Office of the State Treasurer Bank Reconciliations Agreed-Upon Procedures Report – Quarter Ended June 30, 2018

State Auditor, R. Thomas Wagner, Jr., has released the Independent Accountants’ Report on Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures for the Office of the State Treasurer Bank Reconciliations for the quarter ended June 30, 2018.  The engagement was conducted by the certified public accounting firm of Zelenkofske Axelrod LLC in compliance with 29 Del. C. Section 2906, as amended, and was initiated under the direction of the Office of Auditor of Accounts.

To view the full report, please visit auditor.delaware.gov, or click here.  For questions regarding the audit, please contact State Auditor Wagner at r.thomas.wagner@delaware.gov.


Flag lowering for Patriot Day

By a joint resolution approved 12/18/2001, (Public Law 107-89) September 11th of each year has been designated as “Patriot Day”. This law also directs the flags be lowered to half-staff for the entire day on September 11th.

In concurrence with this directive, Governor Carney has ordered the U. S. and Delaware flags be flown at half staff beginning at the start of business tomorrow, September 11, 2018. Flags should be returned to full staff the start of business Wednesday, September 12, 2018.


Governor Carney Signs Package of Legislation to Combat Addiction Epidemic

Legislation Includes Creating the Nation’s first Overdose System of Care

NEW CASTLE, Del. – On Monday, Governor Carney joined Lt. Governor Hall-Long, members of the Behavioral Health Consortium, first responders, and advocates to sign three bills into law aimed at fighting the addiction epidemic and saving lives in Delaware. All three bills, HS #1 for House Bill 440,Senate Bill 206 and Senate Bill 225, are first year priorities of the Behavioral Health Consortium‘sThree Year Action Plan.

“Today, Delaware became the first state in the nation to enact an Overdose System of Care to improve our state’s care and treatment for Delawareans and families affected by the opioid crisis,” said Governor Carney. “We strengthened our Prescription Monitoring Program and we encouraged prescribers and patients to consider using non-opioid methods when treating back pain. These steps will help build on our system of support for those families and individuals dealing with the opioid crisis personally or professionally. Thank you to the members of the General Assembly, advocates and law enforcement for their tireless work on this epidemic affecting far too many Delaware families.”

The package of legislation addresses critical gaps identified by Delaware’s Behavioral Health Consortium which will tackle a range of issues including the creation of the nation’s first Overdose System of Care model to better transition individuals after an overdose or crisis from an emergency room setting to more comprehensive treatment for their addiction. Additional legislation also creates better access and education to alternative therapies to opioids and improved data sharing of health information between agencies to better assess and analyze prescribing patterns.

All three bills are year one priorities of the Behavioral Health Consortium, chaired by Lt. Governor Hall-Long.

“The addiction crisis ignores income, race, and geography,” said Lt. Governor Hall-Long.Delawareans deserve a treatment system that works for them when they need it most. With today’s bill signing, Delaware is another step closer to creating a more comprehensive, integrated, and timely treatment system from initial contact with first responders through the entire continuum of care.”

The legislative package received widespread support from many in Delaware’s General Assembly, most of whom see the devastating impacts of addiction in their communities.

“In Delaware, we are blessed to have a small, tight-knit community that can respond quickly to challenges as daunting as the current opioid epidemic,” said Sen. Bryan Townsend. “The bills that we have signed today are the result of that spirit of partnership and cooperation. They are a positive sign for the future of addiction and chronic pain treatment in our state. Our constituents deserve this kind of responsive government and I am as proud to be a part of today’s signing ceremony as I will be to keep the ball rolling next year.”

SB 225 encourages prescribers and patients to consider the use of proven alternative therapies instead of opioids and requires continuing education to prescribers about the risks of opioids and benefits of alternative treatments.

“Few Delawareans have made it through the last few years without being affected by the opioid crisis in some way,” said Sen. Stephanie Hansen. As elected officials, we are duty-bound to respond with every ounce of energy, creativity, and dedication we have to find solutions and make much-needed changes to our system of care, treatment methods, and prescription practices. As we continue to spend long hours poring through the data, news articles, and legislative documents trying to come up with new solutions, I am encouraged to see these bills passed today. They represent the combined efforts of an incredible team of people from all corners of this state and it has been a privilege to do my part in the Senate to get these bills drafted and passed. With the governor’s signature now affixed to these new laws, I am looking forward to carrying the momentum into the 150th General Assembly.”

“Combatting the addiction epidemic takes a collaborative approach, with many stakeholders coming to the table. The legislation we are signing into law today helps to establish wrap-around systems of care for overdose patients, better identify prescribing patterns and support alternative treatments to opioids,” said Rep. Helene Keeley, D-Wilmington South. “I was proud to be the prime sponsor of SB 225, and raise awareness about alternative pain care such as physical therapy and chiropractic care. Delawareans who struggle with back pain deserve all options at their disposal. I hope we can build on this legislation and continue the push for access for alternative pain treatments.”

Last year, nearly 2,000 individuals in Delaware suffered a non-fatal overdose, yet many continued to be prescribed opioids or did not receive treatment for substance use disorder. This prompted the need for SB 206, to better coordinate data sharing between state agencies and the Delaware Prescription Monitoring Program to study overdose data and create recommendations around safer prescribing and best practices.

