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.