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6/30/2020 10:45 AMRural Community Toolkit and Suicide Prevention Guide

​Rural Community Toolkit: Funding and Tools to Build Healthy Drug-Free Rural Communities
The Office of National Drug Control Policy recently announced the creation and release of a new toolbox of resources aimed at rural communities to assist them in their efforts to prevent drug misuse. View the White House press release announcing the toolkit.

Suicide Prevention Guide for Military and Veteran Families
Family members are often able to tell when a loved one is in crisis because they know that person best. This guide can help family and loved ones recognize when someone is at risk for suicide and understand what to do to get them the help they need. See attached guide.

6/24/2020 9:35 AMDepartment of Aging Seeks Community and Stakeholder Input

​Now through June 26, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging is looking for your input on services and the issues affecting older adults to help build the next state plan. This plan will guide the direction of Pennsylvania’s aging services for the next 4 years. You can take the short, 3-5-minute survey in English or Spanish by visiting bit.ly/PAAgingStatePlan.  

The Department of Aging will also host a virtual community conversation from noon to 1:30 PM on Tuesday, July 7 to discuss its State Plan on Aging for 2020-2024 and invites feedback from the public and community stakeholders throughout Pennsylvania. People interested in participating can be an observer only or can make comments for up to two minutes on aging issues that are important to them. Participants can join the conversation by WebEx on the internet, or can call 1-855-797-9485 and enter the access code:161 264 3439 when prompted.

6/18/2020 12:17 PMNHSC site application and new SAMHSA resource

National Health Service Corps New Site Application
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced that the 2020 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) New Site Application cycle for eligible health care sites is currently open. The application cycle will close on Tuesday, July 21st. HRSA will be holding a webinar on Tuesday, June 23rd from 2-3 PM EST, which will offer application help and technical assistance to those applying to become an NHSC-approved site.

New SAMHSA Publication: Treatment of Stimulant Use Disorders
This guide supports health care providers, systems, and communities seeking to treat stimulant use disorders. It describes relevant research findings, examines best practices, identifies knowledge gaps and implementation challenges, and offers useful resources.

6/15/2020 2:42 PMASAM Service Alignment

​Beginning July 7, 2020, DDAP will host live web presentations regarding service descriptions and expectations for aligning the 3.0 Residential/Inpatient Services (3.1, 3.5 & 3.7).  Below 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 applies to all three types of residential service:

These documents are located on the ASAM Transition webpage. Similar documents for other LoC will be also be posted on the ASAM webpage and sent via the listserv.

6/9/2020 1:21 PMHHS Announces Relief Fund Distributions for Safety Net Hospitals, Medicaid & CHIP Providers

HHS Announces Relief Fund Distributions for Safety Net Hospitals, Medicaid & CHIP Providers
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Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is announcing additional distributions from the Provider Relief Fund to eligible Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs. HHS expects to distribute approximately $15 billion to eligible providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs and have not received a payment from the Provider Relief Fund General Distribution. HHS is also announcing the distribution of $10 billion in Provider Relief Funds to safety net hospitals that serve our most vulnerable citizens. The safety net distribution will occur this week.

6/9/2020 1:19 PMMessage from Secretary Smith

​“There is no tolerance for racism or racial bias in the drug and alcohol field.”

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6/2/2020 2:28 PMUPCOMING ASAM ONLINE PRESENTATIONS

​WHEN: Beginning July 7, 2020. Roll-Out Schedule for ASAM Service Descriptions.

WHAT: The next phase of the ASAM Criteria alignment process is to make adjustments to the delivery of services. Treatment providers that are recipients of public funds, including Medicaid and SCA dollars, will be required to make these adjustments. While this will be an ongoing process, these online presentations will begin this next phase of describing the expectations for aligning with the ASAM Criteria, 2013.  Therefore, programmatic decision-makers should plan on participating on one of the presentations for each level of care (LoC) related to services delivered.
 
If you have any questions please email RA-DAASAM@pa.gov.

