The behavioral health field in New York is gearing up for a new system of care for individuals with substance use and mental health disorders. Like many of our partner agencies across the city and the state, NADAP is eagerly preparing for the transition of behavioral health services into Medicaid Managed Care, the introduction of Health and Recovery Plans (HARPs), and MCO contracting for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS).
We don’t fully know yet how these significant changes will impact our service delivery and payment flow, but we are excited about the potential for more integrated services, a better patient experience, and improved health outcomes for the many New Yorkers all of us serve. As we are reviewing and enhancing our delivery systems, we find that participating in provider networks and sharing experiences with colleagues at technical assistance events are immensely helpful for NADAP to stay on track – as always, we are grateful to be members of the great health and social service community of New York City!
Warm wishes for the new season,
John A. Darin
President & CEO
|NADAP Launches New Website|
In early August, NADAP premiered its redesigned website at NADAP.org. A facelift was needed to reflect the significant expansion of the agency’s portfolio of services, and to create a more user-friendly layout and functionality. We hope you will agree that the new website clearly represents who we are today and how NADAP contributes to the health and economic stability of disadvantaged New Yorkers. Please visit often and explore– we hope you will find the site to be informative and will share it with others.
|NADAP Adds New Workforce Development Programs|
NADAP is excited about two new opportunities to expand and enhance our Comprehensive Employment Services (CES). In June, we received notification that NADAP was awarded funding from the NY State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) to provide intensive employment and case management services to individuals with HIV/AIDS on Long Island; this specialized program is located in Hicksville, NY. For more information or to refer your clients, please contact Matthew Sexton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shortly thereafter, we were also awarded OTDA funding for a new wage subsidy program for our New York City CES. Beginning in September, NADAP will offer employers up to 8-weeks of supplemental wage subsidy if they hire job candidates and agree to retain them upon completion of the subsidy. This program will give low-income clients with barriers to employment an opportunity to fill entry-level positions and provide them with on-the-job-training while reducing risk and expenses for employers willing to give keen job seekers a chance. For more information or to refer your clients, please contact Connie Hines at email@example.com.
|September is National Recovery Month|
Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness of mental health and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover and live a healthy and fulfilling life. The 2015 National Recovery Month theme, Join the Voices for Recovery: Visible, Vocal, Valuable!, encourages people to openly speak up about mental and substance use disorders and the actuality of recovery.
As such, NADAP Vice President Joseph Castelluccio was recently invited to participate at a Recovery Month celebration hosted by NYC’s Human Resources Administration (HRA) for its employees.
Joseph outlined the broad spectrum of addictive behaviors and their multi-faceted consequences on the individual, family, and community. Joseph’s description of the many paths of recovery was accentuated by the moving story of hope by one of our own assessment specialists who shared the stage. Donald S. openly shared his personal experience of the depth of suffering from addiction, and clearly impressed the audience with the joy and pride that his recovery brings him and his family!
Year round, NADAP supports and maintains a commitment to individuals in recovery; during Recovery Month, we especially appreciate and celebrate the compassion and dedication our staff demonstrate to help our clients reach their full potential, and the support we receive from our community and government partners.