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  • 21st Century Cures Act Creates Drug and Alcohol Funding Opportunity

    Last month, we were notified of the Opioid STR Funding Announcement Opportunity (FOA). This FOA makes available more than 50 million dollars for the state of Pennsylvania to address the opioid epidemic over the next 2 years. As the statewide RCO, we united localツRCO’s, partners and key stakeholders across the state to formalize a setツrecommendations … Read More

  • Pennsylvanians Warned of Extreme Dangers of Carfentanil

    Pennsylvania now has its third known and confirmed death from the use of carfentanil. This death occurred in Butler County at the end of 2016, according to William Young, Butler County Coroner. Carfentanil or carfentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl, which … Read More

  • PA.Gov Website Get’s a Makeover and Includes a page Dedicated to the Opioid Epidemic has launched a pilot version of the State website to determine better ways to serve and make information available to Pennsylvanians. Included in the pilot version of the state website is a page dedicated to the Opioid Epidemic. You can view the page atツ The page includes information on Naloxone Locating County Resources Finding … Read More

  • Recovery Works! Recovery and Resiliency Grant Initiative Final Report and Recommendations

    Recovery Works Final Report – Executive Summary This grant provided a unique opportunity for our respective recovery communities to partner on, work together towards and develop this proposal together. We have been able to expand opportunities for recovering people while learning about each other, sharing assets and working towards our main objective, the first ever … Read More

  • Alert: When Addiction Professionals Run Recovery Houses

    Addiction professionals need to be very aware of potential code of ethical conduct concern for any caregiver who engages in such conduct or is aware of a colleague who is engaged in such conduct. Read the full alert here.  

  • Recovery Works Summit! 2016 Survey Summary

    Introduction: SAMSHA defines recovery as “a process of change whereby individuals work to improve their own health and wellness and to live a meaningful life in a community of their choice while striving to achieve their full potential” ( Those of us with lived recovery experience have worked to improve our lives and continue to … Read More

  • STATE BUDGET UPDATE FOR 2016-17: Drug & Alcohol Abuse Prevention & Addiction Treatment Services

    ツ ツ2016-17 preliminary analysis budget chart Courtesy of DASPOP, we are able to make the 2016-17 preliminary analysis budget chart available to you. You will findツthe proposed 2016-17 enacted state budget preliminary analysis.

  • October 19th, 2016 Public Hearing 窶忤hat to do when a loved one has an addiction problem窶

    On Tuesday, October 19th, 2016, the Human Services Committee held a public hearingツonツ窶忤hat to do when a loved one has an addiction problem.窶 ツPRO窶「A Executive Director, William Stauffer attended. His testimony included the following. ツIt is not an easy task for a family member to get a loved one help. We kind of expect the … Read More

  • IMD Exclusion and New Federal Rule

    What is the IMD Exclusion and how does it affect access to addiction treatment? The Institution for Mental Diseases (IMD)ツExclusion is a Federal statute that bars federal Medicaid match for treatment of mental illnesses in facilities with more than 16 beds. Mental health and addiction treatment facilities with more than 16 beds are considered IMDs. … Read More


    The PA Open Beds is an innovative tool developed by the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) to more effectively use the treatment beds available in the Pennsylvania drug and alcohol treatment system during the current opioid addiction and overdose death epidemic, which has created great demand for and strain on our treatment system. … Read More

  • Opiate Epidemic, Addiction and Recovery Fact Sheet

    The Opiate Epidemic 窶廛rug overdose deaths are now the leading cause of deaths from injury in the United States窶 Center for Disease Control (2013) – 窶廬n 2014, there were approximately one and a half times more drug overdose deaths in the United States than deaths from motor vehicle crashes窶 Center for Disease Control (2015) … Read More

  • Recovery

    A highly individualized journey that requires abstinence from all mood and mindalteringツsubstances that may be supported through the use of medication that is appropriately prescribed andツtaken. This journey is a voluntarily maintained lifestyle that includes the pursuit of spiritual, emotional,ツmental and physical well-being that is often supported by others.

  • Coming Together

    The recovery movement is increasingly focusing on both mental and substance use disorders. For example, Recovery Month broadened its focus to include mental as well as substance use disorders. SAMHSA sponsored other efforts to promote dialogue and collaboration between the CSAT-funded RCSP and the CMHS-funded Statewide Consumer Grant Program, among other efforts. That same year, … Read More

  • Substance Use

    In the substance use field, individuals and families seeking recovery have had challenges in accessing formal treatment services. The 19th and early 20th century saw the emergence of mutual aid societies. Alcoholics Anonymous, for example, began in 1935. New grassroots organizations developed in the late 1990s that supported the new recovery advocacy movement. The movement … Read More