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7/11/2019 3:27 PMFollow up: New ASAM Criteria 2013 training requirements

Important information regarding the new ASAM Criteria 2013 training requirements:

Please note that The Change Companies and Train for Change Inc. are two separate companies. 


7/10/2019 3:14 PMModification to Approved Training on The ASAM Criteria

Effective January 1, 2020, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs will expand its approved curriculum to include online training through The Change Companies’ ASAM Criteria 2013 Edition E-learning modules. This newly approved training will be in addition to the already approved 2-day in person training on The ASAM Criteria, 2013. At that time, both training options will satisfy DDAP’s training requirement.

Important notes regarding these changes:

  • Individuals currently registered for a Train for Change 2-day ASAM Criteria, 2013 Skill Building classroom training, must fulfill their commitment to that training. De-registering from a currently scheduled 2-day classroom training to take the online course in 2020 is prohibited. Course certificates for those individuals will not be honored.  Additionally, the training hosts for these scheduled in-person trainings may charge cancellation fees, payable by the agency/individual.
  • Due to the ease of access and cost effectiveness of the E-Learning Module subscriptions, it will be the responsibility of the individual and/or their employer to coordinate and absorb associated costs of this training option.  
  • For either ASAM Criteria, 2013 training options, SCAs may financially support their area providers with this training expense at their discretion and based upon the availability of funds.  SCAs that have questions about the use of DDAP funds for The ASAM Criteria, 2013 trainings should contact their program officer in DDAP’s County Program Oversight Section.  
  • Certificates are available for each of The ASAM Criteria, 2013 training options. It is the responsibility of the individual and/or their employer to maintain those certificates for proof of course completion.  
  • Certificates for online trainings completed prior to January 1, 2020, will not be recognized as valid for meeting DDAP requirements.

Learn more about the approved curriculum.

7/2/2019 9:15 AMDDAP staffing update

The department has some staffing updates I’d like to make you aware of effective July 1, 2019.

Derrick Pelletier has accepted a new position within the department as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. In this role, he will lead the coordination with DDAP’s stakeholders, advocates and constituents on administration and departmental priorities. Derrick was previously the Policy Director for the department after relocating to Pennsylvania from Rhode Island.

Jordan Lewis will assume the role of DDAP’s Policy Director after spending two years with the department as our William Penn Fellow. Jordan has a PhD in neuroscience and has worked closely with Derrick during her time with DDAP as a Policy Analyst.

Congratulations to both individuals on their new roles. I hope you will all join me in wishing them well in their new positions!

Jen Smith
Secretary

6/25/2019 8:33 AMSAMHSA Grant Announcements

Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program – New
Eligible applicants are community-based coalitions addressing youth substance use that have never received a DFC grant. Application Due: Monday, July 8, 2019.

Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program – Competing Continuation
Eligibility applicants are community-based coalitions addressing youth substance use that have previously received a DFC grant but experienced a lapse in funding or have concluded the first five-year funding cycle and are applying for a second five-year funding cycle. Application Due: Monday, July 8, 2019

Tribal Opioid Response Grants
The program aims to address the opioid crisis in tribal communities by increasing access to culturally appropriate and evidence-based treatment. For Federally recognized tribes and tribal organizations. Application Due: Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Expansion of Practitioner Education
The purpose of this program is to expand the integration of substance use disorder (SUD) education into the standard curriculum of relevant healthcare and health services education programs. Eligible applicants are public or private non-profit professional organizations representing healthcare professionals in the fields of medicine, physician assistants, nursing, social work, psychology, marriage and family therapy, health services administration. Application Due: Friday, August 2, 2019

Mental and Substance Use Disorder Practitioner Data
The goal of the program is to provide valid data on the existing practitioners and usable information to SAMHSA on which to make policy and planning decisions. Eligible applicants are public or private non-profit domestic entities. Application Due: Monday, August 12, 2019

Mental and Substance Use Disorders Prevalence Study
The purpose of this grant program is to ensure that gaps in surveillance are addressed through a pilot program which assists in estimating the actual number of individuals living with mental and substance use disorders, including those of the greatest severity. Eligible applicants are domestic public and private non-profit entities. Application Due Date: Friday, August 16, 2019

6/20/2019 8:42 AMResources and Funding Opportunities

​Below are new resources and opportunities that may be of interest:

  • Big Lots Foundation: The Big Lots Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that improve the lives of families and children in the communities the company serves throughout the United States, with the exception of Alaska, Hawaii, and South Dakota. The Foundation’s areas of interest include hunger, housing, healthcare, and education. Priority is given to organizations that help needy families transition from poverty to self-sufficiency. Requests are reviewed two times per year; the upcoming application deadline is July 1, 2019. Please visit the company’s website to review the funding guidelines and submit an online request.
  • Bureau of Justice Assistance Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program: Rural Responses to the Opioid Epidemic. On behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) released the Rural Responses to the Opioid Epidemic Grant solicitation. This is part of a series of demonstration projects funded under the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP).  These demonstration projects are designed to build local capacity, foster cross-sector collaboration, and support innovation. Under this solicitation, up to eight rural communities or regions will be selected for grant awards up to $750,000, each for a 24-month period. Applications Due by July 26, 2019.  Learn more about the Rural Responses to the Opioid Epidemic Grant and application process during the upcoming webinar:  June 26, 2019, at 2:30 p.m., ET. Click here to register for the webinar.
  • TestIT: How Fast is Your Broadband. The National Association of Counties (NACo), the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) and Rural LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) have partnered to address the critical need for affordable high-speed internet for rural communities across the country. Together, the three organizations developed a mobile app TESTIT that gives mobile phone users the power to accurately identify areas with low or no internet connectivity and share that information to push for change. 
  • U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AWARDS $2,234,122 TO 24 STATES FOR FIDELITY BONDING DEMONSTRATION GRANTS: Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of $2,234,122 for Fidelity Bonding Demonstration Grants. These grants will enable states to expand their use of fidelity bonds to help persons with criminal records with employment opportunities. Organizations assisting formerly incarcerated individuals find employment or businesses interested in learning more about the hiring process should contact their state bonding coordinator for more information.  Contact information for state bonding coordinators is available here.
  • Finally, if you need more resources to help explain addiction to kids, check out Addiction Policy Forum’s new video, “Addiction & the Brain.” The video explains how repeated substance misuse can hijack the brain, and why delaying use until the brain has matured is so important.

6/12/2019 8:30 AMLt. Gov. John Fetterman Announces New Board of Pardons Application

Harrisburg, PA – Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman announced Tuesday the release of a new, more user-friendly application for clemency requests before the Board of Pardons.

The Board voted to approve the new application at its May 29 meeting, and the new form hit the website yesterday.

Fetterman, who oversees the Board, has prioritized improved accessibility to pardons. In March, he announced the Board had voted to eliminate application-related fees that inhibited lower-income applicants.
 
“Shortening the application and improving its flow is another step to making sure this process is accessible to everyone,” Fetterman said, emphasizing that people don’t need an attorney to apply for a pardon. “It’s our responsibility to make sure the application makes sense to the clientele we’re trying to serve.”

The new application includes 11 pages with instructions, replacing a 20-page form. Unlike the old application, the new form doesn’t require a list of the applicant’s expunged offenses.

“We recognized there were some simple changes that could make this process friendlier for applicants,” said Fetterman’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson, who oversaw the project. “The point of an expungement is to clear it from your record and not have to rehash it. A and B are not related when it comes to expunged charges and a request for clemency.”

She said it can be daunting to track down records from expunged offenses, so that requirement discouraged applicants. The pardons application still requires extensive records research for other charges, but was common sense to eliminate the redundant requirement for expungements, she said.

In addition to being shorter, the new application is more approachable and employs more plain-spoken, coherent language and has a more intuitive flow than its predecessor.
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Christina Kauffman, Lt. Governor’s Office, 717-712-3316

5/15/2019 4:14 PMGov. Wolf: Opioid Crisis Medical Practitioners Can Now Get Help with Repaying Education Loans

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Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the state will allocate $5 million in federal funding to a loan repayment program for health care practitioners providing medical and behavioral health care and treatment for substance use disorder and opioid use disorder in areas with high opioid-use and a shortage of health care practitioners.

“It’s imperative that everyone suffering from the disease of addiction is receiving quality care where they can access it, in their communities,” Gov. Wolf said. “By removing some of the burden of debt for medical training, we are incentivizing these professionals to practice where they are most needed.”

