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
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
(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:
(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
(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.
(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
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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