The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, Inc. Coalition Briefs
An Update on Behavioral Health in New York

Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month!

Mental Health Awareness month was started by Mental Health America in 1949. By having a month dedicated to behavioral health, providers have the opportunity to shed light on access to care, stigma and any number of issues that impact people living with mental health issues and substance use disorders. Higlighted below are brief descriptions of some of the events being held to promote Mental Health Awareness Month.

Mental Health First Aid

May is the perfect time for Mental Health First Aid. On that note, The Coalition will host a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) USA workshop on May 16th and 17th. 

Amanda Saake and Melissa Thomas of The Coalition’s Center for Rehabilitation & Recovery will facilitate this groundbreaking public education program which introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. To learn more about Mental Health First Aid, please visit their website at www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org. For more information on our Mental Health First Aid workshop, please click here.

What's Great in Our State 2017

On May 2, 2017, New York State Office of Mental Health hosted a Children’s Mental Health Awareness event called “What’s Great in Our State 2017." This year’s celebration recognized the work of programs, agencies, educators, parents and students who dedicate their time assisting and guiding children, youth and families. The event included a special appearance by Senator Jesse Hamilton and honored Coalition member The Guidance Center of Westchester for their Foundations in Feelings program.

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

On May 4, 2017, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) held “Mental Health Awareness Live!” in honor of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. The national event featured an interactive talk show format that focused on the importance of incorporating behavioral health and primary care for children, youth and adolescents living with mental health and substance use disorders.

National Prevention Week

In support of National Prevention Week (May 14-20, 2017), the National Council released a paper titled Substance Use, Misuse, and Addiction Prevention. This report focuses on the basics of prevention, its impact, and the finances behind prevention activities. National Prevention Week is a fitting time to reflect on what we mean when we talk about substance use prevention. This document will assist providers in spreading the word and properly evaluate the definition of prevention as well as its practice.

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NEWS

Update from The Coalition's Compliance Committee

With Mental Health Awareness Month upon us, it is a timely reminder for providers to examine service provision and quality metrics. In that spirit, The Coalition’s Compliance Committee met on May 2, 2017, where Kate Davidson, LCSW, Assistant Vice President, Practice Improvement and Sam Holcombe, MPH, Director, Practice Improvement from The National Council presented Care Transitions Network for People with Serious Mental Illness. The presentation focused on defining the care transitions network, reviewing the five phases of transformation, looking at the impact of value based payments, identifying the best approach, evaluating outcomes, etc. Both presenters provided attendees with useful resources and examples to help navigate the new behavioral health care environment.

Members, be sure not to miss our next Compliance Committee scheduled on Monday, July 10, 2017 from 3:30pm – 5:00pm.

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NYC FY2018 Executive Budget Released by Mayor de Blasio

On April 26, 2018, Mayor Bill de Blasio issued New York City’s Fiscal Year 2018 Executive Expense Budget. The budget is noteworthy for two signature initiatives of Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray, ThriveNYC and HealingNYC.

The budget includes the following additions:

  • $8.2 million for this year’s allocation to HealingNYC to address the opioid epidemic;
  • $1.1 million added to Intensive Mobile Teams which serve people living with serious mental illness;
  • $3.1 million added to expand Cure Violence for youth affected by gun violence; and
  • $1.13 million added to the Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) program.
The FY18 Executive Budget does not address the $12.8 million of discretionary funding that was invested in eight Mental Health Services Initiatives in FY17. The Coalition, with your help, will advocate the City Council for full restoration of these critical initiatives.

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ThriveNYC - NYC Council Holds Oversight Hearing

On May 2, 2017, the NYC Council Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse & Disability Services, chaired by Council Member Andrew Cohen, held an oversight hearing on ThriveNYC. Thrive is the $850 million package of 54 initiatives that is the first comprehensive compendium of municipal funded programs not only in New York City, but in the nation.

The hearing began with testimony from First Lady Chirlane McCray, Deputy Mayor Richard Buery and Dr. Gary Belkin, Executive Deputy Commissioner at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). Together, they provided an update on the program’s 54 initiatives and answered questions from Council Members on topics ranging from cultural competency in service delivery and progress on the NYC Well initiative.

