Keynote Presentation

Please Buckle Up, Experiencing Turblence Ahead:
The Federal Impact on New York's Behavioral Health System

Chuck Ingoglia
Senior Vice President for Public Policy / Practice Improvement
National Council for Behavioral Health

New York's Behavioral Health System: Transformation in Progress

Presentation 1

Jason Helgerson

NYS Medicaid Director
Presentation 2

Ann Sullivan

NYS Office of Mental Health

Presentation 3

Arlene González-Sánchez
NYS Office of Alcohol and Substance
Abuse Services
Presentation 4

Gary Belkin

Executive Deputy Commissioner
NYC Department of Health and
Mental Hygiene

March 27, 2018

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Coalition News:

In the Media: Clinical Practice Exemption and the Impact of Proposed Changes in the State Budget

Over 500 mental health, addiction and human service organizations, as well as colleges and universities across the state oppose changes presented by the state Assembly and Senate to the clinical practice exemption (commonly known as the social worker licensing exemption). These changes would severely restrict access to mental health services at a time when we need all hands-on deck to help people through the opioid crisis and cope with the shock of school violence in the news.

The Coalition and our statewide advocacy partners are making headway with our message. On March 20, 2018, Crain’s Health Pulse highlighted this issue in an article entitled, “Budget proposal would hurt mental health access, critics say, with commentary from Coalition member Elliott Klein, Executive Director of the New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center, and Jason Lippman, Executive Vice President of The Coalition.

Also on March 20th, Andrea Smyth, Executive Director of NYS Coalition for Children’s Behavioral Health Issue and Jason Lippman appeared on the Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter on WCNY radio.

On March 21st, Assembly Member John McDonald and Northern Rivers CEO Bill Gettman, appeared on Capital Tonight with Liz Benjamin to discuss the impact of ending the clinical practice exemption. 


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)

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