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October 12, 2018

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

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Francine Sinkoff, Editor
National telehealth trend reflected in north country facility (VIDEO)

Nurse's Loss Adds Push to Blythedale's Suicide Screening Program - Westchester County

Two behavioral-health IPAs join forces in lower Hudson Valley - Mid-Hudson

Mount Sinai partnership to scale youth addiction treatments - NYC

One Brooklyn's Interfaith plans $17.9M behavioral health upgrade - NYC

Onondaga County's opioid overdose death rate exceeds state, national averages

Supportive housing opens in Yates County

CareFirst partners with Family Services of Chemung County to provide mental health services

[Cornell University's] Residential Child Care Project receives $2.8M grant - Tompkins County

New Substance Abuse Clinic and Rochester RHIO Help Save Lives - Monroe County

CCSI Awarded Grant to Support "Homeless Partnership in Monroe County"

Erie County awarded $3.4 million to fight opioid epidemic

Governor Cuomo Announces Expansion of Addiction Treatment Services in Batavia - Genesee County

Family support centers provided needed mental health service for students - Western NY
New Fact Sheet Details Behavioral Health Home Models for Children

Developed by the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) and the National Center for Medical Home Implementation, this fact sheet provides an overview of federal health home requirements, state considerations for implementing behavioral health homes for children, and three examples of successful state pediatric behavioral health home programs. This fact sheet supports states' utilization of a systems approach and showcases how state Medicaid agencies can improve care delivery and outcomes for children while containing costs. 
Critical window to help young opioid users missed, study says

A Plan to Keep Dying Patients' Drugs From Fueling Addiction

Despite Infectious Disease Outbreaks Linked To Opioid Crisis, Most Substance Abuse Facilities Don't Test For HIV Or HCV

Majority of First Suicide Attempts in Youth Result in Death

Predictive Tools Could Aid Treatment Decisions for Young Adults at High Risk for Psychosis

Study: Specialized Teacher Training Yields More Success For Kids With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Job Opportunity: Executive Director of Friends of Recovery - New York

FOR-NY is hiring an Executive Director - please share with anyone who may be interested and qualified!

The Executive Director (ED) reports to the Board of Directors. Under the general direction of the Board, the ED is responsible for the successful execution of FOR-NY's Mission and Strategic Plan, focused on demonstrating the power and proof of recovery from addictions and its overall value. For a complete job description, click here.

October 17, 11 am -  12 pm, OMH

innovaTel Telepsychiatry: Back to School: Helping Children and Parents
October 17, 1 - 2 pm, National Council for Behavioral Health

October 17, 2:30 - 3:30 pm, Manatt Health

Using PSYCKES for Clinicians
October 22, 10 - 11:30 am, OMH

Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program:  Data Analytics State Learning Webinar "Solving Missing Data Problems"
October 23, 3 - 4 pm, National Academy for State Health Policy

State Options for Promoting Recovery among Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid or Substance Use Disorder
October 24, 1 - 2:15 pm, National Academy for State Health Policy

SOAR: A Reentry Tool for Individuals Involved in the Criminal Justice System
October 24, 3 - 4:30 pm, SAMHSA

Access and Engagement in the Value Equation: Solutions That Work
October 25, 12 - 1 pm, CTAC/MCTAC

Stepping Up Four Key Measures #3: Increasing the Number of People with Mental Illnesses Connected to Treatment
October 25, 2 - 3:15 pm, National Association of Counties

Recovery Dialogues: An Avenue for Culture Change in Psychiatric Hospitals
October 25, 2 - 3:30 pm, National Empowerment Center

Refresher Webinar for Children and Family Treatment and Support Services: OLP, CPST, and PSR
October 25, 3 - 4 pm, MCTAC

