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Wolf Administration Announces Comprehensive Tool to Help Individuals Identify Resources for Substance Use Disorder Treatment, Related Support Services

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Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration today announced the launch of the Drug and Alcohol Referral Tool (DART), an online resource designed to help Pennsylvanians seeking substance use disorder treatment for themselves or a loved one find treatment options and other related services in their area. The tool is a centralized hub that consolidates available resources to assist people looking for services but are not sure where to begin.

“The Wolf Administration has been very focused on expanding resources for individuals with substance use disorder as we battle the opioid epidemic,” said Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jen Smith. “A common concern that we have heard throughout the commonwealth is that individuals aren’t aware of the services and supports available to them. This web-based tool will allow individuals to have critical information on where to go and how to access the services they need.”

The DART tool provides resources based on a person’s age, county of residence, and veteran status, and can also list resources if a person is experiencing homelessness, has issues with transportation to treatment, or has legal concerns as well as programs that may be available depending on a person’s income. The tool does not evaluate eligibility for resources provided, but refers users to how they can obtain more information or assess their eligibility.

The tool is fully anonymous and can be translated into more than 100 languages.

“Substance use disorders often occur when a person experiences other medical and behavioral health concerns, and they may need additional resources to live a stable, healthy life in recovery,” said Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller. “Connecting people seeking treatment to comprehensive services that can help meet all of their needs from the start is critical as they work towards recovery.”

The DART tool can be accessed at

“Additionally, if an individual is need of a trained professional to assist them in finding substance use treatment or to learn more about programs, I encourage them to call Pennsylvania’s Get Help Now Hotline at 1-800-662-HELP. Regardless if an individual is insured, uninsured, or underinsured the hotline staff can connect you to the appropriate treatment resources you are seeking,” said Smith.

Wolf Administration Names 2019 Teacher of the Year

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Hershey, PA – Today, Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera announced Marilyn Pryle, a teacher at Abington Heights High School in Lackawanna County, has been named the 2019 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made during the SAS Institute, the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s annual professional development conference. View photos from this event​.

“Students thrive and succeed when they have outstanding teachers who inspire and motivate them to learn,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “It is my pleasure to congratulate Marilyn on this distinguished honor and to thank all teachers across our commonwealth for their dedication to educating and inspiring students.”

Pryle, who teaches English at Abington Heights High School, is one of 12 Teacher of the Year finalists. Nominations for the Teacher of the Year were submitted by students, parents, peers, and members of the community wishing to honor and recognize educator achievements both inside and outside of the classroom.

As Pennsylvania’s Teacher of the Year, Pryle will travel the state, meet, and collaborate with other educators, and will represent the commonwealth in next year’s National Teacher of the Year competition.

“Teacher of the Year is a fantastic program to celebrate the profession of teaching and to recognize many of the commonwealth’s finest educators,” said Secretary Rivera. “Ms. Pryle has demonstrated her commitment to her students and her profession, and now over the next year she will have the opportunity to engage with educators from around the state to exchange ideas and innovative approaches that can benefit our students.”

The Teacher of the Year program is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania chapter of the National State Teacher of the Year, which was founded in 1995.

Ms. Pryle was chosen from among 12 finalists, including:

·       Amber Chiafulio, 9-12th grade biology, Freedom High School, Bethlehem Area School District

·       Kenneth Ehrmann, 5th grade math, reading, writing, social studies and science, M.M. Seylar Elementary School, Pennridge School District

·       Ann Delahanty Franzosa, 1st grade, Hazleton Township Early Learning Center, Hazleton Area School District

·       Brian Hastings, 9-12th grade physics, AP physics, science, applied physics – aerospace engineering, Spring Grove Area High School, Spring Grove Area School District

·       Wade Owlett, 3-6th grade English and language arts, Clark Wood Elementary School, Northern Tioga School District

·       Myken Poorman, 9-12th grade agricultural education, Bellefonte Area High School, Bellefonte Area School District

·       Jayda Pugliese, 5th grade math and science, St. Mary Interparochial School, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

·       Sunada Roberts, 9th grade integrated honors science, Harrisburg High School, SciTech Campus, Harrisburg School District

·       Uriah Sampson, 10-12th grade art and photography, Titusville High School, Titusville Area School District

·       Maria Vita, 11-12th grade AP psychology, Penn Manor High School, Penn Manor School District

·       Brian Wargo, 9-12th grade physics and physical science, Freedom Area High School, Freedom Area School District

Wolf Administration Announces Process to Add Conditions to List of Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions

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Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration today announced that the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board has unanimously approved a process in which serious medical conditions can be added, changed or reduced (such as streamlining condition definitions) from the list of qualifying conditions recognized by the Medical Marijuana Act.

