Reach Out PA: Wolf Administration Seeks Input from Providers on Barriers to Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment

first_imgReach Out PA: Wolf Administration Seeks Input from Providers on Barriers to Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment February 07, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Insurance Department, in partnership with multiple state agencies, released a survey asking health care providers for input on their experiences with barriers to mental health and substance use disorder treatment.Under the governor’s Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters initiative, the Wolf Administration is undertaking a long-term, statewide campaign that seeks to educate and empower Pennsylvania providers and consumers about consumer rights under state and federal parity laws.“The results from this survey will allow us to better inform and collaborate with providers, advocates and personnel on the front lines,” said Gov. Wolf. “Their experiences will help us enhance resources, develop more tools and create learning opportunities that will help serve the providers’ needs, which will ultimately help those in need of mental wellness services.”For more than a decade, state and federal laws have required that treatment and services provided for mental health and substance use disorders must not have limitations that are stricter than those applied to medical/surgical treatments. Recent market conduct examinations of Pennsylvania insurers, however, have indicated that there are noncompliant barriers that are limiting consumers’ ability to access the treatment they need for mental health and substance use disorders.“While complicated in its wording, both state and federal law are very clear that inequitable barriers to mental health and substance use disorder treatment will not be permitted,” said Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman. “Through our market conduct examinations, we have found that many insurers have placed limitations on treatment that are stricter than state and federal parity requirements allow.”The Wolf Administration is looking for feedback from mental health and substance use disorder providers, as well as other providers who have heard from patients that they have run into barriers when seeking treatment. The survey, developed by a working group of staff from the Insurance Department, and departments of Health (DOH), Human Services (DHS), Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), State, Aging, the Office of the Attorney General and the Governor’s Office, will be sent to providers across the commonwealth.The survey requests specific instances regarding complaints providers have heard from their patients about barriers to access. The survey also includes questions about providers’ experiences with barriers to treatment and problems with reimbursement for mental health and substance use disorder services. The aggregate data will be used to identify and address areas of concern by creating more accessible resources, included what is needed to help providers and other stakeholders learn more about parity.“We often hear of struggles when providers seek authorization from insurers for substance use disorder treatment, particularly opioid use disorder treatment,” said DDAP Secretary Jennifer Smith. “We hope to get a better understanding of trends and how best to address them.”“Providers typically have trusted relationships with their older adult patients that can be used to overcome stigma to seeking services and to help them gain access to mental health and substance abuse disorder treatments,” said Department of Aging Secretary Robert Torres. “We want all providers to have a knowledge base that empowers them to point their patients in the right direction.”“The process for determining whether parity protections are being followed is incredibly detailed and requires data that is best identified by mental health and substance use disorder providers,” said DOH Secretary Rachel Levine. “Using the insights we gain from this survey, we will be able to give our providers better tools to empower their patients and clients.”“Ensuring that mental health services are accessible to all Pennsylvanians is a critical step as we work to break down stigma and other barriers that keep people away from treatment,” said DHS Secretary Teresa Miller. “We need people to know that when they are ready to seek help, they will be met with support, not obstacles. This survey will help identify areas to improvement to ensure that people can access the help they need.”The survey specific to providers will be sent directly to the e-mail addresses provided to the Department of State through the licensing process. The Insurance Department will be accepting survey responses through March 4, 2020. For more information about the survey, individuals can e-mail RA-IN-Parity-PID@pa.gov.Since its introduction at the beginning of the year, Reach Out PA efforts have included a new consumer feedback form launched on January 23, and publication of a proposed regulation to enhance mental health parity reporting requirements for commercial health insurers. In just 10 days, more than 1,000 Pennsylvanians have completed the online form, offering input and suggestions, many of which detail challenges to accessing mental health services and pointing to potential parity violations.Resources are available on agency websites, including information on substance use disorder and mental health coverage. More information and videos on parity can be found on insurance.pa.gov. These resources will be updated and expanded based on responses to the survey.last_img read more

