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  • June 02, 2020 2:06 PM | Anonymous

    Urgent!

    Please support the Amendment to HB 1623, allowing telehealth and telephone options for providers and reimbursement at in-office rates.  

    They have made it incredibly easy to sign in and support the bill and the amendment - this will take you 3 minutes

    Go to: - http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/senate/onlinemtgs/hhs/HHS_Notice_-_06-04-2020.pdf  

    Click on the link in #1. You can put in your name and information then select "support not speaking" for both the bill and the amendment.

    To submit your testimony to the committee, please send all documents via email to remotesenate@leg.state.nh.us. 

    Please use the following talking points for letters of support:

    • Clinicians need to be reimbursed by private insurance for telehealth at the same rate as in-office. It is the same work, being done differently.
    • We must remove all barriers to substance use disorder treatment.
    • Mental health needs are more crucial now than ever before.
    • Telehealth is a necessary component to maintaining the mental and behavioral health needs of our NH residents, especially in the many rural areas where clients lack necessary transportation, and inclement weather makes it hard to travel to appointments. 

    Remember to put your reasons for this request (number of clients, client needs & safety).

    HB 1623 and the amendment to HB 1623 will be heard this Thursday at 8 am in the Senate Health & Human Services Committee   - http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/senate/onlinemtgs/hhs2.aspx

    This bill and amendment would put into statute the language of Governor Sununu's Emergency Order #8 and allow reimbursement for clinicians to provide telehealth and telephone therapy at in-office rates.

    Warmest Regards,

    Suzanne L. Thistle, MA, MLADC

    Chair, NHADACA Public Policy Committee

    NHADACA.org


  • May 29, 2020 12:27 PM | Anonymous

    On June 9-10, you can support NHADACA as part of New Hampshire Gives, the statewide giving event focusing on state nonprofits and the good they do.

    You can help us! 

    • Sign up to be a fundraising champion and share YOUR story about NHADACA with friends and colleagues.
    • Donate on June 9-10. A $250,000 site-wide match will be available starting June 9th at 6PM! That means every donation you make (while funds are still available) will be matched dollar for dollar (up to $1,000 per individual donor). So if you want to give NHADACA $50, but only have $25, give as early as you can!

    • Does your/your partner or spouse's workplace have a matching gift program? You can make every dollar go even further!

    Every dollar we receive will go to supporting our work supporting substance use professionals in the state. 

    Mark your calendar today, or sign up now!

  • May 15, 2020 4:17 PM | Anonymous

    Creating Connections NH requests your expertise for the development of an Alternative Peer Group model for youth and young adults in New Hampshire as part of a federally-funded project to develop and implement a system of care for youth (ages 12-25) with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. They would appreciate you taking a brief survey, as well as sharing and distributing the survey with other organizations or stakeholders in NH with an interest in Youth Peer Support, and substance use treatment for adolescents and young adults. We appreciate you completing the survey by Sunday, May 24, 2020.

    If you have any questions please email Heidi Cloutier at Heidi.Cloutier@unh.edu.   Thank you! 

  • May 15, 2020 3:41 PM | Anonymous
    STARTS MONDAY...
    ATTENDEES DO NOT HAVE TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH ECHO

    Best Practices in Adoption of TeleHealth: COVID and Beyond mini-series


    This series is open to all primary and ambulatory healthcare workers across the globe using or planning on using electronic information and telecommunication technologies to support and promote long-distance clinical health care and patient education.  

    Telehealth can address COVID-19 and other epidemic situations by limiting exposure to infection for vulnerable populations and health care workers while expanding the reach of resources to communities that have limited access to needed services. This allows patients to receive health services away from settings where the potential for contracting COVID-19 is high, such as hospitals, health clinic waiting rooms, private practices, etc.

    Each session will include facilitation by Dr. Sanjeev Arora, Director of Project ECHO and Dr. Matt Bouchonville, Associate Medical Director, ECHO Institute, a didactic presentation, and the following panel of experts for Q&A:
    • Joseph C. Kvedar, MD; Vice President, Partners in Health
    • Christian B. Ramers, MD, MPH, AAHIVS; Medical Director, Laura Rodriguez Research Institute
    • John D. Scott, MD, MSc, FIDSA; Medical Director, University of Washington Digital Health
    • Kristin Sohl, MD, FAAP; Executive Director, ECHO Autism


    Session 1:     Monday, May 18, 2020    8:00 AM – 09:30 AM MDT
                           Ideal Integration of Telehealth into the New Normal

    Session 2:     Wednesday, May 27, 2020   8:00 AM – 09:30 AM MDT
                           Virtual Visits – Maximizing the Experience
                        

     Session 3:     Monday, June 1, 2020    8:00 AM – 09:30 AM MDT
                           Telehealth Technology, Privacy and Payment Policy
                          



    Series Flyer

    For additional information, please email telehealthECHO@salud.unm.edu
     
                                 

    This series has been created with the generous support of the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation.

