GO-TIME: Expedited Medicaid Processing Initiative Results in $3.5 Million More in Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services

first_imgGO-TIME: Expedited Medicaid Processing Initiative Results in $3.5 Million More in Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services August 10, 2016 Efficiency,  GO-TIME,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – By working with the Department of Human Services (DHS) to expedite the processing of Medicaid applications for offenders entering residential drug and alcohol treatment directly from county jail, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) enabled nearly $3.5 million to be spent on other populations in need of drug and alcohol treatment-related services in fiscal year 15-16.“At a time when thousands of Pennsylvanians are dying due to drug overdoses, it is crucial to effectively spend our resources in order to provide services to more Pennsylvanians,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Through the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME), I challenged all state agencies to generate meaningful savings and cost efficiencies, while also transforming ineffective programs and delivering better customer service. The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs created an effective way to redirect money to other populations to improve and expand drug and alcohol treatment services.”County courts request clinical assessments for certain offenders who may be offered drug and alcohol treatment as part of their sentence. The assessments are provided through county-level drug and alcohol administrators (called Single County Authorities), with which DDAP holds grant agreements. Using the Pennsylvania Client Placement Criteria, those offenders who meet the criteria for a residential level of care are directly transferred to an appropriate facility. At the same time, DHS’s County Assistance Offices expedite processing of Medicaid applications for the offenders. Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that helps with medical costs for some people with limited income and resources.By expediting enrollment in Medicaid for offenders, state funds can then be spent on other populations in need as well as case management.“Since the inception of this program, all 47 Single County Authorities in Pennsylvania have been required to participate, enabling the Department to bridge a significant treatment gap,” said DDAP Secretary Gary Tennis. “In appropriate instances, not only are we treating rather than incarcerating, we are more cost-effectively using our limited resources. This is an excellent example of the value and effectiveness of cross-department collaboration and innovative, creative thinking.”Governor Wolf announced earlier this month that state agencies saved more than $156 million in FY 15-16, exceeding the $150 million savings goal he set for the GO-TIME initiative. To learn more about how GO-TIME is working to modernize government operations in order to reduce costs and improve services, visit www.governor.pa.gov/go-time/.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Dutch transport pension fund to adopt one-tier board

first_imgThe fact that SPF wanted to stick to its board setup was a reason for failed merger talks in 2017. At the time, SPOV was worried about the expertise of the equally represented executive trustees.A spokesman for SPF Beheer, the provider and asset manager for the merged pension fund, explained that the new board model increased Rail&OV’s decisiveness, while keeping the concept of equal representation.On the new executive board, Sabijn Timmers will handle portfolio finance, risk and IT. Currently she is director of risk management at Triodos Bank. Bart Oldenkamp, head of investment solutions at asset manager Robeco, has been tasked with asset management.Peter-Paul Witte – SPOV’s current chair – is to become responsible for the temporary portfolio of transition.All envisaged non-executive members originate from SPF and SPOV’s boards, with Paula Verhoef, Peggy Wilson and Frans van Wanrooij representing workers.Huub van den Dungen and Rob Elberse are to represent pensioners. Mathilde Reintjes, Ronald Klein Wassink, Fred Kagie and Hans Fleer are to be appointed on behalf of the employers, which include the Dutch railways (NS), ProRail and the association of public transport companies (VOV).There is still one vacancy to be filled.The new €23.3bn pension fund is to start as of 1 April and will operate under chief executive officer Walter Mutsaers.He is currently CEO at MPD, the pensions provider and asset manager for the €7.2bn pension fund PNO Media, and a former director at MN, the pensions provider and asset manager for the large metal schemes PMT and PME. Rail&OV, the new Dutch scheme of merged railways pension fund SPF and public transport scheme SPOV, is to switch to a one-tier board.Currently, SPOV has a board model of equal representation, whereas SPF has a “mixed one-tier board”, of equally represented trustees combined with external supervisory members.The executive board of the new scheme will be made up of four full-time members. It will be independently chaired by Gerard Groten, the current chair of SPF, who is also to become one of the 11 members of the non-executive board.Dutch pension funds are increasingly switching from equally represented boards to a one-tier structure as it is considered more effective, efficient and transparent than the traditional paritary ones. A one-tier board, for example, doesn’t need a separate supervisory body.last_img read more

