July 17, 2015

Coalition Parachute Wiki

Resources for behavioral health providers on the value of integrating peer staff to improve care and outcomes.

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HIPAA Omnibus Policy, Procedure & BAA Template Kit

The Coalition is pleased to announce the availability of a set of 38 HIPAA Policy Templates for HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules and an updated Business Associate Agreement all of which conform to the HIPAA Omnibus Update released January 25, 2013 and the technical correction published June 7, 2013.

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Professional Learning Center Store

HIPAA Business Associate Agreement Templates, now available. HITECH and Breach Notification changes apply to BAAs.

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Coalition Video on YouTube

Empowering Lives Through Community Behavioral Health - Five stories narrated by Mike Wallace in two parts.

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Coalition NYS Legislative Score Card To Date




S.4239-B/(Murphy)/A.6255-B (Rosenthal)


On Governor’s desk

S.4542-A (Klein)/A.2553-A (Benedetto)



S.5275 (Golden)/A.6879 (Blake)



S.4893 (Hannon)/ A. 7208 (Gottfried)


On Governor’s desk

S.5486-A (Ortt, Hannon)/A.7846-A (Cahill)



* Will likely end up in State “Model Contract” with MMCOs.

S.04239-B/(Murphy)/A.6255-B (Rosenthal) establishes statewide uniformity in drug treatment courts to allow defendants to obtain medically prescribed treatment for opioid abuse or dependence while participating in the judicial diversion program.

S.4542-A (Klein)/A.2553-A (Benedetto), would place new, restrictive and (likely) illegal roadblocks to siting and lease renewal of supportive housing and social service centers (including domestic violence shelters).

S.5275 (Golden)/A.6879 (Blake) is similar though supposedly less expansive to S.4542-A/A.2553-A (the Klein/Benedetto bill), but is drafted so poorly it may encompass even a greater number of programs.

S.4893 (Hannon)/ A. 7208 (Gottfried) prevents a managed care company to override the judgment of a doctor or nurse’s prescription of a pharmaceutical for his or her patient.

S.5486-A (Ortt, Hannon)/A.7846-A (Cahill), prohibits a health care insurer from requiring providers of behavioral health services to offer all products offered by the provider of health care coverage.

NYC Council “Court-Involved Youth Mental Health Initiative” Enhanced by $900,000

Recognizing the success of the Court-Involved Mental Health Initiative (“CIYMHI”), the City Council enhanced the funding from $1 million in FY ’15 to $1.9 million for FY ‘16.

The CIYMHI was first proposed by Council Member Deborah Rose (D-Staten Island) for the FY ’15 budget and with advocacy support from The Coalition it was adopted by the Council. Its purpose is to assess the need for mental health services of juveniles in the arrest and adjudication process.; engage families of court-involved youth through family counseling, respite services and other evidence-based practices; and connect community-based providers to other non-governmental organizations that have familiarity with the Courts, Administration for Children’s Services, Department of Correction, and other relevant City and State agencies.

Even with a late start due to contracting difficulties, the 8 agencies providing direct services succeeded in screening or assessing nearly 500 young people. The Coalition provided 11 workshops and 11 follow-up webinars on a variety of issues related to serving the target population. Safe Horizon has used its funding to develop a protocol for treating youth victimized by sexual abuse that exhibit these same behaviors toward others.

The Coalition thanks Council Member Rose and its members for their forceful advocacy leading to this most successful outcome.


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