first_imgBringing church to the people: Ashes, ashes everywhere Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET February 11, 2016 at 6:59 pm When our church (St. Gregory’s in Boca Raton FL) began “Ashes to Go” four years ago, I, too, wondered if it was a bit of a gimmick — “quickie grace” that let people off the hook too easily. But, as the stories began to be told of incredible moments of grace experienced by both the clergy delivering the ashes and those receiving them, I knew this was of God. Certainly in an ideal world, we would all gather in sanctuaries, hear God’s Word, pray for ourselves and others, and come to a deeper understanding of our own sinful nature and need for redemption. Our world is far from ideal, though, and overflowing with so many thirsting for grace, a simple glimmer of hope in the midst of brokenness and sorrow.Here’s where I ended up: If I was confronted with someone dying of thirst, would I, at that moment, delve into all the reasons for that person’s condition? Or, would I offer that person a drink in Jesus’ name and trust that Jesus will show me what — if anything — to do next? I pray it’s the latter. Comments are closed. Comments (6) February 11, 2016 at 1:00 pm It was 25 degrees and snowing out in North Adams, MA yesterday when Mo. Mary Frances Curns and Br. Ken Kaigle, OSB, stood outside All Saints’ of the Berkshires offering “Ashes to Go”. It was a re-start of this ministry begun by Fr. Ed King (now retired) about 4 or 5 years ago. The numbers were small but the ministry was delivered to exactly the people who need the message of humility, mortality and hope. The news will travel around the community and next year we will reach more people and spread the news of God’s Grace and Love further into the world! Rector Albany, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID February 11, 2016 at 6:49 pm Excellent article and video companion as well! I was reminded of an interview with me published on Alban.org about relational evangelism: “I consider myself an evangelist as part of a complete being responding to a God who made me, and I can’t resist the opportunity to share something this wonderful with others. I express this in many forms, tapping into spiritual practices ancient and modern, and do this in a persistent (not insistent), iterative way, incarnating a Christ who always shows up in the right place at the right time.” Read on here: https://alban.org/archive/resurrected-lives-relational-evangelism-with-young-adults/ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit a Press Release The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab February 13, 2016 at 3:13 pm “In ‘remembrance of Me, don’t look above, Look in your heart for God! “ Rector Belleville, IL The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Bath, NC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Anita S. 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Donna S. Mote, Episcopal chaplain at the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, will offer “Ashes on the Fly” to domestic and international travelers throughout the day on Ash Wednesday. Photo: Courtesy of Donna S. Mote[Episcopal News Service] Increasingly, there is “Ashes to Go,” ‘Smudge and Run,” “Drive-through Ashes,” “Ashes on the Fly,” and now, “Lent in a Bag,” as all sorts of churches — Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist — are moving the centuries-old Ash Wednesday observance beyond church walls.The Rev. Donna S. Mote, Episcopal chaplain at the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, says she will offer “Ashes on the Fly” to domestic and international travelers throughout the day on Ash Wednesday.“I’m out and about, which is my usual style,” said Mote, 51, who describes her parish as “4,700 acres, in a geographic sense,” through which pass an average of about 274,000 passengers on any given day.If previous years are any indicator, she expects to impose ashes on hundreds of foreheads for people of a variety of faiths, nationalities and beliefs. She has described some of her encounters on Facebook.Mote says she takes the ashes into public spaces because reminders of mortality, humility and healing belong where the people are, and make for powerful connections even beyond the context of a formal liturgy.Like the young woman “last year who asked can you tell me how to explain Lent to people who don’t observe it,” Mote said.Or an airport employee who told Mote she wanted ashes but had never had them before and wasn’t sure what it meant. “What do you think it means?” Mote asked. Her reply: “’I think it means I want to get my act together, but I’m going to need some help.’ I said, “I think that’s what it means, too,’” Mote said.But most who approach the cassock-clad Mote “don’t say anything at all. They just come up and bow their heads, including those whose first language is not English. It’s very powerful. You don’t have to speak the same language for an important sacred event to transpire.”The Rev. Harry Jenkins, rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Slidell, Louisiana, plans to offer ashes, prayers and “Lent in a Bag” to drive-through worshippers.Included in the brown paper bag is: a copy of Episcopal Relief & Development’s 2016 Lenten Meditations, sand, a rock, a human figure, a candle and a cross, said Jenkins.“With each of the items there’s a question or a slight description for them to think about what it means,” Jenkins said. “Basically, the sand is to reflect on Jesus going into the wilderness. The rock could be a couple of things—when Jesus was invited to transform stone into bread and about the hunger in the world and that we might pray for those who are hungry.