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Wolf Administration Honors Students, Drivers at Pennsylvania School Bus Safety Awards
In a ceremony at the Governor's Residence today, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Deputy Secretary for Driver and Vehicle Services Kurt Myers joined other Pennsylvania school bus safety advocates to underscore the Wolf Administration's commitment to highway safety by honoring nine students for communicating important school bus safety messages, and six school bus drivers for their superior driving skills.


Code4PA Winners Create Interactive App to Connect Opioid Users with Treatment Options
The winners of the 2018 Code4PA codeathon have created a mobile app that provides users with personalized recommendations for opioid addiction treatment.


Governor Wolf Signs the Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Law, Protecting Students and Increasing Penalties
Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 1090, the Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Law, which strengthens penalties for hazing and ensures that schools have safeguards to protect students. The governor was joined by Jim and Evelyn Piazza, Timothy's parents, bill sponsor Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, Penn State President Eric J. Barron and Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education Chancellor Dan Greenstein.


Wolf Administration Outlines Winter Preparations, Guidance for Public Readiness
With the winter season approaching, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards today outlined the agency's plans for winter services and highlighted tools the public can use through the winter and how they can prepare for the coming season.


Pennsylvania Launches First-in-Nation Stepping Up Technical Assistance Center Focused on Helping Counties Reduce Number of People in Jail with Mental Illnesses
Secretaries of Pennsylvania's Department of Health, Department of Corrections, and others today helped launch a first-of-its-kind resource center focused on helping counties reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jail through research-driven approaches.


Wolf Administration Announces Agreement with Insurers to Eliminate Barriers to Medication-Assisted Treatment
The Wolf Administration today announced a major agreement with commercial insurers in Pennsylvania to align prior-authorization processes for opioid prescriptions to protect patient health and safety while ensuring patients have unrestricted access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) when needed to battle opioid addiction.


Governor Wolf Gives Keynote at Pennsylvania Conference for Women
Governor Tom Wolf today gave the luncheon keynote address to the Pennsylvania Conference for Women in Philadelphia. His remarks highlighted his commitment to support women, from closing the wage gap to supporting victims of abuse, to addressing rising maternal mortality and ensuring women's health care rights are respected.


Governor Wolf Signs Domestic Abuser Gun Ban, Urges Legislature to Close Gun Show Loophole
Governor Tom Wolf today made it harder for domestic abusers to use firearms to kill, terrorize, and control their victims and others by signing Act 79 of 2018, which includes a reform long-sought by domestic violence and gun safety advocates. Governor Wolf thanked the hundreds of citizen advocates that kept pressure on the General Assembly to finally advance these reforms, which also include expanded protections and services for victims of domestic violence.


Governor Wolf Announces Grant Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren due to Opioid Crisis
Wolf Administration cabinet officials from the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) today held an event at the Capitol to announce grant funding from the federal government awarded to Pennsylvania to support kinship navigator programs. Pennsylvania was awarded $479,307 from the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families to develop a kinship navigator program.


Human Services Secretary Announces Funding for Evidence-Based Home Visiting Programs in Communities Affected by Opioid Epidemic
Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller today announced increased funding included in Governor Tom Wolf's 2018-2019 budget for evidence-based home visiting programs in communities affected by the opioid epidemic. The Department of Human Services currently supports four evidence-based home visiting programs: Early Head Start, Healthy Families America, Nurse Family Partnership Program (NFP), and Parents as Teachers (PAT).


Wolf Administration Warns of Dangers of E-cigarettes for Teens
The Wolf Administration is urging teens and their parents, educators and health care providers to be aware of the dangers of vaping or using e-cigarettes as the number of teens using this method of smoking is increasing across the nation.


Human Services Secretary Concludes SNAP Challenge Week,
Harrisburg, PA - Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller today concluded her SNAP Challenge Week at the Capitol with a press conference with Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary for Market Development Cheryl Cook to highlight the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Hunger Action Month, the importance of food access, and potential changes to SNAP contained in the U.S. House Farm Bill. Secretary Miller and Deputy Secretary Cook were joined by individuals who have used SNAP benefits from Drexel University Center for Hunger-Free Communities.


Wolf Administration Hosts Cabinet in Your Community Event at Wyoming Area Secondary Center, Exeter
Today, Wolf Administration cabinet officials were joined by more than 150 community members and 200 students for a Cabinet in Your Community event at Wyoming Area Secondary Center, Exeter.


Department of Human Services Reminds Pennsylvanians of Opportunities for People Using SNAP at Farmers Markets
Today, Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller toured the Broad Street Market to meet vendors that accept the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and discuss the role farmers markets play in making fresh, locally sourced foods more accessible around Pennsylvania, and opportunities for people using SNAP benefits to redeem benefits at up to double their value.


PUC Launches Enhanced #UtilityCareers Campaign; Joins State Agencies and Utilities Encouraging Skilled Young People to Consider Opportunities
Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) Chairman Gladys M. Brown today joined with leaders from state agencies and utilities from across the Commonwealth to encourage more skilled candidates to consider career opportunities in the utility sector.