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June 21, 2018

Advancing Public Policies for People with Mental Illness, Chemical Dependency or Developmental Disabilities   

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Francine Sinkoff, Editor
Mental Health Services in the Capital Region - Interview with Saratoga County DCS

Districts look to bring mental health clinics into schools - Capital Region

Local counties left out of HUD homeless spending - Mohawk Valley

CDPHP expanding health coverage in North Country

NYS Pushes Suicide Prevention Strategy - Tompkins County

Narcan is a life-saving overdose drug. So why won't all officers carry it? - Erie County

Staten Island Law Enforcement Won't Stop Fighting the War on Drugs - NYC
CLMHD 2018 Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Instructor Certification Program - Now Accepting Applications! 

As part of our efforts to reduce the stigma of mental illness and expand the number of people trained to teach Youth Mental Health First Aid, the Conference is once again providing scholarships for to up to 30 individuals throughout the state to participate in a 5-day YMHFA Instructor Certification program.
The program will be offered the week of 
October 22, 2018 in  Albany, NY. CLMHD will cover the cost of the training, materials, travel, meals and lodging for attendees.  A "blended training" will once again be offered for up to four individuals who are already certified as Adult MHFA instructors - these participants will only be required to attend the first 2.5 days of the training.
If you or someone you know is interested in applying, click  here  for the application.The deadline for submission is August 24, 2018. Completed applications are to be signed by your county's Director of Community Services (DCS) for approval, then forwarded to CLMHD for review by a YMHFA Advisory Committee. Individuals will be notified of their selection by September 28, 2018 and must commit to the requirements established by the committee.  For more information, please contact Francine Sinkoff at CLMHD at or 518-462-9422.
Evolving Definition Of Autism Prompts Questions About Prevalence

Autistic Teens Prone to Depressive Symptoms - Especially if Bullied

A New Wave Of Meth Overloads Communities Struggling With Opioids

NYSDOH Report To Recommend Legalized Marijuana

Wearable Device Cleared for Use During Opioid Detoxification

An Alternative To Foster Care For Babies Born To Opioid-Addicted Moms

Patients want better communication, care coordination, survey shows

Medication Adherence Predictors in Patients With Severe Psychiatric Disorders

Volume of Gray Matter May Be an Indicator of Bipolar Disorder
New York State Office of Mental Health Announces Availability of $75,000 in Funding for Stigma Reduction Projects

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) today announced the availability of up to $75,000 in grant funding for projects that help reduce the stigma often associated with mental illness.

This funding represents the revenues received through a voluntary tax check-off program launched in 2016. This program allows taxpayers to contribute easily to the 'Mental Illness Anti-Stigma Fund' when filing their NYS taxes.

The Office of Mental Health will provide 15 grants of up to $5,000 each to support year-long stigma-reduction projects. Agencies must have at least one year of experience serving individuals with mental illness in order to qualify. Read more here.

June 26, 11 am - 12 pm, OMH

Bringing Forensic-Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) To Local Behavioral Health Systems
June 26, 1:30 - 3 pm, SAMHSA GAINS Center

Promoting Recovery of Serious Mental Illness Through Self Direction: Strategies and Lessons From New York State
June 26, 2 - 3:15 pm, SAMHSA

Beating the Clock: Reducing the Duration of Untreated Psychosis
June 26, 2 - 3:30 pm, SAMHSA

Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Children with Incarcerated Parents
June 27, 12 - 1 pm, CTAC

June 27, 12 - 1 pm, PsychU

June 27, 1 - 2 pm, Manatt Health 

VBP Pilot Program Webinar
June 27, 2 - 3 pm, Medicaid Redesign Team

Completing Quality SOAR Applications: Using Medical Records and Listings
June 27, 3 - 4:30 pm, Policy Research Associates

June 28, 12:30 - 2 pm, SAMHSA

Using PSYCKES Recipient Search
July 11, 3 - 4 pm, OMH

Using PSYCKES for Clinicians
July 18, 10 - 11:30 am, OMH

Enable Access to Client-Level Data in PSYCKES
July 24, 10 - 11 am, OMH

July 25, 12 - 1 pm, PsychU

Using PSYCKES Quality Indicator Reports
July 31, 1 - 2 pm, OMH

Stepping Up Four Key Measures #2: Shortening the Length of Stay in Jail for People with Mental Illnesses
August 2, 2 - 3:15 pm, National Association of Counties

