Sexual Assault Forensic/Nurse Examiner (SAFE) 2020 Training

The Crisis Services is partnered with the International Association of Forensic Nurses’ online SANE Training Course to offer this SAFE training program. This training is available to licensed RNs, NPs, PAs, or MDs that has at least one year of clinical experience. The program consists of “41 hours of online training on national standards, with CEUs,” and “32 hours of classroom training on local procedures and clinical instruction.” Following, a preceptor will be matched to practice, and master skills. After completion of the program, one would have the opportunity to become a NYS DOH-certified SAFE, become a member of the Crisis Services’ SAFE Team, and be able to perform evidence collection.

Upcoming dates for the online and classroom training, and live webinar can be found here.

More information about Crisis Service’s training can be found on their website.

CBO Consortium of Upstate New York

The CBO Consortium of Upstate New York was founded by the Healthy Community Alliance, Inc. to support Community-Based Organizations (CBOs). The CBO Consortium of Upstate New York aides organizations to gain improved community population health outcomes, and health equity. This organization is the biggest consortium in New York State; it covers five upstate sub regions and forty-eight counties. The organization addresses the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) by training and providing assistance to its members. Members will gain access to “training videos, strategic plans, structural support, advocacy, and collaborative partnerships within the network.”

To learn more about the CBO Consortium of New York, please click their website, and news section.

More information about upcoming events, and to join events, can be found on their calendar.

Save the Date: The Chautauqua County Hope and Healing Committee–“Hope and Healing Conference of WNY”

The Chautauqua County Hope and Healing Committee’s 5th “Hope and Healing Conference of WNY” will take place on June 3and 4, 2020, at the State University of New York at Fredonia, in the Williams Center. The event works with local agencies, and organizations, to bring awareness on mental health and substance abuse. This 2020 event will feature a number of different presenters and breakout sessions:

  • Anne Hazlet, as a Keynote Speaker, who is the Senior Advisor for Rural Affairs at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Another keynote speaker: Jermaine Galloway, who is a presenter on “drug and alcohol prevention, trends, enforcement and education;”
  • Third Keynote speaker, Melissa Pietrkiewicz, who is a clinical social worker, trauma informed care specialist, and founder of Partners in Kind—“a local organization that promotes charitable efforts ‘to make Chautauqua County whole again’”;
  • Multiple breakout sessions on topics such as, “social/emotional learning, trauma-informed care, prevention, and harm reduction, etc.”
  • “FRED” Talks, which are “brief, engaging presentations highlighting efforts to bring hope and healing in Chautauqua County.”

The table sign-up form can be found here.

The Sponsor Levels and Agreement Form can be found here.

To register at a discounted rate, please click here.

To submit a presentation proposal, please click here.

New York State Department of Health Seeks Continues Medicaid Waiver

On Wednesday, November 27, 2019, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) submitted an amendment to CMS that would extend the current Medicaid 1115 waiver an additional year, with a 3-year renewal. The Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) 1115 Waiver was submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), who for the current waiver, is pursuing a 1 year extension, and a 3 year renewal. The current waiver does expire on March 31, 2020 but, per the NYSDOH website, since April 14, 2014, the waiver allows New York State to reinvest $8 Billion in federal savings.

The waiver “will address critical issues throughout the state and allow for comprehensive reform through a Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program.” Through the DSRIP program, its goal is to attain a 25% “reduction in avoidable hospital use over 5 years.” Additionally, another goal is to reduce preventable hospital admissions by 17%. The MRT reported that the top 5 Performing Provider Systems (PPS), which are participating in the current waiver, have reduced avoidable hospitalizations by almost 40%.

More information on the renewal of the waiver can be found here.

More information about the current waiver’s results can be found here.

Community Partners of WNY Team Presented at NY DSRIP Symposium

Representatives from the Community Partners of WNY (CPWNY) attended the New York State Population Health Symposium in New York City, New York. One of the CPWNY team members, Roxanne Cuebas, presented: Integration is Not One Size Fits All. The presentation described two models for behavioral health and primary care integration. One is a “fully integrated practice, and the other is a primary care practice with on-site behavioral health services using a satellite license.” Alongside her colleagues from some of our partner behavioral health and primary care clinics, they examined some of the lessons learned, challenges, and successes for each of the unique models.

The slides for the presentation can be found here.

D’Youville College Health Professions HUB

Catholic Health has partnered with D’Youville College to help implement a community clinic within the Health Professions Hub. The Community Partners of WNY (CPWNY) invested $5,070,000 to help aid the building of the Hub. As described on the D’Youville College’s website, the Hub will be used as a teaching hospital, and will offer home health and community services with a wide variety of trained health teams. The Hub will offer education programs for undergraduate and graduate students, all levels of certification programs, and even programs for high school students. The partnership with Catholic Health will extend professional staffing and necessary resources to operate patient-centered primary care services for the community. Construction is expected to be complete around the Fall of 2020.

For more information, you can read this article on the building of the Hub, or access the Hub’s main site here.

Just Tell One Program

Recently, Niagara Falls High School teachers were trained through the Just Tell One Program to bring tools to teach mental health awareness into the classroom, and for students to be able to get help, and help others. As described on Just Tell, the program is a public awareness initiative whose mission is to “give Western New York youth and young adults the tools and confidence to start the conversation about their mental health or behavioral health issues.” This initiative is led by the Mental Health Advocates of WNY, and works with the Community Partners of WNY. As also decribed on the website, they work with many different issues: depression/mental health, substance/alcohol abuse, drug abuse, and suicide; their main focus with this initiative is the younger generation.

More information about the program can be found here.

New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Medical Record Reviews

On behalf of the NYSDOH, your practice/organization may be contacted by a medical record collection and abstraction vendor, Cotiviti, to review DSRIP/Medicaid patient records. Because this is a claims-based audit, Cotiviti may contact a DSRIP participating or non-participating practice or organization.  The review will occur from November, 2019 – March, 2020.

The official notice can be found here. If you have questions, please contact Phyllis Gunning, CPWNY Director of Clinical Programs, at or 716-862-2482.

1115 MRT Waiver Upstate Public Forum – Syracuse NY

The upstate public comment day will be held on October 30, 2019 at the Oncenter’s Carrier Theater, 421 Montogomery Street, Syracuse, NY 13202. This will be an opportunity for stakeholders to voice their opinions either in person at the meeting, or by email to through November 4, 2019 (please include “1115 Public Forum Comment” in the subject line).

The 1115 waiver, or Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) waiver, is:

  • an agreement between the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and New York State that allows the State to use a managed care delivery system to deliver benefits to Medicaid members, create efficiencies in the Medicaid program, and enable the extension of coverage to certain individuals who would otherwise be without health insurance.
  • a vehicle by which the State has implemented the initiatives of MRT and subsequent health systems reforms, including the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program.
  • A step toward New York’s goals in implementing its MRT waiver include improving access to health services and achieving better health outcomes for New Yorkers through multiple programs.

This meeting will be webcast live at:, and will be open to the public. Registration will begin at 10:30am, no pre-registration is required. Individuals who wish to provide comments in person are asked to register on-site no later than 12:00pm, and will speak in the order of their registration. All comments are limited to five minutes per presenter to ensure that all public comments may be heard.