Governor Cuomo Announces Approval of 2014 Health Insurance Plan Rates for New York’s Health Benefit Exchange – Press Release & NY Times Article


For Immediate Release: July 17, 2013



17 Health Insurers Have Rates Approved to Provide Coverage on the Exchange


NEW YORK, NY – Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the Department of Financial Services (DFS) has approved health insurance plan rates for 17 insurers seeking to offer coverage through New York’s Health Benefits Exchange, including eight new entrants into the market that do not currently offer commercial health insurance plans. Last year, Governor Cuomo took action to issue an Executive Order establishing the New York Health Benefit Exchange, which is expected to help more than one million uninsured New Yorkers access quality, affordable health care coverage.

Consumers and businesses will be able to choose among plans in four easy-to-compare metal tiers (bronze, silver, gold, and platinum) on the exchange. The plans within each metal tier will have standardized contract terms and product offerings, making it easier for consumers to truly comparison shop and encourage real price competition among insurers. Previously, New York insurers offered more than 15,000 plans that widely varied in terms of level and quality of coverage provided – which encouraged ‘competition through confusion’ and made it difficult for purchasers to effectively compare plans side by side.

“New York’s health benefits exchange will offer the type of real competition that helps drive down health insurance costs for consumers and businesses,” said Governor Cuomo. “The opportunity to choose among affordable, quality health insurance options will mean improved health outcomes, stronger economic security, and better peace of mind for New York families.”

Benjamin M. Lawsky, Superintendent of Financial Services: “In setting these rates, we worked hard to do right by consumers and small businesses so they have access to affordable, quality health insurance. Moreover, where New York previously had a dizzying array of thousands upon thousands of plans, small businesses will now be able to truly comparison shop for the best prices. New York will continue to move ahead rapidly so the exchange is up and running for 2014.”

“The approval of health plan rates marks a significant milestone for the New York Health Benefit Exchange,” said New York State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H. “The state continues to be on target to begin enrolling consumers and small business owners and their employees in health insurance coverage on October 1, 2013. Access to affordable, quality health care will mean better health, peace of mind and financial security for New Yorkers.”

On average, the approved 2014 rates for even the highest tier of plans individual New York consumers could purchase on the exchange (gold and platinum) represent a 53 percent reduction compared to last year’s direct-pay individual rates. The fact that these average individual rates are effectively being cut more than in half is primarily because a greater number of uninsured individuals are expected to obtain coverage in the individual insurance market – lowering overall premiums. (Note: That 53 percent reduction does not include the impact of federal financial assistance for individuals meeting certain income thresholds who are purchasing coverage on the exchange, which would lower costs even further for many consumers.)

Furthermore, despite the fact that health care costs per capita are approximately 18 percent higher in New York than the national average, the average approved rates for the benchmark individual “silver plan” in New York would be in line with (nearly 10 percent lower) the nationwide average previously forecast by the independent, non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) for when health care reform is implemented.

For approved 2014 small group plan rates, existing premium rates do not provide a functional year-over-year comparison. In 2013, insurers offered more than 15,000 different small group plans that significantly varied in terms of the quality and level of coverage provided. This year, insurers are offering standardized contracts and product offerings within metal tiers (bronze, silver, gold, and platinum).

The approved small group rates, however, are generally lower than indicated by the estimates of other independent forecasters. The average approved small group rate in New York for the benchmark “silver plan” is well below (nearly 32 percent lower) the nationwide average previously forecast by the independent, non-partisan CBO – notwithstanding the relatively higher per capita health care costs in New York compared other states. Moreover, a number of small businesses will be eligible for tax credits that would lower those premium costs even further.

The following companies had health insurance plan rates for the health benefits exchange approved today by DFS. The rates approved today are subject to final certification of the insurers’ participation in the exchange.

