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

November 21, 2017

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Coalition News:

The Coalition Testifies for Supportive Housing

For nearly four decades, New York State has been committed to providing supportive housing services to vulnerable individuals throughout the community. The Coalition for Behavioral Health was pleased to support this cause by testifying before the Assembly Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities to raise concern on recruitment and retention of staff for nonprofit organizations and in particularthe impact on NYS Office of Mental Health housing.

During our testimony, Coalition President & CEO Christy Parque commended the state for working towards a transformative healthcare system where consumer needs are met in addition to improving the delivery of Medicaid services. The Coalition has been an active partner with the state to ensure these goals are met while simultaneously preserving current housing services.

Presently, behavioral health providers are challenged with indirect funding for workforce and health information technology, which will diminish our existing effort to improve housing services in the long term. The presence of financial burdens has made it difficult for providers to recruit and retain finance staff, upgrade technology, make necessary building repairs, invest in professional development, and paying rent/utilities. Consequently, if providers continue to struggle, it could impact their ability to provide services to the consumers who rely on them.

We applaud the state's efforts to provide additional housing and we also need to foster awareness of existing threats to funding.


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.