September 22, 2022

After Launching National Tour to Strengthen Mental Health, HHS Releases Roadmap Based on Patient and Provider Feedback

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the HHS Roadmap for Behavioral Health Integration (Roadmap), which details policy solutions that would help to better integrate mental health and substance use care into the larger health care system and other systems. The Roadmap is based on feedback Secretary Becerra received from patients and providers during more than two dozen stops on his National Tour to Strengthen Mental Health. Launched in March the day after President Biden’s State of the Union address, Secretary Becerra’s National Tour to Strengthen Mental Health – like the Roadmap – is one of the many ways HHS is working to answer President Biden’s call to transform the delivery of behavioral health care in the U.S. Read more here.

Additional article of interest: Health Panel Recommends Anxiety Screening for All Adults Under 65

HHS Awards $3 Million for Initiative to Promote Black Youth Mental Health

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) announced more than $3 million in grants to eight organizations for a new initiative to demonstrate policy effectiveness to promote Black youth mental health (BYMH). This three-year initiative will help identify health and wellness policies that are successful in improving BYMH, including suicide prevention. Read more here.

SUNY Uses $24 Million in Federal American Rescue Plan Funds To Expand Student Mental Health and Wellness Services, Enhance Campus Resources

At a meeting of the State University of New York Board of Trustees on Wednesday, senior leaders announced the use of $24 million in American Rescue Plan funds to expand mental health and wellness services and enhance campus resources. Expanded on-campus programming includes: after-hours care, the creation of well-being spaces, the hiring of new staff, suicide prevention programming, emergency mini-grants to students who seek off-campus support, and broader training for counseling center staff, as well as other timely interventions. Read more here.

OMH Partners with NYAPRS to Create Psychiatric Rehabilitation Training Academy

The NYS Office of Mental Health on Tuesday announced a collaboration with the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS) to create a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Training Academy. Psychiatric rehabilitation helps adults living with major mental health conditions obtain the skills, supports and resources needed to successfully advance their health and recovery and to meet their essential personal social, employment, housing and related life goals. Read more here.

Experts Say New Street Drug Is ‘as Deadly as Fentanyl’

Nitazenes: You've probably never heard of these highly toxic drugs, and neither have many Americans who abuse opioid street drugs. That lack of awareness could prove deadly, experts warn, because nitazenes are increasingly being added into heroin and street versions of opioid pills -- and triggering fatal overdoses.

"Laboratory test results indicate that the potency of certain nitazene analogs [e.g., isotonitazene, protonitazene, and etonitazene] greatly exceeds that of fentanyl, whereas the potency of the analog metonitazene is similar to fentanyl," explained a team of researchers from the Tennessee Department of Health. Read more here.

The Meth Crisis Is Worse Than Ever, but New Treatments Might Be Around the Corner

When it comes to meth addiction, Thomas Robey has long been at a loss. As an emergency room doctor, he treats a steady stream of patients who show up at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash., after experiencing a methamphetamine overdose. But he’s never had much to offer them. Despite the skyrocketing use of meth, a stimulant particularly common in the western U.S., there’s no medication currently approved to treat meth overdose or aid in long-term recovery. Doctors who want to help have few available options. Patients who seek help often leave hospitals hardly better off than when they arrived.  Recently, though, Robey has added a new weapon to his limited meth-treatment arsenal: A monoclonal antibody that binds to methamphetamine molecules and helps prevent them from entering the brain. Read more here.

Paramedics Can Help Combat the Opioid Epidemic

Between emergency medical service (EMS) calls in Camden, New Jersey, a Cooper University Health Care EMS crew gazes out of their ambulance toward a group of people using heroin under a bridge with new eyes. Frustration has been replaced with hope and a tinge of excitement. What previously felt like a drain on their resources to fight a worsening and seemingly hopeless crisis is now an opportunity for change.

The key: an innovative initiative to train and arm paramedics with buprenorphine, a medication that treats withdrawal and begins addiction treatment on the spot, interrupting the relentless cycle of repeat overdoses. Read more here.

Santabarbara Says Plan to Study Group Home Issues Moving Ahead

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara on Monday said legislation he sponsored to establish a working group to help improve living conditions in group homes for disabled individuals is moving forward and is expected to be sent to Gov. Kathy Hochul for final approval. The working group would also examine communication between group home residents and their families, he said.

"Residents of group homes, who often have disabilities, deserve the right to weigh in on how they are being treated," said Santabarbara, who has a son with autism. Read more here.

