Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued a health alert warning New Yorkers of a recent increase in the use of a synthetic cannabinoid that has sent more than 160 patients to the hospital since April 8. The dangerous drug, identified by the street names, such as “spice” and “K2” is abused by mainly teens and young adults and is known to be marketed as incense, herbal mixtures or potpourri in order to mask its true purpose. The sale and possession of these substances in New York had been banned under Health Department regulations issued at the Governor’s urging in 2012. New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez said, “These substances are artificially manufactured drugs that change brain function. Young people may be fooled into thinking that these substances are safe because they are sold over the counter or are in colorful packaging, but they are not made for human consumption. They are dangerous and can have significant, long-term effects on the brain.”
The 2016 Local Services Plan Guidelines for Mental Hygiene Services have been released. They were developed collaboratively by the New York State Offices of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), Mental Health (OMH), and Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and are the annual planning guidelines for Mental Hygiene Services. The 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 6, 2015. County plan forms are due by June 8, 2015.
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.