“As medical literature surrounding the uses of medical marijuana expands, we want to ensure our list of qualifying conditions meets the needs of Pennsylvanians,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “This process will allow those with serious medical conditions to apply to have their condition be part of the list of qualifying conditions, with the support of medical professionals and documentation that supports their application. This process further enhances our efforts to provide a medically and clinically-based program that assists Pennsylvanians in need.”

The application, found under the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board section of the website, allows either members of the public or physicians to apply to have conditions added, changed or reduced. Additional information requested on the application includes references supporting the opinion, documentation that supports the efficacy of medical marijuana as a form of treatment for the condition and documentation that supports the opinion that the benefits of medical marijuana use outweigh any potential health risks.

Once submitted, the application will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board and presented to the entire board at the next Medical Marijuana Advisory Board meeting. The board will either approve or reject the application. Approved applications will go to the Secretary of Health for consideration. If rejected, the requestor will have the ability to request reconsideration by the chairperson of the board. If a request is denied a second time, either by the chairperson or the board, the individual request will be denied for one year, or until new scientific evidence is available.

More than 95,000 patients in Pennsylvania have registered to participate in the medical marijuana program, and more than 64,000 have identification cards and are able to purchase medical marijuana at a dispensary. Approximately 1,360 physicians have registered for the program, 945 of whom have been approved as practitioners.

The medical marijuana program was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016. Since that time, the department has:

· Completed temporary regulations to enact the program;

· Convened the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board;

· Approved six training providers for physician continuing education;

· Approved four laboratories to test medication before it is delivered to patients;

· Registered more than 95,000 patients and issued more than 64,000 identification cards;

· Validated over 349,000 dispensing events;

· Issued 25 grower/processor permits, 12 of which are operational;

· Issued 27 dispensary permits and approved 42 locations to begin operations; and

· Certified eight medical schools as Academic Clinical Research Centers.

The medical marijuana program offers medical marijuana to patients who are residents of Pennsylvania and under a practitioner’s care for the treatment of a serious medical condition as defined by the Medical Marijuana Law.

For more information about the medical marijuana program, visit

PA Department of Health Discusses Update to Emergency Department Prescribing Guidelines for STOP OVERDOSES IN PA: GET HELP NOW WEEK

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Philadelphia, PA – Department of Health officials today announced their latest revisions to the state’s prescribing guidelines as part of Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week, a statewide initiative to get the overdose reversal medication naloxone to Pennsylvanians and get help for residents suffering from the disease of opioid-use disorder.

“Our prescribing guidelines are an important tool for health care providers, and the revisions to the emergency department prescribing guidelines are essential in our opioid stewardship efforts,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “In many cases, doctors in the emergency department are treating individuals who are experiencing significant pain or trauma. We want to ensure doctors have the most up to date information when treating these patients. The guidelines outline various options for doctors to use as they treat patients for pain without using opioids, and for using opioids cautiously and judiciously.”

“Proactive prevention, as is seen through these guidelines, is a critical part of fighting the opioid and heroin epidemic,” said Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jennifer Smith. “While prescription opioids can play an important role in a patient’s care and pain management, doctors and patients alike need to understand the dangers that can come from overprescribing and misuse. Closely following these prescribing guidelines will keep patients from developing a substance use disorder through opioid misuse.”

The revisions to the emergency department pain treatment guidelines update a version that was already in place. Guidelines for emergency department pain treatment, as well as the other 10 prescribing guidelines, will continue to be updated based on new information and best practices.

The emergency department pain treatment guideline recommends co-prescribing naloxone to at-risk patients who are being treated with opioids. A standing order for naloxone is available to anyone who believes that it is necessary for a loved one. There is also contact information included for referrals to the DDAP Help Line and local resources for people who may have opioid use disorder.

The Safe and Effective Prescribing Practices Task Force, convened by the departments of Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs, includes members from state agencies, medical associations, provider advocates and community members. Dr. Ashburn, Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Director at the Penn Pain Medicine Center, has played an integral role in helping to develop all of the prescribing guidelines. The task force published the first prescribing guideline in 2014 and is continuing to update guidelines as the science develops and changes.

