October 27, 2022

Governor Hochul and Attorney General James Announce Major Expansion in Red Flag Law Usage to Protect New Yorkers from Gun Violence

Governor Kathy Hochul and Attorney General Letitia James on Monday announced a major expansion in usage of New York State's Red Flag Law to further protect New Yorkers from gun violence. Following an executive order and legislation signed by Governor Hochul to strengthen implementation of the law, courts across the State have issued 1,908 Extreme Risk Protection Orders, more than doubling the number of orders issued since the law became effective on August 25, 2019. Governor Hochul and Attorney General James also announced a $4.6 million increase to the Attorney General's FY23 budget to further support the New York State Police's efforts to obtain Extreme Risk Protection Orders when individuals pose a danger to themselves or others. Read more here.

Related: Governor Hochul Announces $28 Million to Combat Gun Violence, Increase Opportunity for Youth and Strengthen Public Safety in Seven Cities Across New York State

Judges Must Divert More Cases to Mental Health Treatment, Task Force Says

Court systems in the U.S. need to do a better job of diverting individuals in some cases to mental health treatment and to establish new best practices for cases involving those with behavioral health issues, according to a task force that spent the last two years studying mental health in the judicial system. The National Center for State Courts, creator of the task force, said that at least 70% of people in the country's jails and prisons have been diagnosed with a mental illness or substance-use disorder, and people with mental illness are 10 times more likely to be put in a jail than a hospital. The task force said in a report recently released that judges are in a unique position to steer individuals to pre-established resources that may help them with their mental health issues. Read more here.

HHS Announces More Than $100 Million in Bipartisan Safer Communities Act Funds for States and Territories to Improve Mental Health Services

Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), announced more than $100 million in funding from the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA) to states and territories for mental health emergency preparedness, crisis response, and the expansion of 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline services. BSCA, signed into law by President Biden earlier this year, provided unprecedented funding to address the nation’s mental health crisis and make our communities safer. Read more here.

Biden Administration Offers Plan to Get Addiction-Fighting Medicine to Pregnant Women

President Biden will move to expand the use of medication to treat addiction in pregnant women through a new initiative as part of the administration’s strategy to improve maternal health. The initiative will develop training and technical assistance about medications for opioid addiction treatment, like buprenorphine and methadone, for women who are part of government programs through the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services. It also will offer opioid addition education to women’s health providers through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Read more here.

Related: Buprenorphine misuse decreased among U.S. adults with opioid use disorder from 2015-2019

NYS OASAS Announces Award of More than $1.3 Million to Enhance Prevention Services for Older Adults

The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports last Friday announced the award of more than $1.3 million in funding to support the expansion of addiction prevention efforts for older adults. Eight OASAS prevention providers are receiving funding through this initiative, which involves two evidence-based approaches to addiction prevention. Read more here.

Related: Worsening Mental Health Reveals Urgency of Prevention Expansion

NYS OASAS Launches Statewide Addiction Awareness Campaign Amidst Ongoing Overdose Epidemic

The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) last Thursday announced the launch of a new statewide awareness campaign to direct the public to critical addiction resources and help reduce overdose rates and save lives. The campaign will saturate regions across New York utilizing billboards, broadcast radio and tv, transportation systems, digital services, and other non-traditional mediums. Read more here.

Related: A New Paramedic Policy May Guide Overdose Patients Into Treatment

'Wake-up call': Allergy medications may play a deadly role in the opioid epidemic, CDC study suggests

‘Interest in CCBHCs Has Absolutely Ballooned’: As Application Process Begins, Behavioral Health Model Nears Critical Juncture

The Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) model – one of the nation’s biggest investments in expanding and sustaining behavioral health services, according to some experts – is at a critical chapter in its story. Broadly, a CCBHC is a specially designated clinic that offers a range of behavioral health services, from mental health crisis teams and screenings, to substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and psychiatric rehabilitation. The Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 paved the way for CCBHCs to launch in eight demonstration states in 2017, and, now, the recently passed Bipartisan Safer Communities Act is enabling its nationwide expansion.

Read more here.

Related: Consumer Engagement Depends On Consumer Experience

Can Peers Power the Mental Health Workforce of the Future?

Miguel Rodriguez experienced his first episode of psychosis at 18, and it forced him to drop out of college and move back home with his parents. Now, seven years later, he takes a seat in a convention hall in Concord, California, wearing a blue cap and gown that matches those of his classmates.

It’s graduation day for a group of nearly 50 people who have completed a 9-unit course called SPIRIT – Service Provider Individualized Recovery Intensive Training – and have become certified peer support providers. The graduates aim to be part of the solution to a problem that keeps growing bigger: More and more people need mental health support and services, but there are far too few clinicians available to meet their needs. Read more here.