There are 30 highly impacted counties where opioid use disorder is most prevalent; 15 rural, including Fayette, Lawrence, Blair, Greene, Cambria, Armstrong, Venango, Mercer, Washington, Mifflin, Cameron, Clearfield, Crawford, Indiana and Butler; and 15 urban, including Philadelphia, Westmoreland, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Beaver, Allegheny, Erie, Delaware, Bucks, Dauphin, Berks, York, Lebanon, Lehigh, and Lancaster.

While applications are not limited to these counties, practitioners in these counties could receive additional points when being considered for the loan repayment program. Applications are available through June 3.

“The opioid crisis is the largest public health crisis in decades, and we continue to need more professionals who can assist in addressing this crisis,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “This funding helps us ensure that those affected by the crisis living in both underserved areas and areas hit particularly hard have access to primary medical and behavioral health care services to treat their disorder. We want to make sure that all Pennsylvanians with the disease of addiction have the ability to be treated at a location convenient to them.”

The funding comes from the $55.9 million Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) grant meant to help states increase access to medication-assisted treatment of opioid use disorder, reduce opioid overdose related deaths through prevention, treatment and recovery, and to reduce unmet treatment need.

“The Wolf Administration is committed to strengthening the drug and alcohol treatment system throughout all of Pennsylvania,” said Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs Jen Smith. “We are at a critical crossroad in the opioid crisis. To date, we have focused on keeping individuals alive by reducing overdose deaths and making naloxone readily available. Now we are starting to shift some of our focus to the quality of treatment individuals receive. A key component to this is ensuring there is an adequate number of doctors available to treat individuals battling substance use disorder. By doing so, we hope to prevent individuals from cycling through the treatment system.”

Practitioners are required to have already served two years treating substance use disorder and opioid addiction. Applicants are obligated to commit to providing services for at least two additional years at a substance use disorder approved site: a licensed drug and alcohol treatment facility, a community-based primary care or behavioral health center, a PA State Correctional Institution or a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facility in Pennsylvania. Recipients may be from a number of disciplines. More information is available on the Department of Health’s Substance Use Disorder Loan Repayment Program website. 

This SAMSHA funding complements the state’s existing loan repayment program, which is for primary care physicians. For fiscal year 2018-19, the state’s budget allocated $2.6 million for the Pennsylvania Primary Care Loan Repayment Program through a combination of state and federal funds.

For more information on how the Wolf Administration is battling the opioid crisis, visit here.

NOTE: Video, audio, and photos from the event are available for download from the Pennsylvania Internet News Service (PINS). To register for PINS emails contact cms@pacast.com.

MEDIA CONTACT: J.J. Abbott, 717.783.1116

5/15/2019 9:39 AMCitizen Review Panels

​The PA Department of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth and Families is currently recruiting new members for its Citizen Review Panels (CRPs). The CRPs play an important role in efforts to provide positive child welfare outcomes for children and families through recommendations for enhancements in policy, procedure and practice within the commonwealth’s child protection system.  

At this time, the Department of Human Services is partnering with the University of Pittsburgh Child Welfare Resource Center to recruit new membership for all three panels, in the Northeast, South Central, and the Southwest regions. Recruitment is open until June 15th and new member orientation will be held in August. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

5/15/2019 9:34 AMFunding Opportunities

​Below are funding opportunities that may be of interest. 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Call For Proposals (CFP): Rural Learning & Coordinating Center - RWJF’s Healthy Communities theme is interested in identifying and funding a Rural Learning and Coordinating Center to work alongside RWJF, rural communities, and others in the field committed to improving rural health equity and well-being. The Center will provide systematic learning and coordination across those working regionally and nationally to advance social and economic conditions in rural communities, which ultimately lead to better health and well-being. For full CFP information and resources see the CFP landing page,  A single grant of up to $2 million will support this function for two years. Deadline to submit Summary of Qualifications: 3pm ET, May 22, 2019

Family Drug Court Program - The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is seeking applications for funding under the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Family Drug Courts Program. This program furthers the Department’s mission by supporting states and communities as they develop and implement effective and coordinated substance abuse intervention programs. Deadline May 29, 2019

Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice Strengthening the Medical Examiner - Coroner System Program – This program will address strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner system in two project areas: (1) By increasing the number and quality of board-certified forensic pathologists who choose the forensic pathology sub-specialty, following the completion of an accredited pathology medical residency program. (2) Assisting ME and Coroner offices achieve accreditation through a recognized accreditation body (examples: NAME, IACME). Compliance with accreditation requirements will assist medical examiner and coroner offices to strengthen the quality of services and data reporting. Deadline June 12, 2019

Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program to address: (1) training school personnel and educating students to prevent student violence; (2) development and operation of anonymous reporting systems against threats of school violence, including mobile telephone applications, hotlines, and websites; and (3) development and operation of school threat assessment and crisis intervention teams that may include coordination with law enforcement agencies and school personnel. In addition, the program may fund specialized training for school officials in intervening and responding to individuals with mental health issues that may impact school safety. Deadline June 18, 2019.

