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1/25/2021 11:02 AMFree home HIV test kits

​The Pennsylvania Department of Health, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Expanded HIV Testing Initiative (PEHTI) and the HIV Prevention and Care Project (HPCP), has introduced HIV Self-Testing (HST) for individuals who reside in Pennsylvania (excluding Philadelphia County). The goal of the getmyHIVtest.com program is to help people get tested who wouldn’t otherwise go to their doctor or to a testing clinic.  

Tests are available from the website getmyhivtest.com. Individuals are asked to read the information on the website and answer a few questions in order to receive an FDA-approved, OraQuick home HIV test kit mailed to the address they provide. Support for clients who request and administer the HIV self-test is available through OraQuick and the HPCP, as noted on the website.   

Individuals who reside in Philadelphia County should visit PhillyKeepOnLoving.com to order the HIV Self-test kit and for additional information about testing from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.   

If you have any questions, please send an email to info@getmyHIVtest.com.

1/14/2021 9:48 AMJanuary COVID-19 Vaccine Update

​Hello DDAP Stakeholders,

I hope you are well, safe, and healthy as we start the new year.

I would like to share updates on the commonwealth’s COVID-19 vaccination process, as well as provide tips on how you can prepare your organizations to receive vaccine.

Vaccination Process
Last Friday, the Department of Health (DOH) released the fourth version of its COVID-19 Interim Vaccination Plan. The plan is both fluid and flexible to meet the latest federal guidance and recommendations. It will continue to receive updates. DOH released this version with a Feedback Form that invites public comment on the plan. This feedback will help inform Pennsylvania’s  vaccination planning.

Pennsylvania continues to work its way through the initial phase of vaccine distribution – Phase 1A. This phase is focused on frontline, healthcare personnel, emergency medical first responders, and long-term care facility residents. The time it will take to complete this phase is influenced by factors like:

  • the limited amount of available vaccine,
  • which vaccines are available,
  • the storage capabilities of private/public partners, and
  • Pennsylvania’s allocation from the federal government.

Many of DDAP’s stakeholders will be in the next phase of vaccinations, Phase 1B. While the above factors make it difficult to determine when or where that phase will start, there are several things you can do to prepare your organizations.

How to Prepare
Identify one nearby hospital or healthcare system enrolled to provide COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Monday, the Department of Health launched its Pennsylvania Vaccine Provider Map. This map shows all entities that are enrolled to provide vaccine. Using this map, you should identify a nearby location where your staff can get vaccine at the appropriate time.
  • The Map identifies contact information for the specific location’s vaccine liaison. Connect with the individual to ensure you have all necessary information to prepare your staff.

Prioritize Staff

  • Due to vaccine availability, your entire staff might not be able to receive vaccine at the same time. Be prepared to prioritize those staff that are at greatest risk for exposure.
  • Encourage staff to visit their primary care physicians to review their medical history, ensuring they are eligible for vaccination.

Prepare Necessary Documentation for Staff

  • Staff will have to provide proof of occupation to receive vaccine. This could include a state license or certification, letter from employer on organization letterhead, facility identification/security badge or other proof of occupation. Ensure that these documents are ready.

Stay Informed

  • For the most up-to-date information on Pennsylvania’s vaccine distribution, I encourage each of you to regularly visit the Department of Health’s COVID-19 vaccine portion of their website, as well as their news section which provides updates to how much vaccine and where vaccine was received in Pennsylvania.  Feel free to utilize the COVID-19 vaccine toolkit which provides vaccine development background, facts, and graphics for your facilities and social media channels.

DDAP’s Commitment
DDAP’s commitment to each of you is to be transparent throughout the vaccine planning process. We are working closely with the Department of Health to provide information to you as quickly as possible, but I ask for your continued patience as the logistics are developed and finalized.

Thank you for your continued patience as more information becomes available and for your continued partnership in ensuring all members of Pennsylvania’s drug and alcohol system remains safe.