“There’s a human figure to remind us that we say Jesus is fully human but basically he understands us from inside our skin. He knows from experience we’re each capable of great things. They might reflect on where Christ is in our life during Lent.”The candle is for meditation purposes and as a dual reminder that Jesus is the light of the world, and not to hide your light under a bushel. The question would be, “so where do you shine with your light?”“And then the cross is, how do we follow Christ ourselves? What crosses do we bear? We remember to take up our cross daily and follow Jesus,” he said.The bag also includes a Lenten service schedule and, for a church that averages about 70 for regular Sunday services, the drive-through drew 300 last year “most of who are not members of our church,” Jenkins added.In many ways, it “meets the needs of people with apprehensions about going to church. Maybe they have had bad experiences and don’t want to go into the building. We feel like it’s something we can do and we really love it.”The church also offers a noon and 7 p.m. indoor service and Jenkins said the church started “Lent in a Bag” last year as an added takeaway.“We have had people start coming to the church as a result of Ashes to Go. Not huge numbers, but some have joined. It’s meaningful for participants, for those who come to get ashes, members of the church who help. It adds to our Lenten experience,” he said.In Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Rev. Kristina Maulden, 49, said this will be her second year imposing ashes on foreheads underneath Trinity Episcopal Church’s carport.Last year Maulden, the associate rector, stood outside from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and prayed with about 60 people “who were either disabled or were bringing their spouse who couldn’t get in the church. There were people who hadn’t been to church in a long time and this was an easy avenue to get back to church.“And we had people who couldn’t make it to the service, who couldn’t find a parking spot,” she said, of the downtown church which has an average Sunday attendance of about 500.  “It amazed me, these little moments of reaching into somebody’s car and giving them the ashes … was like this little thin space, a holy moment where we were pausing in our day and reminding ourselves of our mortality. It is so rare that we actually touch somebody like that on a daily basis. There were people who, after they received their ashes, were in tears as they drove away.”The whole point, she said, is to bring church to people, “to go where people are, no matter what state they’re in and say the church is here for you, too.”Although some of her congregation understands the effort, “others think it’s a bit gimmicky,” she said. “It’s hard to move beyond that unless you’ve actually been in the car when something like this is happening. I just hope people will give it the benefit of the doubt because there is grace here.”In Michigan, dozens of Protestant and Episcopal churches are offering both “Ashes to Go” and “Drive Through Ashes” including for a fourth year, said the Rev. June Marshall Smith of Novi United Methodist Church.She felt compelled to offer ashes outdoors after trying to find a service herself a few years ago. “Nobody had a morning worship service. I thought, what’s the purpose of me going to worship at 7 p.m. if I’m just going to go to bed at 9 p.m. I want to wear the ashes all day.”The service is “a labor of love” and she has fun with it.“One year, it was subzero temperatures and I was asking myself why I’m doing this. Then somebody’d go through the line and they’d be crying because it meant so much to them.”Another year, she created a sign: “‘Get your ashes in here,’” she said, chuckling. Smith stands under a portico near the church building and also offers, a brochure with prayers and a reminder to mobile penitents that a way to share their faith is to tell others about the smudges on their forehead.There is repeat traffic, she said, citing wheelchair vans, senior group vans and also a woman who drove 90 miles for ashes because she wouldn’t have been able to receive them at any other time during the day.“One man is paralyzed from the waist down and every year, he’s back here,” Smith said. And although she is expecting heavy snows and cold she plans to be prepared again this Feb. 10, by wearing wool socks, leather-soled boots, standing on a carpet and moving a lot in order to stay warm.She also plans to hold three indoor services, at 6:30 a.m., 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. “We have a good time, it is a wonderful thing.  I would hope churches would give it a try. When they see the impact it has on people’s hearts, I don’t think they’d ever turn back and not do it again.”When Advent Evangelical Lutheran Church in Columbus, Ohio, began offering drive-through ashes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. last year, about 76 cars showed up.The Rev. Aaron Layne, 36, admitted to initially being “on the fence about, are we catering to a fast-paced society who increasingly doesn’t have time for God? Are we making it too easy, you know, to say yeah, I’ve done my religious whatever today and I can walk around with a smudge on my forehead and it means nothing.”But after 76 cars showed up, including one with a Catholic father whose son had stage IV cancer and couldn’t risk infection by being in public, Layne was convinced.Another woman said she came because her local church’s service was at 7 p.m. “and that’s my child’s bedtime. The church doesn’t have anything for me to go to. I thought that was really neat, meeting people where they are and that’s why we’re going to continue to do it.”“For me it’s the adage, the church has left the building. If we truly affirm the fact that we are the church and the church is the people, then I guess it shouldn’t really matter where we conduct our services. With all those justifications and the fact that we sincerely saw Christ the last time we did it I just can’t wait to see how Christ shows up this time.”But at St. Francis of the Islands Episcopal Church in Savannah, Georgia, the Rev. Lauren Flowers Byrd said that although the church participated last year, they decided to take this year off.