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HIPAA Omnibus Policy, Procedure & BAA Template Kit

38 HIPAA Policy Templates for HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules and an updated Business Associate Agreement avaliable in the PLC Store.

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Professional Learning Center

The Coalition's Professional Learning Center provides training and technical assistance to the behavioral health sector on issues that have direct financial and regulatory consequences to community agencies; as well as learning opportunities about promising and proven programmatic and administrative advances. Behavioral healthcare professionals, from peer advocates to CEOs and everyone in between, benefit from workshops on compliance, CPT coding, data management, managed care, healthcare reform, evidence based practices and much more.

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The Coalition is pleased to be an OASAS Certified Education and Training Provider and approved by NYS SED to offer continuing education credits for social workers.

Using DSM-5 with ICD-10 Webinar Series - May 2015

The Coalition is gearing up for an upcoming training on proper use of DSM codes. Please stay tuned.

The Coalition recently hosted a 4 part webinar series on “Using DSM-5 with ICD-10”.  The series gave attendees a list of the critical issues in DSM 5/ICD 10 implementation and how to approach them organizationally. The first three webinars provided information so that providers will be able to:

  • Focus their detailed reading of the DSM 5 on those diagnoses they encounter most often in their practice;
  • Determine how they will address these changes with the individuals they serve;
  • Determine how their documentation must change to meet the challenges presented by the DSM 5 including form changes, documentation detail to support diagnoses, the introduction of new functional and risk assessments, etc.

The 4th and last webinar was a Train the Trainer for those who will need to be trainers for their organizations. The intention is to provide a list, by chapter, of the key information that needs to be conveyed to staff. This should orient them to major changes in diagnoses and/or changes in how diagnoses are made or documented.

Download: Handouts for first 3 parts of this series


Webinar 1: General organizational issues, elimination and substitutions for the 5 axes, nomenclature, ICD 9 coding

5/1/15 Slide Presentation - Part 1

5/1/15 Webinar Recording - Part 1

Webinar 2: Overview of changes to diagnostic categories Part 1

5/15/15 Slide Presentation - Part 2

5/15/5 Webinar Recording - Part 2

Webinar 3: Overview of changes to diagnostic categories Part 2

6/12/15 Slide Presentation - Part 3

6/12/15 Webinar Recording - Part 3

Webinar 4 :  Train the Trainer

6/19/15 Slide Presentation - Part 4

Additional handout - Part 4

6/19/15 Webinar Recording - Part 4


Webinar Recording

Overview of SAMHSA Primary and Behavioral Health Integration Grant - presented by Health Management Associates: Heidi Arthur, Meggan Schilkie and Joshua Rubin.

Reengineering the Business Model for NYC’s NFP Mental Health Clinics

The broad objective of this project is to help 15-20 behavioral health agencies, with budgets of $12 million and under, to fundamentally reengineer their business models and prepare them for future financial challenges due to changing Medicaid regulations.  This project was borne from the State Office of Mental Health's restructuring of Article 31 Mental Health Clinics (Part 599 regulations).  The new clinic model significantly alters the regulatory and reimbursement methodology for these clinics. 

The initial participants selected were part of an earlier study which produced an exhaustive analysis using an OMH fiscal model.  The study showed that all 70 clinics in the study would lose money and the smaller clinics risked closure.

New e-Learning Partnership

The Coalition is pleased to partner with Relias Learning to offer our members discounted web-based continuing education and training opportunities in the areas of behavioral health, developmental disabilities, substance abuse and child welfare.  Learn more about what this partnership has to offer!

Typical PLC Offered Trainings:

Compliance, Billing, Coding, Documentation and Treatment Planning

  • Compliance workshops (half day workshops):  
    • Update on HIPAA Breach Notification
    • Update on HIPAA Privacy and Security Changes
    • Update on changes to the HIPAA Required Business Associate Agreement
    • Update on Audit and Enforcement Activities
    • Update on State/Federal Compliance Issues
    • OMIG Audits, Investigations and Compliance
    • Compliance Survival for NY’s Behavioral Health Care Providers
    • Data Privacy
  • Billing and Documentation under New OMH & OASAS Clinic Regulations (full day workshop)
  • Treatment planning for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Providers
    • Stages of Change:  A Practical Model of Treatment Planning (half day workshop)
    • A Practical Model of Supervision:  Assuring the Integration of Quality of Care and Compliance in the Public Sector (half day)
  • Maximizing Health Care Coding and Services in Clinics (half day)
  • Changes to CPT Billing Codes Effective January 2013 (half day)
  • Physician Services and Documentation (including E&M coding and Off-Label Prescribing (half day)

Managed Care Training

  • Managed Care Overview (half day)
  • Quality Management – Medicare, Medicaid and Managed Care (half day)
  • Data Mining to Change Outcomes (half day)
  • Managed Care Provider Contracting (half day)
  • Medicaid Managed Care Strategy (half day)
  • Clinical Care Coordination (half day)
  • Leadership Forum on Managed Care Redesign (1 ½ hour webinar)
  • Business Considerations – Converting from FFS or Managed Care (1 ½ hour webinar)
  • Electronic Health Records (1 ½ hour webinar)
  • Data Analytic for Managed Care (1 ½ hour webinar)
  • Network Contracting (1 ½ hour webinar)
  • Service Shifts (1 ½ hour webinar)
  • Community Services for Children and Adults (1 ½ hour webinar)
  • Update of New York Policies (half day)
  • Leveraging Your Organization’s Market Place Position (half day)
  • Models of Care that Meet the Market Place Conditions (half day)


  • Data Management and Analysis (half day workshops):
    • How to Capture and Manage Data to Support Program Improvement
    • A QI Framework for Using Data and Report
  • Learn to Maximize Your Organizational Financial Health (half day)
  • How to Apply for Meaningful Use  (half day)
  • Advanced Management Training             
    • Managing During Difficult Economic Times
    • Developing  and Managing Operating Budgets and Grants
    • Utilizing Performance Indicators
    • Maximizing Revenue
    • Managing Difficult Employees and Resolving Conflicts/Effective Delegation
    • Planning and Managing Large Projects
    • Preparing for Survey land Financial Audits

Health Care Reform

  • Changing Healthcare Environment (half day)
  • Medicare Part D Update (half day)
  • IPAs, MSOs and other Managed Care Models for Behavioral Health Providers (half day)
  • Health Care Reform
    •  Accountable Care and New York (half day)
    • What about the Safety New Providers (half day)
  • Homelessness
    • Conflicts within the Experience of Chronic Homelessness & Best Practice Models (half day)
    • The Street Homeless Populations and Outreach Interventions (half day)
  • How will MLTC and FIDA Affect Behavioral Health Providers? (half day)

Evidence Based Practices

  • Care Management Providing Integrated, Person-centered, Care Coordination for Individuals with Complex Needs in Health Homes (full day workshop)
  • Core Orientation to Person-Centered Practices (full day workshop)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Counseling
    • 5 half day workshops
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for the Multiple-Disordered Client
    • 5 half day workshops
  • Motivational Interviewing (half day workshops):
    • Introduction to MI (5 half days)
    • Advanced MI (full day)
    • Supervision and Supervising in MI (2 half days)
  • Cultural Competency – Working with Multi-Cultural Populations
  • Skills Building in Residential Programs (full day)
  • ASIST Suicide Prevention Workshop (2 day workshop)