‘Eco­nomic Trends in Bucks and the Re­gion’ high­light fo­rum

The Advance of Bucks County - - BUSINESS -

At the Lower Bucks County Cham­ber of Com­merce’s an­nual Eco­nomic Fo­rum, at­ten­dees had the op­por­tu­nity to hear a panel of busi­ness lead­ers share their per­spec­tive and ex­per­tise on the econ­omy, along with their own proven strate­gies for success. Mod­er­ated by Bucks County Com­mis­sioner Rob Lough­ery, Craig Ba­clit (Patch Man­age­ment Inc., Pot­hole Killers), Todd Buch (McCaf­ferty Auto Group), Ron Davis ( PARu Casino C Rac­ing), Sean Galt (Thompson Net­works), and Liz Walsh (Bucks County WIB/Ca­reerLink) all gave their views on the “Eco­nomic Trends in Bucks County and the Re­gion.”

Thank you to the Eco­nomic Fo­rum spon­sors for their sup­port! • 9HULzRn ($wDUGs 6SRn­sRU) • 3UG )HGHUDO %DnN • $nJHOPDUN $ssRFLDWHs, ,nF. • /DwUHnFH /HxXs • P1& :HDOWK 0DnDJHPHnW • 6WUHDPOLnH PDyUROO, //& • :HLGHO 5HDOWRUs – $nnH 0. &RsWHOOR The Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Award was pre­sented to Good Friends, Inc. at the Eco­nomic Fo­rum. This award rec­og­nizes in­di­vid­u­als, bus­inHssHs nRn-SUR­fiW RUJDnLzDWLRns DnG/RU JUHHn WHFKnol­ogy for their out­stand­ing work in pro­mot­ing eco­nomic devel­op­ment and job growth in Bucks &RXnWy. 7KLs wDs WKH IRXUWHHnWK yHDU WKDW 9HULzRn spon­sored the pre­sen­ta­tion of th­ese awards at the Eco­nomic Fo­rum pro­gram. Thank you to Dan 5HDvy RI 9HULzRn DnG WR HvHUyRnH wKR sXEPLWWHG nominations for their sup­port.

Good Friends, Inc. is a res­i­den­tial treat­ment pro­gram for adult men re­cov­er­ing from sub­stance de­pen­dency, in­clud­ing those with a co-oc­cur­ring psy­chi­atric dis­or­der. Es­tab­lished in 1977, Good Friends, Inc. is li­censed by the Penn­syl­va­nia De­part­ment of Health to pro­vide com­pre­hen­sive and qual­ity be­hav­ioral health ser­vices con­ducive to per­sonal growth.

Since its in­cep­tion Good Friends, Inc. has main­tained the high­est stan­dard for its treat­ment ser­vices and the needs of their clients. Be­cause of this the agency has been called a model within its scope of busi­ness and one of the lead­ers in the pro­vi­sion RI KDOIwDy KRXsH WUHDWPHnW Ln WKH sWDWH. ,W UHflHFWs in their treat­ment success rate too, which last year was 57B above the na­tional av­er­age.

While their ser­vice pro­vides sub­stance abuse treat­ment it also em­pha­sizes pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­de­pen­dent growth and re­spon­si­ble com­mu­nity liv­ing. Gain­ing em­ploy­able jobs is one such op­por­tu­nity. En­ter­ing the pro­gram, their clients are un­em­ployed, a sce­nario they change dur­ing the course of treat­ment. This al­lows Good Friends, Inc. to have a pos­i­tive im­pact within our com­mu­nity while their clients are in treat­ment and af­ter they re­turn to the com­mu­nity. Us­ing an av­er­age of A12.00 per hour for an em­ployed client, one year of post-treat­ment paid taxes would be ap­prox­i­mately A4,680.00 in rev­enue not pre­vi­ously FROOHFWHG. 0XOWLSOy WKLs fiJXUH Ey WKH 197 FOLHnWs who com­pleted the pro­gram be­tween 7/1/09 and 6/30/12 DnG $921,960.00 Ln WDxHs DUH FROOHFWHG, where prior there were few to none. And this only counts those clients who com­pleted their treat­ment process.

Other pos­i­tive eco­nomic mea­sures are cap­tured when a client en­ters treat­ment. Ev­ery A1.00 in­vested in ad­dic­tion treat­ment saves A7.00 in re­duced crime and crim­i­nal jus­tice costs and when KHDOWK FDUH sDvLnJs DUH IDFWRUHG Ln WKH fiJXUH jumps to A12.00. Re­search in­di­cates that ad­dicWLRn WUHDWPHnW sLJnL­fiFDnWOy UHGXFHs HPHUJHnFy room use, in­pa­tient hospi­tal stays and to­tal health care costs; and, un­treated ad­dic­tion in­ci­dence in the work­place yields in­creases in tar­di­ness, ab­sHnWHHLsP DnG Rn-WKH-MRE FRn­flLFWs, FRXSOHG wLWK de­creased em­ployee pro­duc­tiv­ity.

Good Friends, Inc. was nom­i­nated by Jes­sica Sweeney of First Fed­eral of Bucks County.

From left, Dan Bates (LBCCC), Com­mis­sioner Rob Lough­ery and Su­san Ros­ner (Calder As­so­ci­ates/ LBCCC Chair­per­son of the Board) with Eco­nomic Fo­rum pan­elists Todd Buch (McCaf­ferty Auto Group), Ron Davis (PARX Casino & Rac­ing), Craig Ba­clit (Patch Man­age­ment Inc., Pot­hole Killers), Sean Galt (Thompson Net­works), and Liz Walsh (Bucks County WIB/Ca­reerLink).

Su­san Ros­ner (Calder As­so­ci­ates/LBCCC Chair­per­son of the Board) and Dan Bates (LBCCC) con­grat­u­late Ted Mil­lard, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Good Friends, Inc. on the or­ga­ni­za­tion re­ceiv­ing the 2012 Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Award.

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