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The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs is providing the opportunity for public comment on the Pennsylvania Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) Submission. This submission will occur in three parts: The Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Plan which is currently available in draft and available for review, the SAPT Report which will be posted in November, and the Annual Synar Report which will be made available in December.

These documents can be accessed online utilizing “citizenpa” as your login and “citizen” as your password. Please submit all comments via email by Sept. 30.

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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

ISSUE DATE: July 30, 2019

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2019

SCOPE: This bulletin applies to all behavioral health providers licensed or approved by the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) or the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) that are enrolled in the Medical Assistance (MA) program, or who seek to enroll, revalidate, or re-activate their enrollment.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this bulletin is to:

  • Clarify for behavioral health providers the applicability of the requirements published in the Medical Assistance Bulletin (MAB) 99-18-11, “Service Location Enrollment Deadline,” which reminded providers to enroll each service location out of which they operate; and
  • Advise behavioral health providers that effective October 1, 2019, they must use the enrolled service location at which a service was provided on claims.

The following link will provide access to the bulletin: OMHSAS 19-02 – Service Location Enrollment for BH Providers.

Additionally, we have been advised by OMHSAS that as providers continue to enroll service locations, providers can utilize their main physical site address for billing pending site enrollment in PROMISe. If you have any questions, please contact RCPA Mental Health Division Director Sarah Eyster or RCPA Children’s Division Director Jim Sharp.

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July 22, 2019

Wolf Administration Announces Collaboration, Funding to Improve Care for Survivors of an Opioid Overdose

Doylestown, PA – The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) alongside Independence Blue Cross Foundation (IBX) and Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc. (BCDAC, Inc.) today announced DDAP will provide BCDAC, Inc. with $650,000 in grant funding to improve care for survivors of an opioid overdose in Bucks County, PA.

In 2017, IBX completed a study that examined emergency department warm hand-off programs and procedures. DDAP’s funding will implement several best practices identified in the study including funding additional Certified Recovery Specialists (CRS) in all six local hospitals, as well as providing family support and hospital staff education by health care professionals who are in long-term recovery. DDAP’s funding is part of the $55.9 million Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Association grant awarded to the commonwealth to bolster the state’s response to the opioid epidemic.

“Over the past year thousands of lives have been saved through warm hand-off programs,” said Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jennifer Smith. “We know this is a key component in strengthening the drug and alcohol landscape throughout Pennsylvania and the Administration is committed to helping counties with its implementation. Additionally, the common denominator for many individuals seeking treatment are CRSs. They are an invaluable asset to our field and we want to support their work whenever and however possible.”

To further efforts, IBX will be commissioning a second study that will re-evaluate the county’s warm hand-off program, track outcomes, and provide further recommendations slated to begin in September 2019.

“This study, and the one that will follow, are important benchmarks for measuring the success of what is one of the most critical pieces of the recovery process — getting someone into substance use treatment as quickly as possible,” said Lorina Marshall-Blake, president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation. “We’re excited that this research was a valuable tool in providing additional resources for Bucks County, and for broader discussions across the state focused on combatting the growing opioid epidemic.”

Today, warm hand-off programs at various levels of implementation exist around the commonwealth. Since January 2017, more than 5,000 individuals have been directly referred to treatment as part of the warm hand-off concept. Counties with successful implementations are seeing a success rate of 90 percent of overdose survivors directly admitted into drug and alcohol treatment following an overdose.

In February 2017, the departments of Drug and Alcohol Programs and Health, and Pennsylvania chapter of the College of Emergency Physicians released a clinical pathway designed to create an easy transition from care for an opioid overdose to treatment for an opioid use disorder. As part of an update in the 2015-2020 grant agreement between DDAP and local Single County Authorities (SCA), SCAs are now required to establish a warm hand-off policy locally.

For more information about the work the Wolf Administration is doing to combat the opioid crisis, visit pa.gov/opioids.

MEDIA CONTACT:  Rachel Kostelac, 717.547.3314

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Effective January 1, 2020, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs will expand its approved curriculum to include online training through The Change Companies’ ASAM Criteria 2013 Edition E-learning modules. This newly approved training will be in addition to the already approved two-day in-person training on The ASAM Criteria, 2013. At that time, both training options will satisfy DDAP’s training requirement.