Extravagant pools on the market in Townsville

first_imgThis pool is located at 19 Cashell Crescent at Bushland Beach which is on the market for over $1M.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020REMAX agent Michele Hyde, who is marketing an award-winning property at 19 Cashell Crescent, said having a nice pool will increase the value of a house.“A lot of people are after swimming pools, even if it’s just to look at,” Ms Hyde said. Unique home with a cricket pitch in the front yard READ MORE This property is located at 15/18 High Vista Drive and is on the market for $990,000.Another show stopping pool is on the market at 15/18 High Vista Drive in Mount Louisa.For $990,000. the house, heated spa and stunning 12 metre-long pebblecrete pool could be yours.If ocean views are more your thing, the pool at 26 Waterview Drive in Bushland Beach could be what you’re looking for. Situated at the front of the property, the huge pool looks out to the water, with a stone walkway leading straight from the pool and down onto the sand. center_img This house at 71 Glenlyon Drive is on the market for $599,000“A pool undoubtedly ups the value and the overall liveability of a property.“It’s obviously not mandatory though, every buyer wants different things but they’re certainly in demand in Townsville because you can’t escape the heat in summer.” This huge pool is located on 13 Staaten Street and is up for grabs in Pimlico.REGARDLESS of the season, a good-looking swimming pool will never go out of style in Townsville — and there are currently some beauties on the market. Whether it spans the length of the house, has views over the city or boasts underwater cocktail benches, there is something for every buyer.READ MORE Beachside units for $30k last_img read more

Laurel man charged in Connersville burglary investigation

first_imgConnersville, In. — Indiana State Police and officers from the Connersville Police Department arrested a Laurel man for burglary Saturday.Around 9:30 p.m. police were called to the Turtle Creek Apartments to investigate a report of a man making threats and trying to enter an occupied unit. The occupants told police the man could be in Laurel at a residence on Lafayette Street.Police located and arrested Billy Burkhart, 30, for felony burglary and intimidation and taken to the Fayette County Jail.last_img read more

Top-Ranked Argonauts Win Ninth Straight

first_img Share Top-Ranked Argonauts Win Ninth Straight April 21, 2007ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – Top-ranked West Florida (22-2) only dropped one game in a 5-0 win over Christian Brothers (0-11) in the quarterfinals of the Carpet One/Gulf South Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament. West Florida will advance to the semifinals to face Delta State.West Florida won all three doubles matches by 8-0 scores. Only the fourth and fifth singles position matches were completed as the Argonauts only dropped one game in singles play.RESULTS#1 Singles: #6 Dante Bottini (UWF) vs. Keith Wyrick (CBU), unfinished#2 Singles: Luis Arboleda (UWF) vs. Justin Kyle Byrd (CBU), unfinished#3 Singles: Luiz Bernardi (UWF) vs. Clifton Gibbs (CBU), unfinished#4 Singles: Mark McGuigan (UWF) def. Anthony Eddy (CBU), 6-0, 6-0#5 Singles: Vivian Chhetri (UWF) def. Corry Franklin (CBU), 6-0, 6-1#6 Singles: Marco Matteucci (UWF) vs. Matt Wiseman (CBU), unfinished#1 Doubles: D. Bottini/Nicolas Barrientos (UWF) def. K. Wyrick/Ryan Nicolini (CBU), 8-0#2 Doubles: Eduardo Cavasotti/L. Bernardi (UWF) def. C. Gibbs/A. Eddy (CBU), 8-0#3 Doubles: L. Arboleda/V. Chhetri (UWF) def. C. Franklin/M. Wiseman (CBU), 8-0<>Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Drive-Thru Testing Sites Set to Open This Week in Broward County

