Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $1.75 million in grants awarded to provide permanent supportive housing in New York City for homeless families struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol. This announcement builds on the Governor’s commitment to support community treatment opportunities, including supportive housing units for homeless families with members suffering from a chemical dependency. These funds are available through the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). “Addiction to drugs and alcohol is a major cause of homelessness,” said OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez. “It’s a vicious circle; the longer people and families remain homeless, the more severe their addiction generally becomes. Safe, affordable housing and stable living-wage employment are fundamental to successful long-term recovery.”
Seeking vendors capable of establishing and maintaining an Opioid Treatment Access and Dosage Registry for Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs)throughout New York State. The vendor will assume the functions of the current registry and provide enhanced capabilities to capture dosage information and facilitate disaster management.
All not-for-profit grantees are required to prequalify prior to any grant application and/or execution of a contract or a contract amendment. OASAS will not be able to enter into contracts with any grantee who has failed to complete the prequalification process. This includes the new five year operating contracts that are scheduled to start July 1, 2014, for NYC providers and January 1, 2015, for Upstate providers. To learn more about prequalification, go to the Grants Reform website (www.grantsreform.ny.gov/Grantees) where you can preview questions and required documents.
OASAS announces the release of its Statewide Comprehensive Plan 2013-2017 developed in accordance with Section 5.07 of Mental Hygiene Law. The Plan highlights OASAS' collaborative efforts with state and local partners to implement a more coordinated system of care that addresses the behavioral and physical health care needs of individuals with substance use disorders. OASAS continues to focus on maintaining access and improving outcomes for individuals receiving prevention, treatment and recovery services.
Effective January 1, 2014, APG rembursement methodology will be fully implemented in Freestanding CD Clinics, CD Outpatient Rehab and Outpatient Youth Programs. This is the conclusion of the multi-year phase-in from the blended threshold/legacy APG reimbursement methodology to full APG reimbursement methodology.
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.
Effective January 6, 2014, Ambulatory Patient Group (APG) reimbursement methodology will be fully implemented in freestanding Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs). This is the conclusion of the multi-year phase-in from the blended threshold/legacy APG reimbursement methodology to full APG reimbursement methodology. OTP programs should cease billing the 1671 rate code.
OASAS providers will learn more about the opening of the new Health Plan Marketplace and the importance for clients and staff. Rob Kent, OASAS general counsel, along with Donna Frescatore, executive director of NY State of Health will speak about the new Marketplace and what it can offer.
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.
All not-for-profit grantees are required to prequalify prior to any grant application and/or execution of a contract or a contract amendment. OASAS will not be able to enter into contracts with any grantee who has failed to complete the prequalification process. To learn more about prequalification, go to the Grants Reform website at www.grantsreform.ny.gov/Grantees where you can preview questions and required documents.