Thanksgiving is an excellent time to express gratitude and compassion as we share food, fun and good times with those we cherish most. We hope that you will have a Thanksgiving full of laughter, love, and self-care. 

Yet, we also recognize that this time of year can be difficult. The holidays can pose a stressful logistical challenge, and even the closest relationships can prove emotionally trying. Moreover, many people may not have access to a comfortable space in which they can share a warm, safe meal among family and friends. With that in mind, here are a few tips for managing stress around the holidays, along with resources to help people in need.

Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress:

  • Exercise – Whether it’s a quick paced walk, run or 45 minutes at the gym, finding the time to exercise helps keep stress levels in check.
  • Sleep – Take steps to ensure that you get a restful night’s sleep.
  • Disconnect – Give yourself a break from social media.
  • Volunteer – Take some time to help someone else in need.

Helpful Resources:

November 21, 2017

Coalition Parachute Wiki

Resources for behavioral health providers on the value of integrating peer staff to improve care and outcomes.

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Coalition News:

Coalition Testifies at 1115 Waiver Public Comment Forum

On November 16, 2017, the NYS Department of Health convened a public comment session for New York’s 1115 Waiver programs. In our testimony presented to the DSRIP Project Approval and Oversight Panel (PAOP) and staff from DOH, Christy Parque, President & CEO, provided an overview of the issues facing the community-based behavioral health sector and our members' experience with DSRIP, VBP, HCBS, integration of services, health information technology, and more, that will be covered in more detail in our written comments. Written public comment may be submitted through November 29, 2017, to with “1115 Public Forum Comment” included in the subject line. We encourage you to submit feedback.

Jason Lippman Named A New York Community Trust Leadership Fellow

The Coalition is very pleased that our Executive Vice President, Jason Lippman, was accepted for the New York Community Trust Leadership Fellows’ Fall 2017 Cohort. The Fellowship’s goal is to ensure that tomorrow’s nonprofit organizations have the human capital to flourish and advance their missions. The focus of Jason’s Fellowship experience will be to develop and begin to implement a smarter strategic planning process for The Coalition. Given the major health reform initiatives underway in New York that are challenging nonprofit behavioral health providers, The Coalition needs to ensure that our own organization is running as efficiently and effectively as possible. We are grateful to the New York Community Trust for providing this opportunity and look forward to applying the knowledge gained from this unique experience.


We invite you to continue reading the other news items from the Coalition this month.

Slides Available
from The Coalition's Annual Conference: Turning Challenges Into Opportunities


  • Keynote: Looking Through the Federal Lens (Albeit Foggy!)
    Rebecca Farley, Vice President, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

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  • Understanding Value in Integrated Behavioral Health
    Facilitator: Kristin Woodlock, CEO, Woodlock & Associates, LLC

  • The New Partnership Paradigm in Integrated Behavioral Health
    Facilitator: Bruce Feig, Senior Consultant, Sachs Policy Group

  • Use of Data, Information and Technology for Informed Decision Making
    Facilitator: John Kastan, Chief Program Officer, The Jewish Board

    Presentation 1 (David Woodlock - ICL)
    Presentation 2 (Traci Donnelly - The Child Center of New York)
    Presentation 3 (Daniel Farrell - HELP USA)
    Presentation 4 (Virna Little - The Institute for Family Health)

To view:

The full agenda: click here.

Photos from the conference: click here.

Our press release for the conference: click here.

A list of our sponsors & vendors, click here.