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.
The state has made available funding to emerging Performing Provider Systems in the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program to develop comprehensive project plans. Applications for these planning funds were due on Thursday, June 26, 2014, and were collected by the state. The DOH received a total of 50 applications for design grants. These applications will be reviewed by the state team, and awards for accepted applications will be made on August 1, 2014.
Effective July 1, 2014, the weight for CPT code 90882-Complex Care will be .0965 per unit. For each occurrence of Complex Care Coordination being provided to a client adhering to the requirements of the APG Clinical and Billing Guidance manual, providers will need to bill three units on their claim to receive proper reimbursement.
On May 22, 2014, and May 29, 2014, OASAS General Counsel, Rob Kent, delivered a presentation on provider readiness for managed care, OASAS specific initiatives and the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP). The PowerPoint slides are available on the OASAS website for your review.
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).
OASAS requests all providers (administrators and direct care staff) to complete a 30 minute survey on core competencies for direct care service staff and to facilitate the completion of the survey by recipients of their services. The survey findings will help to improve recruitment and retention within the workforce and improve the quality of care.
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.
OASAS and YOUTH POWER! have teamed up to host the "Kickin' It" youth forums across New York State. These events are for young people ages 15-25 with experience in treatment and recovery programs. This is an opportunity for youth to share their experiences in treatment and recovery. So if you are a young person with treatment and/or recovery experience, then we want to hear from you. Learn more about these forums and be sure to register today.
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.