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Pennsylvania Department of Health

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is partnering with the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania to offer a high level training course on the intersection between brain injury and opioid addiction and treatment. We know that people who have an opioid use disorder are more likely to sustain an anoxic brain injury as a result of their opioid misuse, due to decreased respiration and prolonged periods of lack of oxygen to the brain, and that people who have sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are more likely to misuse substances because of cognitive impairments from their brain injury. In fact, individuals with TBI are 11 times more likely to die of overdose than those without a TBI. By treating brain injury and substance misuse as co-occurring disorders, clinicians and survivors have the best opportunity to create successful interventions for change.

This live training course is being offered free-of-charge to six substance abuse providers throughout the Commonwealth. The course, titled Brain Injury and Opioids, will assist those working with substance use disorders to better understand cognitive deficits, and how these cognitive impairments interact with treatment for brain injury and treatment of opioid misuse and addiction. Please see this fact sheet for the course outline. This high-level course is geared towards Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Addictions Counselors. The 8-hour course is designed to be provided at the service provider’s location as a series of four 2-hour trainings for small groups of 25 staff at a time, and will be available between January 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020.

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH), Bureau of Family Health (BFH) has been awarded the Administration for Community Living (ACL) Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) State Partnership Program Mentor Grant. This funding opportunity will allow for the BFH to develop a NeuroResource Facilitation Program. The program will connect families and individuals with TBI to services and resources through case management. The BFH will also fund brain injury education and training to increase knowledge of TBI with a focus on TBI screening in the juvenile justice and the older adult population. The overall project aim is to help maximize the health, independence, and well-being of persons with TBI and their families in Pennsylvania. Through the Mentor Grant Program, the BFH will also mentor other states to assist with enhancing their programming, and will collaborate with ACL and other Mentor States to build on the overall TBI infrastructure. Contact Melissa Dehoff, RCPA Director of Rehabilitation Services, with questions.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) has created a brain injury identification wallet card. The card was created as a result of a telephone call from an individual with a brain injury who moved from another state. The individual was inquiring as to whether PA had a card that could be used in emergent situations that would easily identify him as having a brain injury and his symptoms. The wallet card is available on the DOH website. The intent of the card is to provide a document for individuals with a brain injury that could be used to communicate their symptoms and emergency information to emergency personnel or the public.

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The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Physician General, today announced the availability of up to $5 million, in state FY 2017/2018 funds, to support the provision of Naloxone to first responders for a two-year period. The Intranasal Naloxone kits will be provided directly to each approved applicant in accordance with a state procured contract and through a state procured vendor. This solicitation is in response to the opioid epidemic gripping the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

PCCD will provide one Centralized Coordinating Entity (CCE) per county or region with Intranasal Naloxone kits to be utilized by a broad category of first responders within that county or region. It will be up to the county or region to determine the appropriate entity to serve as their CCE. PCCD is aware that many counties already have a process in place to ensure that Naloxone is provided to first responders and we encourage you to work within your current framework to utilize this additional supply of Naloxone.

Please note that all applications must be submitted electronically to RA-PCCD_ExecutiveOfc@pa.gov no later than November 6, 2017.  Questions should also be directed to the RA-PCCD_ExecutiveOfc@pa.gov email account.

Please follow this link to view the guidelines and application form.

(Provided by Jennifer Smith, Acting Secretary of DDAP)

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA-DOH), in collaboration with the state’s Academy of Pediatrics’ Medical Home Initiative (PA-AAP, MHI), is working to increase access to medical homes for children, youth, and young adults, including those with special health care needs.” Medical Homes are comprehensive, team-based care that takes into account the whole person. Input from a broad range of health, behavioral health, dental, and social support providers, as well as families, is needed. Over the past month, PA-DOH and PA-AAP, MHI have conducted stakeholder meetings across Pennsylvania. Now, you are invited to participate in a Stakeholder Input Survey and provide your ideas about strengthening the medical home approach in your community.

For practitioners, providers, and consumers supporting integrated physical health and behavioral health care, this opportunity to share our perspectives and ideas should not be missed. Also, please feel free to share this survey information with colleagues in health care, mental health, education, children and youth services, and families in your community.

On February 23, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) released guidance to Home Care Agencies and Registries in follow-up to a policy clarification issued on November 23, 2016 regarding Direct Care Workers Non-Skilled Services in Home and Community-Based Services Settings.

The guidance includes a tool for organizations to use to comply with the Department of Health’s Home Care Agency and Registry regulations. The tool describes the consumer characteristics of individuals who can receive non-skilled activities/services, defined as Specialized Care. In addition, it describes the Home Care Agency/Registry responsibility for training and documentation of the direct care worker’s competency prior to delivering the Specialized Care. The guidance also establishes guidelines for the inclusion of Specialized Care into an individual’s care or service plan. RCPA’s policy statement in support of this clarification and guidance for expanded service options is available here.