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Bucks County Establishes Opioid Settlement Advisory Committee

Bucks County Establishes Opioid Settlement Advisory Committee | Newtown News of Interest | Scoop.it

As a plaintiff in a nationwide lawsuit, Bucks County expects to receive around $44 million in settlements over the next 18 years.

A new Chairman's Opioid Settlement Advisory Committee comprised of experts will advise local authorities on appropriation of opioid settlement funds, Bucks County Commissioner Chair Bob Harvie announced Tuesday.

The committee's advice will inform the allocation of funds received as part of this settlement, as well as the use of future recoveries obtained through the nationwide opioid litigation.

All funds must be used in ways that remediate the opioid epidemic, according to the terms of the settlement. The advisory committee will review and make recommendations on applications for funding, receiving input from members of the public and providing recommendations and feedback to the Chair on a regular basis each year.

The advisory committee will be chaired by Diane Rosati, Executive Director of Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission. She will be joined by the following members:

  • Rachael Neff, LSW – Director of Human Services, County of Bucks
  • Timothy Wynn – Director of Veterans Affairs, County of Bucks
  • Alana Hardison – Prevention Specialist, No Longer Bound
  • Ryan Schweiger, CPS, CRS, CPRP – Community Outreach Specialist, Penn Foundation
  • William McVey – Director of Public Safety, Bensalem Township
  • Micki Kaisinger – Founder, Emilie House

 

johnmacknewtown's insight:

I’m on record saying “If [Newtown] Township were to get some money out of this, small as it might be, it is my hope that the funds are used to support opioid anti-addiction programs and implement educational programs for the general public and students.” See the video here: http://bit.ly/OpioidSuitPost

 

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