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Strong Support for Gov. Wolf’s Executive Order to Overhaul Vulnerable Population Systems

Strong Support for Gov. Wolf’s Executive Order to Overhaul Vulnerable Population Systems

first_imgStrong Support for Gov. Wolf’s Executive Order to Overhaul Vulnerable Population Systems August 01, 2019 Human Services,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Advocacy groups and legislators praised Governor Tom Wolf for signing an executive order Wednesday making sweeping changes to Pennsylvania’s systems that provide protections and support to vulnerable people.“The new Council on Reform met immediately after the announcement and is already hard at work identifying the changes our commonwealth’s systems need to undergo to better serve Pennsylvanians,” said Gov. Wolf. “I am eagerly anticipating their report, so we can start making the changes that will end the issues that have permeated our systems for decades.”Sen. Lisa Baker and Sen. Judy Schwank released a joint statement commending Wolf’s actions:“In response to Governor Wolf’s announcement of Executive Order 2019-05 and directives intended to increase protection of vulnerable populations, Senator Lisa Baker (R-20th) and Senator Judy Schwank (D-11) said they were pleased the administration is building on legislative efforts to address deficiencies in Pennsylvania’s child welfare system. For more than a year the Senators have been working to establish the Interbranch Commission on the Child Welfare System (SB 297) to advance remedies.‘Given the unacceptable number of tragedies experienced in recent years, and the documented shortcomings in the child protection system, there is a need for the sort of initiatives the governor is advancing,’ Baker said. ‘We also need the thorough and extensive inquiry that an independent interbranch commission can provide, so that will continue to be a priority.’‘I’m very encouraged by Gov. Wolf’s initiative in addressing the delivery of critical children’s services,’ Schwank said. ‘We need to continue to pursue our efforts in the legislature. The children in our care must be kept safe, and I am hopeful that at the end of this process we are ensuring their better future.’‘We have heard the troubling stories and profound questions from survivors of abuse and from family and friends of those lost to abuse. These come from our districts and many places across Pennsylvania. We owe them answers in the way of effective and lasting reform of state law and practices,’ they said.”Rep. Frank Dermody added on Twitter, “I welcome Gov. Wolf’s important action to defend vulnerable people. The state has a vital role here. I’ll work in the #PaHouse to advance any bills needed to keep the progress going. #Plan4PA.”Rep. Christina Sappey echoed his sentiment. “Pleased to share @GovernorTomWolf announced an executive order providing for protection to vulnerable populations. This order makes PA a trauma-informed state and expands on trauma-informed education initiatives I successfully passed in Harrisburg last month. #traumainformed,” she posted on Twitter.Other groups and individuals that have lauded Gov. Wolf’s executive order include:The AARP“AARP and its 1.8 million Pennsylvania members applaud the Wolf Administration for taking steps to better protect vulnerable older adults from potential physical and financial exploitation, and help seniors remain at home and in the community-where they want to be,” said AARP Pennsylvania State Director and Council on Reform Member Bill Johnston-Walsh. “We are optimistic that this work will also lead to a long-overdue update to the state’s Older Adult Protective Services Act, and additional resources to help local aging advocates keep pace with rising reports of elder abuse.”Kari King, President and CEO, PA Partnerships for Children (PPC)“PPC commends Gov. Wolf on this initiative as it creates a prime opportunity to build on work in the child welfare community prioritizing prevention and kinship care, or care that is provided in family-like settings. Research tells us outcomes for children are better when kids are placed in family-like settings rather than in group homes or institutions. Unfortunately, 14 percent of the foster care population were placed in group home settings in 2018. We hope to partner with the administration and other advocates at the table to improve the child welfare system and realize the common goal we all share for at-risk children: that they are placed in loving homes free from abuse and neglect.”Douglas E. Hill, Executive Director, The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania“Counties are major providers of these services. We have long advocated for the resources to permit counties to do our jobs most effectively, and an oversight environment that focuses on outcomes for the clients more than on paper work. Our strong partnership in delivery of protective services to vulnerable populations will benefit from a thorough review and potentially new ways of providing services. We agree system changes are needed to allow us to more efficiently deliver services for which counties have been advocating, and we look forward to working with state officials in advancing the partnership.”Nancy Murray, President of the Arc of Greater Pittsburgh at ACHIEVA“ACHIEVA applauds the Wolf Administration for the Executive Order creating the Council on Reform. PA