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December 2011

November 2011

Posted 11/08/11

Hello everyone,

Due to the Friday, November 11, 2010 being a holiday there will be no meeting with Michael Botticelli.  I will attempt to reschedule  another meeting with Michael before the end of November. I will let everyone know and send the agenda as soon as I have the information.

You can reach me at 617-773-7023.

RLM/edd

Posted 11/07/11

Hello everyone,

The agenda for Tuesday's (11/08/2011) meeting at 1o'clock is attached.

Any questions you can reach me at 617-773-7023.

RLM

Posted 11/01/11

Hello All
FYI These are the new policies propose by Mass Health. It would seem that they do a pretty good job of stopping the Programs from approving Drug Testing. We will have this on the agenda for our next RHC meeting as to what, how, or whether, we will respond or comment.
Thanks
 
Bob Monahan PhD, LADAC I
Executive Director
South Shore Recovery Home
President
Recovery Homes Collaborative

Proposed Regulations

Published on October 31, 2011

Thedefinition of authorized prescriber has been amended to specify that
DPH-licensed substance abuse centers may prescribe medically necessary drug
screen services when initiated by a physician employed or contracted by the
center.  (Control+ Click to follow link). Comments are accepted
through November 21st on these proposed regulations which are
anticipated to not go into effect before January 1, 2012.

Published on October 28, 2011

MassHealth
is amending 130 CMR 450.000 to specify that as part of a provider
contract, the provider agrees to furnish to the MassHealth agency its national
provider identifier (NPI), if eligible for an NPI, and include its NPI on all
claims submitted under MassHealth. These regulations went into effect
retroactive to July 6, 2010, as emergency regulations.


Notice of Public Hearing

Published on October 1, 2011

MassHealth
copayments for certain pharmacy services are being revised. These emergency
regulations are effective October 1, 2011.

October 2011

Posted 10/05/11

Hello everyone,

The agenda for Tuesday's (October 11) meeting is attached.

Any questions you can reach me at 617-773-7023.

RLM

September 2011

Posted 09/26/11

Hello everyone,

Just a reminder that the RHC will be meeting with Michael Botticelli on  Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 from 12:00p.m.-1:00p.m.

Please reply back with any items you want to be added to the agenda.  I will forward the agenda for Friday's meeting later.

You can reach me at 617-773-7023.

RML/edd

Posted 09/08/11

Hello everyone,

The agenda for Tuesday's meeting is attached.

Any questions you can reach me at 617-773-7023.

RLM

Posted 09/01/11

Hello everyone,

The regular schedule meeting with Michael Botticelli on Friday, September 9, 2011 has been rescheduled

for Friday September 30, 2011 from 12:00p.m.-1:30p.m (conference room 3B). The agenda for this meeting

will be sent at a later date.

You can reach me at 617-773-7023.

RLM/edd

August 2011

Posted 08/05/11

Hello everyone,

The agenda for RHC meeting with Michael Botticelli on  friday, 8/12/2011 is attached.

The meeting will be from 10Am-11am.

Any questions you can reach me at 617-773-7023.

RLM/edd

Posted 08/03/11

Hello everyone,

Attached is the agenda for the RHC meeting on August 9, 2011 (Tuesday). at 1p.m.

You can reach me at 617-773-7023.

RLM/edd

Posted 08/01/11

Hello everyone,

A reminder about the RHC luncheon  below is the information that was sent on July 17, 2011.  If you have any question you can reach me at 617-773-7023.

RLM/edd

July 2011

Posted 07/05/11

Subject: Action Alert Budget

Hello All,
We need to make some calls to keep the momentum going.

As you know, the Legislature passed the FY 2012 budget last week and it is now on the Governor’s desk for his signature.  He has line-item veto authority, and ten days to approve the budget in whole, approve it in part by vetoing individual line items or portions of line items, or reject it completely.  The Legislature may override any gubernatorial veto by a two-thirds majority in each house, and all overrides must originate in the House of Representatives.

Action Requested

Please call your Senator and Representative and thank him/her for supporting funding for BSAS in the FY 2012 budget.  If you are unsure who your legislators are or need contact information, click here.

