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Coalition News:

The Coalition Launhes Business Transformation Initiaitve

Through an exciting new business transformation initiative funded by The New York Community Trust, The Coalition hosted our kick off forum on May 31, 2017. This project will help support our members to adapt their business operations to a value based environment. The event’s plenary session was led by Don McDaniel, CEO of Continuum Health, who emphasized that behavioral health providers have opportunities but must embrace change. He was followed by a lightning round panel discussion, including the project’s participating consultants.

By bringing our members together in large forums, smaller workgroups and free one-on-one consulting opportunities, The Coalition is fostering deeper connections among providers facing similar operating and financial obstacles while linking them with a team of experienced consultants. Participants will be guided through the early stages of examining sustainability in a changing climate, shifting them from survival mode to strategic action planning. 

The Coalition’s next member forum will take place on June 27, 2017, to specifically focus on an assessment tool to help providers evaluate their agencies in the context of the current health care environment. For more information please contact

City Council Approves FY18 Adopted Budget

On June 6, 2017, the New York City Council formally adopted the FY18 Budget. For the past few months, The Coalition has worked closely with our membership to restore discretionary funding to all recipients of the City Council’s Mental Health Initiatives. Previously, during The Coalition’s Government Relations committee meeting on May 10th, we talked about the FY18 Budget proposal and the Coalition's advocacy strategy. The staff also shared materials that were distributed during the campaign, which reflected Coalition funding requests. All of the individual distributions are not yet final, but we know that total funding has increased by a minimum of $515,000.

We would like to thank all of the council members who met with and/or spoke to us on the steps of City Hall for their generous support and for restoring the Mental Health Initiatives with additional resources. Our gratitude goes out to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (Chair of Finance), Andrew Cohen (Chair of Mental Health) Deborah Rose, Annabel Palma, Laurie Cumbo, Robert Cornegy, James Vacca, Ydanis Rodriguez, Mathieu Eugene, Corey Johnson and Jimmy Van Bramer.

We also want to thank Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray on all of the work being accomplished to alleviate the stigma of mental illness and ensure that people have access to mental health services. With all of our effort and hard work we were able to restore an increase in funding which is reflected in the Schedule C budget document. 

Fiscal Year 2018 Mental Health Services Initiatives




Autism Awareness


Children Under Five


Court-Involved Youth Mental Health


Developmental, Psychological & Behavioral Health Services


Geriatric Mental Health


LGBTQ Youth All-Borough Mental Health


Medicaid Redesign Transition


Mental Health Services for Vulnerable Populations





Life & The Art of Wellness: 11th Annual Conference for NYC Working Peer Specialists Set for 7/13

The July 13 2017 Conference for Working Peer Specialists will focus on the frequently unspoken subject of suicide. As the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. it presents an even higher risk for our community. The conference will offer an opportunity to learn and share promising, evidence-based best practices, network, and job hunt, and will also provide the latest information on mental health peer support in NYC. A Resource Room will include the Academy of Peer Services, the NYS Peer Specialist Certification Board and the ThriveNYC Peer Specialist training initiative ThriveAtWork. Also offered this year is “SafeTALK, Suicide Alertness for Everyone”, a special certificate training facilitated by Dr. Silvia Giliotti, the NYS OMH Suicide Prevention Coordinator for New York City and Long IslandI. Even a comfort room and free massages are provided. We hope to see many of our Peer Specialist colleagues there!

If you are a Peer Specialist working in NYC and interested in attending, register for the conference here. The conference is on Thursday July 13th, (8:30am – 4:30pm) at the NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South.

For information, please call 212-330-6352 or 212-740-1600 x235.

Contributed by: Celia Brown, Regional Advocacy Specialist, Office of Consumer Affairs, NYS Office of Mental Health and Yumiko L. Ikuta, MBA, Director of Rehabilitation Programs, Office of Rehabilitation, NYC Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene.

First Lady Chirlane McCray Hosts a Community Conversation with Staten Island Mental Health Society

On May 31, 2017, The Coalition’s member Staten Island Mental Health Society, along with other Staten Island mental health organizations, hosted a community conversation with New York City’s First Lady Chirlane McCray. The First Lady, who has left an indelible mark with her and Mayor de Blasio’s signature mental health initiatives, Thrive NYC and Healing NYC, opened up to the community with her personal story and spoke about the importance of alleviating the stigma attached to mental illness. Later, she fielded questions from the community and was well supported by the many agency officials who joined her for the event. The event was co-sponsored by local officials Borough President James Oddo, District Attorney Michael McMahon, and Council Member Debi Rose.


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

Slides Available from The Coalition's Annual Conference: Turning Challenges Into Opportunities


  • Keynote: Looking Through the Federal Lens (Albeit Foggy!)
    Rebecca Farley, Vice President, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

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  • Understanding Value in Integrated Behavioral Health
    Facilitator: Kristin Woodlock, CEO, Woodlock & Associates, LLC

  • The New Partnership Paradigm in Integrated Behavioral Health
    Facilitator: Bruce Feig, Senior Consultant, Sachs Policy Group

  • Use of Data, Information and Technology for Informed Decision Making
    Facilitator: John Kastan, Chief Program Officer, The Jewish Board

    Presentation 1 (David Woodlock - ICL)
    Presentation 2 (Traci Donnelly - The Child Center of New York)
    Presentation 3 (Daniel Farrell - HELP USA)
    Presentation 4 (Virna Little - The Institute for Family Health)

To view:

The full agenda: click here.

Photos from the conference: click here.

Our press release for the conference: click here.

A list of our sponsors & vendors, click here.