March 9, 2023

A Surprising Remedy For Teens in Mental Health Crises

RAMSEY, N.J. — Last spring, Jamie Gorman had a panic attack at the mall. The then-high school sophomore was with a group of friends at Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey, when she began to feel overwhelmed. Her fingers were tingling. She couldn’t catch her breath. She felt shaky and dizzy.

Her teenage friends sprang into action.

“They were like, ‘Jamie, sit down.’ ‘Jamie, give me your phone — unlock it,’” Gorman recalled in a recent interview at her high school.

“They immediately called my dad so he could talk to me. They found a water bottle for me. They sat with me; they were just there for me.” She said her friends were “very comforting because they were very calm and they were like, okay, we know what to do.” Read more here.

Related: What Students Are Saying About the C.D.C. Report on Teen Sadness

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Mental Health Safety Net for Youth: Adams Outlines Vision to Catch Kids in Crisis

As New York City continues to grapple with youth mental health challenges, Mayor Eric Adams laid out a sweeping vision on Thursday to help schools better recognize student mental health needs and create a safety net for kids in crisis. 

The needs are high: About a fifth of children ages 3 to 13 had one or more mental, emotional, developmental or behavioral problems in 2021, according to health department data provided in the mayor’s new plan, called Care, Community, Action: A Mental Health Plan for New York City. Read more here.

Related: Street Teams and Clubhouses: A New Plan to Help Mentally Ill New Yorkers

Counties Host Mental Health First Aid Training at Annual Conference

At last week's annual NYSAC Legislative Conference in Albany, county officials from across the state took part in a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training, an evidence-based course that teaches participants how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. NYSAC partnered with the Conference of Local Mental Hygiene Directors (CLMHD) and instructors from Montgomery and Tioga counties to provide county officials with the opportunity to become certified in Adult MHFA. Read more here.

Governor Hochul Announces $3.2M to Support Outreach and Engagement Services for Addiction

Governor Kathy Hochul last Friday announced the availability of $3.2 million to expand outreach and engagement services in high-need areas of New York State. Administered by the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports, the grants through the Opioid Settlement Fund will expand harm-reduction and other healthcare services to engage New Yorkers unable to access care due to a variety of factors. Read more here.

OPWDD Announces Initiative to Help Improve Recruitment & Retention of Direct Support Professionals

The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) on Wednesday announced a new partnership with the NY Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation to help reverse the impact of the workforce crisis on nonprofit service providers through a technical assistance project in partnership with the McSilver Institute for Poverty, Policy and Research at New York University. Read more here.

Steuben County is Hiring: Director of Community Mental Health Services

Steuben County is seeking a client-first, empathetic, creative leader to serve as the County’s next Director of Community Mental Health Services. Reporting to the County Manager, the Director has responsibility for a ~$15MM budget and oversees a staff of 75 FTEs. Read more here.

Black Adults More Likely to Seek Mental Health Treatment at EDs, pre-pandemic data show

Non-Hispanic Black adults were almost twice as likely to visit an emergency department for a mental health disorder than non-Hispanic white adults and nearly three times more likely than Hispanic adults during the years leading up to the pandemic, according to new National Center for Health Statistics data released this week. The rates of emergency mental health care for Black Americans were also higher for each specific disorder studied by the federal researchers, including anxiety-related disorder, mood disorder, schizophrenia and several different types of substance use disorder.  Read more here.

OMH Secures Federal Grant To Help Increase Employment Opportunities For People Living With Mental Illness

New York State has been awarded a technical assistance grant from the federal Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) that will help the State to increase employment opportunities and outcomes for people living with mental illness. New York was one of just seven states to secure the Advancing State Policy Integration for Recovery and Employment(ASPIRE) grant, which provides states with expert consultation and technical assistance to develop and implement strategic plans to support and expand programs that help people living with disabilities find employment. Read more here.

64% of Medicaid Enrollees Are Unaware of Redeterminations. How Can the Industry Help?

On April 1, the regular renewal process for Medicaid will return. But after about three years of not having to renew coverage, 64.3% of Americans are unaware that redeterminations will start up again, a recent Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report found. The risk is that if the message is not delivered loudly and often, millions of people will simply lose coverage. So the key to improving this stat is constant outreach and repetition. Read more here.

Related: How can states keep people insured after Medicaid protections lapse? Connecticut has an idea

Planning for CCBHC Program Sustainability: Lessons from State Medicaid Leaders

Many people in the U.S. struggle to access mental health and substance use care. In response, the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) model was created to improve access to evidence-based, person-centered, and integrated care. Beginning in 2017, CCBHC Medicaid demonstrations have included time-limited enhanced federal funding for states, encouraging state participation in this model. Yet, with initial CCBHC demonstrations ending in 2023, states are now considering how to sustain these programs, or begin participating in the demonstration through the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act of 2022.

Read more here.

Are You a Veteran Suffering from Posttraumatic Stress? You May Qualify for a Research Study

If you are a veteran or first responder who has experienced symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress you may qualify for a research study investigating the effectiveness of meditation and therapy as treatments. Columbia University Medical Center is looking for veterans and first responders (active and retired US military, police, fire service, and EMT) to participate. Volunteers will receive a free evaluation, intervention, and will be compensated up to $1000 for completing all assessments. To learn more and see if you qualify visit:

CAYUGA: Suicide rate dropped nearly 35% last year in Cayuga County: How did it happen?

