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November 1, 2019

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Francine Sinkoff, Editor
New Recovery Center Opens in Mohawk Valley - Herkimer

Crowne Plaza White Plains Partners with The Arc Westchester on an Artistic Journey

Closing Rikers May Pave New Path For Mentally Ill Inmates - NYC

Addiction-treatment network upgrades East Harlem office - NYC

Breaking Ground Begins Construction on New Supportive Housing at La Central in the Bronx - NYC

Therapeutic respite program provides intensive help at Mary Cariola Children's Center - Monroe

An innovative approach to helping the homeless - Monroe

Arc of Yates adds care management services for children in Yates County

Erie County Sheriff's Office announces $1 million grant for jail, mental health

Do Opioid Intervention Courts work? UB study will provide the answer - Erie County
Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health Hosts Fall Forum: 

"Building Westchester's Co-Occurring System of Care: Purpose, Vision and Improving Outcomes"

Westchester County Department of Community  Mental Health (DCMH) is proud to announce the 2019 Fall Forum which will take place on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.

The theme for the Fall Forum will be " Building Westchester's Co-Occurring System of Care: Purpose, Vision and Improving Outcomes."   This is part of a Mid-Hudson County Regional effort to meet the complex needs of individuals who experience co-occurring disorders and other challenges, as well as their supports, through the development and promotion of prevention programming, integrated treatment, quality improvement and best practice models. Read more here .
Meth is Most Common Drug in Overdose Deaths in Chunk of US

Fentanyl is driving drug overdose deaths in the U.S. overall, but in nearly half of the country, it's a different story. Meth is the bigger killer, a new government report shows.

Nationwide, most deaths still involve opioid drugs like fentanyl and heroin. But in 2017, the stimulant meth was the drug most frequently involved in deaths in four regions that include 19 states west of the Mississippi.

The report released last Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the agency's first geographic breakdown of deaths by drug. It's based on 2017 figures when there were more than 70,000 overdose deaths in the U.S., two-thirds of them involving opioids. Read more here.

Researchers investigate why certain brains are more vulnerable to addiction

White House unveils website to streamline search for drug treatment

Grief Grew Into A Mental Health Crisis And A $21,634 Hospital Bill

Using Technology to Close the Autism Job Gap

Researchers Evaluate Smartphone Intervention for Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders

Navigating the Digital Era: Social Media and Mental Health
November 5, 12 - 1 pm, PsychU

What Matters Most in Driving Cross-Sector Partnerships for Complex Populations
November 5, 3 - 4 pm, National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs

innovaTel - Telepsychiatry: A Year in Review and Beyond and What's to Come in 2020
November 6, 1 - 1:30 pm, National Council for Behavioral Health

A Framework for Evaluating the Return on Investment of Telehealth
November 6, 1 - 2 pm, Manatt Health

Medication Assisted Recovery in Complex Situations
November 6, 3 - 4:30 pm, NAADAC

Using PSYCKES for Clinicians
November 12, 1 - 2 pm, OMH

PSYCKES New Features Training Webinar
November 13, 11 am - 12 pm, OMH

Data Sharing in Human Services to End Homelessness - Challenges and Solutions
November 14, 3 - 4 pm, Corporation for Supportive Housing

Financial Focus: Eligibility, Authorization & Credentialing Best Practices
November 18, 3 - 3:50 pm, National Council for Behavioral Health

Enable Access to Client-Level Data in PSYCKES
November 19, 10 - 11 am, OMH

Technology and Mental Health: Defining the Current Landscape
November 19, 12 - 1 pm, PsychU

Re-Conceptualizing & Boosting Engagement for Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Needs in Community-Based Services
November 19, 3 - 4 pm, Transitions ACR

Improving Equity and Inclusion in Drug Court Programming
November 20, 2:30 - 4 pm, SAMHSA's GAINS Center

Parents with PTSD: How Addiction Can Re-traumatize Families
November 20, 3 - 4 pm, NAADAC

Using PSYCKES Recipient Search
December 3, 3 - 4 pm, OMH

What Addiction Professionals Should Know About Medical Marijuana
December 4, 3 - 5 pm, NAADAC

Using Data to Identify and Serve People who Frequently Utilize Health, Human Services and Justice Systems
December 5, 2 - 3:15 pm, NACo

Using PSYCKES Quality Indicator Reports
December 12, 2 - 3 pm, OMH

PSYCKES Mobile App for iPhones & iPads
December 18, 10 - 11 am, OMH

Successful Treatment of Methamphetamine Addiction
December 18, 3 - 4:30 pm, NAADAC

Using PSYCKES for Clinicians
December 19, 2:30 - 4 pm, OMH



Executive Committee Call
November 6: 8 am, GTM

Office Closed - Veterans Day
November 11

Children & Families Committee Meeting
November 19: 11:30 am - 1 pm, GTM

CLMHD Membership Call
November 20: 9 - 10:30 am, GTM

Mental Hygiene Planning Committee Meeting
November 21: 1 - 3 pm, GTM

Office Closed - Thanksgiving
November 28 - 29


Executive Committee Call
December 4: 8 am, GTM

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

Office Closed - Christmas
December 25

Contact CLMHD for all Call In and Go To Meeting information, 518.462.9422 
As State Prepares DSRIP Extension Plan, Groups Make Their Pitch for Funding

Speakers from organizations that felt overlooked in the first Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program spoke out Friday to convince the state Department of Health to pay greater attention to issues such as behavioral health, diabetes and pediatrics.

New York is preparing to submit a four-year waiver renewal to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that requests $8 billion to continue to improve its Medicaid program. The state held a public comment day at Baruch College ahead of its Nov. 27 deadline to submit its application to CMS. Written comments can be submitted to the state through Nov. 4.