needs to do more to ensure the safety of children, people with disabilities, seniors, victims of domestic abuse and other vulnerable groups. The Council is charged with submitting a report to the Governor with recommendations for changes by November 1, 2019.”The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence“The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) commends Governor Tom Wolf for signing his ‘Protection of Vulnerable Populations’ Executive Order today. The Order establishes an Office of Advocacy and Reform within the governor’s office to help ensure the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians. Additionally, a Council on Reform will be created to support efforts to protect vulnerable populations throughout Pennsylvania. PCADV Chief Executive Officer Susan Higginbotham has been appointed to the Council on Reform, which will focus efforts on protecting vulnerable populations from three perspectives: Prevention and Diversion, Protection and Intervention, and Justice and Support.”Richard S. Edley, President and CEO, RCPA“RCPA congratulates the Governor on taking these important steps toward keeping the citizens of our Commonwealth safe and protected, by increasing oversight and accountability of its institutions, as well as improving responsiveness to incident management. It is clear that Governor Wolf’s administration is committed to improving the system’s ability to address, and help prevent, the mistreatment of Pennsylvanians in vulnerable situations.”Adam Marles, President and CEO, Leading Age“LeadingAge PA, the voice of non-profit senior care in Pennsylvania, today commended Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive order to form a new Office of Advocacy and Reform to protect vulnerable Pennsylvanians, including our oldest and most frail population.“LeadingAge PA will always support efforts to improve the care and quality of life of Pennsylvania’s seniors and looks forward to working with the administration together on this. For some of our frail elderly, nursing facilities remain the best and most compassionate choice for care. For others, we believe it’s important to help them receive care in the least restrictive settings, including their homes.“Our members take great pride in supporting the many dedicated professionals on their team who care deeply for their patients. It’s our hope the new Office of Advocacy and Reform will work with us to identify resources to help us keep our team members – and compete for new ones.”The Center for Children’s Justice (C4CJ)“The Center for Children’s Justice (C4CJ) celebrates Governor Tom Wolf’s decision to prioritize protecting Pennsylvania’s children and to create a Child Advocate within a newly created Office of Advocacy and Reform.“This is incredible and long overdue news for Pennsylvania children who have experienced sexual and physical violence.“C4CJ, along with other advocates for victimized children, have spent decades urging Pennsylvania policymakers to create an independent Child Advocate as part of a broader commitment to ensuring that Pennsylvania’s child protection laws and practices emphasize evidence, recognize and reduce trauma, promote independent oversight and value transparency.“Even as C4CJ celebrates this news and the words spoken today, it is critical that we acknowledge that fundamental questions still need answers. Among them: Will the Advocate operate with independence and be provided with funding to accomplish the consequential work on behalf of vulnerable children?“The scope of duties outlined in the Governor’s Executive Order (EO) are intentional and represent those fully supported by C4CJ, including triaging complaints about government services for children and families involved in the child protection system and recommending system-wide improvements. The promising scope of duties outlined are a powerful signal that Pennsylvania is done letting institutional practices and loyalties, along with the quirks of state government, be of greater priority than protecting children. Still, translating today’s well-received words into actual protections for children will require intentional actions, independent oversight and a sustained financial investment.“Separately, the Governor’s EO creates a Council of Reform. The scope of the Council’s work and the vulnerable populations to be represented at the table is broad and diverse. That invites some caution in that even with the best of intentions, children, particularly abused and neglected children, may slip off-the-radar. Every effort must be made to ensure that the Council is intentionally child-centered and guards against victimized children being diminished or disregarded.“Finally, none of the promising steps taken today should deter the Pennsylvania General Assembly from acting to ensure Pennsylvania’s child protection statutes sufficiently invest in evidence-based and upfront prevention strategies to keep children safe at home as well as promote child-centered and trauma-informed interventions when abuse has occurred. Ultimately there can be no relenting, on all fronts, to ensure that every Pennsylvania child can live and grow free from sexual and physical violence connected to nurturing and supported families.”To see all of Gov. Wolf’s reforms, view the full Executive Order.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Bay beauty’s new look on offer in Manly

