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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
                     November 14, 2012

Coalition Briefs in Recovery

Hurricane Sandy Forces Temporary Closure of Coalition Offices – Staff Working from Off-Site Locations

As many of you are aware, The Coalition’s office building at 90 Broad Street in lower Manhattan was severely damaged from hurricane Sandy. However, we have secured temporary office space at The Jewish Funders Network (JFN) to house our servers and provide space for staff to meet. Our regular work email addresses and cell phones are currently operable, so please do not hesitate to contact us. In addition, a temporary voicemail box has been setup at JFN at 212-726-0177 x207. Messages will be checked periodically throughout the day. The appropriate Coalition staff member will return your call as soon as possible. We are grateful to you and other colleagues for the many offers we have received for office space and resources.

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FEMA to Hold Briefings on Assistance for Nonprofits (Nov. 16 & 19)

President Obama has signed a Major Disaster Declaration authorizing FEMA to provide Public Assistance to government and eligible Private Not-for-profit organizations. FEMA will hold four applicant briefings on Friday, November 16th and Monday November 19th, from 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm. The FEMA briefings will be held at Emigrant Savings Bank on 49-51 Chambers Street in lower Manhattan. There, FEMA representatives will provide an overview of its public assistance program and eligibility criteria. To attend one of the briefings, complete the RSVP form. Whether or not you can attend a FEMA Applicant Briefing, you are encouraged to register with FEMA as soon as possible by completing and submitting the RPA form.  The one-page form can be found here.  Email the completed form to John Grubsick and a FEMA representative will contact you directly. The deadline for submitting an RPA is currently December 2, 2012

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Mayor Bloomberg Launches NYC Restore for Hurricane Sandy Relief

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has launched NYC Restore, a comprehensive effort to connect residents and businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy with financial, health, environmental, nutritional and residential services, as well as FEMA reimbursement processing. The initiative consists of seven NYC Restoration Centers, accessible, neighborhood offices located in the communities that were hit the hardest to provide long-term assistance to New Yorkers. NYC Restore also partners with non-profit community-based organizations including Coalition members SCO Family Services, Catholic Charities of Brooklyn & Queens, Jewish Board of Children & Family Services, FEGS Health and Human Services and Good Shepherd Services, as well as many others of you, to provide support services in the Restoration Centers.

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IRS & NYS Charities Bureau Announce Extensions on Filing Deadlines

The IRS is granting extensions of time to file IRS Form 990 to organizations affected by Hurricane Sandy and whose original or extended time to file was from late October to January 31, 2013. Those organizations will have until February 1, 2013, to file with the IRS.

The extension is automatic for organizations located in the counties designated by the IRS. To find out which counties have designated by the IRS, please click here. Organizations that have been affected by Hurricane Sandy but are not located designated counties must call 866-562-5227 to request an extension from the IRS.

The Charities Bureau will grant the same extension of time to file Form CHAR500 and required attachments to any organization that is entitled to the IRS extension. If an organization is entitled to an extension by the IRS, it must request a similar extension from the Charities Bureau, by sending an email request to charities.extensions@ag.ny.gov.

Email requests for extensions must contain the name of the organization, its Charities Bureau registration number and its Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) in the subject line. For example, the subject line should read: Re: ABC Charity, NYS Reg No. 01-23-45, EIN 12-3456789. The body of the email must include the filing period for which the extension is being requested and confirmation that the organization is located in one of the designated counties or, if not, it has otherwise been granted an extension by the IRS.

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Member Spotlight: Cerini & Associates to Coordinate Pro-Bono Accounting & Legal Services in Wake of Sandy

Coalition’s auditor and Affiliate Member Cerini & Associates plans to partner with the law firm of Nixon Peabody to provide pro-bono accounting and legal assistance to Coalition members impacted by hurricane Sandy. Stay tuned for details on upcoming controller/CFO conference calls. These weekly phone calls will be open discussion as to what organizations should be thinking about from a fiscal and legal perspective as they try to rebuild from the storm. Stay tuned for more details.

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On Your Recovery Effort

From The Coalition’s vantage point, away from our own flooded offices, we are well aware of the many people and member agencies affected by the storm. So many of you are helping people in need, while dealing with your own damages from Sandy. You have given and are giving of yourselves day in and day out. We salute you. If we can be of any assistance, don’t be shy about contacting any of us. 

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