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03/16/2020

Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Encourages Provider Partnerships Outside of Southeast Mitigation Region

Harrisburg, PA - In coordination with the Governor Wolf’s COVID-19 mitigation guidance and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s phased closure of Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) Secretary Jennifer Smith is asking southeast drug and alcohol treatment providers to develop partnerships with providers outside of their region to accommodate capacity, as needed.

“As the commonwealth comes together to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, I am urging drug and alcohol treatment providers to work together to ensure all Pennsylvanians have access to treatment,” said Sec. Smith. “For individuals with substance use disorder, including those with alcohol use disorder, services to manage withdrawal symptoms are important. Providers who are near capacity in the southeast region, please ensure your continuity plans involve partnerships with entities outside the affected counties.”

Providers should contact their local Single County Authority (SCA) who can help facilitate partnerships in other counties. For a listing of SCAs, visit DDAP’s website here.

Help is available for individuals suffering from alcohol or substance use disorder. Pennsylvania operates the Get Help Now hotline at 1-800-662-HELP 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The hotline is staffed by trained professionals who will stay on the phone with the caller until a treatment provider with an opening is identified.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Rachel Kostelac - DDAP, 717-547-3314

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