The Coalition's 2016 Leadership Awards


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Honorees Awards 2016



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Honorees Awards 2016


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December 16, 2016

Coalition Parachute Wiki

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Coalition News:

Save the Date! Coalition Announces 2017 Annual Conference: Turning Challenges Into Opportunities - March 30, 2017

The Coalition is excited to announce our 2017 annual conference- “Turning Challenges Into Opportunities,” on March 30, 2017, from 8:30am – 4:30pm. The event will be held at The Salvation Army at 120 West 14th Street.

Due to popular demand, we booked a new venue for this year, complete with dedicated space for our vendors and sponsors, added event space to allow for concurrent breakout sessions, including two large plenary sessions.

We welcome panel and session presentation proposals. Stay tuned for registration and program event details in early January. We look forward to seeing you there!

Coalition Appoints Doug Berman as Vice President for Policy

We are pleased to announce that Doug Berman has joined The Coalition as Vice President for Policy. Doug comes with extensive experience advocating for New York City, State and federal policies that expand health care rights and housing opportunities for vulnerable populations.

“It’s a privilege to join The Coalition team. They are at the forefront of making certain that individuals living with mental health and substance use issues receive the lifesaving services provided by The Coalition’s member organizations,” said Mr. Berman. “The need for The Coalition’s advocacy for the community behavioral health sector during this time of transition has never been greater.”

Christy Parque, President & CEO of The Coalition cited Mr. Berman’s leadership in the advocacy community. “Doug is an unrelenting advocate for our most vulnerable citizens. His commitment to helping people get the care and services they need and deserve has been unwavering.”

“Doug has a long history of promoting innovative and integrated models of health and behavioral health care, and recognizing the role of social determinants,” said Tino Hernandez, Board Chair. “We are fortunate to have someone of his caliber and insightfulness guiding the Coalition’s policy agenda through a myriad of challenges.”

Christy Parque Shares Thoughts on 21st Century Cures Act in WNYC Radio

On December 12, 2016, Coalition President & CEO, Christy Parque talks about the 21st Century Cures Act bill during an interview by public radio station WNYC. The Act is designed to spur medical innovation and research, enhance SAMHSA programming and includes $1 billion to help combat the nation’s opioid epidemic.

According to Christy Parque, “this is a sea change, we have congress coming together in albeit a very strange political time, putting aside the strange sides of politics…to do something that is very innovative.” Assembly Member Gottfried, Chair of the Committee on Health, also interviewed by WNYC, believes “it’s important that states will have new ways to respond to mental health problems and substance abuse, but this doesn’t mean there will actually be any new funding for the new programs.” 

Update: On December 13, 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Cures Act into law. This Act is monumental in commitment, but requires funding to be allocated by Congress on an annual basis.

To view the signing ceremony please click here.

We invite you to continue reading the other news items from the Coalition this month.