  • Aetna
  • Affinity Health Plan, Inc.
  • American Progressive Life & Health Insurance Company of New York
  • Capital District Physicians Health Plan, Inc.
  • Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York
  • Empire BlueCross BlueShield
  • Excellus
  • Fidelis Care
  • Freelancers Co-Op
  • Healthfirst New York
  • HealthNow New York, Inc.
  • Independent Health
  • MetroPlus Health Plan
  • MVP Health Plan, Inc.
  • North Shore LIJ
  • Oscar Health Insurance Co.
  • United Healthcare

Individuals with incomes below 400 percent of the federal poverty level ($45,960 for individuals and $94,200 for a family of four), could qualify for financial assistance that lowers cost of coverage. Enrollment for the exchange begins on October 1, 2013 for coverage that will be effective January 1, 2014.

“These plans and rates deliver on the promise that the Exchange will offer quality health insurance coverage at a price that works for New Yorkers,” said Donna Frescatore, Executive Director, New York Health Benefit Exchange. “We were pleased to see that there was much interest from health plans regarding participation in the Exchange. Our partners at the New York State Department of Financial Services did a thorough job of negotiating affordable prices while ensuring that consumers will have access to the providers they need. Robust competition among health plans has resulted in meaningful choices and better options for consumers.”

For more information about the New York Health Benefit Exchange, please visit,


Additional news available at

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Executive Compensation and Administrative Expense Limitations Take Effect

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by Joshua Oppenheimer

In January 2012, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 38, setting out a plan to limit New York State’s reimbursement for the administrative costs and the compensation paid to executives of not‐for‐profit and for‐profit service providers. Approximately 16 months later, 13 state agencies – including the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (“OASAS”) – announced final adoption of regulations implementing the Governor’s plan.  These regulations, which took effect on July 1, 2013, are likely to affect all Addiction Treatment Providers Association members.  Many affected entities, however, will not be required to comply with the restrictions until 2014 and will not have reporting obligations until 2015, as compliance begins with the first day of the “Covered Reporting Period” following July 1.


As a result of the OASAS regulations, substance abuse providers that are deemed “Covered Providers” are subject to limits on what may be paid to “Covered Executives” and the administrative expenses that may be incurred.  Generally, Covered Providers are prohibited from spending more than $199,000 of State Funds/State Authorized payments on any Covered Executive.  Moreover, no Covered Executive may receive more than $199,000 in compensation – regardless of the source of funds – unless, the compensation: (1) is no greater than the 75th percentile of compensation provided to comparable executives affiliated with comparable providers, consistent with the findings in a compensation survey recognized by DOB; and (2) has been approved by the Covered Provider’s board of directors or other governing body, including at least two independent directors or members.  Additionally, the Covered Provider’s Administrative Expenses must not exceed 25% during a Covered Reporting Period beginning between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014; 20% for a Covered Reporting Period beginning between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015; and 15% for a Covered Reporting Period beginning July 1, 2015 or thereafter.


There are some very narrowly tailored exceptions to these rules and, in certain circumstances, it may be appropriate for a Covered Provider to seek a waiver from the State.  The application of these rules is very fact sensitive and nuanced.  More information is available here:, but if you have questions, please contact ATPA.

White House delays ACA’s employer-coverage mandate for one year


By Rich Daly and Jonathan Block, MH

The Obama administration is delaying for one year the employer mandate requiring companies to offer their employees health insurance.

Assistant Treasury Secretary for Tax Policy Mark Mazur posted a blog late Tuesday confirming that the 2014 mandate on employers with more than 51 full-time workers to offer qualifying health insurance coverage to their employees or face a penalty was being delayed until 2015.

Bloomberg News reports that the White House plans to invite employer groups to discuss ways of easing administrative burdens created by the mandate.The delay was meant to give time to simplify reporting requirements and to adapt health coverage and reporting systems, he wrote. It means that one of the key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which is unpopular among many business groups, will not take effect until after the 2014 congressional elections.

Here’s what Mazur’s memo says the one-year delay will accomplish:

“First, it will allow us to consider ways to simplify the new reporting requirements consistent with the law. Second, it will provide time to adapt health coverage and reporting systems while employers are moving toward making health coverage affordable and accessible for their employees. Within the next week, we will publish formal guidance describing this transition. Just like the Administration’s effort to turn the initial 21-page application for health insurance into a three-page application, we are working hard to adapt and to be flexible about reporting requirements as we implement the law.”

