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NYS COUNCIL COMMENTS ON NEW YORK’S
NEW 1115 SHERPA WAIVER PROPOSAL

The NYS Council has provided comments to the NYS DOH Office of Health Insurance Programs regarding the ambitious agenda laid out in its 1115 Strategic Health Equity Reform Payment Arrangements: Making Targeted, Evidence-Based Investments to Address the Health Disparities Exacerbated by the COVID-19 Pandemic 1115 Research and Demonstration Waiver.

The NYS Council full comments are available online here.

A Health Management Associates presentation explaining the 1115 Waiver Amendment and the Federal Climate for Waiver Approval is available online here.

GOVERNOR PROVIDES UPDATES ON EFFORTS
TO ADDRESS OPIOID EPIDEMIC

Governor Kathy Hochul has updated New Yorkers regarding ongoing efforts to address the opioid epidemic. In response to newly released information from the CDC indicating that more than 107,000 Americans died of overdoses last year, the Governor is reinforcing ongoing investments and her continued commitment to addressing this critical issue.

The latest efforts include announcing the Opioid Settlement Advisory Board. The first meetings have been scheduled for June 14 and 28 in Albany. The Advisory Board will meet to provide recommendations related to how the Opioid Settlement Funds should be allocated. The 21-member Advisory Board includes representation from OASAS, the Office of Mental Health, the State Department of Health, the Division of Budget, and 17 community members.

Additional details about how New York is addressing the opioid epidemic are available online here.

988 SUICIDE HOTLINE

On July 16, 2022, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) will transition to an easy-to-remember, 3-digit number (988). This represents an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen and expand the existing network of over 200 locally operated and funded crisis centers across the country.

In advance of the 988 transition in July, the Lifeline Suicide & Crisis Network is looking to bring on new volunteers and paid employees to answer calls, chats, and texts from people in crisis. All employees and volunteers receive training, so if you are a caring person who wants to help those in crisis, apply today.

Find YOUR opportunity: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/988/jobs

Read more about 988 at https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/988

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