DB) liabilities when analysing FTSE 100 companies, a study has shown.The report, by Llewellyn Consulting and sponsored by Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC), also found that FTSE 100 companies with the largest DB liabilities were most penalised by market investors.The research said investors picking stocks gave as much attention to the net-asset position of DB schemes as they did to the sponsor’s business operations.It also found that while deficits were of concern, more focus was placed on long-term pension liabilities. Llewellyn Consulting said net deficit positions at FTSE 100 companies averaged 4.7% of market capitalisation, while long-term pension liabilities were 47.5%.However, investors showed no confidence in the value of the liabilities and therefore inflated the figure by 20% to achieve what they believed to be a more accurate picture.John Llewellyn, of the eponymous consultancy, said it was “striking” that markets did not reflect the numbers presented by FTSE 100 companies.David Collinson, head of strategy at PIC, added: “Analysts and finance directors can struggle to put accurate figures on the shareholder value impact of the risks associated with a company’s DB pension scheme.“For the first time in the UK, they can now see an estimate of the weight investors put on the scale of risk,” he said.In other news, BNY Mellon has teamed up with consultancy Redington to provide UK pension funds with a reporting service for their liability-driven investment (LDI) portfolios.The bank and consultancy said the service should allow pension funds to track and monitor risk exposure and funding positions on a quarterly basis, which they said would help trustees understand how to meet liability requirements.It will also model the impact of changing economic circumstances on pension scheme funding levels.The service will be backed by Redington’s iRIS risk reporting tool, which will increase its usability by adding BNY Mellon’s data on derivatives used in LDI transactions.Lastly, the Agility Pension Plan has appointed Barnett Waddingham to monitor its fiduciary management contract with an unnamed provider.Alex Pocock, partner at the consultancy, noted the potential for conflicts of interests within the fiduciary management model and said he looked forward to working with the scheme’s board of trustees.Kim Nash, trustee at the £100m scheme, added that they were impressed by the pragmatic approach suggested by Barnett Waddingham.Appointing an outside consultant to monitor the performance of fiduciary mandates is not uncommon in the UK, with Hymans Robertson appointed to oversee Towers Watson on behalf of the Merchant Navy Officers’ Pension Fund in 2012.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Justin Turner still limited by leg injury

first_imgMILWAUKEE – The left adductor muscle injury that limited Justin Turner to one pinch-hit appearance over the final four games before the All-Star break is still limiting him after the break.Turner was not in the starting lineup for Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said it was a “hope” not an “expectation” that Turner would be ready to start Saturday’s game.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Turner has not been in the starting lineup since July 11 in San Diego but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Turner was feeling “better than he was before the break.” Turner went through a full pre-game workout Friday at Miller Park.“I think for us and the trainers, we just feel like for him to go through the day and batting practice and just running around and see how that feels and feel good tomorrow gives us more confidence he can start a major-league game,” Roberts said. “We’ve come this far not playing him, we just want to make sure we do everything we can.” When they acquired him earlier this week, the Dodgers said they planned to play Manny Machado at shortstop and third base occasionally. But Max Muncy started at third base Friday and Roberts said he was going to give Machado “a little runway” to settle in with the Dodgers at shortstop before he asked him to move between the two positions.A shortstop in the minors, Machado broke in with the Baltimore Orioles at age 19 in 2012 as a third baseman and won Gold Gloves at the position in 2013 and 2015. He moved back to shortstop this season and has not rated very well there in most defensive metrics.“Obviously he hasn’t taken any grounders this year at third base,” Roberts said. “So you have to appreciate that and understand he hasn’t done that all year. I’m going to put him in the best position to have success. For him to be open to it is one thing.“I want him to get acclimated to his new teammates and his new league and stay at short. Over the course of the next week or two, start messing around over there (at third). … He played the last three or four years at third base. It’s not like it’s some big change for him. But I think right now it makes sense for him to focus on shortstop.”BUEHLER GAMERight-hander Walker Buehler was expected to throw a five-inning simulated game with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday. When he will pitch in an actual game – for the OKC Dodgers or back in the major leagues – remains undecided, according to Roberts. Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Related Articles Roberts would only say Kenta Maeda and Ross Stripling will pitch two of the games in the series at Philadelphia which begins Monday. Buehler is eligible to rejoin the Dodgers on Wednesday (promoting him before that would require another player going to the DL).TOLES SENT DOWNIn order to clear a roster spot for Machado, the Dodgers sent outfielder Andrew Toles back to Triple-A. Toles was 6 for 23 (.261) in seven games with the Dodgers.“Getting Tolesy at-bats was going to be difficult,” Roberts said. “So rather than having him sitting on the bench, this will allow him to play every day.”UP NEXTDodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (3-4, 2.74 ERA) at Brewers RHP Chase Anderson (6-7, 3.78 ERA), Saturday, 4:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available)center_img Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more