first_imgMore drive-thru coronavirus test sites are about to open in Broward County.They are set to begin testing in Weston as early as Thursday and in Pembroke Pines by Friday.Testing will be limited only to individuals who meet the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, which have been broadened as the virus has continued to spread:-Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions who have fever, cough or any type of respiratory distress.-Any people — including healthcare workers — who within 14 days of symptom onset had contact with a suspected or confirmed coronavirus patient.-Any people with history of travel from an affected area or an area with community spread.In addition, Cleveland Clinic Florida said it has started scheduling appointments for drive-thru testing in Weston, and will begin testing patients with scheduled appointments on Thursday. Testing will take place at Cleveland Clinic Weston’s Krupa Center, which is located at 3250 Meridian Parkway, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.Potential patients should call the Cleveland Clinic Florida appointment center at (954) 659-5951 in order to be scheduled for a test. A nurse will screen callers and will determine whether the caller meets the federal testing criteria.A five-lane mobile coronavirus test site, to be staffed in part by 100 people from the Florida National Guard’s Medical Task Force, should open in CB Smith Park’s park-and-ride lot by Friday.Memorial Healthcare System, which will operate the drive-thru in partnership with the National Guard and the Florida Department of Health, will begin testing on a limited basis for healthcare workers, first responders and people 65 and older who show symptoms. Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday that the site will begin with 1,700 collection swabs.“We want to get more swabs, and as soon as we do, we’ll be able to expand who we test,” DeSantis said. Initially, the tests will be processed at Memorial so that people can get results within hours. As the testing expands, samples will be sent out for processing and results, which could take a few days.Memorial has not yet established its hours of operation, and appointments will be needed.Broward has the most cases in Florida, with 80 as of Wednesday evening. Half of the eight deaths announced in the state as of Wednesday evening have also occurred in the county.last_img read more

Cricket News Smriti Mandhana 83 helps India thrash Australia in ICC Women’s World T20

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Smriti Mandhana’s magnificent 83 and contributions from India’s spinners gave India a thumping 48-run win over Australia in the final Group B game of the ICC Women’s World T20 in Providence, Guyana. With this win, India have topped the group and will face the loser of the West Indies vs England game. This was India’s first-ever win against Australia in this tournament and this will give them plenty of momentum as they seek to win the title for the first time. Mandhana, who had struggled earlier in the tournament, put on her best show against her favourite opponents and that set the base for India to achieve their highest total in Twenty20 Internationals against the three-time World T20 champions.Read More |ICC Women’s World T20 witnesses an entry into the million clubOpting to bat, India lost Taniya Bhatia (2) but after a slow start, Mandhana opened the shackles with a straight-driven boundary off Megan Schutt in the fourth over. However, the left-hander went after Sophie Molineux by launching her over long on for a six and then late-cutting a short ball past backward point. Mandhana continued to find the boundary by launching Schutt over long on for her second six and then cracking a cut shot to the deep backward point fence. With 34 runs coming off three overs, India had gotten momentum.Read More | ‘Sensible decisions key for Indian team’s success in Australia’After losing Jemimah Rodrigues (6) cheaply, Mandhana found great support in skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and the duo continued to attack. Harmanpreet got going with a six over deep midwicket off Molineux and Mandhana reached her fifty off 31 balls by sweeping Ashleigh Gardner to the fine leg fence. Harmanpreet continued to pepper the boundary and the 68-run stand put India on course for a big total.However, Australia fought back with quick wickets towards the end, including Harmanpreet for an aggressive 43. In the 15th over, Mandhana was adjudged LBW and on Veda Krishnamurthy’s insistence, she took the review and replays showed the ball was pitching outside the line of leg stump. This boosted Mandhana and she went past 1000 runs in Twenty20 Internationals. India finished on 167/8 and on a pitch assisting the spinners, Harmanpreet’s side held the upper hand.Australia struggleIn response, Australia were dealt a body blow before the start of their chase as wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy was injured. In the 19th over of the innings, Healy had a nasty collision with Schutt and she injured her shoulder in the process.Read More | Jasprit Bumrah will be X-factor for India in Australia: Damien FlemingAustralia never got going as India’s spinners worked their charm on a slow, low Providence wicket. Anuja Patil, Deepti Sharma, Radha Yadav and Poonam Yadav all worked their magic to wreck the Australian chase. Deepti Sharma started off with a bang by taking two wickets. Poonam and Radha combined in tandem in the middle overs to ensure Australia did not get away.Ellyse Perry kept Australia in the hunt with an aggressive 39 but Patil ran through the lower order to finish with 3/15 as India secured a famous win. Speaking in the post-match presser, captain Harmanpreet said with such good players in the side, the team had to put in a solid performance.Mandhana, who was named player of the match, was relieved that she could finally convert her start into a big score and thanked her partner Veda Krishnamurthy for her presence of mind. “First three matches I got starts but couldn’t convert it. So, I just wanted to score big today. Veda insisted on the review, and thanks to her we got 20-30 runs extra,” Mandhana said. last_img read more


