Good weekend to all.
An online tool to help people with substance use disorders find reputable treatment providers is now available to Pennsylvanians.
Known as ATLAS (Addiction Treatment Locator, Assessment, and Standards Platform), the online tool was created by Unbreakable, a national non-profit organization that fights drug addiction in the United States.
ATLAS “evaluates” treatment facilities’ use of evidence-based best practices and principles of care from Shatterproof to help people in need of care or their loved ones find and compare facilities across Pennsylvania.
“This new tool will not only monitor the quality of treatment providers in Pennsylvania, but also give individuals and families a trusted resource to locate quality care for themselves and their loved ones,” Jen Smith, Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs said.
Pennsylvanians can search ATLAS for treatment providers based on their location, services provided and insurance accepted.
ATLAS is available in nine other states, including Delaware, New Jersey, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma, North Carolina and West Virginia. ATLAS will be available in California in 2023according to unbreakable.
ATLAS is also fully available in English and Spanish.
As always, the top five stories from this week are below.
1. How hot is it for the human body? These Penn State experts explain | Opinion
Heat waves get more intense as the climate changes – they last longer, become more frequent, and just get hotter. A question many people ask is, “When will it be too hot for normal daily activities as we know them, even for healthy young adults?”
The answer goes beyond the temperature you see on the thermometer. It is also a matter of humidity. Our research shows that combining the two can become dangerous faster than scientists previously thought.
Scientists and other observers have been alarmed by the increasing frequency of extreme heat associated with high humidity, measured as “wet bulb temperature”. During heat waves that swept across South Asia in May and June 2022, Jacobabad, Pakistan recorded a maximum wet bulb temperature of 33.6°C (92.5°F) and Delhi recorded it. exceeded – close to the theoretical upper limit of human adaptability to damp heat.
2. Pennsylvania Senate Republicans propose late-night constitutional amendment package on abortion, voter ID
Despite opposition from Senate Democrats, Republicans in the upper house have advanced a proposal to add language to the Pennsylvania Constitution stating that the guiding document does not guarantee any abortion rights or public funding for the procedure. .
After voting in favor of a waiver of a rule prohibiting voting after 11 p.m., the Senate Rules Committee passed proposed amendments on Thursday, including language requiring voters to show identification at polling stations. vote, allowing gubernatorial candidates to select their running mates and creating a system for election audits. . The bill also includes language that would allow lawmakers to disapprove of regulations without a possible veto from the governor.
3. Pa. will add 3 new parks to the State Park System, Wolf admin. said
Three new state parks are in the works for Pennsylvania, state officials announced this week.
Governor Tom Wolf made the announcement in a tweet Tuesday that the Commonwealth will make its first addition to its state park system since 2005, bringing the total number of state parks in Pennsylvania to 124.
The news comes just days after Wolf signed the 2022-23 state budget, which allocates $56 million to the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which oversees state parks and forests. Commonwealth, for infrastructure projects to support the development of three new state parks. .
4. Governor Tom Wolf Signs State Budget and Celebrates Education Funding
Eight days into the new fiscal year, Pennsylvania has a finalized budget.
The Republican-controlled Pennsylvania Senate voted 47-3 to approve a $45.2 billion spending plan for the 2022-23 fiscal year, sending it to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who signed the proposal at a private event later Friday evening.
The House of Representatives approved the general appropriations bill in a 180-20 vote with little debate Thursday. And while lawmakers noted Thursday and Friday that the documents weren’t perfect, they touted the bipartisan deal and investments in education, infrastructure, community safety, mental health and relief.
5. Pennsylvania General Assembly approves package of amendments as reproductive rights advocates protest
The Republican-controlled General Assembly on Friday approved a five-part amendment proposal, which includes language that would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to declare that it guarantees no abortion rights or public funding for abortions. .
The Senate voted 28 to 22 to send the proposal, Senate Bill 106, to the House of Representatives, which approved the legislation 107 to 92 after more than four hours of debate.
And this is the week. We’ll see you here next week.