Department of Justice – Bureau of Justice Assistance Innovative Reentry Initiatives: Building System Capacity & Testing Strategies to Reduce Recidivism. The purpose of the FY 2019 Innovative Reentry Initiatives (IRI): Building System Capacity and Testing Reentry Strategies Reduce Recidivism is to provide state and local jurisdictions and Indian tribes with the resources and training and technical assistance (TTA) necessary to identify assets and gaps in their reentry systems and to develop capacity and partnerships to provide services that prevent recidivism, reduce crime, and improve public safety in their jurisdictions. Deadline June 25, 2019.

Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime - Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking - Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) To meet the needs of a rapidly evolving anti-trafficking field, and to best serve victims of human trafficking, OVC is seeking innovative ideas to enhance identification of and services for victims. Proposed projects should develop or enhance promising practices, models, and victim-centered programs, or apply them in innovative ways, to build the capacity of victim service providers to close gaps in assisting all victims of sex and labor trafficking in the United States. Deadline June 27, 2019.

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families' (ACYF) Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) announces the availability of funds under the Transitional Living Program (TLP). The Purpose of FYSB’s TLP grant program is to implement, enhance, and/or support effective strategies for successful transition to sustainable living for runaway and homeless youth ages 16 to under 22 and/or pregnant and parenting youth ages 16 to under 22 and their dependent child(ren). Projects must provide safe, stable, and appropriate shelter for up to 18 months, which under extenuating circumstances, can be extended to 21 months and provide comprehensive services that supports the transition of homeless youth to self-sufficiency and stable, independent living. Grants awarded under this announcement will have a start date of September 30, 2019 and will be for a 36-month project period. Deadline July 1, 2019

The Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families – Basic Center Program: The BCPs work to establish or strengthen community-based programs that meet the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth and their families. BCPs provide youth under 18 years of age with emergency shelter, food, clothing, counseling and referrals for health care. BCPs can provide up to 21 days of shelter for youth and seeks to reunite young people with their families, whenever possible, or to locate appropriate alternative placements. Additional services may include: street-based services; home-based services for families with youth at risk of separation from the family; drug abuse education and prevention services; and at the request of runaway and homeless youth, testing for sexually transmitted diseases. The award process for FY2019 BCP allows for annual awards over a three-year project period, as funds are available. Deadline July 1, 2019

The Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) are accepting applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants.  By statute, the DFC Support Program has two goals: (1) Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth*. (2) Reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse. *For the purposes of this FOA, “youth” is defined as individuals 18 years of age and younger. Deadline July 8, 2019

Transit services for Native American Tribes and Alaska Native Villages in Rural Areas: The Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration announced the availability of $5 million in Fiscal Year 2019 competitive grant funding to support transit services for Native American tribes and Alaska Native villagers in rural areas. FTA’s Tribal Transit Program is authorized by Congress to support public transportation for Native American tribes to provide access to jobs, schools, and health care, as well as to meet the needs of elders, people with disabilities, and youth in rural areas where transit is sparse. Deadline July 9, 2019

Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration FTA opportunity to apply for $15 million in research funds through the new Integrated Mobility Innovation (IMI) Demonstration program. The Integrated Mobility Innovation program funds projects that demonstrate innovative and effective practices, partnerships and technologies to enhance public transportation effectiveness, increase efficiency, expand quality, promote safety and improve the traveler experience. Applicants can propose projects that involve one or multiple areas.  Applicants can propose projects that involve one or multiple areas. Deadline August 6, 2019. Learn more.

RURAL LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) created the Community Facilities Fund to provide capital to help develop and improve essential community facilities in rural areas. Rural LISC utilizes this fund to provide permanent and construction-to-permanent financing for rural community facilities, including health care centers, hospitals, educational facilities, and other nonprofit and public facilities in rural communities with populations under 20,000. Deadline: ongoing.

