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January 4, 2019

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

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Francine Sinkoff, Editor
"In Case You Missed It" - CLMHD
Recaps Key Information Issued by the State

The Conference has published the December edition of "In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)," a one-stop-shop highlighting key information released by our state partners. ICYMI 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 issue.
CDPHP Offers Housing, Hope for Homeless Members - Albany County

Orange County urges state action on fentanyl 'analogues'

Homelessness on the rise in Dutchess

19 Dutchess County non-profits receive more than $1.1 million in renewed funding

De Blasio's plan to safely dispose of used needles is failing - NYC

Brooklyn Hospital Center plans $33M emergency department upgrade - NYC

Suffolk County Heroin and Opiate Epidemic Advisory Panel Releases Final Report

'Raise the Age' law reforms justice system for youth in Tompkins and across the state

Broome youth programs get state funding boost

Overdose deaths in Broome County decline

New Syracuse opioid court aims to tackle epidemic, save lives - Onondaga County

Grant helps counseling agency expand - Finger Lakes

Cattaraugus, Allegany counties make plans for state opioid response grants

Young delivers $300K in grants to Allegany County Dept. of Health

Alternate court helps parents, children affected by substance abuse - Oneida County

Teen vaping poses new twist to old problem for schools - Erie County
All state universities, community colleges to receive suicide prevention tools

Schizophrenia May Disrupt Bodily Experience of Emotion

Researchers home in on better treatment options for adults with autism

Kane County [Chicago] treatment program would offer drug users amnesty, 'a way out' of addiction

The Scanner: Alameda County [San Francisco] giving anti-overdose drug to exiting inmates

January 8, 2 - 3 pm, OMH

ACOs, IPAs, CINs, PHOs: Legal Issues Behind the Acronyms
January 9, 1 - 2 pm, Manatt Health

A Duty to Protect-Mental Health Care to the Incarcerated
January 9, 1 - 2 pm, National Sheriffs' Association

Implementing SBIRT in Rural Clinics: A How-to Guide
January 9, 3 - 4 pm, NAADAC

January 10, 12 - 1 pm, PsychU

Working with Individuals Diagnosed with Personality Disorders
January 10, 3 - 4:30 pm, NAADAC

Using PSYCKES for Clinicians
January 15, 1 - 2:30 pm, OMH

Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program: Reducing Substance Use Disorders
January 17, 3 - 4 pm, NAADAC

Brief Intervention: Process and Techniques
January 24, 3 - 4 pm, NAADAC

Using PSYCKES Quality Indicator Reports
January 29, 3 - 4 pm, OMH

Online course, then on-site from February 6 - 8, 2019 in Rochester



Executive Committee Call
January 9:  8 - 9 am

Children & Families Committee Meeting
January 15: 11:30 am - 1 pm, GTM

Regional Reps Call
January 16:  8 - 9 am

January 17:  3 - 4 pm, GTM

Directors Call
January 23:  9 - 10:30 am

Mental Hygiene Planning Committee Meeting
January 24: 1 - 3 pm, GTM

Contact CLMHD for all Call In and Go To Meeting information, 518.462.9422 
Burnout, Low Pay Take Toll on New York's Human Services Agencies

Therese "Dezi" Verley Strodel was six months into her new job as a clinician at an Albany home for troubled kids when she submitted her resignation.

But almost as soon as she sent in her resignation letter, she felt she'd made a mistake. Five counselors at the Delaware Avenue group home run by  Northern Rivers Family of Services  had left in the past year. Verley Strodel would be the sixth, and at a time when she was just beginning to understand why the kids gave her such a hard time.

"They form these very strong attachments to their caregivers, and when those caregivers leave it is devastating," she said. "I mean, think about what these kids have endured. They've experienced loss, abandonment, they've had their trust violated. They have bonding issues, and so the very first thing they do is they test us."

