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[Press Release] NYS OASAS and DOH Announce New Website Designed to Enhance Availability of Addiction Services on Staten Island

NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and Department of Health Announce New Website Designed to Enhance Availability of Addiction Services on Staten Island Portal Will Provide Staten Island Residents with a One-Stop Shop to find State and Local Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Resources
The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and the New York State Health Department (DOH) today announced the launch of the Staten Island Drug Prevention Portal, a new website to enhance the access to addiction services for people on Staten Island. The site contains resources for the public and medical professionals, as well as data regarding the opioid epidemic to help identify areas of greater need for intervention and urgent actions. Click here to access website.

Staten Island Performing Provider System (SI PPS) in collaboration with New York State and multiple organizations and collaboratives on Staten Island created this new portal as part of a community-wide strategy to track the opioid epidemic and accelerate the response on Staten Island. Community members, families, and professionals can access data, while also obtaining resources and ways to get help. The site will also include a data dashboard to track progress on the “North Star” metrics identified in Staten Islands’ opioid crisis study released by the Borough President’s Office.

“The opioid epidemic has presented great challenges on Staten Island and throughout our State, but we are confronting them head on with aggressive and innovative measures,” OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez said. “We are committed to ensuring that Staten Island residents have all the resources at their disposal to manage and overcome the crisis, and this website will help residents in need to better access critical services that will make a difference in their lives.”

“We have been working closely with providers in Staten Island, and throughout the State, to increase awareness about the dangers of opioids, prevent future addictions, and expand access to treatment for those who need it in the present,” said New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. “This new website is another tool that Staten Island residents and health care professionals can use to research and connect those seeking help with prevention, treatment and recovery services.”

“Thanks to the active participation and important contributions of Staten Islanders, local partners, and our colleagues in government, we created a borough-wide data strategy to accelerate the borough’s response to the opioid epidemic and create a set of clear, quantifiable priorities to guide our efforts in this fight,” said Borough President James Oddo. “This Staten Island Drug Prevention Portal takes that blueprint and turns it into a reality to push back against the epidemic, which is still devastating communities across our borough.” 

“Offering greater access to treatment and recovery resources has been a key component to our fight against the opioid epidemic and it is essential we continue to expand these types of life-saving services at every turn,” said District Attorney Michael E. McMahon. “This new, comprehensive website will make finding help easier for Staten Islanders and their families struggling with substance abuse, while at the same time serving as an important resource for the public as well as health care professionals. NYS OASAS, the New York State Department of Health, the Staten Island Borough President James Oddo, and the Staten Island Performing Provider System have been tremendous partners in providing Staten Islanders with better access to treatment and we will continue working together to ensure an end to this crisis.”

“The SI PPS is grateful for the support from OASAS and the Department of Health in addressing the substance use disorder challenge in our community,” said Joseph Conte, PhD, CPHQ, Executive Director, Staten Island Performing Provider System. “The launch of this site is the initiation of a comprehensive program supported by our District Attorney and Borough President that includes safe prescribing education for practitioners, prevention efforts and public facing engagement promoting conversations between practitioners and patients on safer alternatives to pain management. The website offers practical information about progress in the effort to combat SUD and resources available to the community for services and professionals alike,”

New Yorkers struggling with an addiction, or whose loved ones are struggling, can find help and hope by calling the state’s toll-free, 24-hour, 7-day-a-week HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (Short Code 467369). 

Available addiction treatment including crisis/detox, inpatient, community residence, or outpatient care can be found using the NYS OASAS Treatment Availability Dashboard at FindAddictionTreatment.ny.gov or through the NYS OASAS website. Visit CombatAddiction.ny.gov to learn more about the warning signs of addiction, review information on how to get help, and access resources on how to facilitate conversations with loved ones and communities about addiction. For tools to use in talking to a young person about preventing alcohol or drug use, visit the state’s Talk2Prevent website.