Questions can be forwarded to Derrick Pelletier at dpelletier@pa.gov.

Be well,
Jen Smith
DDAP Secretary

1/7/2021 9:29 AMUpdated ASAM document available

​DDAP has replaced the Addendum PA-Specific Alignment Requirements 2.0 (IOP/PHP) document that was previously posted to our website. The revised document specifically focuses on items related to Partial Hospitalization Program requirements that had not been fully identified in the prior edition.

12/22/2020 9:31 AMMessage from Secretary Smith

​Thank you for your continued dedication to the health and safety of Pennsylvanians, we could not do what we do without you. Happy holidays from all of us at DDAP.

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12/18/2020 8:46 AM2019-20 Women and Children's Annual Report

​We are pleased to announce the 2019-20 Women and Children’s Annual Report is available on the DDAP website.

12/16/2020 12:20 PMCOVID-19 vaccine update

​Good afternoon DDAP stakeholders,

I hope this message finds you and your loved ones well during this unique holiday season. I wanted to take the opportunity to address a very anticipated and historic aspect of supporting Pennsylvanians through the pandemic – the much awaited arrival of the first COVID-19 vaccines.

As I am sure you are aware, the commonwealth received it’s first allotment of COVID-19 from Pfizer on Monday of this week. As detailed in the Department of Health’s interim vaccine distribution plan, the first priority group to be vaccinated are our Pennsylvania hospital workers who are directly caring for COVID-19 patients. As more vaccine becomes available, the Department of Health will continue to ensure that distribution of the vaccine arrives at the designated, enrolled hospital and health care systems throughout the commonwealth or established vaccine distribution partner to administer vaccinations to the groups identified in the current distribution plan.

I want to take a moment to reiterate two very important aspects of the vaccine distribution:

  1. At this time there is a very limited supply to meet the demand of Pennsylvanians currently eligible for the vaccine. However, myself and the entire Wolf Administration want to assure each of you, your staff and coworkers, and loved ones that all Pennsylvanians who would like to be vaccinated will have access to vaccine. This is simply the first step in a vaccination process that will take months to complete.
  2. If you have taken the time to review the plan, you will see that there are still many details to be finalized and subgroups to be identified. The Department of Health has stated that the interim plan is very much a working document and will continue to be updated as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices identifies further priority populations. At this time, drug and alcohol treatment providers are referenced in the plan as eligible for vaccinations during phase 1b. It is also important to recognize that the “vaccination phases” will happen at their own pace throughout the commonwealth. For example, if vaccine distributors in the western part of the commonwealth vaccinate Pennsylvanians quicker than the central area, they will move through priority populations and “phases” more rapidly.


At this time vaccination distribution planning remains very fluid due to key aspects of planning and preparation still outstanding, i.e. the amount of vaccine available to Pennsylvanians, which vaccine will be available, what private/public partners have the storage capabilities and sheer manpower to host a vaccine distribution site.

I write today to express the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs’ commitment to each of you in being transparent throughout the vaccine planning process including but not limited to:

  • when treatment providers will be eligible for vaccinations,
  • how providers will receive notifications of vaccine availability, and
  • where individuals need to present to access their vaccination, etc.


We are working closely with the Department of Health to provide information to you as quickly as possible, but I ask for your continued patience as the logistics are developed and finalized.

For the most up-to-date information on Pennsylvania’s vaccine distribution, I encourage each of you to regularly visit the Department of Health’s COVID-19 vaccine portion of their website, as well as their news section which provides updates to how much vaccine and where vaccine was received in Pennsylvania.  Feel free to utilize the COVID-19 vaccine toolkit which provides vaccine development background, facts, and graphics for your facilities and social media channels.

Thank you for your continued patience as more information becomes available and for your continued partnership in ensuring all members of Pennsylvania’s drug and alcohol system remains safe.