October 30, 12 - 1 pm, PsychU

October 30, 2:30 - 3:30 pm, Manatt Health

October 31, 3 - 4 pm,  National Academy for State Health Policy 

PSYCKES Access and Implementation
November 1, 10 - 11 am, OMH

PSYCKES Mobile App for iPhones & iPads
November 6, 3 - 4 pm, OMH

November 7, 12 - 1 pm, PsychU

The Role of Technology in Solving the Opioid Crisis
November 7, 2 - 3 pm, National Council for Behavioral Health

November 8, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, National Council for Behavioral Health

November 15, 12 - 1 pm, PsychU

PSYCKES Train the Trainer
November 21, 12 - 1 pm, OMH

Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care: Solutions That Work
November 29, 12 - 1 pm, CTAC/MCTAC



CLMHD Executive Committee Call
November 7: 8 am, GTM

CLMHD Office Closed - Veterans Day
November 12

November 15, 3 - 4 pm, GTM

Children & Families Committee Meeting
November 20, 11:30 am - 1 pm, GTM

CLMHD Office Closed - Thanksgiving
November 22 - 23

CLMHD Directors Meeting
November 28, 9:30 - 11 am, GTM

Contact CLMHD for all Call In and Go To Meeting information, 518.462.9422 
Broome County's Drug Treatment Center Plans to Move Into Phase Two
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County and state officials are saying Broome County's drug treatment center, Helio Health, has played a factor in lowering the number of opioid deaths in the county.

Helio Health is now moving forward to implement phase two.  That will include residential treatment, with longer stays, something officials say is much needed in the Southern Tier.

Right now, Helio Health offers medically supervised withdrawal, a treatment that typically only lasts four to seven days.
Officials say they think it has helped fight opioid numbers in the area, but there is still a lot more work to be done.

"Treatment doesn't end after the fifth day after you detox, treatment is a process that takes months and months," said Broome County Executive Jason Garnar. 

Phase two looks to open up more options to the people of the Southern Tier. Read more here.

Effective Collaborative Responses to Individuals with Mental Illness: A Compendium of Models from Across the Nation

This Fair and Just Prosecution (FJP) "Issues at a Glance" brief offers a compendium of examples and strategies for responding to individuals with mental illness who come into contact with the justice
system. This brief discusses suggested avenues of engagement - and replicable models from around the nation - for DAs interested in promoting reform, including examples of promising practices that can avoid criminalization and reduce incarceration of people with mental illness at every stage of the criminal justice system.
OMH, OASAS and DFS Announce New Program and Regulations to Help New Yorkers Access Insurance Coverage for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders

Three New York State agencies - the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, the Office of Mental Health and the Department of Financial Services -- today announced a new program to help ensure all New Yorkers are able to access their insurance coverage for substance use disorders and mental health services.
The new Ombudsman Program, called Community Health Access to Addiction and Mental Healthcare Project (CHAMP) will educate individuals, families, and health care providers on their legal rights to coverage, help them to access treatment and services and will investigate and resolve complaints regarding denial of health insurance coverage.
The 2018-19 Budget includes $1.5 million to establish the new Ombudsman program in partnership with Community Service Society (CSS), the Legal Action Center and the NYS Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, organizations with a proven record and a statewide network that has helped individuals, families, and small businesses gain access to affordable, quality health coverage. Read more here.
Addiction Treatment Gap Is Driving A Black Market For Suboxone

Months in prison didn't rid Daryl of his addiction to opioids. "Before I left the parking lot of the prison, I was shooting up getting high," he says. 

Daryl has used heroin and prescription painkillers for more than a decade. Almost four years ago, he became one of more than 200 people who tested positive for HIV in a historic outbreak in Scott County, Ind. After that diagnosis, he says, he went on a bender.

But about a year ago, Daryl had an experience that made him realize he might be able to stay away from the heroin and opioid painkillers. For several days, he says, he couldn't find drugs. He spent that time in withdrawal.