Bay beauty’s new look on offer in Manly

first_imgThe home at 78 Nelson Pde, Manly. THIS newly renovated home is close to the esplanade and the shops and cafes of Manly Village. The property at 78 Nelson Pde, Manly has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and multiple living spaces spread across two light-filled levels. Marketing agent David Lazarus, of Belle Property Manly, said the home had a fresh white colour scheme and polished timber floors upstairs. The home at 78 Nelson Pde, Manly.The home comes with ducted airconditioning, solar power and water tank.The property has been freshly painted throughout and has plenty of storage across the two spacious levels.“This stylish family home is situated in one of Manly’s blue chip locations,” Mr Lazarus said.The home is close to public transport and Manly State School. The home at 78 Nelson Pde, Manly.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020There is also a single lockup garage and a single carport. Internal stairs lead up to the open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, which opens through sliding doors to the covered deck with views over Manly and Moreton Bay.The kitchen has an island bench, stainless-steel appliances and plenty of cupboard space. The home at 78 Nelson Pde, Manly.On the ground floor there is a mixed of tiled flooring and new carpets.There are two bedrooms, with a walk-in robe to one and a built-in robe to the second, and a bathroom with shower and bath.The downstairs family room opens to the covered patio, which overlooks the in-ground swimming pool. The home at 78 Nelson Pde, Manly.The master bedroom has a walk-in robe and an ensuite with shower and separate toilet. There is also another bedroom, with built-in robe, and a toilet. Outside there are established, low-maintenance gardens and a shed.last_img read more

Syracuse women’s basketball opponent preview: What to know about Michigan State

Syracuse women’s basketball opponent preview: What to know about Michigan State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 30, 2016 at 2:04 am Contact Matt: mjfel100@syr.edu A week after Syracuse lost three of four games and drop to No. 20 from No. 11 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, Syracuse (4-3) will host unranked Michigan State (6-1) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Wednesday at 7 p.m.Here’s what you need to know about the matchup.All-time series: Michigan State leads, 1-0Last time they played: In the Florida Sunshine Classic, MSU guard Aerial Powers dropped a career-high 32 points and 17 rebounds in No. 18 MSU’s 89-76 victory over the No. 19 Orange. The Spartans outscored SU by 13 in the second half, but SU almost brought it back after two Cornelia Fondren free throws put the Orange within six with just over two minutes to play. But from there, the Spartans made 11 of 12 free throws, sealing the game.The Spartans report: MSU is 6-1 on the season, the Spartans’ best start in two years. Guard Tori Jankoska ranks second in the Big Ten in scoring, and is one of only three players in the conference averaging more than 20. This will be the Orange’s second matchup in the past week against a Big Ten leading scorer, after facing Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell on Saturday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHow Syracuse beats Michigan State: The Orange needs to shut down Jankoska and limit her looks at the basket. With an extended zone, the Orange will be able to cut down on her 3-point opportunities, but Briana Day and SU’s other rotating centers will have to stay at home and step up when the zone extends far.SU will also have to limit its turnovers, and make sure it can stick with the Spartans’ 3-point shooters. Hillsman preaches that if his team can stick with the opponents’ shooters and make a 3-pointer for every 3 the other team makes, his team can hang around. As long as the Orange is able to punch back and not get down by too much, it can keep the game close and give itself the chance to chuck up some shots and stretch the lead.Stat to know: 6.75 — The Orange has been outscored by an average of 6.75 points in its past four games, three of which it lost. SU had blown out each of its first three opponents by at least 18 points each.Player to watch: Tori Jankoska, guard, No. 1Jankoska was an All-Big Ten second team selection last year. She has 222 career 3-pointers to spearhead the Spartans’ attack, and is just 73 3-pointers away from breaking the MSU all-time record. The 5-foot-8 senior is averaging 21.9 points per game thus far. Commentslast_img read more