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Award-winning writer at children’s workshop of the Nature Island Literary Festival

first_img Share Tweet 60 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img EducationLocalNewsPrimary Award-winning writer at children’s workshop of the Nature Island Literary Festival by: – July 20, 2011 Share Nature Island Literary Festival’s Children’s Workshop 2010, “Snake King” presentation by Delia Cuffy-Weekes. Photograph by: Greg German, Nature Island Literary Festival Facebook Gallery.Registration is now open for the Children’s Workshop, a key part of the Nature Island Literary Festival and Book Fair. Highlights this year include readings by Trish Cooke, the award-winning children’s writer, actress and playwright from the UK, the pre-publication sale of a new adventure story for young people set in Dominica, and Japanese calligraphy and origami making.The workshop (for ages 3 – 15), which aims to promote the enjoyment of reading and writing among young people, will take place on Saturday 30 July from 9.00am to 1.00pm at the Dominica Grammar School, Valley Road, Roseau.Apart from special readings, there will be face painting, word games for all ages, a book swap, and something very different – calligraphy and origami making by volunteers from Japan International Cooperation Agency. Children can learn about Japanese writing and have their names written in Japanese script.Trish Cooke was born – and lives – in England of Dominican parents and many of her books reflect that heritage. Her prize-winning book “So Much” won the prestigious Smarties book prize among other awards. She has also written scripts for theatre, TV, radio and film in the UK and is very experienced in presenting story sessions and workshops to children of all ages. Copies of her books will available for sale at the workshop.There will also be readings by Lucia John from her book about a caterpillar while copies of another new book for young people, Abraham’s Treasure by Joanne Skerrett, will be on sale. This is an exciting adventure story for older children set in Dominica which be available for the first time ever at the Children’s Workshop; it will be officially launched at the main Literary Festival (August 5 – 7) where Ms Skerrett will be participating and signing copies of her book.This year, the Children’s Festival has been moved to one week before the Literary Festival itself to allow participants – both adult and children – to play a part in the main festival.Registration is at the public library, Roseau, the UWI campus, Elmshall Road, and online (nilitfest@gmail.com). Closing date is July 27th. Parents are advised to provide a snack for their children.Website for Nature Island Literary Festival: www.dominicalitfest.com.For further information please contact Claudia Henderson: cldhenderson@yahoo.com, 276 4449 and 448 1718.Press ReleaseNature Island Literary Festival and Book Fairlast_img read more

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Cricket News India U-19 crush SL by innings and 147 runs, claim series 2-0

first_imgHembantota: India U-19 completed their domination of Sri Lanka with another emphatic result—a victory by an innings and 147 runs in the second ‘Youth Test’ here on Friday.Playing in his debut game at this level, left-arm spinner Siddharth Desai shone with four wickets on the final day, as the visitors completed a clean sweep with a 2-0 verdict.Desai returned impressive figures of 4/40 in 20 overs at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium.Beginning the final day on a precarious 47 for three, the Sri Lankans kept losing wickets frequently to be bowled out for 150 in their second innings, with Desai adding to his two wickets in the home team’s first innings.There were two wickets apiece for Yatin Mangwani and Ayush Badoni, too.While the Lankans conceded a 297-run lead to the Indians after being bowled out for 316 in their first innings, the abject surrender in the second essay made it look worse for the beleaguered hosts.Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun, who attracted a lot of attention during the short series, picked up the wicket of opener Kamil Mishara with his left-arm pace bowling on the third evening.This was Tendulkar junior’s debut series at the international arena. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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BH Telecom Ilidza FIS Cup to take place this Weekend on Bjelasnica Mountain