  • May 15, 2020 3:39 PM | Anonymous

    Thank you to those who joined us this afternoon for the informational call on the COVID-19 Substance Use Disorder Provider Survey. If you were unable to join us, you can access a recording of the call here: Zoom Meeting (5/11) with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) service Providers in New Hampshire on a critical survey of the financial impact of COVID-19 on SUD providers. Password: 4i.#74%Z

    As we discussed on the call, substance use treatment providers, recovery centers and others make up a critical part of the health care field. Information on the financial impacts of COVID-19 on SUD providers must be collected and presented to the Governor’s Office for Economic Relief and Recovery (GOFERR) and its Advisory Committees to ensure appropriate allocation of federal resources. 

    Help us in our advocacy efforts by participating in the survey attached below. Robust participation in the survey will be necessary to make a compelling case for financial relief.

    Participate in the Survey Here.

    We thank you in advance for your participation in this critical effort.

    All the best,

    Michele Merritt
  • May 15, 2020 3:30 PM | Anonymous

    brought to you by your NHADACA Ethics Committee

    Hurry! Registration is FREE for this virtual symposium on May 21 –join for the whole day or for any session you find interesting  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nam-opioid-collaborative-spring-2020-virtual-symposium-tickets-103474408742

    Join members of the National Academy of Medicine's Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic on May 21 at 8:30 a.m. ET for a day-long virtual symposium that will address some of the highest-priority elements of the nation’s response to the opioid epidemic, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    During this virtual symposium, experts will discuss combatting stigma against those with opioid use disorder, strengthening provider education, advancing evidence-based pain management, and promising prevention practices, among other topics.

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nam-opioid-collaborative-spring-2020-virtual-symposium-tickets-103474408742

    Action Collaborative on
    Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

    Free Virtual Symposium

    May 21, 2020 | 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET

    Register to Attend
    Join members of the National Academy of Medicine's Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic on May 21 at 8:30 a.m. ET for a day-long virtual symposium that will address some of the highest-priority elements of the nation’s response to the opioid epidemic, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    During this virtual symposium, experts will discuss combatting stigma against those with opioid use disorder, strengthening provider education, advancing evidence-based pain management, and promising prevention practices, among other topics.

    Register to attend this free, virtual symposium – you are welcome to join us for the whole day or for any session that you find interesting.
    Register to Attend
    Symposium Agenda
    Keynote
    The stigma of addiction keeps many people from seeking out treatment, talking about their experiences, and costs lives. During the keynote address of the virtual symposium, two ambassadors from Shatterproof will share their stories and discuss how stigma has impacted them and their families.
    Session 1 - 9:20 to 10:30 a.m. ET
    Stigma remains a pervasive barrier to accessing and receiving quality addiction care. During session 1, an expert panel will discuss evidence-based strategies, initiatives, and other critical opportunities to reduce stigma toward opioid use disorder across the health care system and beyond.
    Session 2 - 10:50 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET
    It is essential that the health care workforce have the knowledge, skills, and training required to care for individuals with substance use disorder or pain, as well as to prevent and recognize the symptoms of these conditions. Session 2 will feature an expert panel who will discuss strategies to close gaps in health professional education and training to improve care for people with pain and substance use disorders.
    Session 3 - 12:40 to 1:50 p.m. ET
    Effective pain management is critical to curbing the opioid epidemic and preventing future prescription drug crises. During session 3, an expert panel will discuss promising practices and critical opportunities to strengthen person-centered pain management. They will also touch on innovations in care delivery and the state of the evidence around opioid prescribing guidelines for acute and chronic pain, tapering guidance, and more.
    Session 4 - 2:10 to 3:20 p.m. ET
    Treatment has been a major focus in addressing the opioid crisis, but experts are turning to prevention strategies in hopes of earlier and more effective intervention. Session 4 will feature an expert panel who will discuss strategies and promising opportunities to prevent opioid and other substance use disorders that span clinical care, social and community-based services, policy, and practice.
    Session 5 - 3:40 to 4:50 p.m. ET
    The current health care system is not adequately designed to address and promote the holistic needs of individuals with opioid and other substance use disorders. During this final session, hear an expert panel discuss how to build the needed capacity, competencies, quality of care, payment structures, and incentives to ensure effective, quality, and affordable health care for individuals with opioid and other substance use disorders.
  • May 07, 2020 11:24 AM | Anonymous

    2020 CONSUMER RESOURCE GUIDE: HOW TO ACCESS MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER BENEFITS

    (4/24/2020): New Futures and the UNH Law-Institute for Health Policy and Practice have released a 2020 Consumer Resource Guide on How to Access Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits. The purpose of the Guide is to help individuals and families access needed treatment services. 

