Senate Democratic Policy Committee hears testimony on bill allowing involuntary treatment of drug users

Senate Democratic Policy Committee hears testimony on bill allowing involuntary treatment of drug users

Senators on the Senate Democratic Policy Committee gathered in Pittsburgh Friday to discuss a bill that would allow family members to seek involuntary commitment of those suffering from the opioid crisis and drug users.

The bill, Senate Bill 391 sponsored by Sen. Jay Costa (D-Forest Hills), is currently going through a rewrite as the Senator has offered an amendment that would allow a spouse, relative or guardian—or anyone at the request of the spouse, relative or guardian—of a user to file a petition with the Single County Authority after a suicide attempt, overdose, shows an inability to make a rational decision, or has harmed or has attempted to harm others.
Friday, December 8, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Wolf announces new health plan for impoverished seniors

Wolf announces new health plan for impoverished seniors

Governor Tom Wolf’s administration rolled out a new health care plan that partners with private insurance companies to coordinate care for elderly and disabled Pennsylvanians. 

The program, called Community HealthChoices, will be mandatory for all individuals over the age of 21 who receive both Medicare and Medicaid. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Peduto chief of staff Kevin Acklin announces resignation

Peduto chief of staff Kevin Acklin announces resignation

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s chief of staff, Kevin Acklin, announced his resignation Thursday during a budget hearing before city council regarding the budget for the Office of the Mayor.

Thursday, December 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Pittsburgh
In light of epidemic, Allegheny County exploring lawsuit against opioid producers

In light of epidemic, Allegheny County exploring lawsuit against opioid producers

Allegheny County is putting out a request for qualifications this Friday to explore filing a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies that misled consumers about the addictive qualities of opioids.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council members seek funding alternatives to reality transfer tax for housing, early childhood funding

Pittsburgh City Council members seek funding alternatives to reality transfer tax for housing, early childhood funding

A coalition of Pittsburgh City Council members may have found a way to partially fill its Affordable Housing Opportunity Trust Fund, provide funding for early childhood education in the city, and offset a proposed hike in the real estate transfer tax with a package of budget amendments.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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