CCSI News and Updates
Anne L. Wilder
Coordinated Care Services, Inc.
Here’s the topline for this month’s news, which includes:
  • Congratulations to Chautauqua Tapestry, recognized in two upcoming Children's Mental Health Awareness Day events.
  • Check out an article featuring Laura Ficarra, Prevention Planning and Education Coordinator, who recently presented at NYSUT's Health & Safety Conference.
  • Get the latest CFR and fiscal updates from Jim Monfort, Senior Consultant & Manager of Financial Services.
  • Learn more about a new, no cost resource connecting Trauma-Responsive champions across NYS.
  • Hear from Cheryl Martin, Integrated Health Trainer and Clinical Consultant about Opioid Misuse and Older Adults Conference.
  • Register now: OASAS Clinical Supervision Foundations I & II Training
  • And a host of other training opportunities, project updates and resources.
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Chautauqua Tapestry Recognized in Children's Mental Health Awareness Day Events
Chautauqua Tapestry is proud to be recognized in these Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day events.

What's Great in Our State is a full-day event featuring workshops, keynote speakers, and a luncheon honoring individuals and programs that are successfully addressing the issues of children’s mental health. These include work on early identification, outreach, family education, providing mental health awareness in schools and successful intervention on behalf of children and their families. This year Chautauqua Tapestry is the Systems of Care honoree. (For more information and to register for the event, please visit ; Facebook event page.)

Chautauqua Tapestry is also being recognized at SAMHSA’s Awareness Day 2019: "Suicide Prevention: Strategies That Work." Chautauqua Tapestry and the Community Alliance for Suicide Prevention will be featured in a short video showcasing evidence-based strategies to connect those in need to suicide prevention information, services, and supports that save lives. SAMHSA’s Awareness Day 2019 event will take place on Monday, May 6, 2019, at 3 p.m. EDT. Watch here for the live webcast . For more information visit https://www.samhsa.go v/childrens-awareness-day/event
Educators Work Towards Finding Solutions as Opioid Crisis Continues
CCSI's Laura Ficarra , Prevention Planning and Education Coordinator, Division of Prevention Services, NYS Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS) recently presented at the Opioid Addiction Crisis workshop at the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Health & Safety Conference. Learn more about how educators from the conference are helping to combat the opioid crisis by clicking here to read NYSUT's recent article.
Laura Ficarra, OASAS; Ruth Grisham, Schenectady FT; Heidi Price, Prevention Educator from Council for Prevention; Michael McTague, principal, Hudson Falls Intermediate School; Ethan Doak, teacher, Hudson Falls TA
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Financial Services Update
Fiscal Officer Due Date Reminders

May 1st:  Consolidated Fiscal Report (CFR) submission for OMH and SED providers without a 30-day extension are due! Submission including upload, required signatures, financial statements, etc.  NYS 30-day CFR extensions (OMH, SED) are due by April 30 th .

James Monfort
Manager of Financial Services, Senior Consultant
Coordinated Care Services, Inc.
CFR Preparation

CCSI offers Consolidated Fiscal Report (CFR) preparation services for both LGUs and agency providers. For those in need of assistance preparing their 2018 CFR please contact James Monfort for possible dates in May. 

Children’s Transition Timeline

There are several important events that kickoff on July 1 st , 2019 related to the Children’s Transition which include:

  • Implementation of Family Peer Support Services as State Plan Service in managed care and fee-for-service
  • BH Services already in managed care for adults 21 and older are available in managed care for individuals 18-20 (e.g. PROS, ACT, etc.)
  • OMH licensed SED designated clinics serving children with SED diagnosis are carved-in to managed care
  • SSI children begin receiving State Plan behavioral health services in managed care
  • Three-year phase in of Level of Care (LOC) expansion begins

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New Website Connects Trauma-Responsive Champions
Across the State
In 2016, the New York State Office of Mental Health (NYS OMH) and Coordinated Care Services, Inc. (CCSI) convened trauma-informed care champions from around the state to connect and collaborate with one another. At the conclusion of that extraordinary day, the message was clear: we can accelerate trauma-responsive practice change by being better connected to one another . Donna Bradbury, Associate Commissioner of the Office of Mental Health heard this critical call to action, “ I value cross-systems work and so when a proposal for creating a Trauma-Informed network was first presented to me in 2016, it made perfect sense. I’ve supported the creation of this network with funding and with dedicated staff time to participate in and support the development of the website.”

With funding and support secured from the NYS OMH, CCSI is pleased to launch the New York State Trauma-Informed Network website: . This virtual network will help individuals, caregivers, professionals and organizations connect with one another in order to enhance trauma-responsive practice change throughout New York. The site will be dedicated to sharing quality resources, promoting events/training opportunities, and providing access to champions throughout the state engaged in these efforts.