As part of Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week, residents will be able to go to a state health center or their local pharmacy to get the overdose reversal medication naloxone. This medication reverses the effects of an opioid overdose and gives the patient a chance at recovery.

“We cannot get someone into treatment if they are dead,” Governor Wolf said. “Naloxone saves lives and we should all carry it because you never know when you will get the chance to help someone. This year alone, emergency medical services have saved more than 9,000 Pennsylvanians using naloxone and transported 92 percent of them to the hospital for treatment.”

Since Governor Wolf first signed a heroin and opioid disaster declaration in January, 16 state agencies have continuously worked to fight the opioid epidemic and have made significant progress to help individuals and families dealing with this crisis. Some accomplishments include waiving birth certificate fees for individuals seeking treatment, using federal Medicaid funding in treatment facilities to provide more than 12,000 individuals access to medically necessary treatment, and providing career services to people who have been impacted by the opioid epidemic and plan to return to work.

For more information on Pennsylvania’s response to the opioid crisis visit

Department of Human Services Announces All State Hospitals Are Tobacco-Free

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Harrisburg, PA – Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller today announced all six state hospital facilities across the commonwealth are tobacco-free campuses. Tobacco products and vapes will be prohibited on each campus.

As of today, all state hospital facilities will offer smoking cessation programs, individualized support as needed, nicotine patches, and nicotine gum to help this transition within the community. Resources for employees will be posted online to reference helpful contacts and groups including the Quit for Life Program by the American Cancer Society and Optum. Signs will be posted to remind patients, staff, visitors, contractors, tenants, and guests that the campuses and buildings are tobacco-free zones.

“We want to align with best practices across the country in order to continue our focus on providing whole person care and improving physical health outcomes,” said Secretary Miller. “Smoking is a contributing factor to the shortened life expectancy of individuals with a mental illness. This initiative will further support health, wellness, and recovery within these communities.”

According to the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), smoking tobacco of any kind is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths annually. Additionally, 41,000 deaths annually are attributed to second-hand smoke. Individuals with a mental health condition who smoke have higher rates of psychiatric symptoms, more psychiatric hospitalizations, and poorer treatment outcomes overall.

Last year, state agencies collaborated with behavioral health advocacy organizations to address the high prevalence of smoking among adults with behavioral health disorders. The summit produced a state-specific action plan including practical strategies that aim to significantly increase cessation and quit attempts, increase tobacco use prevention, and ultimately reduce the prevalent tobacco use among the behavioral health population. An objective of this plan was to make all state hospitals tobacco-free.

For information on the counties served by each state hospital, please visit here

PA L&I Announces New Early Childhood Educator Apprenticeship Program

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Somerset, PA  Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani today visited Somerset County Technology Center (SCTC), and announced a new registered non-traditional apprenticeship program for early childhood educators, in partnership with The Learning Lamp, a nonprofit organization in Johnstown.

“Pennsylvania employers want skilled workers, and schools like SCTC provide the training and instruction for skill development,” said Cipriani. “Registered apprenticeship programs are a natural partnership between career and technical centers and employers, because they combine a classroom education with the hands-on training that employers need.”
SCTC will provide training for the new registered apprenticeship program, including obtaining the Child Development Associate Credential, a widely recognized credential in early childhood education, and a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement. The program’s second and third years of training will take place at Penn Highlands Community College. The Learning Lamp will provide the program’s hands-on workplace experience. SCTC is also working to expand the program with additional industry partners.
“The apprenticeship model provides meaningful career pathways for early childhood educators allowing high quality programs to build and maintain a qualified workforce,” said Office of Child Development and Early Learning Deputy Secretary Suzann Morris. “The Office of Child Development and Early Learning support the apprenticeship model and partnership with the Department of Labor and Industry and the Pennsylvania Department of Education and congratulate Learning Lamp on their success in securing a registered apprenticeship.”
Today’s visit to SCTC also highlighted Governor Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, which includes $30 million. The recently announced competitive grants will encourage partnerships with private industry throughout Pennsylvania on job training and to support science and technology education in fast growing careers. The governor also secured a $7 million increase in state funding for apprenticeships this year.
Cipriani toured SCTC’s early childhood education classroom and visited with students working with preschoolers while training to be early childhood educators. Representatives from the Learning Lamp were in attendance and discussed the new apprenticeship program to create a pipeline of skilled workers. Cipriani also visited the welding and machine technology labs and met with students working a FARO arm coordinate measuring machine, manual lathes, manual mills, and a CNC plasma cutting table to machine metals. In addition, representatives from Leiss Tool and Die, who recently partnered with SCTC to provide the related technical instruction for their tool and die registered apprenticeship program, attended to discuss their plans for adding a welding trade apprenticeship to their program.
“Local employers need a qualified workforce and boast numerous job openings for skilled workers,” said Karen N. Remick, SCTC’s Administrative Director. “By creating registered apprenticeship opportunities locally, area residents will be able to receive high-end training while working directly in industry.  These opportunities will enable employees to obtain secure jobs with family-sustaining wages.”
The Somerset County Technology Center offers 15 career and technology programs, to students from eight sending high schools in Somerset County. SCTC also offers many adult education programs, including Practical Nursing and CDL. The school opened in 1972, focusing on providing a quality career and technical education to Somerset County high school students and adults. The Technology Center is committed to keeping pace with changes in technology and employment challenges, adjusting their curriculum to meet those demands.
Apprenticeship programs are registered through L&I’s Apprenticeship and Training Office. The Wolf administration created the ATO in 2016. Since then, the office has registered 119 new sponsors and 166 new apprenticeship programs or occupations, bringing the total number of registered apprentices to 16,286 statewide.
For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart.

