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The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, Inc. Coalition Briefs
An Evolving Semi-Monthly Update on Community Behavioral Health in New York
                          August 11, 2011

The Coalition Goes to Washington D.C. for National Council’s Hill Day

On July 19th and 20th, The Coalition joined the National Council for its 7th Annual Public Policy Institute and Hill Day. Each year at Hill Day, hundreds of behavioral health providers, administrators, board members, consumers, and community stakeholders come to Washington for a full day of sessions and workshops on federal behavioral health policy, followed by visits with their elected officials on Capitol Hill to advocate for our field's priorities.

Coalition members attending Hill Day this year were the Institute for Community Living (ICL), Jewish Board for Family and Children’s Services, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, and Fountain House. The key advocacy issues that we focused on at Hill Day 2011 were: (1) Preserving Medicaid and the Behavioral Health Safety Net; (2) Supporting the President’s FY 2012 Budget Request for SAMHSA; (3) Including Addiction and Mental Health Providers in the Nation’s Health IT System; and (4) Supporting Federally Qualified Behavioral Health Centers.

On Hill Day, The Coalition met with Representative Edolphus Towns, and staff from Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Representative Nita Lowey, Representative Charles Rangel, Representative Yvette Clarke and Representative Elliot Engel’s offices.

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Medicaid Health Homes: Coalition Convenes Jam-Packed Informational Session

On Monday, August 8, 2011, almost 100 Coalition members attended an important informational session on Medicaid Health Homes led by our consultant, Arthur Webb. New York’s Medicaid Health Homes program is a new initiative under the New York State Department of Health (DOH) to better coordinate cost-effective services to Medicaid enrollees with complex medical, behavioral and long term care needs. DOH has extended the deadline for applications for eligible Health Home network providers for phase 1 to October 3, 2011. Prospective applicants should submit Letters of Intent, as an attachment (e.g. Word) by COB September 1, 2011 to hh2011@health.state.ny.us with a subject line that begins with "LOI for HH".

Eligible providers include managed care plans; hospitals; medical, mental and chemical dependency treatment clinics; federally qualified health centers (FQHC); targeted case management programs; primary care practitioners; patient-centered medical homes; and other enrolled entities. The application and detailed instructions are available at: Health Home Application. DOH has submitted the Health Home plan to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for approval. The goal is to have successful applicants assigned beneficiaries and be eligible to bill for health home services within one month of the application deadline. Additional information is available at: http://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/program/medicaid_health_homes/.

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HHS Awards Health Center New Access Point Grants to 3 Coalition Members

The Institute for Community Living, Project Renewal and Care for the Homeless were among the 67 community health center programs nationwide to be awarded Health Center New Access Point grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resource and Service Administration (HRSA). In the first year of this program, ICL will receive $541,667; Project Renewal $158,480; and Care for the Homeless $170,000.

On August 9, 2011, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that a total of $28.8M in funding was made available to the health centers through the Affordable Care Act to establish new health service delivery sites to care for an additional 286,000 patients. The goal of the program is to improve the health of the nation's underserved communities and vulnerable populations by ensuring access to comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services. To find out more details on the Health Center New Access Point grants, please go to: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/08/20110809a.html.

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6 Coalition Members Receive Grants to Integrate Health Care for the Elderly

The Coalition is delighted that the Clubhouse of Suffolk, Henry Street Settlement, Service Program for Older People, Institute for Community Living, Comunilife and Union Settlement Association were among the 22 grantees conditionally awarded grants to integrate physical and behavioral health care for older adults with mental health and/or substance use disorders in New York State. The awards from by the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) will be made in 2 phases (Phase 1 on September 1, 2011, and Phase 2 on July 1, 2012). The program will consist of two models. Model 1 will be implemented in behavioral health care settings, while Model 2 will occur in physical health care settings. For more details on these awards, please go to: http://www.omh.state.ny.us/omhweb/geriatric/.

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Around the Water Cooler

The Coalition is proudly announces that Ellen Wageman, Associate Director, Behavioral Health Services, at Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, received the National Council for Behavioral Healthcare’s “Community Voice Award” at its 7th Annual Hill Day in Washington D.C. The award was in recognition of Ms. Wageman’s advocacy efforts to coordinate the most letters sent to Congress on how cuts to the behavioral health field will affect the individuals that receive community-based services.

Alan M. Weinstock, President and CEO of PSCH, Inc. has announced that the Boards of Directors of PSCH and Pederson-Krag, Inc., two of the region’s largest behavioral health providers, have taken the necessary steps to begin to consolidate operations. Upon the completion of an asset merger later this year, the company will be called PSCH/Pederson-Krag. Pederson-Krag is now the Long Island Division of PSCH. Jeff Steigman, Psy.D., has been named Chief Executive Officer of Pederson-Krag and Anita Fleishman, former Chief Executive Officer of Pederson-Krag, has been named PSCH Senior Vice President.