Be well,

Jen Smith
DDAP Secretary

12/14/2020 10:00 AMNew ASAM Alignment FAQ Available

​We are pleased to announce that the FAQ document for ASAM Alignment of Level 2.0 Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization Services has been posted to the DDAP website.

12/1/2020 9:40 AM​2020 Compulsive and Problem Gambling Annual Report

DDAP is pleased to release the 2020 Compulsive and Problem Gambling Annual Report.

This report details the impact of programs funded by the Compulsive and Problem Gambling Treatment Fund including SCA funding, gambling treatment provider funding, and oversight of programs, trainings, and helpline services.

11/9/2020 1:32 PMSABG Public Review/Comment Notice

​The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs is providing the opportunity for public comment on the Pennsylvania Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) Submission. This submission occurs in three parts: The Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Assessment and Plan which was submitted to SAMHSA on October 1, 2019, the SABG Report which is currently in process and will be submitted by December 1, 2020, and the Annual Synar Report which will be made available for review in December and submitted to SAMHSA by December 31, 2020.

These documents can be accessed at https://bgas.samhsa.gov/Module/BGAS/Users utilizing “citizenpa” as your login and “citizen” as your password.

Please submit all comments to ra-dabaps@pa.gov by November 27, 2020 for the SABG Report and by December 28, 2020 for the Synar Report.

11/9/2020 10:31 AMASAM Alignment Resources Available

​New resources are available for the 2.0 Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospital Programs ASAM Criteria Service Alignment on the DDAP website.


11/5/2020 3:40 PMPsychostimulant Symposium - Registration is Open!

​We are pleased to announce that registration is open for the virtual Pennsylvania Psychostimulant Symposium.

Dates: December 2-3, 2020.

Format: This is a one and one-half-day virtual event featuring plenary and breakout sessions.

Overview: Both public health and public safety professionals require additional training and information to better respond to psychostimulant overdose victims, and treatment professionals require additional tools to effectively treat patients who misuse or abuse psychostimulants. Strategies essential for detecting surges in psychostimulant supply and consumption can aid policymakers and agency leaders in directing resources where most needed.

Target Audience: Law enforcement, criminal justice, health care providers, emergency medical services personnel, drug and alcohol prevention and treatment providers, Single County Authorities (SCAs), government officials, public health professionals, and other interested stakeholders.

Registration: Attendance is free, but registration is required and limited. Register online by clicking here. After you register with Adobe at the link provided, you’ll receive another email to register separately for the breakout sessions. PLEASE NOTE, if you have not already attended a DDAP Adobe event, your registration will include establishing an account by creating a password.

More Information: Please visit our webpage for details about agenda, continuing education credits, session descriptions.

Questions regarding these summits may be emailed to ra-daPAPSSymposium@pa.gov.

10/8/2020 9:41 AMASAM Alignment Resources Available

​We are pleased to announce the availability of new ASAM Alignment resources on the DDAP website.  

  • Level 4.0 Medically Managed Intensive Inpatient PowerPoint slides  
  • Level 4.0 Medically Managed Intensive Inpatient recorded presentation

10/8/2020 9:16 AMASAM IOP/PHP Rollout Presentations Have Been Rescheduled

​The IOP/PHP Rollout Sessions have been rescheduled for the first week of November. Providers should visit our website for specific dates, times, links and call-in details to join the meeting. Participants are highly encouraged to engage in the webinar by Skype rather than by phone in order to access the video portion of the presentation. Detailed information will be shared by video that will be advantageous to participants.

10/8/2020 9:15 AMCMS reminds States of mandatory Medicaid MAT coverage starting October 1st

​CMS reminds states of the SUPPORT Act Medicaid Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) services and drugs mandatory coverage starting October 1st

CMS wants to remind states that effective October 1, 2020, state Medicaid programs are required to provide coverage of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) services and drugs under a new mandatory benefit. The SUPPORT Act of 2018 (P.L. 115-271) amended the Social Security Act (the Act) to add this new mandatory benefit.  The purpose of the new mandatory MAT benefit found at section 1905(a)(29) of the Act is to increase access to evidenced-based treatment for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) for all Medicaid beneficiaries and to allow patients to seek the best course of treatment and particular medications that may not have been previously covered.