    CLICK HERE TO SEE THE RESOURCE GUIDE FOR CONSUMERS

    CLICK HERE TO SEE THE QUICK GUIDE FOR CONSUMERS

    Getting help in a time of need can seem overwhelming. To help individuals and families obtain needed care, the Guide provides detailed information on how to navigate health insurance coverage for mental health and substance use disorders. Specifically, it addresses mental health parity and how to find treatment, enroll in health insurance, make sure treatment services are covered, and appeal when coverage is denied. It is updated and enhanced to reflect consumer feedback and changes in law and practice, and now includes information about New Hampshire's Medicaid Managed Care Organizations, the Doorways, and other resources, as well as a more detailed section intended to assist providers in helping their clients and patients.

    PDF icon 2020 Quick Guide for MH SUD Consumers.pdf

    PDF icon 2020 Resource Guide for MH SUD Consumers-compressed.pdf


  • May 01, 2020 11:52 AM | Anonymous


    Individuals experiencing addiction are a vulnerable population that have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Physical distancing protocols have separated patients from their clinicians, made medications to treat addiction much more challenging to obtain, and shuttered many long-term recovery groups. 

    A new webinar series from the NAM and the American Society of Addiction Medicine will provide insight and targeted guidance on how to ensure that these individuals are cared for and protected during this ongoing public health crisis. 

    The first webinar in this series will focus on how to ensure that patients remain connected to and engaged in addiction treatment during the pandemic, and provide practical approaches to ensuring continuity of care. 

    The webinar will feature a panel of expert speakers, including:

    ·  Kelly Clark, MD, MBA, DFAPA, DFASAM (Moderator) - Immediate Past President, American Society of Addiction Medicine

    ·  Brian Hurley, MD, MBA - Director of Addiction Medicine, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services

    ·  Chris Bundy, MD, MPH - Executive Medical Director, Washington Physicians Health Program

    ·  Cortney Lovell - Recovery Coach and Co-Founder, Our Wellness Collective

    Speaker presentations will be followed by a Q&A session with the webinar audience. 

    AMA Credit Designation Statement
    The American Society of Addiction Medicine designates this internet live course for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
     
    ACCME Accreditation Statement
    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the essential areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and National Academy of Medicine. The American Society of Addiction Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    To register:  https://nasem.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6wTYB-JbROus2sx9j4OWyA
  • April 28, 2020 12:54 PM | Anonymous
    Please see below for a IC&RC testing update from Prometric:

    Prometric is scheduled to resume IC&RC testing for essential services programs in U.S. and Canada test centers effective May 1st, where we are able to do so.

    With modified test center resumption starting this week, we want to provide you with updates on where we are likely to open for programs able to test, as well as how we will work to communicate out to all candidates who are impacted. Below is a high-level overview of these initiatives:

    • On May 1st, Prometric plans to resume testing in several markets worldwide for essential services. Please click here for the most up-to-date list of markets where we are looking to resume testing, based on governmental clearance and other market factors. This is subject to change daily. Some global markets listed here are already open. We will give a more detailed update into which centers are scheduled to open in these markets later this week.

    • All candidates who will not be able to test as a result of social distancing policies through May and June are being notified this week via email. Where applicable, candidates will be able to self serve online, or will have their appointments rescheduled or canceled, based on program requirements.

    • Essential candidates who will be testing in May will receive an email reminder with social distancing guidelines and procedures three days prior to test day; and then a follow-up phone call one day prior. Please click here for a copy of this communication.
  • April 22, 2020 2:11 PM | Anonymous

    Colleagues and Friends,

    Please help us all better understand changes in substance use patterns in New Hampshire during COVID 19 by completing this brief (< 3 minute) survey. http://hitchcock.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3Erb6tjiJFoSDhX

    There have been many recent reports of changes in drug availability, use patterns, treatment seeking, overdoses, and other drug related variables in NH during the COVID 19 pandemic, but reports have been somewhat inconsistent. This survey intends to gather and examine the observations of diverse stakeholders in order to better characterize these changes, integrate them with other lines of evidence, and help inform appropriate public health responses. Survey results will be disseminated to respondents who provide an email address at the end of the survey and they will be posted at the DH Substance Use and Mental Health Initiative website. 

    Feel free to circulate the survey link to others who are in a position to observe drug use patterns in NH, including professionals, community members, people who use drugs, and others.  Survey input will close midnight Monday, April 27th.  Advance apologies for any duplicated emails you may receive.  

    Questions  may be directed to Seddon.savage@dartmouth.edu.

    Thank you for sharing your observations!

    The D-H Substance Use & Mental Health Initiative SUD-COVID-19 Survey Team Luke Archibald, Charlie Brackett, Sally Kraft, Seddon Savage, Ariel Pike, Laura Fineberg

    SUMHI envisions a health care system where mental health & substance use disorders are treated with the same urgency, respect and seriousness of purpose as other illnesses and where discrimination does not occur.  

    https://med.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/sumhi.html

    Education & Clinical Practice Resources to Improve Care of Substance Use & Mental Health

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