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Adirondack Health Institute News

DSRIP Budget Webinar and Updated Template

A webinar to review the DSRIP budget template will be held on Friday, March 6, from 12 pm-1 pm.

To Register: DSRIP Budget Webinar Registration

This is another chance to review the template and ask questions.

Note: Minor changes have been made to the template so please use the following version:

 Deadline: Completed budget templates are now due on March 13, 2015.

Please submit your budget templates to DSRIPahi@adkhi.org using the subject line “Project Budget.”

Note: these instructions do not apply to project 2.a.ii; members working on project 2.a.ii have separate instructions for the return of their budget templates.

DSRIP Project Specific Webinars – Monday, March 2

As we move forward in our DSRIP planning you are invited to join project specific webinars on Monday, March 2nd. Topics to be covered in each webinar include:

  • Speed and scale for project implementation plans
  • Work plans
  • Budgeting template review

To Register: Click on the project below to link to the webinar registration.

Unable to attend? We will post links to the recordings early next week.

Project/Webinar link Mon, 3/2, Time
Medical Village (2.a.iv) 8-9 am
Integrated Delivery System (2.a.i & 2.a.ii Increase PCMH Certification) 9-10 am
Transitions of Care (2.b.viii-Hospital-Home Care Collaboration & 3.g.i Palliative Care) 10-11 am
Chronic Disease Prevention and Management-COPD (4.b.ii) 11 am-12 pm
Primary Care/Behavioral Health Integration (3.a.i) 1-2 pm
Crisis Stabilization & Withdrawal Management (3.a.ii & 3.a.iv) 2-3 pm
Patient Engagement (2.d.i) 3-4 pm

DSRIP Teamwork in the Adirondacks praised by New York State Medicaid Director

Jason Helgerson, New York state Medicaid director, spoke highly of AHI’s DRSIP team during the Department of Health oversight panel’s review of the AHI PPS application.

As reported by the Watertown Daily Times, Mr Helgerson’s quote states, “They have been actively involved in one of the nation’s most successful patient medical-home pilots that brought together a whole array of providers who have actively participated in the Medicaid program,” he said.

“That positions them well, because they have already been collaborating. I would say that Adirondack is one of the furthest and most advanced from an implementation standpoint.”

For more information, view the full The Watertown Daily Times article “Process begins to reshape NNY health care landscape.”

DSRIP Project Budget template available

The AHI PPS DSRIP Project Budget template is available.

We only need one Initial Project Implementation Budget Template completed for each implementation of a given Project.

  • For example, there are many Behavioral Health / Primary Care Integration implementations being planned, each project will have its own budget template.  Within a given implementation, there are usually multiple partners – we are NOT asking for separate budgets from each partner, nor do you need to specify which partner is incurring the cost on the budget at this time.  That step will come later. 

Please review the summary of the budgeting process: AHI PPS Project Budgeting Summary.

Project Teams should complete the template and submit to AHI by Friday, March 6th.

Note: There will be a Project Budget item on the agenda of the Friday, February 13th RHIT “All Team” Meeting.  There will be time for Q & A, as well as time for project teams to break out into groups and develop a plan for completing the budgets.

NYS DSRIP Independent Assessor Releases Project Scores

The Department of Health has released the Independent Assessor PPS Project Scores for each project.  The Independent Assessor noted that most Project Plan Applications submitted were of extremely high quality. These scores represent the final assessment by the DSRIP Independent Assessor on the project applications.  Bonus points for 2.d.i are not included in these scores. Scores are also viewable on the DSRIP website.

The Independent Assessor will be finalizing an Executive Summary for each PPS application that covers the overall scoring, reviewer comments, and a project by project summary. Please look for a notice in the coming days.

DSRIP CRFP Finance Process

The Finance Workgroup/HIT Workgroup and RHIT Workgroups are advancing toward a successful close to the CRFP process by the Feb 20th due date for ALL CRFP applications to the DOH.

Please review the AHI PPS CRFP Process Instructions.  It includes all PPS forms and communications as well as links to the DOH resources and forms.

Note: The schedule was recently extended to improve success of the PPS applications as a whole. Please look for changes in red.

RHIT DSRIP Materials Update

Thanks to the Regional Health Innovation Team (RHIT) members for attending last week’s all-team meeting.

Meeting slides, current timeline, and project requirements:

The next RHIT all-team meeting is Friday, February 13 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Location: High Peaks Resort of Lake Placid, McIntyre Range Room, 2384 Saranac Avenue, Lake Placid, NY 12946

RSVP: Call 518-480-0111 ext 32019 or email: Adrienne Cross.

DSRIP Applications now posted

All submitted applications are posted on the Department of Health site.

Links include:

  • Organizational Application
  • Project Plan Applications
  • Community Need Assessment

Scale and speed will be posted tomorrow.

Important Behavioral Health Grant Opportunity and Webinar

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is offering a behavior health grant opportunity that supports our DSRIP and Triple Aim efforts.

Organizations implementing the DSRIP project 3.a.i. Integration of Primary Care and Behavioral Health Services, are strongly encouraged to evaluate the following opportunity and consider applying.

DSRIP requires major changes in how health care services are designed and delivered, and these sustainable changes require resources.  The success of Performing Provider Systems will depend, in part, on the ability of the PPS and its partners to leverage funding opportunities, such as this one, that support their DSRIP efforts.


According to SAMHSA, the goal of its program is to “improve the physical health status of adults with serious mental illnesses, and those with co-occurring substance use disorders.” These adults are at risk for chronic disease and would benefit from the program’s integrated services through the co-location of primary and specialty care medical services in community-based behavioral health settings.

Application due date: Friday, February 27, 2015.

For more information, visit SAMHSA.


Hosted by the National Council for Behavioral Health, the presenters include Kristan McIntosh, LMSW, Director of Project Management and Client Relations; John Darin, CASAC, ICADC, Senior Consultant

Register online for the webinar.


We’re excited to share our final version of the DSRIP application as submitted December 22nd to NYS Department of Health.

January dates

1/12 Final Scale and Speed Submission completed and submitted by PPS lead
  • Independent Assessor completes DSRIP Project Plan checklist review of each application
  • DSRIP Project Plan Application PDF’s posted to the web, public comment period on Project Plan Applications begins
1/16 PPS lead meeting in Albany
Mid-January Finalized Attribution for Valuation Results Released


Keep your eye on these DSRIP News Blog postings for updates!