The New York Community Trust Awards $11.4 Million In Grants To 66 Nonprofits

The New York Community Trust has announced $11.5 million in grants to 66 nonprofits to improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers across a range of areas--from preventing homelessness to helping young women become leaders. "The Trust is addressing some of the toughest challenges facing New York right now, such as helping the busloads of immigrants arriving from Texas," said Shawn Morehead, the New York Community Trust's vice president for grants. 

"Simultaneously, we are keeping an eye toward the future, supporting nonprofits that are mitigating the effects of climate change and building a thriving, more equitable city." Read more here.

NYSUT Making Big Push to Expand Community Schools

Stressed brains can’t learn. That simple phrase was the “Aha!” moment a few years ago for Albany Public Schools Teachers Association President Laura Franz when she attended a presentation on the power of community schools.

“When you think of all the ways our students experience stress, that’s where I see community schools responding,” Franz told more than 100 participants at NYSUT’s Community Schools Summit in October.

“Whether it’s hunger, physical illness, mental health challenges, poverty — so many kids are in pain.” Read more here.

National Care Coordination Standards for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)

In June 2022, NASHP convened a national forum of experts representing state and federal health agencies, families of CYSHCN, providers, and health plans to discuss strategies and opportunities to improve high-quality, equitable care coordination for CYSHCN. Nearly 1 in 5 children in the U.S. has a special health care need, and it’s estimated close to half of CYSHCN are enrolled in Medicaid — making improving care for this population a priority for states. CYSHCN developed a report detailing highlights and lessons learned from this forum, including strategies and innovations to support high-quality care coordination systems. Read more here.

BROOME: Broome County Public Library: Home to peer support services

CATTARAUGUS: The Willard Suitcases: more than just photos

CHENANGO: Norwich Grapples With How To Deal With Exploding Homelessness Crisis

CLINTON: $7M federal funding boosts BHSN's expanding services

CORTLAND: Cortland County Committee votes against funding for mental health services in schools


DUTCHESS: Dutchess County Sheriff's Office Warns of 'A Killer Among Us'

ERIE: Buffalo community leaders hold Mental Health Equity Panel

FINGER LAKES: Child and Family Resources Awarded MACHI Health Grant

FULTON: Gloversville PD seeks clearer handle on drug overdose data

GENESEE: Genesee County OFA screening ‘All the Lonely People’ documentary

GENESEE/ORLEANS: $290K grant will fund respite program for caregivers of older adults

HERKIMER: Catholic Charities of Herkimer County receives $200K to expand addiction prevention services for older adults

MONROE: Bello Announces New Fentanyl Awareness Campaign and Map of Naloxone Box Installments to Fight Opioid Crisis

MONROE: Digital therapy treatments give RIT researchers tools to reach rural communities in N.Y. and N.H.

NYC: NYPD Analysis Highlights Spike in Arrests Among Those With History of Mental Illness

NYC: State To Invest $17M in New Programs for Homeless New Yorkers with Severe Mental Illness

NYC: Over 5,000 Patients Have Worked With NYC Health + Hospital Community Health Workers, Who Address Patients’ Pressing Social Needs To Improve Their Health

NYC: WSFSSH At West 108th Street Supportive Housing Complex Debuts On Manhattan’s Upper West Side

NYC: Governor Hochul Announces Completion of $51 Million Affordable Housing Development in the Bronx

ONEIDA: Over $2 million awarded to Oneida County to help prevent Veteran suicide

ONEIDA: Helio Health Receives More Than $3 Million Grant to Expand Services in Utica

ULSTER: Ulster Sheriff secures $1.3 million opioid-fighting grant

WARREN/WASHINGTON: Local program allows police to refer people for mental health services

WESTCHESTER: Care Coordination and Outreach Team at Open Door Family Medical Center Helps Educate Hispanic Population about Maximizing Healthcare Services

WESTERN NY: Behavioral Health Providers Expand Services across WNY

An Autistic Teen Needed Mental Health Help. He Spent Weeks in an ER Instead.

By his fourth week waiting for help in the emergency room, Zachary Chafos's skin had turned pale white from lack of sun. His mother, Cheryl Chafos, bathed her autistic teenage son daily in the ER's shower, trying to

scrub the sickly pallor off him. His father, Tim Chafos, held the 18-year-old's hand, trying to soothe his son's pain and confusion over what was happening. They'd brought Zach to Howard County General Hospital on Nov. 12, 2020, amid a severe mental crisis. All his life, he'd been the joyful center of their family. But after months of pandemic isolation, Zach had become uncontrollably angry and begun physically assaulting his parents and his younger brothers. Read more here.

Related: Massachusetts AG Announces Grant Program to Provide Mental Health Care Support; Prevent Emergency Department Boarding

When it comes to Addiction, Americans' Word Choices are Part of the Problem

Who gets better medical care in the United States: “addicts,” or “people with substance use disorders”?

