This Week in CHCACTion
March 5, 2018
This Week in CHCACTivities
CHCACT convenes the Corporate Compliance Workgroup, which meets several times per year, for training, technical assistance and sharing of best practices, often around federal program requirements for health centers.
Recently the workgroup has focused on the newly released Health Center Program Compliance Manual. The Compliance Manual, published in October 2017, provides health centers with guidance on how to understand and demonstrate compliance with the 18 Program Requirements. These requirements are categorized into three buckets – clinical, fiscal, and governance.
Health center leaders must understand these requirements, as they are reviewed at Operational Site Visits (OSVs), which each health center undergoes every 18 months or so. The federal Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) sends the health center’s Project Officer and three reviewers, each focusing on one of the three buckets.
The Health Center Program Site Visit Protocol, which went into effect in January 2018, was created to work in conjunction with the new Compliance Manual. The reviewers review documentation, interview staff, and tour facilities to determine whether or not the health center is in compliance.
The next meeting of the Corporate Compliance Workgroup is April 13, 2018 from 9-12:00. Shipman & Goodwin Attorneys Stephanie Gomes-Ganhão and Damian Privitera, joined by Joan Feldman and William Roberts, will provide an overview of the rules and tips for how to develop a practical and compliant privacy program.
Learn more here!
Have a great week,
This Week in Social Media
This Week in Funding Opportunities
|New/Innovative Strategies to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
The federal Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) presents this to develop and test new and innovative strategies to prevent teen pregnancy, promote healthy adolescence and address youth sexual risk holistically to result in healthy decision making and future thriving by enhancing protective factors with youth, with supplementary focus possible at the systems-level and/or with families and/or caregivers. Projects are expected to have high potential to enhance protective factors shown to improve the health of adolescents aged 10-19. Projects will be funded to evaluate and test programs or strategies to improve adolescent health and address youth sexual risk holistically by focusing on protective factors.
|Replicating/Scaling Up Strategies to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
The federal Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) presents this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to replicate and scale up programs that include the protective factors shown to be effective in the prevention of risk behaviors, including teen pregnancy. The overall goal is to promote healthy adolescence and to address youth sexual risk holistically or across the interrelated factors that promote optimal health and result in healthy decision-making and teen pregnancy prevention.
|Targeted Capacity Expansion: Medication Assisted Treatment – Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Targeted Capacity Expansion: Medication Assisted Treatment – Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction (Short Title: MAT-PDOA) grants. The purpose of this program is to expand/enhance access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services for persons with an opioid use disorder (OUD) seeking or receiving MAT. This program’s focus is on funding organizations and tribes/tribal organizations within states identified as having the highest rates of primary treatment admissions for heroin and opioids per capita and includes those states with the most dramatic increases for heroin and opioids, based on SAMHSA’s 2015 Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). The desired outcomes include: 1) an increase in the number of individuals with OUD receiving MAT 3) a decrease in illicit opioid drug use and prescription opioid misuse at six-month follow-up.
|Civic Engagement Project: Get Out the Vote
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving announces its Civic Engagement Project: Get Out the Vote Campaign, a nonpartisan initiative to increase the voter engagement of historically disenfranchised community members, drawing upon the strength of nonprofits and individuals committed to improving the quality of life for all. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to Hartford-area nonprofits for voter registration, Get Out the Vote activities and other engagement projects.
|Expanding Access to Quality Substance Use Disorder & Mental Health Services Supplemental Funding Technical Assistance
The fiscal year (FY) 2018 Expanding Access to Quality Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services (SUD-MH) supplemental funding opportunity provides support to HRSA-funded health centers to implement and advance evidence-based strategies to expand access to integrated substance use disorder (SUD) and mental health services.
Approximately $350 million is available in FY 2018, with awards anticipated in September 2018. On June 15, 2018, HRSA emailed eligible health centers the maximum amount of funding they may request. The SUD-MH Instructions offers additional funding details and guidance, including a list of evidence-based strategies.
|Aurora Women’s Giving Circle
The Aurora Women’s Giving Circle announces a grant opportunity for organizations based in Greater Hartford. The Giving Circle’s 2018 focus area is middle school-aged girls and grant funds will serve to augment a program based in Greater Hartford that addresses the academic, social and/or emotional needs of this population. $6,500 in grant funds will be awarded through a competitive grant process.
This Week in Health Policy News
Here is a sampling of health policy news from around the state. If you see something in your local newspaper that you would like featured here in future weeks, please contact Deb Polun at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out all the Health Policy News from the past month here!
3.3.18 Norwich Bulletin — UCFS’ Give Kids a Smile Program Focuses on Dental Education
3.2.18 FOX 61 — Ken Lalime, Eugene Market on FOX 61
2.27.18 NBC Connecticut — School-Based Health Centers Could Face Cuts (feat. StayWell)
3.4.18 CT Mirror — As Overdose Deaths Continue to Climb, a New State Initiative
3.2.18 New Haven Independent — Female Lawmakers Push to Protect Women’s Health Coverage
2.28.18 Hartford Business Journal — Hartford HealthCare, Tufts Forming Insurance Company
2.27.18 CT NewsJunkie — Republican Lawmakers Try Again to Open Marketplace to Uninsured Pregnant Women