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June 28, 2018

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

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Francine Sinkoff, Editor
Methadone clinics lacking in Utica - Oneida County

Local Catholic school opposes methadone clinic - Chautauqua County

County health officials recommend all police officers carry Narcan - Erie County

New Directions announces Turner as director of new clinic - Western NY

Local organizations work to bring 'Zero Suicide' model to Tompkins 

Opioid Addiction Task Force Outlines Suggestions To Save Lives - Suffolk County

Cigna announces goal to reduce drug overdoses by 25% in key areas - NY Metro Area

The Fortune Society receives grant to improve health services for people released from Rikers - NYC

Center for Urban Community Services Scores $1.1 Million Contract with NYCDHMH - NYC

NYU Langone Health Introduces Telepsychiatry To Brooklyn Schools - NYC
PSYCKES Notice: QI Refresh & OnTrackNY 

The PSYCKES-Medicaid application Quality Indicator (QI) reports will be refreshed on Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 from 7:00AM to 7:30AM. Upon completion, information in the QI reports will be as of May 1, 2018 data and there will be a new feature related to the OnTrackNY Early Psychosis Program (details below). The application will remain available during this data refresh, however you may see some inconsistent results during this period. As a reminder, information in the PSYCKES Clinical Summary is updated every week.

New Feature: OnTrackNY Early Psychosis Program Filter & Message
  • Recipient Search: The "High Need Population" filter will display three options related to OnTrackNY for running reports:
    • OnTrackNY Early Psychosis Program - Enrolled
    • OnTrackNY Early Psychosis Program - Discharged < 3 years
    • OnTrackNY Early Psychosis Program - Enrolled or Discharged < 3 years
  • Clinical Summary: The "Current Care Coordination" section will display a message for clients enrolled in the OnTrackNY Early Psychosis Program that provides the name and phone number of the client's specific OnTrackNY team.
For more information on PSYCKES, please contact
When an Iowa Family Doctor Takes On the Opioid Epidemic

Does Forced Rehab Work?

Amid Opioid Crisis, Drug Take-Backs Gain Popularity

Study Suggests Thousands More Opioid Deaths

What Detention And Separation Mean For Kids' Mental Health

Efficacy of Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotics vs Oral Antipsychotics

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Effective in Reducing Suicide Attempts, Self-Harm in Adolescents

People with schizophrenia account for more than one in 10 suicide cases

Nation's Healthy Aging Experts Offer Solutions to Address Suicide and Rapidly Rising Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders in Older Americans

The restaurant industry grapples with demons of addiction, mental illness

States Aim To Halt Sexual Abuse Of People With Intellectual Disabilities
FOR-NY Offers Peer Scholarships to Attend 3rd Annual Recovery Conference

FOR-NY will coordinate the application process to provide 44 peer Scholarships to attend the 3rd Annual NYS Recovery Conference in Albany from August 19-21. The scholarships provide registration and two nights lodging, if applicable. Please go the following link to apply by July 15:  Recovery Conference Scholarships
SAVE THE DATE:  NYS Suicide Prevention Conference

September 20 & 21, 2018 

Click here for more information!

Opioid Addiction Screening and Assessment for People in the Criminal Justice System
July 10, 2 - 3:30 pm, National Reentry Resource Center

Using Social Media to Create and Measure Behavior Change in Public Health Campaigns
July 11, 1 - 2 pm, Policy Research Associates

July 11, 1 - 2 pm, SAMHSA

July 11, 3 - 4 pm, OMH

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

Integrating Supplemental Payments in Managed Care
July 19, 1 - 2 pm, Manatt Healthcare

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

July 25, 12 - 1 pm, PsychU

July 26, 1 - 2 pm, CTAC

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 
CMS to Increase Oversight of Medicaid Enrollment, Managed Care Plans

The CMS is ratcheting up scrutiny of state Medicaid programs. 

The agency announced Tuesday that it is boosting audits to confirm that Medicaid beneficiaries are correctly identified as expansion or pre-expansion enrollees. States receive higher federal match rates of around 90% for expansion enrollees, while the match rate can be as low as 50% for pre-expansion enrollees.

"This imbalance in the federal matching rate creates financial risks for taxpayers by incentivizing states to shift cost to the federal government," CMS Administrator Seema Verma told reporters Tuesday. "This requires us to make sure that states are making accurate eligibility determinations." 

The CMS also said it will audit states found by HHS' Office of Inspector General to be at high risk for enrolling ineligible people in Medicaid. California, Kentucky and New York have been cited by the OIG for doing this in the past. Read more here.
Health Home to Reward Patients for Taking Their Meds

Manhattan-based nonprofit Coordinated Behavioral Care will use a health incentive program developed by startup Wellth to encourage medication compliance in patients who have recently left a psychiatric 

Wellth's app delivers reminders to patients to take their drugs daily, offering $30 a month to CBC participants if they adhere to their doctor's orders. Users are prompted to take a photo of each pill taken, and $2 are deducted for each missed day.