first_imgWhile reviewing the verdict from the Supreme Court last Friday that sent both Giwa and Pinnick to the lower court for retrial, the NFF board led by Pinnick said that that it had taken note of the decision of the Supreme Court to refer back to the Federal High Court, and start afresh a case brought before the apex court by two football stakeholders against the NFF leadership.The statement from the NFF reads: “NFF 1st Vice President/Chairman, Legal Committee, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, said the NFF Board appreciated the reasoning of the apex court in refusing the prayers of the appellants, which if granted would have accorded them some kind of legitimacy, against the backdrop of an ongoing administration of Nigerian Football which is at the cusp of taking Nigeria to the world’s greatest football event, the World Cup.“He disclosed that the NFF’s lawyers are confidently prepared to argue the case afresh and look forward to finally putting the matter to rest, and to prove to the world that Nigerian football can continue to be run in its orderly manner.“He referred to the case as a mere distraction for Nigerian football which ought not to have been instituted in the first place given the convention for resolution of football disputes.“The 1st Vice President said: “We are law-abiding citizens of this great country, and we have no qualms about starting the case afresh. The Supreme Court did the right thing in the circumstances, and while we must be careful not to discuss matters which are subjudice, we must note that the appellants have within the norms in sporting disputes, actually exhausted all legitimate channels in this matter, including arguing their position, and failing, at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Meanwhile, the bans imposed on Chris Giwa by the world football governing body FIFA and continental body CAF remain in place.The CAF letter conveying the world-wide ban on Giwa was dated February 6, 2017 and signed by the Deputy Secretary to the Disciplinary Committee extended the ban imposed by the Nigeria Football Federation and the Confederation of African Football to a worldwide status.FIFA also handed down the same punishment to four other officials, who were involved in the NFF leadership tussle.The letter read, “FIFA can confirm  the worldwide extension of sanctions imposed by the Nigerian Football Federation’s (NFF) Disciplinary Committee on 12 May 2016 against the officials Christopher Giwa, Muazu Suleyman, Yahaya Adama, Sani Fema and Johnson Effiong for breaches of the NFF Statutes and the FIFA Code of Ethics.“In accordance with art. 136 ff of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, the Chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided to extend the five-year ban from taking part in any kind of football-related activity imposed on the five officials to have worldwide effect.“The relevant member association as well as CAF have been duly notified of the chairman’s decision.”The FIFA sanction excludes him from all football matters May 11, 2021.Giwa was first banned by the NFF in May 2016, after they approached a civil court over the leadership tussle – an action that is against the federation’s statutes.This five-year sanction was later extended by CAF.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *FIFA: Giwa remains banned from all football activitiesBy Femi SolajaThe board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), insisted yesterday that Friday’s verdict by the Supreme Court on the lingering leadership tussle between Chris Giwa and Amaju Pinnick was no threat to the country’s participation at the World Cup next June.last_img read more

