Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the next phase of the statewide #CombatHeroin and Prescription Drug Abuse awareness campaign to address the opioid epidemic in New York. The campaign includes messages on billboards, posters, online advertisements, social media and commercials that will be aired across the state for four weeks. The messaging warns that alcohol overuse and abuse of prescription opioid medications are often a gateway to heroin use, and refers those who need help to New York State's 24-hour addiction HOPEline.
The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) announces the availability of funds for substance use disorder (SUD) outpatient treatment services to serve clients within the five boroughs of New York City (NYC).
The NYS Department of Health has announced that the deadline for providers to join Performing Provider System (PPS) networks has been extended again, now through 3/9/15 at 4 pm. During this period, providers will be able to join PPSs for the purposes of participating in DSRIP performance dollars. Participating in PPS networks will also help ensure that providers stay connected and relevant to the populations they serve. For a list of PPSs clink on the link above, and in the "Introductory Information" section click on the "PPS Contact List" link.
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:
NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals, has announced the "Now is the Time: Minority Fellowship Program for Addictions Counselors" which will provide tuition stipends up to $20,000 for Master's Level students in the final year of an accredited Master's program in addiction substance abuse counseling. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to working with underserved and minoirty populations and transiton age youth (ages 16-25). Eligibility and application materials can be found at: http://www.naadac.org/.
The deadline for applications for the first year of funding is Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.
OASAS announces the release of the 2014 Interim Report on the Statewide Comprehensive Plan 2013-2017 developed in accordance with Section 5.07 of Mental Hygiene Law. The Report provides an update on 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.
Guidance from Dr. Charles Morgan, OASAS Medical Director for OASAS Providers.
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.