Important notes regarding these changes:

  • Individuals currently registered for a Train for Change two-day ASAM Criteria, 2013Skill Building classroom training, must fulfill their commitment to that training. De-registering from a currently scheduled two-day classroom training to take the online course in 2020 is prohibited. Course certificates for those individuals will not be honored. Additionally, the training hosts for these scheduled in-person trainings may charge cancellation fees, payable by the agency/individual.
  • Due to the ease of access and cost effectiveness of the E-Learning Module subscriptions, it will be the responsibility of the individual and/or their employer to coordinate and absorb associated costs of this training option.
  • For either ASAM Criteria, 2013training options, Single County Authorities (SCAs) may financially support their area providers with this training expense at their discretion and based upon the availability of funds. SCAs that have questions about the use of DDAP funds for The ASAM Criteria, 2013 trainings should contact their program officer in DDAP’s County Program Oversight Section.
  • Certificates are available for each of The ASAM Criteria, 2013training options. It is the responsibility of the individual and/or their employer to maintain those certificates for proof of course completion.
  • Certificates for online trainings completed prior to January 1, 2020, will not be recognized as valid for meeting DDAP requirements.

You can learn more about the approved curriculum here.

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(From DDAP)

Funding-Related Opportunities: BJA Grant Applicant Webinar Education Series
To assist potential applicants interested in applying for FY 2019 funding opportunities, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is hosting a series of educational webinars. For more information and to register, visit BJA’s Grant Applicant Education Series Webinars page or see below.

The First Steps to Applying: Prepare Now
When: January 31, 2019, 1:00 p.m., ET
Panelist: Greg Torain, Policy Advisor, BJA
Prior to the release of a solicitation, there are a number of steps that applicants can take. Attendees will learn what registrations are necessary to apply, how to navigate Grants.gov, and what resources are available for applicants, such as the Office of Justice Programs’ (OJP) Funding Resource Center.
A Q&A session will follow at the end of the webinar.

The Federal Funding Process: What New and Seasoned Applicants Should Consider
When: February 5, 2019, 1:00 p.m., ET
Panelist: Tara Kunkel, Senior Drug Policy Advisor, IPA
Applying for an OJP grant can be a challenging process. This webinar will educate participants on the necessary steps for a first-time applicant, will explain how the OJP grant process works, and will focus on what applicants should understand when applying for funding. Attendees will learn:
·        How to find the critical elements of a solicitation.
·        What applications should include.
·        Tips for developing a budget.
·        How the peer review process works.
A Q&A session will follow at the end of the webinar.

Submitting Your Application: Avoid These Common Mistakes
When: February 7, 2019, 1:00 p.m., ET
Panelist: Andre Bethea, Policy Advisor, BJA
This webinar will provide guidance for applicants on how to avoid common application mistakes. Attendees will learn:
·        The importance of using the Application Checklist.
·        How applications are successfully submitted.
·        How subawards can be incorporated into an application.
·        How to attach documents.
A Q&A session will follow at the end of the webinar.

Contact Lynn Cooper, RCPA Drug & Alcohol Division Director, with questions.

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The XYZ package was sent to the single county authorities (SCAs) this morning to begin the rate setting process for the 2019–20 fiscal year. Below are numerous documents relative to the 2019–20 XYZ Rate Setting Process. The release of these documents was delayed due to discussion surrounding implementation of the ASAM Criteria. The package remains mostly unchanged, with the exception of “Section C – Program Specific Description Information,” which has been revised to be reflective of the ASAM Criteria. Please note that the 3.7 level of care has not been incorporated into the rate setting package given DDAP and DHS are still working to appropriately designate providers with this level of care. Due to the delayed release of these documents, the timeframes for completion of the process have been adjusted. The new timeframes are as follows:

  • November 1 – Provider audits due to SCAs, unless otherwise specified in the DDAP/SCA Grant Agreement
  • By or before March 1 – Providers submit the completed XYZ package to the SCA
  • By or before April 15 – SCAs respond to providers with the approved rates
  • April 15 to April 30 – Provider appeals are submitted to the SCA
  • April 30 to May 15 – Appeals that are unable to be resolved at the SCA level are submitted to DDAP
  • By or before May 31 – SCA posts rates to PACDAA’s web page

Please find these materials relative to the 2019–20 XYZ Rate Setting Process:

Please contact Lynn Cooper, RCPA Drug & Alcohol Division Director, with questions.

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On behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC), the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) is pleased to announce the solicitation for contractors to submit qualifications for the statewide Residential Housing and Treatment Services Invitation to Quality (ITQ). Contractors which meet the ITQ qualifications will be awarded a contract and will be eligible to respond to Requests for Quotes (RFQ) for various types of consulting services to commonwealth agencies and Local Public Procurement Units.

We encourage providers to review the Residential Housing and Treatment ITQ to determine eligibility and provide submissions by August 31, 2018. Use this link to access the Commonwealth’s Emarketplace. From here, you can search using the solicitation number 4400019622.

Lastly, if your organization is not an eligible contractor, please feel free to forward the information to appropriate organizations.

Thank you in advance for your submissions,
The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs

Rachel Kostelac | Communications Director
Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs
One Penn Center, 5th Floor
2601 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone: 717.547.3314 | Fax: 717.214.1939