The Coalition and our members, MHA-NYC and The Jewish Board, testified at the hearing. In The Coalition’s testimony, Christy Parque, President & CEO, provided commentary on Thrive’s Mental Health Service Corps, the NYC Well program, the Shelter Newborn Home Visiting Program and staff training.


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New Opportunities for Human Services Nonprofits and Their Staff

Recently, The Mayor’s Office of Contract Services (MOCS) announced that updates are now available to help strengthen the partnership between New York City and the human service nonprofit sector. These updates consist of trainings, webinars, and guides that provide direct support to nonprofits that are engaged in city contracting. MOCS encourages nonprofits to check the status of their FY18 contracts to support timely registration. To view the full announcement, please click here.


The Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work is currently offering opportunities to top administrative staff with their Strell Executive Fellowship Program. The program will help prepare social work administrators and others in related fields for executive positions such as, Executive Directors, Chief Executive Officers, etc. Applications are due on June 9, 2017. For more information please click here.

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Events

Coalition Member-Only Events

Government Relations Committee Meeting
Date
: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: 123 William Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10038
For more information please contact Doug Berman at dberman@coalitionny.org

Children’s Committee Meeting
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: 123 William Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10038
For more information please contact Cheryl Bobe at cbobe@coalitionny.org

Membership Meeting
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Location: 123 William Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10038
For more information please contact Emmett Herrick at eherrick@coalitionny.org

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Center for Rehabilitation & Recovery

Introduction to Benefits Management
Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: 123 William Street, 19th Floor, Suite 1901
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Mental Health First Aid
Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, May 16th & 17th, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for both days.
Location: 123 William Street, 19th Floor, Suite 1901
* *This is two-day training; participants must be able to commit to attending both sessions.
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The  Professional Learning Center

New HIPAA Audit and Enforcement Activities: Being Prepared to Show Your Compliance
Date: May 19, 2017
Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm | Doors open at 8:30am
Location: 123 William Street, Suite 1901
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The DSM-5: Fundamentals of the Manual and an Introduction to Diagnosis
*Note: This training will be held at WellLife Network
Date: May 19, 2017
Time: 9:30am - 5:00pm
Location: 142-02 20th Avenue, 3rd Floor, Flushing, NY 11351
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The Court-Involved Youth Initiative

Overview of Motivational Interviewing
**This is a two-day training; participants must be able to commit to attending both sessions.
Date: May 24 and 30, 2017
Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm | Doors open at 9:00am
Location: 123 William Street, Suite 1901
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Clinical Supervision Foundations I and II
Date: June 5, 6, & 7, 2017
Time: June 5 & 6 9:30am - 5:00pm, June 7 9:30am-3:00pm | Doors open at 9:00am all days
Location: 123 William Street, Suite 1901
** Please note: This training is targeted to QHP supervisors **
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More Noteworthy Events

Bi-Annual NYC Regional Planning Consortium at Community Town Hall
Date: Friday, May 12, 2017
Time: 9:30am – 11:30pm
Location: Bronx Museum of Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse
For registration please click here

NYC RHIO Panel
Date:
Friday, June 2, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 4:30pm
Location: DOHMH, 42-09 28th Street, Room 3-32
For registration please click here

Adult BH HCBS: The Mechanics of Successful Lift-Off

*The Small Business Initiative will be providing in-person workshops for adult BH HCBS providers on how to get HCBS services off the ground.

Register now for the workshop in your region!

Hudson Valley: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
St. Vincent’s Hospital: 275 North Street, Harrison, NY 10528
AM session 9:30am – 12:30pm - register here
PM session 1pm – 4pm - register here 

Long Island: Thursday, June 1, 2017
WellLife Network, 55 Horizon Drive, Huntington, NY 11743
AM session only, 9:30am – 12:30pm - register here 

NYC: Tuesday, June 20, 2017
The Coalition for Behavioral Health, 123 William St., Suite 1901, NY, NY 10038
AM session only, 9:30am – 12:30pm - register here 

Register now for the NYC RHIO Panel
Date: Friday June 2, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 4:30pm
Location: DOHMH, 42-09 28th Street, Room 3-32
For registration please click here

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Around the Water Cooler

Every Year New York Non-profit Media acknowledges Front Line Heroes from the non-profit world who devoted their time assisting clients and achieving organizational goals. Amongst the list of 2017 leaders are Coalition members:

