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For NH job postings please complete the NHADACA Job Posting Request Form to advertise a vacant job opportunity for others to see. Once we receive the completed form, we will post it to our website within 10 business days. We will display your substance use related job post for 30 days. If you have any questions, please contact us by emailing alyssa@nhadaca.org

  • July 06, 2021 11:39 AM | Anonymous

    We are proud to announce that NHADACA raised $3,450 from 27 donors through the 24-hour NH Gives event, held statewide on June 6-7. Supporting donations from Mascoma Bank and Catholic Medical Center helped NHADACA over the $3,000 mark, along with the continued generosity of our members and supporters.


  • June 08, 2021 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    NH Gives begins on Tuesday, June 8 at 5 pm.  This is your chance to support NHADACA's work with a tax-deductible donation. Just visit our New Hampshire Gives page and your donation could be matched by our partners at Mascoma Bank and CMC/Catholic Medical Center.

    Donations go to support scholarships and other needs not always covered by training contracts, like educational sessions on self-care and preventing burnout.

    Thank you for your generosity and support!

  • May 20, 2021 1:41 PM | Anonymous
    Do addictions counseling? Got 30 minutes? If so, participate in a study we're conducting about addiction counselors' views of using technology in addictions treatment! We hope that the data collected in this study will help us discover better ways to curate/disseminate evidence-based technologies to counselors who treat clients with alcohol/drug problems. The study is being conducted through Brown University's Center for Alcohol and Addictions Studies.

    The study involves an online survey that takes about 30 minutes, can be completed entirely online, and if you complete it, we’ll send you a $20 Amazon gift card via email. To be eligible, participants must: (1) have a Bachelor's degree or higher, (2) be currently licensed/certified to provide counseling in the United States, and (3) provide alcohol/drug counseling directly to patients for at least 10% of their typical work week.

    To see if you're eligible and complete the study, click here or paste the following link into your web browser:

    www.smashlabs.org/timi-study

    If you have any questions, please email smashstudies@brown.edu. And thank you, in advance, for considering it!
     
    Brown University School of Public Health
    Questions? Contact Smash Labs at: email 
    smashlabs@brown.edu or call 401-863-6684.


  • May 07, 2021 1:49 PM | Anonymous

    On June 8-9, 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!

    Sign up to be a fundraising champion and share YOUR story about NHADACA with friends and colleagues.

    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 at NHGives!

    Mascoma Bank is generously matching the first $1,000 donated!

    Mascoma Bank pinwheel logo

  • April 23, 2021 1:32 PM | Anonymous

    Information about another HRSA loan repayment program opening this summer, this is not an NHSC program, but having a Mental Health HPSA or practicing in an area where the overdose death rate is higher than the national average would be qualification parameters

    Click here to learn more.

    https://bhw.hrsa.gov/funding/apply-loan-repayment/star-lrp

  • April 23, 2021 1:30 PM | Anonymous

    Brought to you by your NHADACA Ethics Committee

    January 1, 2021  NAADAC updated Code of Ethics review and summary written by Mita Johnson, NAADAC President, and former NAADAC Ethics Committee Chairperson.

    The attached revised edition replaces the 2016 version. Changes are grammatical rather than procedural or practice-related and are found in Principles III, VI, VII.  Check out Mita’s article starting on page 7 of the Winter 2021 edition of Advance in Addiction & Recovery.  She outlines the changes there.  

  • April 21, 2021 3:01 PM | Anonymous

    We have exciting news:

    All participants in trainings hosted by the NH Training Institute on Addictive Disorders may access surveys and certificates on your digital portfolio. Please and follow the instructions in the attached form.   This will allow you to print your own certificates when needed, on demand!

    Participant Instructions on How to Access Digital Certificates.pdf

  • April 14, 2021 11:51 AM | Anonymous
    brought to you by your NHADACA Ethics Committee

    Remote 1-hour webinar "Unpacking the No Surprises Act" presented by Zelis payment management systems.

    Recorded link https://www2.zelispayments.com/No-Surprises-Act-Webinar

    Highlights (Information relevant to those responsible for billing)

    • The No Surprises Act applies to ALL commercial Insurance plans
    • The No Surprises Act (NSA) does not apply to government plans (Medicaid  & Medicare)
    • 65% of Americans have commercial plans
    • Two parts of the (NSA) Post -service and Pre-service
    • Pre-service is "transparency" regarding policy benefits and terms must be available for the consumer and provider 
    • Post-service "Balance Billing prohibited" (meaning provider cannot collect balance due from the client after service delivery)

    NSA compliance date begins January 1, 2022

    You can get other details (of which there are many!!) by watching the recording found below.

    Pass along to others you know who are responsible for billing practice compliance.

    https://www2.zelispayments.com/No-Surprises-Act-Webinar
  • February 25, 2021 6:49 AM | Anonymous

    In May 2021 HRSA will be launching a new loan repayment program. The Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program (STAR LRP) will operate differently than the other National Health Service Corps and Nurse Corps programs. It includes many provider types not currently eligible under any other loan repayment programs (i.e. LPNs, OTs, MAs, CNAs, CHWs, health navigators, case managers, peer recovery specialists). It also includes many more eligible site types as well (i.e. detoxification facilities, jails and detention centers, inpatient facilities, schools, prevention coalitions/agencies, youth detention centers)

    https://bhw.hrsa.gov/funding/apply-loan-repayment/star-lrp

    You can sign up for updates and get more details from their website.

  • February 01, 2021 1:49 PM | Anonymous

    Privacy Update for Substance Use Disorder Treatment

    December 2020 Amendments to 42 CFR § 2.63

    (Confidential Communications)

    The federal privacy protections for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment records, have changed again, effective January 13, 2021. This change follows on the heels of the “transitional” rule finalized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in July 2020 and amidst anticipated changes to Part 2 and possibly HIPAA. This resource explains the recent change and what it means for patients and providers (PDF version with citations).

    Key Summary

    What changed: A court may now authorize disclosure of a patient’s Part 2-protected records containing confidential communications if the disclosure is necessary to investigate or prosecute an extremely serious crime committed by anyone – no longer limited to extremely serious crimes allegedly committed by the patient. 42 CFR § 2.63.

    Effective date: January 13, 2021

    Official source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-12-14/pdf/2020-25810.pdf

    Discussion

    Background: Federal privacy law protects the confidentiality of certain SUD treatment records (referred to here as “Part 2 records”) and generally prohibits the criminal legal system from using Part 2 records against a patient in a criminal investigation or prosecution. In individual cases, a court may authorize disclosures of Part 2 records if the court follows the procedures set forth in Part 2 and makes the necessary findings that there is “good cause” for the disclosure.

    Confidential communications are subject to even stricter privacy protections in court. A court may only authorize their disclosure in very limited circumstances, including in connection with an extremely serious crime, like murder, rape, or kidnapping.

    2017 amendments and 2020 amendments: In 2017, SAMHSA amended the regulations to further restrict disclosure by limiting these circumstances to extremely serious crimes allegedly committed by the patient. In 2019, SAMHSA said this change was introduced in error and proposed returning to the pre-2017 standard. Legal Action Center argued that SAMSHA should maintain the more protective standard in order to prevent fishing expeditions by law enforcement and unnecessary privacy violations, particularly in over-policed communities of color. Legal Action Center disagrees with SAMHSA’s recent emphasis on using federal law enforcement and the criminal legal system to address public health issues like substance use and overdose fatalities. However, SAMHSA finalized the amendment as proposed.

    What the change means for patients and providers: Courts may now authorize disclosure of confidential communications where the disclosure is necessary to investigate or prosecute an extremely serious crime allegedly committed by someone other than the patient – for example, a fellow patient, a former patient, or an employee. Important: If the confidential communications will be used to criminally investigate or prosecute the patient, the court may only issue the order if it meets additional requirements in Section 2.65.

    Confidentiality & Communication, revised 8th edition: The revised 8th edition of Confidentiality & Communication (Oct. 2020) flags this change in Chapter 3’s discussion of court orders. At the time of publication, the change was not yet finalized. Readers can supplement the discussion in Chapter 3 with this resource.

    About Confidentiality & CommunicationThe revised edition of the book incorporates all the changes to Part 2 in the 2017, 2018, and July 2020 amendments, and also flags the areas subject to change in the anticipated rulemaking required by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. For more information about federal health privacy protections for substance use disorder treatment records, visit our resources or subscribe to our updates.

    This document is informational and does not constitute legal advice.

    The Legal Action Center (LAC) uses legal and policy strategies to fight discrimination, build health equity, and restore opportunity for people with criminal records, substance use disorders, and HIV or AIDS.


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