PSYCKES Access and Implementation
August 9, 11 am - 12 pm, OMH

Using PSYCKES for Clinicians
August 14, 1 - 2:30 pm, OMH

Using PSYCKES Recipient Search
August 21, 11 am - 12 pm, OMH

PSYCKES Mobile App for iPhones & iPads
September 5, 1 - 2 pm, OMH


JULY 2018

Office Closed: Independence Day
July 4

Officers, Chairs & Regional Reps Call
July 11: 8 am

Developmental Disabilities Committee Meeting
July 12: 1 - 2:30 pm, GTM

Children & Families Committee Meeting
July 17: 11:30 am - 1 pm, GTM


Mental Hygiene Planning Committee Meeting
August 7: 1 - 3 pm, GTM

Children & Families Committee Meeting
August 21: 11:30 am - 1 pm, GTM

Contact CLMHD for all Call In and Go To Meeting information, 518.462.9422 
CLMHD Advocacy Results in Funding for Jail-Based Services

Co-Chairs of Senate Opioid & Heroin Task Force Announce Recipients of Funding for Addiction Treatment and Transition Services 
Pictured from L: Senator George Amedore, Senator Fred Akshar, Kelly Hansen (CLMHD), Senator Chris Jacobs, Senator James Tedisco

Senators George Amedore, Fred Akshar and Chris Jacobs, co-Chairs of the Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, this week announced funding
for 17 County jails throughout New York State in order to fund substance use disorder treatment and transition services.

Kelly A. Hansen, CLMHD Executive Director, stated, "The County Mental Health Commissioners knew that providing addiction treatment during incarceration could reduce recidivism, save taxpayer dollars and most importantly, save lives. That is why the Conference of Local Mental Hygiene Directors commissioned the study which provides the data that confirmed our assumptions and quantified the benefits of jail-based SUD services. The Conference is grateful for the support from the Senate and Executive, as counties will be able to develop or expand SUD treatment and transition services prior to re-entry. This funding will not only help to reduce recidivism and improve public safety - most importantly, it will allow individuals struggling with addiction find lasting recovery."

The Task Force advocated and secured $3.75 million in the 2018-19 state budget to help implement, support and expand these vital services in County jails throughout the state. For more information and to view a list of awardees, click here.
CLMHD Welcomes New Chair to Children & Families Committee

The Conference is pleased to announce the new chair of the Children & Families Committee, Michael Orth, MSW, Commissioner for the Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health.
Michael has worked in the human services sector for 30 years and joined the Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH) in 1993.  He was appointed Commissioner in January 2018 after serving as Acting-Commissioner from August 2017-December 2017, Deputy Commissioner from February 2015-August 2017 and 2nd Deputy Commissioner from 2009-2015. Michael graduated from the Iona College BSW program and the MSW program at Fordham's Graduate School of Social Service. 
Michael has previously held several positions in Children's Mental Health Services at DCMH since 1993 assisting in the development of Westchester County's System of Care for children with emotional,  social and behavioral challenges, and their families. This includes working collaboratively with other child-serving systems, including child welfare, juvenile justice, education, and family/youth advocacy organizations at a federal, state and county level. Additionally,  Michael leads Westchester's Coordinated Children's Services Initiative (CCSI) planning committee and is the
county lead for Westchester's NYS System of Care SAMHSA Grant. 
We are pleased that Michael has accepted this appointment, as he will contribute a great deal to the Children & Families Committee and its work to address the major issues affecting children and youth in need of mental hygiene services in New York. Welcome, Michael!
NYS DOH Announces Results of Medicaid Redesign Efforts, Yielding Measurable Reductions in Avoidable Hospital Use