Click here to access the site:

Check out this flyer with more information about the site, and please share with anyone who might be interested!
Opioid Use and Risks: A Practical Approach to Harm Reduction in Older Adults
I am grateful for the recent opportunity to attend and also present at the March 15 th Opioid Misuse and Older Adults conference , organized by Lifespan and the  Institute for Innovative Education at the University of Rochester. Monroe County has experienced a nearly tenfold increase in opioid-related deaths over the past few years. As the circumstances of these deaths have been studied, there has arisen an awareness that our community could benefit from education that is specifically focused on older adults. The time is now!
Cheryl Martin, MA, RN, Master CASAC
Integrated Health Trainer and
Clinical Consultant
Coordinated Care Services, Inc.
The conference speakers guided learners toward a deeper understanding of the unique aspects of older adult alcohol and drug use. The life changes of older adults such as retirement, chronic illness and pain, anxiety and social isolation can increase risky use of drugs and alcohol. When older adults are in psychological and/or physical discomfort and have access to alcohol or are prescribed opiates, the temporary relief that the substances offer may lead to unsafe use. As well, some older adults have been using drugs and alcohol for many years (remember the 1960s) and as they age, their slower metabolism and poorer health can make continued use of those substances riskier. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has created a guideline for prescribers to assist them with the challenge of treating the pain of older adults while also minimizing their risk. 

OASAS Clinical Supervision Foundations I & II Training
This 30-hour combined on-line and classroom training developed by the Addiction Technology Transfer Center, will meet the thirty (30) hour Clinical Supervision training requirement for the Advanced Counselor and Master Counselor status in the OASAS Substance Use Disorder Scopes of Practice, and recognizes the crucial role of Clinical Supervision in quality assurance of program services.

Clinical Supervision, when properly implemented, improves client care, develops clinical skills, and improves the knowledge and professionalism of clinical personnel. It is paramount in imparting and maintaining ethical standards in the addictions profession.

For more information, and to register for the 14 hour online Clinical Supervision Foundations I course click here .

The online course is followed by 16 hours of classroom training - Clinical Supervision Foundations II
New York State Office of Mental Health Symposium
June 24 - 25, 2019
Save the Date and Stay Tuned! The New York State Office of Mental Health is hosting a two-day symposium bringing together researchers, policy decision makers, mental health clinicians and front line workers. The goal is to raise the bar and develop concrete strategies to create mental health equity for all New Yorkers. 
Organizational News and Events
Rochester RHIO's Health Information Exchange Services Continue to Grow
Rochester RHIO serves as a resource for the greater Finger Lakes region supporting the secure sharing of health care data and health information exchange services. Each and every day, millions of bits of data are received by the RHIO and over the past few years, growth has been exponential. The chart below demonstrates how much Rochester RHIO services have grown. Rochester RHIO would not be where it is today without the support of all of participants, data contributors and community stakeholders. Here's the latest from Judy Mendoza, Marketing & Communications Manager:

What is Rochester RHIO ? Rochester RHIO (Regional Health Information Organization) is a secure electronic health information exchange (HIE) serving authorized providers and over 1.4 million people. It provides HIE services and support to thousands of area physicians at more than 400 practices. The RHIO allows patient care teams to share clinical records across various institutions and practices making patient information available wherever and whenever needed to support the highest quality care and care transitions. At the end of March, Rochester RHIO also implemented Part 2 (SAMHSA) data sharing for a more complete health care record.

Beyond This Moment - Authentic Sisterhood: Let the Healing Begin Conference
On March 30th in Rochester, NY, the 1st Annual Beyond This Moment Conference welcomed hundreds of women in celebration of sisterhood in a finale to Women's History Month. The 2019 theme “Authentic Sisterhood” was a power packed day filled with the promise of growth, healing and the unfolding of a new journey that every woman can expect to experience. 

Nancy Sung Shelton, M.A., CCSI Sr. Consultant, Cultural Competence and Health Equity, volunteered her time to serve as a facilitator for a workshop entitled, “The Ugly Truth” that engaged a packed room of participants with a honest and thought-provoking conversation about the “comparison lie” and competitiveness that impacts relationships among women. The group unpacked the challenges associated with pain and forgiveness leading to freedom to break free from self-imposed fear and apprehension to true self-awareness and confidence.
Nancy Sung Shelton , MA
Senior Consultant
Cultural Competence and Health Equity
Coordinated Care Services, Inc.
Monroe County Office of Mental Health Offers Free
SafeTALK Suicide Awareness Training
SafeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. The training can help to prepare someone to begin recognizing thoughts of suicide in others, having a safe conversation about these thoughts, and connecting the individual to support to further assist them in remaining safe.  Click here for more information on the training .  

Please contact Brianna Morabito or Miranda DelVecchio to schedule a training time.
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