CBC, which runs a Medicaid health home to coordinate care for people with a serious mental illness or chronic conditions, is testing the program over a three-month period with about 100 patients in its Pathway Home program. The data are transmitted to care managers, who can intervene to try to keep
patients from returning to the hospital, said Matthew Loper, co-founder and CEO of Wellth. Read more here.
PODCAST: Using Drug Treatment Court s to Manage Substance Use Disorders
Dr.  Ekaterina Pivovarova's Using Drug Treatment Courts to Manage Substance Use Disorders podcast addresses:
  • Developing an understanding about the importance of addressing substance use disorders in criminal justice populations,
  • Exploring the efficacy of drug treatment courts and ways of improving retention in existing programs, and
  • Understanding the relationship between comorbid medical conditions, addiction, and quality of life in criminal justice populations.
Listen to the  podcast
SAMHSA Is Accepting Applications for Up to $50 Million To Help Tribes Address Opioid Crisis

SAMHSA is accepting applications for up to $50 million in Tribal Opioid Response Grants. The grants, which will go to tribes and tribal organizations, will fund prevention, treatment, and recovery activities in response to the opioid crisis. The Tribal Opioid Response Grants will address the opioid crisis in tribal communities by increasing access to culturally appropriate, evidence-based treatment, including medication-assisted treatment. The grants will reduce unmet treatment needs and opioid overdose-related deaths. Read more here .
Is Six Months Key to Overcoming Opioid Addiction?

A new survey of Capital Region providers, agencies offers insight into treatment gaps

Dr. Melissa Weimer, left, consults with RN Francis Lanktree in the new ambulatory detox program at St. Peters Hospital Thursday Feb. 1, 2018 in Albany, NY.  (John Carl D'Annibale/Times Union) Photo: John Carl D'Annibale / 20042799A
Capital Region providers and agencies who deal directly with the opioid crisis every day have major concerns about the quality and length of local treatment programs for people battling addiction, according to  a new Siena College survey.

The survey of more than 600 professionals in the medical, mental health, social service, nonprofit and law enforcement fields found that a majority believe treatment programs aren't working with addicted individuals long enough and blame insurance companies for refusing to cover comprehensive, adequate treatment.

"As bad as the public thinks this epidemic is, stakeholders know it's worse," said Don Levy, director of the Siena College Research Institute.

88% of the professionals who were surveyed said the epidemic of opioid-related overdose deaths has gotten worse in recent years, and more than half expect it to continue to get worse. Read more here.
Counties Band Together in Push to Make Drug Makers Pay for Wave of Addiction

A total of 51 county governments across New York have opted to sue pharmaceutical firms, seeking to hold them accountable for the costs of responding to an epidemic of fatal opioid overdoses.

Stephen Acquario, director of the New York State Association of Counties, said that taxpayers have had to shoulder tremendous costs ranging from jailing addicts, to getting emergency medical care to those in the throes of an overdose and using morgues to hold the corpses of those who get a fatal dose. The counties bringing the suits make up the bulk of New York's 62 counties.

The lawsuits, Acquario said in an interview, seek reimbursement for those costs based on the claims that the drug companies used "false and misleading marketing campaigns" to promote the powerful prescription pain relievers to doctors who prescribe them. Read more here.
The NYS Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners, in Association with the NYS Association of Counties, Launch Opioid Crisis Ad
The NYS Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners, in Association with the NYS Association of Counties, Launch Opioid Crisis Ad
The New York State Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners, in partnership with the New York State Association of Counties, are proud to present a marketing campaign designed to bring awareness to the signs of opioid abuse. This eye-opening campaign will run throughout New York State. :30 second vignettes will run on television in all NYS markets and a long form :60 second message will be delivered digitally, as well. 

A website,, was created to anchor this campaign and will be a resource for anyone who is affected by this fast growing epidemic. For more information and to view the ad, click here .
Can Homelessness Programs Make Money -- and Should They?

For most of his career, Sander Schultz has observed a frustrating disconnect between what emergency responders expect to do on the job, and what they actually do. "You get into this business to help people," says Schultz, who coordinates emergency medical services (EMS) in the small coastal city of Gloucester, Mass. Most of the people his crew picks up are familiar faces who experience repeated crises related to addiction or mental illness, or both. "They're not bleeding or waving a gun around or on fire."

The common thread most of this population shares? They're homeless. Until recently, people in Schultz' position faced a frustrating reality. They could stabilize the person temporarily, but they couldn't provide permanent solutions. "Treating frequent flyers and the behavioral health of this population is incredibly fatiguing on police, fire and EMS," he says.

But around 2014, a local nonprofit joined a statewide experiment to use public rental vouchers and Medicaid dollars to house and treat long-term homeless individuals in the city. Read more here.
HealthlinkNY Incentivizing Healthcare Orgs to Engage in HIE Use

HealthlinkNY has secured connection funding and is currently offering New York-based healthcare organizations up to $89,000 to engage in  health information exchange (HIE) use until September 30, 2018.

The HIE will offer discounts up to $76,000 to healthcare organizations that connect to the HIE. Additionally, the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) is offering healthcare organizations $13,000 to connect and engage in health data exchange with their local HIE.

Healthcare organizations will receive funding on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Organizations can receive a full HIE connection including admission, discharge, and transfer (ADT) notifications and alerts and other HIE services for a total of $10,000. 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.