Governor Wolf Tours Pennsylvania Adult and Teen Challenge Rehabilitation Facility

October 18, 2017

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf visited the Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge recovery program in Rehrersburg to tour the short- and long-term recovery units after speaking with program participants and congratulating the facility for receiving CARF™ accreditation.

“I want to congratulate Pennsylvania Adult and Teen Challenge on the accreditation of this facility,” Gov. Wolf said. “You all have done a great thing for Pennsylvania. And I want to thank everyone here for being our partner in the fight against heroin, opioids and the substance use disorder that’s affecting so many in our commonwealth.”

The governor met with PAATC’s long-term program participants and toured the 275-bed facility.

PAATC is the first teen challenge facility in the nation to receive CARF™ accreditation, and the first in the nation to house a medical detox facility. Both efforts are expanding the program’s commitment to increasing access to treatment.

“At Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge, our work is all about access,” Kris McFadden, PAATC CEO said. “Access to treatment and extending our net to get as many people in need of care here so we can help them recover and live whole, focused, productive lives.”

CARF™ accreditation is a sign of quality and is an important consideration when choosing a treatment facility.  CARF International has surveyed hundreds of thousands of programs throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia since it was founded as an independent, nonprofit accreditor in 1966.

CARF accredits aging services, behavioral health programs, child and youth services, and opioid treatment programs, among others.

The Wolf Administration holds the fight against heroin and prescription opioids as a top priority. To continue the battle against the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf, working with the General Assembly, has included the following in the 2017-18 budget:

  • Expanding access to life-saving naloxone by providing $5 million through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to first responders, law enforcement, and other public entities across the commonwealth;
  • Maximizing federal 21st Century Cures Act funding, which includes $26.2 million in each of the next two years for Pennsylvania, to expand access to treatment services, particularly for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured; and
  • Providing $2 million to expand specialty drug courts to expand treatment strategies that divert offenders into more meaningful treatment and recovery.

Some of the administration’s other initiatives to fight the opioid epidemic include:

  • Working with the legislature to establish a new law limiting the number of opioids that can be prescribed to a minor and to individuals discharged from emergency rooms to seven days;
  • Strengthening the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) through the legislative process so that doctors are required and able to check the system each time they prescribe opioids and benzodiazepines;
  • Increasing the number by 25 of rural Medicaid providers who are able to prescribe MAT through funding from a federal grant;
  • Forming new prescribing guidelines to help doctors who provide opioid prescriptions to their patients, including guidelines specific to orthopedics and sports medicine;
  • Creating the warm handoff guideline to facilitate referrals from the emergency department to substance abuse treatment;
  • Teaming with the legislature to establish education curriculum on safe prescribing for medical schools;
  • Educating and encouraging patients to properly use, store and dispose of unused prescription medications through drug take-back initiatives, and expanding the number of drug take-back locations to more than 600; and
  • Increasing the availability of naloxone.
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