About Us

About Us

The Coalition for Behavioral Health, Inc. is the umbrella advocacy association of New York's behavioral health community, representing over 100 non-profit community based behavioral health agencies that serve more than 400,000 consumers in the five boroughs of New York City and its surrounding counties. Founded in 1972, The Coalition is membership supported along with foundation and government funding for special purpose advocacy training and technical assistance projects.

Why The Coalition Matters


Advocating with City, State, and Federal elected officials and agencies for sound public policies and for adequate resources on behalf of community-based behavioral health providers.  Serving as liaison with all branches of government and with the advocacy community.


Reporting to our members about policy developments and changes in regulations and law and informing the general public about news affecting the behavioral health sector.

Research and Information

Gathering research and data which inform our policy positions and offering credible recommendations to policy makers, legislators and regulators.

Learning and Technical Assistance

Providing up-to-date strategies for anticipating and coping with industry-wide changes like HIPAA, Managed Care, corporate compliance, Medicare Part D, PROS, ACT, evidence based practices, billing procedures, contracting processes, licensing and audits.

Collaborative Decision Making

Employing a committee and taskforce structure that informs members with diverse missions and facilitates vibrant dialogue and problem-solving.

System Change

Promoting, rehabilitation and recovery opportunities for recipients of New York City behavioral health services and providing assistance to providers and organizations through The Coalition's Center for Rehabilitation and Recovery.

Behavioral Services

The Coalition's member organizations sustain some of New York's most vulnerable citizens: persons with HIV, struggling families, the fragile elderly, people living with co-morbid health conditions, people discharged from psychiatric hospitals and detoxification units, prison discharges, troubled children and adolescents.

The Coalition represents the full continuum of behavioral health services including:

  • Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Teams
  • Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) Programs
  • Blended, Supportive and Intensive Case Management
  • Clinic Treatment Programs
  • Community Residential Programs
  • Compulsive Gambling Treatment
  • Continuing Day Treatment Programs
  • Crisis Outreach and Intervention Services
  • Detoxification and Withdrawal Services
  • Drop-In Centers
  • Family Support Services
  • Forensic Mental Health Services
  • Home and Community Based Services
  • Homeless Outreach
  • Intensive Psychiatric Rehabilitative Treatment
  • Methadone Treatment Services
  • Mobile Crisis Intervention Programs
  • On-site Rehabilitation
  • Outpatient Chemical Dependency for Youth
  • Clubhouses and Psychosocial Clubs
  • School Based Programs
  • Supported Housing
  • Transitional Employment Placement
  • Transitional Management Services
  • Vocational and Social Rehabilitation
  • Vocational Services (Adolescent)

The Coalition is a (501)(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, governed by a Board of Directors representing 30 agency executives and leaders of New York's behavioral health community.