Policy & Advocacy

Recent Testimony & Public Comments

May 24, 2018
Testimony on NYC Executive Budget

March 28, 2018 Testimony on FY19 Expense Discretionary Request for the Mental Health Services Initiatives

March 20, 2018 Testimony on FY2019 Preliminary Budget Hearing

Feburary 27, 2018
Testimony on Oversight of Opioid Overdoses Among NYC's Homeless Population

Feburary 12, 2018
SFY2019 Executive Budget Testimony

December 11, 2017
Comments on Housing for Individuals with a Mental Illness or Developmental Disability

November 29, 2017 Comments on New York's 1115 Waiver Programs

September 6, 2017 Testimony on NYPD’s Responses to Persons in Mental Health Crisis

July 19, 2017
Testimony on Heroin and Opioid Addiction

June 27, 2017 Testimony on the American Health Care Act and the Better Care Reconciliation Act

May 2, 2017 Testimony on ThriveNYC

April 6, 2017
Testimony on Youth Suicide Trends in New York City

March 20, 2017 Testimony on FY2018 NYC Preliminary Budget Hearing

February 6, 2017 FY2018 NYS Executive Budget Testimony

January 10, 2017 Testimony on LGBTQ Mental Health Needs

December 21, 2016 Testimony on Comments on the DSRIP Independent Assessor Mid-Point Assessment Report

November 21, 2016 Testimony on Oversight- Part 1: Medical Health Services in the DHS Shelter System.

September 22, 2016 Testimony on Oversight- Examining Thrive NYC's Mental Health First Aid Training.

September 9, 2016 Testimony on Comments Regarding New York State's Amended Home and Community-Based Services Statewide Transistion Plan.

May 24, 2016 Testimony on New York City Council Fiscal Year 2017 Executive Budget Hearings.

May 13, 2016 Testimony on Comments Regarding New York State's Implementation of the 1115 Waiver.

February 3, 2016 Testimony before a Joint Legislative Session in Albany regarding the 2016-2017 Executive Budget Proposal on the topic of Mental Health.

January 28, 2016 Testimony before the New York City Council on the Mental Health Roadmap.

December 3, 2015 Testimony at the New York City Council on Alcohol Abuse.

October 21, 2015 Testimony at Public Hearing on Transition of Behavioral Health Supports and Services into Managed Care

March 13, 2015 Testimony on New York City Council FY 2016 Preliminary Budget

September 30, 2014 Testimony on Oversite: Medicaid Redesign.

March 27, 2014 Testimony on New York City Council FY 2015 Preliminary Budget

February 11, 2014 Testimony given at the Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2014-2015 Executive Budget: Mental Hygiene




Policy & Advocacy

The strength of The Coalition is our analysis and advocacy of public policy in the fields of community mental health and substance use.

We evaluate state, city and federal budgets, regulations and proposed legislation; promote laws and policies that nourish and sustain community based providers, affording them the ability to deliver the highest quality care and service to residents of New York City and State.

NYS FY18-19 Enacted Budget Summary

The New York State FY 2018-2019 Final Budget passed before dawn on Saturday, March 31 before the statutory deadline and the weekend of religious holidays. Click here to read The Coalition's Enacted Budget Summary.

FY2019 Mental Health Initiatives One-Pagers

The Coalition has compiled two one-pagers which detail our recommendation to increase the funds available under each of the seven Mental Health Initiatives for a total FY19 ask of $16.5 million. One of the one-pagers explains the initiatives and our asks for each, and the other contains our member agency recipients.

SFY2019 Budget Recommendations

The Coalition has compiled our recommendations to preserve and strengthen community based behavioral health programs within the SFY2019 budget. Click here to view our budget recommendations one-pager.

The Cost of Mental Illness: New York Facts and Figures

The Coalition is pleased to present The Cost of Mental Illness: New York Facts and Figures, a new report released by USC Schaeffer in partnership with The National Council for Behavioral Health, The Coalition for Behavioral Health, and the NYS Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. The report is available by clicking here.

Governor Cuomo Announces SFY2019 Executive Budget Proposal

Governor Andrew Cuomo released the New York State FY2019 Executive Budget on January 16, 2018. To read the full $168.2 billion budget, click here; for The Coalition's preliminary overview of the budget, click here.

New York State Enacts FY 2018 Budget

Because of your hard work and advocacy, and engaging our allies and stakeholders, we had a successful State budget season for the behavioral health sector. We spoke loudly and strongly with one voice and it was clearly heard. Highlights include a 6.5% raise over the next two years for behavioral health direct care professionals; additional funds for the heroin and opioid epidemic; $10 million for children’s mental health needs; and increased capital dollars for community based providers. The Coalition will continue to have a frequent and strong presence in Albany during the rest of the legislative session, as well as working on federal and NYC budget issues. 

Please click here for a full analysis of the FY 2018 Enacted Budget

Coalition 2017 Albany Advocacy - Legislative Talking Points

February 10, 2017

Coalition members and staff visited Albany February 5-7, 2017, for our annual lobby days. We met with key members of the legislature and its leadership, officials from the Governor's office, Department of Budget and the Office of Mental Health (OMH) and Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).  Christy Parque, The Coalition's President and CEO also testified at the budget hearing on Monday, February 6th. 

We weighed in on key areas of the executive budget and shared our priorities which include supporting measures that preserve and strengthen community based mental health and substance use disorder programs. The Coalition is calling for investment in the infrastructure and capacity of the sector, ensuring access to our services for individuals and communities in need and supporting our workforce.

Coalition members and staff will continue to have a strong presence in Albany through the budget season which concludes April 1, 2017.

Coalition testimony available here

Coalition FY2018 state budget priorities here

Coalition 2016 Albany Advocacy - Legislative Talking Points

February 16, 2016

Coalition staff and members visited Albany earlier in February to speak with state legislators about the Coalition's position on various budget items related to mental health issues.

The Coalition delivered the testimony on the topic of Mental Health within the proposed 2016-2017 state budget.

Click for 2016 Testimony

Children in Health Homes

Coalition Comments on Children's Health Homes to the Children's Health Home Workgroup
February 27, 2014
The Coalition is committed to ensuring that health homes have the expertise and experience working with children and families and are able to meet all of their needs. The Coalition solicited feedback from our members on the three elements of a health home model. The three elements are: Health Home Network Requirements, Approach to Delivery of Six Core Care Management Requirements, Health Home Eligibility Criteria/ Requirements. Our comments on these points are in the 5 page paper along with additional comments.

Coalition Comments to the Office of Health Insurance Programs, DOH On Admission of Children to Health Homes
March 17, 2014
In previous comments The Coalition strenuously argued that diagnosis alone should not be the eligibility criteria for children. However CMS requires eligibility for health homes to be condition based, not population-based, so these comments include Coalition suggestions for eligibility.