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10/11/2019 12:48 PMASAM October 2019 Update

The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs released an update on the ASAM transition as of October 2019.

The document can be found on the DDAP website.

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

10/1/2019 1:08 PMTraining information for Primary Care Providers

​Application for 'Integrating Medications for Opioid Use Disorder into Primary Care' Preceptor Training Program

Part A: November 8, 2019: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm— 123 S. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19109

Part B: Observation at Esperanza Health Center, Prevention Point Philadelphia, Jonathan Lax Treatment Center, or Stephen Klein Wellness Center (scheduled individually, for 1 1/2 day or full day session)

Prior registration is required. Registrants must have already completed their waiver training and submit their license, resume, and waiver certificate prior to receiving their observation dates. This program, CME, breakfast, and lunch are provided at no cost.  Funding is provided by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. APPLY HERE.

Other training resources available to rural practitioners:

  • Here is the link for Pennsylvania's Project ECHO  
  • PCSS is a national resource for on demand training.
  • The UCSF Warmline offers on demand clinical support.

9/17/2019 9:22 AMSABG Public 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 will occur in three parts: The Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Plan which is currently available in draft and available for review; the SAPT Report which will be posted in November, and the Annual Synar Report which will be made available in December.

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 Sept. 30.

9/9/2019 10:02 AMGrant initiative Funding Opportunities

​The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) announced two new Grant initiative Funding Opportunities.

19-02 - COMMUNITY RECOVERY SUPPORT SERVICES
DDAP is accepting applications for Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) who will expand or enhance recovery support services to individuals with opioid use disorder. Such services include the delivery of recovery coaching through Certified Recovery Specialists (CRS), telephonic supports, the provision of education and employment supports, e.g. job coaching, resume writing, engagement in GED services, etc. Applications must be submitted by October 3, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

19-03 - OPIOID PREVENTION IN HIGHER EDUCATION  
DDAP is accepting applications from non-profit, accredited colleges, universities, post-secondary institutions of higher education and collegiate collaboratives within Pennsylvania with an emphasis on preventing and reducing opioid use disorder The primary goal of the effort is to prevent and reduce use and misuse of opioids by college students. Applications must be submitted by October 3, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Questions can be submitted to RA-DADDAPPROCUREMENT@PA.GOV. For more information visit the Funding Opportunities page on the DDAP website.

8/29/2019 9:00 AM2019 Pennsylvania MAT Regional Summits

The Pennsylvania Department of Health and Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), will be hosting eight regional Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Summits this fall.  The purpose of these summits is to promote awareness of MAT options for opioid use disorder and to increase the number of practitioners using the waiver to prescribe buprenorphine in an office-based setting.

Participants in the summits will include physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners as well as administrative and clinical support staff in their practices. Other industry stakeholders could also benefit and are welcome to attend.

A webpage has been established on DDAP’s website which includes the summit dates, counties in each region, and Save the Date flyers for each summit. Please check out the webpage at bit.ly/PAMATsummits. This webpage will be updated as more information becomes available.

Attendance is free, and registration will open in early September. Another email will be sent when registration opens. Questions can be directed to ra-dhMAT@pa.gov.

8/26/2019 11:45 AMRelease of ASAM Residential Designations

​Attached is the updated Residential ASAM Level of Care (LOC) designations for all facilities that participated in the designation survey.  This process included only providers delivering residential and inpatient services and did not include providers of withdrawal management.  This is a preliminary designation based only on staffing information indicated in the survey and not by actual delivery of service as indicated in The ASAM Criteria, 2013.  As the implementation of all aspects of the criteria continues, designations for contracting purposes could change based upon verification of the staffing information provided and actual delivery of service as delineated in the criteria.