In addition, call Governor Patrick’s office (617-725-4000).  One of his staff members will answer the phone. Give your name, title and the organization where you work or where you live, and tell them you’re asking the Governor to support:

· Funding for the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, and

· Outside Section 132 which transfers oversight authority for MassHealth addiction treatment benefits from the Department of Mental Health to the Department of Public Health. 

Thank you for your ongoing support!


Bob Monahan PhD, LADAC I
Executive Director
South Shore Recovery Home
President
Recovery Homes Collaborative

Posted 07/05/11

Hello everyone,

The agenda for RHC meeting on Tuesday July 12th at 1p.m. is attached.

You can reach me at 617-773-7023.

RLM/edd

June 2011

May 2011

Posted 05/24/11

Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 9:41:57 AM
Subject: Senate Budget Support

Hello Everyone

The Massachusetts Senate will begin debating its FY 2012 budget this week.  Please call your state Senator and thank him/her for supporting funding for the DPH/Bureau of Substance Abuse Services.    If you are unsure who your Senator is or need contact information, click here.

Also, please ask him/her to support Amendment 251 (Sponsor: Senator Chang-Diaz) which would restore the Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) Interagency Service Agreement (ISA) for $2.4 million with the Department of Public Health/Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, for one year. 

·         This ISA funding was recently eliminated by DHCD

·         Its loss will have a serious impact on family addiction treatment programs

·         One year of continued support will allow for the redesign of services to better accommodate the loss of funding while continuing to provide needed services to homeless families with substance use disorders

Bob Monahan PhD, LADAC I
Executive Director
South Shore Recovery Home
President
Recovery Homes Collaborative

Posted 05/19/11

Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2011 9:24:43 AM
Subject: Some Positive News on the Budget

Hello  Everyone

We have some good news!

The Budget came out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee yesterday. In their wisdom they have reinstated all of the line items which were taken out by the House Ways and Means committee. However they still cut $500,000 from the main line item. This is in the grand scheme of things a minimal amount cut from the budget it does not affect the maintenance of effort and we will not lose federal funds. Also this means that we will require no amendments to be put into the Senate and of course will support the Senate version of the budget in conference committee. We will be asking for your support with your legislators, both Representatives and Senators, when the conference committee begins to let them know we want them to support the Senate version of the budget.
Thank you all for all of your calls, letters, e-mails, and requests for support to your legislators. We will keep you informed as things progress.  Please do not forget to write, call, or send email to your Senators and Representatives  for their support.

Thanks

Bob Monahan PhD, LADAC I
Executive Director
South Shore Recovery Home
President
Recovery Homes Collaborative

Posted 05/9/11


Subject: Fwd: Action Alert!

Hello Everyone
Please see the following Action Alert! we really need to get our Senators to support this in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Please call your Senator and have your family, friends, and anyone who supports Substance Abuse treatment to call as well. Time is of the essence.
thanks.

Bob Monahan PhD, LADAC I
Executive Director
South Shore Recovery Home
President
Recovery Homes Collaborative

Campaign for Addiction Prevention, Treatment and Recovery

May 9, 2011

 

To:      Campaign Supporters

Fr:       Vic DiGravio and Maryanne Frangules, Co-Chairs

Re:      Senate Budget Action Alert

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means is expected to release its FY 2012 budget on Wednesday, May 18.  Please call your Senator and ask him/her for the following.  If you are unsure who your Senator is or need contact information, click here

1.      Level fund BSAS line item 4512-0200 and 4512-0201 at the House recommended funding level.

2.      Restore $2 million to BSAS line item 4512-0202 for Secure Treatment/Jail Diversion programming.

3.      Restore $1.5 million to BSAS line item 4512-0203 for Family Intervention/Early Intervention/Youth Treatment services.

The full restoration of funding to BSAS will secure the state’s Federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant dollars, and retain client access to cost-effective addiction treatment services! 

Thank you for your support!

April 2011

Posted 04/27/11

Hello All

Well we have good news and bad news. The good news is that the house in its wisdom has restored funding to the .BSAS line item 4512 – 0201 funding the step down programs restoring $2.4 million in funding to this line item.

