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

The Coalition's Policy & Advocacy Committee Sets its New Vision

The Committee formerly known as Government Relations launches its new name as the Policy & Advocacy Committee
Kickstarting the development of The Coalition's policy agenda and advocacy strategies, a late summer meeting of the Government Relations Committee convened on August 23rd. Led by Co-Chairs Dan Johansson of ACMH and Jenna Tine of The Bridge, the meeting was well attended, with recommendations to be shared at an upcoming meeting of The Coalition's Board of Directors and membership at large.
"We are excited about a renewed focus on elevating The Coalition's advocacy agenda and the community behavioral health sector in front of decision-makers both in and outside of government," proclaimed the Co-Chairs.
During the meeting, the committee deliberated issues of sustainability and viability of community-based providers, tackling areas of value-based payment preparedness, workforce retention, transitioning children's behavioral health services to managed care, and more. The next monthly meeting of the Policy & Advocacy Committee will take place at The Coalition on September 27th at 3:30pm. All members are encouraged to join-in and expand our network of Coalition advocates.



September is National Recovery Month

SAMHSA is sponsoring the 2018 National Recovery Month with the annual theme:  Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community.

Recovery Month has been held as a national observance every September to raise awareness and reinforce the positive message that behavioral health is essential and individuals living with mental health and substance use disorders do and can recover.

Learn more about this year's Recovery Month theme and how to support and spread the message.


Working Together to Prevent Suicide

Did you know that statistically, a person dies every 40 seconds by suicide and up to 25 times as many again make a suicide attempt? 
Suicide has been among the top 20 leading causes of death worldwide with nearly 108 million individuals grieving annually because of suicide or have been close to someone who has made an attempt.
This year, we are taking a stand against suicide, working together with The Samaritans Suicide Prevention Center and other partners. Look out on World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10th, to join us on the front steps of City Hall at 1:00pm to share your support (invitation forthcoming).  


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Two of New York's Nonprofit Agencies Join Forces

Rising Ground has acquired the Brooklyn based social service agency Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families. The consolidation will strengthen and broaden the supports that both organizations provide to a total of 25,000 children, adults, and families throughout the five boroughs and Westchester.

With a combined workforce of 1,800 employees, the resulting larger, stronger, and more diversified organization will spur new and innovative ways to deliver services, ultimately redirecting millions of dollars in savings toward improved and additional programs.


Jeff Savoy is Appointed to the Jusice Center Advisory Council

Governor Cuomo, with the advice and consent of the Senate, appointed Odyssey House Vice President, Director of Clinical Support Services,  Jeff Savoy, to the Advisory Council for the NYS Justice Center.

As a member of the Justice Center Advisory Council, Mr. Savoy will provide guidance to the Justice Center in the development of policies, programs and regulations for a three-year term.


Carla Rabinowitz Receives 2018 CIT Advocate / Family Member Award

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) International is a leading organization dedicated to promoting safe and humane responses to people experiencing a mental health crisis. 

Carla Rabinowitz, Advocacy Coordinator at Community Access , was honored the 2018 CIT Advocate/Family Member Award for building and leading a coalition of more than 200 agencies called Communities for Crisis Intervention Teams (CCIT NYC).

In April 2018, Rabinowitz's CCIT coalition encouraged Mayor de Blasio to reconstitute the Action Plan endorsed by a mayoral task force, as the NYC Crisis Prevention and Response Task Force, which The Coalition is also a member of. The NYPD had launched its first CIT program in June 2015, in no small part to coordinated advocacy by the campaign. To date, more than 6,500 NYPD officers who completed 40 hours of CIT training.


Union Settlement Appoints New Executives

Four new senior managements appointments were announced by Union Settlement.
  • Derrick Boone is the new Associate Executive Director for Adult Programs. 
  • Dahmein McFadden is the new Associate Executive Director of Early Childhood and Youth Programs. 
  • Oneida Perez is the new Director of Human Resources. 
  • Hilda Cortés is the new Director of Adult Education.
With the new staff on board, the non-profit organization will have the capacity to strengthen and extend its programs that will enhance its service to the community. 



Tomorrow is International Overdose Awareness Day

NYC Council Member Diana Ayala and The Center for Comprehensive Health Practice invites you to a Time to Remember: 
An event for International Overdose Awareness Day
Friday, August 31, 2018 from 10am-1pm
Dr. Ronald E. McNair Park
122nd Street, between Lexington & 3rd Ave.
RSVP at 360-7876 or

Two Weeks to go!
The Symposium on  The Future of Geriatric Behavioral Health!

  Click here to view agenda and register by September 6, 2018.




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