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.
OASAS is announcing the availability of funds to site an Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) service to serve adults, young adults and adolescents in Nassau County. Long Beach Medical Center (LBMC) methadone clinic in Nassau County closed on October 29, 2012, as a result of Hurricane Sandy and has never re-opened. The purpose of this RFP is to provide initial operations assistance to a provider that is willing and able to site and implement opioid treatment services serving the impacted communities within and adjacent to the Long Beach area.
The New York State Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) provider application for NYC behavioral health providers is now available electronically. Before providers can participate in a Health and Recovery Plans (HARP) network, entities must be designated as eligible to provide HCBS. This application and subsequent designation does not mandate providers to offer these services. The application deadline is Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. The link above connects to the application form, application instructions, and the HCBS provider manual which includes service definitions. HCBS questions and comments can be submitted to
Guidance from Dr. Charles Morgan, OASAS Medical Director for OASAS Providers.
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.
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.