5/1/2019 2:10 PMDrug and Alcohol Referral Tool (DART) Survey

​Hello,

In December 2018, the Departments of Drug and Alcohol Programs and Human Services launched the Drug and Alcohol Referral Tool (DART). DART is intended to help individual seeking substance use disorder treatment for themselves or a loved one find treatment options and other resources in their communities. If you have not yet used DART, visit www.ddap.pa.gov/GetHelp.

As we consider future updates and additions to the DART tool, we want to understand your experience. To better inform these conversations, we are collecting feedback on experiences with the DART tool thus far. Please share your experience – positive or negative – with us here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DART_Tool_Survey.

Navigating the treatment landscape can be challenging. We want DART to be a resource that provides valuable and useful information to users. Your feedback will help make this possible.
We ask that you please complete this survey by May 15, 2019.

Thank you for your assistance,
DART Project Team

4/25/2019 1:51 PMInformation Bulletin 01-19

The department released an information bulletin reminding drug and alcohol treatment providers to alert emergency contacts if a patient leaves against medical advice (AMA) or against treatment advice (ATA). The bulletin can be viewed at the link below.

4/15/2019 2:57 PMFunding Opportunities

​USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) - Review the fact sheet to learn more.

CDC Overdose Data Collection – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will make 78 awards to state and local governments for a three-year funding opportunity. Applications are due by May 2, 2019.

SAMHSA Grants for First Responders to Opioid Overdose – SAMHSA will provide grants to state, local and tribal governments to train first responders and members of other key community sectors to administer a drug or device for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose. All applications are due by May 6, 2019.

OJJDP FY 2019 Drug Treatment Courts Training and Technical Assistance Program - The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year 2019 Drug Treatment Courts Training and Technical Assistance Program. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on May 6, 2019.

DOJ Opioid Affected Youth Initiative – The Department of Justice (DOJ) will make ten awards of up to $1 million each to address public safety concerns, intervention, prevention, and diversion services for children, youth, and families directly affected by opioid abuse.  All applications are due by May 6, 2019.

Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) Program –The Health Resources and Services Administration's plans to fund three awards to formal or established networks serving rural communities as part of this funding opportunity.

4/4/2019 8:46 AMRequest for Gambling Treatment Providers

​The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) has opportunities for Drug and Alcohol or Mental Health providers to enter into a grant agreement for funding to provide outpatient treatment services to people with a Gambling Disorder and their loved ones.

Per the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), problem gambling includes all gambling and gaming behavior patterns that compromise, disrupt, or damage person, family, or vocational pursuits. Problem gambling is an emotional problem that has serious financial consequences. It is estimated that 2 million (1%) of U.S. adults meet the criteria for pathological gambling in a given year. While responsible gambling and gaming can occur, a person with a gambling disorder does not gamble responsibly and their behavior interferes with all aspects of their life. Gambling can alter a person’s mood and offer the same effect as a person ingesting drugs or alcohol and over time, the gambler finds themselves developing tolerance and increasing their gambling behaviors to achieve the same emotional effects as before.  In addition, family members and significant others can be severely affected by the gamblers behaviors and the consequences of problem gambling.

Not all insurances provide benefits for a primary diagnosis of a gambling disorder. When insurances do offer benefits for a gambling disorder, often patients are faced with high deductibles or copays that they are unable to afford due to the financial consequences of a gambling disorder. This is where DDAP can help. As a payor of last resort, DDAP has funds available for treatment services to persons with a gambling disorder and their families or significant other. As a provider with a DDAP grant agreement you will receive reimbursement for outpatient services at $85.00/ per individual session and $35/ per group session.  In addition, you may also receive client referrals from the DDAP website and/or the 1-800-GAMBLER helpline. DDAP has staff dedicated to supporting you as a provider and will assist you along with the required client forms and annual monitoring process.  

Free training is available to those who do not currently have a certificate for problem gambling treatment. Trainings are paid for by DDAP and provided by the Council on Compulsive Gambling in Pennsylvania, Inc. and you can visit the DDAP website to register for the Gambling Counselor Certification Level 1 training or call the Training Section at 717-736-7452.

The application process for a grant agreement is simple. Just log onto the DDAP website, review the qualifications, and fill out a provider application today. If you need assistance with the process or have additional questions we are available to help you please contact Amy Hubbard at 717-736-7562 or RA-da_gambling@pa.gov.

