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.

Professional Learning Center Store

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

Coalition Video on YouTube

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



Mayor de Blasio Presents Preliminary Budget Proposal

Yesterday, Mayor Bill de Blasio outlined his vision for a progressive and fiscally responsible Preliminary Budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2015. In his first budgetary address, Mayor de Blasio promised “to begin a process for putting an end to the budget dance,” referring to the negotiations that the Mayor and City Council engage in each year to fund various community initiatives in the budget. This “dance” repeatedly requires providers, The Coalition and our advocacy partners to fight for the restoration of needed service dollars in the City’s budget each year, in order to maintain the flow of funding to programs that serve not just people with mental illness and substance use disorders, but a entire spectrum of human services programs. We are hopeful that a forward thinking and more practical budget process will prevail in the years ahead.

Mayor de Blasio's budget maintains the baselining status of the Mental Health Contracts, Geriatric Mental Health and Children Under Five Initiatives, as well as the Mental Hygiene Contracted services PEG restoations (progams to eliminate the gap or budget cuts). The budget also proposes the restoration of funding for community-based programs at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), including substance use disorder clinics, work readiness and case management services. We believe this to be restorations from previous PEGs. The Coalition is seeking more information on which programs were reinstated. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

Coalition Prepares for Albany Advocacy Days 2014-2015 Executive Budget

The Coalition is finalizing its advocacy agenda and member delegation for our annual Albany Advocacy Days set for March 10th & 11th. We plan to meet with key members of the State Legislature and officials in the Executive Branch on a number of critical initiatives that were presented by Governor Andrew Cuomo in his 2014-2015 Executive budget proposal. This includes the reinvestment of accrued behavioral health savings into community programs, clinic rate protections, startup funding in preparation for managed care and the enhancement and development of supportive housing. Among the initiatives being backed by The Coalition, with some caveats, are for the State to:

  • Dedicate sufficient reinvestments in community behavioral health services to ensure that local capacity is preserved during transformation to managed care.
  • Create wide access to recovery-based “1915(i)-like services” in managed care plans. These services comprise rehabilitation, habilitation, crisis intervention, peer, educational, employment and other supports.
  • Ensure clinic rate protections during the transition to managed care. This includes the extension of guaranteed payments for clinical services at OMH & OASAS licensed clinics.
  • Sustain and expand supportive housing programs sanctioned by the MRT Affordable Housing Work Group to provide stable homes to people who use a high degree of Medicaid services.
  • Initiate an OMH supportive housing rental stipend increase to help cover the rising cost of rents in Westchester, New York City and Long Island.
  • Establish a mechanism for OASAS long-term residential service providers to leverage Medicaid dollars for clinical services under managed care.
  • Reinvest savings accumulated from the closure of State Psychiatric Center beds into community services.

To read more about our developing advocacy agenda, please view The Coalition’s Executive budget testimony submitted for this week’s hearing on Mental Hygiene initiatives affected by the budget.

Attendees Rise to the Challenge at Coalition’s Annual Conference

The hall was abuzz with interest and excitement as a packed house was on hand to catch the visions and thoughts from behavioral health leaders at The Coalition’s annual conference, “Rising to the Challenge,” which took place January 23, 2014.

First, participants heard a rousing and passionate speech on behavioral health parity and reform from our keynote speaker, former U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy. The audience rose to applause as Mr. Kennedy kicked off our conference, setting the tone for the remainder of the day. Our keynote presentation was immediately followed by Jason A. Helgerson, Medicaid Director at the NYS Department of Health (DOH), who outlined the State’s goals for Medicaid redesign as it pertains to behavioral health reform. Then, Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez, Commissioner of the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Use Services (OASAS), spoke about opportunities in the new environment with respect to the delivery of more integrated substance use services.

Ann Marie Sullivan, M.D., Acting Commissioner of the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) gave us her insight into the new behavioral health landscape from the State level, and Adam Karpati, M.D., Executive Deputy Commissioner at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) provided his understanding of behavioral health integration form the City perspective. The audience also had a chance to hear and respond to panel discussions with representatives from managed care companies and behavioral health providers, including: Beacon Health Strategies, Healthfirst, OptumHealth, ICL, VIP Community Services and Project Renewal.

Slides and photos from The Coalition’s conference are available on our website.

Full edition of this issue of Briefs includes: