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.
Dear Providers and Colleagues: The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a nationwide alert on Fentanyl as threat to health and public safety. The alert warns the public about the dangers of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues/compounds and provides information about a current increase in overdoses related to these substances. Fentanyl is commonly laced in heroin, causing significant problems across the country, particularly as heroin abuse has increased. The alert was issued through the multi-agency El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) to all U.S. law enforcement.
Some recent examples of the fentanyl surge across the United States include the following:
• New Hampshire State Laboratory recently reported four fentanyl overdose deaths within a two-month period.
• New Jersey saw a huge spike in fentanyl deaths in 2014, reporting as many as 80 in the first six months of the fiscal year.
• Rhode Island and Pennsylvania have also seen huge increases since 2013. In a 15-month period, about 200 deaths were reported in Pennsylvania related to fentanyl.
• In the St. Louis area, based on information provided by medical examiners over a 10-year period, fentanyl was the only drug attributed as a primary death factor in 44 percent of overdose cases.
• In June 2014, DEA New York dismantled a heroin and fentanyl network and arrested the two heads of the organization. These individuals were linked to at least three overdose deaths from heroin and fentanyl they sold.
For more information on the DEA alert view the link above.
For more information on Fentanyl-induced chest wall rigidity visit: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/23546488/
Charles W. Morgan, MD, FASAM, FAAFP, DABAM
Acting Medical Director
New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) is providing answers to inquiries submitted by potential bidders regarding the NYC Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services RFP. Click on the link above to read answers to inquiries.
A meeting of the New York State Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council will be held Friday March 13, 2015 at three sites: 44 Holland Avenue, Albany; 1111 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester; 330 Fifth Avenue, 9th Floor, NYC. Select the link above to attend the meeting by live webcast.
The Project Review Committee will begin at 10:00am.
The meeting of the full Council will be held from 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm.
OASAS is seeking vendors cabable of establishing and maintaining an Opioid Treatment Access and Dosage Registry for Opioid Trealment Programs (OTP's) throughout New York State. The vendor will assume the functions of the current registry and provide enhanced capabilities to capture dosage information and facilitate disaster management.
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.