January 23, 2017
Association for Mental Health and Wellness Trains SCC Staff

Care managers and support staff at Suffolk Care Collaborative became certified as Mental Health First Aid Responders on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, following a full-day training provided by staff at the Association for Mental Health and Wellness.
Mental Health First Aid is an in-person training that teaches non-professionals and professionals alike how to help people experiencing mental health distress -- just as CPR helps to assist an individual having a heart attack. In the Mental Health First Aid course, participants learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. For care managers, Mental Health First Aid means being able to help people see mental health factors that may have been hindering their recovery, from serious medical issues, as well as helping people who live with psychiatric disabilities and/or addiction.  
Congratulations SCC Staff!
If you are interested in becoming a certified Mental Health First Aid Responder, contact Alexis Rodgers, LMSW, Coordinator for Community Outreach and Education at the Association for Mental Health and Wellness at 631-226-3900 ext.1315 or arodgers@mhaw.org .

Would you like to enhance your knowledge and ability to serve diverse communities?

The Communities we serve are growing in cultural and linguistic diversity. There is a need to inspire cultural change within organizations. The Cultural Competency and Health Literacy Master Training (Train the Trainer--TTT) Program's curriculum was developed by Martine Hackett, PhD, MPH, National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, and is an interactive program in which participants will have hands-on learning experience to build better communities.   Attendees will learn:
  • The role social determinants of health have on population health outcomes
  • The relationship between place and health on Long Island
  • Unconscious bias
  • How the National CLAS standards can help reduce health disparities
  • How to apply cultural humility in community-serving organizations
  • The components of health literacy
  • The "teach back" method
  • Utilization of  health literacy strategies
  • Lead Master training, organizational and staff trainings
The class is Monday, March 20th, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at Suffolk Care Collaborative, 1393 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, NY ( lunch will be provided).   Post-training,  Master Trainers  will receive a certificate of completion and the ability to host training sessions throughout the region.  Master Trainers  will be able to facilitate two different trainings: (1) 2 hour CC/HL training sessions for workforce professionals and (2) 7.5 hour master training sessions for future master-trainers.

Participants must register online by February 23, 2016. Due to the interactive nature of this program, registration is limited to 30 participants. A maximum of 2 participants per organization will be selected to attend. Preference will be given to those applicants with previous facilitation experience and those who work regularly with under-served populations within their professional roles. This application process will allow us to identify a diverse network of TTT Master Trainers.   Who Should Attend?   Healthcare professionals, Non-Health professionals: practice managers, PPS Leaders, Community Based Leaders, and CCHL Leads.
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Bi-weekly spotlights highlighting opportunities for community engagement throughout Suffolk County

Presented by Town of Brookhaven's Youth Bureau  
Brookhaven Town Residents ages 14-19 can join the Socialization Group meetings.  
Wednesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm.  See detailed flyer  
To sign up call 631-451-8011 or email youthbureau@brookhaven.org

Sponsored by Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County
Multiple sessions through February on making better food choices and food safety.   Each session requires registration.  
See flyer here for all details, meeting times and locations. 

Help feed the hungry by purchasing a $10 ticket and fill a brown bag with canned and dry goods to bring to the party.
Christ Church Parish Hall, 64 South Country Road, Bellport
Saturday, January 21, 7-11 pm.  
Not able to attend the party?  You can bring a bag of food to the church 10 am - 7 pm.
For tickets and information call 631-286-8992

Presented by: The Patchogue Family YMCA
Free blood pressure and educational materials will be provided.
Free Lectures:  February 15th and 22nd, 9 - 11 am, at the Patchogue YMCA
See  flyer for details and registration.  
A panel discussion and Q&A session on advocacy opportunities to advance prevention, equity and public health 

2017 brings new opportunities and challenges to strengthen prevention and population health. Now, more than ever, public health and partners across multiple sectors must work together to educate policymakers to ensure greater awareness of the importance of investing in prevention and public health. American Public Health Association, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute, and Trust for America's Health for a Dialogue4Health are co-sponsoring a Web Forum featuring a panel discussion highlighting advocacy opportunities to advance prevention, equity and public health with the new Administration and Congress. The Web Forum will also include strategies to ensure robust communications are provided to key audiences including policymakers and a Q&A session with the panelists.

This Web Forum will provide valuable information for those working in sectors such as Public Health, Advocacy, Education, Business, Community-based Organizations, Education, Faith-based Organizations, Hospitals/Health Systems, Insurers, Housing, and Hunger.

