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Rehabilitation Program Helping Adjudicated Young Men Successfully Reenter Communities

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WHITE HAVEN, PA – Yesterday, Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller visited Youth Forestry Camp 2 (YFC2), a 49-bed open residential facility for adjudicated delinquent males located in Hickory Run State Park in Carbon County. YFC2 primarily serves young men age 14 to 20 with delinquency, addiction, and socially maladaptive issues.

YFC2 has stepped up efforts to better prepare young men to successfully reenter their communities with appropriate training to complete their education, get a job, and obtain evidence-based treatment services. DHS has partnered with Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit to provide recognizable, industry-standard training and certification to eligible youth through vocational programs in recovery, GED preparation and testing, various vocational certifications, and hands-on digital printing programs, which can lead to employment opportunities and self-sufficiency, the ultimate goal.

“It is critical that we continue to provide real-life opportunities to these individuals as they work toward bettering their future upon release. The work being done at YFC2 to prepare these youth is a testament to our mission at DHS to empower the individuals we serve to be self-sufficient. Every youth throughout Pennsylvania should be given the tools necessary to thrive and succeed,” said Secretary Miller.

 

All programs within the Youth Development Center/Youth Forestry Camp (YDC/YFC) system are Pennsylvania Academic and Career/Technical Training Alliance (PACTT) affiliates.

 

In addition to work-ready certifications, YFC2 has multiple rehabilitation programs for youth, including the Hazelden Curriculum for youth in need of drug and alcohol treatment, a forward-thinking curriculum for youth in need of cognitive behavioral therapy, and community service programs.

 

“The department is committed to providing a system of individualized treatment services that values strong child, family, and community partnerships to promote competency development and victim awareness to the youth entering rehabilitation,” Sec. Miller said.

Wolf Administration Celebrates Delaware County Center of Excellence’s 1,000th Client Interaction

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Chester, PA – Today, Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller visited Crozer-Keystone Health System, a Center of Excellence (COE), to discuss the importance of the Wolf Administration’s efforts to ensure continuity of and access to treatment to combat the opioid epidemic.

“COEs have proven themselves to be a critical part of our efforts to improve opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment services, which is key in combatting this epidemic,” DHS Secretary Teresa Miller said. “Since opening its COE about 16 months ago, Crozer has interacted with more than 1,000 clients, meaning there are more than 1,000 Pennsylvanians one step closer to recovery. This organization is a great example of how to establish effective community partnerships that bring people into treatment.”

Crozer-Keystone’s Opioid Treatment COE helps Delaware County residents suffering from OUD access the recovery treatment they need. Crozer-Keystone was one of the first 20 centers of its kind, created by grants from DHS.

The COE provides full-service care management for those struggling with OUD, removing the most common barriers to treatment. With a commitment to educating the community, the COE team works to ensure health care, education, and law enforcement organizations can identify those who need treatment and refer them to the Center. All services are free of charge to Delaware County residents.

“We are seeing the effects of the opioid crisis throughout our community, and many struggle to find the help they need. Programs like our Center of Excellence are offering more opportunities to connect people to our experienced team of psychiatrists, licensed social workers and nurse practitioners,” said Crozer-Keystone CEO Patrick Gavin. ”As a leader in behavioral health and addiction treatment, it is our mission to get the right care to the right people, when and where they need it most.”

Since 2016, the Wolf Administration has funded 45 COEs statewide to get more people into treatment and keep them engaged in treatment longer. Successes through March of 2018 can be seen in the following numbers:

  • Over 19,000 individuals have interacted with a COE;
  • 13,482 individuals have received a level-of-care assessment, which helps to determine the type, level, and length of treatment; and
  • 68 percent of individuals seen by a COE have been engaged in treatment (including residential, outpatient, and medication-assisted treatment).

Prior to these centers, as few as 48 percent of Medicaid patients diagnosed with OUD were receiving treatment. Of those, only 33 percent remained engaged in treatment for more than 30 days.

COEs provide treatment that is team-based and “whole-person” focused, with a goal of integrating behavioral health and primary care. Additionally, the centers’ care managers work to keep people with OUD in treatment, including coordinating follow-up care and community supports.