5/22/2020 9:26 AMInformation and Resources

"Leading the Challenge" Dynamic Online Conference - June 9-12, 2020
Registration is open for The Commonwealth Prevention Alliance’s 30th annual conference. See attached conference brochure.  

Message from DHS’ Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS)
Please see the attached Memorandum for guidance on the suspension of certain prior authorization requirements for behavioral health providers enrolled in the PA Medical Assistance program. OMHSAS anticipates theses suspensions to facilitate access to services during the COVID-19 disaster emergency declaration period.

5/14/2020 3:18 PMDDAP ASAM webinars

​The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) is continuing its work of aligning service delivery with THE ASAM Criteria, 2013. This year, DDAP will host a series of live webinars that will describe updated expectations for services at each Level of Care (LoC). During this process, stakeholders will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide comment via email which will be answered at a later date.

Attached you can find a webinar schedule along with information on how to attend and submit questions. DDAP will also create written guidance on the updates which will parallel the content of each webinar series. When available, these materials will be shared through the DDAP Listserv, as well as published on the dedicated ASAM portion of the DDAP’s website.

DDAP encourages its treatment providers participation at each LoC that you provide. DDAP is providing multiple dates for each LoC to accommodate schedules.

You can submit questions on this process to RA-DAASAM@pa.gov.

5/13/2020 2:02 PMSUD Confidentiality Requirements

​The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) is seeking stakeholder feedback on Pennsylvania's Substance Use Disorder (SUD) confidentiality requirements. We want to know how these requirements are working and if they can be improved.

As part of these efforts, an online survey will be open to the public from May 13, 2020 - August 31, 2020.

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

Thank you in advance for your feedback. Your help and input is greatly appreciated. Feel free to share this message widely with your stakeholders.

5/1/2020 12:42 PMSAMHSA OTP Certification Extension Guidance

​Prior to the certification expiration date, please send an email to the assigned Compliance Officer indicating the reason for the extension request.

  • If the extension request is due to an upcoming accreditation survey timeframe, please provide documentation from the accreditation body.
  • Please also submit a SMA-162 form via the OTP Extranet for certification renewal as this will be necessary to complete processing the renewal request.

Compliance Officers

If you need assistance identifying your assigned Compliance Officer email - DPT@samhsa.hhs.gov

4/24/2020 12:19 PMRequest for Applications: Naloxone for First Responders Program

​To further align with the Wolf Administration’s goals in battling the opioid crisis, Pennsylvania’s Opioid Command Center and Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency have released updated program guidelines for the Naloxone for First Responders Program and are requesting applications for eligible organizations to serve as Centralized Coordinating Entities (CCEs).

As with the current program, each county or region will designate one CCE to distribute Narcan locally to priority first responder groups. In addition to the county/regional CCEs, the Administration is inviting statewide agencies and/or organizations to serve as a Statewide CCEs to provide Narcan to a specific first responder group and/or priority population.

You can find a copy of the FY 2020-21 Naloxone for First Responders Program Guidelines and Request for Applications, along with an application form and related materials on PCCD’s website.

Applications are due on May 22, 2020.

4/23/2020 11:06 AMCARES Act Provider Relief Funding

CARES Act Provider Relief Funding

Together, the DDAP and DHS’ Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services would like to share a potential opportunity for our providers to access federal CARES Act relief funding. The funding is available to health care providers incurring additional costs in treating patients with COVID-19.

For more information, see the attached fact sheet or visit the website: https://www.hhs.gov/provider-relief/index.html.

4/23/2020 9:37 AMPPE Opportunity

Pennsylvania COVID-19 PPE & Supplies Business-2-Business (B2B) Interchange Directory

Company and product information provided in this directory were gathered in good faith as a means of connecting Pennsylvania businesses and organizations that are seeking various PPE and other related items to combat the COVID-19 crisis. The information made available is from those entities who voluntarily contacted the commonwealth through the Manufacturing Call to Action Portal or the Pennsylvania Critical Medical Supplies Procurement Portal.

The immediate goal of this B2B Interchange Directory is simple: to provide an opportunity for companies and other entities in need of PPE and other critical items to make a B2B connection as they may choose with manufacturers and suppliers of COVID-19 related items.

