Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New Yorkers can now contact the New York State HOPEline addiction referral and support service by texting 1-877-8-HOPENY. The HOPEline is a free and confidential 24-hour service that connects people who are struggling with substance abuse and problem gambling to specially-trained behavioral health professionals for assistance in times of need.
“This new feature will make it even easier for those struggling with addiction to get the help and support they need,” Governor Cuomo said. “I encourage anyone who may be dealing with substance or gambling addiction to reach out to us today and let us help them build a safer and healthier future.”
More information is available by selecting the link above.
The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services is providing notice that the agency has rescinded the previously issued RFP dated February 6, 2015 which announced the availability of funds and requested proposals for New York City Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services.
Per the RFP, NYS OASAS has exercised its reserved rights to withdraw the RFP at the agency’s sole discretion, and to reject any or all proposals received in response to this RFP.Due to the fact that the February 6, 2015 RFP was rescinded, any proposals that we may have received for the New York City Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services RFP will no longer be considered. More information is available by selecting the link above.
The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS) seeks proposals from organizations to conduct a statewide household telephone survey (Household Survey) of approximately 5,000 adults, 18 years of age and older to gather information on substance use and problem gambling. Complete instructions for the RFP are available by selecting the link above.
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.