CMS interprets sections 1905(a)(29) and 1905(ee) of the Act to require that, as of October 1, 2020, states must include as part of the new MAT mandatory benefit all forms of drugs and biologicals that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved or licensed for MAT to treat OUD.  More specifically, under the new mandatory MAT benefit, states are required to cover such FDA approved or licensed drugs and biologicals used for indications for MAT to treat OUD.  States currently cover many of these MAT drugs and biologicals (for all medically-accepted indications) under the optional benefit for prescribed drugs described at section 1905(a)(12) of the Act.

The President has signed H.R. 8337, the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act. This new law made a statutory change to Section 1905(a)(29) and 1905(ee) of the Act, and now clarifies that MAT drugs when used for OUD as described under the mandatory benefit are deemed prescribed drugs, and covered outpatient drugs subject to section 1927 of the Act requirements, as appropriate.

Specifically, these amendments to the Act ensure a state’s ability to seek section 1927 drug manufacturer rebates, and apply drug utilization management mechanisms, such as preferred drug lists and prior approval, and a manufacturer’s duty to pay appropriate rebates and comply with all applicable manufacturer drug product and drug pricing reporting and payment of rebates. The change in law is effective as of the date of enactment of the original SUPPORT Act, which was October 24, 2018. Further CMS guidance will be forthcoming on other implementation issues relating to this new mandatory MAT benefit.

View in web browser: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USCMSMEDICAID/bulletins/2a3b044

10/8/2020 9:14 AMNew ASAM Alignment Documents Available

DDAP is pleased to announce documents for ASAM Alignment of Level 4 Medically Managed Intensive Inpatient have been posted to our website.

  • Level 4 by Service Characteristics
  • Level 4 Self-Assessment
  • Addendum: PA-Specific Alignment Requirements - Level 4

10/5/2020 12:45 PMDDAP Funding Opportunities

GIFA 20-05 Pregnancy Support Service
DDAP is accepting applications for providers who will provide pregnancy support services or make referrals to address the needs of pregnant and postpartum women with stimulant or opioid misuse issues. In addition, these community providers will facilitate or make referrals for outpatient Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) and stimulant misuse treatment.

Applications shall be submitted via email to RA-DAGrantsMgmt@pa.gov through Friday, October 30, 2020 by 12:00 PM.



FIA 20-04 Police Diversion to Treatment
DDAP is accepting applications from SCAs who shall expand or create a collaborative between local law enforcement, treatment professionals and recovery support providers to establish a diversion program. Active and engaged relationships with the local District Attorney, identified local police departments, Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) treatment providers, Stimulant Use Disorder treatment providers, and Certified Recovery Specialists (CRS) shall be foundational to such an initiative. Rather than experiencing legal consequences from stimulant or opioid misuse issues, individuals shall receive treatment and support services for the underlying cause of the arrest.

Applications shall be submitted via email to RA-DAGrantsMgmt@pa.gov  through Friday, October 23, 2020 by 12:00 PM.


For more information about funding opportunities visit our website.

9/3/2020 1:44 PMNew Data on School Safety, Substance Use, Mental Health

​Do students who feel safer at school use substances less and report less symptoms of depression?  

DDAP’s State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW) looked at data from the 2019 PA Youth Survey (PAYS) to help answer this question. The SEOW developed a short report to highlight some of the PAYS data related to school safety, substance use, and mental health. According to the 2019 PAYS, feelings of safety at school among high school students are associated with decreased odds of substance use, symptoms of depression, and suicidal ideation. This data continues to emphasize the importance of efforts to focus on a positive school climate with a focus on safety, support, and social-emotional learning to provide equitable learning environments for PA youth.