The NYS Department of Health this week announced that through the Medicaid Accelerated eXchange or ("MAX") Series, avoidable hospital use for the state's most vulnerable patients has been significantly reduced. Since its launch in 2015, the MAX Series has been an integral part of the Department's strategy toward successfully achieving Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) goals.
The objective of the MAX Series is to empower hospital and community partners in their care redesign efforts, increase patient and workforce satisfaction and reduce avoidable hospitalizations. More than 900 professionals from 68 hospitals and 11 community-based practices from around the State have participated in the MAX series to date, and early results among teams are showing an 18% reduction in hospital readmissions and an 8% reduction in hospitalizations overall. Read more here.
SAMHSA Announces $930 Million Funding Opportunity to Combat the Opioid Crisis

SAMHSA is now accepting applications for $930 million in State Opioid Response Grants as it continues its efforts to address the opioid crisis. This funding aims to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to evidence-based, medication-assisted treatment; reducing unmet treatment need; and reducing opioid-related overdose deaths.

SAMHSA is now accepting applications for $930 million in State Opioid Response Grants as it continues its efforts to address the opioid crisis. This funding aims to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to evidence-based, medication-assisted treatment; reducing unmet treatment need; and reducing opioid-related overdose deaths. Read more here.
Building Community-Based Behavioral Health and Long-Term Care Provider Readiness for Payment Reform

Payment and delivery system reforms are critical to achieve the Triple Aim of improved health, improved patient experience and quality, and reduced cost. While involvement in payment reform grows, participation remains challenging for many community-based behavioral health and long-term services and supports (LTSS) providers.

This new CHCS brief examines the competencies necessary for community-based behavioral health and LTSS providers to successfully participate in alternative payment models, discusses the barriers they face, and explores how states, the federal government, and private organizations can increase community-based providers' readiness to participate in payment reform activities.
Rural Areas Have The Highest Suicide Rates And Fewest Mental Health Workers

In the days and weeks following the suicides of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and handbag designer Kate Spade, a chorus of social media users urged people with depression to not be "afraid" to ask for help.

But for most Americans, fear isn't the thing that stands in the way of therapy. It's having no one to turn to.

This was the case for Sue, 57, who spent over 30 years trying to get effective treatment for bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety and a personality disorder.

For years, whenever Sue felt a major anxiety attack coming on, she'd panic. She would grab her keys, bolt out the door and frantically search for help. In rural Nebraska, that often meant walking up to two miles to the nearest neighbor's house or emergency room, sometimes in the middle of the night. Read more here.
Pew Charitable Trust: Many Recommend Teaching Mental Health in Schools. Now Two States Will Require It.

Amid sharply rising rates of teen suicide and adolescent mental illness, two states have enacted laws that for the first time require public schools to include mental health education in their basic curriculum.

Most states require health education in all public schools, and state laws have been enacted in many states to require health teachers to include lessons on tobacco, drugs and alcohol, cancer detection and safe sex.

Two states are going further: New York's new law adds mental health instruction to the list in kindergarten through 12th grade; Virginia requires it in ninth and 10th grades.

Nationwide, cities and states have been adopting a variety of initiatives over the past decade to address the rising need for mental health care in schools. Read more here.
After Opioid Overdose, Only 30 Percent Get Medicine To Treat Addiction

More than 115 Americans die every day of opioid overdose. Many more survive thanks to the antidote medication, naloxone. But a study out Monday finds that just 3 in 10 patients revived by an EMT or in an emergency room received the follow-up medication known to avoid another life-threatening event.

The  study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, followed 17,568 patients who overdosed on opioids between 2012 and 2014 in Massachusetts. It looked at survival rates over time and whether patients received medicines that treat addiction.

Of the patients who did receive medication, 3,022 adults were on buprenorphine, known by the brand name Suboxone, and 2,040 patients were on methadone. The Suboxone group had a 40% lower death rate after one year, as compared to those who did not receive any medication. The results for methadone were even stronger: a 60% lower death rate. Read more here.
The Conference of Local Mental Hygiene Directors advances public policies and awareness for people with mental illness, chemical dependency and developmental disabilities.  We are a statewide membership organization that consists of the Commissioner/ Director of each of the state's 57 county mental hygiene departments and the mental hygiene department of the City of New York.