Basic HMIS Reports Training, 4/9, 10:00am-10:30am

At the request of many of you, we will conduct a Basic HMIS Reports Training on 4/9 from 10:00am-10:30am.  If you are interested in attending, please register via our Support page at our teamhmis.com website, and be sure to specify the date and start time.  Thank you! 


NOTE: If you cannot make this date and time, you may always sign up for one of our recurring HMIS User Forums, where we review a variety of topics...


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-All sessions will start on time (do not be late)
-Electronic devices must be turned off
-Attendees must be in a quiet work environment (please close doors)
-Must be in front of a computer w/internet
-Call long distance via land-line (avoid cell phones and headsets)
-Test your computer's compatibility to WebEx (2 step test at link below) at least one week prior to training date


WEBEX INFO: 
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PASSWORD: meeting1234
Audio connection:1-408-792-6300
Access code: 575 849 248



Jason Burns, MCSE
Systems Administrator
410-887-5968


Always use our manuals. NEVER guess! Proper data saves hours! 

CMS Proposes Mental Health Parity Rule for Medicaid and CHIP


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CMS Proposes Mental Health Parity Rule for Medicaid and CHIP
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced a proposed rule to align mental health and substance use disorder benefits for low-income Americans with benefits required of private health plans and insurance. The proposal applies certain provisions of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 to Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The Act ensures that mental health and substance use disorder benefits are no more restrictive than medical and surgical services.
Under the proposed rule, plans must make available upon request to beneficiaries and contracting providers the criteria for medical necessity determinations with respect to mental health and substance use disorder benefits. The proposed rule also would require the state to make available to the enrollee the reason for any denial of reimbursement or payment for services with respect to mental health and substance use disorder benefits.

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HUD Publishes New Proposed Rule Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013: Implementation in HUD Housing Programs


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HUD Publishes New Proposed Rule Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013: Implementation in HUD Housing Programs


On April 1, 2015, the Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a proposed rule amending HUD’s regulations to fully implement the requirements of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) as reauthorized in 2013 under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013). VAWA 2013 provides enhanced statutory protections for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. VAWA 2013 also expands VAWA protections to HUD programs beyond HUD’s public housing and Section 8 programs, which were covered by the reauthorization of VAWA in 2005 (VAWA 2005). In addition to proposing regulatory amendments to fully implement VAWA 2013, HUD is also publishing for public comment two documents concerning tenant protections required by VAWA 2013 – a notice of occupancy rights and an emergency transfer plan.
Please take time to review this proposed rule. If you wish to submit comments, please note there are two methods for submitting public comments. All submissions must refer to the docket number and title (Docket No. FR–5720–P–02] - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013: Implementation in HUD Housing Programs.
  1. Submission of Comments by Mail. Comments may be submitted by mail to: Regulations Division, Office of General Counsel, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 10276, Washington, DC 20410–0001.
     
  2. Electronic Submission of Comments. Interested persons may submit comments electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal.
HUD strongly encourages commenters to submit comments electronically. Electronic submission of comments allows the commenter maximum time to prepare and submit a comment, ensures timely receipt by HUD, and enables HUD to make them immediately available to the public. Comments submitted electronically through the www.regulations.gov website can be viewed by other commenters and interested members of the public. Commenters should follow the instructions provided on that site to submit comments electronically.
For more information, please view HUD's press release.


Register Today for SAMHSA’s April 9 Webinar on the Power of Social Media


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SAMHSA Webinar: National Prevention Week 2015
April 9, 2015 | 11 a.m. Eastern Time
SAMHSA invites you to participate in a 1-hour webinar on how to use social media to promote your organization and National Prevention Week 2015.
The webinar, The Power of Social Media: Reaching the Prevention Community, will:
  • Present communications trends and tools, and provide guidance on methods for effectively addressing the communication challenges of today.
  • Provide techniques for how to promote and participate in online conversations about prevention and National Prevention Week, and include case studies on how organizations are already using social media to discuss prevention.
  • Help organizations leverage digital tools to ensure that more individuals and communities alike are promoting the importance of prevention and helping people lead healthy, productive lives in their communities.
Presenters: Kaitlin Abell, SAMHSA, and Aleena Hasnain, Edelman Public Relations
Note: The webinar will be recorded and posted on the National Prevention Week website following the presentation.
How To Participate in the Webinar
Register for the Webinar
Join the Webinar
Dial-In: 1-719-325-2073 / Passcode: 202-756-2428

Save the Date for Two Upcoming Webinars
"Happy Hour" Restrictions: From Theory to Practice
May 6, 2015 | 2 p.m. Eastern Time
Join SAMHSA in learning more about this environmental approach to reducing underage and high-risk drinking among college students through restrictions on low-price, high-volume drink specials.
Presenters: James Mosher, J.D., Alcohol Policy Specialist, and Ted Mahony, Chief, Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission
Responding to the Prescription Misuse Epidemic: Promising Prevention Programs and Useful Resources
May 20, 2015 | 2 p.m. Eastern Time
Join a National Prevention Week webinar on prescription misuse and addiction. The webinar will describe the relationship between prescription opiates and heroin, then discuss alternatives to opiates in treating acute and chronic pain. It will explain how to tell if you or someone you know might have an opiate problem. It will review the problems of prescription drugs in the workplace and dangers of sharing drugs at work. It will also discuss what employers are allowed to ask employees about their prescription use, including variations by occupation. It will then describe the youth "study drug" epidemic. The webinar will close with a review of promising prevention efforts focused on community-based prescription misuse and the fact sheets and tools available from SAMHSA to support them.
Presenters: Deborah Galvin, Ph.D., Division of Workplace Programs, SAMHSA; Georgia Karuntzos, Ph.D., Vice President, Research Triangle Institute; Sandra Lapham, M.D., Director, Behavioral Health Resource Center of the Southwest, Pacific Institute for Research & Evaluation; Ted Miller, Ph.D., Pacific Institute for Research & Evaluation and Director of SAMHSA's Preventing Prescription Abuse in the Workplace Technical Assistance Center; and Christopher Ringwalt, Ph.D., University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Resource Center
Registration information will be sent at a later date.

National Prevention Week 2015 Is
May 17–23
Daily Health Themes:
Monday, May 18: Prevention of Tobacco Use
Tuesday, May 19: Prevention of Underage Drinking and Alcohol Abuse
Wednesday, May 20: Prevention of Opioid and Prescription Drug Abuse
Thursday, May 21: Prevention of Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use
Friday, May 22: Prevention of Suicide
Saturday, May 23: Promotion of Mental Health and Wellness

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