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

The Coalition Welcomes a New Policy and Advocacy Team

The new Policy and Advocacy team at The Coalition will be covering the City and State landscape, working closely with Amy Dorin, President & CEO, to represent the needs of Coalition members, to bring a loud and clear voice to City and State elected officials and heads of government agencies, to join with our colleague advocacy associations in collaborative advocacy, to report breaking news as soon as possible, and to convene meetings and forums, to understand some of the challenging issues with which our community is dealing.

Maryam Zoma Kiefer started on, April 1st

Maryam, most recently, was the Director of the New York City Regional Planning Consortium at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), which was developed by the City and State to oversee the transition of behavioral health services into Medicaid managed care. Prior to joining DOHMH, Maryam worked at Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens as a Disaster Case Manager in the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Case Management Program and as a Community Program Specialist. In addition, Maryam is a former U.S. Fulbright Fellow to Jordan, where she conducted a qualitative research study analyzing the ways participation in faith-based organizations help improve the psychosocial well-being of Iraqi widow refugees. Her research has been published in the International Psychology Bulletin, Oxford University's
Forced Migration Review, and Social Dialogue. Maryam received her Bachelor of Arts in Middle East Studies and Political Science from Fordham University and Master of Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Moreover, Maryam is an Adjunct Instructor of Contemporary Social Welfare Policy at Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Service.

Maryam is reachable at

Nadia Chait will begin at The Coalition on April 22nd  

Nadia is an experienced policy and government professional. Most recently, Nadia advanced criminal justice reform and city gun violence prevention at Everytown for Gun Safety, where her efforts led the organization to oppose mandatory minimums and to support cognitive behavioral therapy to help youth exposed to firearm violence. At Everytown, Nadia also advanced state funding and legislative campaigns for gun safety. Nadia previously worked at the New York City Council, where she advocated for reforms to low-level offenses and in support of diversionary court programs. Nadia has an MPA in Health Policy from NYU Wagner, where she worked closely with the Wagner Dean on research regarding the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid waivers. She also received her undergraduate degree, a BA in History, from NYU.

Please join us in welcoming Maryam and Nadia!



ThriveNYC Collaboration Updates

The Coalition and a group of member agencies met with Dr. Gary Belkin, Chief of Policy and Strategy, Office of ThriveNYC, on April 4th at City Hall. Also present was Aisha Doris, ThriveNYC's Director of Strategic Partnerships. 

Dr. Belkin requested our collaboration around increasing the impact of ThriveNYC programs and in addressing some existing challenges. The provider agencies have a wealth of knowledge and are eager to contribute to this important effort. We will be convening several meetings with Dr. Belkin to establish ongoing communication.


Testimony Before the NYC Council Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities and Addicition

On March 26, The Coalition provided testimony before the NYC Council Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities and Addiction. Other member agencies, including ICL, CUCS, Fountainhouse, and JCCA provided testimony as well. Issues addressed were ThriveNYC, Medicaid redesign transition, supporting a healthy life cycle, and workforce.

The Coalition has also met recently with the offices of Council Members Matteo, Rivera, Ayala and Adams and has meetings scheduled with Council Member Richards.


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SPOP (Service Program for Older People) announces the appointment of Stephen Beramsingh as Senior Vice President for Administration. "We are delighted to welcome Stephen to our management team and we look forward to drawing on his expertise in technology and nonprofit administration," said CEO Nancy Harvey.

Stephen was on the IT staff of YAI for over ten years and is a graduate of Devry University. He has expertise in compliance, technology-communication integration, staff training, and strategic planning and forecasting. 


Lunch and Learn at TSINY


Transitional Services of NY (TSINY, Inc.) is convening a session to share how their staff uses its Electronic Health Record (Foothold Technology) to overcome clinical and operational challenges while deriving significant benefits.

Location: 10-16 162nd Street, Whitestone, NY
When: April 23, 2019
Time: 12pm-1:30pm

If you would like to register for this session, please call Terry LoPiano at 718.746.6647 Ext. 7011 and tell her you would like to attend the TSI "Lunch and Learn" event.

NYS 2019 Care Management Coalition Training Conference 



This conference will offer timely presentations and information for care managers, care coordinators, CEOs and senior/middle managers to keep abreast of the many changes and opportunities facing behavioral health and substance use providers as we transform toward an integrated model of care. 

Location: The Conference Center at Lake Placid, 2634 Main St., Lake Placid, NY
When: May 8, 9 & 10, 2019
See the conference brochure here for Agenda and Session Descriptions!

Cognitive Remediation in Psychiatry 22nd Annual Conference

This exciting conference brings together a stellar group of researchers, clinicians, and administrators from all over the world to discuss topics germane to the cognitive and social recovery of people with mental illness. 
Location: The Conference Center, 130 East, 59 Street, NY, NY
When: June 7, 2019
Time: 8:30am-5:30pm
Early registration rates apply through May 7th. Registration may be accessed here


Now Available to Visit Online: New Tooklkit for 
NYC Peer and Community Health Worker Workforce Consortium 
DOHMH's NYC Peer and Community Health Worker Workforce Consortium has been focused on the development of a toolkit to address barriers to organizational readiness for the integration and support of the peer and community health worker workforce. 
Here is how it works:
1. Go to the Needs-Based Toolkit online by clicking here
2. Assess how your organization is doing with practices that drive workplace integration.
3. View the toolkit that is immediately customized based on your assessment.
For assistance, contact LaVerne Daisy Miller, Director, NYC Peer and Community Health Worker Workforce Consortium, email:




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