CME/CEU Opportunity – MAT Learning Collaborative: Session 3

Join us for session three of the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Learning Collaborative: Buprenorphine Induction and Management – Advanced Topics

Monday, April 15th, 2019
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Regina McGinn, MD Medical Education Center
475 Seaview Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305

CMEs/CEUs available. Light refreshments will be served. Travel reimbursement available.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Gain an understanding of best practices for buprenorphine induction in various clinical settings
  • Gain an understanding of best practices for buprenorphine management
  • Gain an understanding of methods to improve MAT retention/adherence with engagement/counseling practices
  • Gain an understanding of ways to ensure patient linkages between emergency departments, primary care practices, and SUD programs

To learn more about the MAT Learning Collaborative or to review previous sessions’ activities and resources, visit www.statenislandpps.org/mat-learning-collaborative.

Click here to see the full session flyer.

Join us: Become a Safe Prescribing Champion

In 2018, 105 lives were lost to the opioid epidemic on Staten Island. Staten Island Performing Provider System is calling doctors, nurse practitioners, pain management specialists, pharmacists and other prescribers on Staten Island to Take the Safe Prescriber Pledge! As a valued healthcare professional of our community, we are asking you to join a public health effort to reverse the epidemic of addiction and opioid use disorder by taking the pledge to become a safe prescribing champion for other healthcare practitioners across Staten Island.
You are invited to attend our upcoming launch event of the island-wide Safe Prescriber Pledge campaign. The event will be held at the Williamson Theatre, College of Staten Island on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 from 6:30pm-8:00pm with a dinner reception to follow. You can register for the event here.
Attendees will learn about the importance of becoming a safe prescriber, review the evidence-based recommendations and elements of the Safe Prescriber Pledge. You can be the first to sign the Pledge to join Staten Island community efforts to reduce mortality, drug use and promote an improved quality of life for all Staten Islanders.
We hope you’ll join us in this important campaign to save lives at the kick-off of the Safe Prescriber Pledge program.

SI Heart Society Will Include Naloxone Training In All Its CPR Classes: Training Funded by SI PPS

The Staten Island Heart Society announced that beginning January 2019, they have added naloxone training and the dispensing of naloxone kits to all of its CPR trainings and AED donations. The trainings are being sponsored by a grant from Staten Island Performing Provider System (SI PPS). “Staten Island Performing Provider System is leading the charge in helping to battle the opioid crisis on Staten Island and throughout our nation. Dr. Joseph Conte, Executive Director of SI PPS and his team have worked diligently to develop a borough-wide strategy by leveraging data to support new initiatives to battle this epidemic. They have worked with both clinical and non-clinical partners to apply resources and measures that will have the biggest impact on saving lives. We could think of no better partner on Staten Island to launch this initiative,” said Rachel Volpe, R.N, Director of the Staten Island Heart Society.

Deaths by overdose on Staten Island were 116 in 2016, 105 in 2017 and 98 in 2018 as reported by SI PPS on the new Drug Prevention Portal (www.sidrugprevention.nyc).

A person who is not breathing, whether it be from an overdose or otherwise, is not getting oxygen to their brain. The longer that goes on, the less likely they are to recover. Chest compressions done with CPR help maintain blood flow and oxygen to the brain. If the lack of breathing is from an overdose, compressions will help the naloxone travel through the person’s circulatory system.  If a person is not breathing,

  1. CPR must be started immediately, especially since naloxone can take up to a few minutes to work
  2. In that time, activate EMS
  3. Start chest compressions as part of CPR protocol
  4. Use an AED (Automated External defibrillator) to increase the person’s chance of survival
  5. After overdose, a person must be connected to clinical and non-clinical services for recovery from substance use disorder (SUD)

It is very important to note that in the CPR protocol, activating EMS should be the first step after determining that a person is unresponsive and needs help. Naloxone can help save a person’s life after overdose. Providing naloxone without connection to clinical and non-clinical services will not help that person recover from substance abuse. SI PPS and other community partners are always available to provide treatment and other recovery resources.

“If we don’t save them first, we can’t help them at all,” said Rachel Volpe. “That is why the addition of naloxone to CPR is another way we can help save lives.”

