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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November 21 , 2013
City Elections Mark Transition, Coalition Releases Policy Position Paper
New Yorkers went to the polls earlier this month and elected a number of new leaders. Most notably, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, to whom we offer a hearty congratulations and look forward to working with him and his administration on the issues affecting behavioral health policy in the City. We also applaud: Scott Stringer who won the Comptroller’s race and Letitia James, who will be our next Public Advocate. In addition, 21 new Members will join the City Council in January. They are listed below by borough.
In the Bronx: Andrew Cohen, Ritchie Torres and Vanessa Gibson.
Brooklyn: Antonio Reynoso, Laurie Cumbo, Robert Cornegy, Rafael Espinal, Carlos Menchaca, Inez Barron, Alan Maisel, Mark Treyger and Chaim Deutsch.
Manhattan: Corey Johnson, Ben Kallos, Helen Rosenthal and Mark Levine.
Queens: Paul Vallone, Costa Constantinides, Rory Lancman and Daneek Miller.
Staten Island: Steven Matteo.
In the Borough President races, Ruben Diaz maintained is seat in the Bronx, and Eric Adams of Brooklyn, Gale Brewer of Manhattan, Melinda Katz of Queens and James Oddo of Staten Island were newly elected.
We look forward to working with all the new elected officials, and continuing our relations with those currently in office. To that end, we have released a new Position Paper called “Behavioral Health for New York City’s Future: 2014.”
On November 20th, Mayor-elect de Blasio announced his 60 person transition team.
Final Health Parity Rule for Mental Health & Substance Use Benefits Released
On Friday November 8th, the Obama Administration issued the historic and long awaited final rule on parity for mental health and substance use benefits with medical and surgical benefits in group and individual health insurance plans. This final rule implements the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. Beginning on July 1, 2014, these plans will be required to set insurance copays, deductibles and visit limits for mental health and substance use benefits that are at least equal to physical health. The Coalition celebrates this ruling, which will allow millions of Americans to access the mental health and substance use care they need.
Patrick Kennedy to Keynote Coalition Conference on January 23rd
With the release of the final parity rule, we are even more excited to have Former U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy as our Keynote Speaker at The Coalition’s annual conference scheduled for January 23, 2014. Mr. Kennedy championed the Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act when it was signed into law five years ago, and has been an outspoken advocate for parity and the issuance of the final rule. Stay tuned for more details on the full conference program and registration.
Coalition Signs on to Second Chance Act Letter
The Coalition has signed onto a letter in support of the federal Second Chance Act Reauthorization Act of 2013. The Second Chance Act provides grant funds to local governments and providers to support re-integration services for persons leaving jail and prison. People released from prison face a number of challenges when they re-enter the community, such as finding a home, obtaining a job, seeking social supports and caring for physical and behavioral health needs. With adequate community support in place, they are more likely to successfully reintegrate and avoid recidivism.
Full edition of this issue of Briefs includes:
- City Elections Mark Transition, Coalition to Release Policy Position Paper
- Final Health Parity Rule for Mental Health & Substance Use Benefits Released
- Patrick Kennedy to Keynote Coalition Conference on January 23rd
- Coalition Signs on to Second Chance Act Letter
- 4 New Members Join The Coalition!
- In Memory of Marie Mantel
- Around the Water Cooler
- Coalition Job Board