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An Update on Behavioral Health in New York

Coalition Heads to Albany for Behavioral Health Advocacy Days

The Coalition brought our advocacy agenda and a dynamic member member delegation to Albany on February 11th and 12th for our annual Albany Advocacy Days. 

During two full days of meetings, we visited with key members of the state Legislature, including Senator Gustavo Rivera, the new Chair of the Health Committee, and officials in the Executive branch on several critical initiatives facing the behavioral health community. Among this year's priorities are:
  • Improving workforce recruitment  and retention,including the funding of apermanent COLA forhuman services at 2.9%;
  • Advancing successful behavioral health transformation with the funding of additional rounds for the Nonprofit Capital Infrastructure Program, and the Health Care Facility Transformation with a set aside for community-based providers;
  • Advocating for children's behavioral health providers in transition to Medicaid managed care and an extension of startup funding for enhanced rates through December 2019 for the new Children and Family Treatment and Support Services (CFTSS);
  • Championing and promoting healthy aging in place by calling for an increase in funding for Geriatric Demonstration Programs and the breaking down of payment and access barriersfor dually eligible individuals; and
  • Continuing to fight the opioid epidemic and supporting funding proposals in the ExecutiveBudget for opioid treatment and prevention services.



Coalition Holds Annual Conference on Sustaining Healthy Communities, Building Strong Organizations and Integrated Services

Over 250 community-based behavioral health providers, legislators, government officials and other stakeholders were on hand for The Coalition's 2019 annual conference entitled "Sustaining Healthy Communities, Building Strong Organizations and Integrated Services." The event was held on January 31, 2019.

Senator David Carlucci and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried shared their insights on the challenges and opportunities impacting community-based mental health and substance use providers, as well as their own legislative priorities.

Dr. Michael Lindsey, Executive Director of the NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty, Policy and Research at New York University delivered a keynote presentation that underscored suicide trends and disparities among U.S. adolescents. In his presentation, Dr. Lindsey noted research and trends impacting youth and what the treatment community can do to assist for positive outcomes.

Nationally renowned Dr. Andrew Kolodny, Co-Director, Opioid Policy Research, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University shared research and data on the opioid epidemic.

Panels were convened around several relevant issues, including the current workforce crisis facing mental health, substance use and human service providers across the state, provider collaboratives and partnerships, and managing health, recovery and social determinants of health.


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Jason Lippman is moving on from The Coalition and his position as Executive Vice President to join Beacon Health Options as VP Strategy and Development. Jason has played a vital role in providing stability and management of The Coalition's operations, including successfully implementing a strategic transition plan as Interim President & CEO. 

During his two tenures at The Coalition, Jason served the interests of The Coalition's membership and the pressing issues facing the community-based behavioral health sector. As stated by Jason, "I am grateful for this experience and for the support of the membership, Board and staff. I have also enjoyed working closely with Amy Dorin, with a focus on making sure that her transition to President & CEO is seamless." Jason's last day at The Coalition will be on March 14th.

Access: Supports for Living announced the appointment of Ron Colavito to the position of Chief Executive Officer, which was effective January 3, 2019. 

Colavito joined Access as a Cost Accountant in 2003 and steadily took on increased leadership roles, most recently serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. The former President and CEO, Amy Anderson-Winchell, will remain with the agency in a part-time capacity as President.

Join Unique People Services for their 2nd Annual Trauma Informed Care Conference on March 4, 2019, from 10:00am to 2:00pm with keynote speaker Dr. Jeff Gerdere, Associate Professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, and panel discussion with representatives from NYC DOHMH, NYC ACS, Bronx Neighborhood Health Action Centers and ThriveNYC. 

For more information or to RSVP contact Constance  at

Cal Hedigan will become the next Chief Executive Officer of Community Access, a nationally award-winning nonprofit that provides supportive housing, training and healing-focused services to people living with mental health concerns. 

Hedigan has served as Deputy CEO since 2011 and has been with the organization in an executive capacity since 1999. She will succeed retiring CEO Steve Coe, effective July 1, 2019.


The Coalition is Hiring!

Director of Policy & Advocacy: Under the direction of the President & CEO, the Director of Policy & Advocacy 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.

Associate Director of Policy & Advocacy: Under the direction of the Director of Policy and Advocacy, the Associate Director of Policy and Advocacy will provide The Coalition's policy and advocacy activities in New York City and State.

Send your resume and cover letter to jobs@coalitionny.orgApply Today!


Office Space Availability at The Coalition - Act Now!

The Coalition seeks a subtenant to share beautiful office space at 123 William Street, 19th floor, beginning on or about April 1, 2019. The available space includes a very nice sized office which can easily accommodate 2-3 people plus 7 workstations (which can be reconfigured). 

Also available for sharing are: a conference room, training room and kitchen. Please arrange to view the space and get more specific details. Call Michael Pinney at (212) 813-3573 for an immediate appointment.



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