According to a recently published State.PA.US press release, Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Calvin B. Johnson announced that the Parent Panel Advisory Council has officially been formed on September 21st. This council will study substance and make addition treatment services more available for families or communities struggling with or affected by the problem on a personal level or wide-scale level.
To start, the Parent Panel Advisory Council met for the first time on September 21st at the Pennsylvania capital of Harrisburg.
Dr. Johnson said of the Parent Panel Advisory Council and the problem of substance abuse, “It is estimated that one-in-four Pennsylvania families is affected by an untreated drug or alcohol addiction. Parents whose children have been affected by and treated for alcohol and drug addiction have a lot of knowledge to offer policy makers. We need their input to ensure communities have adequate access to substance abuse services.”
The council’s main job at the moment is to examine and student how much information is available to the general public about substance abuse and addition services. The council will also be identifying barriers and gaps that create problems in normal services and treatment and additionally make recommendations on how to improve the state’s addiction treatment system.
All of their research and studying will be presented to the Pennsylvania Department of Health to share with the state House Health and Human Services Committee.
The Parent Panel Advisory Council started out at House Resolution 585 and directed that the Department of Health create it. Members of the panel are three parents from each of the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s six regional districts throughout the state. Members were carefully selected through an application process. Each member will serve for one, two, or three year terms until new applications are accepted for the council.
The creation and overall purpose of the Parent Panel Advisory Council is to make residents even safer and keep them healthier. This has been a huge goal within the past through years in Pennsylvania and is continuing throughout the years to come. There is no doubt that similar councils or board will be created or enhanced to benefit even more residents.
Currently, additional information about drug, alcohol, or other substance abuse and prevention and treatment programs in Pennsylvania is available the the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s web site at the following link: www.health.state.pa.us. A web site especially made for the Parent Panel Advisory Council will be announced at a later time.
State.Pa.US. “Parents Gain New Voice in Improving Access to Substance Abuse Services for Families.” www.state.pa.us/papower/cwp/view.asp