BUREAU OF HEALTH PLANNING
The Pennsylvania Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Loan Repayment Program provides grant funding for educational loan repayment to health care practitioners where the high use of opioids is evident and where a shortage of health care providers exists. Educational loan repayment is an incentive to recruitment and retention of practitioners for service in counties with a high prevalence of substance use disorder, as well as underserved communities.
The Request for Applications (RFA) #67-86 can be downloaded from this web page.
The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) Bureau of Treatment, Prevention, and Intervention released an information bulletin reminding drug and alcohol treatment providers to alert emergency contacts if a patient leaves against medical advice (AMA) or against treatment advice (ATA). The bulletin contains information about policies and procedures, as well as contact information for questions about the bulletin.
The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) has opportunities for Drug and Alcohol or Mental Health providers to enter into a grant agreement for funding to provide outpatient treatment services to people with a Gambling Disorder and their loved ones.
Per the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), problem gambling includes all gambling and gaming behavior patterns that compromise, disrupt, or damage person, family, or vocational pursuits. Problem gambling is an emotional problem that has serious financial consequences. It is estimated that 2 million (1%) of U.S. adults meet the criteria for pathological gambling in a given year. While responsible gambling and gaming can occur, a person with a gambling disorder does not gamble responsibly and their behavior interferes with all aspects of their life. Gambling can alter a person’s mood and offer the same effect as a person ingesting drugs or alcohol and over time, the gambler finds themselves developing tolerance and increasing their gambling behaviors to achieve the same emotional effects as before. In addition, family members and significant others can be severely affected by the gambler’s behaviors and the consequences of problem gambling.
Not all insurances provide benefits for a primary diagnosis of a gambling disorder. When insurances do offer benefits for a gambling disorder, often patients are faced with high deductibles or copays that they are unable to afford due to the financial consequences of a gambling disorder. This is where DDAP can help. As a payor of last resort, DDAP has funds available for treatment services to persons with a gambling disorder and their families or significant other. As a provider with a DDAP grant agreement you will receive reimbursement for outpatient services at $85.00/ per individual session and $35/ per group session. In addition, you may also receive client referrals from the DDAP website and/or the 1-800-GAMBLER helpline. DDAP has staff dedicated to supporting you as a provider and will assist you along with the required client forms and annual monitoring process.
Free training is available to those who do not currently have a certificate for problem gambling treatment. Trainings are paid for by DDAP and provided by the Council on Compulsive Gambling in Pennsylvania, Inc. and you can visit the DDAP website to register for the Gambling Counselor Certification Level 1 training or call the Training Section at 717-736-7452.
To complete a provider application, log onto the DDAP website and review the qualifications. Questions regarding the grant and application should be directed to Amy Hubbard or by phone at 717-736-7562.
The opioid epidemic has significantly penetrated the criminal justice (CJ) system. This brief provides guidance to state governments on increasing the availability of evidence-based MAT in CJ settings. By including the CJ system as a path to treatment, states may see an increase in access to and retention in treatment, and lower rates of overdoses, re-offending, and re-incarcerations. In this brief, states are provided an overview of the issue, the challenges to incorporating MAT, key considerations for establishing MAT in CJ settings, and existing standards/guidelines.
Inventory#: PEP19-MATBRIEFCJS | Download the Brief Guidance
Contact Lynn Cooper, RCPA Drug & Alcohol Division Director, with questions.
Webinar Wednesdays: Preview Spring Webinars
The Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA) spring calendar is filling up quickly. IRETA is bringing three addiction experts to Webinar Wednesday where they will present on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), opioid harm reduction, and more. Find more information and registration links here.
This guidance is in addition to previously issued direction on application of the ASAM Criteria. Please direct any questions to this email or contact Lynn Cooper, RCPA Drug & Alcohol Division Director.
Two funding opportunities have been published by the US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) for Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant windows. One is for the program as has been operated annually (Traditional DLT) and one is for projects related to prevention, treatment, or recovery for opioid use disorder in rural areas (Opioid DLT). Please note the applications are not the same and the programs have different funding window closings.
Who is eligible?
For both programs, eligible applicants include most entities that provide education or health care through telecommunications, including:
For more information see the documents below or visit the USDA website.
RCPA received the following memorandum today from Ellen DiDomenico, Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) and Lynn Kovich, Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS)/Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS):
American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Level of Care Designation