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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

CAS decision a blow to all disabled people – Russia PM

CAS decision a blow to all disabled people – Russia PM

first_img(REUTERS) – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said yesterday a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to uphold a ban on Russia’s participation in next month’s Rio Paralympics was “cynical” and a blow to all disabled people.Earlier yesterday Russia lost an appeal against its ban from the Paralympics because of a state-sponsored doping programme.“The story with Russian doping is a thick and very disgusting cocktail with 80 percent politics and 20 percent doping proper”, Medvedev said on his Facebook page.“In some countries they find doping very quickly, in others never . … This is complete double standards,” he added.last_img read more

Badgers’ very own ‘Spidey’

Badgers’ very own ‘Spidey’

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)From the football field with 80,000-plus fans and NFL scoutslooking on, to mint-condition Spider-Man action figures and a Spider-Manblanket staring down from their positions on the wall; from watching film onthe team’s next opponent to watching the comedic classic “The Little Rascals,”senior wide receiver Paul Hubbard lives two separate lives — just like his heroSpider-Man.”I’m a football player on Saturdays and a nerd the rest ofthe time,” said Hubbard, gleaming with pride before his stacks upon stacks ofcartoons and Spider-Man memorabilia.Standing 6-foot-4 and donning sweats, the lanky Hubbardpractically gives away the fact he’s an athlete. Upon entering his apartment,the impression is all together different: He’s a kid with a ridiculous hobby.At first glance, Hubbard’s lair looks more like a museum, orpossibly a Spider-Man gift shop. He hopes to have a room devoted to all of hisSpider-Man stuff when he gets a place of his own. Everywhere you look there’ssome homage to his idol.”He’s absolutely in love with [Spider-Man]. There’s noquestion about it,” said senior tight end Andy Crooks, who roomed with Hubbardlast year.It’s no coincidence that Spider-Man is his favoritesuperhero.From the outset Hubbard was intent on climbing and bouncingoff walls. He claims that he skipped a lot of stages, transitioning fromcrawling around on the floor, to running and climbing over chairs, tables —anything that stood in his path.”What are you doing!?” Paul Hubbard Sr. remembers saying.”Calm down! You’re just so hyper!”Because of his borderline hyperactive behavior, his dad, whoidolized the web-slinger himself in his younger years, dubbed him Spider-Man.The connection stuck.In high school, Hubbard didn’t exactly have any meat on hisbones. Coupled with an almost superhuman ability in the triple jump — the elderHubbard remembers his son coming within inches of jumping clear out of thesandpit on one particular occasion — the name Spider-Man only seemed natural.It didn’t hurt that he began collecting everything andanything that had his web slinging idol on it.Beyond the physical similarities linking Hubbard with PeterParker, they both share the same value system just as they both have duties to uphold in their respective professions. “With great power comes greatresponsibility” is the catchphrase of Spider-Man’s entire existence. It’s apretty good indicator of how Hubbard views his own life.”That’s really true especially being in the spotlight asmuch as guys like us are,” Hubbard said. “You know that wherever you go, peopleare watching you. High-school students are watching what you’re doing and are probablygoing to end up doing the same thing.”It’s a very true movie quote and something that all of uscan live by.”Always smiling, always pleasant, Hubbard laughs when askedif he too has a dark side. “I’m not a perfect angel, no way, I still like go out andhave fun, but I do know when there is a limit to that,” Hubbard said.The mistakes that he has made throughout the course of hislife are his equivalent of the black suit.Whereas Batman is a multibillion dollar man and has it made,and Superman is invincible and not of this earth, Spider-Man is the mostidentifiable superhero, according to Hubbard.”No other superhero holds a candle to him,” Hubbard said.”He has bills to pay, he can’t hold onto a job and has relationship problems.”On top of that, he gets crap from his peers for beingclumsy, timid and a nerd.Listening to Hubbard retell the storyline of Spider-Man,it’s like he’s telling the tale of his own life growing up as the son of twoparents in the Army.His parents were stationed in Germany for much of Hubbard’s childhood,and since they were in the service, he moved where they were sent. Needless tosay, Hubbard didn’t have the same opportunity as some do to build lastingfriendships.Instead, he spent his time starting his collection of hisbeloved superhero and latching onto the values the comic series taught.”Watching the TV shows, watching the movies, you learn thosevalues that you can apply to your own life and make that show a reality,” Hubbardrecalls.As for the girl, Hubbard doesn’t particularly agree withPeter Parker’s taste in women, especially in the motion picture.”Peter Parker was just ‘chasing the dream’ when he wentafter the popular, image hungry Mary Jane,” Hubbard said. “I don’t know abouther. I didn’t think she was good for Peter to start, but then I guess sheworked.”Even now, as evidenced by the mountainous stack ofSpider-Man video games, T-shirts and everything else, the charismatic Hubbard’sstill a kid.”Some people would say, ‘You’re 22 years old. What are youdoing with all these cartoons? You’ve got toys hanging off your walls,'”Hubbard said.”I like to do thingsa lot of little kids like to do.”And nearly everyone, it seems, has caught on. Teammates andfriends provoke Hubbard to go out and buy new gear all the time. At the CapitalOne Bowl last year, John Stocco, then the quarterback of the Wisconsin offense,told the networks that he was trying to get the ball to “Paul aka Spider-Man.”A little bit over the top? His dad thinks so. Crooks laughs.Hubbard holds back a grin and says “nah.”If given the chance, he would still fancy running up anddown the aisles of Toys “R” Us to play with all the various gadgets and Nerfguns on display.But even kids know when it’s time to straighten up and getserious. Now is that time. “Because I am still a kid, I feel like that when it is timefor me to have kids I’m going to be a better father because it’ll be easier torelate to them,” Hubbard said.Saturday will be the last time Spidey throws on his costume(Wisconsin uniform) before the Camp Randall faithful. Paul Sr., Hubbard’sanswer to Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben, will be in attendance for the first time.”I’m just antsy to see my pops again,” Hubbard said. “Ihaven’t seen him in so long so I’m thinking there can’t be anything that’sgoing to stop me from having a good game because my dad’s out there.””Right now he’s there on Cloud 9,” the elder Hubbard said.His father’s emotions are right there with his son.”My Spidey sense is going wild,” he joked. “I can’t wait toget there and watch him play.”last_img read more