July 10, 2014

2014 Annual Leadership Awards Reception

Thank you for joining us on June 19, 2014 for our annual Leadership Awards event. Follow the link below to see who this year's award winners were.

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Coalition Parachute Wiki

Resources for behavioral health providers on the value of integrating peer staff to improve care and outcomes.

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Member Sponsored Events

Check out workshops, conferences and events being offered by Coalition members!

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HIPAA Omnibus Policy, Procedure & BAA Template Kit

The Coalition is pleased to announce the availability of a set of 38 HIPAA Policy Templates for HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules and an updated Business Associate Agreement all of which conform to the HIPAA Omnibus Update released January 25, 2013 and the technical correction published June 7, 2013.

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Professional Learning Center Store

HIPAA Business Associate Agreement Templates, now available. HITECH and Breach Notification changes apply to BAAs.

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Coalition Video on YouTube

Empowering Lives Through Community Behavioral Health - Five stories narrated by Mike Wallace in two parts.

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Gary Belkin Named NYC DOHMH Executive Deputy Commissioner for Mental Hygiene


On July 10, 2014, Gary S. Belkin, MD, PhD, MPH was appointed as Executive Deputy Commissioner for Mental Hygiene of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene after an exhaustive nationwide search.

Dr. Belkin’s comes to DOHMH from his position as Senior Director for Psychiatric Services at the NYC Health & Hospitals Corporation. His career has involved progressive responsibility in policy and systems development for public health and mental health services in US urban settings, including at Bellevue Hospital Center where he served as Deputy Director of the Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Belkin is also is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine.

He has particular experience in the historical context of medical patents, mental health theories, and ethical issues. His residency was at Massachusetts General Hospital and he has held an appointment at Harvard Medical School for many years. Dr. Belkin has been involved in several projects aimed at extending the uses of community-based mental health strategies in New York City and internationally, and exploring the degree they can be used for larger social policy and public health purposes.

The Coalition welcomes Dr. Belkin to his new position and looks forward to working with him as a partner in this challenging environment.

We want to thank Dr. Hillary Kunins, Acting Executive Deputy Commissioner for Mental Hygiene, for all of her good work.

The Coalition Praises Governor and State Legislature for Laws Targeting the Abuse of Heroin and Other Opioids


In a letter signed by Phillip Saperia, CEO, and Tino Hernandez, President, and dated July 8, 2014, The Coalition congratulated the Governor for signing a package of bills to combat New York State’s opioid epidemic of heroin and prescription drug use. The bills, which were discussed in the last edition of Briefs, run the gamut from insurance reforms to improved treatment options for individuals suffering from heroin and opioid addiction; measures to strengthen penalties and put in place additional tools for law enforcement to crack down on the distribution of illegal drugs; provisions to ensure the proper and safe use of Naloxone, an overdose antidote; and support for enhanced public awareness campaigns to prevent drug abuse.

The letter states that, “[t]he programmatic expansions and insurance reforms that you and the Legislature adopted provide…[an] effective response, and once again put place New York State at the forefront of our nation’s efforts to combat addiction.”

The Coalition also thanked the following State Legislators for introducing, sponsoring and shepherding the bills through to enactment: Senator David Carlucci, Chair, Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Senator Phil Boyle, Chair, Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair, Committee on Health, Senator James L. Seward, Assistant Majority Leader and Chair, Committee on Insurance, Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, Temporary President and Majority Coalition Leader, Senator Dean G. Skelos, Temporary President and Majority Coalition Leader, Assemblymember Steven Cymbrowitz, Chair, Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Assemblymember Aileen M. Gunther, Chair, Committee on Mental Health, Assemblymember Richard N. Gottfried, Chair, Committee on Health Assemblymember Kevin A. Cahill, Chair, Committee on Insurance, Assemblymember Sheldon Silver, Speaker.

The Coalition looks forward to working with OASAS, the designated lead agency, to successfully implement these new laws.

Full edition of this issue of Briefs includes: