Governor Wolf Renews Opioid Disaster Declaration, Notes Recent Progress

first_img Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed the fourth renewal of his 90-day opioid disaster declaration and noted recent successes in the ongoing fight against the epidemic.“I am again renewing the 90-day opioid disaster declaration, the best current means we have to maintain a concerted effort focused on fighting this scourge on our state and our nation,” Gov. Wolf said. “The renewal allows the 16 state agencies working together as part of the Opioid Command Center at PEMA to continue their collaborative approach at creating and implementing initiatives that are making a difference across many areas of this battle.”The American Medical Association earlier this week hailed Pennsylvania’s fight against opioids as a model for the rest of the country.Last week, Pennsylvania distributed more than 6,000 free naloxone kits as part of Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week across the commonwealth.“With 80 public health centers participating in the naloxone giveaway, thousands of Pennsylvanians now have a chance to save a life and, in effect, be part of our first responder network,” Gov. Wolf said. “EMS and law enforcement alone have reversed nearly 20,000 overdoses this past year, getting 92 percent of those revived to a health care facility and into treatment.”The disaster declaration, which was introduced in January, and renewed in April, June and September, was set to expire this month. The renewal allows for the initiatives introduced in the past eleven months to continue without interruption.The governor detailed progress with additional initiatives introduced as part of the disaster declaration:Implemented more than 45 treatment centers (Centers of Excellence) across the commonwealth that to date have provided a level-of-care assessment for substance use disorder to more than 12,000 individuals.Expanded Medicaid to more Pennsylvanians, which now covers substance use disorder care for over 125,000 Pennsylvanians.Secured more than $110 million in federal grants to support prevention, treatment such as medication-assisted treatment, recovery, career services, and other programs to aid in fighting this crisis.Strengthened the use of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), which enables health care providers to safely prescribe controlled substances to their patients. More than 90,000 registrants are conducting more than 1.6 million patient searches each month. Since PDMP implementation, opioid prescribing has decreased by 24 percent.Introduced a suspicious activity prescribing tool with Attorney General Josh Shapiro to aid in reducing illegally prescribing controlled substances and identifying people who may need to be guided to treatment for substance use disorder.Announced improved prescribing guidelines for the safe and effective use of opioids, including in sports medicine, for minors, and Pennsylvanians on Medicaid, as well as improved education for medical professionals on opioid prescribing.Launched a 24/7 helpline, 1-800-662-HELP, for those who need immediate assistance with drug and alcohol problems. More than 36,000 Pennsylvanians have contacted the statewide helpline for assistance.Signed legislation to support grandparents raising grandchildren as a result of the opioid crisis.Hosted more than 100 opioid roundtables across the state to engage first responders, treatment providers, families, and non-profit organizations to listen and learn about local community needs and what the state can do to help.“It is critical that we keep building on our efforts at prevention, rescue, and treatment by extending the disaster declaration for another 90 days and urging the General Assembly to again take up a public health emergency when they return,” Gov. Wolf said. “We must work to ensure that my administration and local partners can continue to use every tool available to them to help people and communities in need.”More information on the Wolf Administration’s efforts to combat the opioid epidemic and how people suffering from this disease can get help is here. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 21, 2018center_img Governor Wolf Renews Opioid Disaster Declaration, Notes Recent Progresslast_img read more

