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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
                       May 1, 2012

Health Homes Fact Sheet and Helpline Released from The Coalition’s Center

The emergence of Health Homes has led to an abundance of questions about what a Health Home is and what does it actually do? In response, The Coalition’s Center for Rehabilitation and Recovery has announced the release of its Health Home Fact Sheet called “What Consumers Need to Know About Health Homes.” Health Homes are not a physical place, but a network of service providers working together to coordinate physical and behavioral health services. Providers will also find the Fact Sheet helpful in advising consumers about their health related choices. 

The Center’s Health Homes Fact Sheet not only explains what a Health Home is, but answers frequently-asked questions on how Health Homes work and the many services that they can lead you to. This Health Homes Fact Sheet is also available in Spanish, Russian and Chinese languages. Consumers who would like to learn more about Health Homes can also call the Center’s Warmline, which is staffed by Peer Educators on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4pm. The number to call is 212-742-1600 ext. 204. We hope that both the Fact Sheet and Warmline will provide clarity on Health Homes and support consumers in making educated decisions about their own care.


Coalition Represented at National Council’s Conference in Chicago

The National Council for Behavioral Healthcare held its 42nd Mental Health and Addictions Conference in Chicago from April 15th through April 17th. The opening plenary was kicked off with “The Real Revolution: A Call to Arms” led by Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Healthcare, followed by former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, who delivered a speech called “Seventy Yards to the Health Reform Touchdown.”

On the first day of the conference, Coalition member, Peter Campanelli, PsyD, President/CEO, of the Institute of Community Living (ICL), presented at two workshops. In “Making the Business Case for Integration,” Peter spoke about Health Homes and care integration projects in New York State. Later in the day, Dr. Campanelli advised board members and executives of community-based organizations about how to lead in an increasingly complex landscape in “Governance-Management Interface: Sharing a Vision for Success.”

During the second day, Astor Services for Children and Families highlighted the evidence-based practices that they use to serve youth and families in “Beyond EBPS: Using Science, Culture Change, and Collaboration to Improve Outcomes for Children.” Presenters on hand were James McGuirk, PhD, Executive Director/CEO and Suzanne Button, PhD, Assistant Executive Director, from Astor Services; along with Rebecca Farley, Director of Policy and Advocacy of the National Council of Behavioral Healthcare.

On the second night of the conference, The National Council held its 2012 Awards of Excellence and Reintegration Awards, where two Coalition members were honored. Kevin Cleare of CASES received an award for Achievement, and Tony Hannigan of the Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS) was accepted an honorable mention for CUCS’ Project for Psychiatric Outreach to the Homeless under the category for Housing. The Coalition congratulates all of the honorees, particularly its members, who were acknowledged during the Celebration of Excellence!


Coalition Signs on to Alcohol Tax Increase Campaign

Did you know that alcohol is the third-leading cause of death in the United States and a major contributor to morbidity and disability? At the same time, budget cuts have reduced the availability of alcohol services. However, by increasing the tax on alcohol, consumption is reduced and revenue is made available to expand prevention and treatment services. In that spirit, The Coalition has signed on to a campaign calling for an increase in the tax on alcoholic beverages in New York State. According to the campaign’s one-pager, increasing alcohol taxes will save lives, raise badly needed funds and help contain healthcare and other costs. Signing on only requires agreeing to the campaign’s statement of support for the public health alcohol tax increase.


Senate Marks Up FY 2013 HUD Funding Bill

On April 17, 2012, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development marked up its FY 2013 appropriations bill. Included in the bill are proposed funding levels for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It contains $2.15 billion for McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants, a $245 million increase over the FY 2012 level, but about $80 million below the amount requested by President Obama.

The bill allocates $19.4 billion for Section 8 Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, including $75 million for 10,000 new HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers (a $482 million increase over FY 2012). The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee also agreed to $9.8 billion for Project-Based Rental Assistance, a $536 million increase over the FY 2012 level plus the renewal of all project-based contracts for 12 months; $1 billion for the HOME Investment Partnership program (level with FY 2012); and $3.1 billion is provided for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), an $152 million increase over FY 2012. In the coming weeks, the entire Senate is expected to vote on this bill. We will keep you updated on what transpires, as well as any activity on HUD’s budget in the House.


Center Training: Cognitive Behavioral Approaches to Group Work (Advanced)

The Coalition’s Center for Recovery and Rehabilitation presents this half-day training specifically designed for experienced group leaders in mental health programs. Participants will learn cognitive behavioral techniques that help group members change their thought patterns, feeling and acting. The training may be of particular interest to providers of Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS) since group work is the main service modality in PROS programs.

Training participants will be introduced to cognitive behavioral techniques that motivate group members to take an active role in their own recovery. This includes cognitive restructuring, thought stopping, behavioral modeling, role playing, information giving, homework assignments and feedback. These methods can be incorporated into groups with a wide variety of specific purposes. Participants will also learn how to address individual problem behaviors and group-level resistance that can undermine progress.

Group leaders who are able to use these advanced methods will be better equipped to guide groups toward successful outcomes. Cognitive Behavioral Approaches to Group Work (Advanced) will take place on May 30, 2012 from 9:30am - 4:30pm. Registration begins 9:00am. Light refreshments will be served. Click this link to Register now ยป or visit www.coalitionny.org/the_center/training/. This training will be led by Aaron Vieira, LMSW, and is free to community-based behavioral health providers.

