Drug & Alcohol

In preparation for the launch of Community HealthChoices (CHC) in the Southeast region, this CHC Fact Sheet explains the delivery of service coordination through the program. Under CHC, service coordination is a function of the managed care organizations (MCOs). A service coordinator is the MCO’s designated, accountable point-of-contact for each participant receiving long-term care services, their person-centered service plan, and service coordination. Therefore, the Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) sees the service coordinators as part of the MCO under CHC.

In addition to the fact sheets, there are now short, easily digestible overview trainings on CHC that can be found here in order to increase stakeholder knowledge in anticipation of the Southeast rollout of the program.

To assist stakeholders in finding answers to questions more quickly, all FAQs have been consolidated into a single CHC Questions and Answers Document. The new document is in searchable PDF format and contains a table of contents that allows the user to easily move to different sections within the document.

The CHC Questions and Answers Document can be found on both the Participant and Provider sections of the CHC website by clicking on “View CHC Publications” or by following this link.

CONTACT: If you have any questions, please visit the CHC website or submit comments via email.

June 19, 2018
2:00 – 3:30 PM ET

Presenter: Joe Parks, MD, Medical Director, National Council for Behavioral Health

Register for free here.

The use of medications to treat mental illness and opioid and alcohol use disorders can produce life changing benefits. However, these medications also have significant side effects. Non-adherence to medications is generally more common among persons with mental disorders than individuals with physical health conditions and can negatively impact health outcomes and increase costs.

Interdisciplinary teams in integrated care settings have the opportunity to improve medication adherence among patients by incorporating shared decision making into the provider-patient relationship, using motivational interviewing to promote adherence, establishing pharmacies onsite to reduce barriers to accessing medications, and engaging family members in the treatment plan.

Join the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions for this webinar to review the importance of medication adherence and key recommendations for organizations to promote medication adherence.

After this webinar, participants will:

  • Better understand the impact of medication non-adherence on the individual, family, and community
  • Better understand consumers’ perspectives and concerns related to medication
  • Learn about several key recommendations to improve medication adherence
  • Hear about how one integrated care setting is successful in promoting medication adherence
  • Identify tools and resources to promote medication adherence

Please note the following:
Registration is free and closed captioning is available upon request.

The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions does not provide certificates of attendance or continuing education credits for webinar attendance.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a funding opportunity announcement for fiscal year 2018 Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) Expansion Grants. SAMHSA anticipates awarding 25 eligible providers up to $2,000,000 annually to increase access to, and improve the quality of, community behavioral health services through the expansion of CCBHCs. CCBHCs and community behavioral health providers in states that participated in the CCBHC planning year are eligible to apply. These states include: AK, CA, CO, CT, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OK, OR, PA, RI, TX, and VA. Applications are due July 9, 2018. For a program description and details on eligibility click here. Contact RCPA Mental Health Division Director Sarah Eyster with any questions.

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As you know, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) is working hard to implement the new American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria. Below is a brief summary of some of the plans for implementation and DDAP’s efforts to assist providers.

  1. The new deadline for having staff trained has been extended to December 31, 2018.
  2. The department is allowing ASAM trained supervisors to sign off on assessments done by staff that have not yet been trained.
  3. DDAP is encouraging SCAs and BHMCOs to help with training costs and the cost of downtime. End of the year adjustments have been mentioned most often as the method of covering these costs. DDAP is also working to ensure that if any SCAs have leftover funds, they will be directed to other counties that do not have any funds available to help providers.
  4. Providers are being permitted to use the Pennsylvania Client Placement Criteria (PCPC) until staff have received the ASAM training.
  5. The crosswalk document for ASAM/PCPC has been released, along with a new guidance document for the application of ASAM.
  6. Online training will be increasingly available after the initial transition period.
  7. DDAP is holding tight to the in-person training requirement; however, they have agreed to consider a waiver for online on a case-by-case basis. For example, if staff are part time and not able to take the in-person training due to other work commitments, online training will be considered.

From the recent RCPA D&A member survey, it was clear that extending the deadline and getting reimbursed for the costs/downtime were most important to members. RCPA will inform members if things are working as planned or not working. Please keep us posted on what is happening locally. Contact RCPA Drug & Alcohol Division Director Lynn Cooper with any questions.

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The Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) recently announced that they will be offering an “Opioid 101” webinar on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 1:00 pm.

This webinar will discuss the basics of opioid medications; what they are, how they work, and how substance use disorder is identified and treated. Additionally, the discussion will include current safe prescribing guidelines and alternative methods for managing chronic pain, information on how to recognize and respond to an overdose, how naloxone works, and how individuals can obtain it.

The webinar presenters include: Jordan Lewis, PhD, Public Policy Research Analyst, William Penn Fellow, Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs; Mr. Tim Rader, Chief, Training Section, Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs; Ms. Sarah Boateng, Executive Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Health; Mr. Jeff Geibel, Chief, Treatment Division, Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

To participate in this webinar, individuals are required to register using this link. A confirmation email will be sent that includes additional information about the webinar.

Questions regarding this webinar should be directed to Edward Butler via email or phone at 717-214-3718.

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, in collaboration with SAMHSA, has released two new fact sheets about the federal statute, 42 CFR Part 2 Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records (Part 2). The fact sheets were developed to help health information exchange (HIE) organizations and healthcare providers learn how Part 2 provisions can be used across different environments, including through electronic HIE mechanisms and in provider office settings. The new titles include:

Learn More About the Fact Sheets

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As part of the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) Knowledge Application Program’s (KAP) continuing work to produce high-quality products, SAMHSA is asking for your help by completing a brief online customer information survey that will help them better understand their readers’ characteristics and information needs. The survey is anonymous and will take no more than 6 minutes to complete.

The  target audience is:

  • Addiction treatment counselors and program administrators;
  • Addiction-focused psychologists and psychiatrists;
  • Peer recovery support specialists;
  • Primary care providers;
  • Criminal justice workers;
  • Employee assistance program specialists; and
  • Community health specialists.

Please contact Candi Byrne via email or call 240-276-1572 if you have any questions.

Join RCPA as it hosts its 2018 conference October 2 – 4 at the Hershey Lodge. The Conference Committee is excited to release this year’s Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Advertisers brochure, with new opportunities to get in on the action – from exhibit hall to an awards luncheon and everything in between.

Don’t miss your chance to be seen and to support the work of this dynamic organization! The event is a highlight for the Pennsylvania mental health, drug and alcohol, intellectual and developmental disabilities, children’s, brain injury, medical rehabilitation, and physical disabilities and aging provider community.

Benefits for Exhibitors
Exhibit activities take place October 3 – 4. Based on your feedback last year, we have increased the length of time exhibit hall is open and the number of activities offered. RCPA encourages all interested parties to complete the contract now! Events within Exhibit Hall include two lunch meals, a reception, breakfast, coffee breaks, and prize giveaways. Exhibit hours occur during the two busiest days of the conference, increasing the likelihood that exhibitors – an integral component to conference success – have the opportunity to interact with attendees. A “Best of Show” competition provides even more opportunities to engage guests and winners receive a discount on 2019 exhibit rates.

Interaction with conference guests outside of the exhibit area is just as important! Participating in other conference events such as receptions, meals, and educational offerings provides exhibitors greater potential and flexibility to establish opportunities for business. RCPA includes two exhibitor registrations with the exhibit fee; and since exhibitors can attend the entire conference, RCPA encourages organizations to use those registrations fully.

Exciting New Sponsorship Opportunities
The association is privileged to have the backing of the finest organizations in the field for its conference. Through the use of sponsorship circles, RCPA is able to honor all supporting organizations. Within each sponsorship circle, specific events and items such as meals, receptions, conference tote bags, attendee materials, etc. are available, providing additional “name recognition” for sponsors. Please review sponsorship materials and contact Sarah Eyster to reserve your opportunity.

Sign Up Now
The deadline for inclusion in all digital materials is July 31. Sponsors, exhibitors, and advertisers who wish to be listed on the website, the mobile app, and in the online conference program must adhere to that deadline.

The association looks forward to welcoming you at the conference! Space and opportunities are reserved on a first come, first-served basis and no reservation is considered complete without payment. For additional questions, please contact Sarah Eyster, Conference Coordinator.