How Will Rayman became the center of Colgate’s success

first_img Published on November 12, 2019 at 9:45 pm Contact Roshan: | @Roshan_f16 Everyone in the gym knew the ball was going to Will Rayman.It wasn’t a play call Millbrook coach William Thom had to think about — he had Rayman, the New England Preparatory Athletic Player of the Year. Down three in a playoff game against the top-seeded Canterbury (CT) High School, Thom called a play to get Rayman a 3-pointer in the far-left corner.Right behind a wide-open Rayman, the student section watched the ball go in and out, taking Millbrook’s season with it.Back in the locker room, Rayman told his team how proud he was of them. He told them what the season meant to him, and how he appreciated playing alongside them. But he didn’t apologize. In that situation, most players would have “wallowed” and told their team that they should have made the shot, but Rayman showed maturity in the way he handled himself, Thom said.“I worked so hard to make those shots in games, and even now, I work so hard, and sometimes, they’re not going to go in,” Rayman said. “If it doesn’t, then it just doesn’t.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRayman has taken this maturity and mentality to Colgate (1-1), where the senior is now a second-year captain. Last season, Colgate won the Patriot League and made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 23 years. Rayman was at the center of the team’s success, said head coach Matt Langel. Averaging 13.1 points per game, shooting 42.9% from behind the arc and averaging the most minutes on Colgate last season, Rayman helped lead the Raiders to a 24-11 season, their best record in 75 years.“I credit a lot of people, but I can’t say that there’s anyone more important to the growth of our culture and progress of our program than (Rayman),” Langel said. “He’s a coach’s dream.”Colgate AthleticsAgainst No. 2 seeded Tennessee in the 2019 Tournament, Rayman scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds, keeping Colgate close in its 77-70 loss. For Thom, Rayman’s performance was telling of how intelligent he could be on the court; he didn’t change his game or play outside his capabilities. He played with “poise,” Thom said.Rayman was able to handle that spotlight because he carries a certain level of confidence, knowing that no one on the court has outworked him, Langel said.On days off when the team is told to go rest and stay away from the gym, Rayman would wait until late at night before heading to the gym. On multiple occasions, Langel has run into Rayman at the gym when he came into the office at night to finish up some work.“You literally have to kick him out of the gym,” Langel said. “He can’t go a day without feeling like he has to work on some part of his game.”Growing up in Manhattan, Rayman was on the smaller side, and he played mostly guard. Until his senior year of high school, Thom said Rayman was projected as a Division III perimeter player. Then, he grew from 6-foot-4 to 6-foot-8 in less than a year, changing his trajectory.Karleigh Merritt-Henry | Digital Design EditorSince Rayman had a late growth spurt, he had already developed a perimeter-oriented skillset, but struggled to grow into his new frame at first.When Langel first recruited Rayman, he remembers a player who would always fall down on offense, defense or when going up for rebounds. Rayman lost some of his coordination and couldn’t dribble more than twice with his left hand, but through “relentless” work, he’s made a great deal of progress, Langel said.“When horses are first born, (they) can barely walk. It’s like a baby giraffe and its legs can hardly hold it up, and then after a couple years they were thoroughbreds and while they weren’t competing in the Kentucky Derby necessarily, they got to be big and strong and super impressive animals,” Langel said. “I think Will’s progress is kind of in that.”Part of that progress came from working with forward Rapolas Ivanauskas. Last year, the two had a trade-off — Rayman would teach Ivanauskas some aspects from his defensive game, and Ivanauskas helped Rayman with shooting, particularly with his left hand.When Ivanauskas transferred from Northwestern at the start of last season, there was uncertainty whether the two forwards would get along on the court. Rayman had to take a smaller role, Langel said. But Rayman recognized Ivanauskas’ potential, and Ivanauskas said he doesn’t know what would have happened had Rayman had a bigger ego.Langel describes Rayman as an all-around player, one whose versatility will allow him to play two or three different positions, if needed. He sacrifices a larger offensive role, Langel said, in favor of extra passes, rebounding and playing tough defense. He’s the glue holding this team together, Ivanauskas said.Karleigh Merritt-Henry | Digital Design Editor“He’s got it all,” Ivanauskas said, “He can shoot, he can post, he can take midranges, he can pass, he can dribble, he’s got a lot to his game. But I think the intangible for him is he loves playing defense, he’s really tough, and he will outwork you on the court.”Trailing 72-70 with 10 seconds left against Loyola Maryland on Feb. 16 last season, the ball came to Rayman for the 3-pointer in the left corner, just like five years prior. As he released the shot, he knew that whether the ball went in or not was no longer in his control — he only had confidence that he had put in the work at practice. That’s all he could do.This time, the ball swished through the net, and Colgate would go on to win 75-72.“I sometimes joke with him that ‘You can’t run through a wall, so don’t try,’” Langel said. “But he literally would try to run through a wall for his team to find a way to win.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

John Ledesma, 80, Wellington: May 28, 1935 – July 31, 2015

first_imgMemorials have been established with St. John’s Lutheran Church and Wellington Youth Football. Contributions can be left at the funeral home. Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. John LedesmaJohn Ledesma, age 80, lifelong Wellington resident, died early Friday morning, July 31, 2015 at the Harry Hynes Hospice Unit at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, KS. He was a retired City of Wellington Street Department Supervisor. Previous to that he had worked for King Construction for several years.John A. Ledesma was born on May 28, 1935 in Wellington, KS to Manuel D. Ledesma and Bonnie (Arebalo) Ledesma.John married Gillian E. (Muncey) Miller on April 22, 1981 in Wellington, KS.John was a Golden Gloves Boxing Champion in the late 1940’s and later used his talent to coach boxing during the 1960’s.He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, John M. Ledesma; one brother, Alex Ledesma; and two grandsons, Christopher Boston and Kelly Cox.Survivors include his wife Gillian Ledesma of Wellington; sons, Chris Ledesma and his wife Valerie, Patrick Ledesma and his wife Kathy, and Jay Ledesma and his wife Linda all of Wellington; daughters, Karen Whaley and her husband Todd of Wellington, Melanie Dawson Cox and Debi Cox and her husband Tom both of Wichita; 21 grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren.A Rosary will be held on Monday evening August 3, 2015 at 7 p.m. at St. Anthony – St. Rose Catholic Church.Funeral Services will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church on August 4, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. Pastor Larry Blue will officiate. Interment will follow the service at Prairie Lawn Cemetery.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday, August 3, 2015 from 11 to 5 p.m.center_img To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more