9/2/2020 8:30 AMNew ASAM Alignment FAQ Available

​DDAP is pleased to announce that the FAQ document for ASAM Alignment of Level 1.0 Outpatient Services has been posted to our website.

8/25/2020 12:24 PMDDAP Recovery Month Event Calendar

​Is your organization hosting an event during the month of September in honor of National Recovery Month? We’re gathering a list of statewide events to promote on our 2020 National Recovery Month webpage.

If you would like your event to show on our calendar, please email the DDAP Press Office.

8/20/2020 11:02 AMNew ASAM documents available
8/19/2020 8:32 AMSABG Public Comment

​The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs is providing the opportunity for public comment on its annual Pennsylvania Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) Submission. This submission will occur in three parts:

  1. The Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Plan which will be submitted to SAMHSA by October 1 and is currently available in draft and available for review by September 30;
  2. The SAPT Report which will be available in November for comment prior to submission on December 1st, and;
  3. The Annual Synar Report which will also be made available in December for comment prior to submission on December 31st.

These documents can be accessed at https://bgas.samhsa.gov utilizing “citizenpa” as your login and “citizen” as your password.

Please submit all comments to ra-dabaps@pa.gov by timeframes indicated.

8/18/2020 9:29 AMSUD Confidentiality Survey

​As a reminder, a Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) survey seeking stakeholder feedback on Pennsylvania's Substance Use Disorder (SUD) confidentiality regulations will be open for two more weeks. Please let us know how these requirements are working and if they can be improved before this survey closes on August 31st!

Share your input here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Confidentiality_Practices

Over 1,200 people have already completed this survey. Thank you to everyone who has taken time to share insight on this important subject. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Please share this message with colleagues and partners who have an interest in this subject.

You can find more information about this project, as well as information on current SUD confidentiality requirements, on the DDAP website.

8/7/2020 10:39 AMResources on social justice and racial inequality

​For anyone seeking to learn more about social justice and racial inequality, the PA Care Partnership curated a collection of past webinar recordings to help deepen understanding of these vital issues.
 
Intersectionality Matters Cultural and Linguistic Competency Webinar
Sharon G. E. Washington is renowned for engaging diverse audiences on the complex intersections of race, historical trauma, social inequality and justice, and the impact of these factors on health outcomes. An award-winning educator, Sharon creates and instructs trainings reflecting the deliberate use of educational settings as safe spaces for healing from the social and cultural trauma of racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression that limit the capacity of the human spirit, so that learners may use that power to heal the world.
 
Addressing Unconscious Bias to Create an Inclusive System of Care Webinar
Unconscious bias is defined as the automatic, implicit, and instantaneous association of stereotypes or attitudes towards an individual group of people. Participants learn how unconscious bias influences system of care success while providing pathways better to understand unconscious bias in mental and behavioral health care.
 
CLC Webinar Understanding Social Media Bullying, Bias, and Microaggressions PA Care Partnership
Technology has irrevocably changed the way we connect to others. Social media creates virtual spaces in which new forms of bullying arise, and in which technology-mediated communication and expression afford new ways to harm others. Participants will discuss the role and prevalence of social media bullying, bias, and microaggressions and their impact on systems of care. The webinar will explore the culture of social media and the tools for limiting bullying, bias, and microaggressions in our online worlds.
 
Culturally Responsive Systems of Care Often Engage The Family First
Learn about the distinct cultures of families, and the individualized supports to embracing their diversity. Building an authentic family partnership cannot be achieved when a system of care delivery is dominated by one cultural orientation. Participants will develop an approach for improving the integration of the family culture into their system of care work.
 

8/7/2020 10:36 AMASAM Alignment Resources Available

​We are pleased to announce the availability of new ASAM Alignment resources on the DDAP website.

