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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
                   July 3, 2013

Coalition Releases Position Paper on Behavioral Health Moving to Managed Care

The Coalition has issued a new Position Paper called “Behavioral Health Moves to Managed Care: The Coalition’s View.” An undertaking of The Coalition’s ad hoc “think tank” and its Board of Directors, this paper was written to advise policymakers, the health sectors and the interested public on our latest thoughts and recommendations about the transformation of mental health and substance use services into managed care next year. The Coalition and its members are keenly aware of the complex issues that underlie this significant and especially speedy change. We hope that this paper will provide guidance for the decision making process along the way. The Position Paper along with an Executive Summary outlining its major points are now available to view online.

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City Adopted Budget Approved with Behavioral Health Restorations

In the wee hours of June 27th, 2013, the City Council voted to adopt the FY14 budget agreement announced by Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn a few days earlier. Overall, we were pleased with the restorations made to behavioral health programs and want to thank the Council Members whose diligence facilitated the continuation of the initiatives below to individuals with serious mental health and substance use disorders. We are also grateful for the hard work of Coalition members who helped us advocate for them.

The Children Under Five Mental Health Initiative was completely restored at $1.25M and will continue to support 8 community-based organizations to identify and treat children who are at risk for social and behavioral difficulties. The Geriatric Mental Health Initiative was completely restored at $2M, allowing 25 experienced organizations to provide mental health services in nontraditional, neighborhood-based settings that are places of trust and comfort for older adults. Although Mental Health Contracts was cut by $15K, it will still support the 5 community-based organizations funded last year, including funding for The Coalition’s Professional Learning Center, which was fully restored. In total, $375K will be allocated to Mental Health Contracts in FY 2014. In addition, Mental Hygiene Contracted Services was restored with $1.16M for mental health programs (an increase of 10K from last year), and $525K for chemical dependency programs (a full restoration). Full details are available in the Council’s Schedule C document.

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Coalition Celebrates Annual Leadership Awards Event

The Coalition held its 29th annual leadership awards event on June 27, 2013, with over 200 community leaders and behavioral health professionals gathering to honor the individuals listed below who have shown commitment and dedication to improving the lives of people with behavioral health disorders and strong service to the behavioral health community.

We were proud to honor this year’s award recipients: A. Kathryn Power, the distinguished head of the SAMHSA Region 1; Rob Kent, General Counsel for the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (OASAS) and a leader in the transformation of the behavioral health system to integrated care; Isaac Brown, President and CEO of Baltic Street AEH, a peer run service agency in Brooklyn; Paul Levine former Executive Vice President & CEO of JBFCS and longtime leader of The Coalition; and Fordham University’s public radio station WFUV for its “Strike a Chord” public service program, who was honored with a Media Award for their work in de-stigmatizingmental illness and raising awareness in the NYC metropolitan area. 

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Does September 23, 2013 Ring a Bell? (Hint: HIPAA Compliance)

The final HIPAA Omnibus Rule on privacy, security and breach notification requires covered entities and business associates to be in accordance with all of the rule’s provisions by September 23, 2013. To quick start your compliance, The Coalition’s Professional Learning Center commissioned a HIPAA Omnibus Policy Template Kit, which includes a set of 38 policy templates and an updated Business Associate Agreement template. These resources are ready to be customized to the needs of your organization. Please go to our website for a complete listing of the templates and ordering information.

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New Affiliate Member Joins Coalition

The Coalition welcomes Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., one of the world's largest insurance brokerage and risk management services firms, as our newest Affiliate Member. Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. provides a full range of retail and wholesale property/casualty (P/C) brokerage and alternative risk transfer services globally, as well as employee benefit brokerage, consulting and actuarial services. Gallagher also offers claims and information management, risk control consulting and appraisal services to clients around the world. The Coalition has arranged for Gallagher Benefits Services to offer affordable Executive Compensation Reports to our members. These surveys will be standardized against IRS and NYS requirements (including Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order #38) for Boards to utilize when evaluating their executive salaries. Members should contact Jason Lippman at jlippman@coalitionny.org for more details.

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Part-Time Psychiatrists and Meaningful Use: What You Need to Know

On June 19, 2013, The Coalition offered a “Guided Tour of the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program,” led by Coalition Affiliate Member, Mary Givens of Qualifacts and Coalition member Yvette Bairan, Chief Compliance Officer of Astor Services for Children& Families. During the workshop, a question was asked as to whether part-time licensed psychiatrists or physicians working in both a community-based organization and in private practice and participating in the Medicaid program are required to see Medicaid patients in both settings. In follow-up, Ms. Givens submitted an inquiry to the NY Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, which clarified that the provider must be a Medicaid fee-for-service (FFS) one to qualify for the EHR Incentive Program. If the provider is enrolled as a FFS Medicaid provider they cannot deny services to a Medicaid patient regardless of where they are practicing.

 

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Around the Water Cooler

SCO Family of Services announced the election of Kelly Williams as the new Chairwoman of its 18-member Board of Directors. Ms. Williams is currently the Corporate General Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, a public interest law and policy institute focused on issues affecting American democracy and access to justice.

University Settlement has appointed Sharon R. Egilinsky and Steven M. Schall to the roles of Board Chair and President, respectively. Both Ms. Egilinsky and Mr. Schall have served on University Settlement’s Board of Directors since 2008. Ms. Egilinsky previously served as Vice President and chaired the Board’s development committee. She is CEO and founder of SRE Solutions, LLC. Mr. Schall previously served as Vice President and chaired the Board’s program committee. He is a partner at Schall & Russo Planning Works.

Westchester Jewish Community Services received a donation of $5,000 from the TD Charitable Foundation of TD Bank for the WJCS Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP). The contribution will support PCHP’s with parents and caregivers to prepare children ages 16 months to 4 years for school success by increasing language and literacy skills, enhancing social-emotional development and strengthening parent and child relationships.

Two senior executives of Jewish Child Care Association (JCCA) have been promoted to top positions in its Foster Care Division effective July 1, 2013. Paul Torres has been promoted to a new position, Senior Vice President, Foster Home and Coordinated Community Services. Keturah Pierre has been promoted to Vice President, Foster Home Services.

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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
7128 Assistant. Program Director - Dona Rosita
7139

Director of Quality Management - Medicare

7145

Registered Nurse - Westside Rehabilitation Center

7151

Child Psychiatrist

7165 Domestic Violence Specialist, Bilingual Spanish, F/T
7166 Manager, Practice Innovation
7170 Director, Behavioral Health Services

 

 

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