|3/15/2019 8:12 AM||ASAM Guidance - document update|
|3/11/2019 2:18 PM||Funding 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 email@example.com.
|3/11/2019 2:07 PM||ASAM Guidance Update|
|2/27/2019 9:18 AM||Distance 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
- For-profit businesses
- Consortia of eligible entities
For more information visit the USDA website
|2/26/2019 9:37 AM||Recovery 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 AM||2016-17 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 AM||ASAM 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 AM||New Licensing Alert - 01-2019 |
|2/15/2019 10:57 AM||PA 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 PM||SAMHSA 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 AM||Funding 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 AM||Certification 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 AM||Substance 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 PM||2019 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 AM||New Licensing Alerts |
|1/4/2019 9:02 AM||Applications 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.
- Partnering with State Systems to Advance Recovery
- Developing an Integrated Workforce
- Building Infrastructure and Organizational Capacity
- Sustaining Access to Treatment and Recovery in Educational Settings
- 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.
|1/3/2019 10:02 AM||ICYMI: “My Clean Slate” Program Introduced to Help Navigate New Law|
In case you missed it - Yesterday, the Governor announced a new program to help navigate Pennsylvania’s new Clean Slate Law. The below press release provides more detailed information about the announcement.
To see more announcements visit the Governor's newsroom.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 2, 2019
Governor Wolf: “My Clean Slate” Program
Introduced to Help Navigate New Law
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf was joined by
representatives of Community Legal Services, the Pennsylvania Bar Association,
Center for American Prosperity, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor &
Industry, and various stakeholder and advocacy groups at the PA CareerLink
Harrisburg Region to announce a program aimed at making it easier to navigate Pennsylvania’s
new Clean Slate law.
“Clean Slate is an incredibly
important piece of my administration’s commitment to helping formerly
incarcerated or arrested individuals get their lives back on track,” Governor
Wolf said “And as with any new law, implementation can be complicated and
somewhat difficult to understand. Clean Slate is no different.
“So, for those looking to avail
themselves of Clean Slate, who wish to wipe clean the slate of their past,
there is help navigating the process, thanks to the organizations present here
Slate” is a
program created by Community Legal Services in partnership with the
Pennsylvania Bar Association to provide free legal consultation to
Pennsylvanians in determining if they are eligible for the provisions of Clean
Slate legislation, which went into effect on Dec. 26.
“We are so pleased that under
the first phase of Clean Slate, more Pennsylvanians with old misdemeanors are
now able to get them sealed,” Sharon Dietrich, Legislation Director for
Community Legal Services, said. “As of December 26, 2018, non-violent
first-degree misdemeanors and most simple assault convictions became eligible
for sealing, if the individual has not been convicted for ten years and if no
fines and costs are owed.”
“The Pennsylvania Bar
Association is proud to be a part of this new effort to help Pennsylvanians
better understand the Clean Slate law and, more importantly, to assist those
with criminal records understand their rights under this new law,” said PBA
President-elect Anne N. John. “For those eligible, the impact of this program
will be life-changing, opening doors to better opportunities for housing and
Clean Slate was passed with a
near unanimous vote (188-2) and signed
into law by Gov.
Wolf on June 28. The law expands criminal record sealing to include more types
of offenses, including some first-degree misdemeanors, which can be sealed by
filing petitions. The law also creates an automated computer process to seal
arrests that did not result in convictions within 60 days, summary convictions
after 10 years, and some second and third-degree misdemeanor convictions if
there are no subsequent misdemeanor or felony convictions for a period of 10
years after the time of conviction. The automatic sealing provision will go
into effect on June 28, 2019.
Pennsylvania was the first
state in the country to pass Clean Slate and remains the only state with this
law, with other states interested in and focused on Pennsylvania’s
“Center for American Progress
commends Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania legislature for the state’s
groundbreaking Clean Slate Act, which will enable hundreds of thousands of the
state’s residents to finally have the second chance they deserve,” said Rebecca
Vallas, Vice president of the poverty program at the Center for American
Progress. “We are thrilled to see other
following Pennsylvania’s lead by taking up their own clean slate bills — and to
see bipartisan leaders in Congress now championing clean slate legislation for
certain minor federal records as well.”