“I’m one of those people that thinks you have to stop for your mortality, not do a drive-through sort of thing,” Byrd told ENS. “That’s sort of the thing to me, to pause, take time to stop and dwell in it for a while.“It’s like you’re dressed in time, mortal time, when you put the ashes on your headAbsent that kind of grace I can see where the church is out in the street, to come to people to see where the mortal lives actually are lived.”— The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. She is based in Los Angeles. Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Featured Jobs & Calls Thom Chu says: February 10, 2016 at 1:39 pm What a clever idea! I know for a fact that none of the threeEpiscopal churches in the South Bend -Mishawaka,Indiana have never done this before. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Robert Beicke says: Rector Knoxville, TN February 12, 2016 at 1:43 pm As an evangelism tool bringing church into the public square in the broader sense of “parish,” Ashes-to-Go has the potential to connect with individuals and draw them into the spiritual life of the church. But as the “standard” form for this ritual it falls far short. For the imposition of ashes is part of a larger liturgy calling us to personal confession and entry into the disciplines of Lent. Further, in the context of the Mass, we recall that Jesus Christ giving life to the world is the reason for those cross-shaped ashes. We are reminded that “we are dust, and to dust we shall return” is not God’s final word for our life. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Lent Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Featured Events New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Tampa, FL Press Release Service Submit a Job Listing Rector Martinsville, VA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Shreveport, LAlast_img read more

first_img By Gary Truitt – Oct 6, 2014 CCA nominations sought by Indiana Farm Bureau SHARE Facebook Twitter Indiana Farm Bureau and the Indiana Certified Crop Adviser Program are seeking nominations for the Indiana Certified Crop Adviser of the Year Award. The award recognizes superior service in nutrient management, soil and water management, pest management and crop production.The winner will be recognized at the Indiana Certified Crop Adviser Conference on December 16-17 in Indianapolis. The state prize is $1,500 and eligibility for the National CCA Award of $1,000. The Indiana CCA board will also consider submission for the International CCA Award.Any CCA certified in Indiana is eligible for the award. Nominations may come from a county Farm Bureau, an active Farm Bureau member or by the employer of the CCA. Other agricultural groups may nominate CCAs, but the county Farm Bureau president must sign the nomination form.Farmers and their service people strive to make the best economically and environmentally sound cropping decisions. Increasing farm size, complex management options and more complex regulations mean farmers rely more on the advice of CCAs. The CCA award program increases awareness of that relationship.Nomination materials and more information are available online at bit.ly/infbcca.Indiana Farm Bureau must receive the nomination by November 15, 2014. Questions should be directed to Bob Cherry, 317-692-7809, or Quentin Rund, 800-387-1283. Home Indiana Agriculture News CCA nominations sought by Indiana Farm Bureaucenter_img Previous articleMidday UpdateNext articleClosing Comments Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter About Indiana Farm BureauSince 1919, Indiana Farm Bureau has protected the livelihood, land, equipment, animals and crops of Hoosier farmers. We are the state’s largest general farm organization and a farmer’s strongest advocate. IFB works diligently to ensure a farmer’s very right to farm, because agriculture is so vital to Indiana’s economy. Learn more at www.infarmbureau.org. SHARElast_img read more

first_img Help by sharing this information News Organisation September 29, 2009 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Maintaining status quo is lesser evilcenter_img RSF_en Reporters Without Borders prefers a continuation of the status quo in international Internet governance rather than the creation of an inter-governmental system to replace the existing oversight by ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), a California-based non-profit.ICANN has until now supervised the Internet under a contract with the US government, but the contract expires tomorrow and so far no announcement has been made as to what will happen next.Perpetuation of the ICANN status quo is vying with alternative models including one proposed by Viviane Reding, the European Commissioner for information society and media, who wants a fully privatised ICANN to be supervised by an Internet G12 that includes an independent judicial wing.