LOC Designation Chart 8-23-19.pdf

8/15/2019 8:17 AMASAM Application Guidance Document Update

The department released an updated version of the Pennsylvania Guidance for Applying The ASAM Criteria, 2013.  This document replaces and updates the formerly titled Guidance for Application of ASAM in Pennsylvania’s Substance Use Disorder System of Care released in May 2018.  The August 2019 version of the document is more streamlined by eliminating redundancies to The ASAM Criteria, 2013 text, making it more user friendly.  Those particular areas of clarification needed for applying the criteria to PA’s treatment system remain intact.  In response to the field, other changes to the document include additional considerations for special populations, inclusion of guidance related to treatment planning, continued stay reviews and discharge planning, and insertion of the crosswalk chart, previously issued separately.  The changes to the document will not only facilitate ease of use, but helps to focus on the text and the criteria as a guide for clinical practice and decision making, rather than solely a level of care determination tool.  

Questions about the document or the progress made in the utilization of The ASAM Criteria, 2013 can be sent to ra-daasam@pa.gov.

8/14/2019 10:13 AMPA Psychostimulant Conference

In partnership with the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program,  the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) is very excited to announce a PA Psychostimulant Symposium on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 in Harrisburg.

The purpose of the symposium is to educate individuals in our state about the national and state trends we are seeing toward increased stimulant prescribing, use and misuse; and to uncover challenges or barriers that will need to be resolved in terms of getting these individuals the treatment they need.  The audience includes law enforcement, first responders, criminal justice, hospitals, doctors, treatment providers, Single County Authorities (SCAs), state and federal government and county officials.  We’re still finalizing the agenda. Additional information including registration instructions, will follow in September.  Make sure to save this date on your calendars!

8/13/2019 8:44 AMOMHSAS Bulletin 19-02 - Service Location Enrollment for BH Providers

OMHSAS 19-02 - Service Location Enrollment for BH Providers

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2019
ISSUE DATE: July 30, 2019

SCOPE: This bulletin applies to all behavioral health providers licensed or approved by the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (OMHSAS) or the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) that are enrolled in the Medical Assistance (MA) Program, or who seek to enroll, revalidate, or re-activate their enrollment in the MA Program.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this bulletin is to: 1) clarify for behavioral health providers the applicability of the requirements published in the Medical Assistance Bulletin (MAB) 99-18-11, “Service Location Enrollment Deadline,” which reminded providers to enroll each service location out of which they operate; 2) advise behavioral health providers that effective October 1, 2019, they must use the enrolled service location at which a service was provided on claims.

8/12/2019 8:21 AMParent Panel Advisory Council Participation Opportunity

The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) is pleased to announce it is accepting applications for participation on its Parent Panel Advisory Council (PPAC).

PPAC is a forum of individuals who have first-hand experience parenting children impacted by substance use and substance use disorders. This forum was established in 2006 by the General Assembly’s passage of House Resolution 585 through which PPAC is purposed with studying and addressing family and community access to services and supports relating to substance use and substance use disorders throughout the Commonwealth. PPAC’s mission is to study access and make recommendations for improvement to prevention, treatment and recovery programs, and to eliminate barriers stemming from negative perception, cost, geography, policy, workforce deficiency, and other obstacles Pennsylvania families continue to encounter every day.

PPAC is comprised of volunteer Pennsylvanians selected by application and appointed to a three-year term by the Secretary of DDAP. The council meets three times per year in the Harrisburg Metro area, typically from 9am to 3:30pm. Newly appointed members will plan to attend the PPAC meeting in Harrisburg scheduled November 8, 2019.

Completed application forms should be submitted for delivery to the following no later than August 16, 2019. Applicants selected for service will be notified in writing.

ATTN: PPAC Application
Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs
One Penn Center, 5th Floor
2602 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110
glgallaghe@pa.gov

The application form may also be downloaded from the Advisory Council page on DDAP’s website.

Questions should be directed to Gloria Gallagher, DDAP Public Health Program Assistant Administrator at (717) 736-7437 or glgallaghe@pa.gov.


8/9/2019 9:40 AMGrant Initiative Funding Opportunity GIFA 19-01

The department announced a new Grant Initiative Funding Opportunity for Pregnancy Support Services. Eligible applicants must be able to serve pregnant women and postpartum women with opioid use disorder. Single County Authorities are not eligible to apply under this funding announcement. Applications are due by September 12, 2019 at 5 PM.