Wolf Administration to Distribute Free Naloxone on December 13 at Locations Across Pennsylvania as Part of Stop Overdoses in Pa.: Get Help Now Week

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Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration will provide naloxone for free to any Pennsylvanian who wants it at nearly 80 locations across the state, primarily at state health centers and county/municipal health departments, on Thursday, December 13 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., as part of the administration’s ongoing effort to reduce the number of opioid overdoses and get residents into treatment.

“The life-saving medication naloxone is essential for all of us to have on hand, particularly if you have a loved one suffering from opioid-use disorder,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “We want to ensure that through this opportunity for free naloxone, we can save more lives and get more Pennsylvanians into treatment. Keeping naloxone in your home, work or even in your car can make the difference between someone getting into treatment or dying from this disease.”

Naloxone is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid by blocking the effects of opioids on the brain. Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine issued a standing order prescription to any Pennsylvanian to get naloxone at a pharmacy for anyone who may need it.

“Naloxone has one function: to reverse the effects of opioids on the brain and respiratory system and save someone’s life, “Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “It is impossible to get someone in to treatment who is dead. Every Pennsylvanian has a role to play as a potential first responder and can save a life by having naloxone on hand and using it if they come across someone who has overdosed.”

Since November 2014, more than 20,000 people have been revived with naloxone by police officers and EMS providers in Pennsylvania.


“One of the biggest misconceptions of individuals battling substance use disorder is that they want to die, when the vast majority of overdose deaths are accidental,” said Drug and Alcohol Secretary Jen Smith. “We do not stand a chance in overcoming this epidemic if we are unable to help individuals into treatment. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to help their loved ones in their time of need.”

In addition to being able to get naloxone for free on Dec. 13, it is available at most pharmacies across the state year-round. Naloxone is available to many with public and private insurance at pharmacies for free or at a low cost.

Additional information on Stop Overdoses Week and naloxone can be found on the state’s website at us on Facebook and Twitter.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Naloxone kits will be distributed for free between 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM unless otherwise noted on December 13 at the locations below. No appointments are necessary.

Adams County

  • Adams County State Health Center – 424 E. Middle St., Suite 1, Gettysburg, PA 17325

Allegheny County

  • Allegheny County Health Department Immunization Clinic, Hartley Rose Building – 425 First Ave., 4th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 from 11 am to 4 pm
  • Allegheny County Health Department Pharmacy – 425 First Ave., Fourth Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
  • Duquesne University Pharmacy – 1860 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219
  • Millvale Community Center – 501 Lincoln Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15209
  • Turtle Creek Fire Department – 125 Monroeville Ave., Turtle Creek, PA 15145

Armstrong County

  • Armstrong County State Health Center – 245 Butler Rd., Suite 1, Kittanning, PA 16201

Beaver County

  • Beaver County State Health Center – 500 Water Street, Suite 104, Bridgewater, PA 15009

Bedford County

  • Bedford County State Health Center – 130 Vindersmith Ave., Suite A, Bedford, PA 15522