“No one underestimates the risks of maintaining an Internet governance system controlled by a single entity,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “But, given the current lack of a better solution, we think it would be better not to meddle with this mechanism. The EU proposal to create a sort of Internet G12 strikes us as dangerous. If it were implemented, nothing would stop countries that censor the Internet domestically, such as China, Saudi Arabia and Burma, from doing everything possible to restrict online access at the world level.”Julliard added: “It is out of the question that governments that prevent their citizens from having unrestricted Internet access should tomorrow become the big shots in a worldwide Internet system. We prefer the current system which, despite its faults and weaknesses, has never threatened the free flow of online information. We therefore urge President Barack Obama not to rush into any decision that could do considerable harm to everyone’s right to unrestricted access to online information. The utmost prudence is required in this matter.”Created by the US government in 1998 and progressively privatised by President Bill Clinton, ICANN manages the system of Internet addresses that connects millions of computers around the world. It also oversees the top-level domain name system, the address suffixes such as .com, .org, .fr, .uk and .nk The status quo is criticised for giving a single government too much power over a worldwide tool in which the financial and political stakes are considerable. It does represent a risk but until now it has favoured the Internet’s development. In fact, ICANN’s supervision has posed almost no problems and has worked well until now. There is no reason to think it could not continue after tomorrow.Reporters Without Borders has expressed its view on Internet governance in the past (see the releases http://www.rsf.org/spip.php?page=article&id_article=15564 and http://www.rsf.org/spip.php?page=article&id_article=24352), and has always taken the position that making no changes to a fairly good status quo – to a network that is single and indivisible, as worldwide tool should be – is preferable to imposing a dangerous new model. The continuing neutrality, oneness and indivisibility of this worldwide network depend on its oversight. The Chinese government, for example, could create its own system of domain names and thereby prevent access to its websites from abroad and access to foreign websites from within China. last_img read more

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Safety Chains

first_imgA new bill, signed by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, requires drivers to secure trailers to their vehicles with safety chains. The bill, which takes effect July 1, was prompted by the death of a young Fayette County mother who was killed last fall when a runaway trailer struck her vehicle. Rep. John Yates advanced the trailer safety chain bill (HB 123) after Tiphanie Fletcher’s mother visited him at the state Capitol. Fletcher was killed as a result of an unchained trailer slipping loose from the truck ball. The ball was later found to be the incorrect size for the trailer hitch.“This law will require that all registered trailers, those with a license plate, be adequately and safely attached to the vehicle while being towed,” said Frank Watson, the University of Georgia Extension coordinator in Wilkes County. Watson said trailer owners must ensure their trailer has a safety chain or cable as a safety backup to the primary hitch connection. A trailer can be retrofitted with safety chains for about $50, he said.“Commodity trailers, like peanut wagons or cotton wagons, are exempt,” he said. “For the most part, people will need to retrofit older or homemade trailers with safety chains if they do not have them.”Watson hopes trailer owners will see the necessity of the new regulations. “There is certainly a safety issue with trailers that don’t have safety chains,” he said. “I daresay that the attorney for an injured party would show no mercy to someone whose trailer caused an accident that could have been prevented by safety chains.”Violating the code can result in a misdemeanor.For more information on trailer safety, see the national Extension publication at www.extension.org/pages/64391/livestock-trailer-safety#.VV41MFlVhBc.last_img read more

first_imgNAFCU continues to hear from credit unions who have either received a demand letter or notice of a complaint filed relative to overdraft and insufficient funds fees (NSF). We have blogged about this issue before and addressed it in a past Compliance Monitor article (member-only), but wanted to provide some high level information that may help credit unions who are continuing to analyze the risks here.For several years, financial institutions, including credit unions, have faced class action claims in this area. The claims often had a few elements:Violations of Regulation E even where a credit union utilized the rule’s model form;Assertions that the account agreement was violated when the account balance was calculated inappropriately and fees were assessed; andMultiple state law claimsMore recently, the Regulation E claims are not as frequently seen in these cases. This may be in part because the Electronic Funds Transfer Act, which is implemented by Regulation E, only allows one year for bringing a claim to court. It may also be that Regulation E claims are not necessary if a Plaintiff is not trying to justify bring a case in federal court, since federal courts can only hear certain types of cases, such as those involving a federal law or those involving parties who are from different states. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgGovernor Wolf Calls for Passage of Public Health Emergency Legislation to Aid in Opioid Disaster Declaration Healthcare,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed the third renewal of his 90-day opioid disaster declaration amid a call to the General Assembly to pass Senate Bill 1001, which would establish a mechanism for a public health emergency.