Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez today announced the ten awardees of the annual Addictions Professionals Day Awards. Addictions Professionals Day offers us an opportunity to say thank you and to honor the work of the clinical professionals who are often instrumental in facilitating recovery. There are thousands of addiction professionals throughout New York State who are the best-equipped and caring people to help young people and others to identify and understand the dangers of prescription, over the counter, and illegal drugs and alcohol, and how they affect the body. To read the full list of winners go to: www.oasas.ny.gov/APD/2014Awards.cfm.
To view Governor Cuomo’s proclamation, go to:
Addictions Professionals Day Proclamation.
Governor Cuomo today issued a proclamation declaring September 9, 2014 as International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Prevention Awareness Day in New York State. OASAS reminds New Yorkers that consuming alcohol while pregnant is the leading preventable cause of birth defects and intellectual and developmental disabilities in newborn babies, and that there is no safe amount or safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy. To view Governor Cuomo’s proclamation, go to: FASD Awareness Day Proclamation.
OASAS and OMH are conducting the third annual joint public hearing on their statewide comprehensive plans on October 2, 2014. Both agencies will receive input for consideration in the development of their respective statewide comprehensive plans, potential integration of statewide planning efforts, and ongoing planning initiatives. Visit the OMH website to register to attend the hearing and/or to submit comments.
To increase information access, OASAS has added a new feature to the OASAS services section of the website. The public can now see the reason an addictions professional's credential has been revoked. This new feature can be reached visiting the credentials verification page.
Governor Cuomo issues proclamation highlighting state’s commitment to ending the heroin and opioid epidemic; designates August 31, 2014 Opioid Overdose Prevention Day in New York State.
To view Governor Cuomo’s proclamation, go to: Opioid Overdose Prevention Day Proclamation PDF Document (Word version Microsoft Word File). To view Governor Cuomo’s proclamation, go to: Opioid Overdose Prevention Day Proclamation (Word Version).
The New York Council on Problem Gambling (NYCPG) is hosting the 2014 Annual NYS Problem Gambling Conference in Albany, NY, on October 1-2 at the Albany Marriott. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from national and international problem gambling experts and network with colleagues from around the world! Conference registration is $50 and includes 9 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), lunch and refreshments. Scholarships are also available. For more information and to register, please visit www.nyproblemgambling.org.
Attention all freestanding and hospital-based OASAS certified chemical dependence outpatient clinics, chemical dependence outpatient rehabilitation programs, outpatient youth programs and opioid treatment providers. To simplify the billing for the physician add-on reimbursement, OASAS is implementing the use of a modifier replacing the separate Professional claim (837P) that was previously used to obtain the enhanced physician add-on reimbursement.
Three new advisements regarding Personal Needs Allowance Money, Automated Telephone Systems and Residential Readmissions Policy are now available on the OASAS Patient Advocacy Resources Webpage.
NYS OASAS developed guidelines for establishing and sustaining a Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) to assist with the implementation of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). This tool offers 8 steps that New York utilized in the development of the SBIRT PAC. Having a strong and engaged PAC takes time and commitment but will become a valuable part of your sustainability efforts. SAMHSA suggested that New York develop a tool to assist others with keeping a committee enganged.
OASAS' Bureau of Certification and Systems Management has implemented a revised certification application process, effective June 23, 2014. This new process includes a revised certification application and corresponding instructions, implementation of a threshold review, and a new Certification Proposal - Prior Consult Form (Attachment 1A).
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders announced an agreement was reached on a series of bills to help address the growing heroin and opioid epidemic, as well as prescription drug abuse, in New York State. OASAS is grateful to Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders for producing a series of measures that will assist OASAS in addressing the issue of heroin and opioid abuse and misuse that we are facing in New York State. The agreement enacts historic insurance reforms that will ensure that individuals get the treatment they need; it allows OASAS to expand our public education and training efforts; and allows us to demonstrate new approaches to care. To read more about the package of bills introduced, visit the Newsroom on the Governor's website. To watch Video of the Governor’s remarks, go to YouTube.
Prequalification & the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013
Effective July 1st, the requirement that nonprofit grantees be prequalified on the due date for applications is suspended for 90 days. The suspension of the enforcement of prequalification will allow nonprofit grantees time to adopt new policies and adjust to new requirements for filing financial documentation with the Attorney General’s Charities Bureau resulting from the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013. Questions can be directed to email@example.com.
These are the annual local services plan guidelines for mental hygiene services developed collaboratively by the New York State Offices of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), Mental Health (OMH) and Persons With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). These guidelines contain planning requirements for all local governmental units (LGUs) and OASAS-certified and funded service providers. All planning forms will be completed and submitted via the online County Planning System (CPS). Provider planning forms are due by April 1, 2014. County plan forms are due by June 3, 2014.
Notice of DSM-5 documentation/electronic record changes: Implementation of ICD-10 billing codes and related information are available. For more information, visit the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website.
OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez encourages you as OASAS providers to inform and assist your uninsured clients/patients and show them how they can access affordable health insurance now through the New York State of Health Marketplace. Open enrollment began October 1, 2013 for coverage that will start as early as January 1, 2014. The Marketplace will make it possible for your clients suffering from substance use disorder and mental illness to get affordable health insurance so they can enter into treatment and recovery for their addictions. A series of free informational
New York State of Health Marketplace posters are available to download, print and display within your centers. The posters provide information for individuals to call or go online to find a quality, low-cost health plan that’s right for them.