Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy has commended the State’s program that trains law enforcement officers to administer naloxone, a drug that can reverse heroin and opioid overdoses. In fewer than six months, 1,400 police officers from 54 counties have attended the State's training, and emergency responders have used the naloxone to save the lives of 38 New Yorkers who had overdosed. OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez said, "Naloxone has proven to be a lifesaver in reversing heroin and prescription opioid overdose. Every minute counts when a life is on the line. That's why it is vitally important to have as many people as possible trained on how to properly and quickly administer naloxone. The more lives we save, the more New Yorkers we can engage in treatment and recovery services. OASAS has twelve Addiction Treatment Centers that have trained nearly 5,200 individuals, and we're training more every day."
The New York State Home and Community Based Services(HCBS)provider manual is now available electronically on the websites of OASAS, OMH and DOH. Health and Recovery Plan (HARP) eligible enrollees will have the ability to access an enhanced benefit that includes an array of HCBS services. In order to participate in a HARP network, programs must be designated as eligible to provide HCBS. New York seeks stakeholder comments/questions on this HCBS manual.
How to Become a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate in NYS
Integrating Peer Services into the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) continuum of care is one component in building a Recovery Oriented System of Care. Two Certification entities, the New York Certification Association (NYCA) and the New York Certification Board (NYCB), have been approved by OASAS to certify CRPAs. OASAS certified outpatient programs may utilize CRPAs to provide reimbursable services under the Medicaid APG guidelines. For more information on how to become a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate please select either of the following links: www.asapnys.org/nycb-home or http://nycertification.org/.
The 2014 Prevention Guidelines for OASAS-funded and/or -certified prevention services have been released. As stated when the first Guidelines were issued in 2009, OASAS is committed to reviewing this document periodically and revising when necessary, with input from a team comprised of provider, county, and OASAS staff. The 2014 Prevention Guidelines replace the 2012 Prevention Guidelines and should be maintained at each program site for reference.
DOH and Salient HHS developed these dashboards to assist with planning, community needs assessment, and application development for the DSRIP initiative. These interactive dashboards will help DSRIP providers to build and refine their networks and select DSRIP strategies and projects based on community needs. It will also be of interest to any members of the public who want a better understanding of the types of services provided by Medicaid, as well as where and by whom those services are provided.
Performing Provider Systems (PPS) have begun developing their provider/partner networks for the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP) via the Medicaid Analytics & Performance Portal (MAPP), which authorized PPS users can access through the DOH Health Commerce System. PPS must complete an initial list of providers by 9/29, so that the state can begin the process of running initial attribution. In addition, the state has contracted with KPMG to serve as the DSRIP Support Team, which now has representatives deployed around the state to assist emergent PPS in their DSRIP planning efforts. All this planning work is in anticipation of the final application for DSRIP, which will be released in November and due in December 2014
Three dates have been added to the series of Behavioral Health Medicaid Managed Care Kick-off Forums. New York State has contracted for a Managed Care Technical Assistance Center (MCTAC) to lead these forums. All New York State behavioral health providers serving adults and children are invited to send administrative, fiscal and clinical senior executive leadership representatives to attend one of the kick-off forums to learn more about the upcoming changes in Medicaid managed care. Additional forums will be scheduled in the future.
Purple is the color used to promote domestic violence awareness. Join NYS OASAS on October 15 and wear purple in support of domestic violence awareness.
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).
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.
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.