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The Coalition Honors Four Remarkable Leaders of the Behavioral Health Sector

On October 23, 2018, The Coalition held its annual Leadership Awards reception. This is the one time of the year when we bring together all our colleagues and friends to honor individuals that make genuine contributions to public policy and community awareness of behavioral health issues.

The Coalition is grateful to Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who joined us on behalf of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and provided meaningful remarks, as well as NY1's anchor Roma Torre for graciously emceeing the night's festivities, Mutual of America for providing us with glamorous event space, all of our event sponsors, award presenters and guests for making this year's event a major success.

The 2018 Coalition Honorees:

Healthcare Policy Leadership Award
The Honorable Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor, The State of New York
Accepting on his behalf:
The Honorable Kathy Hochul
Lieutenant Governor, The State of New York
Award presented by: Mitchell Netburn, President & CEO Samaritan Daytop Village, Inc.



     Public Policy Leadership Award
     The Honorable Diana Ayala
     New York City Council Member
     Award presented by: 
     Tony Hannigan, President and CEO, CUCS



Advocacy Leadership Award
Celia Brown
NYS OMH Regional Advocacy Specialist
Award presented by: 
Susan Friedlander 
Director of Community Integration & Wellness, NYS OMH




   Legacy Leadership Award
   Tino Hernandez
   Past President & CEO, Samaritan Daytop Village &
   Past Chair, The Coalition
   Award presented by: 
   Debra Pantin, President & CEO, Outreach



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ICL & CHN Inaugurates $30M Health Hub in East New York

For more than two years,
Institute for Community Living and Community Healthcare Network, worked together to open their $30 million health hub in Brooklyn, New York, which will provide care coordination, housing services, nutrition support, jobs programs and substance-use services.  

Funding for the project came through new markets tax credits from the Primary Care Development Corporation and the Corporation for Supportive Housing, with contributions of Deutsche Bank's Community Development Finance Group and the City Council.

The new welcoming health center located at 2581 Atlantic Avenue integrates primary care and behavioral health with goals to provide needed health care in one of the most under-served areas of the city. It will employ more than 240 full-time staff members. 


Services for the UnderServed is Awarded $4M Grant

Coalition member, Services for the UnderServed (SUS) was awarded a two-year, $4 million grant, by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

With this grant, SUS will convert from a Comprehensive Treatment Institute into a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) and expand its behavioral health and substance-use treatment services in East Harlem and the Bronx by the beginning of 2019.


Safe Horizon and The Osborne Association are finalists at the 2018 NYCT Nonprofit Excellence Awards

The Nonprofit Excellence Awards recognize outstanding management practices in NPCC's Eight Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence. Among the fourteen finalists announced in the press release of the 2018 NYCT Nonprofit Excellence Awards were two Coalition members: Safe Horizon and The Osborne Association. 

The Coalition congratulates all the finalists for the recognition of their work. Congratulations to both Coalition members for the recognition of your work. For more details and locations of the conference, click here.


Community Healthcare Network Files a $7.9M Expansion Project

Community Healthcare Network, currently with 13 federally qualified health centers in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Manhattan is planning to expand its Jamaica, Queens location to respond the huge demand of healthcare services in the area. The current space of 7,500 square feet is in plans of renovating to a more than 15,000 square feet center, according to a certificate-of-need filing with the NY state.

The $7.9M expansion project will be funded through CHN's equity, allowing the clinic to continue providing health services to more than 80,000 people. Services provided by CHN include pediatric and geriatric care, mental health care, health education and social services.


New CEO & CCO to Lead CBHS IPA Board

Coordinated Behavioral Health Services (CBHS) Independent Practice Association (IPA) announced new additions to their executive staff: Richard Tuten, JD as Chief Executive Officer and Mark Sasvary as Chief Clinical Officer.

Tuten, is a New York and Georgia attorney and previously served as President & CEO of the Health First Network, an IPA in Florida. Sasvary was previously the Director of Clinical Services at Hudson Valley Mental Health, Inc. and has served in various clinical roles for behavioral health agencies in Hudson Valley and New York City.

The Coalition congratulates CBHS IPA on the new additions to their executive staff.


Coalition Members Recognized in City & State's "Nonprofit Power 50"

The Nonprofit Power 50 were honored for their contributions and efforts of providing social services to the state of New York. Congratulations to the City & State Nonprofit Power 50, including Coalition members:

Community Access: Steve Coe, CEO
Good Shepherd Services: Paulette LoMonaco, Executive Director
Safe Horizon: Ariel Zwang, CEO
JCCA: Ronald Richter, CEO
Children's Aid: Phoebe Boyer, President and CEO
Rising Ground,: Alan Mucatel, Executive Director
CAMBA: Joanne Oplustil, President and CEO
The Fortune Society: Joanne Page, President and CEO
CUCS: Tony Hannigan, President and CEO
Henry Street Settlement: David Garza, Executive Director
The Jewish Board: David Rivel, CEO
Services for the UnderServed: Donna Colonna, CEO



Ensuring Quality Housing & Support for NYS Mental Health Housing Programs (An Educational & Organizing Forum)

When: Thursday, November 15th at 5:00pm (Doors open at 4:30pm)

Where: Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church
155 E. 22nd Street, New York, NY

For more information, contact Carla Rabinowitz via email or at 212-780-1400 x 7726 



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