New York is requesting $5 billion for the next phase of DSRIP, which is slated to end March 31. It requested $1.5 billion to address the social determinants of health, such as access to food, housing and transportation; $1 billion for workforce development; and $500 million to support financially struggling hospitals. Read more here.

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Behavioral Health Providers Affiliate to Aid in Transition to Value-Based Payments

Advanced Health Network and Recovery Health Solutions-independent practice  associations recently awarded state funding as behavioral health care collaboratives- have entered a strategic affiliation.

The result is a comprehensive behavioral health network across the five boroughs and Nassau and Suffolk counties with 50 providers and 150 locations. The affiliation is expected to aid in value-based payment contracting, said Robert Detor, CEO of
Advanced Health Network.

At the beginning of 2018, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state would issue $60 million over three years to mental health and addiction-services providers as part of the state's Medicaid transformation plan. The funds were designed to help providers transition to valued-based payments and were awarded to behavioral health care collaboratives, networks of providers across the state. Read more here.
Work Begins on Quality Measurement System for Addiction Treatment Programs

Data collection has begun for a new quality measurement system for addiction treatment programs.  New York is one of six states selected to pilot Atlas, an addiction treatment locater, analysis and standards tool being developed by the nonprofit Shatterproof. The state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services has partnered with Shatterproof-which is focused on ending the devastation that addiction brings to families-on the development and implementation of Atlas in New York.

All specialty addiction-treatment facilities in the state are being asked to participate in a survey of their practices and services, Shatterproof said, and they're being asked to invite their patients to participate in an experience survey. Read more here.
NYS OASAS Announces Name Change From the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to the Office of Addiction Services and Supports

NYS OASAS this week announced a name change from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to the Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS), which along with other notable changes will address the replacement of stigmatizing language in the system of addiction care in New York State. The name change is effective immediately.

The new name also coincides with the launch of a new OASAS website. The redesigned website will ensure that information and resources related to addiction prevention, treatment and recovery are easily accessible to the public. The address of the website remains at Read more here.
Legislation Would Provide $100M for Emergency-Department Suicide Prevention

Reps. Eliot Engel and Gus Bilirakis on Monday introduced legislation to curb the country's rising suicide rate. The law would allocate $100 million in federal funding over a five-year period to emergency departments to help identify and treat individuals at a high risk of suicide.

The money would be earmarked for training emergency department clinicians to identify high-risk individuals and developing programs to coordinate care and follow-up services, Engel's office said. It also would go toward supporting the recruitment and retention of behavioral health professionals who specialize in treating those experiencing suicidal ideation and the development of telehealth and other approaches.
 Read more here.
NY Medicaid Addresses Housing Quality, Social Determinants of Health
housing quality is a key social determinant of health
Hot spot  maps from the United Hospital Fund (UFH) could help identify key areas in New York City where Medicaid intervention and social determinants of health programming could help improve the health of individuals.

The maps specifically look at areas of poor housing quality, high incidence of pediatric asthma, and Medicaid enrollment. When laid on top of one another, these maps could identify areas where Medicaid can introduce  housing interventions to improve the health of NYC residents.

The maps show that certain neighborhoods, including Hunts Point and Longwood in the Bronx, and East Harlem South in Manhattan, have high rates of childhood asthma. These regions also have high Medicaid enrollment and poor housing quality. Specifically, these areas have high rates of housing defects and cockroach exposure. Read more here.

Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Data Book

Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the first annual Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Data Book pursuant to Substance Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act (P.L. 115-271). This is a publicly available compendium of the number of Medicaid beneficiaries with a SUD and the services they received compiled using Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS). This report contains data on SUD diagnosis, enrollment type, and treatment service utilization with national and state level summaries. 

This information is useful to states and also other entities interested in SUD data. By cataloging the prevalence of SUD in the Medicaid beneficiary population and services provided for the treatment of SUD under Medicaid, the SUD Data Book was developed to address the pressing need for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and prevention services, with a focus on opioid use. It provides data in tabular form for calendar year 2017, which is the most recent complete year of T-MSIS enrollment and claims data available at the time the analysis was conducted. An online tool will be available on soon as well.
OPWDD People First - Fall 2020
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Transition Program Reduces Recidivism Rates

"The stars aligned" for collaborations among departments and agencies that led to the creation of a jail transition program in Polk County, Fla., Community Health Care Planner Cathy Hatch said.

The Helping HANDS program is for individuals with mental illness who are transitioning out of the local county jail and back into the community. "HANDS" stands for healthcare, access, navigation, delivery and support. 

After Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd became aware of mentally ill individuals repeatedly cycling in and out of jail, his office and the county health and human service division formed a partnership to try to lower recidivism rates. Data revealed that 12 percent of inmates receive medications for mental health issues in jail and stop taking those medications when they are released.

While the county was researching possible jail transition programs, Polk County Fire Rescue was simultaneously researching a community paramedicine program that uses paramedics in proactive roles rather than reactive roles. Read more here.
NYS OMH Job Opening: Director Mental Health Field Office 1

The New York State Office of Mental Health is seeking a qualified candidate for the non-competitive policy influencing position of Director Mental Health Field Office 1, M-6, to direct the Hudson River Field Office. 

Under the general direction of the Executive Deputy Commissioner, the incumbent will direct the development, interpretation, and communication of OMH policies and initiatives to local governmental units, community mental health providers, and the general public; formulate and recommend policies, procedures, and remedial actions to OMH executive staff on issues related to community treatment program activities and local service delivery systems. The incumbent will also direct a multi-disciplinary team of professionals representing key mental health functional areas.  To view the full job description, click  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.