first_imgThe XVII International Skiing Competition “BH TELECOM ILIDZA FIS CUP 2018” will be held on Bjelasnica on January 27 and 28, 2018, in the organization of the Ski Federation of BiH and the technical organization of the Ski Club Ilidza.Around 120 skiers from all over Europe and Asia will take part in this competition. Moreover, our Olympians will also participate at this year’s BH Telecom ILIDZA FIS CUP 2018, who will also be participants of XXIII WOI in South Korea.BH Telecom ILIDZA FIS CUP is the best organized competition in BiH, according to the officials of the Ski Federation of BiH, participants and responsible persons from the International Ski Federation.Participants who are taking part in the World Cup and the European Cup, Lavtar Katarina (SLO), Zrnicic Din Natko (CRO), Ana Kobal (SLO) and Bachmann Silke (ITA) participated in this competition, together with our best BH competitors Enis Becirbegovic, Mojce Rataj, Majk Johan Schafferer, Zana Novakovic, Igor Lajkert.Thanks to the performance in this competition back in 2006, participant of the Ski club Ilidza Majk Johan Schafferer won a performance at the WOI in Turin.We should also mention that gatherings with competitors as well as with all other officials  will be organiyed before and after the competition. The mountain rescue team will be engaged and in full alert for increased security.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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Wellington Police Notes: Friday, Oct. 2 – Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015

first_imgWellington Police notes: Friday, Oct. 2 – Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015Friday, October 2, 2015•11:19 a.m. Officers took a report of children in need of care in the 100 block W. 18th, Wellington.•9:37 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of tools and building materials in the 900 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington.•1 p.m. Non-Injury, hit and run accident in the 1900 block E. Lincoln, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Samantha F. Brown, 31, Gardner, Kans. and a fixed object/utility pole owned by the city of Wellington.1 p.m. Samantha F. Brown, 31, Gardner, Kans. was issued a notice to appear for fail to report an accident.•2 p.m. Non-injury, hit and run accident in the 700 block E. U.S. 160, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Charles K. Kimbel, 53, Wellington and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Raymond Fletcher, Lake Benton, Minn.•4:19 p.m. Officers took a report of an animal complaint in the 400 block N. Blaine, Wellington.•5:52 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1700 block E. 16th, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Jerald G. Loughmiller, 59, Wellington and James D. Fitzer, 49, Wellington.•10:55 p.m. Juvenile male, 17, Belle Plaine, was issued a notice to appear for defective taillight.•11:35 p.m. Officers investigated driving under the influence of alcohol and refusal to submit to a preliminary breath test.Saturday, October 3, 2015•12:01 a.m. Robert C. Hamilton, 31, Riverdale, was arrested, charged and bonded with driving while under the influence of alcohol and refusal to submit to a preliminary breath test.•3:16 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a bicycle in the 1100 block E. 16th, Wellington.•8:38 a.m. Tremain D. Gingerich, 20, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 44 mph in a 30 mph zone.•10:30 a.m. Chase A. Rosewicz, 27, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for dog at large.•11:05 a.m. Caly D. Hochevar, 30, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 44 mph in a 30 mph zone.•11:29 a.m. Non-Injury, private property accident in the 1300 block E. 16th, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Deborah R. Meyer, 63, Conway Springs and a fixed object owned by Steak House Motel, Wellington.•Tasha Metcalf, 35, Wellington was served a summons to appear for dog bite violation and determination that the dog is vicious.•7:03 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1200 block W. 8th, Wellington.•8:28 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of currency by a known suspect in the 1000 block W. College, Wellington.Sunday, October 4, 2015•11 a.m. Hit and run, private property accident in the 1800 block E. U.S. 160, Wellington involving an unknown driver and a vehicle owned by Shannon K. Decatur, Belle Plaine.•11:32 a.m. Officers investigated battery, assault and criminal damage to property in the 800 block S. Washington, Wellington.•11:52 a.m. Duston L. Hoss, 33, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with battery, assault and criminal damage to property.•1:58 p.m. Officers took a report of lost purse in the 1200 block S. Washington, Wellington.•2:12 p.m. Officers investigated a battery of a known suspect in the 200 block N. Ash, Wellington.•5:49 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 1100 block W. 8th, Wellington.•11:25 p.m. Kimberly R. Shaw, 40, Harper, was issued a notice to appear for defective brake lights and no proof of insurance.last_img read more

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