April 13, 2023

Governor Hochul Announces $13 Million Available to Expand Home-Based Crisis Intervention Services for Children and Youth

Governor Kathy Hochul last Friday announced the availability of more than $13 million in state funding to expand access to Home-Based Crisis Intervention teams throughout New York State. Administered by the state Office of Mental Health, this funding will help create 13 new teams and expand 26 existing ones, enabling them to provide critical mental health services so that at-risk children and youth can avoid psychiatric hospitalization. The Office of Mental Health will provide $6.2 million to create 11 new teams to serve children and youth between the ages of 5 and 21, who are at imminent risk of psychiatric hospitalization. The agency also partnered with the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council in an effort to establish two teams that will exclusively serve children or youth dually diagnosed with both a developmental disability and mental illness. Read more here.

Governor Hochul Announces First Recipients of the $4 Million Mental Health Scholarship Program

Governor Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced the first recipients of the $4 million scholarship program to support underrepresented students entering or enrolled in mental health degree programs at the State University of New York and the City University of New York. The program aims to expand and diversify New York's mental health workforce, which lacks sufficient representation of ethnic and racial minorities, especially in roles requiring advanced degrees or education-based certifications. The program is made possible by a federal grant awarded to the New York State Office of Mental Health. Read more here.

'Unprecedented Collaboration': Could Innovative Model In Buffalo's Fruit Belt Bolster Region's Mental Health Services?

Kirsten Vincent was an innovative leader who worked to eliminate gaps in the mental health system as the CEO of Recovery Options Made Easy, a peer-run agency in Western New York. Until her unexpected death nearly two years ago, Vincent had pushed for a first-of-its-kind model in New York designed to support crisis stabilization and continued recovery. The model she envisioned included a number of services under one roof, seeking to ensure that everyone had access to the right level of care and that, as a result, fewer people would slip through the cracks of a system in desperate need of repair. Her vision is nearly fulfilled. Read more here.

Related: Buffalo News Editorial Board: New Mental Health Facilities Are Welcome, but More Are Needed

Inside the All-New State-of-the-Art Addiction Treatment Facility Opening in Tompkins County

The Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County is set to open a state-of-the-art, 40-bed medically supervised withdrawal stabilization facility next month. This pioneering Open Access center is the first of its kind in the Finger Lakes region, providing a critical addition to addiction treatment resources in the area.

It was an eight year process; and Executive Director Angela Sullivan said success came down to a desire to do right by the community and not give up. “I have such a tenacious team,” she said recalling that lengthy process, which included a pandemic in the middle. “We have an internal mantra of ‘We are going to do it, whatever it takes’.” Read more here.

Incorporating Community-Based Organizations in Medicaid Efforts to Address Health-Related Social Needs: Key State Considerations

State Medicaid programs are increasingly connecting the dots between the medical, behavioral, and social components of health to achieve the goal of more equitable, whole-person care that addresses the health-related social needs (HRSN) of Medicaid enrollees. Developing HRSN interventions that are locally focused, culturally congruent, and community-centered requires partnerships with community-based organizations (CBOs) that specialize in social care, like food and housing services. This Center for Health Care Strategies report, made possible by the California Health Care Foundation, explores insights from early state innovators to help guide states, HCOs, and CBOs in shaping and navigating successful CBO-HCO relationships. 

Medicaid Episode-Based Bundled Payments Can Improve Health Equity For Justice-Involved Individuals

In 2018, the federal SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act directed the Department of Health and Human Services to provide guidance on how waivers could improve care for individuals transitioning out of incarceration, and in January, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the first 1115 demonstration waiver that expands Medicaid coverage to incarcerated individuals in California 90 days before release; other similar submitted 1115 waivers are pending CMS review. As Medicaid coverage can have a potentially lifesaving impact on individuals post-incarceration—through providing timely mental health and addiction treatment, for example—this policy change should be applauded. Read more here.