4/21/2020 3:13 PMPPE Update

Non-Profits/501 C3 supply distribution

Recently, the department shared the opportunity for non-profits/501 C3s to order masks and hand sanitizers developed by the Pennsylvania Correctional Industries (PCI), a Bureau of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC).
 
Although we are aware that PCI was able to fulfill orders placed by our stakeholders, at this time PCI is not able to fulfill orders for non-profits/501 C 3s  around the commonwealth due to high demand. During this global pandemic, PCI’s primary purpose is to support the PA Dept. of Corrections needs will continue to add to the Department of Health’s Command warehouse stock pile.
 
The department will reissue an ordering process as more distribution is made available.

4/20/2020 4:22 PMMessage from Secretary Smith

​We’ll get through this together, Pennsylvania.

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4/14/2020 10:07 AMNational Council for Behavioral Health office hour sessions

NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR BEHAVIORAL COVID-19 OFFICE HOUR SESSIONS

Upcoming sessions

  • Residential Treatment: Join to discuss the strengths, challenges and opportunities for equipping residential treatment staff to safely and effectively care for residents during the COVID-19 response. Thursday Apr 16, 2020 – 3 PM.

Previous session recordings

4/14/2020 10:03 AMCOVID-19-related webinars

THE COUNCIL ON COMPULSIVE GAMBLING OF PENNSYLVANIA (CCGP)

Kids, COVID and Convergence of Video Gaming & Gambling in Youth: What to Know in Unprecedented Times
Wednesday April 15, 2020 – 2 PM to 3 PM

The Professional Impacts of the COVID-19 Crisis: A Look into the Importance of Self-Care and Resilience
Thursday April 23, 2020 – 2 PM to 3 PM

COGNITIVE BEHAVIOR INSTITUTE

Assessment of Trauma-Related Disorders and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Tuesday April 21, 2020 from 9 AM – 2 PM.

4/9/2020 3:36 PMCOVID-19- Related DDAP Virtual Trainings

When All That Changes is Everything Virtual Training Announcement
Series of three discussions focused on the challenges, and triumphs within the substance use field in Pennsylvania in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • April 15th 1:00pm to 2:00pm - Organizational Change in Response to COVID-19
  • April 16th 1:00pm to 2:00pm - Managing Stress and Recovery in Response to COVID-19
  • April 17th 1:00pm to 2:00pm - Self-Care for the Essential Substance Use Professional


Self-Care Virtual Training Announcement
Managing stress as a result of COVID-19 adds real intensity to the need for self-care. This live virtual session will help you identify feelings of stress and burnout.

  • April 14th 9:00am to 10:30pm
  • April 20th 9:00am to 10:30am


View full list of COVID-19-related DDAP trainings on the Training Announcements page.  

4/8/2020 1:04 PMMessage from Secretary Smith

​Thank you for working tirelessly to ensure Pennsylvanians are healthy and safe.

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4/7/2020 4:26 PMGambling Treatment Webinar

A Stress Management/Mindfulness Approach to Working with the Problem Gambler

Please join The Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania (CCGP) for a one-hour session on Thursday, April 9 from 2 – 3 PM focusing on A Stress Management/Mindfulness Approach to Working with the Problem Gambler.

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, CCGP is offering several live web-based workshops. You can find more available events on their website.

4/3/2020 4:05 PMPractical Review of Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome during COVID-19

Practical Review of Alcohol Withdrawal Management During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Pennsylvania Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs (DDAP) and Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) along with the following partners: UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital, Kolmac Outpatient Recovery, and the University of Pittsburgh Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology are pleased to announce the availability of a practical review on Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome in the times of COVID-19.

WHEN: Monday, April 13 from 12 -1 PM
REGISTER: https://www.maaetc.org/events/view/15204

4/2/2020 12:26 PMCOVID-19-Related Training Opportunity

Training Opportunity - Compassion Fatigue

The Pennsylvania Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs (DDAP) is exploring ways to provide relevant virtual support during the Covid-19 outbreak. For a limited time, DDAP is pleased to provide a live virtual version of a training on Compassion Fatigue, Recognizing Vicarious and Secondary Trauma for Professionals.

