Methadone Best Practice Guidelines

Adult and Older Adult Suicide Prevention Plan
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Pennsylvania Adult and Older Adult Suicide Prevention Plans
The Pennsylvania Adult and Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition: has revised the Adult and Older Adult Suicide Prevention Plans, in cooperation with a statewide advisory committee.  The plans were revised through a “Mental Health Matters” grant from the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.  

AHRQ offers free toolkit to strengthen medication reconciliation

AHRQ offers free toolkit to strengthen medication reconciliation
A free toolkit to help acute care and post-acute care facilities evaluate and improve their current medication reconciliation process is now available from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
The toolkit, titled “Medications at Transitions and Clinical Handoffs (MATCH) Toolkit for Medication Reconciliation,” can help facilities reduce patient harm due to adverse drug events or medication errors.
MATCH offers the following advantages:
• Promotes compliance with The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goal for maintaining and communicating accurate patient medication information
• Can lead to better care transitions and fewer unnecessary readmissions by helping to ensure patients receive the right medication in the right dose at the right time
• Provides a framework to capture complete, accurate medication information through electronic health records (EHRs)
• Enables building a medication reconciliation process from scratch or redesigning an existing process
MATCH features a comprehensive work plan with procedural guidelines and flowcharts, modifiable templates, pilot-test recommendations and other resources to help your facility improve its medication reconciliation process step by step.
For a free toolkit, please email or call 1-800-358-9295

Announcing: An Internet Parenting Education and Support Group for Mothers with Psychiatric Disabilities: A Research Study
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The Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion has launched a new research study examining the effectiveness of an Internet parenting education and social support program for mothers with a psychiatric disability. The TU Collaborative is looking for women who are interested in participating in an online parental education course designed to enhance parental knowledge and skills in the following areas: illness management, child development, stress reduction, parent-child communication, and promoting resiliency in your child. This program also involves Internet social support through a Listserv, which will be co-moderated by a parent with a psychiatric disability and a mental health professional. This group can connect you 24-hours a day, 7-days a week to a community of supportive peers, in your own home or anywhere you can access the Internet!
Looking for people who:
• Are mothers (over the age of 18) diagnosed with a mental illness (Major Depression, Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorder or Mood Disorder)
• Currently have primary/shared custody and are serving as the caretaker for at least one child (natural, adopted, or stepchild) under the age of 18
• Have access to a computer and the Internet
• Would consider using the Internet for support and information
• Are United States Residents
• Are fluent in English

Participants will be compensated up to $100 for their participation in this study.
If you want to participate or would like more information, please contact the following address:

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Assessing and Maintaining an Adequate Dose
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Southwest Behavioral Health Training
Trusandra Taylor, MD, FASAM, MPH

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Blueprints of Change: Promoting Recovery Through Systems Transformation
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A summary report of the fiscal year 2001-2012 County Mental Health Plans for Adults, Older Adults and Transition-Age Youth with Serious Mental Illness and Co-occurring Disorders. This report summarzes the collective movement toward a consumer-driven, recovery-oriented mental health service system as documented in the fiscal year 2011-2012 Mental Health Plans submitted by the counties.

Bringing the Front Porch Project to Your Community
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If you’ve ever seen a parent “losing their cool” with a child in a store or restaurant, if you’ve ever wondered if a child in your neighborhood is being supervised and cared for – you are not alone. These concerns, and others, are what the Front Porch Project® is all about.
FPP® is a community-based primary prevention initiative based on the belief that everyone can -- and should -- become more aware of how to help protect fragile and at-risk children in their own community. It provides ordinary citizens with the knowledge, training and encouragement they need to become involved. The two-day training sessions equip citizens with a basic knowledge of child welfare and safety issues, skills for increasing their comfort level in helping a child, and a wide range of ideas for ways they can support today’s families.
Local training sessions are offered at no cost to communities across Pennsylvania. To learn more about sponsoring a training, see the attached information or contact Beth Bitler at PA Family Support Alliance at (717) 238-0397 or


Building a Network of Care and Coordination
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Southwest Behavioral Health Training
Trusandra Taylor, MD, FASAM, MPH