SUMMARY: 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 OUD. In addition, these community providers will facilitate or make referrals for outpatient Medication-Assisted Treatment.

Questions can be submitted to RA-DADDAPPROCUREMENT@PA.GOV through August 30, 2019. Questions and answers will be posted to the Funding Opportunities page by September 6, 2019.

8/8/2019 8:20 AMPA Opioid Command Center Summit

​The PA Opioid Command Center is sponsoring the first Opioid Command Center Summit on October 1st and 2nd, 2019 in State College, PA.  The summit focus is “Think Globally, Act Locally”. Our audience for the Summit consists of professionals, community members, families and all others who have been affected by the Opioid Crisis in Pennsylvania. A block of hotel rooms has been reserved for this conference and will be available at a discounted rate until rooms are filled. Please contact the Wyndham Garden Inn State College, 814-466-7231, and ask for room block 0930190PI-001 or the Hilton Garden Inn State College, 814-272-1221, and ask for room block DOH for room reservations.

REGISTRATION
To register for the Summit, you must create a TRAIN PA account, search for the course ID and select the register for this course option. If you already have a TRAIN PA account enter Course ID 1086352 into the Search TRAIN field. Instructions for completing the application process.

REGISTER HERE: www.train.org/pa


CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
You are invited to submit an abstract for a summit lecture, panel discussion, or a half-day course that focuses on local-level initiatives to address the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania. Presenters are welcome to submit multiple abstracts. Please submit each abstract as a separate application. To apply, please complete the attached Call for Abstracts and submit to RA-DHOPIOIDCOMMAND@pa.gov by August 28, 2019.

Why Present?

  • Provide information or spread the word on which local practices are saving lives.
  • Great way to develop and expand your professional portfolio.
  • Collaborate with experts in the field and receive recognition for and feedback about your program.
  • Presenters will receive reasonable travel expenses, including one night of lodging, and lunch the day of their presentation.


If you have any questions or concerns please email the Opioid Command Center RA-DHOPIOIDCOMMAND@pa.gov.

8/7/2019 12:30 PMGambling Level 1 Certification Training - Sept./Oct. 2019

DDAP has announced the next round of gambling training. Trainings will be limited to 30 participants.  

DATES AND LOCATIONS:

Western Group

September 10th and 11th (Days 1 and 2)
October 22nd and 23rd (Days 3 and 4)

Fairfield by Marriott
2915 Pleasant Valley Blvd
Altoona PA 16602

Eastern Group

September 19th and 20th (Days 1 and 2)
October 17th and 18th (Days 3 and 4)

Ramada
101 S Progress Ave
Pottsville PA 17901


In order to participate, you must commit to all four days in either group.  If you are interested in registering, please email the DDAP Training Section, confirm the dates you wish to attend, and verify that you will be there for all four days. We will be holding spots for individuals who were placed on the waitlist after the last round of gambling training until August 16th.  After that date, we will begin registering any individual who is interested.

For those who are not able to attend this round of training, DDAP is planning on holding another round in Spring 2020.

If you have further questions, email the training section at RA-DATRAINING@pa.gov.

8/6/2019 10:43 AMPolicy Bulletin 19-02

The department released Policy Bulletin 19-02 to document changes made to Section 8.08 of the DDAP Treatment Manual. The manual has been updated to include additional requirements regarding grievance and appeal.


7/25/2019 12:02 PMJuly 2019 (Continued) - Resources and Funding Opportunities

Below are resources and opportunities that may be of interest:

  • National Endowment for the Arts – OUR TOWN (Deadline, August 8, 2019) Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts’ creative placemaking grants program. Through project-based funding, they support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Successful Our Town projects ultimately lay the groundwork for systemic changes that sustain the integration of arts, culture, and design into local strategies for strengthening communities.

  • Anthem Foundation Program Grants (Deadline August 9, 2019) Support ongoing community health programs with proven and measurable outcomes.

