The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) will host a series of fact-finding forums to consider the appropriateness of consolidating the missions of OASAS and OMH into an integrated and unified behavioral health services agency. Select the link above for more information.
The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) today announced that resources are available to help young people stay safe as graduation season gets into full swing including free toolkits to help young drivers, and a brand new website recently launched by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS) that gives parents the tools to talk to their children about the risks of underage drinking. Select the link above for more information.
The Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council to the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS) and the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) will meet on Thursday, June 25, 2015. The meeting will be held at three locations and will also be live Webcast. Select the link above for more details.
Governor Cuomo and NYS OASAS announce the availability of $2 million to support up to 80 units of permanent supportive housing for families in New York City where the head of household has a substance use disorder and is at risk of being homeless or is currently homeless. Select the link above for information.
The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS) has introduced Talk2Prevent.NY.GOV, a new website that gives parents tools to talk to their children about the risks of underage drinking. The new Talk2Prevent website offers a tool kit for parents to guide them in talking to their children about the risks of underage drinking and how to stay safe. Select the link above to access the Website and its resources.
The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS) announces the release of a Planning Supplement for Local Governmental Units (LGU’s) interested in developing and implementing a Youth Clubhouse for adolescents and/or young adults who have or are at risk of a substance use disorder. To apply, click the link above and follow instructions for submission. Responses are due no later than August 28, 2015 at 5pm.
OASAS and DFS to host Insurance Update Webinar 6/5/15
NYS OASAS and the NYS Department of Financial Services will host an Insurance Update webinar on June 5, 2015. This webinar will discuss the impact of Federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and the Affordable Care Act; utilization review requirements; recently implemented changes to the utilization review and external appeal provisions of the NYS Insurance law and prompt pay laws. For Webinar information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
NYS OASAS and Friends of Recovery New York have announced the 12th annual Recovery Fine Arts Festival which showcases the achievements of those in recovery through artistic expression. Submissions of artwork will be judged on how well they depict this year’s recovery theme “Join the Voices for Recovery: Visible, Vocal, Valuable!” Artwork will be accepted through July 23 and will be on display at the Empire State Plaza during the month of September to coincide with Recovery Month. The NYS OASAS Commissioner's Award and other awards will be presented at an event in October. Details can be found by clicking on the link above.
The lastest version of the International Classification of Disease (ICD), ICD 10 will become effective on October 1, 2015. As of that date providers will need to utilize the ICD 10 and the DSM 5 for billing reimbursement. Further information can be found at the Healthcare Finance Webpage at the link above.
The list of NYC providers designated to provide Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) is now available. The linked spreadsheet contains the names of NYC providers designated to provide HCBS, along with which services they have been designated to provide. Each provider listed has been approved through the process established by New York State.
New Resources for Preventing Abuse and Neglect are now Available on the Justice Center Website. The New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs now has new tools available online for provider agencies to utilize and share with their communities. Updated information regarding preventing abuse and reporting abuse is available. The site also has useful links to resources, state agencies, laws, regulations, and changes to the Vulnerable Persons Central Registry (VPCR). Information about training opportunities and archived mandatory training information for new employees is also accessible via this site.
View information about The Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs at this link:
Guidance from Dr. Charles Morgan, OASAS Medical Director for OASAS Providers.