The memo continued: “Once these rules have been issued, the administration will work with employers, insurers and other reporting entities to strongly encourage them to voluntarily implement this information reporting in 2014, in preparation for the full application of the provisions in 2015. Real-world testing of reporting systems in 2014 will contribute to a smoother transition to full implementation in 2015.”


Paul Fronstin, a senior research associate at the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute in Washington, D.C., doesn’t see the delay as that big a deal. He says that’s because more than 90% of employers with 51 or more employees already offer health benefits to full-time employees.

Fronstin adds the now-delayed mandate would have helped those employees working 30 to 40 hours a week who, thanks to ACA’s definition of full-time employee, would have to be offered coverage by their employer.

Still, not all is lost for workers in that category. “If an employer is not (required) to offer affordable coverage, the employee can get subsidized coverage through the individual exchange,” Fronstin said.

The employer mandate angered many businesses groups who warned that employers would cut back many workers’ hours to below 30 hours to avoid the mandate. For example, in November the owner of more than 40 Applebee’s restaurant franchises said he would cut workers’ hours to avoid having to comply.


Other businesses have taken the opposite approach. Cumberland Gulf Group, which operates convenience stores and gas stations, last month offered health benefits to those employees working between 30 and 40 hours, saying it is good for business and for employee retention.


The National Retail Federation praised the delay, with Vice President and Employee Benefits Policy Counsel Neil Trautwein saying in a prepared statement, “This one-year delay will provide employers and businesses more time to update their healthcare coverage without threat of arbitrary punishment. … We appreciate the administration’s recognition of employer concerns and hope it will allow for greater flexibility in the future.”


Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, also voiced his approval, while lamenting that the individual mandate is still in place. “That the Obama administration is putting off this job-killing requirement on employers, but not individuals and families, shows how deeply flawed the president’s signature domestic policy achievement is,” Hatch said.


Follow Rich Daly on Twitter: @MHrdaly

Reel Recovery Film Festival – New York – 2013

Reel Recovery Film Festival

The Reel Recovery Film Festival will be landing in New York from September 27 – October 3. Check their website for the upcoming schedule.

2013 Bridge Back To Life Golf Outing


Please join us on Tuesday August 13th at the beautiful Willowcreek CC in Mt. Sinai for our 7th Annual Golf Outing.

All proceeds go to the Matthew J. DeMoore Scholarship Fund at Bridge Back to Life, which we use to assist our at-risk adolescent populations.

Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez Announces Peer Advocate Certificate in NYS



June 19, 2013

Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez Announces Peer Advocate Certificate in NYS

New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez is pleased to announce that the Florida Certification Board (FCB) has been approved to offer a Peer Advocate Certificate in NYS.

Peer Advocates certified by the FCB will be able to offer peer services in OASAS Certified Outpatient Treatment settings and be reimbursed by Medicaid for such services. One of the first tasks that the FCB will undertake is to establish a New York-Based Advisory Board of subject matter experts who will work hand-in-hand with the FCB to develop Peer Advocate certification, application, testing and review processes. As part of the formal agreement between OASAS and the FCB, the FCB has committed to begin certifying Peer Advocates in NYS within six months.

Commissioner González-Sánchez stated, “This partnership with the Florida Certification Board is an important step for OASAS to further promote a recovery oriented system of care (ROSC) in New York State. It is essential that our system have peer advocates involved in the treatment and recovery process to provide hope as well as life-long community-based services to sustain long-term recovery.”

The FCB has been in operation for 30 years and formally incorporated since 1985. They also provide certifications and testing services for other states including California, Michigan and Illinois. The FCB sets standards for and certifies individuals in various levels of professional occupations including: the addictions arenas of treatment, prevention and criminal justice; mental health including behavioral health peer services; gambling and child welfare.

Neal McGarry, Executive Director of the FCB stated, “The Florida Certification Board is very pleased to be partnering with OASAS in the delivery of certification services for Peer Advocates. It is our intent to assist OASAS in raising the standards of care and professional recognition for Peer Advocates throughout the State of New York. Moving forward in this venture, the FCB will be operating as the “New York Certification Association – Council of Peer Advocates.”

The total number individuals currently credentialed by the FCB, across all professions, is 15,300. Additionally, from April 2012 to September 2012 the FCB operated one of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA’s) Addiction Technology Transfer Centers (ATTC) known as the Southern Coast ATTC whose primary purpose was to provide training, technical assistance and products to transform services, systems and policies to recovery-oriented systems of care (ROSC).

And for all New Yorkers struggling with an addiction—or whose loved ones are struggling—help and hope are available. The State’s toll-free, 24-hour, 7-day a week HOPEline, 1-877-8-HOPENY, is staffed by trained clinicians who are ready to answer questions, offer treatment referrals, and provide other vital resources to facilitate that first step into recovery.

OASAS oversees one of the nation’s largest addiction services systems dedicated to Prevention, Treatment and Recovery, with nearly 1,600 programs serving over 100,000 New Yorkers on any given day.

For more information, please visit

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The list of nominees to the Joint Behavioral Health Advisory Council and the Advisory Council of the Justice Center


ATPA Member Patrice Moore Wallace has been selected to the Joint Behavioral Health Advisory Council and the Advisory Council of the Justice Center.


Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
Senator David Carlucci, Chair
10:00 AM, Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Room 124 CAP

The Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee will consider the following nominations:

Jeffrey A. Wise, as Executive Director, Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs (TO APPEAR)

Alfred Kingon, as member Justice Center Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
William T. Gettman, Jr, as member of Justice Center Advisory Council and as member of Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
Walter J. Joseph Jr., as member of Justice Center Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
Tanya L. Hernandez, as member of Justice Center Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
Shirley B. Flowers, as member of Justice Center Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
Scott Salmon, as member Justice Center Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
S.Earl Eichelberger, as member of the Justice Center Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
Ronald S. Lehrer, as member of the Justice Center Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
Robert L. Weisman, DO, Justice Center Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
Peter Pierri, as member of the Justice Center Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
Norwig Debye-Saxinger, as member of the Justice Center Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
Michael Arsham, Justice Center Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
Mary E. Bonsignore, as member of the Justice Center Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
Lisa Gerbasi Goring, as member of the Justice Center Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
Leslie A. Hulbert, as member of the Justice Center Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
Judith A. ORourke, as member of the Justice Center Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
Joseph L. Rich, as member of the Justice Center Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
Jeremy E. Klemanski, as member of the Justice Center Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
Harvey B. Rosenthal, as member of the Justice Center Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
Glenn Liebman, as member of the Justice Center Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
Gabrielle Horowitz-Prisco, as member of the Justice Center Advisory Council(NOT APPEARING)
Eva S. Dech, as member of the Justice Center Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
Euphemia Strauchn-Adams, as member of the Justice Center Advisory Council and the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
Denise A. Figueroa, Justice Center Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
Delores McFadden, Justice Center Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
David Allen Lamphere, Justice Center Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
Clint Perrin, Justice Center Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
Christopher Tavella, Ph.D, Justice Center Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
Brian P. McLane, as member of the Justice Center Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
Belinda Lerner, Justice Center Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)

Lawrence S. Brown, Jr, M.D., as member of the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
John Kastan, Ph.D, as member of the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council(NOT APPEARIN G)
Jennifer Falk Havens, MD, as member of the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
James P. Scordo, as member of the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
Howard P. Meitiner, as member of the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
Grant E. Mitchell M.D., as member of the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
Glenn Andrew Martin, M.D, as member of the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
Tino Hernandez, as member of the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council (Does not need to appear)
Deborah Mayo, as member of the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
April Critelli (Lt. Colonel), as member of the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING )
Andrew S. Roberts, as member of the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
Stephanie Orlando, as member of the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING )
Sharon R. Gillette, as member of the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING )
Scott S. Lavigne, as member of the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING)
Robert Cruz, as member of the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council(NOT APPEARING )
Ralph G. Fasano, as member of the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING )
Paul N. Samuels, as member of the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING )
Patrice Wallace- Moore, as member of the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING )
Michael Norman Martin, as member of the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING )
Maura A. Kelley, as member of the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING )
Kunsook Song Bernstein, Ph.D, as member of the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING )
Katherine Breslin, as member of the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING )
John D. Lee, as member of the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council (NOT APPEARING )