The terms, of course, mean functionally the same thing. But in the field of addiction medicine, the question presents something of a crisis. Even as drugs and alcohol claim 200,000 lives each year, many who seek addiction treatment are greeted by the harsh, stigmatizing labels that many Americans don’t think twice about: Words like addict, alcoholic, junkie, abuser, or worse. Even as the nation’s substance use crisis has escalated, however, new research has emerged showing that simple word choices can have a big impact on the way health professionals view their patients and, accordingly, the care they receive. Read more here.

Related: Words Matter: Strategies to Reduce Bias in Electronic Health Records

Value-Based Care in Addiction Treatment: Why It’s Essential and How We Get There

Inside CVS Health’s Behavioral Health Strategy

New Insights Into Lithium’s Effectiveness for Bipolar Disorder

Chicago Mental Health Crisis Pilot Promising, Small — and Still Using Police

7 Organizations Join Forces on ACO-Like Value-Based Care Network Dedicated to Behavioral Health

UnitedHealth Group Expands Behavioral Health Network by 25%


State Integration Models of Recovery Support Services

October 27, 11:30 am - 1 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

A Guide to Mental Health Parity: The Latest Litigation, Regulatory and Legislative Actions

October 27, 1 - 2 pm, Manatt Health

Federal Policy & Telehealth: What to be Aware of Going Forward

October 28, 2 - 3 pm, Center for Connected Health Policy

Understanding the Landscape of Mental Health and Substance Use Challenges

October 31, 1 - 2:30 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Incorporating Trauma-Informed Approaches in Tobacco Cessation Services

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

Coordinating a Stronger 988 Crisis Response

November 2, 1 - 2 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Trans 101: Creating a Safe and Affirming Environment for Transgender Consumers

November 2, 3 - 4 pm, OMH

Elevate CBOs: Where’s the Data? An Overview of the Behavioral Health Services Information System

November 2, 3 - 4:30 pm, 

Q&A With The Joint Commission: Navigating the Most Common First Survey Challenges for Behavioral Health Care and Human Services Accreditation

November 3, 1 - 2 pm, The Joint Commission

Diversity, Equity and Belonging focused Solutions to Recruit & Retain the Workforce

November 3, 3 - 4 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Using the PSYCKES Clinical Summary

November 3, 1 - 2:30 pm, OMH

Health During and After Incarceration

November 7, 2 - 3 pm, NICHM Foundation

NYS Justice Center Code of Conduct Train-the-Trainer

November 9, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, NYSJC

Using PSYCKES Quality Indicator Reports

November 9, 11 am - 12 pm, OMH

Preparing for 1915(c) Waiver Program Fiscal Audits & Reviews 

November 9, 1:30 - 3 pm, CMS

Champions of Change: Time for a Call to Action on Veteran Problem Gambling

November 15, 9 am - 2 pm, NYCPG

Implementing the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Standards

November 15, 2 - 3:30 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Crisis Intercept Mapping for Service Members, Veterans and their Families: Applications and Updates

November 16, 1 - 2:30 pm, SAMHSA

Addressing our Drug Overdose Deaths: Combined Strategies to Optimize Health, Wellness and Recovery through a Culturally Responsive System of Care

November 16, 2 - 3 pm, SAMHSA HHRC

Consent, Emergency, Quality Flag: PSYCKES Levels of Access

November 16, 2 - 3 pm, OMH

The Paramedic Will See You Now: Expanding Access to Community-Based Care for People with Complex Needs

November 16, 3 - 4 pm, Better Care Playbook

Substance Use Disorder in Older Americans

November 17, 1 - 2 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Health Equity Workshop Series: Practical Steps for Application

November 28, 1 - 2:30 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

MyCHOIS Consumer Access for “My Treatment Data”

December 1, 1 - 2 pm, OMH

Growing the Workforce Pipeline through Strategic Community Partnerships

December 8, 2 - 3 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing



CLMHD Office Closed - Election Day

November 8

CLMHD Office Closed - Veterans Day November 8

November 11

LGU Clinic Operators Meeting

November 14, 10 - 11:30 am

Children & Families Committee Meeting

November 15: 11:30 am - 1 pm

CLMHD Office Closed - Thanksgiving 

November 24 - 25

Quarterly LGU Billing Staff Meeting

November 29: 9:30 - 10:30 am

Inter-Agency Meeting - In-Person in Albany

November 29: 2 - 4:30 pm


CLMHD Executive Committee Meeting

December 7: 8 - 9 am

Addiction Services & Recovery Committee Meeting

December 8: 11 am - 12 pm

Mental Health Committee Meeting

December 8: 3 - 4 pm

LGU Clinic Operators Meeting

December 13: 10 - 11:30 am

CLMHD Membership Meeting

December 14: 9 - 10:30 am

Mental Hygiene Planning Committee Meeting

December 15: 1 - 3 pm

Children & Families Committee Meeting

December 20: 11:30 am - 1 pm

Developmental Disabilities Committee Meeting

December 22: 1 - 2:30 pm

CLMHD Office Closed - Christmas

December 26

CLMHD Office Closed - New Year's Day

January 2, 2023

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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