In addition to providing naloxone kits with the AEDs that the Heart Society donates moving forward, they are committed to training and providing naloxone kits to all the organizations who have already received AEDs. They will be reaching out to these organizations for training and the distribution of kits. If your organization has already received an AED from the Heart Society, please contact them regarding the Naloxone Initiative.

You can read more here.

MAT Learning Collaborative Session 2: March 18th

Join us for session two of the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Learning Collaborative: Screenings, Assessment, and Admission Requirements

Monday, March 18th, 2019
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Regina McGinn, MD Medical Education Center
475 Seaview Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305

CMEs/CEUs available. Light refreshments will be served. Travel reimbursement available.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Gain an understanding of tools/scales for screening and assessing OUD
  • Gain an understanding of regulatory requirements for admission including toxicology screenings
  • Gain an understanding of best practices for conducting screenings and assessments in various settings particularly primary care and EDs

To learn more about the MAT Learning Collaborative or to review session one activities and resources, visit www.statenislandpps.org/mat-learning-collaborative.

Click here to see the full session flyer.

MIT Sloan announces collaboration with Staten Island PPS to drive change in healthcare

As technology innovations help drive the transformation of the healthcare industry, clinical, economic, administrative, lifestyle and genetic data are critical in redesigning a health system that benefits all participants. Leveraging expertise in data analytics and management research, the MIT Sloan School of Management’s Initiative for Health Systems Innovation (HSI) works with leading health systems in the field to design, implement, and evaluate innovations that have the potential to substantially improve health or lower healthcare costs. As part of this initiative, HSI recently announced a formal collaboration with the Staten Island Performing Provider System (SI PPS), an alliance of clinical and social service providers focused on improving the quality of care and overall health for Staten Island’s Medicaid and uninsured populations.

Dr. Joseph Conte, Executive Director of SI PPS, says, “The Staten Island PPS is proud to be HSI’s first collaborator, and we welcome the formal relationship with MIT Sloan… we have outstanding partners, an advanced data warehouse and our analytics platform all contributing to the impactful population health outcomes being achieved. We look forward to working together to address systemic health problems of the underserved and the opioid epidemic which touches us all.”

New York Congressman Max Rose notes, “The opioid epidemic is one of our nation’s greatest public health crises, and there is no doubt that it has hit communities like Staten Island particularly hard. That’s why the incredible work being done by Staten Island PPS and the Heroin Overdose Prevention and Education (HOPE) Program is so critical—and this [collaboration] with MIT will only further their innovative and comprehensive approach to tackling this crisis.”

“This is an exciting and unique collaboration with SI PPS that could result in a significant amount of learning, not just about what works, but about how and why it works and how it can be adapted and scaled to other groups,” says Dr. Anne Quaadgras, director of HSI.

Ashley Blauvelt, managing director of strategic initiatives at SI PPS, notes, “This collaboration will help us leverage the numerous innovations implemented throughout Staten Island. These include transformational programs in substance abuse, creation of numerous workforce opportunities, implementation of an EMS diversion program, law enforcement collaborations, housing for shelter residents, and cultural competency trainings.” The effort in workforce has changed the landscape for emerging healthcare jobs according to Bill Myhre, Sr. Director of Workforce Transformation adding “expanded roles for Certified Peer Recovery Advocates, CHWs, navigators and the use of Registered Apprenticeship strategies drives innovation.”

Building on the work with SI PPS, HSI is exploring a broad range of research collaborations around the country with both local and national organizations that share a commitment to innovation in addressing healthcare challenges. Over the next few years, HSI will conduct comparative studies and evaluations with data from those groups to highlight analytical and organizational levers that lead to change.

Themes addressed will include management of healthcare analytics, combining the design, implementation, and evaluation of new tools in behavioral health interventions as well as other key aspects of health systems. Efforts will support ways to integrate and scale innovations, and the research process will showcase analysis, design and testing methods to inform future work.

“The SI PPS team overseeing the work in behavioral health, primary and extended care, and health literacy have made extraordinary contributions,” says Dr. Salvatore Volpe, Chief Medical Officer of SI PPS.