Job Posting – CEO of Gateway Rehab

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Gateway Rehabilitation Center (Gateway Rehab), a private, not-for-profit organization, is a positive force in the prevention, treatment, education and research of substance abuse and alcoholism. Since 1972, the center has thrived under the guiding spirit of its founder and medical director emeritus, Abraham J. Twerski, M.D. This renowned author and physician first opened Gateway Rehab as a 28-day, abstinence-based alcohol and drug dependence treatment center for adults. Dr. Kenneth Ramsey has led the organization for 36 years, growing it from a one-site fledgling facility to a robust financially stable $30 million organization with more than 20 sites.  Today, Gateway Rehab is an internationally recognized leader in addiction treatment offering an array of services for adolescents, youth, and adults with a compassionate and individualized approach.

The mission of Gateway Rehab is to help all affected by addictive diseases to become healthy in body, mind and spirit. The center took root in the Pittsburgh region, growing to treat about 1,200 adults a year. In 1992, the mission expanded to help youth with substance abuse problems. In 2012, Gateway Rehab opened its Youth Services Center, conveniently located just minutes from the Pittsburgh International Airport. This facility is exclusively for adolescents and offers gender-specific treatment in a serene environment.


With a strong financial foundation, the organization is led by a committed Board of Directors with a staff of nearly 700 employees treating 1,700 patients on any given day in Pennsylvania and Ohio. The services of Gateway Rehab are broad and all-encompassing for adults and adolescents:  detox, in-patient, out-patient, half-way houses, corrections, Employee Assistance Programs and after-care. In addition, there is a value on prevention and research. Please visit for additional information on this incredible organization.



As a result of the announced retirement of our longtime leader, the Gateway Rehab Board of Directors seeks to hire the organization’s next President & CEO and has retained Vantagen to assist with this process. The President & CEO reports to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of our mission and business objectives. This position leads the organization with a senior management team of seven professionals, many of whom are long term dedicated employees.


We seek a leader with empathy and compassion for the people served by our mission.  Strategic thinking, innovation and courage are required to catalyze the delivery of outstanding client outcomes.  In an ever-evolving landscape of healthcare reform, we seek an experienced leader that can navigate the Affordable Care Act and its impact on the operations and treatment delivery systems of Gateway Rehab. With financial savvy, our next President & CEO will need to be experienced in seeking out and negotiating partnerships that will benefit our mission. As an ethical leader, the President & CEO must have demonstrated ability to lead an accomplished team of professionals accustomed to achieving exceptional results.


The President & CEO is primarily responsible for the following:


Leadership and Management

  • Manage overall administration and quality of Gateway Rehab – its programs, projects, human resources, policies and procedures, finances, and facilities.
  • Plan and direct all investigations and negotiations pertaining to joint ventures and organization partnerships, with approval of the Board of Directors.
  • Identify and communicate emerging topics in Healthcare Reform. Interpret the impact of county, state and federal changes in healthcare policy to Staff and Board.
  • Work collaboratively with Management and Board to develop annual and long-range goals and strategies for the organization.
  • Understand, assess, minimize and communicate the risks associated with business processes, transactions, operations, and healthcare trends.
  • Regularly meet with the executive team to ensure that operations are in accordance with policies.  Establish and administer plans and policies by implementing Board decisions. Respond to internal and external demands.
  • Maintain financial stability through effective resource allocation, and financial and program management.


Community Relations and Fundraising

  • Serve as the chief liaison with the community, other organizations, private and public funders, and other constituents. Interpret and represent the organization in the community.
  • Work with the Vice President, Development and Public Information to increase broad based private support to increase philanthropic funding. Identify and cultivate relationships that will advance the development and resource acquisition efforts of Gateway Rehab.
  • Participate in national, regional and affinity groups in order to stay connected and aligned within the Addiction and Recovery community.


Board and External Relations

  • Support the work of the Board of Directors and all relevant committees. Serve as the intermediary between Board and Staff. Identify, recruit and maximize the contributions of new and existing board members. Direct the continued education and organizational development of the Board of Directors.
  • Through the Board’s committee structure, provide guidance and authorization to carry out major plans, standards and procedures, consistent with established policies and Board approval.