The Center strongly recommends that participants complete our training, “Leading Groups: An Introduction”, before taking this training.


New Member Announcements

The Coalition welcomes the Long Island Consultation Center as a new member. LICC was established in 1953, and is one of the oldest private mental health clinics in New York. It is a multi-service psychiatric out-patient clinic that has provided care to NYC area residents shortly after World War II in the same Queens location. LICC’s clinic offers a wide range of therapeutic services to adults, children (age 6 and above), and families. These include individual, family, and group therapy, parent counseling and marriage counseling, alcohol and substance abuse treatment including individual and group therapy.  Psychiatric evaluation and medication for patients is available. 

We also welcome our newest Affiliate Member, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company of Johnson & Johnson. Janssen provides medicines for an array of health concerns in several therapeutic areas, including: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), general medicine (acid reflux disease, infectious diseases), mental health (bipolar I disorder, schizophrenia), neurologics (Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, migraine prevention and treatment), pain management, and women’s health. Janssen is named after Dr. Paul Janssen, who led a group of researchers to discover a medicine that helped change the way mental health patients were treated. His company, Janssen Pharmaceutical, joined the Johnson & Johnson family of companies in 1961.


Around the Water Cooler

The Human Services Council announced that Chris Winward, Director of Budget & Policy, of the Human Services Council (HSC) will leave HSC on May 15 after more than five years of service. She will move on to her next position as the Agency Liaison for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. In this role, Chris will serve as the main contact for their 90-member federation of human service providers throughout the Hudson Valley, Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, addressing programmatic and policy issues to improve their ability to serve those in need. Chris is a valued advocate and we wish her luck in her new role!

 After 29 years of dedicated service to the children and families of New York City, Keith Little, Associate Commissioner & Executive Director, Division of Children & Family Services at the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) has retired. Donna Bradbury will now be the Acting Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Children and Family Services.

Douglas Apple has joined Samaritan Village as its Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer. He will oversee day-to-day operations of Samaritan and provide critical leadership as the agency continues to expand its services. Samaritan Village serves over 4,000 New Yorkers each year through its residential and outpatient drug treatment, shelter, transitional housing and senior programs.  

Adults living in northern Westchester who have experienced mental health conditions can now receive peer-support recovery services through the new Northern Westchester Recovery Network of MHA of Westchester (NWRN) which will be overseen by The Sterling Community Center (SCC), the peer-run division of The Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA). The launch of NWRN was announced at the ribbon cutting of SCC’s renovated facility at 29 Sterling Avenue, White Plains on April 19.

Jewish Child Care Association (JCCA) raised a record-breaking $1M+ at its Celebration of Hope Fundraising Benefit on Tuesday, April 24th. The event was attended by more than 300 friends and supporters to honor Jonathan M. Tisch, chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels, Co-Chairman of the Board of Loews Corporation, and a well-known philanthropist. The evening was emceed by Daun Paris, JCCA's Trustee and Celebration of Hope's Benefit Chair and President of Eastern Consolidated, a full-service investment services firm. Also in attendance was 2012 Super Bowl winner, Prince Amukamara of the New York Giants!

The Bridge commemorated the groundbreaking for its latest new construction project, Tilden Gardens, at 2513 Tilden Avenue in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, on Friday, April 27th. Tilden Gardens, when completed, will be an elevator building consisting of a 6-story wing and 3-story wing connected by a common lobby and reception area. It will offer housing in 60 studio units for 45 adults recovering from serious mental illness, with priority given to Veterans and 15 young adults, 18 to 23 years of age, aging out of children’s mental health facilities and/or foster care. 

Family Services of Westchester (FSW) recently secured a new grant to hire a Veteran Outreach Coordinator for its Veterans Outreach Program, which was launched back in mid-January. Initially funded by a foundation seed grant, the program has the goal of facilitating the re-integration of service members who were deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan, as well as assisting with the needs of their families as they transition back into the Westchester community. This new Coordinator will focus on reaching out to women veterans and linking them both to peers in the community and any resources and services that might help support their multiple needs as they return to civilian life.

The NYC Consumer Leadership Training Committee Presents “Where Are You Now?  Where Do You Want to Be? A Housing Education Forum for the Mental Health Consumer Community.” Presentations will be conducted by Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS), Coalition of Institutionalized Aged and Disabled (CIAD), MFY Legal Services and NYC DOHMH Division of Mental Hygiene, Office of Housing Services, followed by a panel discussion. This event is free, but seating is limited. You must register by calling 347-396-7964 or email: dohmhregistration@health.nyc.gov (type “Housing” in the subject line of the e-mail). The event will take place on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012, from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Individuals that have not pre-registered will not be admitted. Registration and I.D. is required to enter the building. Light refreshments will be served at 9:00am.


Coalition Job Board

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

Job #  Job Title
6473 Psychiatrist
6474 Program Director - MH Supported Housing Program

Clinical Coordinator


Asst. Prog. Director, OMH Supported Housing Prog.

6478 Per Diem Social Worker (2 positions)
6479 Assistant Program Director


Coalition Member Sponsored Events

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

Date Event Title

MHA on the Moved:  Run/Walk



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