March 31, 2016
Phillip A. Saperia Receives the National Council Visionary Leadership Award of Excellence
On March 8, 2016, at a gala ceremony held at the National Council for Behavioral Health's Annual Conference at Cesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Phillip A. Saperia, the Coalition's departing CEO, was awarded the Visionary Leadership Award of Excellence from the National Council for Community Behavioral Health. Phillip was chosen as an awardee from over 1,000 applicants to receive this prestigious award.
"I am much honored to receive this prominent award," said Mr. Saperia. "These 21 years at the helm of The Coalition have afforded me many blessings. I have gotten to know, a sterling group of people who do indispensable work that makes our world better; and helps individuals and groups of people who are quite vulnerable. I am fortunate to have worked with a dedicated Board. I also have been privileged to work side by side with a talented, committed and productive staff—both current and alumni—who have given their all for this organization and its cause. How lucky I am to be identified with the good deeds of Coalition members and to have helped make possible the continuation and wellbeing of the community safety net."
The Visionary Leadership award came with a sizable donation to an organization of the honoree's choice and we are so pleased that Phillip has selected The Coalition to be the recipient of this $10,000 donation. The award is a fitting way to honor his 21-year tenure and his considerable achievements at The Coalition as he retires at the end of March.
Steve Coe, CEO of Community Access, received the National Council for Behavioral Health's prestigious Individual Achievement in Advocacy award, recognizing both the breadth of his achievements over the course of a 36-year career and his prominent role in more recent advocacy initiatives.
Jason Lippman Returns to Coalition as Executive Vice President
We are happy to welcome Jason Lippman back to the The Coalition as its Executive Vice President. Jason spent the last two years as the Director of Public Policy and Government Relations for Amida Care, a special needs health plan for New Yorkers living with HIV or experiencing homelessness. Prior to his time with Amida Care, Jason was the Director of Policy and Advocacy for The Coalition.
Jason's role will be to oversee operations and special projects, including financial/grants management and development opportunities, assurance of contract deliverables, planning and implementation of training and technical assistance/learning collaboratives, membership services, strategic planning and alliances with community leaders and government officials.
Welcome back, Jason!
Coalition's Annual Conference a Smashing Success
On March 3, 2016, The Coalition held its annual conference, "Sustainability in Community Behavioral Health: Successfully Staying the Course in Choppy Waters" at Association of the Bar of the City of New York. The keynote speaker was Becky Vaughn, Vice President for Addictions, The National Council for Behavioral Health who spoke to a sold out crowd. The topic was "What does sustainability in behavioral health mean?" Ms. Vaughn has been working in the addictions field for over 30 years. She was a member of the founding board of The Georgia Association for the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse (GAPTSA) in 1992 and became their first Executive Director in 1994. Beginning in 2008, she took over the helm of the State Associations for Addiction Services (SAAS) as their CEO after serving on its Board since 2000. Due to the merger of SAAS and the National Council for Behavioral Health, Ms. Vaughn is in a new role as VP for Addictions. Ms. Vaughn received her degrees from the University of GA and GA State University.
Individual and panel presentations included:
Value-based payments for vulnerable populations
How to plan for the future?
Achieving financial sustainability and
Assuring quality services
The Coalition assembled an impressive roster of speakers from the government and private sectors for the event, including:
Gary Belkin, MD, PhD, MPH, Executive Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Robert Myers, PhD, LMSW, Senior Deputy Commissioner, NYS Office of Mental Health
Pat Lincourt, LCSW, Director, Division of Practice Innovation and Care Management, NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
John Ulberg, Medicaid CFO, New York State Department of Health
Elizabeth Lynam, Consultant, KPMG Advisory Services
Donna Colonna, CEO, Services for the Underserved (SUS)
Pam Mattel, LCSW, Chief Operating Officer, Acacia Network
Jim Spink, Executive Vice President, Beacon Health Options
One particularly outstanding panel on Assuring Quality Services included the participation of Gary Belkin, MD, PhD, MPH, the Executive Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Dr. Belkin was joined by, among others, Robert W. Myers, PhD, LMSW, the Senior Deputy Commissioner, and Director of Division of Adult Services, State Psychiatric Centers, and Managed Care for the New York State Office of Mental Health.
We had robust and granular discussions on the current state of the behavioral health sector and where our conference participants envision where community based providers will be in the future.
Retirement Reception for Phillip Saperia – A Grand Affair
On March 15, 2016, a large crowd celebrated the career of Phillip A. Saperia in the Grand Hall of the Grand Hall of NYU's Kimmel Center. The president of The Coalition's Board of Directors, Tino Hernandez, MC'ed the event. Speakers included OMH Commissioner Ann Marie Sullivan, OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez, Donna Colonna, former Coalition Board President and CEO of SUS, Michael Polenberg, a former Coalition staffer, currently serving as Safe Horizon's Vice President of Government Affairs and Anita Appel of the Sachs Policy Group.
In addition, Phillip received a citation from the City Council commending his outstanding service for more than 2 decades with The Coalition, which was presented by Council Member Debi Rose's chief-of-staff, Edwina "Winnie" Martin; a resolution from the NYS Assembly from Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried and letter of congratulations from Assembly Member James F. Brennan.
We thank Phillip for his years of dedication and service to the cause and look forward to working with him in future.
We invite you to continue reading the other news items from the Coalition this month.