  • 3.0 ASAM Alignment of Services FAQ
  • Level 1.0 Outpatient PowerPoint Slides
  • Level 1.0 Outpatient Recorded Presentation

8/4/2020 11:19 AMPA SBIRT Champion Training Survey

​The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and the University of Pittsburgh's Program Evaluation and Research Unit in the School of Pharmacy will be leading a training series on the practice of SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) in Spring/Summer 2021. This opportunity will provide health care professionals and students an opportunity to learn about this evidence-based practice.

To help us deliver this training with your needs in mind, please take this Survey: Champion Training Opportunities. Your input is extremely valuable to the success of this initiative.

Students for this course are those interested in:

  • Supporting early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorder and those at risk for developing these disorders.
  • Identifying patient risk level for substance use disorders through evidence-based screening tools.
  • A 5-minute discussion that can increase a patient’s understanding of risk that leads to a desired behavior change.
  • How integrated care coordination can support a patient’s road to recovery.

7/29/2020 1:46 PMElectronic Reporting System (ERS)

​The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) is excited to release a new system that will allow drug and alcohol treatment facilities to electronically submit unusual incident reports to agency staff to review and accept for disposition. This new system is called the Electronic Reporting System (ERS).  

ERS makes it easier to report unusual incident reports. Read the attached brochure for additional information.

7/23/2020 11:00 AMNew PA data on health disparities in substance use

​DDAP’s State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW) has developed two short reports on data related to disparities in substance use.

The youth focused report looks at data from the PA Youth Survey and the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System.  The adult focused report looks at data from the National Survey on Drug use and Health, treatment episode data (TEDS) from substance use disorder treatment facilities, emergency department overdose data and overdose death data. Both reports highlight important gaps in data collection that pose challenges to our efforts to identify health disparities.

Significant disparities by race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation in substance use and its consequences exist in Pennsylvania and it is important that we all work together to improve data collection and better identify and address these disparities.

7/20/2020 9:36 AMASAM Level 1 Outpatient Alignment

​Between August 4 and August 6, DDAP will host four (4) live web presentations regarding service descriptions and expectations for aligning the 1.0 Outpatient services. Attached are two resources for each of these levels of care (LoC) that have been developed to assist with the next phase of service alignment, as well as an addendum document that details specific expectations for Pennsylvania providers not addressed in the other 2 documents:

These documents are also located on DDAP’s ASAM Transition page.

It is not necessary to register for the presentation, but you must use the Skype link or call-in details included on the attached schedule specific to the particular date and time of the presentation you wish to join.  Alignment to the ASAM Criteria, 2013 is required for all contracted providers, therefore, as a provider of outpatient services, it is strongly encouraged that you attend one of these presentations.

7/15/2020 9:18 AM3.0 Service Alignment Presentation Now Available

​Recently, DDAP hosted live webinars on the alignment of services within the 3.0 levels of care (3.1, 3.5 & 3.7) with The ASAM Criteria, 2013.  The recorded version of this presentation, along with the PowerPoint slides are now available on the ASAM Transition page on the DDAP website.

Questions regarding alignment of 3.0 services to the ASAM Criteria may be submitted by email to RA-DAASAM@pa.gov for inclusion in WebEx Q&A sessions to be held on July 27 and July 28 (see Rollout Schedule on DDAP website) and an FAQ that will be made available around the same time.

7/14/2020 4:13 PMUnusual Incident Reporting

​We would like to remind drug and alcohol treatment facilities to electronically submit unusual incident reports to ensure appropriate follow-up of incidents. Utilizing the electronic system will allow DDAP to improve customer serve and provide a quick turnaround during COVID-19. Facilities can access the reporting system here.

Upon first accessing the reporting system, you must reset your password. To do so, enter your Login ID and click the password reset button. Once you’ve logged into the system, you will be directed to a welcome page with helpful information about how to use the system.

Please direct any questions about electronic submission of unusual incidents reports to ra-daapi_division@pa.gov.
For more information on the electronic system, visit DDAP’s licensing page.

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