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

Two shot at Toronto Raptors victory celebration

first_imgHundreds of people fled the scene during the shooting, however, many people continued to celebrate the victory.SHOOTING: Nathan Phillip’s Square-Bay St and Albert St-Police have located 2 victims-Injuries serious but not life threatening-2 people in custody-2 firearms recovered-Investigating^dh— Toronto Police OPS (@TPSOperations) June 17, 2019 Authorities in Toronto are reporting that two people were left with serious but non-life threatening injuries after being shot during the Toronto Raptors victory celebration.The incident occurred at Nathan Phillip’s Square were large crowds gathered to celebrate the Toronto Raptors winning the NBA title.“This truly is an epic celebration:” Aerial view shows massive crowds gathered in downtown Toronto for @Raptors NBA championship parade https://t.co/RI654t8hMc #WeTheNorth #WeTheChampions #Toronto pic.twitter.com/BFUix49LzL— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) June 17, 2019 It is unclear how many other people may have been injured due to the large amount of people who fled the area, however, it was reported that authorities arrested two people and recovered two fire arms.Investigators are still at the scene.last_img read more

Badgers sweep ailing Buckeyes

first_imgWisconsin forward Hilary Knight scored seven points over the weekend, leading the Badgers to a sweep over OSU.[/media-credit]With two 7-0 victories over Ohio State at the Kohl Center this weekend, the No. 1 ranked Wisconsin women’s hockey team extended its current unbeaten streak to seven and gave coach Mark Johnson his 200th career win.The weekend sweep, along with two wins by Minnesota, sets up a No. 1 versus No. 2 matchup next weekend in Minneapolis. The last time the teams met last October, the Badgers lost in a shootout and won 2-1.“It creates an excitement during practice throughout the week,” Johnson said. “It just creates a lot of things that normally don’t happen in a normal weekend for us. It’s all positive, it gives the players the opportunity to go out and play against good competition and see where we’re at.”The Badgers will enter the matchup with significant momentum after convincing wins over WCHA foe Ohio State. On Saturday, the Badgers took 50 shots on goal, as goaltender Jessie Vetter recorded her 10th shutout of the season for the third straight year. The shutout is the 35th of Vetter’s career, an NCAA record.Angie Keseley, who last week earned WCHA Defensive Player of the Week, moved back to her normal forward position and scored two first period goals to give the Badgers an early advantage. Keseley, now with 14 goals for the season, said the return to forward was welcomed.“I got moved back to defense for the weekend,” Keseley said. “It was a big change, but I had a lot of support from my coaches and teammates. It was a good experience, but I was happy to be back at forward again.”Sophomore forward Hillary Knight and senior center Erika Lawler notched assists on both goals. In the second period, sophomore defenseman Malee Windmeier lit the lamp on a power play for her first goal this season with help from Keseley and freshman forward Brooke Ammerman. Later in the period, junior forward Kyla Sanders, Knight and junior forward Jasmine Giles scored to increase the Badgers lead to six. Knight’s goal was her 31st of the season, putting her in sole possession of second most all-time by a Badger. Lawler, along with Keseley, was credited with assists on both Sanders’ and Knight’s goals, giving her 31 for the season. Keseley had a career-high five-point day, while Lawler tied her personal best with four assists.Junior forward Meghan Duggan capped the scoring with her 14th goal nine minutes into the third period. Knight said the team discussed coming out with intensity each period and accomplished that goal.“We were just on our game,” she said. “We talked winning the first and second and third [periods]. We just chiseled away. Now we get to play the Gophers — it’s exciting.”With the win, Johnson, who this week was appointed to lead the 2010 Olympic women’s ice hockey team, improved his career record to 200-38-20 in seven seasons. Johnson said he was happy the busy week hadn’t distracted the team.“It’s been a real good week,” he said. “Obviously, one of my concerns was how we would play this week with preparation. We had a good week in practice, a lot of energy, and the result was six pretty good periods of hockey. We put ourselves in a position to go up to Minnesota and play there next Saturday and Sunday.”On Friday, Lawler scored just 26 seconds into the game on a rebound of a Keseley shot. Knight proceeded to score two first-period goals, giving the Badgers a 3-0 lead. Although neither team got on the board in the second, Wisconsin added four third-period goals to put the Ohio State away. Lawler, Sanders, sophomore forward Mallory Deluce and freshman defenseman Brittany Haverstock all found the net. The goal was the first of the season for Haverstock.With seven points on the weekend, Knight replaced Minnesota’s Monique Lamoureux as the nation’s top scorer. With the Badger’s matchup at Minnesota looming next weekend, it will not only be a battle between the nation’s top teams, but also the nation’s leading scorers.Knight, who moved to second place all-time for goals in a season at UW, commented on the high stakes of next weekend’s series at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.“It’s extremely exciting. Coach just said they probably are going to have [big] crowds up there. It is a great rivalry, and it always fun to play them.” Knight said. “They know a bunch of us, and we know them. They are a great team, and it’s always fun to play a great team, regardless if they are one or two.”Knight, who is only a sophomore, is emerging as a serious candidate for the Patty Kazmaier Award, which is awarded annually to the nation’s top player. Keseley talked about what playing on a line with a player of Knight’s caliber is like.“Hilary is an outstanding player. She is just a natural goal scorer; it’s great to be on her line,” Keseley said. “Playing with her and Erika both on the national team, it’s a great honor. They make me a better player.”Now, though, the Badgers turn their attention to their Border Battle rivals. The Gophers soundly defeated Minnesota State, 9-1 and 7-4, respectively, this weekend. Johnson said he looks forward to the challenge.“We will probably be ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the polls this week,” he said. “Obviously, they are a very good team, and they have done a lot of good things with that group. The same thing can be said here. Hopefully we’ll have big crowds who can see some good hockey.”Keseley said the team is focused and excited about the matchup.“Next weekend is a big weekend,” she said. “Coach said we’ll probably be ranked No.1 and they will be No. 2. Obviously every time we go there it’s a big weekend; it’s a great rivalry. … I think we’re going to prepare well all week and hopefully be successful next weekend.”last_img read more