The current and future challenges facing all healthcare and in particular, addiction treatment services, are numerous. In the near term the President & CEO will be expected to continue to deliver outstanding client outcomes while meeting and successfully addressing the following challenges:


  1. The impact of the Affordable Healthcare Act on Gateway Rehab services and finances.
  2. The evolution of Gateway Rehab’s treatment delivery models to be inclusive of varied client needs.
  3. A facility upgrade to reflect the high level of personalized care offered through treatment.
  1. Creating a culture of philanthropy internally and externally to meet the financial demands that complement the current revenue streams.





The successful President & CEO candidate will be an experienced and tested leader who possesses a combination of the following:

  • Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees required.
  • Substantial successful experience as a senior manager within a healthcare organization or organization similar in size, scope and scale of impact.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the current and evolving landscape of healthcare and healthcare reform.
  • Prior experience initiating and launching successful partnerships for mutual gain.
  • A demonstrated passion for the unique nature of addiction and recovery and the mission of Gateway Rehab.
  • Strong financial acumen, management ability and an ethical servant leader approach to work.
  • Integrity and trust beyond reproach. Composure in all situations, even when under stress. Adheres to an appropriate and effective set of core values and beliefs. Is strategically agile – can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately. A visionary who doesn’t lose sight of daily operations.
  • Personal values that include generosity, compassion, honesty, enthusiasm, energy, stamina, humility and a sense of humor.
  • Interpersonal skills including the ability to motivate, negotiate, and persuade stakeholders into a course of action in a community context. Excellent communication skills, including verbal, written and public speaking.
  • Prior demonstrated successful experience with identifying and securing private and public funding through fundraising and government/community relations.
  • A sense of entrepreneurial opportunism, with the ability to flex and adapt with changing conditions.
  • Generous with time and willingness to do all that it takes to stay “on top” of the many faceted parts of the nonprofit sector and the community at large.
  • Adept at building effective teams and motivating others to achieve more, particularly in complex and dynamic organizations. Demonstrated ability to manage and resolve conflict.
  • Evidence of continuously seeking (or encouraging others to seek) opportunities for different and innovative approaches to addressing organizational problems and challenges.



This position offers a highly competitive salary, and a generous benefits package, consistent with other nonprofit organizations of similar size, scope and scale.



Individuals wishing to speak confidentially about this opportunity may contact Michelle Pagano Heck, Senior Consultant, Vantagen at Qualified individuals may apply confidentially by submitting resume, cover letter and compensation requirements as MS Word attachments to: Please reference the following in the subject line of your email:  Gateway Rehab, President & CEO, #253-MH687


If you do not receive an email confirmation of your submission within 3 business days, please contact Dawn Kopp at or 412-315-6332.

Please direct all inquiries related to this position to Vantagen and do not contact Gateway Rehab.

Gateway Rehab is an equal opportunity employer.

Clinical Supervision in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling

Clinical Supervision

On June 14th, Nick Lessa led a presentation at the monthly ATPA Clinical Improvement Meeting, on section one of David Powell’s classic book, Clinical Supervision in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling.  Section one of the book focused on the principles of clinical supervision.  The presentation focused on common errors of an untrained supervisor, key features of a good clinical relationship, the differences between administrative supervision and clinical supervision, Powell’s definition of clinical supervision, traits of an effective supervisor, and leadership principles.

The presentation led to a lively discussion among the participants of their own involvements with experienced and inexperienced supervisors, agency practices around clinical supervision, and examples of difficulties supervising counselors.  On July 19th, the group will reconvene and agreed to discuss “models of clinical supervision” from the same book.


Updated APG Clinical and Billing Guidance Manual Released


The final APG Clinical and Billing Guidance Manual has been posted to the APG pages on OASAS’ website.  This version of the Clinial and Billing Guidance manual includes clarification on service guidelines along with updated coding to reflect AMA coding changes that took effect 1/1/2013.  In addition, an updated Encounter form has been posted to the site as well.


If you have any questions regarding this notification, please send your questions to the APG mailbox at