Now for the bad news.  Unfortunately the House did not adopt amendments offered to restore funding to two other BSAS line items., those for secure treatment facilities and those for intervention and care management and young adult pilot programs.
We will of course continue to lobby both the House and the Senate to restore the funding for all the line items. We will be monitoring how this affects the Maintenance of Effort and the contribution from the federal SAMHSA grant.

But for now congratulations on what amounts to a victory in the house. Thank all of you for all your efforts. We will be in touch.

Bob Monahan PhD, LADAC I
Executive Director
South Shore Recovery Home
President
Recovery Homes Collaborative

Posted 04/20/11

Dear Members,

 

As you may know, the House of Representatives is expected to begin debate on the House FY 2012 budget on Monday, April 25.  The Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (DPH/BSAS) was cut by $5.9 million in the House budget, and if the state does not restore that funding it is in jeopardy of losing an additional $5 + million in federal block grant funding, for a total loss of $11 million!    We urge you, your family, friends and clients to contact your/their Representative(s) in support of the following amendments.

 

Call your state Representative and ask him/her to support the following amendments.  If you are unsure who your Representative is or need contact information, click here.

  

·         Amendment 373 (Sponsor: Rep. Malia) to restore the $2.4 million cut to Bureau of Substance Abuse Services step-down services (line item 4512-0201)

 

·         Amendment 565 (Sponsor: Rep. O’Day) to restore funding ($2 million) for a pilot jail diversion program for individuals with OxyContin and heroin addiction (line item 4512-0202). Funding for this program was eliminated in the House Ways and Means budget.

 

·         Amendment 567 (Sponsor: Rep. O’Day) for an addiction treatment family intervention pilot program (line item 4512-0203). Funding for this program was eliminated in the House Ways and Means budget.

 

If passed, the above amendments will ensure that the state meets its federal Maintenance of Effort (MOE) requirement for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant, and prevent the loss of services.  

 

Thanks

 

Posted 04/19/11

Hello everyone,

Just wanted to let everyone know I will be on vacation from 4/16/2011-4/25/2011.  I will be checking my email periodically.  John McGahan and Fred Newton will be aware of any changes regarding House budget.

It is important we have as many people as possible to call their local Senators and Representatives:

Rep Malia has filed an amendment to restore $2.4m to line item 4512-0201  (step down services)

Rep O’Day has filed amendments to restore $2m to line item 4512-0202 (Secure Treatment Facilities for Opiate Addiction/Pilot Jail Diversion) And  $1.5m to line item  4512-0203 (Intervention, Care Management, and Young Adult Treatment Pilot Program)

As you know if these lines aren’t restored then the Commonwealth will fall below the MOE and it could result in a 5m dollar cut from SAMHSA.

The following web site  http://www.malegislature.gov/ will bring up 187th General Court you will be able to click on Senate for the list of Senators and click on House of Representatives for the list of Representatives. Double clicking on the name of a senator or representative will give you detail information.

Please call your Representative and ask them to sign on to these amendments – ask your staff, family and friends to call their Rep. and any other Rep’s they may know.

Thank you,

RLM/edd

Subject: Fwd: Budget News Good/Bad

Subject: Budget News Good/Bad

Hello All
As many of you are aware the House budget came out yesterday and had some good news and bad news in it for us.
1. First the good news. Line item 4512 – 0200 line item which is the main line item and  from which our money comes was level funded to the same level as the governors budget. However, due to the cuts from other line items, and possible federal cuts due to the maintenance of effort not being sustained, this line item still is not safe.

2. Now the bad news. Line Item 4512 – 0201 was cut from $4.8 million to $2.4 million.
Line items 4512 0202 which funded secure treatment facilities for opiate addiction/pilot jail diversion programs was cut entirely for loss of $2 million.
In addition line item 4512 – 0203 which funded intervention and care management and young adult treatment pilot programs was eliminated as well for loss of $1.5 million

All of which amounts to a total cuts from substance abuse treatment programs of $5.9 million.

So what this means is that, even though the main line item where our money is was not cut, due to the fact that the $5.9 million cut affects the maintenance of effort, a possible cut from the federal subsidy for maintenance of effort could be $5.1 million. For a total of $11 million in cuts. Since all the other line items have already been cut the only place left for this $5.1 million to be cut from would be the main line item. So in reality even though the house did not cut the main line item we could still possibly lose money from it.