Berks County

  • Berks County State Health Center – 625 Cherry St., Room 401, Reading, PA 19602

Blair County

  • Blair County State Health Center – 615 Howard Ave., Suite 101, Altoona, PA 16601

Bradford County

  • Bradford/Sullivan County State Health Center – 142 Colonial Dr., Towanda, PA 18848

Bucks County

  • Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission – 600 Louis Dr., Suite 102A, Warminster, PA 18974
  • Southern Bucks Recovery Community Center – 1286 Veterans Hwy., Suite 6D, Bristol, PA 19007
  • Quakertown Branch of the Bucks County Free Library – 401 W. Mill St., Quakertown, PA 18951

Butler County

  • Butler County State Health Center – 100 Brugh Ave., Suite 201, Butler, PA 16001

Cambria County

  • Cambria County State Health Center – 184 Donald Ln., Suite 1, Johnstown, PA 15904

Cameron County

  • Cameron County Recreation Center – 300 S. Chestnut St., Emporium, PA 15834

Carbon County

  • Carbon County State Health Center – 281 N. 12th St., Suite A, Lehighton, PA 18235

Centre County

  • Centre Life Link EMS – 2580 Park Center Blvd., State College, PA 16801

Chester County

  • Chester County Department of Health – 601 Westtown Rd., Suite 290, West Chester, PA 19382

Clarion County

  • Clarion County State Health Center – Applewood Center, 162 S. 2nd St. Suite D, Clarion, PA 16214

Clearfield County

  • Clearfield County State Health Center – 1125 Linden St., Suite 1, Clearfield, PA 16830

Clinton County

  • Clinton County State Health Center – 215 E. Church St., Lock Haven, PA 17745

Columbia County

  • Columbia County State Health Center – 327 Columbia Blvd., Suite 2, Bloomsburg, PA 17815

Crawford County

  • Crawford County State Health Center – 847 N. Main St., Suite 101, Meadville, PA 16335

Cumberland County

  • Cumberland County State Health Center – 431 E. North St., Carlisle, PA 17013

Dauphin County

  • Dauphin County State Health Center – 30 Kline Plaza, Harrisburg, PA 17104

Delaware County

  • Delaware County State Health Center – 151 W. Fifth St., Suite 1, Chester, PA 19013

Elk County

  • Elk/Cameron County State Health Center – 778 Washington Rd., St. Marys, PA 15857

Erie County

  • Blasco Library, 2088 Interchange Rd., Erie, PA 16565

Fayette County

  • Fayette County State Health Center – 100 New Salem Rd., Suite 102, Uniontown, PA 15401

Forest County

  • Forest County State Health Center – 305 S. Elm St., Tionesta, PA 16353

Franklin County

  • Franklin County State Health Center – 375 Floral Ave., Suite 1, Chambersburg, PA 17201

Fulton County

  • Fulton County State Health Center – 182 Buchanan Trail, Suite C, McConnellsburg, PA 17233

Greene County

  • Greene County State Health Center – 101 Greene Plaza, Waynesburg, PA 15370

Huntingdon County

  • Huntingdon County State Health Center – 6311 Margy Dr., Suite 1, Huntingdon, PA 16652

Indiana County

  • Indiana County State Health Center – 75 N. 2nd St., Indiana, PA 15701

Jefferson County

  • Jefferson County State Health Center – 200 Prushnok Dr., Suite 202A, Punxsutawney, PA 15767

Juniata County

  • Juniata County State Health Center – 809 Market St., Port Royal, PA 17082

Lackawanna County

  • Lackawanna County State Health Center – Scranton State Office Building, 100 Lackawanna Avenue, Room 110, Scranton, PA 18503

Lancaster County

  • Lancaster County State Health Center – 1661 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602

Lawrence County

  • Lawrence County State Health Center – 106 Margaret St., New Castle, PA 16101

Lebanon County

  • Lebanon County State Health Center – 9 N. 9th St., Lebanon, PA 17046

Lehigh County

  • Lehigh County State Health Center – 3730 Lehigh St., Suite 206, Whitehall, PA 18052
  • Allentown City Bureau of Health – Alliance Hall, 245 North 6th St., Allentown, PA 18102

Luzerne County

  • Luzerne County State Health Center – 665 Carey Ave., Suite 2, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18706
  • Wilkes-Barre City Health Department – 71 N. Franklin St., Kirby Health Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

Lycoming County

  • Lycoming County State Health Center – 1000 Commerce Park Dr., Suite 109, Williamsport, PA 17701