Joshua Rubin, a Coalition staff alumnus, has joined the Mental Health Association of New York City as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Josh previously served as the Director of Policy and Planning for YAI Network, a network of eight not-for-profit agencies serving 20,000 people with disabilities and their families across the New York City metropolitan area, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

On July 27, 2011, Judge Ronald E. Richter was appointed to succeed John B. Mattingly as Commissioner at New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) in September when Commissioner Mattingly plans to step down. Judge Richter brings 20 years of child services experience to his new post, including serving as a Deputy Commissioner for ACS under Commissioner Mattingly and working in City Hall alongside Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs as the City’s second Family Services Coordinator, where he helped oversee ACS.

CASES has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration to launch a new Civic Justice Corps program for youth with previous involvement in the justice system. CASES is one of fifteen organizations selected from across the country to receive this grant, and the only organization selected in New York State.

Services for the UnderServed, Inc. (SUS) has been awarded $503,000 by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as part of the new Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. The SSVF Program, a critical element of VA’s plan to prevent and end homelessness among Veterans, will promote housing stability among homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. SUS’ Veteran Families Care Coordination Program’s services will include outreach, case management, assistance in obtaining VA benefits, assistance in obtaining and coordinating other public benefits, and making financial assistance payments on behalf of Veterans for purposes such as rent payments, utility payments, security deposits and moving costs.

University Settlement and The Creative Center: Arts In Healthcare have announced a merger. The Creative Center will now become a program of University Settlement, and be called The Creative Center at University Settlement (TCC). The program will continue to provide all of its current arts-in-healthcare programming in hospitals, other healthcare settings and on-site, as well as throughout its national replication and training project.  In addition, TCC will become integrated throughout University Settlement’s senior programming.

JASA is offering a 10-week program through its Institute for Senior Action (IFSA) for older New Yorkers to learn how to get more involved in the legislative process and be an effective advocate. The program integrates critical aging policy issues with practical grassroots action. Classes focus on a wide variety of subjects including: navigating the federal, state and local legislative processes, public speaking, understanding senior benefits and entitlements, techniques of social action, and much more. The course begins Wednesday, September 21. Sessions will be held 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at JASA Cooper Square, 200 East 5th Street, New York, New York. To request an application, contact Bola Aribidesi, Project Director, JASA Institute for Senior Action, 212-273-5261 or ifsa@jasa.org

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HUD Launches Redesign of Homelessness Resource Exchange Website

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has upgraded its Homeless Resource Exchange (HRE) website. The redesigned HRE features an improved browse and search function that allows users to browse resources or narrow their search for various resources by: Program, E-System, Type, and Topic. In addition, the website features a new calendar that includes both HUD and Non-HUD events and deadlines; the ability to request technical assistance; and the ability to view all Listserv announcements from one page. HRE reforms were based on feedback from homeless program grantees, technical assistance providers and HUD staff.

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Free Board Trainings    

The New York State Board Training Consortium (SBTC) is offering trainings for board members of not-for-profit organizations throughout the state. Topics include but are not limited to: Developing a Fiscally Accountable Nonprofit Board, Duties and Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards, Board’s Role in Working with Staff Leadership, Nonprofit Accounting Basics for Board Members and Strategic Planning: Setting the Course for a Successful Future. The SBTC trainings are developed and presented by New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. and sponsored by 5 state agencies: OASAS, OMH, OPWDD, OCFS and DOH’s AIDS Institute and Center for Community Health.

Board members of organizations affiliated either through funding or regulator relationships with SBTC state agencies may attend the sessions free of charge. Executive Directors/CEO’s, key fiscal staff and Corporate Compliance Officers are also invited to attend but must be accompanied by at least one board member from the organization. More information about the workshops can be found online at www.nycon.org or by calling Daniel Curtis at 1-800-515-5012 x 126 or emailing him at dcurtis@nycon.org.       

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Coalition Job Board

Coalition Members advertise staff positions for free on The Coalition’s Job Board!  Here's a sample:

Job #  Job Title
6163 Deputy Director, Youth Programs
6168 Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor
6175

Peer Specialist

6176

QA Auditor

6180 Director of PROS Program
6183 Social Workers (LCSW/LMSW - Bronx)

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Coalition Member Sponsored Events

Coalition Members advertise Events for free on The Coalition’s Member Sponsored Event Board

Date  Event Title
 8.17.2001 

Town Hall Meeting for NYS Regional Multicultural Advisory Committee

 

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