His friend offered him part of a strip of Suboxone, a brand name version of the addiction medication buprenorphine that's combined with naloxone. Buprenorphine is a long-acting opioid that is generally used to treat opioid addiction. It reduces cravings for the stronger opioids he'd been taking; prevents physical withdrawal from those drugs, and comes with a significantly lower risk of fatal overdose. Read more here.
Consortium of Private and Public Industries Award Innovators Co-creating Solutions to Curb Opioid Epidemic in New York

In partnership with the State of New York, Northwell Health, the Office of the Staten Island Borough President, Columbia Engineering, and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) convened over 200 people at the Empire State Opioid Epidemic Innovation Challenge on September 28-30, 2018 to co-create solutions to curb the local and national opioid epidemic. 

The Challenge Summit gathered clinicians, government representatives, public health experts, the private sector and affected community members to facilitate a discussion of challenges and provide critical insight into the opioid epidemic.  The Summit also included 20 panelists discussing the scope of the opioid epidemic, prevention, treatment and recovery. 

Following the Challenge Summit, the Solutions Sprint on September 29-30 served as an open-innovation platform for a diverse community to co-create innovations over a 48-hour period. Participants with diverse backgrounds and skill sets pitched 40 challenges related to the opioid epidemic and formed 12 cross-disciplinary teams to solve for these needs. Read more here.
NYS Education Department and NYS Office of Mental Health Awarded $1.8 Million for Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education Project

The New York State Education Department and the State Office of Mental Health will be awarded $1.8 million to increase mental health support in schools, the agencies announced today in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Week.  The grant, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is a 2018 Project Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education (AWARE) award and is intended to expand the capacity of states to detect and respond to mental health issues in school-aged youth.

The State Education Department selected Rensselaer City School District, Burgard High School in the Buffalo City School District, and the Whitelaw Reid Educational Campus, located in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn to participate in the first phase of the program based on a data analysis of need and consent to participate. Read more here.
NYS Community-Based Organizations - Request for Proposals

The mental health and substance use disorder ombuds program ("Ombuds"), a program of the Community Service Society of New York (CSS) and its partners, invites non-profit community-based organizations to participate in this Request for Proposals (RFP).
CSS anticipates awarding 4-5 contracts to organizations serving New York State to assist with providing education and outreach to individuals with mental health and substance use disorder needs, their families, providers, and local public health entities. Agencies serving the North Country, Long Island, Staten Island, and Western New York are highly encouraged to apply. The grant award is $20,000 - $30,000 for a 6-month period during the first contract year. CSS expects to announce the award on November 8, 2018 via the CSS website,
Questions about the RFP are due by October 3, 2018 and should be sent to Answers will be posted on the Community Health Advocates website on October 8, 2018.
HealthlinkNY Partners with Fellow Health Information Exchange to Boost Offerings, State Presence

HealthlinkNY, a nonprofit that operates a health information exchange utilized by many Hudson Valley health care providers, will form a strategic partnership with another nonprofit exchange operator to expand its coverage of the state.

Binghamton-based HealthlinkNY announced Sept. 27 that it would team up with Syracuse- based HealtheConnections. The two nonprofits operate health information exchanges that together cover more than 40 percent of the state.

The health care information exchanges allow health care providers such as hospitals, laboratories and doctors' offices to share patient records across a regional platform. The health records are not publicly accessible, care providers can only access a patient's record after receiving the patient's consent. Read more here.
New Study Reveals Lack of Access as Root Cause for Mental Health Crisis in America

This week, Cohen Veterans Network (CVN), a national not-for-profit philanthropic organization, and National Council for Behavioral Health, the unifying voice of America's health care organizations that delivers mental health and addiction treatment and services, issued the inaugural America's Mental Health 2018, a comprehensive study of access to mental health care, at the 2018 Cohen Veterans Care Summit in  Washington D.C. The study, which assesses Americans' current access to and attitudes towards mental health services, revealed American mental health services are insufficient, and despite high demand, the root of the problem is lack of access - or the ability to find care.  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.