June 17, 2015

9th Annual Conference for Working Peer Specialists

July 23, 2015 | NYU Kimmel Center

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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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CMS Proposes Parity Rule for Managed-care Plans


The proposed rule applies provisions of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 to managed-care plans contracting with Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). It would ensure that beneficiaries have access to mental health and substance abuse benefits regardless of whether services are provided under the auspices of a managed-care organization (MCO) or another service delivery system.

NYS Assembly and Senate Pass Bill Limiting Judicial Authority to Demand that Defendants Stop Medication Assisted Treatments


S.04239-B/(Murphy)/A.6255-B (Rosenthal) has passed the State Assembly and Senate and awaits the Governor’s signature. This legislation 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. Judges will no longer have the authority to order defendants to stop medication-assisted treatment (methadone, Vivitrol and buprenorphine) in order to participate in drug courts, a uniquely collaborative approach to treatment: upon voluntary entry into court-supervised programs, appropriate non-violent addicted offenders become part of an intervention process. The Coalition supported this legislation and urges Governor Cuomo to sign it.

The Coalition Issued Memos of Support/Opposition to Bills Pending in the State Legislature:

  • 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. The Coalition strongly supports this bill, which has been passed by the Senate and urges the Assembly to follow suit.
  • 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). This bill has passed the Senate and is in the Assembly Committee on Cities. The Coalition is emphatically opposed to this legislation and has been meeting with members in the Assembly to stop it from moving forward.
  • 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. This bill has not been voted out of Committee in either the Assembly or the Senate and The Coalition will attempt to ensure that it does not move forward.

Over 130 People Gather to Honor the Life and Work of Ana Charle Director of the Bronx Boulevard Shelter


On April 30th, in the face of tragedy and community backlash, over 130 allies including members of behavioral health and shelter provider communities held a silent vigil to honor Ana Charle who was allegedly murdered by a former resident of the Bronx Boulevard Shelter, which she directed. The shelter is operated by Project Renewal, a Coalition member. (Unfortunately, the day after Ms. Charle’s passing, certain local elected officials attempted to use this tragic event as an opportunity to hold a press conference calling for the shelter’s ouster.)

The silent vigil, organized by Christy Parque, Executive Director of our advocacy partner, Homeless Services United, was to show support for Ms. Charle’s family, the shelter’s employees and residents. The vigil participants greatly outnumbered the individuals at the “NIMBY” rally.

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