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

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

For more information and to register view the flyer.

2/4/2019 3:00 PMSAMHSA Grant Opportunity

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

1/15/2019 10:56 AMNew Licensing Alerts

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

1/3/2019 10:02 AMICYMI: “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.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 2, 2019
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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 today.”

My Clean 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 jobs.”

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 implementation.

“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 states already 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 AMASAM 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 AMSubscribe to Listserv - Reminder

Good morning,

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 AMHIV/PrEP

​Dear Colleagues,

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 microssi@pa.gov or 717-547-3435, or Mari Jane Salem-Noll at masalemnol@pa.gov or 717-547-3433 at the PA Department of Health Division of HIV Disease.

12/19/2018 2:56 PMFFY 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 AMSubscribe to Listserv

​Good morning,

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 PMUSDA 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 AMASAM 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.
  • Considerations for ongoing ASAM Criteria training are underway.  DDAP will relay this information to providers as soon as a plan has been solidified.
  • DDAP 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.
  • Planning 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.
  • DDAP 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: RA-DAASAM@PA.GOV .

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 AMInformation Bulletin 01-18 Pregnant and Parenting Women

Good Afternoon,

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 joskiles@pa.gov

IB 01-18.pdf

 

7/20/2018 12:34 PMDDAP 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 PMSAMHSA 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.pdfSAMHSA TIP 63.pdf

6/14/2018 9:11 AMWomen 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 cpeteryshe@pa.gov.  

6/12/2018 11:40 AMSAMHSA'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 PMLehigh 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. lVHN.png

5/22/2018 9:41 AMASAM Transition Update - May 21, 2018

Click here​ to read an ​update on the ASAM transition. 

5/10/2018 3:15 PMThe Opioid Crisis: The Clinician's Role and Treatment Practices - Pittsburgh, PA

​The Summit for Clinical Excellence will present The Opioid Crisis: The Clinician's Role and Treatment Practices rom June 25-26, 2018 at the Wyndham Grand in Downtown Pittsburgh. Participants will address strategies for addressing the opioid crisis and can earn up to 15.5 CE hours. For more information visit https://vendome.swoogo.com/2018-pitt-opioid-summit/home​. 

3/27/2018 4:11 PMASAM Transition Timeline

Read the latest timeline for Pennsylvania's transition to the ASAM Criteria, which includes activities to date, goals, and objectives: ASAM Transition Timeline 3-23-18.pdf​

2/28/2018 4:51 PMUpdates on Recovery House Licensing

​If you currently operate a recovery house or are thinking about operating a recovery house, DDAP is keeping interested stakeholders informed as it develops regulations to license recovery houses. See the links below for more information. 

Changes Coming to Pennsylvania Recovery Houses.pdfChanges Coming to Pennsylvania Recovery Houses.pdf

Keep Me Informed on Recovery House Regulations.pdfKeep Me Informed on Recovery House Regulations.pdf

2/27/2018 4:35 PMFebraury 2018 ASAM Transition Update

​Please see the attached PDF for an update on Pennsylvania's transition to the ASAM Criteria. 

February 2018 ASAM Transition Update​

1/10/2018 10:41 AMOffice Relocation

Valued Stakeholders and Council Members,

 
As some of you may know, staff from the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs has been spread across three different Harrisburg offices since we officially became a department in 2012. Beginning January 16, the department’s employees working in Harrisburg will move into One Penn Center located at 2601 N. Third Street in Harrisburg.
 
We are all very excited to operate in a new space under one roof, and I speak for many of us by saying that I look forward to new opportunities for collaboration and productivity that will come from working in one space. Phone numbers and other email contact information for the department will remain the same after the move, and staff will be in touch with changes to their individual mailing addresses.
 
Department staff is currently hard at work packing their current spaces, and the move will officially begin Thursday, January 11. During this period, we may experience technical disruptions and be inaccessible by phone or email for periods of time. Staff will do their best to return messages as quickly as possible, but we appreciate patience as we make this significant change and settle into the new office space.
 
I look forward to welcoming you all to this space, which includes a large space for in-person training opportunities. Again, I appreciate your patience and consideration as we make this transition.
 
Thank you,
 
Jennifer Smith
Acting Secretary
 
 
12/29/2017 8:38 AMDDAP New Feature - More on Mondays

See attachment for information released regarding the kick-off event for National Recovery Month.

 

More on Mondays 8-7-2017.pdf 

 

12/22/2017 11:04 AMSynar Announcement

The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs has prepared the 2018 Annual Synar Report which is available for review by visiting Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block (SAPTB) Grant -- To view Pennsylvania's SAPTB grant application and reporting, enter "citizenpa" for the user name and "citizen" for the password.

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