September 17, 2016
By Mical Raz Cynthia Figueroa has begun her tenure as commissioner of Philadelphia's Department of Human Services (DHS). She assumes responsibility for a department that is often thrust into the spotlight because of dysfunction and tragedies, such as the 2006 death of Danieal Kelly, a 14-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who had been under the supervision of DHS and a contractor company. In the past decade, DHS has taken numerous steps to improve its care of children. These reforms have further relied on outsourcing care to private contractor companies in the communities, with the goal of supporting families and caring for children in their homes.
September 9, 2016 |
Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, a leading advocate for mental health and addiction treatment, joined providers, families that have struggled with drug abuse, and state officials Wednesday in Philadelphia for the first of six hearings around Pennsylvania on barriers to care. Kennedy, a Democrat from Rhode Island who has been public about his struggles with substance abuse, including prescription drugs, urged creating a registry for consumers to lodge complaints about problems accessing treatment, including insurance company denials, lack of availability or long waits for care, and other issues discussed at Wednesday's session.
August 30, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - At 28, Jennifer Storm came face to face with her past. She had just become executive director of the Dauphin County Victim/Witness Assistance Program, and her first case involved the rape of a 12-year-old girl. Storm herself had been raped at 12, by a 28-year-old stranger on the way to a roller rink, and suddenly she saw her ordeal in a new light. "I can't even begin to explain how much that little girl gave me," Storm, 41, said in an interview Tuesday. "I had never felt more confident in my life's mission.
May 11, 2016 |
Splitsville for Ozzy, Sharon Ozzy Osbourne , 67, and his second wife Sharon (née Arden ), 63, are splitting up after nearly 34 years of marriage, E! News reports. Breakup rumors have dogged the couple for three years. More recently, there have been gossip the split was by Ozzy's inability to stay sober. The rocker has struggled with substance abuse for decades. "I have been sober for three and a quarter years," the Black Sabbath alum tells E! Sharon was absent Monday from her TV gabshow, The Talk . Cohost Julie Chen said "there are many tabloid headlines" of a breakup.
April 1, 2016 |
Giving former inmates with histories of addiction monthly injections of a medication that blocks the effects of opioids cuts relapse rates by a third, according to research at five medical centers. Release from prison is among the riskiest times for former addicts, with the loss in physical tolerance and behavioral control so common that often "they relapse the same day," said Charles P. O'Brien, senior author of the study and founding director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Studies of Addiction.
March 24, 2016 |
John T. Magee, 85, of Haverford, a physician who was born at Bryn Mawr Hospital and worked there for 37 years, died Wednesday, March 16, at the institution he considered a second home. As word spread of Dr. Magee's death from respiratory failure, hospital spokeswoman Bridget Therriault released a statement honoring the calm and kindly doctor. "It was at Bryn Mawr Hospital that Dr. Magee came into this world, and it was also here that he took his last breath 85 years later," she wrote.
March 19, 2016
By Donte L. Hickman Recently, I had a conversation with a leading pastor about what is necessary to shift the trends and transform the urban centers of America. He shocked me by saying that he believes poverty is not the root cause of gang violence, substance abuse, and lethargy among some in the black community today - lack of faith is. He began to highlight our own individual upbringings in abject poverty and argued that he and I obviously were able to choose positive paths of productivity.
March 15, 2016
"I have greatly sinned ... in what I have done and in what I have failed to do. " - From the Confiteor, a prayer said during the Penitential Act during a Roman Catholic Mass By Thomas P. Murt In Western Pennsylvania, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown knowingly protected priests who were known child molesters, according to a grand jury report. The diocese, the report continued, through church connections and pathetic public officials, protected the child-molesting priests from law enforcement and prosecution.
February 4, 2016
By Cynthia Reilly In a political climate in which the two major parties don't always see eye to eye, one issue is bringing them together: Republicans and Democrats agree that we must address the tragedy of prescription drug abuse. With 44 people dying every day from overdoses of oxycodone, hydrocodone, and similar opioid pain relievers, there is growing awareness that misuse of these drugs can affect almost anyone. Presidential hopefuls on both sides of the aisle have told personal stories about the terrible toll this epidemic has taken on family, friends, and colleagues, and some have proposed detailed policies to address prevention and treatment of abuse.
February 3, 2016
ISSUE | BLIZZARD OF 2016 Turnpike should have been closed Behind the chaos of 500 motorists stranded on the Pennsylvania Turnpike for 24 hours in last month's blizzard is a fundamental question: Why did otherwise intelligent people put their lives at risk ("On turnpike, a blizzard of questions," Sunday)? Why did universities and businesses send their students and employees into the dangerous storm? And why did the Turnpike Commission not close the highway? Washington closed its Metro system from Friday evening through Sunday night.