This Web Forum takes place on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 2:30 to 4:00 pm ET.  Click here to RSVP.  

Kelly Donnelly, Project Manager, Acute Care Transitions 
As the new Project Manager, Acute Care Transitions, Kelly will be leading the management and further development/growth of our hospital transition of care program, as well as our hospital observation program (DSRIP Projects  2biv and 2bix) .  In addition, Kelly will be joining our Care Transitions Team, led by Jennifer Kennedy, Director of Care Transition Innovation, to design and deploy new initiatives across our integrated delivery system under transitions of care.

Kelly comes from a Home and Health Care Agency as a Care Coordinator where she was responsible for staffing client cases and coordinating schedules to provide companion care.  In addition, Kelly recently completed an internship at a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) where she worked directly with the Administrator and COO on projects, derived analytics to support process improvement initiatives and maintained dashboards for reporting purposes.  Kelly is currently a graduate student in the Hofstra University Masters of Healthcare Administration Program, where she will be graduating at the end of this semester.
Speech addresses several health care proposals 
On January 9th, Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his 2017 State of the State speech in New York City as part of a series of deliveries across the state. The State of the State was accompanied by several health care-related proposals, including Regional Capital Investments and a Life Sciences Investment Initiative.

Life Sciences Investment Initiative

The State will sponsor a $650 million initiative to support the growth of life sciences research in New York.  Life Sciences fields include biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, biomedical technology, and life systems technologies.  Organizations covered should "devote the majority of their efforts" to research and development, technology transfer, and/or commercialization within these fields.  The State will also establish internship and recruitment programs, advisory panels and other partnerships to help encourage life sciences entrepreneurship.

Regional Capital Investments

The Governor proposes investing in the following capital projects:
  • Providing $50 million to Montefiore Health System for projects expanding access to care in the Bronx and lower Hudson Valley
  • Establishing various programs in central and Eastern Brooklyn designed with a holistic perspective on health improvement, including nutrition and food programs and supportive housing units, in addition to investing in the local health care delivery system to expand its emphasis on community-based primary and ambulatory care
  • Establishing a committee to consider incorporating the State-run Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities into the City University of New York (CUNY) systems
  • New investment in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to support more innovation space.
 Please find a summary of these proposals and incentives  here.
For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-18
January 17th, Governor Andrew Cuomo released a $152.3 billion Executive Budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2017-18.  The proposed budget includes several important health care-related proposals listed below.

General Medicaid and Health Care Proposals
  • Increase the Medicaid global cap by 3.2% to $18.3 billion in FY 2017-18.
  • Provide $334 million in continued funding to support financially distressed health care providers through the Vital Access Provider (VAP) program and the Value Based Payment Quality Improvement Program (VBP QIP).
  • Establish a second statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program, which will offer $500 million to support capital investments and debt relief for essential health care providers across the State for health care transformation activities, including mergers and acquisitions.
    • A minimum of $30 million will be awarded to community-based providers.
    • Provide $225 million to support the FY 2017-18 minimum wage increase for health care workers that provide services reimbursed by Medicaid, and an additional $17 million to support the minimum wage increases for direct care staff at not-for-profit agencies that provide OMH, OASAS, and/or OPWDD auspice services.  
    • Establish the Health Care Regulation Modernization Team, a 25-member multi-stakeholder work group and engagement process modeled on the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) that will have the goal to streamline and simplify the State's health care regulations.
Insurance Proposals
  • Extend the Health Care Reform Act (HCRA) taxes by three years, until December 31, 2020.
  • Increase cost-sharing requirements for the Essential Plan, including:
    • The introduction of $20 monthly premiums for individuals earning between 138 and 150% of the federal poverty level (FPL).
    • Annual increase for Essential Plan enrollee premiums by the medical consumer price index beginning in 2018.
    • Restrict eligibility for Medicaid Managed Care for dual-eligible enrollees who are not enrolled in Medicare.
Behavioral Health Proposals
  • Extend Medicaid fee-for-service rates for behavioral health services (except inpatient services) provided to Medicaid managed care enrollees until March 31, 2020, after which value-based contracting will be required.
  • Increase funding by $30 million, to a total of $200 million, to combat the heroin epidemic.
Developmental Disability Proposals
  • Establish regional Care Coordination Organizations (CCOs) as a first step towards managed care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
  • Provide $15 million in capital funding to expand independent living housing capacity for individuals with I/DD.
 Long-Term Care Proposals
  • Eliminate Medicaid payments for hospice services covered by Medicare.
  • Make a prospective per diem rate adjustment to nursing homes that will result in $18 million of annual savings.
  • Limit enrollment in managed long-term care (MLTC) plans to individuals that have a nursing home level of care determination.
Other Proposals
  • Control the rising cost of prescription drugs by:
    • Creating a price ceiling for high cost prescription drugs reimbursed by Medicaid.
    • Instituting a surcharge on high-priced drugs that are sold to the State.
    • Regulating pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to ensure fair business practices.
  • Appropriate $2.5 billion in funding to support the $20 billion five-year investment to create or preserve 100,000 units of affordable housing and to develop 6,000 new units of supportive housing.
  • Provide $40 million to continue operation of the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY) and continue development of the All-Payer Claims Database.
  • Reduce New York City's General Public Health Reimbursement from 36 percent to 29 percent, saving the State (and costing the City) $11 million.
  • Offer $250 million in tax incentives and allocate $300 million in capital for the Life Sciences Initiative, which will support the growth of life science research and development statewide.
  • Delay the implementation of a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for certain human services providers until 2018.
For the full Executive Budget proposal, click here.  