We are currently discussing all of this with our Representatives and Legislators on the Hill and with other groups from the MCAS to determine what amendments need to be filed and to get them filed by the deadline Friday to attempt to get this funding restored.

As soon as we have a plan as to what we're going to do and how we are going to do it we will be in touch with you to ask you to contact the state house and ask for support for amendments and for legislative co-sponsors to sign on.

Thank you



Bob Monahan PhD, LADAC I
Executive Director
South Shore Recovery Home
President
Recovery Homes Collaborative

Posted 04/06/11

Hello everyone,

The agenda for the Recovery Homes Collaborative Meeting on Tuesday (4/12/2011) at 1:00p.m.

is attached

 

You can reach me at 617-773-7023.

 

RLM/edd

Posted 04/05/11

Subject: Call Your Legislator Day

Hello All,
The Mass Coalition of Addiction Services has decided to designate tomorrow, Wednesday 4/7/11, as a "call your legislator day". As all of you are aware the budget is due out of the House of Representatives very shortly. In order to keep our legislators informed and to remind them of our needs, we have decided to designate tomorrow is a day to contact all legislators by phone. Please call your local legislator's office and ask them to please support the Gov.'s budget particularly the line items level funding substance abuse treatment.We have worked hard to ensure that funding remains stable. We cannot let up now. Please make the call.


Thanks

Bob Monahan PhD, LADAC I
Executive Director
South Shore Recovery Home
President
Recovery Homes Collaborative

Posted 04/05/11

Hello everyone,

The regular schedule meeting on Friday 4/8/2011 with Michael Bottichelli is canceled this month.  The next schedule meeting will be Friday, May 13, 2011 at 10:00A.M. 

You can reach me at 617-773-7023.

RLM/edd

March 2011

Posted 03/11/11

Subject: Legislative Breakfast Report

Thanks to all for supporting our efforts to educate our Legislators as to what we do and how they can support us. The Recovery Homes Collaborative annual Legislative Breakfast was very well attended by legislators or their representatives. It seems that each year we get more and more attendees. Our supporters in the House and Senate all voiced their support for Recovery Homes and our mission. The new Chairman of the Senate side of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Committee,Senator John Keenan, spoke of the important work we do and how it deserves the support of all the Legislature. As well, Representative Liz Malia, the House Co-chair of the Committee, seconded his remarks. In addition Senator Steve Tolman, Senator Jen Flanagan, Representative O'Day and others, including the Director of BSAS Michael Botticelli, all expressed their thanks to the members of the Collaborative but reminded us that they can't do it alone and need our continuing support to fund our programs at the levels they are at. We assured them that we will continue the fight to provide the services our clients/residents need to Recover from this devastating disease. The message still needs to be sent and re-sent. Call, e-mail, write, and/or visit your Representatives and Senators asking them to support the governor's budget level funding the Substance Abuse line items. If we don't ask for this money someone else most assuredly will.

Thanks again.

Bob Monahan PhD, LADAC I
Executive Director
South Shore Recovery Home
President
Recovery Homes Collaborative

February 2011

Posted 02/11/11

 

Subject: RHC Legislative Breakfast

Hello Everyone


Just a heads up to let you know that the Recovery Homes Collaborative Legislative Breakfast has been scheduled for Wednesday March 9th from 10 am to 11 am in the House Members Lounge at the State House. We will be sending you more information as to the agenda, speakers, etc as well as letters you may want to use to invite your Representatives and Senators to attend. This is of course the object of the exercise. We want as many of our Reps and Senators, or their aides, to attend so we can educate them as to who we are, what we do, and how it benefits their constituents. As well we want to ask for their support for our budget line items and other issues that effect our programs and clients.  Also please plan on making time to visit with your Legislators or their aides in their offices after the breakfast to drop off information and once again ask for their support. This is an important opportunity for us to get our Legislators to support our line items in the budget. Money is tight and many groups will be vying for their share. We have already been spared any cuts in the Governors budget lets work to keep it that way in the House and Senate. If you have a commitment from a Legislator to be there at the breakfast please let us know so we can prepare a package for them particular to the cities and towns in their district.

