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August 28, 2020 News Headlines

New blog post: Telehealth flexibility has been critical during COVID-19. We must preserve it.

Temporary changes made during the public health emergency have greatly increased New Yorkers’ access to care via telehealth. Our latest blog post discusses certain flexibilities granted during the public health emergency that must be made permanent.

HANYS hosts virtual roundtable with Rep. Chris Jacobs

This week, dozens of CEOs and leaders from hospitals in New York’s 27th congressional district participated in a virtual roundtable hosted by HANYS featuring newly sworn-in Rep. Chris Jacobs (R-Orchard Park). The roundtable presented an opportunity for HANYS and its members to educate New York’s newest member of the congressional delegation on top federal advocacy priorities, as well as the challenges facing hospitals and health systems as they continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. HANYS appreciates the commitment of Rep. Jacobs to work with his colleagues in Washington on a bipartisan basis to support New York’s hospitals and health systems and the patients and communities they serve. Contact: Elyse Oveson

HHS releases $1.5 billion to states, tribes to combat opioid crisis

The Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is distributing the first-year funds of its two-year State Opioid Response and Tribal Opioid Response grant programs. The two SAMHSA programs will help states and tribes provide community-level resources for people in need of prevention, treatment and recovery support services. New York state received $56,235,022 under the SOR grant program and two New York organizations received a total of $650,000 under the TOR grant program for fiscal year 2020. Contact: Vic Aufiero

OASAS announces awards to expand addiction treatment services through mobile units and telepractice

New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports announced funding for select providers statewide to expand mobile addiction treatment centers and telepractice services. Funding for both initiatives was provided by the federal State Opioid Response Grant. Five providers were awarded funds to purchase and operate mobile treatment vehicles. Further, 33 providers were awarded funds to purchase computers, software, monitors, speakers, laptops, keyboards and webcams. Contact: Sarah DuVall

Member Spotlight – Auburn Community Hospital innovates care delivery during COVID-19

During the first months of the coronavirus pandemic, providers quickly pivoted services and offerings to meet the growing demands of the outbreak. Particularly challenging was finding a way to provide needed services to patients requiring medical care but who were not so critical as to require hospital admission. To solve this, Auburn Community Hospital established the ACH Community First Clinic to care for patients of all ages who require a clinical respiratory assessment but do not meet the criteria for emergency room evaluation.

Read our full story to learn more about this initiative and its results.

This story is just one of the many initiatives profiled on HANYS' Member Spotlight website that demonstrate how New York healthcare providers are investing in forward-looking initiatives that improve care quality and health outcomes. 

Free training opportunity: opioid overdose and brain injury

The Brain Injury Association of New York, in partnership with the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports, is offering free training sessions addressing opioid overdose and brain injury within addiction treatment settings. The training will cover the intersection between brain injury and opioid use disorder, screening instruments to assess for brain injury, challenges in providing treatment services to persons with brain injury, strategies and accommodations for working with persons with brain injury and statewide and community resources.


The program has been approved by OASAS for three CASAC hours and will be presented online in six regional locations. Individuals who attended this training last year are not able to register this year, as space is limited. Please register online for the session that is in your local region.


  • Capital Region: Sept. 9, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Hudson Valley: Sept. 14, 1 - 4:30 p.m.
  • North Country: Sept. 16, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Western NY: Sept. 17, 1 - 4:30 p.m.
  • New York City: Sept. 22, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Long Island: Sept. 24, 1 - 4:30 p.m.


For questions about this training, please contact Margo Singer, BIANYS, at msinger@bianys.org or (518) 459-7911. Contact: Vic Aufiero