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An Update on Behavioral Health in New York

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We are currently accepting applications for the following positions: Director of Public Policy and Director of Administration.

These are great opportunities for proactive and dynamic individuals to succeed in a growing advocacy organization.

Director of Public Policy: Under the direction of the President & CEO, the Director of Public Policy will manage the public policy and advocacy activities to increase opportunities for the agency membership. Oversees the development and implementation of public policy and advocacy initiatives through planning, developing and executing on local, state and federal policy work, with an emphasis on educating decision-makers and growing the number of advocates.

Director of Administration: Provides administrative direction in all areas related to the day-to-day operation of the organization, including office services, infrastructure and other corporate support functions. Interfaces with outside vendors and other applicable administrative agents related to these functions.

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Coalition Presents at Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association Annual International Conference

The Coalition had the opportunity to present two workshops during the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association's annual international conference in Denver, Colorado, this past June. 

Joining with Diane Grieder, co-author of "Treatment Planning for Person-Centered Care: Shared Decision Making for Whole Health," Amanda SaakeMelissa Thomasand Marlo Pasionpresented "Getting to What Matters Using Person-Centered Recovery Planning." 

In addition, Coalition staff presented "This is How We Do It: Providing Effective Skills Training Interventions." Both of these workshops were well received and will now be included in The Coalition's 2018-2019 schedule of trainings.


RFA Open for the National Council's CCBHC Community of Practice

The National Council for Behavioral Health is accepting applications for Demonstration Year 2 for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) Community of Practice. The purpose of this program is to increase access to and improve the quality of community behavioral health services through the expansion of CCBHCs.

In the first six months of implementation, 87% of CCBHCs reported an increased number of patients served, representing up to a 25% increase in total patient caseloads for most clinics. After one year, 68 percent of CCBHCs have decreased patient wait times. Clinics can complete their application to participate in Year 2 Community of Practice.

This program is expected to improve the behavioral health of individuals across the nation by providing comprehensive community-based mental and substance use disorder services; treatment of co-occurring disorders; advance the integration of behavioral health with physical health care; assimilate and utilize evidence-based practices on a more consistent basis; and promote improved access to high quality care.


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Mitchell Neturn Begins Tenure as New President of Samaritan Daytop Village

Coalition Chair Mitchell Netburn became Samaritan Daytop Village's new President andCEO on July 16th, succeeding Tino Hernandez, who stepped down after 10 years as the agency's President and CEO, and is the Past Chair of The Coalition. Tino will be honored at The Coalition's Leadership Awards event on October 23rd. 

Most recently, Mitchell served for eight years as President & CEO of Project Renewal,which under his leadership, became universally recognized as a premier agency serving homeless individuals and families and those with mental health issues and substance abuse disorders.

Under Tino's leadership, the budget of Samaritan Daytop Village grew from $23 million to approximately $200 million. We wish Mitchell the very best in this new endeavor and are grateful to Tino for all his years of contributions in both the public and nonprofit service sectors.


Outreach Appoints Debra Pantin as New President & CEO

Coalition Board Member, Debra Pantin became the new President and CEO of Outreach, after its founder Kathleen Riddle, retired after 39 years with the group.

Ms. Pantin has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of addiction and mental health treatment services, housing and homeless services, and health care, beginning as a practitioner and later as a leader in establishing programs.

Debbie was most recently the CEO of VIP Community Services, an agency she joined in 2013. We are excited to continue our work with Debbie, now at the helm of Outreach.


Debbie Fletcher-Blake Named as New CEO of VIP Community Services

Debbian Fletcher-Blake was recently appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of VIP Community Services.

Most recently, Debbie served VIP as its Chief Operating Officer, were she provided leadership and direction for daily operations relating to integrated clinical care delivery, customer service excellence that exceeds patient, provider, and payer expectations, as well as coordination of internal team efforts with external community key stakeholders, providers and regulatory agencies. 

We look forward to collaborating with Debbie, in her new role at VIP as CEO.


Housing Works Announces Merger with Bailey House, Creating One of the Largest Providers of HIV/AIDS Housing, Primary Care, and Comprehensive Services in New York City

Two Coalition members are merging. Housing Works, the nation's leading HIV/AIDS advocacy and service organization with a chain of well-known businesses in New York City, announced its merger with Bailey House, the nation's first HIV/AIDS supportive housing provider that also delivers housing and services for marginalized New Yorkers with other chronic and behavioral health conditions.

When completed, the merger will see the creation of a new housing development enterprise, which will retain the Bailey House name. Clients from both organizations will access expanded service offerings, including primary medical care. Housing Works will also extend its Federally Qualified Health Center to include Bailey House's behavioral health program in East Harlem.

This merger will accelerate progress toward ending the AIDS epidemic in New York by 2020 and will create a dynamic, new housing enterprise.


Breaking Ground Opens a New Residence in the Bronx

Breaking Ground announced their new eight-story Webster Residence featuring 170 studio apartments, which will be home to low-income and formerly homeless individuals.

The ceremony was held by their CEO, Brenda Rosen and other state and city officials. Among them, Caren Abate, Housing Director at NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) spoke about the importance of quality housing for those suffering mental illness.

The building will also feature a multipurpose room for tenant and community events, a computer lab, fitness room, bike storage, and a beautifully landscaped courtyard that connects Webster to its companion building, the 248-unit Park House.


2018 SAMHSA Recognition of Excellence in Wellness

The Coalition congratulates Baltic Street and The Guidance Center of Westchester for their nomination to the 2018 SAMHSA Recognition of Excellence in Wellness. 

The Recognition of Excellence in Wellness acknowledges organizations and communities for their exemplary wellness efforts. This year's winners were selected by a committee of national experts for their meaningful work to improve health outcomes for individuals with mental and/or substance use disorders, including those with serious mental illness. 

You can register to learn more about the 2018 awardees.



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