McKean County

  • McKean County State Health Center – 84-90 Boylston St., Bradford, PA 16701

Mercer County

  • Mercer County State Health Center – 25 McQuiston Dr., Jackson Center, PA 16133

Mifflin County

  • Mifflin County State Health Center – 21 S. Brown St., Suite 2A, Lewistown, PA 17044

Monroe County

  • Monroe County State Health Center – 1972 W. Main St., Suite 102, Stroudsburg, PA 18360

Montgomery County

  • Montgomery County Office of Public Health – Norristown Center, 1430 DeKalb St., Norristown, PA 19404 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Montgomery County Office of Public Health – Pottstown Center, 346 King St., Pottstown, PA 19464 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Montgomery County Office of Public Health – Willow Grove Center, 102 York Rd., Suite 401, Willow Grove, PA 19090 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Montour County

  • Montour County State Health Center – 329 Church St., Danville, PA 17821

Northampton County

  • Northampton County State Health Center – 1600 Northampton St., Easton, PA 18042
  • Bethlehem City Bureau of Health – 10 E. Church St., Bethlehem, PA 19404

Northumberland County

  • Northumberland County State Health Center – 247 Pennsylvania Ave., Sunbury, PA 17801

Perry County

  • Perry County State Health Center – 153 Red Hill Road, Newport, PA 17074

Philadelphia County

  • Holmesburg Library – 7801 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19136 from 11 am to 5:30 pm
  • Lucien E. Blackwell West Library – 125 S. 52nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19139 from 11 am to 5:30 pm
  • McPherson Square Library – 601 E. Indiana Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19134 from 11 am to 5:30 pm
  • South Philly Library – 1700 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19139 from 11 am to 5:30 pm

Pike County

  • Pike County State Health Center – 10 Buist Rd., Suite 401, Milford, PA 18337

Potter County

  • Potter County State Health Center – 295 U.S. Route 6 West, Suite 1, Coudersport, PA 16915

Schuylkill County

  • Schuylkill County State Health Center – One Norwegian Plaza, Suite 103, Pottsville, PA 17901

Snyder County

  • Selinsgrove Center – 1000 Route 522, Selinsgrove, PA 17870

Somerset County

  • Somerset County State Health Center – 651 S. Center Ave., Somerset, PA 15501

Sullivan County

  • Dushore Fire Department – 212 Julia St., Dushore, PA 18614

Susquehanna County

  • Susquehanna County State Health Center – 157 Spruce St., Montrose, PA 18801

Tioga County

  • Tioga County State Health Center – 44 Plaza Ln., Wellsboro, PA 16901

Union County

  • Union County State Health Center – 1610 Industrial Blvd., Suite 100, Lewisburg, PA 17837

Venango County

  • Venango County State Health Center – 3298 State Route 257, Seneca, PA 16346

Warren County

  • Warren County State Health Center – 2027 Pennsylvania Ave. East, Warren, PA 16365

Washington County

  • Washington County State Health Center – 67 N. Main St., Suite 100, Washington, PA 15301

Wayne County

  • Wayne County State Health Center – 615 Erie Heights, Honesdale, PA 18431

Westmoreland County

  • Westmoreland County State Health Center – 233 W. Otterman St., Greensburg, PA 15601
  • Monessen State Health Center – 1 Wendell Ramey Ln., Suite 140, Monessen, PA 15062

Wyoming County

  • Wyoming County State Health Center – 5632 State Route 6, Tunkhannock, PA 18657

York County

  • York County State Health Center – 1750 N. George St., York, PA 17404
  • York City Bureau of Health – 435 W. Philadelphia St., York, PA 17401

Supporting Our Heroes During the Holiday Season

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Annville, PA – In the spirit of the holiday season, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) reminds Pennsylvanians that this is a great time to give to programs that support the commonwealth’s veterans, active military and their families.

“As the holiday season is upon us, it is important to remember that we live free and can celebrate as we wish because of the service and sacrifice made by the men and women in Pennsylvania who wore our nation’s uniform,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the DMVA. “Generous Pennsylvanians can take a more active role in supporting their fellow citizens that sacrificed so much by contributing to any of these four key programs administered by the DMVA.”

The four tax-deductible programs administered by the DMVA are:

Military Family Relief Assistance Program (MFRAP): The MFRAP provides financial assistance, in the form of grants, to eligible Pennsylvania service members and their eligible family members who have an immediate financial need based on circumstances beyond their control. This program is made possible by generous donations from taxpayers who designate all or part of their Pennsylvania Personal Income Tax refund to support Pennsylvania military personnel and their families, and by those who donate online, or privately by mail.

Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF): The VTF issues grants to statewide charitable organizations that assist veterans, veterans service organizations and county directors of veterans affairs to help veterans in need of shelter and necessities of living. The VTF also issues temporary assistance grants to individual veterans that have qualifying financial needs. The grants are funded by generous Pennsylvanians who voluntarily make a donation when applying for or renewing their driver’s license or photo identification card and renewing a motor vehicle registration, from proceeds generated by the sale of the Honoring Our Veterans license plate, and through private donations by mail.

Residents’ Welfare Funds: Resident’ Welfare Funds at the DMVA’s six veterans homes help to keep the residents active and healthy by providing activities, trips and entertainment. Donations are made online or through private donations by mail. The six Pennsylvania veterans homes and their locations are: Delaware Valley Veterans’ Home (Philadelphia), Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center (Scranton), Hollidaysburg Veterans’ Home (Hollidaysburg), Pennsylvania Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Home(Erie), Southeastern Veterans’ Center (Spring City), and Southwestern Veterans’ Center (Pittsburgh).

Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial Trust Fund: Located at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Lebanon County, and maintained by the DMVA, the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial is the first in the commonwealth to honor veterans of all eras from the Revolutionary War forward and it is the largest veterans memorial located in any of the national cemeteries. Donations are accepted online or by mail to help fund the maintenance and repair of the memorial.

When an online donation is made, donors may choose to enter honoree information and a plaque in their honor will be displayed on the Virtual Donor Wall. Online plaques will show that donations have been made: ‘in honor of,’ ‘in memory of,’ or ‘on behalf of’ someone.

To make a donation online or by mail for any of these four tax-deductible programs, or to learn more about each one, go to

Military and Veterans Affairs Hall of Fame Welcomes Three New Inductees

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Annville, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) today inducted three new members into its prestigious Hall of Fame, recognizing their exceptional service to the department, the Pennsylvania National Guard and Pennsylvania’s veterans.

Honored today were Maj. Gen. (ret.) Walter F. Pudlowski Jr.; Command Sgt. Maj. (ret.) Nicholas “Chip” Gilliland; and Helen Sajer.

“Induction into the DMVA Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed by this agency and is reserved for those who have demonstrated the highest commitment to our commonwealth and country,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the DMVA.
“General Pudlowski and Command Sergeant Major Gilliland selflessly served in uniform for most of their lives and then continued to support the DMVA since that time in many other ways. Mrs. Sajer served in her own right, first as a dedicated and supportive military spouse, but also as one of Pennsylvania’s most-active advocates for veterans, active service members and their families.”

Maj. Gen. (ret.) Walter F. Pudlowski Jr. (Grantville, Dauphin County)

Walter Pudlowski entered the U.S. Army as an enlisted soldier in October 1965 and was later commissioned through the Army Officer Candidate School program. He served in the United States, Panama and was a platoon leader in Vietnam.

After leaving active service in 1972, Pudlowski served in the U.S. Army Reserve and the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. He served in leadership assignments in the 1st and 2nd Battalions 109th Infantry; Headquarters 55th Brigade; and as the 28th Divisions G3, chief of staff and deputy commanding general for Maneuver. From October 1998 to October 2003, he commanded the 28th Infantry Division, preparing troops for various combat and peacekeeping missions throughout the world.

In his final assignment before retirement in November 2005, Pudlowski was the special assistant to the director of the Army National Guard and was called upon to serve as the acting director of the Army National Guard; and as the National Guard Bureau J3 operations officer during Hurricane Katrina.

He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and the U.S. Army War College.

Command Sgt. Maj. (ret.) Nicholas “Chip” Gilliland (Palmyra, Lebanon County)

Chip Gilliland enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1986, completing basic training at Ft. Dix, N.J. and Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Eustis, VA. He was then assigned to B Company, 159th Aviation, 101st Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell, KY. In 1988, he was reassigned to B Co, 7/101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. He left active duty and served in the Individual Ready Reserve. In 1991 he was called back to active duty to support Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

After briefly returning to the Individual Ready Reserve, Gilliland joined the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in 1994, and was assigned to Company G, 104th Aviation. He served in Company G until May of 1996 when he was hired as a CH-47 instructor at the Eastern Army National Guard Aviation Training Site.

