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Providers: Statewide emergency declaration can help improve services for those struggling with addiction

January 19, 2018 | Hayden Mitman | Watchdog News

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf this week sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting additional federal funds to combat the state’s ongoing opioid abuse emergency, noting that it has taken the lives of more than 4,600 Pennsylvanians in the past year.

According to a report released by the DEA last year, between 2015 and 2016, the number of overdose deaths in the state of Pennsylvania rose by of 37 percent.

The DEA said that equated roughly to 13 Pennsylvanians dying of a drug-related overdose each day of 2016.

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Family Service program receives gift

January 18, 2018 | Bucks County Herald

The Young family recently delivered a $15,000 gift on behalf of the Lauren Nicole Young Memorial Fund to Family Service Association of Bucks County in support of its School-Based Counseling program.

Family Service has partnerships with 20 schools across eight school districts to provide counseling for children and adolescents directly in the schools they attend each day.

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Wolf declares opioid crisis a state disaster emergency

January 11, 2018 | Marion Callahan and Jenny Wagner | Bucks County Courier Times

Gov. Tom Wolf declared Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis a statewide disaster emergency Wednesday afternoon, paving the way for policy changes that are expected to knock down barriers for people needing treatment, cut red tape for providers and allow first responders to leave behind naloxone kits at non-fatal overdose scenes.

“We are still losing too many Pennsylvanians,” said Wolf, adding that early reports indicate 5,260 Pennsylvanians died last year from drug overdoses, up from 4,642 in 2016. “We are fourth in terms of having the highest rate of increase in deaths in the country. It’s a bad record.”

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Family Service’s School-Based Counseling Program Receives Gift from Lauren Nicole Young Memorial Fund

January 08, 2018 | Family Service Press Release

The Young Family recently delivered a $15,000 gift on behalf of the Lauren Nicole Young Memorial Fund to Family Service Association of Bucks County in support of its School-Based Counseling program.

Family Service has partnerships with 20 schools across 8 school districts to provide counseling for children and adolescents directly in the schools they attend each day. The gift from the Lauren Nicole Young Memorial Fund will be used specifically to provide middle and high school students with mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment in an effort to reduce drug and alcohol abuse and prevent possible deaths from occurring.

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Family Service Honors Penn Community Bank as Corporate Citizen of the Year

December 27, 2017 | Bucks Happening

Penn Community Bank, Bucks County’s leading independent, mutual financial organization, has been named Corporate Citizen of the Year by Family Service Association of Bucks County, a nonprofit that provides invaluable resources and assistance to those in need throughout Bucks County.

The award recognizes the support that the community-focused local bank has provided for nearly two decades. William P. Larkin, Jr., CPA, who is vice chairman of the Penn Community Bank board of directors, serves as treasurer of the Family Service board of directors, and Penn Community Bank acted as a sponsor for the organization’s 2017 Drive for Youth Golf Outing. Several bank team members also served on the fundraiser’s planning committee.

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Family Service fetes Penn Community

December 14, 2017 | Bucks County Herald

Penn Community Bank has been named Corporate Citizen of the Year by Family Service Association of Bucks County. The award, which was presented at Family Service’s annual luncheon on Nov. 9 at Spring Mill Manor in Ivyland, recognizes the support that the bank has provided for nearly two decades.

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Newtown-area Boy Scout attains rank of Eagle

December 14, 2017 | Bucks County Courier Times

Frederick Edwards of Washington Crossing Council Troop 29 in Newtown, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in Boy Scouts. His project consisted of being part of a team that built two adult benches and two children’s benches for a playground at the Bucks County Homeless Shelter in Bristol Township.

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Federal Funds Help Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter Upgrade Facility

October 11, 2017 | Tom Sofield | LevittownNow.com

A community development block grant has helped the Family Service Association of Bucks County rehabilitate portions of the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter.

The $99,975 in federal funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development were awarded to Bristol Township and handed down to help the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter rehabilitate the HVAC system and dorms at the facility located near the Levittown Library and Bucks County Technical High School.

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FSA to use $15,000 donation to help battle opioid addiction

October 11, 2017 | Joan Hellyer | Bucks County Courier Times

The Family Service Association of Bucks County will use a $15,000 donation from Worth & Co. to help fund its Center for Excellence programs.

The center serves adults 18 and older who have an opioid use disorder or are actively using opioids and who have or are eligible for Medicaid, spokeswoman Nicki Bedesem said. The facility helps people with opioid-related substance use disorders stay in treatment, receive follow-up care and support from the community.

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Two family suites added to Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter

October 08, 2017 | Joan Hellyer | Bucks County Courier Times

Dozens of area volunteers were up and working before dawn Saturday to give local families in need some new, temporary spaces to rebuild their lives.

The approximately 100 volunteers spent much of the day building a 600-square-foot addition onto the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter in Bristol Township. The addition houses two family units, each measuring about 140 square feet, project coordinator Franco D’Andrea said. Up to four people can stay in each unit.

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