September 21, 2023

Biden-Harris Administration Awards Nearly $130 Million to Expand Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics Across US

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), announced that it has awarded $127.7 million to expand Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) across the country. These grant awards support the Biden-Harris Administration’s ongoing efforts to advance President Biden’s Unity Agenda to tackle the country’s mental health crisis and beat the opioid epidemic. The awards announced today will work with provisions of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA) to expand access to the CCBHC model across the United States. Under BSCA, HHS will enable up to 10 additional states to create state CCBHC programs under Medicaid every two years starting in 2024, providing sustainable funding for CCBHC services to Medicaid beneficiaries. Read more here.

Governor Hochul Signs Legislation to Support New Yorkers With Disabilities

Governor Kathy Hochul last week signed key legislation to support New Yorkers with disabilities. Legislation (S.7094/A.6543) renames the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council to be the State Council on Developmental Disabilities and updates its membership to reflect the diversity of the state. Legislation (S.3313B/A.5879A) updates outdated language used in the private housing law, the public authorities law, and the New York State medical care facilities finance agency Act. Legislation (S.4041-A/A.7258-A) replaces certain instances of the words “handicapping conditions” with disabilities related to children with such disabilities. Read more here.

Governor Hochul Signs Legislation to Strengthen New York's Nation-leading Red Flag Laws

Governor Kathy Hochul last week signed legislation (S. 3436/A. 5835) to exempt applications for an Extreme Risk Protection Order from requiring an index number fee. This legislation will strengthen New York State’s Extreme Risk Protection Order law, also known as the Red Flag Law, which prevents individuals who show signs of being a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing any kind of firearm. The Red Flag Law provides procedural safeguards to ensure that no firearm is removed without due process while helping to prevent tragedies, like the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and the racist mass shooting in Buffalo. Since the new legislation was enacted in June 2022, the number of Extreme Risk Protection Orders has increased by ten times. Read more here.

‘The rule has sticks as well’: Biden’s Getting Tough with Health Insurers

The Biden administration is going after health insurers for flouting a federal law requiring them to provide mental health care on the same terms as other care. The administration has proposed new rules it says will make the insurers comply and it’s threatening big fines if they don’t. Insurers are pleading innocent and, backed by some of America’s biggest companies, claiming the Biden administration plan could make an intractable problem worse. The battle comes as Americans’ mental health care needs are at modern highs, following a pandemic-driven spike that refuses to abate. Read more here.

‘So Much Suffering:’ What Migrant Children Carry to New York

Of the more than 110,000 asylum seekers who have recently landed in New York City, 20,000 are children now enrolled in public schools, facing challenges both familiar to any kid who has moved away and towering in their emotional complexity. The most recent arrivals have been met by Mayor Eric Adams’s downcast mood and language of resignation, his well-documented, inflammatory claims that the migrant situation will “destroy” New York and that “the city we knew, we’re about to lose.” There is little to suggest that the school system is prepared for the mental health crisis that looms. Read more here.

Related: Understanding the U.S. Immigrant Experience: The 2023 KFF/LA Times Survey of Immigrants

As Younger Children Increasingly Die by Suicide, Better Tracking and Prevention Is Sought

Jason Lance thought Jan. 21, 2010, was a day like any other until the call came. He had dropped off his 9-year-old son, Montana, at Stewart’s Creek Elementary School in The Colony, Texas, that morning. “There were no problems at home. He was smart. He wore his heart on his sleeve and he talked and talked and talked,” said Lance. It was “the same old, same old normal day. There were kisses and goodbyes and he said, ‘I love you, Daddy.’” A few hours later, school officials called to say Montana had died by suicide while locked in the nurse’s bathroom. “I knew he had some issues going on in school, but I never seen it coming,” said Lance. His shock and grief were complicated by the realization that there may have been more signs his son was struggling. Read more here.

SAMHSA Releases New Data on Recovery from Substance Use and Mental Health Problems Among Adults in the United States

SAMHSA on Wednesday released Recovery from Substance Use and Mental Health Problems Among Adults in the United States, a new report that provides data on the adults in recovery from their substance use and/or mental health problem and provides policy recommendations identified as supporting recovery.

Using data from the 2021 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), this report shows that 70 million adults aged 18 or older perceived that they ever had a substance use and/or mental health problem. For substance use specifically, of the 29.0 million adults who perceived that they ever had a substance use problem, 72.2% (or 20.9 million) considered themselves to be in recovery or to have recovered from their drug or alcohol use problem. For mental health, of the 58.7 million adults who perceived they ever had a mental health problem, 66.5% (or 38.8 million) considered themselves to be in recovery or to have recovered from their mental health problem. Read more here.

