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In communities across Pennsylvania, Certified Peer Specialists and Certified Recovery Specialists are helping others access treatment and recovery support services. As people in long-term recovery, peers bring their own unique lived experience and knowledge to help others navigate life outside of a clinical setting. The service is designed to promote empowerment, self-determination, understanding, coping skills, and resiliency through mentoring and service coordination supports that allow individuals to achieve personal wellness and cope with the stressors and barriers encountered during recovery.

 

The Office of Mental Health Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) is committed to supporting the training and education of Certified Peer Specialists and Certified Recovery Specialists. Very recently, a training and educational opportunity was brought to their attention by the State of Delaware, the Weitzman Project ECHO Peer Recovery Specialist Program.

 

The Weitzman Project ECHO Peer Recovery Specialist Program is offered in collaboration with the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Weitzman ECHO® for Peer Recovery Specialists is a 12-month education program with sessions occurring twice a month that provides ongoing education and mentoring opportunities and connects Certified Peer Support and Certified Recovery Specialists to a community of peers and subject-matter experts.

 

It is important to mention that in Delaware the term “Peer Recovery Specialist” is inclusive of both the Pennsylvania mental health peer specialist and substance use disorder recovery specialist peers. So please apply this difference in terminology when reviewing this ECHO program.

 

The first session is Wednesday, November 6, 2019. If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please register here.

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(from HHS.gov)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2019

Contact: HHS Press Office
202-690-6343
media@hhs.gov

HHS 42 CFR Part 2 Proposed Rule Fact Sheet

The 42 CFR part 2 regulations serve to protect patient records created by federally funded programs for the treatment of substance use disorder (SUD). SAMHSA is currently proposing to revise part 2, to facilitate better coordination of care for substance use disorders which will also enhance care for opioid use disorder (OUD). These provisions will be an important part of the Federal response to the opioid epidemic, while maintaining part 2 confidentiality protections…
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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.

New Publication
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in the Criminal Justice System: Brief Guidance to the States

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.

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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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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From ASAM Weekly

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on November 17 that nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) can begin taking the 24 hours of required training to prescribe buprenorphine to treat opioid use disorder. NPs and PAs who complete the required training and seek to prescribe buprenorphine for up to 30 patients will be able to apply to do so beginning in early 2017. HHS is also announcing its intent to initiate rulemaking to allow NPs and PAs who have prescribed at the 30-patient limit for one year to apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine for up to 100 patients. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is working quickly with training providers to help them adapt curricula and obtain continuing education credits for this training. Updates on training information and the waiver application will be available on the SAMHSA and American Society of Addiction Medicine websites.

SAMHSA and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) invite you to join a presentation of the final rule on mental health and substance use disorder parity for Medicaid and CHIP, to be held on Thursday, April 14, 1:00 – 2:00 pm.

This rule implements the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) for 23 million beneficiaries enrolled in Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs), Medicaid alternative benefit plans (ABPs), and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), ensuring that benefits for mental health and substance use disorder treatments and services are offered on equal footing with medical and surgical benefits. This presentation will include a discussion of the application of parity to Medicaid and CHIP programs, key changes from the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and answers to frequently asked questions.