  • The AmerisourceBergen Foundation Opioid Resource Grant Program (Deadline August 15, 2019) provides funding for innovative and constructive projects that address education, prevention, and/or the safe disposal of opioids. Priority will be given to community projects that address the key areas of focus: Safe disposal management programs; Prevention education; Pilot programs for new ideas related to pre- and post-treatment activities.

  • U.S. Department of Labor Announces $2.5 Million To Support Women Affected by Opioid Crisis (Deadline August 23, 2019) The U.S. Department of Labor announced a new grant program to help women affected by the opioid crisis re-enter the workforce. The Re-Employment, Support, and Training for the Opioid Related Epidemic (RESTORE) grant will award $2.5 million to organizations that assist in providing coordinated, employment-focused services to women.

  • Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (Deadline August 25, 2019). The Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts has released a Request for Proposal focused on Improving Access to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Services for Underserved Populations and Communities. Grants for improving access to evidence-based opioid use disorder treatment and recovery services for vulnerable and high-risk populations, with an emphasis on removing barriers and improving access to and quality of medication-assisted treatment for underserved populations

  • Pew Charitable Trusts Community Opioid Response and Evaluation (CORE) project (Deadline August 30, 2019). This is an effort to help communities on the front lines of the opioid crisis conduct evaluations of existing programs. With support from and in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the CORE awards will provide funding and assistance for up to six community-based initiatives, composed of a lead applicant organization and their selected evaluation partner, to conduct evaluations of established programs.

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Pioneering Ideas: (Deadline October 15, 2019) The goal of the Pioneering Ideas Brief Proposal funding opportunity is to explore; to look into the future and put health first as we design for changes in how we live, learn, work and play; to wade into uncharted territory in order to better understand what new trends, opportunities and breakthrough ideas can enable everyone in America to live the healthiest life possible.

  • Home Depot Foundation-Community Impact Grants Program (Deadline December 31, 2019) The Home Depot Foundation offers grant awards up to $5,000 to 501c designated organizations and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the community.

  • Cigna Foundation World of Difference Grants in Community Navigation (Deadline – Rolling) To encourage Health Equity, Cigna Foundation is currently seeking proposals from non-profit organizations engaged in eliminating Health Disparities and improving Community Health Navigation. These grants support projects that help individuals understand the particular Health Equity challenges affecting them, and assist them in finding services in their communities that address those challenges.

  • NIH establishes network to improve opioid addiction treatment in criminal justice settings: The National Institutes of Health will award 12 grants to form the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN) to support research on quality addiction treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) in criminal justice settings nationwide. The awards, totaling an estimated $155 million from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of NIH, will support the multi-year innovation network, including 10 research institutions and two centers that will provide supportive infrastructure.

7/19/2019 11:45 AMJuly 2019 - Resources and Funding Opportunities

Below are resources and funding opportunities that may be of interest:

