May 5, 2022
Hochul Chooses Antonio Delgado as New Lieutenant Governor

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on Tuesday she had chosen Representative Antonio Delgado, a Democrat from the Hudson Valley, as her new lieutenant governor, the second-highest ranking position in New York State.

Mr. Delgado is expected to serve as Ms. Hochul’s running mate as she campaigns for a full term this year. He will replace former Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin, who was indicted on federal bribery charges last month, leading to his abrupt resignation. Read more here.
Governor Hochul Announces $7.2 Million Federal Award to Strengthen Crisis Call Centers

Governor Kathy Hochul on Friday announced that New York State has been awarded $7.2 million by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to help strengthen crisis call center services in preparation for the transition on July 16, 2022, of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to the number 988 from the current 1-800-273-8255. Read more here.
Governor Hochul Announces $11 Million to Expand Proven Healthy Families New York Prevention Program to Every County

Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Wednesday that $11 million in funding from the recently enacted State Budget is now available to expand and support the proven, evidence-based Healthy Families New York program. Run by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, Healthy Families New York promotes optimal prenatal care, better birth outcomes and positive growth and development to improve parent-child bonding, maternal health, child health and school success. A request for proposals is out for $9 million to expand Healthy Families New York to every county in the state. An additional $2 million will sustain the technical assistance, training and data system necessary to support the new programs and maintain fidelity to the Healthy Families New York model.
Northern Border Regional Commission Announces Upcoming Grant Round To Support Region’s Rural Health Network

On April 28, the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) announced that health care providers and organizations across Northern New England and New York will soon be able to apply for grant funds from the agency’s partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The partnership will award nearly $2 million in federal funds through the Rural Northern Border Region Healthcare Support Program.

HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy will present a virtual informational webinar on Thursday, May 5, 2022, from 11-12 PM EST. Read more here.

Opioid Settlement Money Is Coming. How We Spend It Is Critical.

State, local and tribal governments will soon begin receiving a massive influx of funds as legal actions brought against the manufacturers and distributors of opioids reach a resolution. Given this, governance structures must be in place so that the litigation funds are spent on evidence-based practices that reflect the needs of local communities and include accountability for any expenditures. Read more here.
Apply Now: New York State Health Foundation Special Projects Fund

The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) has a broad mission to improve the health of all New Yorkers, especially the most vulnerable. NYSHealth’s efforts are concentrated on specific priority and focus areas, but to ensure flexibility and responsiveness to other important health issues, the Special Projects Fund supports projects that are outside of those areas. Projects pertaining to the following priority and focus areas will be INELIGIBLE for funding through the Special Projects Fund: Healthy Food, Healthy Lives; Empowering Health Care Consumers; or Veterans’ Health. Read more here.
Dr. Yngvild K. Olsen is SAMHSA’s New Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)
Yngvild K. Olsen, MD, MPH, is the new Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) at SAMHSA. Dr. Olsen will lead CSAT’s efforts to promote community-based substance use disorder treatment, and recovery support services for individuals and families in every community across the country. CSAT provides national leadership to improve access, reduce barriers, and promote high-quality, life-saving, and effective treatment and recovery support services. Dr. Olsen was previously serving as CSAT’s Acting Director. Read more here.
Paid Training, Tuition Assistance May Be Key to Solving New York's Nursing Home Staffing Crisis

Tea Mickles, 23, wanted to become a nurse because of her late grandmother’s experience in a long-term care facility. “I always wanted to learn to be the aide that I wanted her to have,” she said. Already balancing working as a personal care aide and raising an infant daughter, Mickles found an opportunity that was hard to pass up: train for four weeks as a certified nursing assistant — and get paid for it.

She and a dozen others took classes for four weeks earlier this year at D’Youville University in downtown Buffalo, learning things like how to safely get residents out of bed and proper handwashing. If they completed clinical rotations and passed the New York state certification exam, they were guaranteed a CNA job at one of Catholic Health or the McGuire Group’s nine Western New York nursing homes. Read more here.
Moody's: Why Focusing On Behavioral Health Could Give Insurers a Leg Up On the Competition

Mental and behavioral health conditions account for a growing segment of healthcare costs, and insurers have a significant opportunity to address these expenses and drive costs down overall, according to a new report.