CHAUTAUQUA: Complimentary Training on the Impacts of Trauma Open to the Public on March 14

CHAUTAUQUA: Dunkirk highlights mental health awareness

CHEMUNG: Southern Tier opioid recovery group looks to help recovering addicts

COLUMBIA: City of Hudson hopes its mental health court will be a model for other cities

CORTLAND: County Mental Health Department Considers New Peer Specialist Position

DUTCHESS: Second Veterans Treatment Court opens in Dutchess County

ERIE: Black Balloon Day Marks the Ever-Rising Toll of Overdose Deaths in Erie County

ERIE: The Restoration Society at Clubhouse Buffalo partners with Road Recovery for “finale” music performance

FRANKLIN: St. Joe’s to share services with Citizen Advocates

FULTON: The Family Counseling Center’s Mobile Crisis Unit Helps Area Youth

GENESEE: GENESEE COUNTY/“There is Hope!” HEALing Community Study (HCS) Launches Medication for Opioid Use Disorder Education Campaign

MONROE: Monroe County announces COMIDA funding for healthcare training program

MONROE: Governor Hochul Announces Decreases in Gun Violence in Rochester & Highlights FY 2024 Executive Budget Proposals to Further Drive Down Crime & Protect New Yorkers

NYC: 'Like a second home': Fountain House connects New Yorkers with mental health services

NYC: Overdose prevention centers save lives but remain in legal limbo, as NYC moves toward expansion

ONONDAGA: Xylazine, a deadly skin-rotting drug, is fueling a wave of overdoses in Syracuse

ONONDAGA: Helping kids in need with the Elmcrest Children Mental Health Crisis Respite 

OSWEGO: Mental health services lacking in rural upstate areas, doctor says

SUFFOLK: On East End, Latino Advocacy Group Using Grant from Opioids Settlement to Help Teens

TOMPKINS: Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County’s open access detox center to open soon

WASHINGTON: Washington County Officials Sound the Alarm on Overdoses

WESTCHESTER: Housing for adults with autism to open in Westchester County

It’s Not ‘Magic’: Ending the X-Waiver Alone Unlikely to Fix MAT’s Access Problem

The federal government now allows any appropriately registered prescribers to use buprenorphine to treat patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) after years of loosening restrictions on the drug. Several behavioral health insiders see the move as having clear benefits for the industry. However, the benefit of deregulating buprenorphine may underwhelm in the short-term and even open lanes for subpar care. But the long-term impact of the move could help address a fundamental challenge in addiction treatment: encouraging prescribers to treat patients in addiction or to consider the field of addiction treatment as a career. Read more here.

Proven Schizophrenia Treatments Keep People in School, at Work and off the Street. Why Won't Insurance Companies Cover Them?

Physicians are twice as likely as the general population to attempt suicide, Medscape survey finds

Opioids Are Leading Cause of Child Poisoning Deaths, Study Finds

38% of Consumers Prefer Getting Behavioral Health Care Virtually Over In-person

KFF: Reentry Programs to Help Former Prisoners Obtain Health Care Are Often Underused

New FORE Grants Seek to Improve Access to MOUD in Pharmacies and Emergency Departments


Peers: Hiring and Onboarding

March 9, 12 - 1:15 pm, MCTAC

Beyond X-ing the X-Waiver

March 9, 3 - 4:30 pm, FORE

Federal Health Privacy Laws: Basics for School Professionals - Session 1

March 14, 1 - 2 pm, MHTTC

Flipping the Script: A Teach-In for Healthcare Workers on Homelessness and Aging

March 16, 1 - 2 pm, Corporation for Supportive Housing

DLTSS Training: Unwinding Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Public Health Emergency

March 15, 2 - 3:30 pm, CMS

Adding Up the Cost of Health Inequity

March 15, 2 - 3 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Federal Health Privacy Laws: Basics for School Professionals - Session 2

March 16, 1 - 2 pm, MTTHC

Mobile Crisis Response Teams: Services Across Diverse Settings

March 16, 2 - 3 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

PSYCKES for BHCCs and Other Networks

March 16, 2 - 3 pm, OMH

Co-occurring Opioid and Stimulant Use Disorders

March 21, 2 - 3 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Justice Center Code of Conduct Train-the-Trainer Session

March 22, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, NYS Justice Center

Youth and Family Partnership in Juvenile Justice Systems Reform: Building a Strategy, Sharing Power, and Shifting the Culture

March 23, 1 - 2 pm, CSG Justice Center

Peer Support Service Models Success in Integrated Care Settings

March 23, 3 - 4 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Expanding Access to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment During and After Incarceration

March 23, 3 - 4 pm, FORE

Mental Health in Communities of Color Symposium: Breaking the Stigma & Silence and Prioritizing Needs

March 31, 9 am - 2 pm

2023 Justice Center Summit

April 18 - 19, 25 - 26 - Event Flyer



Addiction Services & Recovery Committee Meeting

March 9: 11 am - 12 pm

Mental Hygiene Planning Committee Meeting

March 9: 1 - 3 pm

Mental Health Committee Meeting

March 9: 3 - 4 pm

LGU Clinic Operators Call

March 14: 10 - 11:30 am

IOCC Meeting - IN-PERSON (Albany)

March 15: 1 - 3:30 pm

Children & Families Committee Meeting

March 21: 11:30 am - 1 pm

Deputy DCS Call

March 28: 10 - 11 am

Save the Date: CLMHD Spring Full Membership Meeting - May 11-12 in Saratoga Springs

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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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