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Spring Awakening for the Mind, Body, and Soul: 3 Ways to Practice Mental Health Awareness for the Month of May

Mental Health Awareness really spans all the aspects of your health, usually being the mind, body, and soul. Keeping that in mind, we want to share with you a few strategies that to promote whole health:

  1. For the Mind: Try an exercise to enhance your emotional literacy. You can use this Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotion to raise awareness of underlying emotions that may be driving your actions. According to Plutchik, all emotions that we experience start with one of the following: joy, sadness, acceptance, disgust, fear, anger, surprise and anticipation. Understanding how to identify each primary emotion can help you to better manage your response to emotional reactions.

    After enhancing your emotional literacy, consider Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that helps people to understand how to recognize, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness. Presently, there are over 1 million mental health first aiders in the United States who are using their skills to help individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. To become a part of that 1 million, please click here. Stay tuned for the next round of MHFA trainings at The Coalition!

  2. For the Body: Get outside! Spring is the perfect season to engage in physical activities. There are many ways to get active, such as going for a walk at a neighborhood park or the beach, riding or renting a Citibike and going to a fitness classes like Zumba or SoulCycle. There are even nature hikes accessible through public transit. You can also explore other classes that may interest you using Classpass. The Coalition and Coordinated Behavioral Care (CBC) are teaming up to participate in the NAMI Walk for Mental Health Awareness Month on May 12th!

  3. For the Soul: Once you are outside, take in your surroundings and savor the beauty of your neighborhood while reflecting on the journey that you took to get here. After reflecting on your journey, show your appreciation by giving back to others. Teach someone who may be struggling, about the things that you just learned in this article!

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NEWS

The Coalition at NatCon18

The National Council for Behavioral Health held its annual 2018 Natcon conference in Washington D.C. from April 21 until April 25. An estimated 5,000 behavioral health professionals, peers and interested individuals attended informative poster presentations and workshops and dramatic and heartfelt plenaries. The conference was capped off by Hill Day 2018, when advocates went to Capitol Hill to tell their congressional representatives what was happening in their districts on the behavioral health frontlines, and to ask that they vote from an informed perspective on the Fiscal Year 2019 Mental Health and Substance Use appropriations and the six mental health and substance use legislative acts being considered.

The Coalition’s President & CEO Christy Parque and Vice President for Policy Doug Berman started off on Sunday at the Second Annual National BHECON Forum for the nine states that are part of a national program to examine and advance policy reforms that strengthen states’ behavioral health delivery systems.

Amanda Saake, LMSW, CPRP, and Director of the Center for Rehabilitation and Recovery prepared “Ready, Set, Activate! Why YOU Should Give a Darn a About Person-Centered Recovery Planning,” a poster presentation delivered by our CEO and our Training & Special Projects Coordinator Teyana Reed.

Teyana and our Policy Associate Tammy Thomas were awarded scholarships to attend the conference and be part of the Young Leadership group for a round of eight visits on Capitol Hill; they were joined by a cadre of more than 25 advocates from across New York State.

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Around the Water Cooler

Congratulations to David Woodlock, CEO of ICL, and Coalition Vice Chair, for receiving the 2018 Visionary Leadership Award at the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Awards of Excellence Celebration in Washington, D.C. With over 40 years of dedication to the behavioral health field, David has led the mental health community towards achieving meaningful outcomes for those in need. Additionally, he has been a leading advocate for whole person wellness which supports an individual’s emotional, social, and physical wellbeing.


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Jason Lippman, Executive Vice President of The Coalition weighed in on the need to bolster the community-based behavioral health provider system in the context of hospitals downsizing inpatient psychiatric units, in Crain’s New York Business. The article also links to initial coverage in Crain’s Health Pulse, where behavioral experts, including Susan Wiviott, CEO of The Bridge, and Coalition Board Secretary, offered the need for taking a citywide perspective and investing in community-based services.


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Dr. Jorge Petit, CEO of Coordinated Behavioral Care (CBC) received the Healthy NY Award at the City & State New York Healthy NY Summit and Awards 2018. Additionally, Bill Baccaglini, President and CEO, The New York Foundling, Joseph Conte, Executive Director, Staten Island Performing Provider System, and Patrick J. Roohan, VP Data Management and Analytics Solutions, MVP Health Care received awards. Congratulations to all honorees.



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On April 23, 2018, Rising Ground, formerly known as Leake and Watts, revealed its new name during at the agency’s 2018 Spring Benefit, and subsequently released a video announcement. Founded in 1831, the agency has provided 187 years of support to adults, children and families. Presently, Rising Ground has expanded to provide services to more than 12,000 individuals in the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Westchester. 

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The Jewish Association Serving the Aging (JASA) was featured in a report titled “Partnerships Between New York City Health Care Institutions and Community-Based Organizations”. The report focuses on the strained relationship between hospitals and community-based organizations, due to the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program.

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The William F. Ryan Community Health Network recently received a $425,000 grant from The Robin Hood foundation. The grant will support diabetes management efforts at five of the agency’s Manhattan clinics. With the new funding, the agency will improve their data collection efforts to help discover high-risk patients who can benefit from diabetes education. 

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Upcoming Trainings

Court Involved Youth Initiative

Key Elements of Trauma Treatment
Date:
May 4, 2018
Time: 9:30am - 1:00pm | Doors open at 9:00am
Location: 123 William Street, Suite 1901
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Coalition Center for Rehabilitation & Recovery

Introduction to Shared Decision Making in Behavioral Health
* Participants must commit to attending both days.
Date: May 8th & May 9th 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: 123 William Street, Suite 1901
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Comprehensive Benefits Management
* *This is a three-day training; participants must commit to attending all sessions.
Date: May 15 – 17, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: 123 William Street, Suite 1901
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Professional Learning Center

HIPAA, Texting, and Mobile Devices

Date: May 10, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: 123 William Street, Suite 1901
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HIPAA Compliance Risk Assessment

Date: May 11, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: 123 William Street, Suite 1901
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Upcoming Member-Only Events


Government Relations Committee Meeting
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Location: 123 William Street, Suite 1901
Contact: Douglas Berman | dberman@coalitionny.org 

Membership Meeting

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm 
Location: 123 William Street, Suite 1901
Contact: Chris Bianchi | cbianchi@coalitionny.org

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Other Noteworthy Events

Partners in Caring Awards Gala
Hosted by: The Bridge
Date:
June 5, 2018
Time:
6:30pm Reception | 7:30pm Dinner and Awards Program 
Location:
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel | 80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street
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Garden Party Benefit
Hosted by: Venture House
Date:
May 21, 2018
Time: 4:30pm – 8:00pm
Location: 150-10 Hillside Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432
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In-Person Training: New Children’s Health and Behavioral Health State Plan Services
Hosted by: MCTAC
Date:
June 1, 2018
Time:
9:30am – 3:30pm
Location:
Westchester Marriott | 670 White Plains Rd., Tarrytown, NY 10591
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New Children's BH State Plan Service Specific Training: New York
Date:
June 5, 2018
Time:
9:30am – 3:30pm
Location:
NY Academy of Medicine | 1216 5th Ave, New York, NY 10029
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Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week
Hosted by: Families Together in New York State
Date: May 7 – 13, 2018
For more information, please click here

Mental Health Association in New York State will be hosting events all month dedicated to Mental Health Awareness Month.
For more information, please click here

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