OASAS and YOUTH POWER! have teamed up to host the "Kickin' It" youth forums across New York State. These events are for young people ages 15-25 with experience in treatment and recovery programs. This is an opportunity for youth to share their experiences in treatment and recovery. So if you are a young person with treatment and/or recovery experience, then we want to hear from you. Learn more about these forums and be sure to register today.
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.
Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez today announced that the New York State Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are organizing town hall meetings to support Alcohol Awareness Month in April. “While underage drinking has declined slightly in recent years, alcohol continues to be used by more young people than tobacco or illicit drugs,” said Commissioner González-Sánchez. “The town hall meetings will educate parents, youth, and community members about underage drinking consequences, empower communities to use evidence-based approaches, and mobilize communities around underage drinking prevention initiatives at the local, state, and national levels.” For more information regarding hosting or attending a Town Hall Meeting visit SAMHSA’s
Town Hall Meeting website.
NYS released the Request for Qualification (RFQ) regarding "Behavioral Health Administration: Managed Care Organizations and Health and Recovery Plans". Applications for Managed Care Organizations serving New York City are due by June 6, 2014. RFQ applications for Managed Care Organizations serving the rest of the state will be due approximately six months later.
Seeking vendors capable of establishing and maintaining an Opioid Treatment Access and Dosage Registry for Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs)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.
All not-for-profit grantees are required to prequalify prior to any grant application and/or execution of a contract or a contract amendment. OASAS will not be able to enter into contracts with any grantee who has failed to complete the prequalification process. This includes the new five year operating contracts that are scheduled to start July 1, 2014, for NYC providers and January 1, 2015, for Upstate providers. To learn more about prequalification, go to the Grants Reform website (www.grantsreform.ny.gov/Grantees) where you can preview questions and required documents.
OASAS announces the release of its Statewide Comprehensive Plan 2013-2017 developed in accordance with Section 5.07 of Mental Hygiene Law. The Plan highlights 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 continues to focus on maintaining access and improving outcomes for individuals receiving prevention, treatment and recovery services.
Notice of DSM-5 documentation/electronic record changes: Implementation of ICD-10 billing codes and related information are available. For more information, visit the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website.
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.
All not-for-profit grantees are required to prequalify prior to any grant application and/or execution of a contract or a contract amendment. OASAS will not be able to enter into contracts with any grantee who has failed to complete the prequalification process. To learn more about prequalification, go to the Grants Reform website at www.grantsreform.ny.gov/Grantees where you can preview questions and required documents.