Senators skeptical over proposed human services agency consolidation

Senators skeptical over proposed human services agency consolidation

In a situation unique to recent budget hearing history, four departments up for potential consolidation appeared jointly before the Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday to answer questions about the proposed merger and various agency operations.

 

Normally appearing separately—as they did in the House—the agencies discussed the merits of the proposed consolidation and worked to assuage the fears of senators skeptical of the alleged benefits of the merger.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Department of Health makes available medical marijuana grower/processor and dispensary permit applications

Department of Health makes available medical marijuana grower/processor and dispensary permit applications

In the latest step toward full implementation of the Commonwealth’s medical marijuana program, the Department of Health Tuesday made available the permit applications for those wishing to run medical marijuana grower/processor facilities and dispensaries.

 

Available for the first time Tuesday, applications will begin to be accepted starting February 20th and running until March 20th whereupon the department will undertake a review of the submitted permits.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Department of Health publishes temporary medical marijuana regulations for dispensaries

Department of Health publishes temporary medical marijuana regulations for dispensaries

Eyeing full implementation of the medical marijuana program authorized under Act 16 of 2016, the Department of Health announced last week that temporary regulations covering medical marijuana dispensaries have been published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

 

“The dispensary temporary regulations outline what is needed in the plan for operation, process for dispensing medical marijuana, security and surveillance requirements at the dispensary, as well as where the dispensary facilities can be located,” said Secretary of Health Karen Murphy. 

Monday, December 12, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Medical cannabis grower/processor temporary regs published

Medical cannabis grower/processor temporary regs published

The Department of Health announced last week that the draft regulations pertaining to medical cannabis growers and processors have been published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

 

According to the department, the temporary regulations outline the financial, legal and operational requirements needed by an individual to be considered for a grower/processor permit, as well as where the facilities can be located.

Monday, October 31, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Department of Health provides Narcan to 128 public schools

Department of Health provides Narcan to 128 public schools

The Wolf administration—including the Department of Health and Department of Education—announced Thursday that 128 public schools will received the anti-overdose drug Narcan as part of a collaborative effort between the schools, the administration, and Adapt Pharma.

 

The public schools include traditional public schools, as well as charter schools, intermediate units, and career and technical centers.

 

“I am grateful to Adapt Pharma, the Department of Health, and participating public schools for doing their part in fighting against the opioid epidemic,” said Gov. Wolf. “By equipping trained professionals in schools with this drug, we are providing necessary resources in order to address this public health crisis.”

Thursday, October 13, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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