Solutions for addiction treatment discussed in House hearings

Solutions for addiction treatment discussed in House hearings

5,465 Pennsylvanians died in 2017 from overdoses. Two bills introduced into the House look to cut that number by making it easier and quicker for patients seeking addiction treatment to get matched with help.

Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) has proposed two measures this session to combat the waiting time some face in accessing treatment. One offers to fund statewide “warm hand-offs” that facilitate people treated for overdoses at a hospital directly transferring to a bed in a treatment center. The other creates a registry for detoxification and addiction treatment.
Thursday, March 21, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Representative Solomon calls on Councilman Henon to resign

Representative Solomon calls on Councilman Henon to resign

Rep. Jared Solomon (D) came to City Hall Thursday to deliver a message: the residents of the 6th Councilmanic District deserve better than Bobby Henon (D). However, he wouldn’t suggest he should replace the embattled Majority Leader.

Solomon, who represents portions of Henon’s constituency in Harrisburg, called for Henon to resign following his January indictment on corruption and other charges that suggested he was the agent for co-defendant John Dougherty, one of Philadelphia’s most powerful union figures.
Friday, March 1, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
City Council passes teen jobs resolution ahead of budget address

City Council passes teen jobs resolution ahead of budget address

In a light Thursday session, Philadelphia City Council passed a resolution calling on the mayoral administration to increase funding for the city’s youth employment programs in next year’s budget.

The city funds thousands of jobs for students during the summer with 18,000 applications for 11,000 slots for this June. Friday, Governor Tom Wolf (D) announced Philadelphia Works, Inc would receive over $700,000 this summer to hire young adults for its internship program.

Thursday, February 28, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
City Council expands property tax program

City Council expands property tax program

Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed expansion of their Longtime Owner-Occupants of Residential Properties tax relief program Thursday. 

This is the third legislative piece Council has discussed and passed since the start of 2019 regarding property tax relief. Some residents across the city, notably in lower-income areas, have seen their home values spike due to new construction and re-assessments. 
Thursday, February 21, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Philadelphia releases new guidelines for post-op prescriptions, signs green energy deal

Philadelphia releases new guidelines for post-op prescriptions, signs green energy deal

The Philadelphia Health Department and Mayor Jim Kenney (D) announced Wednesday new guidelines for doctors in prescribing pain medications following operations.

Created with doctors from the city’s major hospitals and health systems, they recommend significantly less doses of opioid painkillers to manage patients recovering from surgery.

Also, Kenney signed a 20-year purchase agreement with the Adams Solar project slated to open in 2020 to provide Philadelphia with renewable energy.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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