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 News India could soon get a taste of French football

first_imgIndia could soon get a taste of French football.Arsene Wenger and Didier Drogba were among the luminaries in attendance for the Coupe de la Ligue final.Coupe de la Ligue “assessing options” to hold events related to the tournament. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. France: India could soon get a taste of French football with the organisers and title sponsor of Coupe de la Ligue “assessing options” to hold events related to the tournament. This was revealed by Arvind Poddar, chairman and managing director of Indian tyre manufacturing company BKT, which is the title sponsor of Coupe de la Ligue.”At this moment I can’t go into the specifics. All I can say is that the French leagues’ governing body (LFP) is looking to bring Coupe de la Ligue to India,” Arvind told a group of Indian journalists here.”We are looking at various options and if they come to India, we’ll assess,” he added. Arvind said that LFP may also be looking at a tie-up with an Indian league in the near future.”It’s not very clear whether they will be tying up with the Indian Super League (ISL). I know that they have had some meetings when their officials came to India in January. The agreement between LFP and BKT was reached in September last year. The association is for six years. The Mumbai-based company is also involved with Serie B in Italy and Australia’s Big Bash cricket league. Arvind was hopeful that India would gradually catch up with the rest of the world in international football. “I think there is not much difference between Indian football and French football.Football has always been very popular here. Football will catch up very fast in India. People in India are also getting crazy about football. It won’t be long until India catches up with world sports,” Arvind said. Meanwhile Strasbourg won their first major trophy since 2005 by edging out Guingamp on penalties in Saturday’s French League Cup (Coupe de la Ligue) final after a drab goalless draw here. Strasbourg emerged victorious 4-1 in the penalty shootout.Arsene Wenger and Didier Drogba were among the luminaries in attendance for the Coupe de la Ligue final, while a 15,000-strong Guingamp support made the trip from Brittany to Lille. It was their fourth League Cup triumph, to add to three French Cups and the 1979 Ligue 1 title. highlightslast_img read more

Cazenovia field hockey splits pair of opening games

first_img Tags: Cazenoviafield hockey Elora Wilmot’s pass set up Carley Lounsbury the Lakers’ lone goal, but RFA’s Lily Ferrucci turned back four other shots and her side won when Jace Hunzinger and Drew Kopek both converted.On Saturday, the Lakers went across town, to Cazenovia College’s Christakos Field, to face Canastota, and here broke into the win column by defeating the Raiders 3-1.It was a well-balanced Cazenovia attack led again by Lounsbury, who netted one goal and added an assist. Peyton Basic and Lily Sorbello also picked up goals, with Molly Brown adding an assist. Jessica Evans had Canastota’s lone goal A busy week for the Lakers would start Monday at Cato-Meridian, continue against Port Byron Wednesday at Burton Street Elementary and conclude Friday with a visit from Baldwinsville.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img For a decade, no high field hockey program in Central New York could compare to Cazenovia, who strung together 11 consecutive Section III championships in Class B and C and threw in a pair of state titles, too.Now, though, the Lakers have gone two consecutive seasons without a sectional banner, a negative trend it hoped to reverse in 2019 as it returned most of its startling lineup and features six seniors on the overall roster.Traveling to Rome Free Academy for last Tuesday’s season opener, Cazenovia kept things close, yet still lost, 2-1, to the Black Knights.last_img read more

Paul Pierce to LeBron James, Lakers: ‘Y’all need more than Zion Williamson’

first_imgPierce has been harsh on the Lakers since their season started to spiral out of control. Last month, Pierce said the Lakers should shut down James to preserve him for next season.James, however, has continued to play and play well down the stretch. Just last week he had a triple-double against the Kings and said afterward (via ESPN.com): “I know we’re out the playoff race, but if I’m on the court, I’m going to play how I play, and I play to win. … I owe it to myself, and obviously with the fans continuing to show up, they know we’re not making the playoffs; by me owing it to myself, it automatically gives to our fans when I’m out on the floor.” Related News The Lakers are eliminated from playoff contention and could (chances are slim) win the NBA Draft lottery.If Los Angeles somehow beats the odds and lands the No. 1 pick, Duke sensation Zion Williamson would be the obvious pick. But if you ask for NBA All-Star Paul Pierce, that singular addition won’t put the Lakers back in the postseason. Stephen Curry used wife Ayesha’s food to help DeMarcus Cousins feel welcomecenter_img Trail Blazers rally around injured Jusuf Nurkic after locker room FaceTime “Y’all need a lot. … A lot. A lot,” Pierce told TMZ. “Zion is not the savior, but he’s very good. But y’all need more than that.”Then when asked if he thought LeBron James should change teams, a cheeky Pierce said before driving away: “No. LeBron is doing well out here with his production company.”last_img read more