Registration Now Open for 2017 Anuual Conference: Turning Challenges Into Opportunities: March 30, 2017

The Coalition is excited to announce that registration is now open for the upcoming annual conference. To register please click here.

The event will take place on March 30, 2017 from 8:30am - 4:30pm. We have a new location: Congregation Rodeph Sholom at 7 W 83rd Street, New York, NY 10024

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January 26, 2017

2017 Annual Conference

The Coalition is excited to announce our upcoming Annual Conference:

"Turning Challenges Into Opportunities"

Thursday, March 30, 2017

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Coalition News:

The Opioid Epidemic: New Data, Challenges and Solutions

New York City (NYC) is in the midst of a major public health crisis brought on by the devastating consequences of substance abuse. In an effort to review some of the latest New York City specific data on the opioid epidemic and on the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s initiatives, The Coalition’s Substance Use Committee recently hosted a presentation by Dr. Hillary Kunins, Assistant Commissioner of the NYC DOHMH’s Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use – Prevention, Care and Treatment. 

The presentation titled: “THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC: NEW DATA, CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS”, began with detail on the crisis itself and how it is effecting NYC neighborhoods.  Dr. Kunins’ pointed out that drug poisoning is the leading cause of injury death among those aged 25-34 in NYC, and among those aged 25-64 nationally (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014).

In a summary of the mortality statistics, she noted a 158% increase in fatal heroin-involved overdoses since 2010, with 4 out of 5 (80%) fatal overdoses involving an opioid.  (Li W, Huynh M, Lee E, 2014) Also highlighted was the fentanyl problem, which, since July 1st of this year, over half (51%) of overdoses involved fentanyl (NYCDOHMH, 2016). Contrary to the perception that overdoses occur on the street, it was pointed out that, in actuality, 71% of fatal overdoses occur in a person’s own home or another’s home (NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner & NYCDOHMH 2000-2015).

The presentation described new and ongoing public health approaches to reversing the opioid overdose epidemic, including the widespread distribution of naloxone along with free training on how to administer it. 

The efforts Dr. Kunins outlined are in line with the NYS Combat Heroin and Opioid Task recommendations on expanding programs to increase awareness on opioids, medication assisted treatment, and naloxone.  To obtain Dr. Kunins’ presentation materials click here.

Another important recommendation of the Heroin and Opioid Task Force is the expansion of regional coalitions and partnerships where stakeholders can identify resources and challenges, assess current efforts, and increase cross-sector collaboration on the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders.  The Coalition’s Substance Use Committee, which meets monthly, is actively engaged in such an effort, and invites your feedback and involvement. 

For more information and resources, contact Cheryl Bobe at



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “10 Leading Causes of Injury Deaths by Age Group Highlighting Unintentional Injury Deaths, United States – 2014.“National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), National Vital Statistics System. 2014. 

Li W, Huynh M, Lee E, Lasner-Frater L, Castro A, Kelley D, Kennedy J, Maduro G, Sebek K, Sun Y, Van Wye G. Summary of Vital Statistics, 2014.

New York, NY: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Vital Statistics, 2016

Source: New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner & New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 2000-2015

First NYC Networking Event for Adult Behavioral Health HCBS Providers, Lead Health Homes, Care Management Agencies, and Managed Care Organizations was a Success

The Coalition for Behavioral Health, Inc., the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the New York State Office of Mental Health and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services hosted a networking opportunity for adult behavioral health HCBS providers, Care Management Agencies (CMAs), lead Health Homes and , Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) on January 23, 2017 at the EmblemHealth headquarters in lower Manhattan. More than 230 people attended the event. Care Coordinators had the opportunity to meet the 36 HCBS providers agencies who reserved tables and shared information about their services. In total 53 organizations providing HCBS were in attendance along with 39 Care Management Agencies. MCO and lead Health Home representatives were also in attendance. In the words of one attendee: “The networking allowed us to initiate new contact[s] with CMA[s], discuss referrals to other HCBS providers with various designations, meet phone contacts in person and just great comradery.”

The next event is scheduled to take place at Brooklyn Borough Hall on February 9th from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Click here to register, book your vendor table, and get more information.

The goal of these networking events is for adult BH HCBS providers to introduce CMAs, lead Health Homes and MCOs to their agency and educate attendees about the services offered to their participants and the community. It will also provide care managers with information needed to help adult BH HCBS eligible individuals make informed choices about where to receive services.

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