This live webinar scheduled for April 13th and 21st.

4/1/2020 3:24 PMTraining opportunity - MAT 101

Introduction to Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

The Pennsylvania Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs is pleased to announce the availability of a new online course on Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). This online course discusses how to effectively combine medication with counseling to create a recovery plan for individuals with opioid use disorder.

The course consists of three modules and takes approximately one hour to complete. The online training can be accessed through TrainPA.

3/30/2020 2:55 PMTelehealth Learning and Discussion Series for SUD Tx and Recovery Support Providers

​The Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network, the Center for Excellence on Protected Health Information (CoE-PHI), the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers, and the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT) at the University of Nevada - Reno (UNR) are facilitating a FREE, national online discussion and resource sharing opportunity for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment providers and peer support specialists faced with transitioning their services to the use of telephone and videoconferencing methods in response to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.

Learn more about the Telehealth Learning Series.

3/27/2020 9:36 AMCancelation: Second Annual Post Award Forum for Section 1115 Demonstration for Substance Use Disorder Services

​Due to the emergency situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Department of Human Services (DHS) is canceling the second Annual Post Award Forum for Section 1115 Demonstration for Substance Use Disorder Services scheduled for April 1, 2020 from 10 am to 12 pm.  

The rescheduled date for the annual forum will be announced later.

3/25/2020 6:03 PMSuspension of Regulations - Licensing Alerts 02-20 and 03-20

​On March 6, 2020, pursuant to the provisions of section 7301(c) of the Emergency Management Services Code, 35 Pa. C.S. §§ 7101, et seq., Governor Tom Wolf issued a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency related to the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Pursuant to authorization from the Governor in accordance with the proclamation, and consistent with the SAMHSA guidance, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) is suspending:

  • Regulation at 28 Pa. Code § 715.9(a)(4), which requires Narcotic Treatment Programs (NTPs) to make a face-to-face determination before admission to treatment, for those clients who will receive buprenorphine treatment. View Licensing Alert 02-20 for more details.

  • Regulation at 28 Pa. Code § 715.6(d), which requires NTPs to have narcotic treatment physician services onsite. View Licensing Alert 03-20 for more details.

Questions regarding these Licensing Alerts can be directed to the Division of Drug and Alcohol Program Licensing at (717)783-8675 or RA-licensuredivision@pa.gov.

3/24/2020 4:57 PMReminder of Resources

​We would like to remind citizens, stakeholders, and providers of the availability of COVID-19 resources on the DDAP website.

Unusual Incident Reporting
We would also 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.

Note: 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.

3/21/2020 11:39 AMUpdated DDAP Guidance

​Good evening,

As the first week of COVID-19 mitigation comes to an end, I’d like to extend my gratitude for each of you working tirelessly to ensure Pennsylvanians are healthy and safe. In an effort to consolidate numerous emails and updates to lighten your inbox, please see the below links and attachments for more information and guidance as we navigate COVID-19.

Confidentiality
Confidentiality Regulations – We have received questions about confidentiality regulations and telehealth. View departmental guidance on written patient consent.

Telehealth
DDAP has released the following Policy Bulletin for Problem Gambling Providers.

DEA-registered practitioners
The Drug Enforcement Agency has released guidance on controlled substance prescribing.

You can find more information on guidance issued by the department on our COVID-19 page.

Thank you again for your patience, flexibility, and commitment to the individuals you serve during this unprecedented time.

Jen Smith
Secretary
Drug & Alcohol Programs

3/20/2020 1:15 PMReminder: Availability of Flex Beds

​We are reminding residential drug and alcohol treatment facilities of their ability to use flex beds to meet capacity needs during COVID-19 mitigation.

Using this flex bed approach allows a facility already licensed to provide both residential detoxification and residential rehabilitation at the same location to utilize empty beds in one activity to conduct services provided in the other activity. For personnel purposes, facilities approved for flex bed may also utilize counselors as primary care staff within their detox unit when utilizing additional detox beds.

The form and clarfication can be found on our website.

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