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Continuing the Success of Pennsylvanias Behavioral Health Managed Care Program
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PCPA has published Continuing the Success of Pennsylvania's Behavioral Health Managed Care Program. The primary purpose of the paper is to keep legislators, state and county officials, and other stakeholders apprised of the important and successful commonwealth program, Behavioral HealthChoices. The paper was written on behalf of members to highlight the success of the behavioral health managed care program and support continuation of this model. It has been the overwhelming experience of community providers, consumers, and many others in the field that the Behavioral HealthChoices model of specialty managed care offers a structure of accountability that assures access to quality care, implementation of evidence-based treatment, and sound fiscal control. PCPA believes strongly that the model should continue. All members are encouraged to forward the paper to local officials and other stakeholders whenever possible.

Critical Decision-Making to Facilitate Recovery
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Critical Decision-Making to Facilitate Recovery: The Blending of the PCPC and the ASAM PPC-2R

A David Mee-Lee, M.D. Presentation

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Critical Decision-Making to Facilitate Recovery_Medical
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Medical_Critical Decision-Making to Facilitate Recovery: The Blending of the PCPC and the ASAM PPC-2R

A David Mee-Lee, M.D. Presentation

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Developing a Solid and Effective, Peer Driven, Forensic Peer Support Program
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The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services/ Justice Related Services presents:
Developing a Solid and Effective, Peer Driven, Forensic Peer Support Program”

Forensic Peer Support is Peer Support offered in Criminal Justice Settings. This document summarizes some of the crucial steps and considerations organizations might want to consider when developing a Forensic Peer Support Program.  It also outlines steps, tips and examples that benefit planning and development.

Drug Watch

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug each month. At, we aim to educate the public about thousands of prescription and over-the-counter medications, many of which have the potential to cause serious side effects. Our website is continually updated with drug recall news, recent FDA approvals, drug interactions, side effects, and current developments in the medical field.

Please visit us at

Early Responders Distance Learning Center

The Early Responders Distance Learning Center of Saint Joseph’s University has created and administers accredited courses for the emergency response community on preparing and responding to terrorist incidents with a specialized focus on psychological consequences.

Easy to read drug facts

A new easy-to-read website from NIDA aims for a 4th-6th grade reading level. 
Check it out:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Online Courses

FEMA offers free independent study courses that can be completed for continuing education units. Courses cover topics such as emergency preparedness, developing and managing volunteers, and the Incident Command System.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Support Group
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Supporting birth parents, adoptive parents, and foster parents of children of all ages affected with FASD in the Pittsburgh area.

Meetings are held the First Tuesday of every month beginning September 2012.

Please download flyer for more details!

Integrating Physical and Behavioral Health Services: Lessons from Pennsylvania
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In addition, following are links to related resources:        Evaluation & Case Studies           Project Profile                  Press Release

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Integrating the Drug Screening Process with Critical Decision-Making
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Southwest Behavioral Health Training
Trusandra Taylor, MD, FASAM, MPH

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Involving Peers in SOAR

SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) is a national project funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that is designed to increase access to SSI/SSDI for eligible adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and have a mental illness and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder.
The SOAR TA Center has released an issue brief on involving peers in SOAR. Peer support workers can effectively engage people throughout the SSI/SSDI application process and provide ongoing support to individuals seeking benefits.  Involving Peer Supports in the SOAR Process

IRETA Resource Links Volume 9 Issue 2
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Pathways to Recovery
Resource Links, the Northeast ATTC’s quarterly magazine featuring addiction research and practice in New York and Pennsylvania

Law Center Releases New Guide on Inclusive Early Childhood Learning

The Education Law Center has announced the publication of the first edition of A Family Guide to Inclusive Early Childhood Learning in Pennsylvania. This project has been supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council.

This guide is designed to be a quick and easy resource to inclusive early childhood learning programs in Pennsylvania for parents of children with developmental delays or disabilities. It describes eight different early childhood learning programs, including Early Head Start and Head Start, Infant and Toddler and Preschool Early Intervention, and Pre-K Counts and provides information for parents on child development and how to find quality early learning programs. The Guide also offers parent tools, problem-solving tips, and information about the legal rights of parents and children to early childhood learning programs as well as gives links to websites and other resources to help parents and others navigate the full range of early childhood opportunities in Pennsylvania.