Mental health conditions accounted for just 5.2% of healthcare spending in 2019, but the number of people with these conditions is expanding, particularly in the pandemic environment, according to a report from analysts at Moody's Investors Service.

A recent study suggests that healthcare costs for people with behavioral health conditions are 3.5 times higher than for those without such conditions, according to the report. Read more here.

Finding The Right Combination For Managing Serious Mental Illnesses

Earlier this year, Centene’s Chief Operating Officer of Behavioral Health, Indira Pahari, discussed how 10% of their population uses 70% of the resources, in her keynote presentation, Improving Access & Collaboration For Complex Consumer Needs: Centene’s Approach To Integrated Care, at The 2022 OPEN MINDS Performance Management Institute. Her observation was that for the most part, this high-risk population is largely consumers with mental illnesses who are disconnected from the health care system.

The question for executives of health and human service organizations is what works for improving the health of this consumer group—and reducing their unnecessary use of expensive acute care services? Read more here.

Healthcare and Mental Hygiene Workers Employed by Educational Institutions May Receive Bonuses Under New York Law

As part of the New York State enacted budget for the 2023 Fiscal Year, the Legislature and Governor provided bonuses for certain healthcare and mental hygiene workers, pursuant to New York Social Services Law Section 367-w. The State Budget for the 2023 Fiscal Year includes $1.2 billion dedicated to these bonuses. Pertinent to educational institutions, Social Services Law Section 367-w bonuses apply to certain employees in P-12 public and non-public schools, charter schools, BOCES, preschool programs for students with disabilities and institutions of higher education, including therapists (e.g. occupational and physical) and assistants and aides to those therapists, speech language pathologists, nurses (i.e. RN and LPN), nursing assistants, medical assistants and healthcare support workers. Read more here.
New Accessible Benefit Development Resource Toolkit on OPWDD Website

OPWDD has converted the majority of the Benefit Development Resource Toolkit (BDRT) into accessible HTML content. The BDRT provides information for developing and maintaining financial benefits and entitlements for people served by OPWDD and voluntary agencies. These benefits are necessary to provide personal allowance and to pay for the services people receive. The Toolkit provides information on applying for and maintaining Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security benefits (SSDI), Medicare and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Other topics include conducting financial investigations and protecting resources. The BDRT can now be viewed directly on the OPWDD website here.

May 4, 1 - 2 pm, NIHCM Foundation

May 4, 1 - 2 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

May 4, 2 - 3:15 pm, Center for Health Care Strategies

May 4, 2 - 3:30 pm, CSG Justice Center

May 5, 2 - 3:30 pm, CSG Justice Center

May 6, 12:30 - 2 pm, MHTTC Network

May 11, 1 - 2:15 pm, MHTTC Network

May 11, 3 - 4:30 pm, OMH

May 12, 2 - 3 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

May 16, 1 - 3 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

May 17, 12 - 1:30 pm, CCSI

May 17, 1 - 2 pm, OPEN MINDS

May 17, 1:30 - 3:30 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

May 18, 12:30 - 3:45 pm, SAMHSA's GAINS Center

May 18, 2 - 3 pm, OMH

May 18, 2 - 3 pm, HANYS

May 19, 1 - 2 pm, Qualifacts

May 19, 2 - 3 pm, Center for Health Care Strategies

May 23, 2 - 3:30 pm, SAMHSA's GAINS Center

May 24, 1 - 2:30 pm, OMH

May 24, 2 - 3:15 pm, CSG Justice Center

May 25, 1 - 2 pm, Camden Coalition

May 25, 5:30 - 7 pm, NYAPRS


LGU Clinic Operators Call
May 10: 10 - 11:30 am

Addiction Services and Recovery Committee Meeting
May 12: 11 am - 12 pm

Developmental Disabilities Committee Meeting
May 12: 1 - 2:30 pm

Mental Health Committee Meeting
May 12: 3 - 4 pm

CLMHD Membership Call
May 18: 9 - 10:30 am

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

CLMHD Office Closed - Memorial Day
May 30
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.

Affiliated with the NYS Association of Counties (NYSAC)