4/1/2019 1:18 PMProvider Communication – Enterprise Licensing System

​The Pennsylvania Departments of Human Services (DHS), Aging (PDA), Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), and Health (DOH) issued a Request for Information (RFI) in March of 2018 soliciting public comment on licensing-related policies and procedures.  Thank you to those who responded. We received valuable comments and information. The commonwealth carefully evaluated this feedback and is taking action in several areas, including the pursuit of an enterprise licensing system that will be used by multiple commonwealth agencies. The enterprise licensing system will provide an IT platform for commonwealth staff and human services providers to manage licensing applications, renewals, and activities related to licensing inspections/surveys. Establishment of a common licensing platform shared across agencies will improve efficiency, expand the use of electronic sharing and storage of documents, and improve our ability to assure the wellbeing of those served by licensed facilities.

Summary of Comments Received in Response to the RFI
The commonwealth received 114 comments from a variety of human service providers, provider associations, and county agencies.  The most commonly mentioned opportunity for improvement related to development of a multi-agency system to streamline licensing and incident reporting activities. In total, 66 commenters raised this topic.  The second most commonly mentioned opportunity for improvement was increasing alignment and consistency in interpretation of licensing requirements (33 commenters), potentially through additional commonwealth staff training and cross-training staff in different licensing areas.  The third most frequently mentioned opportunity for improvement involved communication between commonwealth agencies and providers (25 commenters). Commenters suggested that agencies increase communication with providers and furnish more training opportunities for providers on licensing regulations and policies. It was also suggested that commonwealth agencies improve their ability to share information among themselves to prevent duplicate requests for information to providers.


Actions in Response to Comments Received
The commonwealth envisions an enterprise licensing system that addresses several of the most common suggestions mentioned in response to the RFI and directly benefits our provider community and commonwealth staff.  The objectives for a system are to:

  • Increase collaboration and communication between and within commonwealth agencies;
  • Provide more efficient service to certified and licensed providers across Pennsylvania;
  • Streamline business processes, including the expanded use of electronic sharing and storage of documents; and
  • Improve communication between commonwealth staff and the provider community through establishment of a provider portal for providers to help manage licensing applications, renewals, and activities related to licensing inspections/surveys.

In addition, we continue to evaluate opportunities to enhance training and increase communication with providers, as suggested in responses to the RFI. We will stay in touch as we roll out initiatives in these areas.

It remains important that we continue to inform and engage our providers as the enterprise licensing project progresses.  We will hold a webinar later this year to provide additional information on the anticipated scope and timeline for development of the system. We will let you know when the webinar is scheduled. We anticipate that the first phase of the system will launch early in 2022 and will involve a representative selection of providers to help test and develop provider training.


3/15/2019 8:12 AMASAM Guidance - document update

​The ASAM “Guidance on Treatment Plan Updates, Continued Stay Reviews, Transfer/Discharge, and Authorizations” that was distributed on February 28 has been replaced with a new, edited version.

Please view the new document on the ASAM page of our website.

Questions about the ASAM Transition? Email RA-DAASAM@pa.gov.

3/11/2019 2:18 PMFunding Opportunity - Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP)

​The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released a new Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) funding opportunity.  Under RCORP-Implementation, HRSA will make approximately 75 awards of up to $1 million each to networks and/or consortia to enhance substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), service delivery in high-risk rural communities.  

All domestic public and private entities, nonprofit and for-profit, are eligible to apply and all services must be provided in HRSA-designated rural areas (as defined by the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer).  The applicant organization must be part of an established network or consortium that includes at least three other separately-owned entities.  At least two of these entities must be located in a HRSA-designated rural area.  

Please direct any questions to ruralopioidresponse@hrsa.gov.

3/11/2019 2:07 PMASAM Guidance Update

​Attached is “Guidance on Treatment Plan Updates, Continued Stay Reviews, Transfer/Discharge and Authorizations”.

This guidance is in addition to previously issued direction on application of the ASAM Criteria.  

Please direct any questions to RA-DAASAM@pa.gov.

2/27/2019 9:18 AMDistance Learning and Telemedicine Grants

​Two funding opportunities have been published by the USDA  for Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant windows.  One is for the program as has been operated annually (Traditional DLT) and one is for projects related to prevention, treatment, or recovery for opioid use disorder in rural areas (Opioid DLT).  Please note the applications are not the same and the programs have different funding window closings.


