Mental Health

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The PA Care Partnership, a statewide System of Care grant initiative funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS), Bureau of Children’s Behavioral Health Services, is pleased to announce the Youth Organization Funding Opportunity for the 2020/2021 fiscal year, through their partner, Youth MOVE PA.

Youth MOVE PA will award up to five (5) counties, youth groups, or organizations for the Youth Organization Funding Opportunity in the amount of $10,000 each, to explore innovative options for providing activities that support youth or young adults with complex behavioral health challenges between the ages of birth–21.

The information contained in this message is to provide the most up-to-date facts concerning Federal, State, and County funding opportunities. RCPA staff may assist our members with researching funding programs/issues and providing basic answers in regards to these programs/issues. RCPA shall not provide its members with specific legal or technical guidance such as providing information or suggestions regarding filling out funding applications and/or carrying out day-to-day business operations. Questions and/or guidance of this nature should be directed to the member’s internal or contracted professionals such as Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), Solicitors, or other applicable legal counsel or professional.

August 3, 2020
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Harrisburg, PA – As a companion to the Trauma-Informed PA plan released last week by Governor Tom Wolf’s Office to guide the commonwealth and service providers statewide on what it means to be trauma-informed and healing-centered in PA, the Office of Advocacy and Reform (OAR) and the PA Attorney General’s Office have worked with over a dozen community-based ACEs and trauma initiatives to launch the “PA Trauma-Informed Network” on the ACEs Connection Platform.

“There was a clear emphasis on building grass roots support and empowering people at the local level among the PA Trauma-Informed Think Tank members that mirrored my experiences with successful anti-poverty work over the years,” said Dan Jurman, the Executive Director of OAR.  “When we saw what the Attorney General’s office had been working on, it was a no brainer to throw our support behind the great work.”

The Network is one of the recommendations in the Trauma-Informed PA plan to connect ACEs and trauma-informed coalitions and movements in counties and communities across Pennsylvania, as well as organizations and individuals interested in building them.

The Network will help connect all of Pennsylvania’s existing and future trauma-informed coalitions by sharing best-practices and lessons learned, and the resources to help people heal from and prevent trauma. The work on this initiative began in 2017 with the Attorney General’s Office under the leadership of Attorney General Josh Shapiro with the assistance of Robert Reed, Executive Deputy Attorney General in charge of Special Initiatives, and was reinforced by the Trauma-Informed PA Think Tank and OAR this summer.

“This network will serve as an invaluable tool to bolster existing trauma-informed coalitions and create new ones with a more well-rounded representation of all parties crucial to success including education, health, human services, law enforcement and criminal justice, among others,” said Reed.

Current counties/localities whose ACEs and trauma initiatives have linked to the PA Trauma-Informed Network page include:

  • Chester
  • Delaware
  • Erie
  • Crawford
  • Cumberland, Franklin, and Perry (South Central PA)
  • Lancaster
  • Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon (Lehigh Valley)
  • Montgomery County (Pottstown)
  • Philadelphia

Individuals or organizations interested in learning more or building their own initiative to connect to the network should go to

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Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized Medicare payment rules that further advance efforts to strengthen the Medicare program by better aligning payments for inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPF).

Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities
The final rule updates Medicare payment policies and rates for the IPF Prospective Payment System (PPS) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. In this final rule, CMS is finalizing a 2.2 percent payment rate update and finalizing its proposal to adopt revised Office of Management and Budget (OMB) statistical area delineations resulting in wage index values being more representative of the actual costs of labor in a given area. CMS is finalizing updates to allow advanced practice providers, including physician assistants, nurse practitioners, psychologists, and clinical nurse specialists, to operate within the scope of practice allowed by state law by documenting progress notes in the medical record of patients, for whom they are responsible, receiving services in psychiatric hospitals.

On July 31, it was announced by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that they will be extending the application deadline for the Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) until August 28, 2020. This extension is included as a part of an ongoing effort to provide financial relief to healthcare providers impacted by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

In addition, HHS also plans to allow certain Medicare providers who experienced challenges in the Phase 1 Medicare General Distribution application period a second opportunity to receive funding. It is expected that HHS will reopen the Medicare distribution portal beginning the week of August 10, 2020. It is HHS’ intent to ensure eligible healthcare providers receive the balance of their additional funding to equal approximately 2 percent of gross receipts from patient care regardless of payer mix through the Provider Relief Fund.

Both groups will have until the August 28, 2020 deadline to apply. For updated information and data, visit the Provider Relief Fund web page.