June 7, 2019
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE NEXT SCC PROJECT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (PAC) MEETING
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Thursday, June 27, 2019
Registration 8:30 am
Program 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hilton Garden Inn - Stony Brook
1 Circle Road
Stony Brook, NY
BUPRENORPHINE WAIVER TRAINING

Increased access to buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorder is urgently needed. Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and Residents are welcome and highly encouraged to attend training.
 
Under current regulations, authorized practitioners (MDs, DOs, NPs & PAs) are required to obtain a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. The Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS) is sponsoring a free buprenorphine waiver training for clinical providers on  Wednesday, June 26, 2019, from 1 pm to 6:00 pm , at Suffolk County  Department of Health Services, Sunrise Business Center, 3500 Sunrise Highway, Building 200, Great River, NY.  The trainer will be Leslie Marino, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University, Irving Medical Center.

Email Jennifer.Culp@suffolkcountyny.gov or call 631-854-0096 with questions and to register by June 21, 2019.  Click here for detailed flyer.
THE INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT:  CONFRONTING OUR HEALTH EQUITY CRISIS


Be part of the conversation at this groundbreaking summit, where we unite national and local thought leaders to discuss how to effect change, shift mindsets and collectively raise our communities up.

There is no fee for this conference.

Breakfast and lunch included.



"TIPS FOR TEENS" FACT SHEETS

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has issued new versions of its " Tips for Teens" fact sheets, including two new ones on opioids and e-cigarettes.  The sheets can be used in classrooms or other youth settings to demonstrate the dangers of experimenting with substances.  Each fact sheet is available to download free on SAMHSA's website.  

Tip sheet topics include:  
  • E-Cigarettes
  • Marijuana
  • Opioids
  • Steroids
  • Tobacco
  • The Truth About Cocaine
  • The Truth About Heroin
  • The Truth About Methamphetamine
  • The Truth About Inhalants
  • Myths vs. Facts
HOW TO TALK TO YOUR PATIENTS ABOUT END-OF-LIFE CARE
A Conversation Ready Toolkit for Clinicians

The ultimate goal of a "Conversation Ready" health care organization is respectful end-of-life care that is concordant with patients' stated goals, values and preferences. This new toolkit, How to Talk to your Patients About End-Of-Life Care:  A Conversation Ready Toolkit for Clinicians is intended to help clinicians address some of the challenges of engaging with patients and families in end-of-life care conversations.  The cases in the toolkit present patients with diverse backgrounds and experiences at different points of illness, as well as diverse clinicians and care settings.   Each case describes the progression of the patient's illness and outlines key considerations for clinicians to engage the patient and family in discussions about what matters most to the patient at the end of life.   Click here to read more and access the toolkit by registering and logging into the Institute for Healthcare Improvement website.
JUNE HEALTH AND WELLNESS OBSERVANCES

June provides several opportunities to promote health and wellness awareness. Listed below are several resources to help community leaders and healthcare providers start planning ways to communicate, educate and involve the community they serve.   If you would like to promote special events in recognition of any of these observances on our Community Bulletin Board or newsletter, submit them  here.

MEN'S HEALTH MONTH
Anchored by a Congressional health education program, Men's Health Month is celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances and other health education and outreach activities.  Recognition from the White House provides encouragement to men, boys and their families around the globe. The purpose of Men's Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.  Visit Menshealthmonth.org for resources to help promote Men's Health Month.  

PRIDE MONTH
June is Pride Month, a month to celebrate gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and asexual people, plus all other sexual orientations and genders.  The month is celebrated in June in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots, which kicked off the first major demonstrations for gay rights in America in June 1969.  Today, Pride Month features marches around the country, educational and awareness events, and parties to celebrate gay pride!   This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.