“I am pleased to be able to renew the opioid disaster declaration and proud of the work so many have done to date, but I want to stress the need to establish a mechanism for a public health emergency as outlined in Senate Bill 1001,” Gov. Wolf said.Senate Bill 1001 was introduced by Senator Jay Costa and announced in April when the disaster declaration was renewed for the first time. The legislation empowers the secretary of the Department of Health to declare a public health emergency, creating a more streamlined vehicle for deploying resources specific to that emergency – opioids or another health crisis. It also allows the Health secretary to waive regulations, create new temporary regulations, and publish notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for tracking and treating a disease, illness, or event. It allows public workers to provide treatment to control the emergency. The legislation passed the Senate unanimously and is with the House Health Committee, which meets today.The disaster declaration, which was introduced in January, and renewed in April and June, was set to expire September 26. The renewal allows for the initiatives introduced in the past 270 days to continue without interruption.The governor detailed progress with the initiatives introduced since the last opioid disaster declaration renewal and those in place since January.Since the first series of initiatives was introduced in January, the Opioid Command Center, headquartered at PEMA and involving staff from 14 state agencies, has made significant progress in a battle that continues:300 high-performing drug and alcohol treatment providers have been granted annual licensing requirement exemptions. These facilities have applied for and received two-year licenses, ensuring continued, high-quality treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) sufferers.Nearly 15,000 patients have interacted with the commonwealth’s 45 Centers of Excellence (COEs), and 71 percent of these patients engaged in some level of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. The COEs coordinate primary care and behavioral health for Pennsylvanians with SUD and prior to the initiative as few as 48 percent of Medicaid patients with a SUD.A second $26.5 million grant through the federal 21st Century Cures Act to address the epidemic will help to continue efforts to increase access to treatment, reduce unmet treatment needs for special populations, strengthen prevention activities around the commonwealth, and address the issue of stigma towards addiction that creates barriers to treatment and living in recovery.761 people suffering from opioid use disorder and without the means to purchase a copy of their birth certificate have received them without a charge, helping them get into treatment faster.Funded by Gov. Wolf’s initiative, 29,208 doses of naloxone were supplied to Centralized Coordinating Entities (CCEs) through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.The Opioid Operational Command Center began regional meetings to connect with local communities to listen to the needs and efforts unique to each area and share the progress the state has been making throughout the disaster declaration.Calls to the toll-free helpline, 1-800-662-4357, have increased by 56 percent since January 1, 2018. Over 12,000 total calls have been placed to the helpline; 5,485 of those callers have been connected to services such as emergency treatment programs to include medication-assisted treatment, detox/crisis stabilization, inpatient and intensive outpatient services.Approximately 97,000 prescribers and delegates have registered with the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), which averages over 1.1 million searches monthly and which has helped to decrease the number of opioid prescriptions, making Pennsylvania second in the nation for reduction of opioid prescriptions.Since the second disaster declaration renewal in late June, the Opioid Command Center and its partners have developed new initiatives to attack the epidemic:Secured approval to continue to receive federal Medicaid funding to be used in SUD treatment facilities, providing more than 12,000 individuals with access to high-quality, medically necessary treatment through more than 150 service providers.Unveiled opioid prescribing guidelines for worker’s compensation to help health care providers determine when opioids are appropriate for treatment of someone injured on the job.Provided funding for three organizations to build medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs for Pennsylvanians suffering from the disease of addiction as part of the Pennsylvania Coordinated Medication Assisted Treatment program, or PacMAT.Secured a $5 million federal grant to provide career services to people who have been impacted by the opioid epidemic and a plan to return to work and create a mobile app for individuals impacted by the opioid epidemic.Started using EpiCenter alerts to communicate real-time overdose outbreaks to state and county officials.Developed web-based training to the EMS community through PA Train on the naloxone leave behind program. Training includes discussion of the standing order and the proper process and instances to implement naloxone leave behind. A reminder of the required report to the survey monkey tool documenting the leave behind is also included.Secured a $5.1 million federal grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for data collection and analyzation and to continue to work on crisis response to the opioid epidemic.Obtained a Drexel University “embedded researcher” who will serve as an internal resource for the Opioid Command Center (OCC). The embedded researcher will analyze all data reported to the OCC to evaluate current and recommend new policies.Secured a $55.9 million federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, to be used for practices and services related to the state’s opioid response. In total, Pennsylvania has received more than $108 million in federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grants to help in its fight against the opioid epidemic.“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 moving forward with Senate Bill 1001 to create a mechanism for a public health emergency,” 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. September 24, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more