The Coalition's Annual Conference is Upon Us
March 30, 2017

With only a few weeks to go, The Coalition is putting the final polish on our upcoming Annual Conference on March 30th, titled “Turning Challenges Into Opportunities”. Between our distinguished keynote speaker and the three panels that follow, the conference promises to be an informative and networking experience that no provider will want to miss.

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

  • 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

To register, please click here.


To view the full agenda, please click here.

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

March 8, 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 Coalition Visits Albany for Budget Advocacy Days

ADVOCACY DAY 2017  On February 6th and February 7th, a group of 15 Coalition members, accompanied by Coalition leadership, called on Senate, Assembly and executive leaders to present our FY2018 Budget Priorities: Preserve and Strengthen Community Based Mental Health And Substance Use Programs. Our “one pager” breaks down our budget requests into three important areas identified by the Board of Directors: Infrastructure and Capacity, Ensure Access to Services and Housing That Promotes Healthy Individuals and Communities, and Workforce. If you have questions about any of the issues, please contact Doug Berman, Vice President for Policy at, and we will be pleased to discuss them with you.

Our advocates formed into groups of 4 or 5 to accommodate a busy schedule. In two days, our advocates met with 25 elected and agency officials, including the Executive Chamber. We held advocacy meetings with the Chairs of the pertinent committees in the Senate and Assembly, as well as the politically important Independent Democratic Conference.

Several of our asks were well received, especially the recommendation to set aside $125 million or 25% of the funds in the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program (25% of $500 million) be targeted to community based organizations, which received strong support in the Assembly. There was a lot of support for calling on PPSs to distribute DSRIP funds to community-based providers, supportive and supported housing, and an increase in funding to combat the Opioid and Heroin epidemic. While there was general support for Workforce initiatives, we had to carefully explain why our request for an additional $50.5 million to support minimum wage increases is necessary.

The budget will not be complete until the Assembly and the Senate reach agreement with Governor Cuomo, which has to occur on or before April 1, 2017. Until then, The Coalition will continue working with legislators to ensure our priorities are included.

Executive Budget Hearings on Mental Hygiene: While we were in Albany, Christy Parque, President and CEO of The Coalition testified at the FY2018 Executive Budget Hearings on Mental Hygiene. Her testimony can be seen here, and the entire hearing here.

Coalition President & CEO Christy Parque Quoted in Crain's on Lack of DSRIP Funding for CBO's

Coalition President & CEO, Christy Parque was quoted in Crain’s Health Pulse on February 1, 2017, in an article titled “Non-hospital groups decry insufficient DSRIP funding.” In general, the DSRIP Performing Provider Systems (PPS) have been widely criticized about the deficiency of funds flowing to community based providers, which The Coalition emphasized during our Albany Advocacy Days and our midpoint assessment comments. Ms. Parque stated that “Without the PPS leads committing resources to outreach community-based organizations… those community-based organizations best positioned to engage the neediest communities will not be there.” The article further describes the concerns of other health care providers who expressed their frustration with the distribution of funds.

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