New York Department of Health Recognizes National Minority Health Month

The New York State Department of Health, in observance of National Minority Health Month in April, is highlighting the importance of improving the health and well-being of racial and ethnic minority and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities, with a focus on reducing health disparities.

These disparities, often caused by systemic barriers, implicit bias, and the resulting unequal access to services, create poorer health outcomes for certain groups and are apparent in many preventable conditions such as diabetes, cancer, and maternal mortality. These conditions can add to the economic challenges that further perpetuate inequity in health and health care access. Read more here.

More Girls Are Being Diagnosed With Autism

Morénike Giwa Onaiwu was shocked when day care providers flagged some concerning behaviors in her daughter, Legacy. The toddler was not responding to her name. She avoided eye contact, didn’t talk much and liked playing on her own. But none of this seemed unusual to Dr. Onaiwu, a consultant and writer in Houston.

“I didn’t recognize anything was amiss,” she said. “My daughter was just like me.”

Legacy was diagnosed with autism in 2011, just before she turned 3. Months later, at the age of 31, Dr. Onaiwu was diagnosed as well. Read more here.

Peer Court Keeps Youth Accountable, Removes Shame and Stigma

On a late afternoon in December, a 22-year-old youth advocate named Rachel is addressing a jury of her peers on Zoom in Marin County, California. Her client: a teen named Leonel, who was caught with two boys after shooting BB guns from a garage. The boys said they were shooting bottles in the driveway, but several BBs hit a neighboring home and passing vehicles, causing damage and broken windows, according to a police report. No one was arrested but police cited Leonel and his friends for vandalism. A virtual room full of teens and young adults listen intently as Rachel talks about how Leonel is changing his life in the aftermath of the incident. Read more here.

Fidelis Care Begins Member Education Campaign as Federal Continuous Coverage Requirement Comes to an End

Fidelis Care announced last week it will begin an extensive educational outreach and awareness campaign to more than 2 million members across all 62 counties in New York State who will need to update their eligibility information to renew their health coverage for the first time in three years. Based on the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, signed into law by President Biden on December 29, 2022, the "continuous enrollment condition" for Medicaid, Child Health Plus, Essential Plan and Managed Long Term Care coverage that began in March 2020 during the onset of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) will soon end. Read more here.

New DEA License Requirement Starts in June

When the Biden administration killed the X waiver late last year, all clinicians registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) learned they would need 8 hours of training on substance use disorder (SUD) management in order to renew their licenses.

The DEA has now issued a deadline for that requirement, and it's less than 3 months away.

Starting on June 27, all clinicians will have to check a box on their online DEA registration form -- whether they're renewing or initiating a license -- affirming they've completed that training, according to the DEA's announcement from last week. It's a one-time requirement that won't be part of future registration renewals, the DEA said. Read more here.

ALBANY: Wellness support offered at new Capital Region indoor skate park

ALBANY: Mental health pilot program launching in Lark Street neighborhood of Albany

ALBANY: Albany County puts Narcan in libraries as part of overdose prevention

ALLEGANY: Wellsville CSD installed opiate overdose reversal drug at multiple locations. Here's why

BROOME: Binghamton University receives $9.3 million in federal funding to train school-based mental health professionals

CHAUTAUQUA: Grieving Families Shed Light On Addiction Fallout

CORTLAND: Cortland County to accept over $300K in opioid settlement funds

FINGER LAKES: Counties unite efforts to address mounting mental health crisis and other issues in Finger Lakes region

JEFFERSON: Children’s Home offers community mental health services

NIAGARA: Community Health Center of Lockport adding mental health services

NYC: Staten Island’s Meager Cut of City’s Initial $150M in Opioid Settlement Spending Reveals Opacity in Distribution

NYC: Behavioral Health Staff Awarded Over $500K in Debt Relief in Exchange for Three-Year Commitment to the Health System

