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PA Gov. Tom Wolf Declares Disaster Emergency for Opioid Crisis in Pennsylvania

Opioid Epidemic in PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has declared a state-wide disaster emergency to combat the Opioid and Heroin epidemic. Mr. Wolf stated that Pennsylvania has the fourth-highest overdose death rate in the United States with preliminary data showing 5,260 people died from drug overdoses in 2017. (the highest tally ever recorded and a nearly 15-percent jump over the previous year).

This newly enacted declaration waives a state requirement that a doctor must have a face-to-face interaction with a person before admitting them into a treatment program. Moreover, hospitals would not be required to get a separate license to offer treatment, either.

According to Jennifer Smith, secretary of the state Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, she states “The declaration enables us to waive requirements on a broad basis without the need for those providers to submit specific requests to us.”

In addition, an Opioid Operation Command Center will launch within the state’s emergency management agency and be staffed by employees of nine state departments including health, state police, and others.

Ciara Levine – Clinical Director (Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, RN, PMHCNS)

Ciara is our Intake Coordinator/Mental Health Professional that offers an atmosphere of support so that together we can work to alleviate distress and make lasting changes. We will have the opportunity to make positive and healthy improvements to your life. My professional and personal journey have led me to be compassionate, direct and goal oriented with my clients. My approach is interactive, utilizing the theories of cognitive behavioral therapy and family systems therapy.

As a registered nurse for 22 years and an advanced practice psychiatric mental health nurse for 18 years, I have had the opportunity of helping countless individuals achieve behavioral changes that have resulted in lasting improvements in their lives.

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