COEs work as a hub-and-spoke network, with the designated center serving as the hub. The spokes can include primary care practices, the criminal justice system, emergency departments, social services providers, and other treatment providers, and other referral sources.

The administration’s efforts have resulted in the development of integrated systems that are:

  • Encouraging simultaneous treatment of addiction and other physical and mental health issues;
  • Closing treatment system gaps through the use of community-based care management teams, so fewer people seeking recovery relapse;
  • Expanding access to medications that help people recover from addiction; and
  • Developing relationships with other treatment providers, the criminal justice system, primary care practices, emergency departments, and other potential referral sources where people with OUD might present.

For more information on the state’s efforts to battle the opioid epidemic, visit https://www.pa.gov/guides/opioid-epidemic/

Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.5 Percent in May

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Commonwealth Sets Jobs Record for Fourteenth Consecutive Month 

Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) released its employment situation report for May 2018.
Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate declined two-tenths of a percentage point from April to 4.5 percent, the lowest rate since September 2007. This was the second monthly decrease in the rate after 10 consecutive months at 4.8 percent. The commonwealth’s rate remained above the U.S. rate, which fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.8 percent. Over the year, the Pennsylvania unemployment rate declined by four-tenths of a percentage point.
The estimated number of Pennsylvania residents working or looking for work, known as the civilian labor force, was down 14,000 in May to 6,364,000. The labor force decline was due to a drop in unemployment, while resident employment was up slightly over the month. Employment and unemployment both declined since last May, by 8,000 and 21,000, respectively.
The estimated number of jobs in Pennsylvania, referred to as total nonfarm jobs, was up 2,300 from April to a record high of 6,014,400. Highlights from this month’s jobs report include:
·      Fourteenth consecutive month jobs established a record high level
·      Jobs were up in seven of the 11 industry supersectors
·      Professional & business services set a record high for the ninth time in the past 10 months
·      Construction experienced the largest supersector gain, up 1,900 in May
·      Education & health services had the largest decline, down 1,900 from April’s record high
 
Since May 2017, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 1.3 percent. During this timeframe, nine supersectors in the commonwealth added jobs with increases ranging from 31,700 in education & health services to 2,000 in other services.
Additional information is available on the L&I website at www.dli.pa.gov or by following us on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube.
Note: The above data are seasonally adjusted. Seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid month-to-month comparison.
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Penny Ickes, 717-787-7530 or dlipress@pa.gov
Editor’s Note: A breakdown of Pennsylvania’s employment statistics follows.
Current Labor Force Statistics
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
        Change from Change from
  May April May April 2018 May 2017
  2018 2018 2017 volume percent volume percent
PA              
Civilian Labor Force 6,364 6,378 6,429 -14 -0.2% -65 -1.0%
Employment 6,081 6,080 6,116 1 0.0% -35 -0.6%
Unemployment 283 298 313 -15 -5.0% -30 -9.6%
Rate 4.5 4.7 4.9 -0.2 —- -0.4 —-
               
U.S.              
Civilian Labor Force 161,539 161,527 159,729 12 0.0% 1,810 1.1%
Employment 155,474 155,181 152,892 293 0.2% 2,582 1.7%
Unemployment 6,065 6,346 6,837 -281 -4.4% -772 -11.3%
Rate 3.8 3.9 4.3 -0.1 —- -0.5 —-
Note: June 2018 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released July 20, 2018.
 

 

Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
Change from Change from
May April May April 2018 May 2017
2018 2018 2017 volume percent volume percent
Total Nonfarm Jobs 6,014.4 6,012.1 5,936.2 2.3 0.0% 78.2 1.3%
 