Medicaid Preclusion Lists
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PA implemented the bulletin 99-11-05 that requires providers and anyone else who is touched by Federal Medicaid Dollars (our Admin) to run once per month any employee, contracted employee, contractor or consultant who is either paid by Medicaid Dollars or has any access to PHI covered by Medicaid.

Download attachments for MA Provider Bulletin, Exclusion Verification Form and Exclusions

Links for Preclusion List:

Mental - New Federal Website

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced the launch of as an online resource for people looking for information about mental health. This website provides information about the signs of mental illness, how individuals can seek help, and how communities can host conversations about mental health. The website also features videos from a number of individuals sharing their stories about mental illness, recovery, and hope

Navigating the System a Parent Welcome Tool Kit
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This Welcome Kit was developed by Value Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania's Family Advisory Committee for all families who need assistance and encouragement along their own personal journey with a loved one. Questions about this guide can be answered by dialing your county's VBH-PA toll-free number and ask to speak to someone in the Prevention, Education and Outreach Department.

VBH-PA Family Advisory Committee's Navigating the System Subcommittee Letter to Parents

Navigating the System: A Parent Friendly Guide to Pennsylvania's Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Service System

  1. Getting a Diagnosis for Your Child
  2. How to Apply for Medical Assistance
  3. Obtaining Services for Your Child
  4. Inter-Agency Service Planning Team Meeting (ISPT)
  5. After the ISPT Meeting
  6. Who Can I call for Help?
  7. Child and Adolescent Continuum of Care
  8. Get Organized
  9. Other Places to Look for Help
  10. Resource Order Form

Additional Resources

VBH-PA Resources:

Other Sources:

New Information and Resource Kit for LGBT Populations

SAMHSA has released Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations Information & Resource Kit. This publication demonstrates SAMHSA's commitment to creating awareness of the needs, experiences, and health status of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans and to addressing behavioral health disparities. Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations Information & Resource Kit informs health care providers and prevention specialists about the health experiences of LGBT populations. Understanding the health issues of LGBT individuals is a significant step in improving access to care and the quality of behavioral health services.

New Webcast Series Available Online: Introduction to Work Incentives and Ticket to Work

The purpose of this series of five webcasts, presented by The Pennsylvania Training Partnership for People with Disabilities and Families, is to equip Social Security beneficiaries with information to help people be less fearful of employment options and encourage the understanding that employment can be a successful endeavor for people who have disabilities.
New webcast modules promote an understanding of Work Incentives, tailor-made for individuals and families interested in Work Incentives.
To access, visit the Works for Me website:  Works For Me - Pennsylvania - Webcast

Olmstead Plans - Statewide Review

The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services created an Olmstead Plan for the Pennsylvania State Mental Health System in 2011 to promote the development of a comprehensive array of integrated supports and services to meet the needs of consumers in the least restrictive settings possible.  As a component of the Commonwealth’s plan, counties had the opportunity to work with stakeholders to identify needs and create a plan that addresses service system development and funding mechanisms.  Those plans are currently available for review at:
Olmstead Plan for Pa State Mental Health System

Pennsylvania Network of Care for Mental/Behavioral Health

Network of Care was recognized as a model program by the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health and provides vital information to help link consumers to support groups and personal advocacy resources in the community. The site also provides a repository of evidence-based practices – successful, creative ways for communities to respond to their behavioral-health needs. 
Visit PA Network of Care for Mental/Behavioral Health
Click on a county to view local information about behavioral health services, laws, and related news.

Promoting Children’s Health and Resiliency: A Strengthening Families Approach
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“Promoting Children’s Health and Resiliency: A Strengthening Families Approach,” for primary health partners, from the Center for the Student of Social Policy.

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PTSD, Trauma, and Comorbid Psychiatric Disorders in Detained Youth
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“PTSD, Trauma, and Comorbid Psychiatric Disorders in Detained Youth,” from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, June 2013.

