NYS OASAS, the Office of the NYS Attorney General and the Legal Action Center are pleased to announce a Webex on Federal Parity, State Parity and the impact parity has had on New York State's substance use disorder treatment system. The webinar will be held on September 16, 2015 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Select the link above to register. If you have additional questions, please contact Legal@oasas.ny.gov .
Stop by the NYS OASAS Booth #34 in the Science and Industry Building #19 at the New York State Fair, Aug. 27 – Sept. 7, in Syracuse. Find the building on this map - http://www.nysfair.org/your-visit/maps/.
At the booth, you’ll see billboard designs made by the Graphics and Digital Photo classes at Colonie Central High School. You can pick the best message which will be posted on NYS OASAS Facebook and Twitter accounts daily throughout the Fair. Students created the billboard designs to promote an awareness of the dangers of heroin use and prescription drug abuse. Art teachers Christine Festin and Justin Defazzio led the project and the students' creativity was inspired by the NYS OASAS #CombatHeroin and Prescription Drug Abuse campaign. Students were also motivated to spread the message of heroin prevention by the death of Laree Farrell-Lincoln, a former Colonie High graduate, who lost her battle with heroin. CCHS Sophomore Maya Horton made a billboard design that Lamar Advertising picked that was displayed as a full size billboard on Route 155 in Albany last May. Click the link above to view the winning billboard story from Colonie Central High School's website. If you are planning on attending the fair please stop by and see the students' work and vote for your favorite.
Please nominate a deserving Addiction Professional to receive a 2015 Addiction Professionals Award. In addition to recognizing an Addiction Counselor, Prevention Practitioner, and Problem Gambling Professional of the Year, NYS OASAS will also recognize a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate of Year for the first time this year. Select the link above for a nomination form and instructions. The Awards will be presented at this year’s ASAP meeting. Get your nominations in by Monday, September 21st!
The New York Council on Problem Gambling's Annual Conference will be held November 4-5 at the Albany Marriott on Wolf Road, Albany NY. Select the link above for more information and to register.
The NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS) and the NYS Office of Mental Health NYS OMH) 2016-2017 Combined Behavioral Health Assessment and Plan for funding under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) Block Grant is available for review and comment. The assessment and plan outlines the use of SAMHSA’s Block Grant Funds for New York State. Block grant funding is a noncompetitive, formula grant mandated by the U.S. Congress. Eligible entities must submit an annual application to demonstrate statutory and regulatory compliance in order to receive the formula-based funding. SAMHSA is responsible for two block grant programs:
• Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG)
• Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG)
Select the the link above and enter - Username: citizenny - Password: citizen - to review and provide comment to the 2016-2017 Combined Behavioral Health Assessment and Plan. Please submit your comments by Monday, August 31, 2015 to Matt.Kowala@oasas.ny.gov .Matt.Kawola@oasas.ny.gov.
The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services has posted the answers to the questions submitted to the Youth Clubhouse Planning Supplement. Please review the questions and answers carefully. We have also posted the Attachment D document - OASAS 2015 Youth Clubhouse Planning Supplement LGU Letter of Support. All applications submitted must include this form.
Governor Cuomo announced the passage of emergency Health Department regulations combatting the sale of synthetic cannabinoids in New York State. The tougher regulations expand the existing list of banned substances to include new chemical compounds that drug producers have been making since Governor Cuomo first targeted so-called synthetic marijuana in 2012. Today’s actions are in response to a dramatic and dangerous increase in medical emergencies across New York State this summer. Select the link above to read the full text.
The Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Application deadline for “rest of state” (Non-NYC) agencies will be extended to September 14th, 2015 due to technical issues related to establishing an OMH User ID. If your agency currently has a User ID, please submit your completed application by August 10th, 2015. Questions about obtaining a User ID can be directed to Martin Rose at 518-402-4327.
The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) and the National Prevention Network (NPN) have extended the CALL FOR APPLICATIONS deadline to September 4, 2015 for the 2015 National Exemplary Awards for Innovative Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Practices, and Policies. The Exemplary Awards recognize quality substance abuse prevention efforts, including effective and exemplary programs, practices, policies and other initiatives. These awards serve to focus national attention on the field of substance abuse prevention and are intended to showcase "grassroots" evidence-based prevention programs and strategies that have been evaluated and may be replicated by others. The 2015 Exemplary Awards recipients will be recognized at the National Prevention Network Conference in Seattle, Washington, November 17-19, 2015. Select the link above for more information.
The online video of the LOCADTR 3.0 training module is now available on the NYS OASAS YouTube channel by selecting the link above. The print version of the LOCADTR 3.0 Manual is available at the NYS OASAS LOCADTR web page at http://www.oasas.ny.gov/treatment/health/locadtr/index.cfm. All New York City treatment providers are required to use LOCADTR 3.0 starting October 1, 2015. For questions or technical assistance please e-mail LOCADTR@oasas.ny.gov .
The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) will host a series of fact-finding forums to consider the appropriateness of consolidating the missions of OASAS and OMH into an integrated and unified behavioral health services agency. Select the link above for more information.
The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS) announces the release of a Planning Supplement for Local Governmental Units (LGU’s) interested in developing and implementing a Youth Clubhouse for adolescents and/or young adults who have or are at risk of a substance use disorder. To apply, click the link above and follow instructions for submission. Responses are due no later than August 28, 2015 at 5pm.
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.