Quaadgras adds, “This collaboration with SI PPS enables us to do impactful work that will make a significant difference in transforming the many health systems that are poised to change. Our approach highlights our expertise in using data, analytics, and world-class management research to understand not just stated problems, but to dig deeper with our collaborators to define problems, determine transparent measurement techniques with data, test potential solutions, and share learnings.”

NEW Lean Training, Starting March 11th

The philosophy behind lean is simple, continuous improvement with the removal of waste and inefficiencies. Lean is an ever-evolving philosophy used extensively in healthcare that is based on proven principles and methods that incorporate a compilation of world-class practices to improve an organization through an evidence-based methodology. Lean focuses on the customer and adding value to the organization by using its employees, trained in the methodology, to achieve continuous improvement by redesigning processes to create a more efficient work environment.
Lean has been deployed by SI PPS, as well as other PPSs, since the early stages of DSRIP. We have seen significant improvements in areas such as emergency department and clinic throughput, behavioral health and primary care integration, behavioral health center intake, Hypertension and Diabetes Control, as well as in many other areas.

This 12-hour course (divided over 3 days) will cover lean philosophy and methodology and give the participants the skills and knowledge to be able to conduct lean projects back at their organizations. Lean facilitators will also provide on-site coaching of a project, chosen by the participant, that will be started during the class.
Monday, March 11th, 2019, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Thursday, March 14th, 2019, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Friday, March 15th, 2019, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Staten Island PPS, 7th Floor Conference Hall
1 Edgewater Plaza, Staten Island, NY 10305
Who should attend?
Organizations interested in process redesign
Training Mode
In person

Please contact William Myhre at WMyhre@statenislandpps.org to start the registration process.


Staten Island PPS Releases “Community Based Organization Partnerships: Program Guide and Evaluation 2018”

Staten Island Performing Provider System is pleased to release Community Based Organization Partnerships: Program Guide and Evaluation 2018. The report was developed in partnership with Staten Island community-based organizations. To request a copy of this report, click here.
Community Based Organization Partnerships: Program Guide and Evaluation 2018 describes how Staten Island PPS made an early commitment to identify, engage and create capacity with our community-based organization (CBO) partners through the New York State Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program. CBOs are often the most well recognized and trusted organizations in their neighborhoods, speak the languages and are culturally sensitive to the communities they serve.
The report also explains the impact on the population we serve, the healthcare workforce and the broader community. In many ways it reinforces the concept of neighborhood as the center of wellness activity and the need to broaden our definition of health care services to address social determinants of health (SDOH). Many of the individuals who benefited from the services described in the evaluation were adversely affected by many clinical conditions such as poorly managed CHF, co-occurring behavioral health conditions, obesity, asthma, and diabetes. But primarily these were individuals and families greatly impacted by social determinants of health – the culprit in many poor health outcomes.
This SDOH revelation had us refocus our attention away from what is wrong clinically to what is wrong from a social justice and community standpoint including housing, employment, safe neighborhoods, transportation, food deserts, domestic violence and their enormous impact on health outcomes. Staten Island PPS has reduced preventable utilization of emergency room and readmissions by over 50% in just three years. The integration of these CBO services is an integral part of these outcomes and our continued effort to engage those often left at the periphery of health care access.
For more information or questions about this report, please contact Celina Ramsey.

Free Mental Health First Aid Trainings

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training teaches you how to identify signs of mental health distress, or substance use issues in your community. It will help you understand people’s challenges or crises and show you how to respond effectively.

  • Improved ability to recognize behavioral health challenges
  • Greater confidence in one’s ability to help
  • Decreased negative attitudes toward behavioral health challenges

Mental Health First Aid-Older Adults

Monday, February 4, 2019, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Staten Island 1199 Training Center
790 Port Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10302

Click here to register.


Mental Health First Aid – Youth

Monday, February 25, 2019, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Staten Island 1199 Training Center
790 Port Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10302

Click here to register.


View the full flyer here.