Behavioral Health Inequities Have Cost the US Health Care System Over $278B

Behavioral health inequities have led to a wave of premature deaths and, in turn, a large cost burden for the U.S. health care system. In fact, the cost burden of premature behavioral health-related deaths in the Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) community was $278 billion alone between 2016 and 2020. That’s according to a new metadata analysis by the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine (SHLI). Read more here.

Novel Approach for Educating Prison Populations About Medication for Opioid Use Disorder

More than 90,000 people die of a drug overdose each year, with 75% of those involving an opioid, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although medication—buprenorphine, methadone or naltrexone—is an effective component in helping people with opioid use disorders, only a small number receive this care. This disparity of care, often among people of color, is urgently important in correctional institutions, where 85% of the population has an active substance use disorder or were incarcerated for a crime involving drugs or drug use—a population that is at a higher risk for overdose upon release.

Recognizing this disparity, Rutgers University Correctional Health Care, which has a comprehensive program offering all available medications for opioid use disorder, and the New Jersey Department of Corrections developed a short video that educates incarcerated people on medication for opioid use disorder. The campaign is the first in the United States to use an easily accessible video to educate all incarcerated people, including underserved populations, on how medication can help with opioid use disorder. Read more here.

Additional article of interest: States Push for Innovative Ways to Improve Health Outcomes for Justice-Involved Individuals

Dental Care is Scarce for People with Disabilities; This is How NY is Trying to Fix That

Alanna O'Shea needed a lot of dental work, maybe even root canal. A dentist said the 20-year-old who attends a special education program at Ardsley High School would need to be under anesthesia in a hospital operating room to get the work done. That's an all-too-common, highly invasive practice for treating people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who may be averse to even the most basic dental procedures. Then her mom, Elaine O'Shea, brought Alanna to Touro College's dental clinic for an anesthesia consult. Dr. Raquel Rozdolski, a dentist-anesthesiologist, had other ideas. Read more here.

BROOME: As new school year begins, some counselors are concerned about students’ mental health

CAYUGA: 'That Poor Decision': Impaired Driving Arrests Increasing Across Cayuga County

CHAUTAUQUA: Mental Health Association Receives $500,000 Grant For Drug Recovery

ERIE: Daniel's Law is reimagining the response to mental health crises

ESSEX: Chalk the Walk honors Suicide Prevention Month

JEFFERSON: Jefferson County’s 2022 overdose deaths trending downward

MONROE: Activists call for passage of 'Daniel's Law' in hopes of sparking charge, saving lives

MONROE: URMC’s ‘INTERCEPT’ first of its kind for upstate adolescent mental health care

MONROE: Governor Hochul Announces Groundbreaking of $64 Million Affordable Supportive Housing Development in Rochester

MONROE: $30,000 in funds for youth mental health program in Rochester

NASSAU: Nassau Begins Distributing Millions to Drug Treatment Programs as Part of Opioids Lawsuit Settlement

NIAGARA: Niagara County raises flag for Suicide Prevention Month

NYC: Harlem Health Center To Be Bulldozed For Housing, Surprising Neighbors

NYC: ‘Everyone deserves quality housing’: New facility serving seniors and formerly homeless New Yorkers opens in Jamaica

NYC: New apartments offer supportive housing for people with disabilities or coming out of foster care

NYC: Governor Hochul Announces Opening of $80 Million Supportive Housing Development In Queens

NYC: NYC Health + Hospitals Supportive Housing to Replace Mental Health Center

NYC: Valera Health (Brooklyn) CEO: There Need to Be Incentives to Care for SMI Population

OSWEGO: Farnham Family Services Receives Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Award

OSWEGO: Governor Hochul Announces Completion of $26 Million Affordable Housing Development in Oswego

RENSSELAER: Social Media Mental Health Specialist for students

RENSSELAER: Lansingburgh receives $2.38M grant to partner with St. Catherine’s and offer student mental health support

SUFFOLK: Mental Health Clinic for Children and Teens Opens In Suffolk

TOMPKINS: Tompkins County considers ways to spend opioid settlement money

TOMPKINS: Farm group seeks to teach mental-health first aid

TOMPKINS: Health and human services committee discusses options for addressing opioids

TOMPKINS: County receives recidivism research; weighs TIDES feedback

Calls, Rescues Take Toll on Mental Health of NYS Parks Police, University Officers

The global prevalence of anxiety, depression and other mental health issues have mounted since the COVID-19 pandemic, and it's taking its toll on the police who safeguard state parks and universities. Members of the state Police Benevolent Association are tasked with rescuing people in need in state forests or campuses. At times, that means helping someone thinking of or attempting to take their own life. 