NYC Pride will be holding a Human Rights Conference on June 24-25, 2019, which is an exciting gathering of activists, artists, educators, journalists, policymakers, students and others engaged in LGBTQIA+ human rights around the world. This two-day conference provides a unique opportunity for a global dialogue about human rights, ranging from performances to presentations, politics to policies, and activism to academics.  Click here for details and to register for the Conference.   Explore all the upcoming NYC Pride events here and Long Island Pride events here
NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH WEBINAR
Considering the Whole Person:  Contexts for LGBTQ People of Color Mental and Behavioral Health Treatment

June is recognized globally as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month, commemorating the advancement of LGBTQ social and political issues since the Stonewall Rebellion took place in New York City in 1969. Despite 50 years of ground-breaking history, health disparities still abound in LGBTQ communities. There is strong evidence that members of the LGBTQ community experience behavioral health conditions at a higher rate than heterosexuals, and that LGBTQ people of color are more disproportionately affected - suicide rates are twice that of their white counterparts. Further, health disparities are increased when many identities and experiences converge as with LGBTQ people of color.

The National Council for Behavioral Health will host a webinar, Considering the Whole Person: Contexts for LGBTQ People of Color Mental and Behavioral Health Treatment, on Wednesday, June 12 at 3:00 p.m., as Antoine Craigwell, founder, president and CEO of DBGM (Depressed Black Gay Men), Inc., presents on effectively working with LGBTQ people of color in behavioral health settings.  Topics will include systemic racism, homophobia, the compounding effects of inter-generational and contemporaneous trauma and resiliency as these relate to treating the whole person and advancing health and wellness for often-marginalized communities.

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT HIGHLIGHTS
Opportunities for community engagement throughout Suffolk County

MOBILE MAMMOGRAPHY VAN
Breast Cancer Screenings sponsored by Stony Brook Medicine  |  Saturday, June 22, 2019, 9 am - 5 pm
Office of Legislator Bill Lindsay, 1609 Grundy Avenue, Holbrook, NY.  Call 631-638-4135 to schedule an appointment.  Click here for flyer.  

DIABETES WELLNESS EDUCATION SERVICES
Led by Maria Curcio, RDN, CDE, Diabetes Wellness Education Services Coordinator at Long Island Community Hospital.  Classes for this series are held June 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2019, at 103 West Main St., Home Care Conference Room, Patchogue, NY.  Call 631-687-4188 to register.  See flyer here.  

HEALTHY SUNDAYS PROGRAM
Catholic Health Services of Long Island's health screening program provides preventive health screenings and education to members of medically underserved communities on Long Island.   Click here for schedule of upcoming event dates and locations.

BETTER CHOICES, BETTER HEALTH ® WORKSHOP SERIES
Free 6 week health education program for people with chronic illness.  Ongoing registration and information on various programs offered throughout Suffolk, can be found on the SCC Community Bulletin Board here.  

DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM
Free to Suffolk County Residents at-risk for developing type-2 Diabetes.  Offered by Suffolk County Department of Health Services, this program is led by a trained lifestyle coach.  Visit  Suffolk County's website  or contact  Deborah at 631-853-2928 for more information and program schedule.   

COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD
Visit SCC's Community Engagement page for on-going neighborhood programs here.  Partners can request to have their community events posted on the bulletin board, including job opportunities, which will be posted free of charge for 30 days.  To request to post on our bulletin board, click  here .  




Please visit our Community Engagement page  for our calendar of events and  resources.
NYS DOH ANNOUNCEMENTS

OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM RFA OPPORTUNITY
The NYS DOH Office of Health Insurance Programs (OHIP), Division of Long-Term Care (DLTC) announced the availability of state funds to develop and maintain the Independent Consumer Advocacy Network Ombudsman Program for Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) participants, Fully Integrated Duals Advantage (FIDA) program participants, participants in Medicaid Managed Care receiving Long Term Support Services (LTSS), Fully Integrated Duals Advantage for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (FIDA-IDD) participants, and for participants in Health and Recovery Plans (HARP) throughout New York State.

The DOH is seeking to fund one entity to provide Ombudsman services to this population of individuals. The Ombudsman program is intended to facilitate eligible persons' experience in receiving, and applying to receive, long term services and supports in a Managed Care environment. The Ombudsman will act as a resource and advocate for consumers and families as they navigate New York's LTSS programs and will provide participants with direct assistance in navigating their coverage and in understanding and exercising their rights and responsibilities. Pursuant to federal regulations, the Ombudsman program will fulfill the roles and responsibilities of the State's Beneficiary Support System related to LTSS activities.

A full version of the RFA can be viewed here.  Questions can be submitted to OHIPcontracts@health.ny.gov.  Proposal Due Date is July 18, 2019 by 4:00 PM.

1115 MRT WAIVER PUBLIC FORUM INFORMATION
The Department of Health has announced the date for the public comment day for New York's 1115 Medicaid waiver programs.   The Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) public comment day will be held on June 24, 2019, at SUNY School of Public Health's Auditorium, 1 University Place, Rensselaer, NY 12144.  The day will begin with a working session of the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Project Approval and Oversight Panel (PAOP).   MRT public comment will commence in the afternoon from 1-4pm.  Written public comment may be submitted through July 5, 2019, to 1115waivers@health.ny.gov.  Please include "1115 Public Forum Comment" in the subject line.

About the 1115 waiver:
  • The 1115 waiver, also known as the MRT waiver in New York State, is an agreement between the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and New York State that allows the State to use a managed care delivery system to deliver benefits to Medicaid members, create efficiencies in the Medicaid program, and enable the extension of coverage to certain individuals who would otherwise be without health insurance.
  • The MRT waiver is a vehicle by which the State has implemented the initiatives of the MRT and subsequent health systems reforms, including the DSRIP program.
  • In addition, New York's goals in implementing its MRT waiver include improving access to health services and achieving better health outcomes for New Yorkers through multiple programs.
This meeting will be webcast live and will be open to the public. No pre-registration is required.  Individuals who wish to provide comment in person are asked to register on-site no later than 2:00 pm and will speak in their order of registration.  We kindly request that all comments be limited to five minutes per presenter to ensure that all public comments may be heard.  Following the meeting, the DOH will post a transcript of the public comment day, as well as any submitted written public comments, on their website.  Questions should be sent to 1115waiver@health.ny.gov.

Tentative agenda for the day
10:30 - 12:30
DSRIP PAOP Working Session
12:30 - 1:00
Break
1:00 - 4:00
MRT Public Comment
4:00 - 4:10
Wrap-up


LAUNCH OF ELECTRONIC VISIT VERIFICATION (EVV) WEBSITE
The NYS DOH has launched a webpage dedicated to sharing information on New York State's implementation of an Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) system, as required by federal law under the 21st Century Cures Act.*  This webpage includes program information, stakeholder information, frequently asked questions and a calendar with important public engagement events specific to the implementation of EVV, and can be found  here.

Regional Listening Sessions have been scheduled for the coming months to provide Medicaid beneficiaries and family caregivers, home care agencies, home care workers, advocates, health plans, State agencies and other interested parties an opportunity to have input in New York's EVV design and implementation. To attend a session in your area, register here.
 
The DOH will be emailing an EVV Readiness Survey to providers delivering Personal Care Services (PCS) and Home Health Care Services (HHCS), and to Medicaid plans with providers who are delivering PCS and HHCS. This survey will help inform the planning process. To view a copy of the survey, click here.  
 
* The 21st Century Cures Act is a federal law, passed by Congress in December 2016, that requires all state Medicaid programs to implement an EVV system for PCS and HHCS. All states must implement an EVV system to avoid a reduction in federal Medicaid funding. States must require use of an EVV for all Medicaid-funded PCS by January 1, 2020, and for all Medicaid-funded HHCS by January 1, 2023, or must demonstrate a "good-faith" effort to implement EVV.
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SCC CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
The SCC is pleased to invite qualified career seekers to apply for open positions. All job descriptions for current opportunities are posted here.
  
Current job openings:
  1. Community Health Associate

For more information, please contact the Suffolk Care Collaborative.
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