Governor Wolf Announces 25 Additional Centers of Excellence to Combat Opioid Abuse Epidemic (Round-up)

By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant

August 30, 2016

Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf announced the implementation of an additional 25 Centers of Excellence (COE) locations across the state by January 1, 2017. The COEs will offer treatment to sufferers of opioid-related substance use disorder throughout Pennsylvania.

“As we all know, the opioid epidemic does not discriminate – it affects Pennsylvanians from all walks of life,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “With these additional locations, my administration is continuing its commitment to expanding high-quality treatment across Pennsylvania.”

Take a look at the coverage below:

  • WITF: Pa. to open 5 additional centers in midstate to treat opioid addiction

    “The state says it will open 5 additional centers [in midstate] to treat people addicted to heroin or other opioids by the start of next year. The news on the…Centers of Excellence comes after an earlier announcement this year that included 4 new centers in the midstate. The facilities will be located in Berks, Dauphin, Lancaster, Schuylkill, and York counties.”

  • The Times: Wolf unveils 25 additional ‘centers of excellence’ for opioid addiction treatment

    “There will be 25 additional Centers of Excellence in Pennsylvania by Jan. 1 to provide more access to opioid addiction treatment, including sites in Fayette County and the Mon Valley, Gov. Tom Wolf announced on Monday.”

  • Reading Eagle: Reading Hospital to be added as center in fight against opioid addiction

    “An additional 25 Centers of Excellence locations will be added throughout Pennsylvania by Jan. 1, bringing a total of 45 centers across the state. The centers are designed to help addicts by using team-based treatment methods, including behavioral health and primary care methods and medication-assisted treatment.”

  • Daily Item: Geisinger among 25 new Centers of Excellence to treat opioid abuse

    “Geisinger Health System is among 25 additional Centers of Excellence to address opioid abuse, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday. Geisinger’s involvement boosts access in the Susquehanna Valley. Under the first phase of the Centers of Excellence program, the closest site was in Harrisburg or Williamsport.”

  • PLS Reporter: Pennsylvania to get 25 more Centers of Excellence to address opioid crisis

    “‘Adding the 25 new locations brings the total number of COEs to 45,’ said DHS Secretary Ted Dallas. ‘The department’s goal is to provide all Pennsylvanians with treatment that addresses not only their substance use disorder but also the underlying physical and behavioral health issues that often are at the root of their addiction.'”

  • FOX 43: To Fight Opioid Epidemic, Wolf Administration Implements 25 Additional Centers of Excellence Locations

    “The additional COEs announced today will serve at least 5,600 additional individuals. The COEs are a central, efficient hub around which treatment revolves. These centers will have navigators 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.”


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