Related: Incorporating Harm Reduction Into Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery

Higher Buprenorphine Doses May Help SUD Providers Treat the ‘Different Beast’ That Is Fentanyl 

Deaths from fentanyl-involved drug overdoses soared by 279% from 2016 to 2021, according to the CDC.  Buprenorphine has been found to reduce mortality rates of opioid use disorder by 50%, but patients addicted to fentanyl could be missing out on more effective dosages because of outdated FDA guidelines. Current FDA guidelines for buprenorphine were based on people who used heroin, prior to the emergence of fentanyl in the illicit drug supply. Higher doses of the drug may be more effective at keeping fentanyl-addicted patients in treatment, according to a new  study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The first author of the study, Laura Chambers, lead research scientist of epidemiology at Brown University, says these higher doses could save lives. Read more here.

State Principles for Financing Substance Use Care Treatment and Support Services

Strengthening substance use disorder (SUD) treatment systems requires strategic state investments to increase access to evidence-based SUD services and address inequities. This includes accounting for the different needs of people with SUD along a continuum of care — including prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery supports, as well as harm reduction services. With support from The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) refined a set of 10 key financing principles to guide states in strengthening the long-term availability of robust SUD treatment and recovery services. The principles were shaped through a consensus-building process including stakeholders with expertise in SUD financing, research and policy experts, providers, state officials, and people with lived experience accessing the treatment system. Read more here.

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A Decade Of Data: An Update On The Primary Care And Mental Health Nurse Practitioner And Physician Workforce

This analysis builds on past tracking of primary care workforce numbers, adding 2023 data and including the behavioral health workforce. Authors propose policy reform through funding of primary care workforce educational programs, updating restrictive practice requirements that restrain both nurse practitioner and physician practice, and improving primary care reimbursement to acknowledge and make full use of the current primary care and behavioral health workforce pipeline. Read more here.

Related: ‘It Is Time to Acknowledge’ the Role of Nurse Practitioners Amid Mental Health Care Shortage

ALBANY: Pharmacies will carry naloxone

ALBANY: County Executive McCoy, Mayor Sheehan County Legislature and Sheriff Apple Announce Major Expansion of Mental Health Programs and Services

BROOME: Astor D. Rice Foundation receives $150,000 in funding for new youth program

BROOME: Millions in opioid settlement money comes to Broome County, one of first in state

CAYUGA: Auburn unveils new opioid treatment facility amid overdose epidemic

CHAUTAUQUA: Rep. Langworthy announces $1M grant for county mental health services

CHAUTAUQUA: Local Nonprofits Collaborate Before Winter Season

CORTLAND: Area Law Enforcement Participate in 12th Annual Crisis Intervention Training

ERIE: Problem Solvers for Nonprofits: UB Grad Students Seek Solutions That Make a Social Impact

GENESEE: Eight law enforcement officers graduate from the first Crisis Intervention Team Training sessions held at GCC

JEFFERSON: Local police train for crisis intervention

LEWIS: How volunteers in Lewis County support suicide loss survivors through grief

LIVINGSTON: Suicide prevention month puts focus on mental health services

MOHAWK VALLEY: NYS DOH Issues Warning that Synthetic Cannabinoids Sold in the Mohawk Valley Contain Laboratory Confirmed Synthetic Opioids that Can Create a Deadly Cocktail

MOHAWK VALLEY: Unveiling the hidden crisis: A four-part series on homelessness in the Mohawk Valley

MONROE: Greece schools join lawsuit against social media companies

NORTH COUNTRY: New York State Department of Health and Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Strengthen Relationship

NYC: Governor Hochul Announces Groundbreaking of 173 Unit Affordable and Supportive Housing Development in Queens

ONEIDA: Oneida County System of Care: New Website and Resources

ONEIDA: Pooch power: Utica police bring on board new tool for crisis intervention

ONONDAGA: SU, Veterans Affairs look to combat veteran suicide rates

ORANGE: Newburgh residents highlight mental health in Black and brown communities

OSWEGO: Forum To Address Housing And Homelessness In Oswego County

OSWEGO: Clark Sargeant, MBA, BSN, RN Joins Oswego Health As Executive Director Of Mental Health And Wellness

ROCKLAND: Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program Opens In Rockland County

SUFFOLK: More than a dozen people graduate from Suffolk County Treatment Court to get a fresh start in life

SULLIVAN: How to help the opioid crisis

WESTCHESTER: Organization addresses rising rate of suicide within the Black community

WESTERN NY: Patrick P. Lee Foundation Awards $1 Million in Grants for Mental Health Workforce

With Demand for Mental-Health Care Soaring on Campus, Faculty and Students Are Stepping Up to Help

New study brings MDMA as treatment for PTSD closer to FDA approval

Opioid Use Disorder and Treatment Among Pregnant and Postpartum Medicaid Enrollees

Proprietary AI Algorithm Alerts Therapists to Suicide Risk in Patients Utilizing the Talkspace Platform

At new mental health courts in California, judges will be able to mandate treatment

Project LIFE: Long-acting injectables to stop surging opioid deaths [in Chicago, Illinois]


