On November 16, 2017, the NYS Department of Health convened a public comment session for New York’s 1115 Waiver programs. In our testimony presented to the DSRIP Project Approval and Oversight Panel (PAOP) and staff from DOH, Christy Parque, President & CEO, provided an overview of the issues facing the community-based behavioral health sector and our members' experience with DSRIP, VBP, HCBS, integration of services, health information technology, and more, that are covered in more detail in our written comments. Written public comment may be submitted through November 29, 2017, to firstname.lastname@example.org with “1115 Public Forum Comment” included in the subject line. We encourage you to submit feedback.
Jason Lippman Named A New York Community Trust Leadership Fellow
The Coalition is very pleased that our Executive Vice President, Jason Lippman, was accepted for the New York Community Trust Leadership Fellows’ Fall 2017 Cohort. The Fellowship’s goal is to ensure that tomorrow’s nonprofit organizations have the human capital to flourish and advance their missions. The focus of Jason’s Fellowship experience will be to develop and begin to implement a smarter strategic planning process for The Coalition. Given the major health reform initiatives underway in New York that are challenging nonprofit behavioral health providers, The Coalition needs to ensure that our own organization is running as efficiently and effectively as possible. We are grateful to the New York Community Trust for providing this opportunity and look forward to applying the knowledge gained from this unique experience.
Overcoming Challenges to Mental Health Services for Asian New Yorkers
In order to shed light on the mental health situation in the Asian community, the Asian American Federation recently released a white paper on Overcoming Challenges to Mental Health Services for Asian New Yorkers. Based on a year-long study that included 22 Asian-led and -serving community-based organizations providing direct or indirect mental health services, the white paper identifies four major challenges to mental health services in the Asian community and provides a set of recommendations to addressing those challenges and increase the capacity for mental health services for Asian New Yorkers.
The Institute for Family Health was featured in WNYC’s The Affordability Project, a series focusing on the increasing struggle to afford to live in New York City and what it takes to continue calling NYC home, featuring the Institute’s Dr. Amy Pandya. In other news, The Institute also launched the eHealth Exchange interface in collaboration with the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Venture House opens a new Clubhouse on Staten Island. Located at 1442 Castleton Avenue, the program offers Pre-Vocational Support, Transitional Employment, Ongoing Employment Support, Educational Support, Social and Recreational Activity, Group Oriented Culinary Program and Community Engagement services.
Coalition members Brooklyn Community Services, Children’s Aid, and GMHC received 2017 Nonprofit Excellence Awards from the New York Community Trust. On December 1, 2017, the winners will participate in a panel discussion to share the management practices that led to their selection. Congratulations on these distinguished awards!
Northside Center for Child Development received a $200,000 grant from CVS Health to expand its school-based mental health program and begin providing telepsychiatry. This will enable the clinic’s psychiatrist to conduct visits with students from various parts of Harlem and in the South Bronx without travelling, allowing Northside to provide an extra 1,000 therapy sessions each year.
VIP Community Services was awarded a grant from the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Use Services (OASAS) through the Medication-Assisted Treatment Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction program, to expand and enhance Medication-Assisted Treatment services. This initiative was announced as part of 3 grant programs issued by OASAS totaling $19 million.
Care for the Homeless appointed George Nashak as its new Executive Director. Mr. Nashak previously served as the Executive Vice President for HELP USA and spent eight years at NYC Department of Homeless Services, first as Assistant Commissioner for Housing and Program Planning, then as Deputy Commissioner for Adult Services. We look forward to continuing our work with George in his newest role.
The Supportive Housing Network of New York (SHNNY) recently announced that after nearly three years of service, Robin Pagliuco has gone on to become the Director of Coordinated Entry at the NYC Human Resources Administration, and after six dedicated years, Senior Policy Analyst Edline Jacquet has moved on to become the Policy Director at FPWA. SHNNY also announced a new policy analyst Melissa Rosenberg, who previously worked at the NYC Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Center for Rehabilitation & Recovery
Introduction to Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Skills Training in Groups
Focusing on the Golden Thread
Court-Involved Youth Initiative
Overview of Motivational Interviewing
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