Who is eligible?
For both programs, eligible applicants include most entities that provide education or health care through telecommunications, including:
  • Most state and local governmental entities
  • Federally-recognized Tribes
  • Non-profits
  • For-profit businesses
  • Consortia of eligible entities

For more information visit the USDA website.


2/26/2019 9:37 AMRecovery Needs Statewide Survey

​DDAP’s Advisory Council has developed the survey below to get a better understanding of the commonwealth’s recovery services. Please forward to your colleagues to ensure that we are reaching as many individuals who have experienced first-hand the available recovery services in your area. The Council hopes to develop additional surveys based on these results to better understand the needs of the commonwealth’s prevention, treatment, and recovery landscape.

Please choose a link below to complete the survey:
Recovery Needs Survey (English)
Encuesta de Necesidades de Recuperación (Espanol)


2/25/2019 11:38 AM2016-17 MDAIR Report

​The 2016-17 Methadone Death and Incident Review (MDAIR) Report is now available.

This report outlines work related to the review of methadone-related deaths and incidents from 2016 to 2017. It includes updates on past recommendations, as well as a proposal for the next steps.

The report can be found under the Annual Reports on our publications page.

2/25/2019 11:36 AMASAM LOC Designation Process

Deputy Secretaries Ellen DiDomenico and Lynn Kovich released a memo regarding the ASAM LOC Designation process.

Note: This process was meant to include only those licensed facilities providing residential/inpatient treatment services. Providers of detoxification/withdrawal management services only were not to have been part of this process.

2/19/2019 9:57 AMNew Licensing Alert - 01-2019

Alert 01-2019 - Staffing regulations qualifications/degree in a related field

Purpose: To expand the list of other acceptable degrees that meet the requirements outlined in 28 Pa. Code §§704.5 (c) -704.8 (c).

Questions regarding this alert can be directed to RA-licensuredivision@pa.gov or 717-783-8675.

2/15/2019 10:57 AMPA CARES Training Summit

​The 2019 PA CARES Summit will focus on considerations that are needed to promote wellness in the lives of service members, veterans, and their families. Topics include military culture, veterans wellness, veterans program funding and benefits, evidence-based and best practices of treatment resources available for the SM/veterans population, veteran drug and alcohol treatment(s), and post-traumatic growth. The audience will have opportunities to engage presenters throughout the day.

For more information and to register view the flyer.

2/4/2019 3:00 PMSAMHSA Grant Opportunity

​SAMHSA is accepting applications for 2019 Building Communities of Recovery (BCOR) grants. The purpose of this program is to mobilize resources within and outside of the recovery community to increase the prevalence and quality of long-term recovery support from substance abuse and addiction. These grants are intended to support the development, enhancement, expansion, and delivery of recovery support services as well as promotion of and education about recovery. Programs will be principally governed by people in recovery from substance abuse and addiction who reflect the community served. SAMHSA plans to issue 3 grants of up to $200,000 per year for up to 3 years.

For more information and to apply, visit SAMHSA.gov.

1/29/2019 11:16 AMFunding Opportunities: BJA Grant Applicant Webinar Education Series

​To assist potential applicants interested in applying for FY 2019 funding opportunities, BJA is hosting a series of educational webinars. For more information and to register visit BJA’s Grant Applicant Education Series Webinars page or see below.


Funding Opportunities for Your Community in 2019: An Overview of What's Ahead
When: January 29, 2019, 1:00 p.m., ET
Panelist: Tammy M. Brown, Senior Policy Advisor, BJA
This webinar will help prospective applicants find funding opportunities that address their needs. Attendees will learn the primary initiatives that BJA plans to fund in 2019, eligibility requirements, and estimated funding amounts. A Q&A session will follow at the end of the webinar.

The First Steps to Applying: Prepare Now
When: January 31, 2019, 1:00 p.m., ET
Panelist: Greg Torain, Policy Advisor, BJA
Prior to the release of a solicitation, there are a number of steps that applicants can take.  Attendees will learn what registrations are necessary to apply, how to navigate Grants.gov, and what resources are available for applicants, such as the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP) Funding Resource Center. A Q&A session will follow at the end of the webinar.

The Federal Funding Process: What New and Seasoned Applicants Should Consider
When: February 5, 2019, 1:00 p.m., ET
Panelist: Tara Kunkel, Senior Drug Policy Advisor, IPA
Applying for an OJP grant can be a challenging process.  This webinar will educate participants on the necessary steps for a first-time applicant, will explain how the OJP grant process works, and will focus on what applicants should understand when applying for funding.  Attendees will learn:

  • How to find the critical elements of a solicitation.
  • What applications should include.
  • Tips for developing a budget.
  • How the peer review process works.

