October 31, 2014

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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Federal Reps Author Opioid Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (H.R. 5587)

Congress Members Bill Foster (D-IL) and Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) introduced legislation (The Opioid Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act - H.R. 5587) that would award grants to one or more States that that are hard hit by the opioid epidemic, enabling a 1-year pilot project to develop a standardized peer review process and methodology to review and evaluate prescribing and pharmacy dispensing patterns, through a review of prescription drug monitoring programs.

The bill would also provide grants to study the prospect of allowing prescribing authority to advanced practice nurses and physician assistants in order to treat addiction recovery.

Additionally, the bill would award 5-year grants to facilitate training that would increase the capacity of health care providers to conduct patient screening, brief interventions, and referral to treatment as needed, such as in health care settings, to prevent the abuse of prescription drugs, heroin, and other controlled substances. This grant program could be coordinated with the Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment grant program of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or other appropriate programs.

It would also require that the Secretary of Health and Human Services conduct a review to determine whether naloxone should be available as an over-the-counter drug. The bill also would encourage states and local governments to implement and increase drug take-back programs to allow people to dispose of unused prescription drugs—programs that have shown much promise in the States where they have been implemented.

Representatives Donna Edwards (D-MD), Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) are original cosponsors of the bill.

The National Council for Behavioral Health recently highlighted this important legislation as well. We will continue to track it and keep you abreast of any developments.

SAMHSA Releases New Strategic Plan

On October 1, SAMHSA released “Leading Change 2.0: Advancing the Behavioral Health of the Nation,” its strategic plan for fiscal years 2015 to 2018. According to SAMHSA, “through the plan, SAMHSA will increase understanding of mental and substance use disorders, promote emotional health and wellness, address the prevention of substance use disorders and mental illness, increase access to treatment, and support recovery.”

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