January 7, 2020
SCC PARTICIPATES IN HOLIDAY ADOPT-A-FAMILY PROGRAM

SCC Staff members delivering the Adopt-A-Family donations
SCC adopted families in need from Options for Community Living, Inc. by participating in the Holiday Adopt-A-Family Program.  Options is an organization that meets the needs of low income residents of Nassau and Suffolk Counties, with mental illness, HIV/AIDS and other chronic health conditions.

The Holiday Adopt-A-Family Program is a powerful way to give and a wonderful way to come together to remember the true meaning of the holidays - giving back and helping others.  The SCC staff truly enjoyed making this holiday season special for families in need.
SCC QUARTERLY PROJECT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (PAC) MEETING 

SCC held its quarterly Project Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting on December 12, 2019.  The morning's program began with an update from the Family Service League on the Diagnostic, Assessment and Stabilization Hub (DASH) that opened March 2019.  DASH  is a comprehensive service that provides crisis care for Suffolk residents who  struggle with mental health and substance use disorders.  Care is provided   at a free-standing, community based site at the Hauppauge Industrial Park, serving children (ages 5 and up), adolescents and adults.

Jeff Steignman, Psy.D., Chief Administrative and Innovation Officer, Christian Racine, Ph.D., Senior Director of Clinics and Melissa Coscia, LCSW, Director of Clinical Crisis and Stabilization Services summarized the DASH Center activity since its opening, shared success stories and their goals for the future.

Carol Cassell, Executive, Director, Recovery Health Solutions IPA and Robert Detor, Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Health Network IPA spoke about their comprehensive behavioral health provider network and their efforts to build integrated patient centered care and service models addressing medical, behavioral and social needs and connecting   providers, payers and community to improve access and engagement.

The day concluded with presentations from SCC staff members on the impact of the Chronic Disease Program, INTERACT Program and Workforce.

We thank Alexandra Kranidis, Project Manager, SCC, for moderating the meeting and thank all of the speakers that shared their knowledge with us.  

To view the PAC meeting PowerPoint presentation click here.
OPIOID TREATMENT PROGRAM (OTP) BILLING AND PAYMENT FACT SHEET
 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have issued a new fact sheet to assist provider organizations with Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) billing and payment.  The fact sheet includes what services are covered, the correct codes to use, how to submit claims and more.  
ASTHMA COALITION OF LONG ISLAND 

Important Dates to Save:

Legislative Education Day    
January 28, 2020                             
Albany, NY
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN - CLICK HERE

Asthma Coalition of Long Island Winter Meeting
February 12, 2020
Plainview, NY
UNDERSTANDING BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER AND INCREASING EFFECTIVENESS IN YOUR WORK
 
The Association for Mental Health and Wellness will be holding a workshop entitled  Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder and Increasing Effectiveness in Your Work.   This workshop will focus on the defining features of borderline personality disorder and other similar disorders that are characterized by pervasive emotional dysregulation.  Validation strategies and skills to build strong working relationships will be emphasized.  This workshop will also increase participants' understanding of working with individuals who often present in crisis.  

Friday, January 24, 2020
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
at
Association for Mental Health and Wellness
2040 Ocean Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY

Who should attend:
Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Creative Arts Therapists, Marriage and Family Therapists and any other professional working in the mental health field.  Three (3) CE Hours available.  
LONG ISLAND ADDICTION RESOURCE CENTER
Website is Now Live!  
 
Long Island Addiction Resource Center's website is live and can be accessed here.  The website has valuable information about providers of education, prevention, treatment, recovery and other ancillary services available in Nassau & Suffolk counties.  If you would like your  organization listed on the website, click here to register

Interested in applying for a mini-grant?  Get the application here.   Would you like to borrow the DoIt4URLungs "escape the vape" activity kits?  Download the application here.   Do you have an event you want to share with others?  Please put it on our calendar.

Long Island Addiction Resource Center (LI-ARC), a program of HUGS, Inc., in partnership with F.I.S.T., provides easy-to-use digital access to information about providers of education, treatment and recovery services in Nassau & Suffolk counties.  This bi-county collaborative effort is aimed at all populations, including community members and addiction disorder field professionals.  The goal is to reduce the stigma surrounding addiction and increase awareness about valuable resources.

