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An Update on Behavioral Health in New York

State Budget Negotiations Kickoff with Release of 1 House Bills

The NYS Senate and Assembly have released their one-house budget proposals, which are each Chambers' starting position in negotiations between the Legislature and Governor Cuomo before the April 1st deadline. 

A sticking point on the health policy side is that both houses have restored $550M in Medicaid funding that Governor Cuomo had removed from his budget proposal in the 30-day amendments. Article 16, 31 and 32 providers are exempt from this cut. The proposed reductions were pursued to address estimated revenue shortages; however, the Legislature and Governor disagree on how much money is actually available to spend. The only certainty is that revenue will be tight.

The Coalition is pleased that both houses have proposed a restoration of the 2.9% COLA for human services, which was deferred again this year in Governor Cuomo's Executive Budget proposal. We are currently working with a group of statewide behavioral health associations to push this through, as well as focusing on our other FY20 state budget priorities, including extension of enhanced rated for children's providers transitioning to managed care and increased funding for housing dedicated to people living with mental illness and substance use disorders.



NYS Children's Medicaid System Transformation Meeting - 3/21/19

NYS is hosting an event on the Children's Medicaid System Transformation for Children and Families on March 21, 2019 at 5:30 pm for the Children and Families served under the below listed 1915c waiver programs:
  • Department of Health Care at Home I/II (CAH I/II)
  • Office of Mental Health Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED)
  • Office of Children and Bridges to Health (B2H) Family Services
  • Office for People with Care at Home (CAH) Developmental Disabilities
NYS agencies DOH, OMH, OCFS, OPWDD, and OASAS have been working to ensure that Medicaid services are delivered in a way that works best for children and families. This includes making sure that children have access to all the services they need, regardless of what their primary health needs may be.
It also means children and families have a say in what services they want, where services are delivered, and how services are provided. Register for the Meeting


BHNYC IPA Launched by Behavioral Healthcare Agencies

Ten community-based behavioral healthcare agencies announced that they have joined together to establish the Behavioral Health NYC IPA, LLC (BHNYC), an independent practice association (IPA) in New York City. 

BHNYC's mission is to provide rapid access to mental health and substance abuse services that are embedded in the community and delivered by culturally-competent and linguistically diverse clinicians serving individuals and families with complex needs, across their lifespan. This new collaboration brings together a myriad of meaningful cross-sector partnerships with social service entities to fill critical service gaps in care.


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Congratulations to Chuck Ingoglia who was unanimously selected by the National Council for Behavioral Health board of directors as the next president and CEO for the organization. He will succeed Linda Rosenberg, the current president and CEO on June 1, 2019. 

We are excited to work with Chuck in his new and forthcoming role and wish Linda our very best and are grateful for her 15 years of outstanding leadership. 

Fountain House's Kenneth Dudek announced that he will retire later this year as President. Ken began his tenure at Fountain House in 1992, endeavoring to position Fountain House as a solution to the crisis of serious mental illness.

Fountain House's Board of Directors has retained an executive search firm to find its next CEO/President. Ken will remain in his role until that successor is identified. We wish Ken our very best for a well-earned retirement.

The Coalition wishes a fond farewell to our colleague Melissa Thomas, Associate Director of Training at The Coalition is joining S:US as their new Associate Director of Practice Innovation. 

At The Coalition, Melissa oversees training and technical assistance projects supporting the NYC behavioral health community, including HCBS, oversight of our Court-Involved Youth initiative and Professional Learning Center. In addition, Melissa plays a critical role in the formation of the HCBS Provider Learning Lab. We wish her the best and look forward to a continued collaboration with Melissa in her new role at S:US.


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