“As author of this new law, I
encourage anyone with a nonviolent criminal record to see if they are eligible
for this opportunity,” Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) said. “A minor
mistake more than a decade ago should not keep someone from obtaining
employment or renting an apartment. I am pleased to have spearheaded this
effort and helped to make Pennsylvania a leader in the movement to erase a
minor indiscretion from a person’s record.”
“Passing clean slate
legislation was the first step in helping people become fully engaged citizens
again, and now easing the process for them to get their second chance is next,”
said state Rep. Jordan Harris, Democratic whip and cosponsor of House Bill
1419. “This system will help guide applicants through the process and I’m
appreciative to have the support of Governor Wolf and Community Legal Services.
I look forward to continuing to look at meaningful criminal justice reform to
ensure all Pennsylvanians have a chance to move forward with their lives.”
More information on My Clean
Slate and how to access to free legal consultation is available here.
MEDIA CONTACT: J.J. Abbott, 717-783-1116
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|12/31/2018 11:06 AM||ASAM Transition Update|
Below is an update on the ASAM transition:
- Pennsylvania will be fully transitioning to The ASAM Criteria for admission Level of Care Determination as of January 1, 2019.
- Any new admissions to a level of care should be determined based upon The ASAM Criteria.
- No admissions to a level of care should be processed in PA WITs utilizing the PCPC as of January 1, 2019.
- If the PCPC was used for an individual already in treatment prior to December 31, 2018, any transition to another level of care within the continuum of a treatment episode (i.e., transfer, continued stay or discharge) should occur using the ASAM Criteria.
- Watch the DDAP website (ddap.pa.gov) for the latest ASAM updates.
Questions regarding the ASAM transition may be submitted to RA-DAASAM@pa.gov
|12/27/2018 10:45 AM||Subscribe to Listserv - Reminder|
This message is to serve as a reminder that beginning January 1, the RSS feed will no longer be available.
To ensure you are receiving the latest news and announcements from the department, we ask that you subscribe to our listserv by contacting the press office with your name and email address.
All messages distributed via the listserv, will be available on the Announcements page of the DDAP website.
Thank you for your understanding.
|12/24/2018 7:49 AM||HIV/PrEP|
In light of the opioid epidemic and its impact on HIV and Hepatitis C transmission, the Division of HIV Disease would like to collaborate with drug and alcohol providers to combat increasing rates of HIV and Hepatitis C associated with substance use, especially injection drug use. We have received reports of clusters of new HIV infections among people who injection drugs in neighboring states. Now, we are asking to work together to control the transmission of HIV, and other associated infections, through injecting drug use here in Pennsylvania.
A prevention tool supported by the Division is Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). Sold under the name Truvada, PrEP is FDA approved for daily use to prevent HIV-negative persons from getting HIV from a sexual or injection drug use contact. Additionally, the Division in partnership with Penn State University and the University of Pittsburgh can offer: trainings on HIV and Hepatis C testing, HIV and Hepatitis C test kits for uninsured individuals, educational materials about disease prevention and PrEP, on-site technical assistance for providers, and large audience educational presentations.
For additional information and resources please contact Michelle Rossi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-547-3435, or Mari Jane Salem-Noll at email@example.com or 717-547-3433 at the PA Department of Health Division of HIV Disease.
|12/19/2018 2:56 PM||FFY 2019 Annual Synar Report|
The Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2019 Annual Synar Report is available for viewing. The information contained in this document is part of the planning and reporting process relative to youth access to tobacco products required by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to receive funding under the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant.
Comments, questions or concerns about the report can be directed to our contact us form.
|12/14/2018 10:16 AM||Subscribe to Listserv|
We ask that anyone currently receiving DDAP announcements from the RSS feed, please subscribe to our new listserv. The RSS feed feature will be discontinued in the near future.
To subscribe to DDAP’s listserv please contact the Press Office with your name and email address.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
|12/10/2018 1:57 PM||USDA Prioritizes Funding to Facilitate Safe Prescription Drug Disposal in Rural Communities|
The following message is from the USDA regarding a new grant program for safe disposal of prescription drugs in rural communities.
USDA is committed to being a strong partner to local leaders in combatting the opioid epidemic in rural America. Helping rural families find local options to dispose of unused medications is one very important step.
In observance of the 16th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will award additional priority points to Solid Waste Management Grant Program applications proposing innovative projects to promote the safe disposal of prescription drugs in rural communities. USDA Solid Waste Management Grants support the planning and management of solid waste sites. Rural communities, non-profit organizations, federally recognized tribes and academic institutions can apply.
