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An Update on Behavioral Health in New York

Looking to the Future of Geriatric Behavioral Health 


Over 200 practitioners, academics, advocates, government partners and other stakeholders came together for The Future of Geriatric Behavioral Health symposium at The NYU Kimmel Center on Thursday, September 13th. With the population of older adults growing and changing, participants spoke about better utilizing data and care networks to meet the multiple dimensions of behavioral health needs of older adults.

The event started with Commissioner Donna M. Corrado of the NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA) and Myla Harrison, the Assistant Commissioner of the Bureau of Mental Health in the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), setting the stage. Then, the Keynote, Gary J. Kennedy, M.D. of Montefiore/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, engaged the audience on the escalating behavioral health needs of older adults and the disparate availability of services. However, through smarter policy, such as bringing services to seniors instead of seniors to services, and developing collaborative care models to bridge the expanding gap between needs and resources for late life behavioral health.  

The symposium presented both clinical and policy panels featuring expert behavioral health service providers like SPOP (Service Program for Older People) and Samuel Field Y. Jane Bardavid portrayed how the roles of families may change, but not the relationships, during the clinical panel. Michael Friedman, Chair of The Geriatric Mental Health Alliance, provided remarks on advancing aging in place as a major policy goal and furthering the integration of mental health, substance use and physical health services.

Lead coverage of the symposium was published in Crain's Health Pulse. We appreciate your feedback on the intersection of aging and behavioral health issues. Please submit your comments to



Advocates Rally for World Suicide Prevention Day at NYC City Hall

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. A research overview shared by SAMHSA, states that nearly 40,000 people in the United States die from suicide annually, or 1 person every 13 minutes.

To prioritize the importance of suicide prevention, The Samaritans of New York and The Coalition led a rally; joined by NYC Council Member Stephen Levinand representatives from Coalition members: ComunilifeCommunity AccessGMHCHamilton-Madison HouseNAMI Metro NYCVibrant Emotional Health; and advocates from CUNY, NASW of NYC, and STOMP Out Bullying, filled the steps on September 10th for World Suicide Prevention Day.

Together, we raised awareness of the stigma attached to seeking help for anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts. A press release was shared with more information to promote the rally. Suicide Prevention Awareness month continues with events scheduled through September.



OMH Statewide Virtual Town Hall with Commissioner Ann Sullivan

On Tuesday, November 13, 2018, the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) will hold a Statewide Virtual Town Hall with Commissioner Ann Sullivan, M.D., from 1pm to 3pm. 

Commissioner Sullivan will present and take feedback on several key priorities under the OMH Strategic Plan. This is an important opportunity to learn more about OMH's vision for the future, including progress on the Commissioner's top policy and planning priorities. 

The event will be available online through WebEx, with registration details to follow. If you require any special accommodations to participate in this event or have any questions, please contact Ben Rose at (518) 474-1897.


Request for Proposals: CBO Value-Based Payment Readiness Project

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), in partnership with the Fund for Public Health in New York City (FPHNYC), has released a Request for Proposals seeking Community Based Organizations interested in improving their capacity and readiness for Value Based Payment (VBP).

Up to 10 CBOs will be selected to receive funding and technical assistance support from DOHMH in implementing a full-scale VBP readiness plan with a particular focus on social determinants of health-related outcomes. Applications are due October 10, 2018, 11:59 PM EST. The RFP and related information can be found here.



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SPOP Announces New Senior VP for PROS

Our compliments to Alexandra Webb, LCSW was appointed as the Senior Vice President for PROS at SPOP

PROS -- Personalized Recovery Oriented Services -- provides rehabilitation support and life skills training for adults living with severe mental illness. SPOP is home to New York State's only PROS program exclusively for older adults.

Ms. Webb has served as Assistant Director of PROS at SPOP since 2016, with an accomplished background working with adults living with serious and persistent mental illness, and a particular interest in improving access to and quality of services.


The Coalition Welcomes New Director of Administration

Please join us in welcoming Jeremiah Martin to The Coalition as our new Director of Administration. In this new role, Jeremiah will provide administrative direction to all areas related to the day-to-day operations of The Coalition. 

Jeremiah joins us from Vera Institute of Justice, Center on Victimization and Safety, where he served as Senior Administrative Manager, helping to oversee more than 50 subcontracts and program budgets.

Previously, Jeremiah earned a Master's degree in Public Administration, Nonprofits Administration from Baruch College, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, as well as a Bachelor's of Science in Accounting from the University of Bridgeport, School of Business.  


NYC RPC Advisory Board Appoints New Co-Chair

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Lippman, Interim President & CEO of The Coalition, as a new Co-Chair of the NYC Regional Planning Council (RPC) Advisory Board. He will serve alongside Dr. Gary Belkin, Executive Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), a current Co-Chair of the advisory board. 

Jason is also currently a Co-Chair of the NYC RPC's Provider Steering Group, where providers collaborate and problem solve system improvements, including the integration of mental health, substance use and physical health services.


Legal Action Center is Hiring 

The Legal Action Center is currently hiring three attorneys position at their NY office. 

Descriptions of the positions and application details are available here.


Job Opening at NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

The Division of Mental Hygiene at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) has a vacancy for a Medicaid Project Manager

Click here for job posting details.




NAMI NYC's FREE Fall Classes are Open for Registration

                 For more information or to register, please call the NAMI-NYC Helpline: 212-684-3264

In My Mind Conference

October 4 
th & October 5
th, 2018

Mental health conference for, about, and by LGBTQ+ people of color

Metropolitan College of New York, located at 60 West St, NYC. 

For more about the conferencehttp://bit/ly/IMM-18 


New York State Presents: 

Empire State Opioid Epidemic Innovation Challenge:
Solutions Sprint

New York State in conjunction with Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech), is hosting the Empire State Opioid Epidemic Innovation Challenge, a collaborative summit designed to bring a diverse pool of participants across industries together under one shared mission: To combat opioid addiction and end the epidemic for good. 

Challenge Summit: September 28, 2018

Solutions Sprint: September 29-30, 2018 

Hosted at Columbia University Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Hall/CEPSR

530 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027

Click here to learn more about the Solutions Sprint. 

REGISTER to Participate. 

For questions about the Empire State Opioid Epidemic Innovation Challenge, contact Nicolas Diamond at




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