Thanks

Bob Monahan PhD, LADAC I
Executive Director
South Shore Recovery Home
President
Recovery Homes Collaborative

Posted 02/09/11

Hello everyone,

The agenda for the meeting with Michael Botticelli on Friday, 2/11/2011 at 10:00 A.M. is attached.

You can reach me at 617-773-7023.

RLM/edd

Posted 02/03/11

Hello everyone,

The agenda for Tuesday's meeting 2/8/2011 at 1:00p.m. is attached.

Any questions you can reach me at 617-773-7023.

RLM/edd

January 2011

Posted 01/26/11

Hello All
We met this AM with Michael Botticelli. He informed us that the Governors budget "House 1" that was being issued today level funds all the Substance Abuse Line items at last years level. This is good news since as you are all probably aware their will be cuts of 1.5 Billion dollars to other areas of the budget. The fact that SA remains unaffected (in fact their are some small increases) is a testimony to the fact that the message of the importance of treatment continues to get out. Now we all have to insure that the budget remains unharmed as it goes to the Legislature. This makes the importance of the Legislative breakfast and getting our Reps there that much more vital. We still don't know who the Committee Chair on the House side is so we cannot schedule a date yet. As soon as we have a date we will let you know so you can contact your Reps. 

Thanks

Bob Monahan PhD, LADAC I
Executive Director
South Shore Recovery Home
President
Recovery Homes Collaborative

Posted 01/24/11

Hello everyone

 

The agenda is attached for the meeting with Michael Botticelli on:

Wednesday, 1/26/2011 at 9:30am  

1st floor Lobby 2 Conference Room at:  

Bureau of Substance Abuse Services 

250 Washington St.

Boston Mass. 02108

You can reach me at 617-773-7023

 

RLM/edd

Posted 01/13/11

Hello All

Thought this might be of interest to you. Was sent to me by Connie

DPH/BSAS Residential Staff Ratios

At a recent ABH Board meeting, several providers said that BSAS Licensing staff were requiring their residential recovery programs to staff up to a 1:7 counselor to client ratio.  The basis for this BSAS licensing request was a Standards and Guidelines for Halfway House Programs, as issued in 1983 by the now defunct Division of Alcoholism.

After ABH raised this issue with BSAS, BSAS informed us that this requirement has been suspended until such time as BSAS could conduct a staffing and ratio review as part of the residential rate review process and the planned re-procurement of residential services, slated for a July 1, 2012 start date.   

Until that time, however, BSAS has made clear that all residential programs use CMR 164.048 and CMR 164.424(A) (see attached Regulations) to determine if appropriate staffing exists in your BSAS-funded residential programs.   

Although CMR 164.424(A) only requires that there be one FTE direct care staff on each shift, seven days per week, 24 hours per day, please be advised that BSAS does NOT consider this to be sufficient staffing to meet the regulatory requirements related to treatment or to ensure the health and safety of residents.  Any program that uses this as their sole staffing pattern will be found to be out of compliance and will be required to add additional staff as determined by BSAS to meet all licensing and contractual obligations.

I hope this information is helpful.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Bob Monahan PhD, LADAC I
Executive Director
South Shore Recovery Home
President
Recovery Homes Collaborative

 Posted 01/06/11

Hello All

Attached please find an updated version of the letter to  the Reps/Senator notifying them that one of their constituents from  their district has been admitted to your House. This is on Recovery Homes Collaborative letterhead and will accomplish two things. First it will let those who have no House in their district know that we still serve their constituents. Secondly it will make them aware of the Recovery Homes Collaborative so when we ask for their support and invite them to our Luncheon and legislative breakfast they will know who we are, what we do, and that we serve their interests. Any questions please let us know.

Thanks


Bob Monahan PhD, LADAC I
Executive Director
South Shore Recovery Home
President
Recovery Homes Collaborative

Posted 01/06/11

Hello everyone,

 

The agenda for Recovery Home Collabrative meeting on Tuesday, 1/11/2011 at 1:00p.m. is attached.

 

You can reach me at 617-773-7023.

 

RLM/edd

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