The application deadline for the Solid Waste Management Grant Program is Dec. 31, 2018. Applications can be submitted electronically at Grants.gov or in hard copy to: USDA Rural Development Water and Environmental Programs, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Room 5168, STOP 1522, Washington, DC 20250-1597. A fact sheet of the program can be found here.
|11/28/2018 9:05 AM||ASAM Update|
I’m writing you this morning to provide an update
on the ASAM Criteria transition. The department continues to provide
support and monitor the transition to ensure its success. I hope you
find the following updates helpful.
- DDAP and DHS are
currently analyzing the data received from residential providers in
order to designate 3.5, 3.7 levels of care (LOC). Correspondence will
be sent to the providers and once LOCs have been
confirmed with the providers, we will make the determinations
accessible to payers.
for ongoing ASAM Criteria training are underway. DDAP will relay this
information to providers as soon as a plan has been solidified.
has received several suggestions for the ASAM Guidance Document which
are currently under review. Careful consideration is being given to
these suggestions to determine those that have a notable impact
to the delivery of care and those which are primarily found within the
ASAM Text itself or are wording preferences. Any modifications to the
document will be put forth, likely at the beginning of the new year.
is occurring on service definitions regarding staffing and hours of
delivery. Watch for additional information on this. In the meantime,
please conduct business as usual.
and DHS are working collaboratively to reinitiate the discussions and
efforts around provision of services for co-occurring disorders. We
will keep the field abreast of any updates as they become available.
Lastly, please be reminded that DDAP has an open
line of communication regarding the transition to the ASAM Criteria.
You may contact the department at the following email:
Thank you for your cooperation and support of this
transition. I encourage you to forward these updates to your colleagues
and association members.
|11/28/2018 8:57 AM||Information Bulletin 01-18 Pregnant and Parenting Women|
The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs is
committed to the prevention and treatment of opioid-related harm to
pregnant and parenting women and their infants. The attached
Informational Bulletin outlines the standard of care for these
individuals, as well as resources for treating pregnant women with
opioid use disorder.
Questions regarding the Bulletin can be directed to
Jodi Skiles, Director for Bureau of Treatment, Prevention, and
Intervention at 717-736-7454 or
|7/20/2018 12:34 PM||DDAP ASAM Listening Session Update|
DDAP has made available the following updated information regarding the ASAM transition to its website: a PowerPoint presented during the ASAM Listening Sessions an ASAM Application FAQ. This FAQ includes questions presented during the 3 Listening Sessions as well as questions generated at a representative number of ASAM 2-day Skill Building trainings and provides answers to questions specifically about applying the ASAM to Pennsylvania’s SUD treatment system.”
|6/18/2018 12:02 PM||SAMHSA Releases Clinical Guidance to Help Enhance Understanding of Medications to Treat Opioid Use Disorder|
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently published new clinical guidance to help expand health care professionals' knowledge of medications used to help treat opioid use disorder. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 63 details methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine, all three of which are FDA-approved to treat opioid use disorder.
TIP 63 is available to download here. SAMHSA TIP 63.pdf
|6/14/2018 9:11 AM||Women Veterans Town Hall and Expo|
The Governor's Advisory Council on Veterans Services is hosting a free town hall and expo for women veterans on June 30, 2018 from 9 a.m.-noon. The event will offer information on programs and services available to women veterans and resources for attendees.
The event will take place at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center at 950 Soldiers Drive in Carlisle. For more information, contact Crystal A. Petery at 717-861-6904 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|6/12/2018 11:40 AM||SAMHSA's Recovery LIVE! Peer Supports for Young Adults|
On Thursday, June 28, SAMHSA's Bring Recovery Supports to Scale Techincal Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) will host a conversation on peer supports for youth and young adults living with substance use disorders and mental illness. The conversation will include strategies for implementing and sustaining peer supports for young adults and will be led by leaders in this field from around the county.
The webinar is free and will take place from 2-3 p.m. on June 28. More information: https://bit.ly/2HwHWHL
|5/25/2018 4:25 PM||Lehigh Valley Health Network Youth Programming|
Lehigh Valley Health Network is training the next generation of first responders to help overdose victims and mark a successful warm hand-off to treatment.