Addiction and Recovery Experts from The Gate House
LANCASTER, PA — The Gate House, a non-profit organization providing community-based drug and alcohol treatment programs to clients with severe addictions and related issues, welcomed Gov. Tom Wolf’s recent declaration of an opioid emergency in Pennsylvania.
By declaring the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania a “disaster emergency,” Gov. Wolf makes it easier for opioid addicts living in the Commonwealth to gain access to the treatment they need. The move also paves the way for lawmakers to improve policies related to treatment and recovery, bolsters Pennsylvania’s Naloxone reserves, and establishes a new command center to coordinate addiction care and prevention efforts across the state.
Jodi Holland, executive director of The Gate House, said Gov. Wolf’s move will “save lives.”
“We were very pleased to hear of the Governor’s recent declaration,” Holland said. “By taking these steps, the governor sends a strong message to organizations like ours that he is making the opioid crisis a top priority and giving treatment organizations, first responders and lawmakers the ability to save lives by doing something about it.”
Outpatient coordinator and HR officer for The Gate House, Casey Ellis, said she, too, is grateful for the Governor’s decision to prioritize the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania.
“On its own, the declaration is a wonderful first step,” Ellis said. “It is now up to those of us in the treatment and recovery community to use these new resources to take the next, most important step in the process — following through.”
Holland and Ellis are both available for comment should you need them. Their contact info is below.
For more information about The Gate House, its facilities and its services, please visit www.gatehouse.org, or call 717-392-3215.