For more information, please reach out to the Project Coordinator at rarccoordinator@hugsinc.org or by phone at 631-288-9505.
HANDS ACROSS LONG ISLAND

Hands Across Long Island (HALI) was  formed in 1988 as a grassroots, multi-service organization managed and operated by, and for, psychiatric survivors. Today, they are a large, successful peer-run, multi-service mental health organization, helping over 3,500 people each year.  They serve those 18 years of age and older.  Below are some of the services they provide:

Community Wellness and Recovery Center
Classes, presentations, activities and special events that promote health and personal wellness.

HALI Mobile Shower Unit
The unit enables homeless individuals to access a hot shower and free clean clothing and food as available within the townships of Babylon, Islip, Huntington, Riverhead and Brookhaven.

HALI Cafe Soup Kitchen
Soup served on Fridays from 11:00 am-12:30 pm - computer access with FREE Wi-Fi, movies, food, hot showers, coffee and snacks throughout the day.

Housing
Supported Housing provided to individuals in Nassau & Suffolk Counties. In addition to providing a rental subsidy, HALI case managers provide regular visits with the tenants to assist them with a multitude of activities from daily living skills, to employment. The housing is available through Single Point of Access  (SPA) referrals for individuals with mental illness who are able to live independently while maintaining their recovery activities.

Advocacy
This program complements traditional mental health treatment programs for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness. It is intended to promote consumers' rights and access to mental health, health, social services, residential and other support service programs. 

Self-Help
HALI's self-help, mutual support groups offer emotional support and practical help with an experience, challenge or concern that is common to all members. 

Food Farmacy 
The Food Farmacy is a NEW pilot program developed to help individuals struggling with co-occurring health issues, who can benefit from comprehensive physical and dietetic evaluations.


Call for more information:  631-234-1925
AVAILABLE FUNDING TO IMPROVE MANAGEMENT OF OPIOIDS AND OPIOID USE DISORDER IN OLDER ADULTS 
 
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking applications from researchers to develop, implement, evaluate and disseminate strategies to improve the management of opioid use, misuse and opioid use disorder (OUD) in older adults in primary care, including those in diverse populations. While many initiatives have been developed to curb the opioids crisis, few have targeted the growing toll among older adults. Between 2010 and 2015, the rate of opioid-related inpatient stays and emergency department visits increased for people 65 years old or older by 34 percent and 74 percent, respectively. AHRQ anticipates investing up to $7.5 million over three years for three research projects based on evidence-based interventions and quality improvement strategies. Applications are due February 20, 2020, by 5 p.m. More information may be accessed here.  
JANUARY HEALTH AND WELLNESS OBSERVANCES

January  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 .

NATIONAL GLAUCOMA AWARENESS
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, an important time to spread the word about this sight-stealing disease.  Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision and blindness in the United States.  Many people do not know that glaucoma has no symptoms in its early stages.  For useful resources to share and ways to spread the word, visit the National Eye Institute's website.  

CERVICAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
Cervical Health Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about how women can protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer. HPV is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity, and it causes almost all cases of cervical cancer.  For more information and tools to help promote awareness, visit the  Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion website.

NATIONAL BIRTH DEFECT PREVENTION
Join the nationwide effort to raise awareness of birth defects, their causes and their impact.  Click here for the Prevention to Protection infographic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT HIGHLIGHTS
Opportunities for community engagement throughout Suffolk County

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

MOVING TO VALUE-BASED CARE - NEW YORK'S MEDICAID SECTION 1115 WAIVER
The NYS Department of Health hosted a public informational webinar, Moving to Value-Based Care - New York's Medicaid Section 1115 Waiver, regarding the 1115 Medicaid waiver amendment proposal submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on November 27, 2019.

A recording of this webinar, as well as additional information on the amendment proposal, can be found on the 1115 MRT Amendment Update webpage.  The slide presentation can be accessed here.  

NYS FISCAL INTERMEDIARIES FOR THE CONSUMER DIRECTED PERSONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The NYS Department of Health (the Department), has issued Request for Offers (RFO) #20039: New York State Fiscal Intermediaries for the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program.   The Department is seeking offers from qualified entities to enter into contract to provide Fiscal Intermediary (FI) services under the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP).   For a full version of the RFO click here .   
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