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March 13, 2020
Advancing Puglic Policies for people with Mental Illness, Substance Use Disorder and/or Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
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Francine Sinkoff, Editor

Behavioral health groups meet with AG's office about opioid settlement funds

NYS OASAS Announces Award of Funding to Expand Youth Addiction Prevention Services in Mohawk Valley

Orange County opioid deaths finally decrease

New York State Announces $100,000 for Monroe County Homeless Shelter

Suicide Prevention Coalition Campaign Aims to Normalize Men Talking About Their Mental Health

Western New York organizations like Crisis Services and the Suicide Prevention Coalition have launched a campaign that encourages men to speak up about their mental health. The campaign titled "Be A Man" features several local men sharing their stories of living with mental illness. WBFO's Nick Lippa spoke with writer and former radio newsman Steve Cichon, who is one of the people who shared his story dealing with anxiety and depression. They discuss toxic masculinity, how to ask for help and more. Read the interview here.
Social Determinants of Health in Rural Communities Toolkit

This toolkit assembles resources and model programs that support rural organizations in implementing programs to address social determinants of health in their communities. Learn how to define, understand, and address social determinants of health and overcome barriers specific to rural areas. Created in collaboration with the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis.

Coronavirus Disease: What Supportive Housing Providers Need to Know

Construction Industry Tackles Suicide, an Occupational Hazard

As Youth Suicides Climb, Anguished Parents Begin To Speak Out

Newly identified mutations clarify gene's link to autism, intellectual disability

PSYCKES Mobile App for iPhones & iPads
March 17, 11 am - 12 pm, OMH

From ACEs to Assets: A Community Approach to Growing Resilience
March 18, 12 - 1 pm, CCSI

Implementing Medications for Opioid Use Disorder in Jails and Prisons: Public Health Implications
March 18, 1 - 2 pm, National Council for Behavioral Health

Business Best Practices and Management Webinar Series: Finance / Billing
March 18, 1 - 2 pm, CTAC/MCTAC

Addressing the Social Determinants of Health: How Non-Medical Factors Impact Integrated Care
March 18, 2 - 3 pm, National Council for Behavioral Health

Coping With COVID-19: A Healthcare Stakeholder's Guide to Navigating Uncharted Waters
March 19, 2 - 3 pm, Manatt Health

Reducing Access Disparities in Mental Health Treatment with Technology
March 23, 12 - 1 pm, CTAC/MCTAC

Oakland Community Health Network: Using Outcomes-Based Payment for Behavioral Health Services- Lessons Learned
March 23, 3 - 4 pm, National Council for Behavioral Health

Community-Based Organizations: Partnership Opportunities to Address SDOH
March 24, 12:30 - 2 pm, Manatt Health

SOAR and Criminal Justice System Implementation
March 25, 3 - 4 pm, SAMHSA
Using PSYCKES Quality Indicator Reports
March 26, 2 - 3 pm, OMH

School Safety and Collaboration: Building a Behavioral Health and Justice Response
March 26, 2 - 3:30 pm, CSG Justice Center

WHAM: Newest Research and Updated Curriculum for Peer Support for Whole Health
March 26, 3 - 4 pm, National Council for Behavioral Health

Peer Recovery Support Series, Section I: Building a Successful Culture in Your Organization
March 27, 12 - 1:30 pm, NAADAC

What's Next? The Value of Evidence from the Camden Coalition and CareMore Health to Inform Complex Care Program Design
March 31, 1 - 2 pm, National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs

Peer Services: Peer Providers Offer Understanding, Respect, Mutual Empowerment, and Support to Others Through Use of Their Personal Experiences
March 31, 1 - 2:30 pm, Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network


MARCH 2020

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

Developmental Disabilities Committee Meeting
March 19: 1 - 2:30 pm, GTM

APRIL 2020

Mental Hygiene Planning Committee Meeting
April 7: 1 - 3 pm, GTM & In-Person (OASAS)

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

CLMHD Mentoring Workshop
April 27: 2 - 5 pm, Embassy Suites, Saratoga Springs

CLMHD Full Membership Meeting
April 28 - 29, Embassy Suites, Saratoga Springs

Contact CLMHD for all Call In and Go To Meeting information, 518.462.9422 
Governor Cuomo's Medicaid Plan Could Squeeze Counties by up to $1.5 Billion

New Yorkers are at risk of paying higher taxes and losing vital services under the current Medicaid proposal.

