By: Beth Melena, Deputy Press Secretary SHARE TWEET Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf How the New Department of Health and Human Services Will Support Seniors Budget News, Government That Works, Healthcare, Human Services, Seniors, The Blog Earlier this week, Governor Wolf announced his plan to create a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in his 2017-2018 budget, which would unite the Departments of Aging (PDA), Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), Health (DOH), and Human Services (DHS) in order to help provide more streamlined services to Pennsylvanians.One group of Pennsylvanians the creation of this new department will benefit is seniors. Currently, older Pennsylvanians have to work through multiple agencies for the health and human services that they need. For example, seniors:Receive prescription assistance from PACE through PDA while locating where to dispose of unwanted or expired prescription drugs through DDAPApply for the aging waiver through DHS while seeking home and community-based services through PDASearch for information on the quality of nursing homes through DOH while reporting concerns to PDA once they’re in a facility. If those concerns result in an investigation that identifies a deficiency as threatening to a persons’ life or safety, that investigation and the subsequent penalties associated with it are administered by DOH.Older Pennsylvanians will now have one point of service with the Department of Health and Human Services. This will result in less confusion and easier access as constituents and their families seek services. It also builds on the Wolf Administration’s commitment to enabling citizens to age in place by preventing instability of health and wellness and protecting the most vulnerable from abuse, neglect, abandonment, and exploitation.Seniors will not see any cuts to their programs due to the creation of this new department and it will have no impact on how lottery fund monies are used to support senior programs. In fact, senior benefits and programs will be bolstered by the focus of a single agency.The Wolf Administration is dedicated to continue providing the same services as required under the Older Americans Act, while improving the quality of services for seniors by eliminating the unnecessary duplication of effort and the confusion it creates among Pennsylvania’s seniors and their families. February 01, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
One of the living spaces at 37-39 Sobar St, Burpengary.The master bedroom has a walk-in robe and modern ensuite and there is a fifth bedroom that could be used as a study. “We have the kids down one end of the house and our room is at the other end, so we have a retreat and really nice ensuite,” Mrs Hinte said. Outside there is an in-ground swimming pool with gazebo and slide, a double garage, garden shed, vegetable patch and a large wraparound veranda. The home at 37-39 Sobar St, Burpengary.THIS big family home has had a makeover and is on the market in Burpengary. The property at 37-39 Sobar St is on a 3006sq m block with swimming pool, double lockup garage and entertaining area with a pizza oven. Owner Dinelle Hinte said she and her husband had the house built in 1995 and renovated the property four years ago. “We had the kitchen completely renovated, the ensuite and main bedroom were renovated and we had a rumpus put on,” she said. “The house has all been painted throughout as well.” The kitchen at 37-39 Sobar St, Burpengary.The home has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area that opens to the covered entertaining space with built-in outdoor kitchen, barbecue and pizza oven. The kitchen has Caesarstone benchtops, a butler’s pantry, stainless steel appliances and soft close drawers. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“The kitchen is amazing it makes the house feel like a brand new home,” Mrs Hinte said. “And the outdoor area would be my favourite part of the home. “We have the pizza oven and barbecue and it’s a big area where you can sit down and relax and look out over the pool.” The outdoor area at 37-39 Sobar St, Burpengary.Mrs Hinte said the home was in a quiet neighbourhood with lovely neighbours. “For a young family it’s an amazing home. There is so much space for kids to play,” she said. The property is being marketed by Donna Hannon and Francine Deeks of Raine & Horne Burpengary Narangba.
Investors should not be formally assessed on the outcomes of investments made in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to one of the world’s biggest asset owners.Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), manager of Norway’s NOK8.9trn (€919bn) sovereign wealth fund, said it did not support adding outcome-based reporting on the SDGs, in a written response to the Principles for Responsible Investment’s (PRI) reporting review.NBIM argued in a letter to the PRI Association that it was difficult to measure an investor’s direct impact on the SDGs, and that the inclusion of outcome-based reporting was drifting away from the PRI’s founding principles.In the letter, NBIM’s Carine Smith Ihenacho, chief corporate governance officer, and Wilhelm Mohn, head of sustainability initiatives, wrote: “To attribute ownership of an outcome, an investor would ideally need to be able to demonstrate additionality, ie that any positive impact would not have happened without their investment. “Establishing such a relationship is challenging, given that a minority investor has only a marginal influence on a company’s funding cost and on its strategic direction, and is not involved in operational decisions. Investors’ efforts may be several steps removed from real-world outcomes on sustainable development.”NBIM also said that, for many investors, achieving the SDGs was not necessarily part of their mandate and so they should not be expected to report potential outcomes of their investments in this way to the PRI.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Dutch asset managers APG and PGGM have assessed the ‘investability’ of the SDGs“Finally, including outcome-based reporting in the PRI Reporting Framework is drifting away from the PRI’s founding principles,” Smith Ihenacho and Mohn said. They added that the PRI’s signatories were financial investors committed to incorporate environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues into their decision-making, while delivering on their investment mandate.“Most investors’ mandate is to maximise financial returns for their beneficiaries,” they said. “Responsible investors who do not have in their mandate to achieve specific social or environmental goals, or to contribute to policy goals, should not be expected to report on such potential impact under the PRI Reporting Framework.”The PRI has said that reporting how companies incorporated ESG factors not only encouraged positive change in financial markets, but also gave signatories an opportunity to compare their performance with peers, allowing for feedback and improvement.NBIM said this was not the first time it had objected to the concept of outcome-based reporting, having previously highlighted problems in the fund’s response to the PRI Blueprint, created in 2017.The PRI is surveying signatory investors and service providers about their views on the organisation’s reporting framework as part of a review it committed to in 2017.It wants to force signatories to report how they have considered specific climate change risks in their portfolios, beginning in 2020.Launched in 2012, the framework is, according to the PRI, “the largest global reporting project on responsible investment”.