“It seems like every day we hear about another overdose, another tragic death or another family struggling to beat addiction. Addiction doesn’t discriminate, and our policies should address the wide-ranging impacts of the disease,” said Rep. David Bentz, D-Christiana. “It has been an honor to work with the Behavioral Health Consortium and Lt. Governor Hall Long to address this systematic issue. The bills signed into law today by Governor Carney help continue to move Delaware forward and help the many families that struggle with addiction.”

Dr. Sandy Gibney, an emergency department physician at St. Francis Hospital was a leading advocate for legislation forming the nation’s first Overdose System of Care.

“The importance and impact this legislation cannot be understated, said Dr. Sandy Gibney, St Francis Hospital. “Utilizing the ‘system of care’ approach for substance use disorder and overdose care will ensure that an effective and collaborative statewide treatment and intervention plan will be put in place. The Systems of Care that are already established in Delaware for trauma, pediatric emergencies, and stroke have paved the way for an Overdose System of Care. All have demonstrated to be a highly effective and collaborative method for statewide patient care and treatment.”

Delaware’s first responders are often on the front lines of the addiction epidemic.

“Emergency medical services providers, such as emergency medical technicians and paramedics, are a vital component of the community health care system, said Larry Tan, Chief of Emergency Medical Services Division. “Our experience has demonstrated that leveraging their capabilities in defined ‘systems of care’ can have a significantly positive impact on survival and the quality of life in our communities.”

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Governor Carney Signs School Safety Legislation

New law establishes a School Safety and Security Fund with $5 million appropriation

 

GEORGES, Del. – Governor John Carney on Monday signed the Delaware School Safety and Security Fund into law – a bipartisan piece of school safety legislation that was passed unanimously by members of the General Assembly. This legislation, funded with $5 million in the state’s capital budget, establishes a School Safety and Security Fund to provide resources for projects intended to increase security in Delaware public schools. Governor Carney signed the legislation on Monday at St. George’s Technical High School.

 

“All Delaware students and educators deserve to feel safe when they go to school in the morning,” said Governor Carney. “We work with school districts and charter schools each year to update and test school safety plans statewide. But we should take all appropriate steps to create a safe climate at school. That’s why this legislation, and this new school safety fund, is so important. I want to thank members of the General Assembly from both sides of the aisle for stepping up and leading on this extremely important issue.”

 

Watch and share a replay of Monday’s signing ceremony here.

 

View and share photos from Monday’s signing ceremony here.

 

“Today, we took a positive step toward helping to make our schools safer,” said House Minority Leader Danny Short. “This legislation will allow necessary improvements to be done to our traditional public and charter schools to protect students, teachers, and staff from intruders.”

 

“Giving schools the support to invest in safety infrastructure is a matter of common sense,” saidSenator Stephanie Hansen. “It’s also important to give schools the flexibility to tailor those investments to their needs. It’s important that we follow up with proactive steps like counseling resources, but HB 335 provides local schools with those resources at a time when the safety of our schools, students, and faculty is on everyone’s mind. I’m glad to have supported this legislation in the Senate and am grateful to Governor Carney for signing it.”

 

“Five percent of the Delaware high school students surveyed in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey reported that in an average month they did not go to school for as many as six days due to fear of being unsafe in school,” said Brian Moore, School Climate and Discipline Program Manager at the Delaware Department of Education. “Our job is to make sure that every public school student in Delaware can learn in a safe, secure and supportive classroom.”

 

“This grant is a perfect example of how in Delaware our schools, state agencies, families and elected officials can come together quickly and efficiently to focus on finding solutions to challenges — in this case, collaborating to discover ways to make our classrooms safer and more secure so that our children can maximize learning opportunities,” said Susan Bunting, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Education.

 

“While NCC Vo-Tech is honored to host the bill signing at St. Georges Technical High School, school districts and charter schools across the state collectively appreciate HB 335,” said Vicki Gehrt, Superintendent of New Castle County Vocational Technical School District. “This is an outstanding start in recognizing the need and then appropriating funds to ensure the safety and security of our students.  We especially thank Governor Carney, State Representatives Hensley, Jacques, and Short, and State Senator Hansen for making this legislation a priority.”

 

Learn more about Delaware’s role in school safety.

 

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DNREC Natural Resources Police Environmental Crimes Unit charges Harrington man in trash dumping incident

Rahmeen Floyd
         Rahmeen Floyd

HARRINGTON – After investigating an illegal dumping complaint made to DNREC’s Division of Community Affairs, Natural Resources Police officers with the Environmental Crimes Unit arrested a Harrington man Sept. 5 in connection with the incident in southern Kent County.

Rahmeen Floyd, 38, was charged with three counts of causing or contributing to the discharge of solid waste materials. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 6 in Harrington, and released. Each charge carries a minimum fine of $500 and a maximum fine of $1,500 for first offense.

Residents are encouraged to report illegal trash dumping to DNREC’s Natural Resources Police Environmental Crimes Unit by calling the 24-hour environmental complaints line at 800-662-8802.

Media contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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