Gridiron: Gridiron nation shows no mercy

first_imgThe Most Disappointing Team AwardAmidst a myriad of worthy candidates — South Florida, Wisconsin and Illinois come to mind — the award has to go to Clemson. The Tigers started off the year ranked No. 9 before losing in spectacular fashion to Alabama. In the infinitely winnable ACC, Clemson failed to break .500 in conference, and even more impressively, with a wealth of talent at the “skill” positions Clemson scored 10 points or less six times. Completing the fall from grace, Clemson cut the cord with head coach Tommy Bowden despite signing him to an extension in the offseason. Expectations have been lowered so far that late season wins over Duke and Virginia earned interim head coach Dabo Swinney the permanent position. The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award While I have yet to be awarded a vote by the Heisman committee, at Gridiron we would give the award to Colt McCoy, quarterback of Texas. This season, McCoy accounted for 42 total TDs and 4,021 yards, while completing 77.6 percent of his passes. He also led the Longhorns to victory over three top 10 opponents before falling to Texas Tech on a last-second pass. While rival quarterback Sam Bradford deserves recognition, Bradford also had the benefit of two 1,000 yard rushers, whereas McCoy has none. Besides, McCoy needs something to ease the pain of yet another BCS letdown. The “best regular season” in all of sports will come to an end this weekend, as college football plays its final games of the semester.Which means that after a few Big East matches and the conference championships, we have a month to brace ourselves for the worst postseason in all of sports.Funny how those two go hand in hand.While it would be easy to take shots at the BCS and write a column pointing out the plethora of flaws in college football, we at Gridiron Nation prefer to think positive. After all, besides Texas getting screwed out of the national championship, the Mountain West Conference passing the Big East in overall quality and Ohio State losing every big game of the past three years, some good things did happen this season.With that in mind, we give you the most prestigious 2008 Gridiron Nation Awards. The Recruit Everyone Missed Out On AwardAnd the winner is Jacquizz Rodgers, freshman running back for Oregon State. The diminutive Texas native burst onto the scene when he shredded USC, handing the Trojans their only loss of the season. Rodgers set a Texas state record for touchdowns in high school with 136 and he rushed for 2,902 yards his senior year, earning him the AP player of the year award in Texas. Somehow, Oregon State landed the super freshman over programs such as Texas, Texas Tech and Oklahoma. Oh wait, it is because Rodgers is only listed at 5 feet 7 inches. I know recruiting is an imperfect process, but once again, big schools overvalue potential over production. Seeing as Texas’ leading rusher this season is their quarterback, I’m betting the Longhorns would like a do-over where Rodgers is concerned. The Did Just Enough To Not Get Fired AwardApparently the award goes to Charlie Weis. Notre Dame announced Wednesday that Weis will indeed be back for another season, despite totaling a mere nine wins the past two seasons. Riding the strength of three top 10 recruiting classes, Weis led the Fighting Irish to a 6-6 record and a potential bowl berth. Notre Dame’s most impressive win came over the 7-4 Navy, and the Fighting Irish scored less than 10 points in four games. Clearly, the man deserves another chance. The Schadenfreude AwardOne team’s misfortune is the rest of the nation’s pleasure. Michigan’s fall from grace this year was spectacular on every level. Here are just a few of the Wolverine’s accomplishments: Michigan lost to a MAC team for the first time in their history. Rich Rodriguez debuted by snapping the Wolverines 33-year bowl streak. And of course, Michigan ended the season at 3-9 losing to Ohio State by 35 points. All of this happened while the rest of the nation sat back and laughed. Best Reason To Watch College Football AwardWith a lack of stunning rivalry games, crazy upsets or surprise national title contenders, this award has to go to the Big XII South division. This division boasts three top 10 teams in Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech, along with another top 20 team in Oklahoma State. It seemed like every week a Big XII shootout was taking the headlines, and almost every legit Heisman candidate comes from this conference. Most importantly though, with a three-way tie between the aforementioned Big Three at the top of the division, more evidence was provided that the BCS is completely broken. Hopefully, if enough big programs complain about the BCS (See: Texas and USC), we will eventually get a true postseason for college football.last_img read more

Trojans look to maintain strong play over weekend

first_imgThe USC men’s tennis team hopes to keep its momentum swinging in the right direction as it battles No. 3 Texas on Friday and No. 27 Louisville on Saturday.USC will also travel to Florida next week to take on No. 15 Florida and No. 36 Florida State.The Trojans and Longhorns last met more than a year ago, when the then-No. 1 Trojans fell to then-No. 8 Texas in the quarterfinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships last year.Doubles play was the thorn in the Trojans’ side and they were ultimately not able to bring it back in singles play, losing 4-2.“[They have] very good doubles teams, so it will be a really good win,” said senior Jaak Poldma. “It will be tough though. I think our singles will be stronger on the top courts.”Doubles has been a sore spot all season for the Trojans, who would like to avoid repeat of last year.Lately, however, the Trojans have begun to look stronger and more consistent, especially during last week’s 5-2 win against UCLA.“[It has] a lot to do with injury,” Poldma said. “We tried a few different lineups when some of the guys were out and found what works.”Injuries have still been an issue for the Trojans, with senior Peter Lucassen sidelined with a stress fracture.Earlier this season freshmen Michael Grant and Ray Sarmiento were out, and sophomore J.T. Sundling recently hurt his knee.“We’re a good team as a whole, so whenever we’re all playing it’s good,” Poldma said. “But when we’re injured it’s not so good. Still, I think that when we are healthy we’re the favorites.”Singles has been a strong spot for USC, with dominant performances from the top four seeds, juniors Steve Johnson and Daniel Nguyen, Poldma and Sarmiento. Johnson competed as a wildcard entry in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells earlier this week.“Steve has been unbelievable,” Poldma said. “He just lost to a top player. I haven’t lost a set. Daniel is ranked in the top 20, and Raymond hasn’t lost a match since he had to forfeit [due to injury].”First serve against Texas is at 3 p.m. at Marks Stadium. The Trojans then take on Louisville on Saturday.The teams met earlier this season in Seattle at this year’s ITA Indoor Championships where USC beat the Cardinal in a 4-0 shutout.Saturday’s matchup begins at noon.last_img read more