CoE Equity in Action: Impacts of Substance Use on BIPOC Families

September 21, 12 - 1 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Engaging Community Stakeholders to Reduce Mental Health Inequities in the Hispanic Community

September 21, 12:30 - 2 pm, NIH

Understanding the 988 Lifeline LGBTQ+ Landscape

September 21, 1 - 2 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Shattering Myths: Performance, Attrition, and Executive Functioning of College Students with Mental Health Conditions

September 21, 2:30 - 4 pm, Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research 

Peer Recovery Support Series, Part 8: Ethics, Confidentiality, and Boundaries in Peer Recovery

September 21, 3 - 4 pm, NAADAC

CoE-IHS Webinar: Partnering with Schools to Improve Youth Mental Health

September 26, 11 am - 12 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Using Progressive Practices to Promote Wellness & Recovery for Veterans

September 26, 12 - 2 pm, NASW-NYS

Lessons from the Field in Reducing Child Abuse through Community-Based Collaboration

September 26, 12:30 - 2 pm, Social Current

Understanding Addiction and Disabilities: A Specialized Curriculum for People Living With Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities and Substance Use Disorders

September 26, 3 - 4 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Harm Reduction, Limited Gambling and Countertransference

September 27, 12 - 1:30 pm, NY Council on Problem Gambling

Teachable Moment: Helping Students (and Adults) Address Mental Health Challenges

September 27, 2 - 3 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Behavioral Health: Leveraging Person-Centered Approaches

September 27, 2:30 - 4 pm, Resources for Integrated Care

Healthy Families for a Healthy Workforce

September 28, 12 - 1 pm, MHANYS

Trauma-informed Cancer Care for Individuals with Mental Health and Substance Use Challenges

September 28, 1 - 2 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Equity-Centered Strategies to Improve Care for People Experiencing Homelessness: Lessons from Kings and Tulare Counties

September 29, 11 am - 12 pm, Center for Health Care Strategies

Understanding the Population of People with Frequent Jail Contact

September 29, 1 - 2 pm, SAMHSA's GAINS Center

988: It is NOT just a number- Webinar #3

October 3, 2 - 4:30 pm, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

The Legal, Regulatory and Market Trends Transforming Health Care

October 5, 12:30 - 1:30 pm, Manatt Health

Introduction to PSYCKES

October 5, 1 - 2 pm, OMH

Exploring Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Trauma, Trends & Diagnostic Insights

October 16, 12 - 1 pm, PsychU

Stepping Up and Elevating the Voices of People with Lived Experience

October 17, 1 - 2:30 pm, CSG Justice Center

PSYCKES for Health Homes and Care Management Agencies

October 17, 3 - 4:30 pm, OMH

Narrative Enhancement and Cognitive Therapy (NECT): An Evidence-Based Intervention Designed to Reduce Self-Stigma in Adults with Mental Health Challenges

October 19, 10 am - 12 pm, CTAC/MTAC

Key Takeaways: Survey Of 4,000 Health Plans On Behavioral Health’s Future

October 24, 12 - 1 pm, PsychU

Narrative Enhancement and Cognitive Therapy (NECT): Adaptations for Youth and Caregivers Impacted by Mental Health Challenges

October 26, 10 am - 12 pm, CTAC/MCTAC

Cost and Financing Strategies for Coordinated Specialty Care for First Episode Psychosis

October 30, 2 - 3 pm, SAMHSA

Using the PSYCKES Clinical Summary

November 1, 10 - 11:30 am, OMH

PSYCKES Mobile App for iPhones & iPads

November 14, 11 am - 12 pm, OMH

Navigating PSYCKES Recipient Search for Population Health

November 30, 3 - 4 pm, OMH


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Developmental Disabilities Committee Meeting

September 21: 1 - 2:30 pm

Deputy DCS Call

September 26: 10 - 11 am

Mentoring Workshop: Steps to Developing a Threat Assessment Group in Your County

September 27: 11:30 am - 1 pm


CLMHD Executive Committee Meeting

October 4: 8 - 9 am

AOT Coordinators Call

October 6: 10 - 11:30 am

LGU Clinic Operators Call

October 10: 10 - 11:30 am

Addiction Services & Supports (ASR) Committee Meeting

October 12: 11 am - 12 pm

Mental Health Committee Meeting

October 12: 3 - 4 pm

Children & Families Committee Meeting

October 17: 11:30 am - 1 pm

Membership Call

October 18: 9 - 10:30 am

Mental Hygiene Planning Committee Meeting

October 19: 1 - 2:30 pm

Deputy DCS Call

October 24: 10 - 11 am

Fall 2023 Full Membership Meeting

October 25 - 27, Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel

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The Conference of Local Mental Hygiene Directors advances public policies and awareness for people with mental illness, chemical dependency and developmental disabilities. We are a statewide membership organization that consists of the Commissioner/ Director of each of the state's 57 county mental hygiene departments and the mental hygiene department of the City of New York.

Affiliated with the NYS Association of Counties (NYSAC)
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