News from NASADAD
- NPN announces call for 2016 National Exemplary Awards applications
News from the States
- CDC issues report examining fentanyl-related drug overdose deaths in Ohio
- Kansas passes juvenile justice reforms, shifting focus from detention centers to community-based programs
Around the Agencies
- CMS finalizes rule on mental health and substance use disorder parity for Medicaid and CHIP
- SAMHSA announces Daryl Kade as CBHSQ Director, Monica Feit as OPPI Director
- HHS releases new guidance on federal funding for syringe service programs
In the News
- NAATP announces new study tracking treatment outcomes data
- National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws updates reports on marijuana legislation
- President Obama announces additional actions to address the opioid crisis
News from NASADAD
NPN announces call for 2016 National Exemplary Awards applications
The National Prevention Network (NPN) has announced their call for applications for the 2016 National Exemplary Awards for Innovative Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Practices, and Policies. The Exemplary Awards program identifies and honors outstanding achievements in substance abuse prevention throughout the country. The 2016 Awards will recognize exceptional substance abuse efforts and serve to focus national attention on the field of substance abuse prevention. They are intended to showcase “grassroots,” evidence-based substance abuse prevention programs and strategies that have been evaluated and may be replicated by others. Applications are due Friday, May 6th, 2016.
Access the 2016 Exemplary Awards application here.
News from the States
CDC issues report examining fentanyl-related drug overdose deaths in Ohio
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a report analyzing fentanyl-related drug overdose deaths in Ohio. Ohio’s Department of Health had previously requested assistance from the CDC after data suggested fentanyl-related overdose deaths increased from 84 in 2013 to 502 in 2014. The CDC’s investigation examined death certificates, medical examiner reports, emergency department visit data, and prescription history data from the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System, the State’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP). Results from the study indicate that individuals experiencing fentanyl-related overdose deaths are 69 percent male, 89 percent white, and 94 percent with some college or less education. The average age of those experiencing fentanyl overdoses was 37.9 years old. The study recommends that counties continue to monitor fentanyl-related deaths and perform targeted interventions as necessary. The CDC suggests improving access to naloxone for first responders.
Read the full report here.
Kansas passes juvenile justice reforms, shifting focus from detention centers to community-based programs
The Kansas House of Representatives has passed a bill reforming the State’s juvenile justice system. The bill places larger emphasis on therapeutic treatment options for non-violent juvenile offenders by shifting support from detention centers to community-based programs. Kansas expects the bill to save the State about $72 million in funding over the next five years, as research suggests community-based programs decrease recidivism and increase high school graduation rates. The Kansas State Senate passed a similar measure earlier in the session that phases out Kansas’s use of youth residential facilities by 2018. This phasing out contradicts the House version of the bill that keeps 50 beds available in youth facilities. This disagreement will be negotiated by both chambers before being submitted to Governor Brownback.
Read more about Kansas’s juvenile justice reforms here.
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CMS finalizes rule on mental health and substance use disorder parity for Medicaid and CHIP
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the finalization of a rule related to mental health and substance use disorder parity for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beneficiaries last week. The rule was released in conjunction with President Obama’s visit to the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta. The rule intends to expand access to evidence-based treatment by providing States flexibility in managed care delivery mechanisms while requiring that Medicaid beneficiaries are able to access mental health and substance use disorder benefits in a similar way to other medical benefits. Plans are required to provide information on mental health and substance use disorder benefits, including determination of medical necessity criteria, under the new rule. States must now disclose the rationale behind any denial of reimbursement for mental health and substance use disorder benefit claims.
View the final rule here.
SAMHSA announces Daryl Kade as CBHSQ Director, Monica Feit as OPPI Director
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced Daryl Kade as the new Director of the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) and Monica Feit, Ph.D. as Director of the Office of Policy, Planning, and Innovation (OPPI). Ms. Kade and Dr. Feit were both already serving as Acting Directors of both CBHSQ and OPPI, respectively.
As CBHSQ Director, Ms. Kade will provide national leadership in substance use disorder treatment, substance abuse prevention, and mental health statistics. Ms. Kade previously served as Acting Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and as Director of SAMHSA’s Office of Financial Resources. Ms. Kade has also worked within the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) as a budget and legislative analyst.
As OPPI Director, Dr. Feit will assist SAMHSA in policy formulation and implementation in conjunction with external stakeholders. Dr. Feit previously joined the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as Director of the Division of Public Health Services in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in 2013. Before joining HHS, Dr. Feit worked as a Senior Program Officer at the Institute of Medicine (IOM).
HHS releases new guidance on federal funding for syringe service programs
Last week the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released new guidance for State, local, and tribal health departments seeking to fund syringe service programs (SSPs) through federal grant money. The guidance states that health departments are now able to use federal funding to create or enhance SSPs to help prevent the spread of HIV and viral hepatitis. It is important to note that while federal funds can be used for a large array of services, they cannot be used to purchase sterile needles or syringes.
HHS will require that health departments consult with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to determine whether there is a need for SSPs in their jurisdiction. Once consulted, CDC will decide whether health departments are eligible to apply for SSP funding from their respective federal agencies.
Read the full guidance document here.
In the News
NAATP announces new study tracking treatment outcomes data
The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) has announced a new study tracking patient outcomes from residential and outpatient treatment programs. The NAATP will collaborate with the OMNI Institute to collect data from over one-thousand patients following their first year after treatment. The study will examine a number of outcomes, including: detoxification, patient engagement, medication, counseling, peer and family support, and twelve-step activity.
Read the full press release here.
National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws updates reports on marijuana legislation
The National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws (NAMSDL) has updated its series of reports on medicinal, legal, and illegal marijuana legislation for 2016. The reports summarize ongoing and future efforts to regulate both the medical marijuana and legal marijuana industries at the State level. Three reports are now available: a report examining “follow-up” legislation in States that have legalized the personal use of marijuana, a report examining legislation to decriminalize the personal use of marijuana, and a report examining general marijuana legalization efforts.
Read the “follow-up” legislation report here.
Read the decriminalization report here.
Read the personal non-medical use report here.
President Obama announces additional actions to address the opioid crisis
On March 29th President Obama announced the following policies during a speech at the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit:
- HHS will issue a proposed rule increasing the buprenorphine treatment cap from 100 to 200 patients for qualified physicians treating opioid use disorders.
- HHS will release $94 million in new funding to 271 Community Health Centers – expected to help treat approximately 124,000 new patients with substance use disorders.
- SAMHSA will release $11 million in funding opportunities to expand medication-assisted treatment in up to 11 States.
- President Obama will sign a memorandum authorizing the creation of a Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force to be chaired by the Domestic Policy Council. The Task Force will be held to an October 31 deadline to ensure that important parity protections are implemented.
- HHS will finalize a rule bolstering mental health and substance use disorder parity in Medicaid and CHIP.
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