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


  • 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)

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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.

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Coalition News:

A Conference to Remember: The Coalition's Annual Conference "Turning Challenges into Opportunities" Brings in Over 300 Attendees from the Behavioral Health Community

On March 30, 2017, over 300 attendees, a record-setting number of behavioral health providers, connected at The Coalition for Behavioral Health’s 2017 annual conference titled “Turning Challenges into Opportunities.” The event took place in Manhattan at Congregation Rodeph Sholom (7 West 83rd Street).

Kicking off the program agenda was Rebecca Farley, Vice President of Policy & Advocacy at the National Council for Behavioral Health. In her Keynote address Looking Through the Federal Lens (Albeit Foggy!), Ms. Farley examined the political environment from Washington, D.C. and its potential effects on New York State in the wake of failed National Health Care Act and anticipated changes to Medicaid. During the Q&A portion, Rebecca exchanged thoughts with audience members on these issues, as well as the renewal of the CHIP Reauthorization Act, where she was quoted in Crain’s Health Pulse. 

A surprise Legacy Award was presented to former Coalition CEO Phillip A. Saperia, who was recognized for his leadership and tireless vision and commitment on behalf of the behavioral health field. The award was presented by Coalition Board Chair Tino Hernandez, President & CEO of Samaritan Daytop Village, as he expressed his admiration for Mr. Saperia’s contribution to the behavioral health community and his 21 years leading The Coalition. 

Special thanks to our sponsors: Millin Associates, LLC, BDO USA, LLP, and Mutual of America, and all of the many exhibitors who supported the event, more than doubling the amount of vendors and sponsors featured this year.

Conference Panels 

During the first panel, Understanding Value in Integrated Behavioral Health, Kristin Woodlock, CEO of Woodlock & Associates, LLC, led a discussion about how the behavioral health sector is adapting to the movement of healthcare towards a performance/outcome based model of service. Remarks from panelist Gary Belkin, Executive Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), were also featured in a Crain’s Health Pulse article on state reform efforts in behavioral health care and value-based payment initiatives.

In The New Partnership Paradigm in Integrated Behavioral Health  panel led by Bruce Feig, Senior Consultant of the Sachs Policy Group explored envisioning new ways and partnerships to sustain strong communities and healthy New Yorkers. The panel explored the relationships between hospitals and non-profits, identifying emerging innovative technologies to support integrated care, combined with the legal issues surrounding various collaborations.

The final panel demonstrated howcutting-edge informational dashboards are being used to boost provider performance and innovation in the Use of Data, Information and Technology for Informed Decision Making, led by John Kastan, Chief Program Officer of the Jewish Board. Demos from the panel, conference photos and slides can be found on The Coalition’s website.

New York State Enacts FY 2018 Budget

Because of your hard work and advocacy, and engaging our allies and stakeholders, we had a successful State budget season for the behavioral health sector. We spoke loudly and strongly with one voice and it was clearly heard. Highlights include a 6.5% raise over the next two years for behavioral health direct care professionals; additional funds for the heroin and opioid epidemic; $10 million for children’s mental health needs; and increased capital dollars for community based providers. The Coalition will continue to have a frequent and strong presence in Albany during the rest of the legislative session, as well as working on federal and NYC budget issues. 

Please click here for a full analysis of the FY 2018 Enacted Budget

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