December 30, 2014

March 20, 2015 Coalition Conference

Our January Conference has been rescheduled for Friday, March 20, 2015

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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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Mayor de Blasio Pledges $130 Million to Reform NYC Jails

In June of 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio convened a Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System. Over 400 leaders in government and community leaders in public health and public safety were convened to develop a comprehensive strategy to ensure that, when appropriate, people are diverted from the criminal justice system and that justice-involved individuals with behavioral health needs are connected to care and services at every point in the criminal justice process.

The Coalition played a major role in crafting the Task Force’s Action Plan, was represented on the Task Force’s Executive Committee and in every Working Group. The Coalition’s Phillip A. Saperia served on the Release and Reentry Working Group and Jamin R. Sewell, served on the Back in the Neighborhood Working Group. A complete list of Coalition participants can be found here.

The Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System rigorously mapped the gaps in our current systems and developed targeted solutions that look not only at individual points in the system, but at how the system as whole operates

This $130 million, four-year investment is a key component of the City’s commitment to reduce unnecessary arrests and incarceration, direct criminal justice resources to where they will have the greatest public safety impact and make our City's criminal justice system fairer. Additionally, by giving police officers additional training and options for addressing behavioral health needs, the Action Plan will also contribute to to the de-escalation of police encounters and improve the relationship between law enforcement and local communities.

The Coalition is extremely proud of the vital role its members played in the Task Force and we look forward to seeing the implementation of the Action Plan which we believe will have a profoundly positive impact on our city.

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Mandate Discharge Planning Including Post-Incarceration Appointments and Medication. Also Expands Authority to Initiate Involuntary Commitment

On December 29, 2014, New York State enacted sweeping legislation regarding the post-incarceration treatment of individuals living with mental illness. The law mandates that every inmate who has received mental health treatment within 3 years of his/her anticipated release date from a State Correctional Facility shall be provided with discharge planning, and, when necessary, an appointment with a mental health professional in the community who can prescribe medications following discharge.

It also requires that sufficient mental health medications and prescriptions be provided to bridge the period between discharge and such time as such mental health professional may assume care of the patient. According to the legislation, inmates who have refused mental health treatment may also be provided mental health discharge planning and any necessary appointment with a mental health professional.

More controversial, the legislation will expand the authority to initiate involuntary commitment to post-incarceration treatment for individuals with mental illness to include “community supervision responsible for community supervision” (i.e., Department of Probation, LGU) in the region where the person with mental illness has been released to any form of supervision following incarceration. The authority to initiate involuntary post-incarceration commitment previously had rested solely with the Superintendent of the correctional facility where the individual was held.

Clearly, the discharge planning mandates related to treatment are a positive step, however, many folks in the behavioral health sector will not be pleased with new authorities being given leeway to initiate involuntary commitment proceedings.

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