The latest installments in the NYS Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program whiteboard video series hosted by Jason Helgerson, NYS Medicaid Director, have been posted.  In the video  entitled, "DSRIP:  Looking Ahead to 2017," the Director talks about what is ahead for the DSRIP Program in the year to come, including the importance of the mid-point assessment.  He also describes how Value-Based Payment (VBP) will fit into and align with DSRIP and how it effects Medicaid, in general, in 2017.  To v iew this video, click here

The second video, entitled, "Myths and Facts of Value-Based Payment," discusses common myths and facts about the Value-Based Payment (VBP) initiative.  He debunks common misunderstandings about the program and promotes the facts of what VBP actually means to those who are and will be participating in it.  To watch this video, click here.   Any questions can be sent to DSRIP@health.ny.gov.  

In accordance with the requirements in the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program, the Department of Health will hold a public comment day on the DSRIP Mid-Point Assessment process and findings on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. The public comment day will be held in Albany, New York in the Swyer Theater at The Egg from 10:30am - 5:00pm. No pre-registration is required. Please note that anyone wishing to speak must be signed up by 3pm at the onsite registration desk. Speakers will have up to 5 minutes for public comment.
On  Wednesday, February 1st  through Friday, February 3rd, the DSRIP Project Approval and Oversight Panel (PAOP) will meet with the DSRIP Performing Provider Systems (PPS) in Albany at the Empire State Plaza, Rooms 2 - 4, to discuss the Independent Assessor's Mid-Point Assessment findings. The meeting is open to the public but there will be no public comment opportunity on these days. No pre-registration is required. 
All meetings will be webcast live (link not yet available) and a  sign language interpreter can be available for all meetings upon request. Please contact Lakia Rucker at L akia.Rucker@health.ny.gov by January 16th to confirm any requests.  
Attached here is the full agenda and order in which the PPS will present. Questions about the public comment day or PAOP may be directed to  dsrip@health.ny.gov.   More information on the Mid-Point Assessment process, timelines, and reports can be found  here.

On August 1, 2016, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) executed the Olmstead Housing Subsidy (OHS) contract. OHS funds rental subsidies and support services. This statewide program is administered by the New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL).
The goal of OHS is to provide community transitional services, rental subsidies and capital improvements to help participants live safely and independently in the community.
To be eligible, an individual must:
  • Be enrolled in Medicaid
  • Be age 55 or older OR be age 18 or older with a documented chronic disability
  • Meet nursing home level of care as determined by the Uniform Assessment System for New York (UAS-NY)
  • Be living in a nursing home, or be homeless or unstably housed
  • Have spent at least one hundred and twenty (120) consecutive days in a nursing home over the most recent two-year period
  • Have the ability to live safely in the community
For more details about the program and eligibility criteria, please contact NYAIL at 518-465-4650 or visit the NYAIL website.  Click here for brochure directed towards providers (page 1) and potential participants (page 2).
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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. Project Manager: PCMH Practice Facilitation 
  2. Care Manager
  3. Data Visualization Analyst
  4. Community Engagement Liaison 
  5. Social Worker
  6. Community Health Associate
  7. Administrative Manager, Community Engagement & Cultural Competence
For more information, please contact the Suffolk Care Collaborative.