HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Department of Human Services Secretary, Ted Dallas, visited Clinical Outcome Group, Inc., a Center of Excellence (COE) location to discuss the importance of the Wolf Administration's efforts to ensure continuity of, and access to, treatment to combat the opioid epidemic.
To date, 45 locations were selected throughout Pennsylvania in part of the 2016-2017 budget allotting $20.4 million for COEs. These centers will have a community-based care management team to assist people with opioid-related substance use disorders through the medical system, and ensure they receive behavioral and physical health care, as well as any evidence-based medication-assisted treatment needed.
"The work being done at the Clinical Outcome Group is such an asset to the community of Pottsville and Schuylkill County," said Secretary Dallas. "As we know, the opioid epidemic does not discriminate and affects every Pennsylvanian in some way. We are thrilled to have them as a location for the COE program, providing quality services to individuals in need."
In order to stem the tide of opioid abuse and make progress for those suffering from the disease of addiction and their loved ones, we must work quickly and efficiently to pass bills to send to Governor Wolf's desk.
During his joint address, Governor Wolf said that he hopes to pass legislation that will strengthen the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, improve and increase education about opioid use disorder, limit opioid prescriptions to emergency room patients and minors, require insurance companies to cover abuse deterrent opioids, and establish a voluntary directive if they do not want to be prescribed opioids.
Clinical Outcome Group, Inc. is guided by a public health philosophy that emphasizes access to high quality and cost-effective services. Services are evaluated both internally and externally to assess effectiveness, investing strong data collection and an analysis infrastructure aimed to improve service quality.
For more information about the Centers of Excellence, visit www.dhs.pa.gov.
For more information about Clinical Outcome Group, Inc., visit www.COGInc.org.
MEDIA CONTACT: Rachel Kostelac, DHS, 717-425-7606
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Human Services