A Q&A session will follow at the end of the webinar.

Submitting Your Application: Avoid These Common Mistakes
When: February 7, 2019, 1:00 p.m., ET
Panelist: Andre Bethea, Policy Advisor, BJA
This webinar will provide guidance for applicants on how to avoid common application mistakes.  Attendees will learn:

  • The importance of using the Application Checklist.
  • How applications are successfully submitted.
  • How subawards can be incorporated into an application.
  • How to attach documents.

A Q&A session will follow at the end of the webinar.

1/24/2019 10:48 AMCertification Seminar on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

​The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs is pleased to announce a FREE certification seminar in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Rational Living Therapy). This comprehensive 3-day seminar, led by Dr. Aldo Pucci, takes the best of the cognitive-behavioral approaches and delivers them in a systematic manner so attendees can begin implementing it immediately.  

Seminars include a comprehensive manual, certification, and 18 continuing education hours from the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), the National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists (NACBT), and the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB). There are requirements to register. More information can be found in this one-pager.

Seating is limited! Please register in DDAP’s Training Management System. All questions relative to this opportunity can be forwarded to RA-DATRAINING@pa.gov or (717) 736-7452.

1/22/2019 9:38 AMSubstance Use Disorder Loan Repayment Program

​As part of the State Opioid Response federal funding awarded to the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, the department has worked with our sister agency, the Department of Health, to develop a substance use disorder loan repayment program. The program will offer loan repayment to practitioners who provide behavioral health care and treatment for substance us disorder and opioid addiction in designated Health Professional Shortage Areas and designated high substance use counties. The program is set to launch in mid-February.


For more information, this one-pager describes the project in more detail. Please direct questions regarding the project to RA-DHSUDLRP@pa.gov.


1/15/2019 12:26 PM2019 CCPG Statewide Conference Registration is OPEN

​The Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania (CCGP) will be holding its annual statewide conferences on problem gambling  March 7th (Philadelphia area) and March 14th (Pittsburgh). With speakers from around the nation, presenting on the latest topics of problem gambling, join us for the opportunity to expand your knowledge and network with your peers.

The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs will be offering scholarships for both conferences. Please contact Josh Ercole to apply for a scholarship.

Further details for conference registration and other training opportunities can be found on the Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania website.

1/15/2019 10:56 AMNew Licensing Alerts

​At the end of 2018, the department published three new licensing alerts which can be found on DDAP’s website at the links provided below.

Questions regarding the alerts can be directed to RA-licensuredivision@pa.gov or 717-783¬-8675.

Alert 01-2018 - Clarification Regarding Verification of Patient Identity in Licensed Narcotic Treatment Programs
Alert 02-2018 - Reporting of Unusual incidents
Alert 03-2018 - Intake, Evaluation and Referral (IER) Licensing Alert Revision


1/4/2019 9:02 AMApplications Being Accepted for 2019 Capacity Building Opportunity

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) is pleased to announce the 2019 Capacity Building Opportunity, an intensive technical assistance (TA) opportunity for peer-run organizations, recovery community organizations, family-run organizations, and youth- and young adult-run organizations.
 
The 2019 Capacity Building Opportunity contributes to SAMHSA’s mission to reduce the impact of substance misuse and mental illness on American communities. Applicants are encouraged to consider SAMHSA’s activities related to mental illness and substance abuse disorders in the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee and its report to Congress, the SAMHSA Strategic Plan FY2019–FY2023, and Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health.
 
The 2019 BRSS TACS Capacity Building Opportunity will offer sustained, individualized consultation, training, and peer-to-peer support for up to 25 peer-run, recovery community, family-run, or youth and young adult-run organizations in one of the five designated focus areas.

  1. Partnering with State Systems to Advance Recovery 
  2. Developing an Integrated Workforce
  3. Building Infrastructure and Organizational Capacity
  4. Sustaining Access to Treatment and Recovery in Educational Settings 
  5. Supporting Reintegration

 For more information on eligibility and how to apply, please review the complete overview and application.
 
Applications are due by Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. 
 
You may email BRSS TACS at BRSSTACSCapacityBuilding@center4si.com with questions pertaining to this opportunity.

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