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QUIC Facts entitled “Consumer Voice in Treatment Decisions

The June 2011 edition of the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services’ QUIC Facts entitled “Consumer Voice in Treatment Decisions“ has been posted to

Recently Released Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Bulletins

OMHSAS -11-05: Clarification of Permissible Arrangements for Psychologists Who are Associated with the Provision of Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services – effective 3/8/11

OMHSAS - 11-06: Administrative Investigations – effective 3/10/11

Requests for Proposals - Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - Promoting Employment for Persons with Disabilities
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The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) has enabled Pennsylvania to support the collaboration of community agencies, educational institutions, and businesses to promote the competitive employment for people with disabilities, since 2009 over one hundred mini grants have been awarded.  While the specific nature and audience varied with each mini grant, the outcome was always the same – promoting employment for people with disabilities.

As one of the final initiatives of the MIG, the Works for Me Program is seeking intermediate units, schools, Careerlinks, community agencies, consumer groups, centers for independent living, organizations who serve people with disabilities, and other stakeholders to actively promote employment for people with disabilities.  

Deadline June 15 - For more information, please refer to the attachments.



The U.S. Surgeon General and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention recently released a revised National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2012). The Action Alliance selected four priorities that will help the group reach its goal of saving 20,000 lives in the next five years. The priorities were chosen because of their potential to produce the systems-level change necessary to



substantially lower the burden of suicide in our nation. The priorities are:

1. Integrate suicide prevention into health care reform and encourage the adoption of similar measures in the private sector.

2. Transform health care systems to significantly reduce suicide.

3. Change the public conversation around suicide and suicide prevention.

4. Increase the quality, timeliness, and usefulness of surveillance data regarding suicidal behaviors.

Watch the live launch of the revised national strategy or download the full report and supplemental materials at

SAMHSA Dialogue Blog

The SAMHSA Dialogue Blog is a place where up-to-date information including articles from SAMHSA staff, announcements of new programs, links to reports, grant opportunities, and ways to connect to other resources are located. Unlike traditional media, the SAMHSA blog will give you an opportunity to give real-time feedback and have your voice heard. The blog provides a venue to discuss what SAMHSA is up to, share ideas with others around the health care world and what you would like to see from SAMHSA. We look forward to your comments!

SAMHSA releases Mental Health, United States 2010 report

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has released Mental Health, United States, 2010, the latest in a series of publications issued biannually by SAMHSA since 1980, provides in-depth information regarding the current status of the mental health field.
This publication is the only available comprehensive source of national-level statistical information on trends in both private- and public-sector behavioral health services, costs, and clients. Drawing on over 35 different data sources, this publication also includes state-level data and information about special populations such as children, military families, nursing home residents, and incarcerated individuals.

SAMHSA’s 10x10 Campaign

NOW AVAILABLE: FREE 10x10 Wellness Campaign Brochures and Posters  
The 10x10 Wellness Campaign launched its free brochures and posters for clinicians, community organizations,
consumers/survivors and peers who want to take action to improve the life expectancy of people with behavioral
health challenges by 10 years in the next 10 years.

The new resources include:
1.Top Three Ways to Promote Wellness poster (SMA10-4569)
2.Eight Dimensions of Wellness poster (SMA10-4568)
3.Informational brochure for primary care providers that provides strategies for talking about wellness and connecting with
patients’ behavioral health care providers (SMA10-4566)
4.Motivational brochure for consumers/survivors/peers that describes how to incorporate the Eight Dimensions of Wellness
into everyday life (SMA10-4567)
5.Informational brochure to raise awareness about the disparity in early mortality for people with behavioral health
problems and gain “champions” for the 10x10 Wellness Campaign (SMA10-4565)

These consumer-centered tools establish a shared language for talking about how wellness can support recovery for
individuals with behavioral health challenges.
To order or download these free materials, visit or
call toll free 1-877-SAMHSA-7 (877-726-4727). 
To learn about the other resources available through the 10x10 Wellness Campaign, SAMHSA and the
FDA’s Office of Women’s Health, visit:

Staunton Farm RFP

We recently posted our 2013 RFP. Joni asked me to check in with you on where this can be posted and/or who sends out to stakeholders. Any guidance you can give here?