Goods Producing Industries 851.7 849.1 836.4 2.6 0.3% 15.3 1.8%
  Mining & Logging 28.7 28.3 26.3 0.4 1.4% 2.4 9.1%
  Construction 258.1 256.2 248.8 1.9 0.7% 9.3 3.7%
  Manufacturing 564.9 564.6 561.3 0.3 0.1% 3.6 0.6%
Service Providing Industries 5,162.7 5,163.0 5,099.8 -0.3 0.0% 62.9 1.2%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities 1,131.0 1,129.2 1,124.4 1.8 0.2% 6.6 0.6%
  Information 80.7 81.1 83.7 -0.4 -0.5% -3.0 -3.6%
  Financial Activities 324.7 323.6 320.8 1.1 0.3% 3.9 1.2%
  Professional & Business Services 816.4 815.2 800.1 1.2 0.1% 16.3 2.0%
  Education & Health Services 1,273.7 1,275.6 1,242.0 -1.9 -0.1% 31.7 2.6%
  Leisure & Hospitality 574.4 573.3 563.3 1.1 0.2% 11.1 2.0%
  Other Services 263.5 265.2 261.5 -1.7 -0.6% 2.0 0.8%
  Government 698.3 699.8 704.0 -1.5 -0.2% -5.7 -0.8%
For a more detailed breakdown of seasonally adjusted jobs data at the sector level, please contact the
Center for Workforce Information & Analysis at 1-877-4WF-DATA, or visit www.workstats.dli.pa.gov
Note: June 2018 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released July 20, 2018.

Governor Wolf Signs Employer Statement of Support for National Guard Members

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Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf signed a U.S. Defense Department Employer Statement of Support for the more than 1,300 Pennsylvania National Guard members and reservists who work for the commonwealth, thanking them for their service and pledging to offer support as these Guard members and reservists fulfill their military service duties while under the commonwealth’s employ. The governor was joined by the Adjutant General of Pennsylvania, Maj. General Anthony Carrelli, members of the Pennsylvania National Guard, and Col (ret.) Gregory Parish and George Mentzer from the Employer Support for Guardsman and Reservists Program.

“I am proud to be here today to officially sign the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Statement of Support for National Guardsmen and women across Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “This statement pledges our cooperation and support to our employees who need to take time away from their commonwealth duties to serve the people of Pennsylvania as members of the National Guard.”

The intent of the Employer Statement of Support for Guardsmen and Reservists program is to increase employer support by encouraging them to act as advocates for employee participation in the military. Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the Nation’s Guard and Reserve units.

The first Statement of Support was signed December 13, 1972, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense by the Chairman of the Board of General Motors. President Richard Nixon was the first President to sign a Statement of Support, and in 2005 every Federal Cabinet Secretary and all Federal agencies signed a Statement of Support to signify their continuing efforts to be model employers. Since its inception, hundreds of thousands of employers have signed Statements of Support, pledging their support to Guard and Reserve employees. Pennsylvania currently has 31,000 actively serving Guard members and reservists.

“I urge all commonwealth employers to sign similar letters of support to ensure that, when duty calls, Guard members know that they can go without having to worry about responsibilities left behind at work,” Gov. Wolf said. “And so they can focus on their larger responsibility to the people of Pennsylvania. Their sacrifice, their bravery, and their willingness to do anything and go anywhere in service of their fellow Pennsylvanians is an inspiration.

“It is because of the work that our Guardsmen and women do that Pennsylvania has the finest National Guard in the nation, and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

More information on the Employer Statement of Support Program, here.

Women’s Town Hall and Expo Focuses on Veterans and Service Members

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Annville, PA – The Governor’s Advisory Council for Veterans Services (GAC-VS) is inviting women veterans and women service members to a town hall and expo on Saturday, June 30, from 9 a.m.-Noon at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013. Family members are invited to visit the Education Center while the expo is being conducted.

Led by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), the GAC-VS is Pennsylvania’s first interagency collaboration, which strives to enhance the quality of programs and services for the commonwealth’s 820,000 veterans.

“There are approximately 60,000 women veterans in Pennsylvania and we want to ensure that we are meeting their needs,” said Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Eric Weller, DMVA deputy adjutant general for Veterans Affairs and chair of the GAC-VS. “This event will help to prepare current women service members for when they separate from the military, while providing veterans with the resources they need to live a quality life long after their military service has ended.”

Weller is also the keynote speaker and will talk about the various programs and services available to veterans through the DMVA. Other speakers will focus on county, state, federal and health care benefits, in addition to the women veteran’s survey and other committee initiatives. Representatives from multiple state offices and organizations will be in attendance to provide information and assistance.

No registration is required. Questions can be directed to Crystal A. Petery at 717-861-6904 or by email at cpeteryshe@pa.gov

PennDOT to Repair Rt. 23 Bridge Northeast of the City of Lancaster; East Walnut Street span over Conestoga River to be restricted through April 2019

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​Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that on Wednesday, June 27, weather permitting, its contractor will set channelizing devices restricting travel to a single lane in each direction as crews begin to repair the deck and superstructure of the bridge that carries Route 23 over the Conestoga River between Pleasure Road and the ramp for U.S. Route 30 East at the City of Lancaster-East Lampeter Township Line in Lancaster County. The existing eight-span, pre-stressed concrete spread box beam bridge was built in 1992.

PennDOT awarded the $1,085,721 contract on April 20, 2018, to J. D. Eckman, Inc. of Atglen, Chester County. Work includes minor concrete superstructure and substructure repairs, concrete bridge deck repairs, bridge deck resurfacing with a polyester polymer-modified concrete overlay, and new guiderail, signs and pavement markings.

Pennsylvania has some of the oldest bridges in the country, with their average age over 50 years. Preventative maintenance is extremely important in extending the life a structure. PennDOT inspects most state bridges at least once every two years. Based on inspection results or structural needs, PennDOT schedules bridge replacements or structural repairs to steel or concrete components.

PennDOT advises motorists that Route 23 will be restricted to a single lane in each direction over ​the Conestoga River until April 2019 while the bridge deck is repaired. Work under this construction contract is scheduled to be completed in April 2019.

This portion of Route 23, locally know as East Walnut Street, averages more than 16,300 vehicles traveled daily. To avoid delays, travelers should allow for additional time in their plans or seek an alternate route.

Motorists are reminded to be alert for these operations, to obey work zone signs, and to slow down when approaching and traveling through work zones, not only for their safety, but for the safety of the road crews.

Construction to Begin on Route 462 Bridge over Little Conestoga Creek

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​Harrisburg, PA – Construction on the bridge carrying Route 462 (Columbia Avenue) over Little Conestoga Creek in East Hempfield, Lancaster and Manor townships, Lancaster County, is scheduled to begin during the week of July 9 as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.
During full replacement of the bridge, Route 462 (Columbia Avenue) between Stone Mill Road and Jackson Drive will be reduced from three to two travel lanes (one lane in each direction). The bridge will be replaced using stage construction – i.e., one-half of the bridge will be demolished and rebuilt while the other half carries traffic. Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work areas because slowdowns will occur. Construction is anticipated to be complete by the end of 2018.
In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change.
This bridge is referred to as JV-259 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.
The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impact on motorists.

Route 41 (Gap Newport Pike) Overnight Lane Restrictions Scheduled for Paving in Chester County

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King of Prussia, PA – Overnight lane restrictions are scheduled on Route 41 (Gap Newport Pike) from the Delaware state line to the U.S. 1 Interchange in Avondale Borough and New Garden and London Grove townships, on Sunday, June 24, through Thursday, June 28, from 7:00 PM to 5:00 AM, for paving operations as part of an improvement project to repair and resurface 26 miles of state highway in Chester County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work zone because slowdowns may occur. The contractor’s schedule is dependent on the weather.

State highways completed under this resurfacing project include:

• Route 472 (Lewisville Road/Hickory Hill Road) between Route 841 (Chesterville Road) and Freese Road in Elk and East Nottingham townships;
• Street Road between the Octoraro Creek Bridge and Homeville Road in Upper Oxford Township;
• Valley Forge Road between Route 252 (Valley Forge Road) and the Montgomery County line in Tredyffrin Township;
• Worthington Road from Newcomen Road to the Uwchlan Township line in West Pikeland Township;
• Wagontown Road between Lyons Head Drive and Hatfield Road in West Caln and West Brandywine townships; and
• Route 340 (West Kings Highway) between Route 10 (Compass Road) and Business U.S. 30, in West Caln, West Brandywine, Caln and Valley townships.

Additional state highways scheduled for resurfacing under this contract include:

• Route 52 (Lenape Road) between Route 926 (Street Road) and Lenape Unionville Road, in Pennsbury, East Marlborough and Pocopson townships; and
• Main Street/Green Street/Swan Road/Upper Valley Road from Route 372 (Main Street) to the Atglen Borough line.

Under this improvement project, PennDOT is milling the existing roadway surface and repaving the state highways with new asphalt. The new pavement will seal the roadways and provide motorists with a smoother riding surface.

Allan A. Myers, LP, of Worcester, Montgomery County, is the general contractor on the $6,262,777 project, which is financed with 100 percent state funds from Act 89, Pennsylvania’s Transportation Plan.

Work on the entire project is expected to be completed this summer.

Route 41 (Gap Newport Pike) Overnight Lane Restrictions Scheduled for Milling in Chester County

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King of Prussia, PA – Overnight lane restrictions are scheduled on Route 41 (Gap Newport Pike) from the ramps at the U.S. 1 Interchange to Route 10 (Limestone Road) in London Grove, Londonderry and West Fallowfield townships, on Sunday, June 24, through Thursday, June 28, from 7:00 PM to 5:00 AM, for milling operations as part of an improvement project to repair and resurface 40 miles of state highway in Chester County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work area because slowdowns may occur. The contractor’s schedule is dependent on the weather.

State highways completed under this resurfacing project include:

• Route 52 (Lenape Road) between Route 926 (Street Road) and Creek Road in Pennsbury, Pocopson and Birmingham townships;
• Route 82 (Doe Run Road) from east of Tapeworm Road to Strasburg Road in West Marlborough and East Fallowfield townships;
• Strasburg Road between Route 372 (Valley Road) and Route 82 (Doe Run Road) in Sadsbury and East Fallowfield townships; and
• Chadds Ford Road/Creek Road between the Delaware state line and the Delaware County line in Pennsbury Township.

Additional state highways scheduled for resurfacing under this contract include:

• Route 472 (Hickory Hill Road/Market Street/Lancaster Avenue/Lancaster Pike) between Freese Road and the Lancaster County line in East Nottingham and Lower Oxford townships and Oxford Borough;
• Saginaw Road between Route 472 (Hickory Hill Road) and Big Elk Creek in East Nottingham Township;
• Cypress Street/Baltimore Pike/State Street from west of Thompson Road to west of Mill Road in New Garden and Kennett townships;
• Route 352 (North Chester Road/Sproul Road) between Route 3 (West Chester Pike) and U.S. 30 (Lancaster Avenue) in Westtown, East Goshen and East Whiteland townships;
• Northbrook Road between Brandywine Drive and Route 842 (Unionville Wawaset Road) in West Bradford and Pocopson townships;
• 5th Avenue/Elm Street/Black Horse Road/Black Horse Hill Road between Business U.S. 30 (Lincoln Highway) and Caln Road in the City of Coatesville and Valley and Caln townships; and
• Faggs Manor Road between Route 926 (Street Road) and Route 41 (Gap Newport Pike) in Londonderry Township.

Under this improvement project, PennDOT is milling the existing roadway surface and repaving the state highways with new asphalt. The new pavement will seal the roadways and provide motorists with a smoother riding surface.

Allan A. Myers, LP, of Worcester, Montgomery County, is the general contractor on the $7,959,000 project, which is financed with 100 percent state funds from Act 89, Pennsylvania’s Transportation Plan.

Work on the entire project is expected to be completed in October 2018.

Route 82 (Creek Road) Bridge Closed Indefinitely in Kennett Township, Chester County

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King of Prussia, PA – The bridge carrying Route 82 (Creek Road) over East Branch of Red Clay Creek in Kennett Township, Chester County, is closed indefinitely due to serious deterioration of the beams, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

Route 82 (Creek Road) will be closed near the intersection of Old Kennett Road until PennDOT bridge engineers can examine the damage and develop a plan to rehabilitate the structure.

During the closure, Route 82 (Creek Road) motorists are advised to follow the detour of Old Kennett Road, Bayard Road and Hillendale Road.  Local access will be maintained up to the bridge closure.

The two-span steel I-beam bridge was originally built in 1938 and reconstructed in 1974. Prior to its closure, the structure had been posted with a weight limit of 17 tons and a combination weight limit of 23 tons.

The bridge, which is categorized as structurally deficient, is 50 feet long, 24 feet wide and carries an average of 3,482 vehicles a day.

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