From an inadequate foster care program to the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act, a generation of children are facing a crisis due to the current opoid epidemic. Read the entire New York Times editorial here.
Young Victims of the Opioid Epidemic
January 18, 2017
PA Gov. Wolf signs new opioid-related laws
November 03, 2016
On Wednesday, November 2nd, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed a package of five bills that will change how the health care industry handles opioid pain pills.
Medical schools will need to update their curriculum to include alternatives to opioids, safe prescription methods, and ways to identify patients at risk for addiction. Medical students will also be trained on treating substance use disorder.
Minors will be limited to seven-day prescriptions and physicians will need to complete a series of steps before issuing the first prescription. Physicians will be be required to check Pennsylvania's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program every time they prescribe opioids, regardless of a patient's history. Pharmacies will be required to enter opioid prescription data within 24 hours instead of the current 72. Health care facilities across the state will all serve as drop-off locations for unused or left-over prescriptions.
For more information, please read the entire article here.
Gaudenzia Crownsville is now open!
August 16, 2016
Gaudenzia Crownsville recently celebrated its opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony that was attended by over 120 Anne Arundel County community members, political leaders, first responders, and treatment providers. This 90-bed facility will more than double the number of available treatment beds in the county. Renovations were supported by a $190,000 grant from the Office of Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh.
Gaudenzia will also partner with Robert A. Pascal Youth and Family Services in an innovative program that will provide an alternative to the emergency room for individuals experiencing a crisis due to substance use or mental health issues.
The first clients were welcomed at the beginning of August. Please click here for a story in the Capital Gazette that truly captures why treatment at Gaudenzia works.
Pictured from left to right: Judge Ronald Silkworth (Anne Arundel County Circuit Court), Councilman Chris Trumbauer, Steve McAdams (Director of the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives), Michael Harle (Gaudenzia President & CEO), State Senator Edward Reilly, County Executive Steve Schuh, State Delegate Tony McConkey, Dr. Barbara Bazron (Executive Director of the Behavioral Health Administration), Robert Pascal (Former Anne Arundel County Executive and Founder of Robert A. Pascal Crisis Stabilization Center).
Gaudenzia partners with The Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative
June 23, 2016
Gaudenzia is proud to announce a new partnership that will provide services to participants of The Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.).
Last summer, Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello and businessman John Rosenthal launced P.A.A.R.I., a non-profit created to support law enforcement agencies as they work with those suffering from addiction. Participating police departments place those who come to them for help into treatment programs instead of jail. As P.A.A.R.I.'s partnerships with treatment facilities continue to grow, so does its ability to help police departments who want to assist their communities in saving lives. Since it's founding, more than 120 police departments in 24 states have joined as partners in the initiative.
"The number one war in America right now is drug addiction and it is killing the fiber of our communities," said Michael B. Harle, President and CEO of Gaudenzia. "It's not only our youth, it's the middle-aged accountant, the housewife who suddenly had a dental problem and got hooked on opioids. Our work at Gaudenzia is about saving lives, and we are honored to partner with P.A.A.R.I. to continue that mission."
Upper Darby Police launch "Change is Possible" Program
March 10, 2016
In Upper Darby the police station will now be a safe haven for individuals struggling with addiction, with police connecting residents to Gaudenzia for treatment. The "Change is Possible" program is the first of its kind in Pennsylvania, and will serve as a model to be replicated in other jurisdictions. Please click here to learn more.
Local Community Leaders Visit Centro Primavera
February 19, 2016
Community leaders from the Philadelphia area recently visited Centro Primavera to learn more about Gaudenzia's drug and alcohol prevention program for children. Among them were PA State Representative Leslie Acosta, Chief Inspector Carl Holmes of the Philadelphia Police Department, and Richard Bauer, Chief of the East Division, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.
The visit included a guided tour of the facility, a performance by the children, and a discussion about the history of the program and how it is impacting the community. After their performance, the children shared how Gaudenzia has helped them and what they like about the program.
From left to right: Wendy Levin, Division Director-Gaudenzia; Gail Hannah, Deputy Regional Director-Gaudenzia; Leslie Acosta, PA State Representative; Child in the Program; Margie Inostrozia, Prevention Specialist-Gaudenzia; Richard Bauer, District Attorney’s Office; Carl Holmes, Chief Inspector-Philadelphia Police Department; Perry Patel, COO-Gaudenzia; Christine Abdur-Rahim, Division Director-Gaudenzia; Joy Martin, Division Director-Gaudenzia,
In Front: Children in the Program
About Centro Primavera
Serving children living in an impoverished, urban high-crime area, Centro Primavera began 28 years ago by parents concerned about increases in drug use in the neighborhood. Centro Primavera uses evidence-based programs to reduce risk among children ages 5-12. The programs provide prevention education to these high-risk children by teaching life skills and risk avoidance tools. Centro Primavera operates year-round, with in-school and after-school programs, in addition to summer camp. The after-school programs run in 12-week cycles, serving 20 children per cycle. During the summer, a 10 week camp is operated from 9 am-3 pm.
Gaudenzia on NPR's All Things Considered
January 07, 2016
Click here to listen to Gaudenzia CEO Michael Harle and graduate Chris B. discuss the issue of Medicaid funding for inpatient treatment on NPR's All Things Considered.
March 30, 2017
7:45 am to 4:30 pmRegistration is now open!