NYC: Mental Health Care Center For Kids Opens In Woodside

NYC: Brooklyn Heights-Based Social Services Organization to Lay Off 114 Workers in June

ONEIDA: Upstate Hospital: Child mental health emergency room admissions up 400% over last 5 years

ONONDAGA: Wider access to Narcan helps rural communities fight overdose deaths

ONONDAGA: New Elmcrest program focuses on children's mental health

OSWEGO: OCO Behavioral Health Residential Services Attends Simulation Training

ST. LAWRENCE: St. Lawrence County Legislature backs Medication Assisted Treatment program

SULLIVAN: The need for a HEALing community

TOMPKINS: Opioid Settlement Funds Coming to Tompkins County

Biden-⁠Harris Administration Designates Fentanyl Combined with Xylazine as an Emerging Threat to the United States

On Wednesday, Dr. Rahul Gupta, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), officially designated fentanyl adulterated or associated with xylazine as an emerging threat to the United States. Xylazine is a non-opioid tranquilizer approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for veterinary use but not human use. This designation comes after careful review of the impact of xylazine on the opioid crisis, including its growing role in overdose deaths in every region of the United States. Read more here.

Suicide rises to 11th leading cause of death in the US in 2021, reversing two years of decline

The State Perspective on Rural Behavioral Health Crisis Services

Privacy is at risk as HIPAA fails to keep pace with digital health

JAMA: Incidence of Precipitated Withdrawal During a Multisite Emergency Department–Initiated Buprenorphine Clinical Trial in the Era of Fentanyl

As Mental Health Crisis Grows, More Doors Open to Care


Behavioral Health Parity Training for Service Providers

April 13, 12 - 1:30 pm, NYCDHMH

COD Series: Criminal Justice Involved Peer Support Part 2

April 13, 1 - 2:30 pm, Healthy Capital District

CORE Virtual Regional Learning Session - Long Island

April 13, 1 - 2:30 pm, OMH/NYTAC

Understanding the Expanded Risk-Need-Responsivity Model, Supervision, Programming, and Dosage

April 13, 2 - 3:30 pm, CSG Justice Center

Transgender, Non-Confirming, Non-binary Cultural Competence

April 17, 9 am - 4 pm, OASAS

Implementing a Complex Care Shelter: Opportunities and Lessons Learned

April 17, 2 - 3 pm, National Alliance to End Homelessness

Integrating Community Health Workers into Primary Care to Support the Reentry Population

April 17, 3 - 4:15 pm, The Transitions Clinic Network

2023 Justice Center Summit

April 18 - 19, 25 - 26 - Event Flyer

Focusing on Reentry Housing and Family Engagement in Collaborative, Comprehensive Case Plans

April 18, 3 - 4 pm, CSG Justice Center

Solving for Homelessness Among Older Adults, People with Disabilities, and Other Populations Through Cross-Sector Partnerships

April 18, 3 - 4 pm, Administration for Community Living's Housing and Services Resource Center (HSRC) 

Considerations for Determining HCBS Eligibility for the SED Target Populations

April 19, 10 - 11:30 am, OMH

Using PSYCKES Quality Indicator Reports

April 19, 11 am - 12 pm, OMH

Housing Supports for Older Adults Experiencing Homelessness

April 19, 2 - 3 pm, HHRC

Leveraging County Health Rankings Data to Improve Community Health

April 19, 2 - 3 pm, NACo

OUD and Social Determinants of Health

April 19, 3 - 4 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Trauma-Informed Care for Opioid Treatment

April 19, 3 - 4:30 pm, NAADAC

Utilizing Community Health Workers for SDOH Screening and Housing Navigation

April 19, 3 - 4 pm, Corporation for Supportive Housing

Leveraging Telehealth to Improve Access & Reach in Rural Integrated Care

April 20, 2 - 3:30 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Behavioral Health Trends Affecting Payers

