OCTOBER 21, 2019
NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY
October 26, 2019
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Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands, which makes for a dangerous and often tragic situation. That is why the Community Ambulance Company is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Legislator William Lindsay in the 18th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday October 26, 2019, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  This initiative provides an opportunity for the community to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

The public can drop off medications at the Community Ambulance Company located at 420 Lakeland Avenue in Sayville, NY.  The drop off location is located in the front of the building, first floor, making it easy to drive up and drop off medications conveniently.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications.  C all 631-926-9071 for more information.
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for Promoting Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care grants.   The purpose of this program is to:
  • Promote full integration and collaboration in clinical practice between primary and behavioral healthcare
  • Support the improvement of integrated care models for primary care and behavioral health care to improve the overall wellness and physical health status of adults with a serious mental illness (SMI) or children with a serious emotional disturbance (SED)
  • Promote and offer integrated care services related to screening, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of mental and substance use disorders, and co-occurring physical health conditions and chronic diseases
Apply here by December 10, 2019.  
NATIONAL DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM NOW COVERED
New York State Medicaid

The National Diabetes Prevention Program is now a covered benefit for NY Medicaid members.  NYS Department of Health will hold a kick-off webinar on November 13, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:30 am to provide information and details about the new benefit.  

Topics will include:
  • Overview of the NYS Medicaid Program's coverage of the National Diabetes Prevention Program
  • NYS Medicaid provider enrollment
  • NYS Medicaid reimbursement/billing
CONTINUING EDUCATION WORKSHOPS
Association for Mental Health and Wellness

What Practitioners Need to Know About Criminal and Regulatory Enforcement
October 24, 2019  |   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Youth:  Treatment Applications and Special Populations
November 8, 2019  |   8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Motivational Interviewing for the Behavioral Health Provider
November 14, 2019  |   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Peer and Professional Collaboration in Serving Veterans
November 22, 2019  |   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
SECOND ANNUAL ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE SYMPOSIUM
Recognizing and Assessing Cognitive Impairment

Presented by Stony Brook Center of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease 
Friday, November 15,  2019, - 8:00 am - 11:00 am

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT HIGHLIGHTS
Opportunities for community engagement throughout Suffolk County

YOUTH BUREAU UPCOMING EVENTS
The Town of Brookhaven will be holding two events at Town Hall.  CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION FLYERS.
  • October 28, 2019, 9:45 am - 11:00 am - Vaping - Just because it is vapor doesn't mean it's safer
  • October 29, 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm - Anxiety, Depression and Substance Use
LATEST TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR PATIENTS WITH BREAST CANCER
Stony Brook University Cancer Center doctors will discuss the latest advances in breast cancer screening, diagnostics, treatment and reconstructive surgery. 
Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 6 - 9 pm, Hilton Garden Inn, 1 Circle Drive, Stony Brook
No charge, registration required.  For more information and to register call 631-444-4000.

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.   

SELF-MANAGEMENT EDUCATION FOR DIABETES
Long Island Community Hospital will be holding a workshop Wednesdays (October 23, 30, November 6 and 13), 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at 103 West Main Street, Home Care Conference Room, Patchogue, NY.  Led by Diabetes Wellness Education Services Coordinator. Click here for flyer.  Registration recommended - contact Maria Curcio at 631-687-4188, diabetesservices@LICommunityHospital.org.

OCTOBER HEALTH AND WELLNESS OBSERVANCES
If you would like to promote special events in recognition of any of the many health and wellness observances being recognized throughout the month of October on our Community Bulletin Board or newsletter, submit them here.  As a reminder, here are a few being recognized this month:
  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Mental Illness Awareness Week
  • Health Literacy Month
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.
CAREGIVING IN 2020:  TOOLS AND STRATEGIES FOR CARE

Caring for a loved one can be a difficult situation. Family Service League is offering an informative seminar, at no cost, to community members.
 
November 7, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:30 am
790 Park Avenue, Huntington, NY 
or via Live Webinar 

The workshop will offer tools and strategies for those who are caring for the elderly. This informative discussion will include timely topics such as:
  • Paying for home-based and institutional care
  • Choosing long-term care facilities
  • Caregiving for someone with dementia
  • Finding essential resources
To attend Caregiving in 2020: Tools and Strategies for Care, register here today.  

Questions?  Call 631-591-7580.   Social workers and mental health counselors eligible to earn 1.5 continuing education credits ($20 fee)
NYS MEDICAID POPULATION HEALTH SYMPOSIUM
November 18-19, 2019  |  Grand Hyatt New York  |  New York, NY

The NYS Medicaid Population Health Symposium will provide a forum to share the perspectives and insight of the DSRIP Performing Providers Systems, Physical and Behavioral Health Providers, Managed Care Organizations and community organizations addressing the Social Determinants of Health. The goal of the summit is to provide a platform for these perspectives on advancing value-base payment and gain understanding for further discussion.

Leaders of health systems, health payer organizations and community-based organizations are encouraged to attend.  Click here to learn more and register for the symposium.
NYS DOH ANNOUNCEMENTS

DSRIP INTERIM EVALUATION REPORT
As part of the standard terms and conditions for New York's Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) required New York to competitively procure an Independent Evaluator (IE). The task of the IE is to test research questions regarding the goals of the demonstration in transforming the safety net system at both the local and state level, and accountability in reducing avoidable hospital use and improvements in other health areas. The State University of New York at Albany, School of Public Health was selected to be the IE.

The IE is required to conduct analyses and provide an Interim Evaluation Report and the final Summative Evaluation Report based on a CMS-approved evaluation plan to cover the entire demonstration from April 2014 to March 31, 2020. The Interim Evaluation Report, approved by CMS on October 2, 2019, covers the early period 2014-2017. The initial findings are promising based on the preliminary data available at the time of the evaluation.
The report is available here.

The comprehensive evaluation and findings will be provided in the Summative Evaluation Report to be submitted to CMS in the fall of 2021.

ELECTRONIC VISIT VERIFICATION PROGRAM RELEASES STAKEHOLDER CONVENING REPORT
The NYS Department of Health (DOH) has updated its New York Medicaid Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) Program website to include an EVV Stakeholder Convening Report. From May 30, 2019, to July 18, 2019, the DOH held a series of web-based and in-person Listening Sessions throughout the State. The purpose of these sessions was to receive input from Medicaid beneficiaries, family caregivers, providers, advocates and other stakeholders on the State's implementation of EVV requirements for Medicaid-funded personal care and home health care services, as required under the federal 21st Century Cures Act.

The report summarizes the feedback received at those sessions and responses to a survey of personal care and home care providers. The EVV Stakeholder Convening Report is  available here.  

In addition, the federal 21st Century Cures Act, which mandates EVV compliance in all states, includes a provision that allows for the delay of EVV implementation for up to one year if a state has encountered unavoidable delays, as demonstrated in a good faith effort (GFE). The DOH intends to request a one-year GFE extension from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) by November 30, 2019.  The EVV website will be updated to reflect the status of the State's GFE submission and CMS's determination.
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