August 20 , 2015

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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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Funds Designated for Coalition Members in NYC Council Geriatric Mental Health & Mental Health Contracts Initiatives

On August 13, 2015, The City Council voted on the final designations for FY ‘16 funds allocated to mental health, substance use disorder and developmental disabilities.

In a huge victory, The Council designated the restored funding from the $2 million Geriatric Mental Health Initiative to nearly all of the providers at the same levels as the previous year. As we’ve mentioned in previous Briefs these funds were baselined and slated to be allocated via a DOHMH RFP process. The Coalition and our advocacy partners were successful in convincing the City Council that given the changes DOHMH proposed to the initiative and the lateness in issuing an RFP (it was mid-June and still no sign), the Council should negotiate with the de Blasio Administration to have the baselined funds return to the Council. The designation vote on August 13th represented the final step in the process of ensuring the funds would be restored to the current providers so that no consumers would be lost to care.

The Council also restored and enhanced funding to the “Mental Health Contracts initiatives,” which had also been baselined. The Coalition receives funding for its Professional Learning Center from this initiative. The new funding will be used for programming purposes for several new providers, which include Coalition members: Riverdale Mental Health Association, New Alternatives for Children and Brooklyn Community Services.

Various mental health, substance use disorder and developmental disability funding that had restored administration cuts in years past were all designated at the previous year’s level to the current providers as well. The Council rightly has removed the “gap filler” description for these allocations and they are now simply listed as funding initiatives.

The Council initiated a new $500,000 funding initiative called, “Medicaid Redesign Transition.” Council Member Andrew Cohen, chair of the City Council’s Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services, proposed this initiative based, in part, on the testimony he heard at a hearing he held on this topic. The Coalition, its members and advocacy partners testified at the hearing about concerns regarding the economic viability of community-based providers during the transition to Medicaid managed care. The Council designated the funding to direct service providers (almost all of whom were Coalition members).

At budget adoption in late June, the Council restored and designated the funding for the Children Under 5 Mental Health Initiative at the previous year’s level to all of the providers previously funded and restored the Court-Involved Youth Initiative with a $900,000 enhancement (all of which went to Coalition members either to add new providers or for expanded funding to providers from the previous fiscal year).

All told, The Coalition had a role in advocating for the allocation of nearly $11 million in initiatives (includes the “Autism Awareness Initiative” which we were asked by our advocacy partners to support as well).

Here are charts with all of the Mental Health Initiative designations for the current fiscal year, for your information.

Prescriber Prevails Vetoed by Gov. Cuomo

On August 14, 2015, Governor Cuomo vetoed the “Prescriber Prevails” legislation (S. 4893 (Hannon)/A. 7208 (Gottfried)). The Coalition as well as many other provider and consumer advocacy groups strongly supported this bill which would have ensured that the prescriber would have the ultimate say in the determination of which medications were needed by a patient covered by Medicaid managed. Prescriber Prevails currently exists in Medicaid fee-for-service. Unfortunately, the Governor’s basis for vetoing the legislation was based on cost, not the care interests of the consumer.

Fred Scaglione Passes Away, Stalwart of the New York Nonprofit World

On August 6, 2015, Fred Scaglione passed away. Fred was the longtime Editor and Founder of the New York Non-Profit Press. He also served as Assistant Commissioner of the New York City Child Welfare Administration. Fred graduated from Bishop Riley High School in Queens, NY and attended Queens College where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree. He held a Master’s Degree in Public Administration received from the New School for Social Research. Fred married Birgit Rasmussen on May 11th, 1985 in Brooklyn, NY. Birgit predeceased Fred on November 4th, 2011.

He is survived by his two sons; Thomas (Lauren) Scaglione and Adam Scaglione. Fred is also survived by his close friend and partner, Wendy Conway. “Fred was not only an informed and caring reporter of issues crucial to the nonprofit sector, he was a consummate professional,” said Coalition CEO, Phillip Saperia. “Fred Scaglione was so more much more than a reporter and publisher. He was a trusted colleague and friend. He will be profoundly missed by The Coalition family.” In 2010, The Coalition presented its Media Award to Fred Scaglione at the Annual Leadership Awards Reception, for “promoting greater public understanding, for helping to increase community awareness of behavioral health issues and for inspiring behavioral health policy reform.”

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