Robert Praczkajlo, a state forest ranger of 22 years, recounted helping to search for a woman early in his career. She died by suicide after stabbing herself multiple times in a state forest next to a large oak tree.

Recalling the incident quickly brought him to tears. Read more here.

NYHealth Launches 2023 Special Projects Fund RFP

The New York Health Foundation (NYHealth) 2023 Special Projects Fund Request for Proposals (RFP) is now available. Applicants must submit an online inquiry form to determine whether a proposed project fits the funding criteria. There are two funding cycles for the 2022 Special Projects Fund. Deadlines for the online inquiry form are October 12, 2022 and March 2, 2023. Selected organizations will be invited to submit full proposals, with deadlines of January 12, 2023 and May 11, 2023. Read more here.

Canadian opioid supply program shows decreased rates of ED visits, hospitalizations, costs

A new paper offers mental health clinicians a framework for using AI on the front lines. Here is its key takeaway

'2 Milligrams: Fatal Dose': The crisis of fentanyl, America's hidden killer

JAMA: Unintentional overdoses spiked among adolescents during pandemic

How New York schools are spending their state aid

Teva expects to start paying U.S. opioid settlement in 2023

Rural suicide a focus of WSU research, outreach

Autism diagnosis in adulthood linked to higher rate of psychiatric conditions


SAMHSA Office of Behavioral Health Equity Recovery Month

September 22, 1:30 - 3 pm, SAMHSA

Community-Level Steps for Cross-Sector Collaboration to Increase Housing Opportunity

September 22, 2 - 3 pm, (CSG) Justice Center and CSH

Suicide Prevention within the LGBTQ+ Community

September 26, 1 - 2 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Quality Matters: An Update From NCQA On Behavioral Health Measurement Trends

September 27, 12 - 1 pm, PsychU

Alcohol Use Disorder: Our Nation’s Hidden Epidemic

September 28, 2 - 3 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Free Talk Saves Lives Training for Agricultural Community of New York State

September 29, 9 - 10:30 am

How Using Contingency Management Can Support Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders

September 29, 1:30 - 3 pm, SAMHSA

Decreasing Disparities and Improving Outcomes: A Closer Look at Standardization Tools Around Service Intensity

September 29, 2 - 3 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

National Family Caregiving Strategy: A State Roadmap for Supporting Family Caregivers

October 3, 2 - 3 pm, NASHP

NYS Justice Center Code of Conduct Train-the-Trainer

October 4, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, NYSJC

Introduction to PSYCKES

October 4, 10 - 11 am, OMH

Identifying and Reaching Family Caregivers: Innovative State Strategies

October 6, 1 - 2 pm, Center for Health Care Strategies

Professional Boundaries for OASAS Providers

October 12, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, NYSJC

PSYCKES for Health Homes and Care Management Agencies

October 12, 3 - 4:30 pm, OMH

Integrating Harm Reduction into the Substance Use Disorder Care Continuum

October 13, 1 - 2 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Navigating PSYCKES Recipient Search for Population Health

October 18, 10 - 11 am, OMH

Women Veterans’ Definitions of Peer Support: Importance for Mental Health & Well-being

October 20, 6 - 7 pm, NASW-NYS

Exploring the Intersections of Gender-Based Violence and Suicide

October 21, 12 - 1:30 pm, NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

PSYCKES Mobile App for iPhones & iPads

October 25, 11 am - 12 pm, OMH

State Integration Models of Recovery Support Services

October 27, 11:30 am - 1 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Diversity, Equity and Belonging focused Solutions to Recruit & Retain the Workforce

November 3, 3 - 4 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

NYS Justice Center Code of Conduct Train-the-Trainer

November 9, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, NYSJC



CLMHD Membership Call

September 28: 9 - 10:30 am


Quarterly LGU Billing Staff Call

October 6, 2 - 3 pm

AOT Coordinators Meeting

October 7, 10 - 11:30 am

CLMHD Office Closed - Columbus Day

October 10

LGU Clinic Operators Call

October 11, 10 - 11:30 am

Executive Committee Meeting

October 12, 8 - 9 am

Addiction Services & Recovery Committee Meeting

October 13: 11 am - 12 pm

Mental Health Committee Meeting

October 13: 3 - 4 pm

Children & Families Committee Meeting

October 18: 11:30 am - 1 pm

CLMHD Fall Full Membership Meeting

October 20-21, Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, Rochester

Developmental Disabilities Committee Meeting

October 27, 1 - 2:30 pm

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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