April 20, 2 - 3 pm, PsychU

CORE Virtual Regional Learning Session - NYC

April 21, 10 - 11:30 am, OMH/NYTAC

ACEs Awareness Education Day 2023 (In person)

April 24, 11 am - 5 pm, Empire State Plaza, Albany,

NY Trauma Informed Coalition

CORE Virtual Regional Learning Session - Hudson River / North Country / Capital

April 24, 1 - 2:30 pm, OMH/MCTAC

Changes & Updates regarding the Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) Population HCBS Level of Care Determination

April 24, 2 - 3:30 pm, DOH

Unwinding the Public Health Emergency: Keeping New Yorkers Covered!

April 25, 10 - 11 am, OMH/NYTAC

PSYCKES Mobile App for iPhones & iPads

April 25, 10 - 11 am, OMH

Making the Connection: Improving the Referral Pathways to Family Treatment Court

April 25, 1:30 - 3 pm, SAMHSA's GAINS Center

Changes & Updates regarding the Medically Fragile (MF) Population HCBS Level of Care Determination

April 26, 11 am - 12:30 pm, DOH

The Role Of Neurobehavioral Therapies In Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

April 26, 12 - 1 pm, PsychU

CORE Virtual Regional Learning Session - Central

April 26, 12 - 1:30 pm, OMH/NYTAC

Behavioral Health Parity 101

April 27, 12 - 1:30 pm, NYCDHMH

CORE Virtual Regional Learning Session - Western

April 27, 12 - 1:30 pm, OMH/NYTAC

Determining Level of Care within Crisis Services

April 27, 2 - 3 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Harm Reduction Office Hours with Providers

April 27, 2 - 3:30 pm, OASAS

Peer Recovery Support Series, Part 3: Inclusive Outreach for Beginners - How to Create More Diverse Spaces in the Recovery Community

April 27, 3 - 4:30 pm, NAADAC

Investigation Basics for State Oversight and Provider Agency Staff Day 1

May 2, 9:30 am - 12 pm, The Justice Center

Investigation Basics for State Oversight and Provider Agency Staff Day 2

May 3, 9:30 am - 12 pm, The Justice Center

PSYCKES for BHCCs and Other Networks

May 3, 1 - 2 pm, OMH

OASAS SAPT Supplemental Grant Information Session

May 4, 1 - 2 pm, OASAS

WHAT'S GREAT IN OUR STATE 2023: A Celebration of Children's Mental Health

May 9, 9 am - 12:30 pm, OMH

PSYCKES for Health Homes and Care Management Agencies

May 9, 10 - 11:30 am, OMH

Sexual Misconduct: Boundaries and Ethics in Addiction Counseling – “Where’s the Line”

May 10 - 11, 9 am - 4 pm, OASAS

Rural Telehealth & M-Health for Children & Youth

May 16, 2 - 3 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Engaging Families in SUD Services: A Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP 39) Training

May 17 - 18, 9 am - 4 pm, OASAS



Addiction Services & Recovery Committee Meeting

April 13: 11 am - 12 pm

Mental Health Committee Meeting

April 13: 3 - 4 pm

Children & Families Committee Meeting

April 18: 11:30 am - 1 pm

Membership Call

April 19: 9 - 10:30 am

Mental Hygiene Planning Committee Meeting

April 20: 1 - 3 pm

Deputy DCS Call

April 25: 10 - 11 am


Quarterly LGU Billing Staff Call

May 2: 11 am - 12 pm

Executive Committee Meeting

May 3: 8 - 9 am

LGU Clinic Operators Call

May 9: 10 - 11:30 am

CLMHD Spring Full Membership Meeting

May 10 - 12, Embassy Suites, Saratoga Springs

Children & Families Committee Meeting

May 16: 11:30 am - 1 pm

Deputy DCS Call

May 23: 10 - 11 am

CLMHD Office Closed - Memorial Day

May 30

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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)
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