October 6, 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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Member Sponsored Events

Check out workshops, conferences and events being offered by Coalition members!

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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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The Coalition and Members Testify on Medicaid Redesign in City Council Hearing

On September 30, 2014, the NYC Council Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services held an oversight hearing on Medicaid Redesign. Testifying at the hearing were Jamin Sewell of The Coalition, Dr. Gary Belkin, Executive Deputy Commissioner for Mental Hygiene, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, and Coalition members Robert Brewster, CEO, Riverdale Mental Health Association, Kenneth Dudek, CEO, Fountain House, Jason Lippman, Director of Public Policy & Government Relations, Amida Care, Rod DiMotta, Assistant Executive Director, Astor Services for Children and Families and Valerie Rosenberg, Policy Analyst, United Neighborhood Houses.

The Coalition and its members presented their views on current experiences with managed care with commercial insurance, concerns about the coming carve-in of all Medicaid users, the continuing need for net-deficit funding and proposals to protect our behavioral health safety providers in the new environment. A copy of The Coalition’s testimony can be found on our website.

The Coalition will be working with Council Member Andrew Cohen, Chairman of the Committee on Mental Health and Committee members to ensure that they are well-apprised and engaged in the Medicaid redesign process going forward. 

New Challenge to NYS Executive Compensation Cap

The ongoing legal saga regarding the Cuomo administration’s cap on executive compensation continues as an Albany Supreme Court has granted a motion to bring a lawsuit against the cap by a group of non-profit healthcare providers with Medicaid revenue. The new challenge alleges that the Cuomo administration’s unilateral action to cap executive compensation violates the separation of powers doctrine (only the legislature has the authority to make critical policy decisions, the executive branch implements those policies) that the State Department of Health exceeded its authority and that the regulations were arbitrary and capricious. A copy of the court’s decision can be found here.

The Coalition will continue to monitor the various challenges to the executive compensation cap and keep you posted.

Senators Whitehouse & Portman Introduce Federal Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act

A bi-partisan group of Senators led by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D) and Robert Portman (R) introduced legislation to combat drug addiction and provide support for people in recovery. According to its sponsors, S.2839, The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act will:

  • Expand prevention and educational efforts—particularly aimed at teens, parents and other caretakers, and aging populations—to prevent the abuse of opioids and heroin and to promote treatment and recovery.
  • Expand the availability of naloxone to law enforcement agencies and other first responders to help in the reversal of overdoses to save lives.
  • Expand resources to identify and treat incarcerated individuals suffering from addiction disorders promptly by collaborating with criminal justice stakeholders and by providing evidence-based treatment.
  • Expand disposal sites for unwanted prescription medications to keep them out of the hands of our children and adolescents.
  • Launch an evidence-based opioid and heroin treatment and interventions program. While we have medications that can help treat addiction, there is a critical need to get the training and resources necessary to expand treatment best practices throughout the country.
  • Strengthen prescription drug monitoring programs to help states monitor and track prescription drug diversion and to help at-risk individuals access services.
The Coalition has signed onto a letter in support of this legislation that the National Council for Behavioral Health and other advocates are circulating. We encourage you to sign-on as well by contacting Jessica Nickel - jessica@brimleygroup.com. We also encourage you to contact your Senator and request their support for this important legislation.


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