So she withdrew her resignation, and Northern Rivers was all too happy to let her. The Albany-based human services nonprofit has trouble holding onto its employees, and it's hardly alone. Read more here.
New York State Announces new Community-Based Mental Health Services for Medicaid Enrolled Children and Youth

New York State this week announced the first three of six new community-based mental health services for children, youth, and families.  These services will help address the stigma of mental health treatment by providing more rapid access to mental health care where families are more comfortable, including in homes, schools, and other community locations.

These new services reflect the goal of the Children's Medicaid Redesign Subcommittee: to ensure children and their families receive the right services at the right time, in the right amount, and in the right place. In the past, a child would need to be at risk of hospitalization before they could access intensive community-based mental health services.  These new services are available to any child on Medicaid who needs them. Read more here.
RPC Hosts Statewide Webinar on Youth Advocacy

On December 20, 2018, the Regional Planning Consortiums (RPCs) in partnership with YouthPower! hosted a statewide webinar on Youth Peer Advocacy in partnership. The recording and slide deck from this webinar and slide deck can be found here.
2019 VBP Quality Measure Sets & Technical Specification Manual

The 2019 VBP Quality Measure Sets and the 2019 VBP Reporting Requirements Technical Specifications Manual for Measurement Year (MY) 2018 are now available on the Value Based Payment (VBP) Resource Library website.

The 2019 VBP Quality Measure Sets were reviewed and approved by the VBP Workgroup in 2018 as part of the Annual Measure Review Cycle. Measure sets were compiled in collaboration with State agency partners, including OMH and OASAS. The following 2019 measure sets are now available on the VBP website:  
  • HARP Measure Set (special needs population type arrangement)
  • HIV /AIDS Measure Set(special needs population type arrangement)
  • Maternity Measure Set
  • Total Care for the General Population (TCGP) & Integrated Primary Care (IPC) Measure Sets
The 2019 quality measure sets can be found by clicking here and looking under the VBP Quality Measures subheading tab.

Additionally, the 2019 VBP Reporting Requirements Technical Specifications Manual for MY 2018 has also been posted. The purpose of this document is to make stakeholders aware of the quality measure reporting requirements for Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) participating in the New York State Medicaid VBP program. 
To Get Mental Health Help For A Child, Desperate Parents Relinquish Custody

When Toni and Jim Hoy adopted their son Daniel through the foster care system, he was an affectionate toddler. They did not plan to give him back to the state of Illinois, ever.

Toni recalls times Daniel would reach over, put his hands on her face and squish her cheeks. "And he would go, 'You pretty, Mom,' " Toni says. "Oh my gosh, he just melted my heart when he would say these very loving, endearing things to me."

But as Daniel grew older, he changed. He began to show signs of serious mental illness that eventually manifested in violent outbursts and nearly a dozen psychiatric hospitalizations, starting at age 10. Doctors said he needed intensive, specialized care away from home - institutional services that cost at least $100,000 a year.

The family had private insurance through Jim's job, and Daniel also had Medicaid coverage because he was adopted. But neither insurance would pay for that treatment. Read more here.
HRSA Releases Information About SUD Workforce Program 
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is currently accepting clinician applications for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program. The program offers up to $75,000 in student loan repayment for clinicians who work at least three years providing substance use treatment at an approved site. Applicants that have a DATA-2000 waiver to prescribe buprenorphine to treat opioid use disorder, work in an opioid treatment program or are licensed or certified in substance use interventions, will receive priority.

Applications will be accepted on or before February 21, 2019. Read more  here.
In Rehab, 'Two Warring Factions': Abstinence vs. Medication

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Just past a cemetery along a country road, an addiction treatment center called JourneyPure at the River draws hundreds of patients a month who are addicted to opioids and other drugs. They divide their days between therapy sessions, songwriting, communing with horses and climbing through a treetop ropes course. After dinner, they're driven into town in white vans for 12-step meetings.

It is a common regimen at residential treatment programs, but as the opioid epidemic persists, JourneyPure is evolving. Though its glossy website doesn't mention it, the company is ramping up its use of medications to blunt the torturous withdrawal symptoms and cravings that compel many with opioid addiction to keep using. 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.