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The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) is currently accepting applications for the PA-SUN Request for Applications (RFA). Hospitals and Health Systems, on behalf of their ED(s), are invited to apply to the Department in accordance with RFA # 67-166.

The Department is interested in funding applications addressing building and implementing health system-wide clinical capacity to screen, diagnose, and support longitudinal care for opioid use disorder (OUD) and stimulant use disorder (StUD) as well as support recovery for adults and adolescents.

The overall goal of this funding is to promote and support ED linkage to care via multidisciplinary teams utilizing navigators, to include strategies like focused connections during care for conditions that may represent sequelae of substance use and enhanced universal screening for substance use disorder (SUD) among patients presenting for other reasons to EDs to identify new opportunities to engage in and link to care.

All questions regarding this RFA must be directed via email, no later than 12:00 pm on December 4, 2023. All questions must include the specific section of the RFA about which the potential applicant is requesting clarification. Answers to all questions will be posted on PA eMarketplace. To review the responses to posed questions, select ‘Solicitations’ and search for RFA #67-166. Applications must be received no later than 1:30 pm on January 16, 2024.

An additional update regarding the educational modules: By end of year 2023, the PA-SUN team intends to release asynchronous (self-study) education modules to aid EDs in increasing knowledge on topics such as harm reduction, buprenorphine initiation, linkage to care, and stigma.  For updates regarding the education modules please visit the PA-SUN website.

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Overdose is the leading cause of death for people ages 18 to 45 in America. Today, August 31, 2022, is International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD). It is the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose. The day honors those who have died from an overdose and offers an opportunity to reflect on the grief of those left behind while bringing attention to issues surrounding substance use disorders (SUDs) and overdose deaths. IOAD allows people to grieve as they choose without fear of stigmatization.

Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Secretary Jennifer Smith offered a video message, including resources to help those with an SUD. Those resources include:

General Resources:

IOAD Resources:

Equity-Related Resources:

The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) has launched the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Loan Repayment Program (LRP). This program will aid SUD treatment and Single County Authority (SCA)-funded case management professionals in repaying their outstanding qualifying educational loans.

Applications must be submitted via the online application portal by May 26, 2022. Eligible practitioners must have the capacity to provide SUD treatment or SCA-funded case management services at approved practice site(s) and meet the requirements in Section 6 of the Project Summary. Selected candidates must demonstrate a minimum of two prior years of experience in the SUD field as well as agree to a service commitment of two additional years.

For more information, view the Application Guidance. Questions regarding the grant and the application process can be emailed to DDAP.

Anthem Foundation is making up to $30 million available over the next three years to support substance use disorder programs that address an array of care and service options, including prevention and early intervention, crisis response and interventions, long-term intervention, and community resources and recovery supports.

Qualified nonprofit organizations with a history of proven, programmatic community initiatives are invited to apply for funding. Although Pennsylvania has not been specifically identified as a local area of focus, Pennsylvania providers can qualify under the National Programs of Emphasis category. More information about funding guidelines and eligibility is available. The deadline to submit applications is January 31, 2022.

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) is making available for public review and comment the proposed renewal application for the extension of the Section 1115 Medicaid Demonstration titled “Medicaid Coverage for Former Foster Care Youth from a Different State and SUD Demonstration” (Project Number: 11-W-003083/3). The effective dates of the current approved demonstration are October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2022. The extension requested will be for an additional five years, through September 30, 2027.

In 2016, the CMS Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care Final Rule eliminated Pennsylvania’s ability to use $55 million in federal funding to pay for residential SUD treatment. However, the Commonwealth was able to preserve the funding through an approved Section 1115 Waiver Demonstration. It is within this waiver that Pennsylvania committed to transitioning to ASAM Criteria as a condition for approval of the waiver.

The following links provide information regarding this extension request, extension application, public input process, schedule of public hearings, and other relevant information:

The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) has extended the deadline to apply for provider stabilization grant funding to Friday, December 17. The original deadline was today, December 8. The extension is to provide additional time for all interested providers to gather the required information.

DDAP is making $10 million in grant funding available for stabilization payments to substance use disorder treatment providers in order to assist with pandemic-related expenses. For more information, including how to apply, visit DDAP’s website.

A new training program, entitled “Cognitive-Behavioral Strategies for Treating Individuals with Substance Use Disorder,” is now available. The training consists of an online module through TrainPA and in-person/virtual skills training sessions. It contains four levels of trainings, each building upon one another. The four levels are:

  • Level One: Foundational Information on Cognitive-Behavioral Strategies for Treating Individuals with Substance Use Disorder
  • Level Two: Conceptualization and Skills Application
  • Level Three: Demonstration and Evaluation
  • Level Four: Fidelity and Support.

More information is available here.