The Coalition's 2016 Leadership Awards


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September 26, 2016

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Coalition News:

Coalition Hosts Successful Leadership Awards

The Coalition is excited that so many of our friends and colleagues came out for our annual awards dinner.

During the evening we were delighted to present our new Logo for the website and other materials. If you are still seeing the previous logo, please clear your cache or refresh the page until the new logo loads on each page.

We were grateful to be joined with community leaders and behavioral health professionals to honor individuals who have shown a strong commitment to improving the lives of people living with behavioral health disorders, as well as strong service to the behavioral health community.

The 2016 Leadership Awards celebration was September 20, 2016, 5:30 PM at the Pfizer World Headquarters located at 235 East 42nd Street, New York City. Please stay tuned as we bring you some photos from the event.

This year we honored these four individuals during the 2016 Leadership Awards:

  • Behavioral Health Policy Leadership Award
    Richard R. Buery Jr.
    Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives
    NYC Office of the Mayor

  • Behavioral Health Policy Leadership Award
    Emil Slane
    Deputy Commissioner Chief Fiscal Officer
    NYS Office of Mental Health

  • Advocacy Champion Award
    Briana Gilmore
    Director of Planning and Recovery Practice
    Community Access, Inc.

  • Legacy Leadership Award
    Amy Kohn
    Mental Health Association of Westchester


housing protestGovernor Cuomo Proposes Supportive Housing MOU & Announces Awardees of RFP for 1,200 New Supportive Housing Units

By Christy Parque
CEO and President, The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, Inc.

On September 13, 2016, the Cuomo Administration proposed a plan in the form of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop 6,000 units of supportive housing over the next 5 years. The MOU must be agreed upon with the State Legislature to become effective. The press release affirms that, "agreement by all parties to the MOU will release in full $2 billion in funding appropriated in the 2016-17 State Budget toward the creation of new affordable and supportive housing units in New York."

Many members of the Coalition received awards as part of this important initiative.

Read the full article and see award recipients in Briefs

Coalition Submits Comments on New York State’s Amended HCBS Statewide Transition Plan

By Jamin R. Sewell
Counsel & Managing Director for Policy and Advocacy

The Coalition submitted comments to the New York State Department of Health on September 9, 2016, regarding the NYS Amended Home & Community Services Statewide Transition Plan. The plan next will go to CMS for approval.  In our comments we applauded the State’s commitment to include person-centered, recovery-oriented, integrated, peer supported, data and evidence-based trauma-focused care as drivers of HCBS in behavioral health care. However, we raised some concerns regarding the potential costs related to mandated capital improvements that will allow supportive housing providers to comply as an HCBS setting.

A copy of the comments can be found here.

Amy Kohn Announces Retirement from the Mental Health Association of Westchester; Search for New CEO Underway

Dr. Amy Kohn, CEO of the Mental Health Association of Westchester, recently announced her retirement after nearly 10 years of leadership of the agency. Dr. Kohn is also an active member of The Coalition’s Board of Directors. She will also be honored at our Leadership Awards event on Tuesday, Sept. 20th.

The posting for those interested in applying can be found here.

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