There is a link under the “announcements” section on the front page of our site:

Or this is the direct link to the application:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Grant Opportunities

Fiscal Year 2012 Statewide Consumer Network grants

SAMHSA is accepting applications for up to $2.31 million in Statewide Consumer Network grants over the course of the next three years. The purpose of this program is to enhance statewide consumer-run organizations to promote service system capacity and infrastructure development that is recovery-focused and resiliency-oriented.  Application due date: May 18

Fiscal Year 2012 Statewide Family Network Program grants

SAMHSA is accepting applications for Statewide Family Network Program grants totaling up to $1.3 million over the course of a three year period. The purpose of this program is to enhance State capacity and infrastructure to be more oriented to the needs of children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances and their families by providing information, referrals, and support to families who have a child with a serious emotional disturbance, and to create a mechanism for families to participate in State and local mental health services planning and policy development.  Application due date: May 18

Suicide Prevention Website

New Suicide Prevention Website

The Pennsylvania Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition is proud to announce the launch of their new website  Please visit the website to learn about available trainings and resources. The mission of the coalition is to provide education and collaborate with the community to prevent suicide, reduce the stigma associated with suicide and support those touched by suicide. 
If you are in crisis please call 1-800-273-8255.

Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program - Notice of Funding Availability Announcement

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced $100 million in grants has been made available for 2012 to community agencies that assist low income Veterans and families facing homelessness.  These funds are offered through The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, a homeless-prevention and rapid re-housing program established by VA in 2011.
The available funds were announced via a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) posted on the Federal register and at VA’s SSVF website, . Private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives interested in the grants have until February 15 to submit completed applications.


The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Psychological First Aid (PFA) Online Course

The NCTSN Learning Center is an online training center geared toward professionals and families seeking to learn more about child traumatic stress. Many resources specifically focus on disaster-related trauma and grief. The NCTSN Learning Center also features the PFA 6-hour interactive course that puts the participant in the role of a provider in a post-disaster scene. This professionally narrated course is for individuals who are new to disaster response and want to learn the core goals of PFA, as well as for seasoned practitioners who want a review. It features innovative activities, video demonstrations, and mentor tips from trauma experts and survivors. PFA Online also offers a Learning Community where participants can share experiences of using PFA in the field, receive guidance during times of disaster, and obtain additional resources and training.

The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care New Guide

Piecing Together Quality Long-Term Care:  A Consumer's Guide to Choices and Advocacy

The guide is intended to educate people with disabilities and older adults about their options for long-term services and supports and empower them to be self-advocates for quality long-term care.  The guide also provides information and resources to assist people currently living in nursing homes to move back into the community.
For more information, visit - – to review the guide, which features Piecing Together Quality Long-Term Care in different formats, including an HTML version, a PDF version and audio portions of the guide.

The Recovery Month 2012 Toolkit Is Available Online

Starting this year, the Recovery Month toolkit is only available online. View the HTML version (web pages) of the toolkit, or download sections or the entire toolkit in PDF format. As in past years, the toolkit includes updated resources; pieces on prevention, treatment, and recovery targeted to specific audiences; resources for event planning; and other current information on recovery, based on the 2012 theme: Join the Voices for Recovery: It's Worth It!

The Science of Resilience
The Science of Resilience: The Center on the Developing Child recently published a new paper in its InBrief Series, entitled “The Science of Resilience.” The paper is accompanied by with three videos that provide an overview of why resilience matters, how it develops, and how to strengthen it in children are available at
Time to Change: Let’s End Mental Health Discrimination
Time to Change is an anti-stigma campaign led by mental health charities in the United Kingdom. The website has many free relevant and realistic images that can be downloaded and used to illustrate mental health topics, but don’t perpetuate stereotypes about people with mental illness. Website:
University of North Carolina (UNC) Center for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP) Training Web Site

This site offers free Internet-based trainings developed by the UNC CPHP on public health preparedness topics such as disease surveillance; basic epidemiology; bioterrorism; diverse populations; disaster planning, response, and recovery; and emerging and reemerging diseases.


Well Aware


Well Aware: A "multi-faceted strategic communications program to better inform and engage education administrators, policymakers and influencers in youth suicide prevention." Hosting a series of webinars in Fall 2012 on "Understanding the MINDSET of a youth with suicidal ideation," "Knowing what to SAY and what to DO to help a suicidal youth," and "Can we PREDICT which 8-year-old children may in time become suicidal?" Webinars are always available online following the event. Website:


You Matter


Online campaign to promote the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Uses a blog and social media to focus on the positive message that the lives of young adults matter. Website: