Drug & Alcohol

Today, SAMHSA released the latest data findings from the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). NSDUH provides estimates of the use of illegal substances, prescription drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, as well as mental disorders, treatment, and co-occurring substance use and mental disorders in the United States. This data also helps to identify the extent of substance use and mental illness among different sub-groups, estimate trends over time, and determine the need for treatment services.

Time is running out to save on your registrations for IMPACT, the 2019 Annual Conference! Early bird registration ends on Tuesday, September 3. The conference theme is focused on RCPA members impacting legislative, administrative, regulatory, and budget processes.

An interactive registration brochure has been prepared for download to provide essential information on the go. This brochure also indicates how to log into the conference app. The conference website is also available with information about all scheduled activities and details about workshops, exhibitors, and other events. Online registration is available both directly from this link and through the conference website.

  • Remember to make your hotel reservations before the room block expires on September 3.
  • Attendees will find the final agenda, workshops, and handouts through the conference website on or about September 10.
  • The RCPA mobile app is now available to registrants; the password for 2019 is rcpaconf.

Mark your calendars for September 24–27 and join the RCPA Conference Committee, Board of Directors, and staff at the Hershey Lodge. Questions about the conference may be directed to Sarah Eyster, conference coordinator, or Tieanna Lloyd, conference registrar.

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Join RCPA in supporting National Recovery Month in September. Immediately following the kick-off event, RCPA will be holding their Drug & Alcohol Division meeting on September 4, 2019 at 1:00 pm at the RCPA office, 777 E Park Drive, Harrisburg, PA. Please register to attend our meeting which will feature guest speakers from the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Please forward any agenda items to Tina Miletic for review and discussion. We look forward to your participation.

Natl Recovery Month Kickoff 2019

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The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) has announced a new Grant Initiative Funding Opportunity for Pregnancy Support Services. Eligible applicants must be able to serve pregnant women and postpartum women with opioid use disorder (OUD). Single County Authorities are not eligible to apply under this funding announcement. Applications are due by September 12, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

SUMMARY: DDAP is accepting applications for providers who will provide pregnancy support services or make referrals to address the needs of pregnant and postpartum women with OUD. In addition, these community providers will facilitate or make referrals for outpatient Medication-Assisted Treatment.

Questions can be submitted via email through August 30, 2019. Questions and answers will be posted to the Funding Opportunities page by September 6, 2019.

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The PA Opioid Command Center is sponsoring the first Opioid Command Center Summit on October 1 and 2, 2019 in State College, PA. The summit focus is “Think Globally, Act Locally.” The audience for the summit consists of professionals, community members, families, and all others who have been affected by the Opioid Crisis in Pennsylvania. A block of hotel rooms has been reserved for this conference and will be available at a discounted rate until rooms are filled. Please contact the Wyndham Garden Inn State College, 814-466-7231, and ask for room block 0930190PI-001 or the Hilton Garden Inn State College, 814-272-1221, and ask for room block DOH for room reservations.

To register for the summit, you must create a TRAIN PA account, search for the course ID, and select the register for this course option. Instructions for completing the entire process are available here. If you already have a TRAIN PA account, enter Course ID 1086352 into the Search TRAIN field. REGISTER HERE.

You are invited to submit an abstract for a summit lecture, panel discussion, or a half-day course that focuses on local-level initiatives to address the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania. Presenters are welcome to submit multiple abstracts; please submit each abstract as a separate application. To apply, please complete the Call for Abstracts and submit to this email by August 28, 2019.

Why Present?

  • Provide information or spread the word on which local practices are saving lives
  • Develop and expand your professional portfolio
  • Collaborate with experts in the field and receive recognition for, and feedback about, your program
  • Presenters receive reasonable travel expenses, including one night of lodging, and lunch the day of their presentation

If you have any questions or concerns, please email the Opioid Command Center or contact Jack Phillips, RCPA Director of Government Affairs.

The Office of Mental Health And Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) is providing this guidance as an update to the definition of the Adult Priority Group for planning and service development for adults with serious mental illness (SMI). This definition of SMI, required by the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration (ADAMHA) Reorganization Act of 1992, is to be used by states in planning and providing services under the CMHS Block Grant Program. States are permitted to establish priorities within the scope of this definition. Accordingly, OMHSAS has identified, within the federal definition, an Adult Priority Group, for which comprehensive community mental health services should be available. The Adult Priority Group, as defined in this bulletin, should be considered when determining mental health service needs and in the development of the county mental health plan. This obsoletes previous bulletin: OMH-94-04 Serious Mental Illness: Adult Priority Group. Contact the OMHSAS office with questions.

The Self-Determination Housing Project of Pennsylvania is hosting a webinar; “811 Project Rental Assistance Overview” on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 10:00 am. The webinar will cover program eligibility, priority populations, how to become a stakeholder, and what the process looks like once someone is referred to an 811 unit. Please follow the link below to register for the webinar and feel free to share this information with colleagues and those in your network who would be interested in this topic.

Please register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. If you have any questions, please reach out to the 811 Team.

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The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) released a policy bulletin ensuring that treatment services continue during a grievance. The bulletin states that in the event an individual grieves a treatment funding decision related to a reduction or termination of services or length of stay in treatment, the SCA is required to continue funding treatment services at the current level of engagement until the appeal is resolved. This applies to all treatment services, including the provision of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).

All SCAs will include this updated requirement in their grievance and appeal policy and process, inform individuals of and have them sign-off on having received notification of the policy and process. SCAs must also inform contracted treatment providers of this change in requirements, effective immediately. Contact DDAP with any questions.

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(from Governor Tom Wolf official website, August 1, 2019)

Pennsylvania Opioid Update: Overdose Deaths Down, Upcoming Free Naloxone Distribution, Help for Families and Practitioners

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and health agency secretaries [today] announced a decrease in opioid drug overdose deaths from 2017 to 2018 and provided an update on efforts moving forward, including tuition and loan financial assistance for substance use disorder medical practitioners, a new hotline to help grandparents and other guardians access resources, and upcoming free naloxone distribution days on Sept. 18 and 25.

“Today, I’m proud to announce that data recently released by the Drug Enforcement Agency shows the number of overdose deaths in Pennsylvania was 18 percent lower in 2018 than in 2017,” Gov. Wolf said. “This is a good piece of news in our ongoing fight; however, new challenges, including the increase of overdoses from other drugs in the past few weeks and months, mean that our work must continue to address the devastating effects of substance use disorder.

“We remain laser-focused and committed to continuing to address substance use disorder in the commonwealth.”

In addition to Gov. Wolf, Health Sec. Dr. Rachel Levine, Human Services Sec. Teresa Miller, Aging Sec. Robert Torres, and Drug and Alcohol Programs Sec. Jennifer Smith provided announcements and updates… (to view the Governor’s full release, use this link).