In November 2009, Gilliland was selected as the state command sergeant major, Pennsylvania National Guard and served in that position until May 2012. In May of 2012, he resigned as the state command sergeant major to serve as the senior non-commissioned officer, B Company, 2-104th Aviation, Task Force Nomad, for a 17-month train up and deployment to Afghanistan. Upon returning from his deployment, Gilliland was assigned to the State Aviation Office as the senior aviation sergeant major until his retirement in February 2014.

He currently works as chief, Division of Reintegration and Outreach within the Office of Veterans Affairs at DMVA.

Helen Sajer (Camp Hill, Cumberland County)

Helen Sajer is the president and founder of Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Inc., an all- volunteer, statewide Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation formed to assist wounded and disabled veterans of the commonwealth to recover physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Sajer and her husband, the late Maj. Gen. Gerald T. Sajer, established the nation’s first Family Support Program for the Pennsylvania National Guard, which created networks to inform and support the families of National Guard soldiers and airmen as the frequency and length of their deployments to support the war efforts in Iraq increased.

She also conceived, established and operated an annual youth camp at Fort Indiantown Gap for the children of National Guard soldiers, serving for six years as the camp nurse. This program served as a model for many other states. She also undertook major organizing and fundraising activities for Sergeant’s Grove and the Keystone Lodge at Fort Indiantown Gap, a meeting and recreation site dedicated as a living memorial to those who have served in the Pennsylvania National Guard.

Sajer graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing and is a retired registered nurse.

The DMVA Hall of Fame, established in 1998, recognizes unique and exemplary contributions and significant achievements by an individual in service and support of DMVA. Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor conferred upon an individual by the department.

Complete biographies and more information about the DMVA Hall of Fame can be found at DMVA Hall of Fame Bios. Photos of the three inductees can be found by going to Flickr-DMVA Hall of Fame Photos.

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Expo in Moosic to Demonstrate New Voting Systems with Advanced Security and Paper Trail

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Moosic, PA – As Pennsylvania counties prepare to replace aging voting systems, the Department of State is inviting the public to view several new voting systems that offer 21st-century advanced security and a paper trail.  The expo is 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Lackawanna County Stadium, 235 Montage Mountain Road.

“These new voting systems will strengthen election security and ensure the integrity of each vote,” said Jonathan Marks, commissioner of the Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation. “This is an opportunity for voters to try the new technology and see how a paper record lets them verify their choices are correct before casting a ballot.”

In April, Acting Secretary of State Robert Torres informed counties they must select new voting systems that provide a paper record by the end of 2019, and preferably have a system in use by the November 2019 general election or no later than the 2020 primary.

Nationwide, there is bipartisan and near universal agreement that, in the interest of security, Direct Recording Electronic voting machines (DREs), still in use in many Pennsylvania counties, should be replaced, and all voters should be voting on paper ballots they can verify. The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and many experts have urged states to switch to new systems that produce paper records.

Ultimately, counties will have their choice from among any of the voting systems that achieve certification from both the federal Election Assistance Commission and the Secretary of the Commonwealth. Two of the systems to be displayed at the expo have already received both federal and state certification and one system has successfully completed certification testing. The department expects a total of six systems will be certified.

Governor Wolf has committed to seeking state funding for at least half of the counties’ cost for new voting systems. He will work with the General Assembly in 2019 to develop specific proposals for state funding and financing.

Earlier this year, Pennsylvania received nearly $13.5 million in federal funding for election security. With Pennsylvania’s required 5-percent state match, the package totals $14.15 million and will be allocated to counties for replacement of voting systems.

The department is currently revising and will reissue this month a statewide purchasing contract that vendors and counties can leverage to support voting system purchases. The department also is pursuing funding from a variety of sources, including additional federal aid, grants, low-interest financing, leases, cost-sharing and other means.

The Moosic expo is one of five expos the department has scheduled across the state. Expos will be held in Carlisle on Wednesday and in Doylestown on Thursday. An expo was held in State College on November 29. An Erie expo was postponed in late November due to inclement weather but will be rescheduled in January. These events are a continuation of the department’s public education campaign to inform voters and local officials about new voting systems and to allow them to test the systems’ features.

Vendors participating in the demonstration are Unisyn Voting Solutions, Dominion Voting Systems, Election Systems & Software (ES&S), Hart InterCivic and Clear Ballot Group.

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