A new report released by the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) projects state plans could squeeze local taxpayers out of between $150 million and $1.7 billion, at a time when costs are growing, and counties have limited ability to contain them.
"Instead of making local taxpayers pay for new Medicaid costs, State leaders should let the Medicaid Redesign Team II do its work and make cost containment reforms that don't punish local taxpayers," said NYSAC President John F. Marren. "We are asking State Legislators to reject these budget proposals." 
If Part R of the Health and Mental Hygiene Article VII is passed, it will impact all New Yorkers and result in increased property taxes and cuts to services such as: 
  • public health; 
  • veterans' programs;
  • road maintenance and repair;
  • youth services;
  • public libraries; and 
  • meals on wheels and other senior services. 
Read more here.

Many Medicaid programs across the nation are seeking to foster cross-agency alignment to improve outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries. In particular, integrated data sources from multiple agencies can be critical for informing policy and programmatic decisions, in addition to identifying disparities across populations. The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services is  nationally recognized for its analytic capacity and successes in integrating data from several state agencies. 

David Mancuso, PhD, director of Washington State's  Research and Data Analysis Division (RDA), led the  development of  RDA's
Integrated  Client Databases , a robust data repository that links Medicaid medical, behavioral health, and long-term care data with Medicare, social service, criminal justice, housing, child welfare, employment, and vital statistics data. This analytic resource has been used in Washington State to inform decisions about health and human service program operations and budget priorities. CHCS recently spoke with Dr. Mancuso about the division's innovative approach to leveraging multiple data sources to improve outcomes and health equity in Washington. Read more here.
The Behavioral Health Workforce in Rural America: Developing a National Recruitment Strategy

This report describes successful strategies to recruit and retain behavioral health workers in rural areas, based on phone interviews with state-level experts in rural health and behavioral health. Explores financial incentives, education and training programs, telehealth, licensure or scope of practice changes, innovative state approaches, and policy considerations.
"In Case You Missed It" - CLMHD 
Recaps Key Information Issued by the State

The Conference has published the February 2020 edition of "In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)," a one-stop-shop highlighting key information released by our state partners. This publication provides a clear, concise recap of significant state guidance, regulations, and resources from OMH, DOH, OASAS, and OPWDD, as well as links to access documents and materials of importance. 

Click  here to read the February 2020 issue.
2020 Justice Center Regional Conferences

The Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs will be conducting three regional conferences with multiple sessions throughout the day. Each session is targeted for different audiences including provider agency representatives under the jurisdiction of the Justice Center, individuals receiving services, families, peer advocates and other interested stakeholders.

Conferences will be held on the following dates: 
  • April 21 in Albany
  • May 18 in NYC
  • June 17 in Rochester 
Conference attendees will receive updated information about Justice Center policies and processes as well as an opportunity to learn more about prevention programs, individual and family support, employee background checks and the surrogate decision making program.
Click here to register.
NQF Releases Behavioral Health and Substance Use Final Technical Report - Spring 2019 Cycle

Behavioral disorders cause considerable pain and dysfunction in the U.S. population and represent the leading cause of death and disability when compared to other major illness clusters such as cancers, circulatory disease injuries, and kidney disease. Despite the challenges posed by behavioral health illnesses, there exist many evidence-based approaches to prevent such illnesses and to treat persons and families impacted by them.  Each Behavioral Health and Substance Use project cycle aims to endorse measures of accountability for improving the delivery of behavioral health care in the U.S. 

During the Spring 2019 project cycle, the Behavioral Health and Substance Use Standing Committee evaluated six measures. Measures focused on the use of physical restraint and seclusion; follow-up after emergency department visit for alcohol and other illegal drug use or dependence and mental illness; discharge of patients on multiple antipsychotic medications; and screening for violence risk, substance use, psychological trauma history, and patient strengths upon admission. The Committee recommended four measures for endorsement. Click here to view the report.
CMS Releases Finalized Rule on Interoperability
The CMS rule mandates that payers provide patients access to data through a Patient Access API and access to a list of in-network providers through a Provider Directory API.
CMS, ONC, interoperability

CMS has  released the next phase of the 21st Century Cures Act on interoperability.

The rule, which was expected to be 
announced at HIMSS20 before the conference was canceled, introduces changes to the  MyHealthEData initiative, meant to enable the flow of patient data and information among public payers.

"The days of patients being kept in the dark are over," said CMS Administrator Seema Verma in the  press release

The rule states that payers and health systems can no longer engage in "information blocking," a practice which restricts access to healthcare information and slows down interoperability. 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.