  • NCMM's Community Mobility Design Challenge 2019 Planning Grants Deadline: August 1, 2019. National Center for Mobility Management’s (NCMM) Community Mobility Design Challenge 2019 Planning Grants, with funding from the Federal Transit Administration, will support communities seeking innovative ways to address the particular mobility challenges experienced by low-income community members for whom a lack of transportation is an obstacle to the pursuit of economic, health, and social wellbeing. Planning grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to 6 communities. Download the Request for Proposals.
  • Integrated Mobility Innovation (IMI) Program grants. Deadline: August 6. This opportunity from the Federal Transit Administration  will fund 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. The IMI program provides $15 million for demonstration projects focused on three areas of interest: Mobility on DemandStrategic Transit Automation Research and Mobility Payment Integration, to 1) explore new business approaches and technology solutions that support mobility, 2) enable communities to adopt innovative mobility solutions that enhance transportation efficiency and effectiveness, and 3) facilitate the widespread deployment of proven mobility solutions that expand personal mobility.
  • CMS Funding Opportunity to Assist States with Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery. The Application is due August 9, 2019.The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity that provides State Medicaid agencies with information to apply for planning grants that will aid in the treatment and recovery of substance use disorders (SUDs), including opioid use disorder (OUD). The planning grants are intended to increase the capacity of Medicaid providers to deliver SUD treatment or recovery services through an ongoing assessment of the SUD treatment needs of the State; recruitment, training, and technical assistance for Medicaid providers that offer SUD treatment or recovery services; and improved reimbursement for and expansion of the number or treatment capacity of Medicaid providers. Learn more about this funding opportunity.
  • WHEDA Foundation, Inc. announces 2019 Housing Grant Program Applications are due on August 23, 2019. The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) and the WHEDA Foundation, Inc. announce the availability of grant funds through the 2019 WHEDA Foundation Housing Grant Program competition. Grant funds totaling $1 million will be awarded to support the development and improvement of housing facilities for low-income persons at risk for homelessness. The fund will support two separate housing competitions: an emergency/transitional housing category and a permanent housing category.
  • Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part A HIV Emergency Relief Grant Program Deadline September 20, 2019. HRSA announced the opportunity to apply for funding under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Part A HIV Emergency Relief Grant Program. The purpose of this program is to provide direct financial assistance to an eligible metropolitan area (EMA) or a transitional grant area (TGA) that has been severely affected by the HIV epidemic. Grant funds assist eligible jurisdictions to develop or enhance access to a comprehensive continuum of high quality, community-based care for people with HIV who are low-income through the provision of formula, supplemental, and Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) funds. RWHAP Part A recipients must provide comprehensive primary health care and support services throughout the entire designated geographic service area.
  • HRSA - Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Deadline: August, 30, 2019: The purpose of the THCGME Program is to support the training of residents in new or expanded primary care residency training programs in community-based ambulatory patient care centers. Programs will prepare residents to provide high quality care, particularly in rural and underserved communities, and develop competencies to serve these diverse populations and communities. Two award types are available: 1. Continuation awards will be made for the maintenance of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) filled resident positions at existing HRSA THCGME Programs. 2. New awards will be made to support new resident full-time equivalent (FTE) positions at new Teaching Health Centers (THCs), as funding permits.
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development, Fiscal Year 2019 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition - The deadline for submitting applications to HUD is September 30, 2019. The FY 2019 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program (24 CFR part 578) is designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; to provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, states, and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals, families, persons fleeing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and youth while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness; to promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and to optimize self-sufficiency among those experiencing homelessness. Review the NOFA to learn more.
  • Webinar: Syringe Service Programs -- A Critical Public Health Intervention hosted by the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 2-3 PM ET. This webinar will allow you to engage with HHS leadership around syringe services programs (SSPs), which are an important community-based prevention program that can save livescombat the nation’s opioid crisisreduce the transmission of HIV and Hepatitis C and support individuals in accessing SUD/OUD treatment services. Speakers: ADM Brett Giroir, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health and Senior Adviser for Opioid Policy; RADM Jonathan Mermin, MD MPH, Director, CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention; Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

7/18/2019 3:37 PMParent Panel Advisory Council Participation Opportunity

​The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) is pleased to announce it is accepting applications for participation on its Parent Panel Advisory Council (PPAC).

PPAC is a forum of individuals who have first-hand experience parenting children impacted by substance use and substance use disorders. This forum was established in 2006 by the General Assembly’s passage of House Resolution 585 through which PPAC is purposed with studying and addressing family and community access to services and supports relating to substance use and substance use disorders throughout the commonwealth.

PPAC is comprised of volunteer Pennsylvanians selected by application and appointed to a three-year term by the Secretary of DDAP. The council meets three times per year in the Harrisburg Metro area, typically from 9am to 3:30pm. Newly appointed members will plan to attend the PPAC meeting in Harrisburg scheduled November 8, 2019.

Completed application forms should be submitted for delivery to the following no later than August 16, 2019. Applicants selected for service will be notified in writing.

ATTN: PPAC Application
Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs
One Penn Center, 5th Floor
2602 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110
glgallaghe@pa.gov

The application form may also be downloaded from the Advisory Council page on DDAP’s website.

Questions should be directed to Gloria Gallagher, DDAP Public Health Program Assistant Administrator at (717) 736-7437 or glgallaghe@pa.gov.

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.

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