    • Holly Brickey, Senior Caseworker: Close to Home Program, SCO Family of Services
    • Gary Caldwell, Peer Coordinator, Pathway Home, Services for the Underserved (SUS)
    • Carlen Hiciano, FFT Interventionist, Leake & Watts
    • Nazy Kaffashan, Associate Director of the Family Wellness Program, Children's Aid Society
    • Joseph Mott, Senior Recreation Coordinator, JCCA
    • Wesner Pierre, Vice President, Education and Youth Development, CAMBA, Inc.
    • Marcia Titus-Prescott, Associate Director Integrated Nursing, ICL

The Coalition applauds all of the honorees for their hard work and dedication.

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On April 17, 2017, Governor Andrew Cuomo released the list of administration appointees who will provide assistance with fighting for greater social and economic opportunities for all. Melissa DeRosa was appointed as Secretary to the Governor and Megan Baldwin as Secretary for Health. The Coalition congratulates the appointees and looks forward to working with them in their new roles.

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Congratulations to Rose Duhan who will become the new Chief Executive of the Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS). Previously, Ms. Duhan served as Assistant Secretary for Health to Governor Cuomo. The Coalition looks forward to collaborating with Ms. Duhan in her new role at CHCANYS.

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On August 14, 2017, Dr. Anthony Shih will take the role of President and CEO of United Hospital Fund. Dr. Shih is currently the Vice President of the New York Academy of Medicine, whose purpose is to promote the health and well-being of individuals in cities worldwide. Congratulations to Dr. Shih on his new appointment.




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The Coalition recently said goodbye to Stephanie Berchmans and Morghann Simms, two of our hard working social work interns from New York University. During their time with us, Stephanie and Morghann participated in special projects that consisted of researching relevant mental health and substance use issues, assisting with trainings and committee meetings, and providing support a The Coalition’s Annual Conference. We cannot wait to hear about all of the bright things ahead for Stephanie and Morghann in their careers!

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The Children’s Aid Society recently appointed Dr. Daniel H. Stevens as the new President of Health and Wellness. In his new role Dr. Stevens will be responsible for overseeing all clinical services and health programming. Before working with the Children’s Aid Society, Dr. Stevens served as the Director of Adolescent Medicine at Union Community Health Center, the Clinical Director of the Teen Health Center. Welcome Dr. Stevens to The Coalition family!


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Recently, The William F. Ryan Community Health Network appointed Samuel C. Bartels and Bob Fohngho to lead the their flagship health center on the Upper West Side and the Ryan Women & Children’s Center in northern Manhattan, respectively. The Coalition would like to congratulate both executives on their new leadership positions.

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On April 24, 2017, The Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) announced that they are a recipient of a five-year $1.75 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent and examine high-impact prevention program for underserved populations. The target group will consist of African American and Hispanic men between the ages of 13 and 29 who engage in same sex activities. The grant will also provide the agency with the opportunity to test for Hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted diseases.

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On May 11, 2017, Odyssey House opens their George Rosenfeld Center for Recovery, a residential behavioral health treatment center for women, families, and other adults. The center was named in honor of George Rosenfeld, who has dedicated two decades of his life leading and shaping Odyssey House. If you would like to attend the grand opening, please RSVP here.


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On June 7, 2017, The Bridge will be hosting their Annual Partners in Cararing Gala at The Mandarin Oriental. The event will highlight the 2017 honorees and highlight work that the agency provides to the community. To register please click here.




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On June 20, 2017, Care for the Homeless (CFH) will hold its fourth annual Summer Solstice Success celebration to recognize the success stories of clients who have overcame homelessness. The event will also acknowledge the CFH clinicians who played a part in the success of their clients. To register for the event please click here. If you would like to learn more about the event please listen to a webinar CFH conducted with the National Council titled “From Darkness to Light: Honoring Success and Resilience at the Summer Solstice”.

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The Coalition Invites You to Submit Ideas for Briefs

Briefs offers a vehicle for communication to Coalition members, elected and government officials, as well as the greater behavioral health community.

We welcome submissions that highlight innovative services, policy positions and experience in implementing new systems and best practices, etc.

Please submit your proposals to briefs@coalitionny.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

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