Coalition Briefs
An Update on Behavioral Health in New York


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:


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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 are covered in more detail in our written comments. Written public comment may be submitted through November 29, 2017, to 1115waivers@health.ny.gov with “1115 Public Forum Comment” included in the subject line. We encourage you to submit feedback.

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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.


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Overcoming Challenges to Mental Health Services for Asian New Yorkers


In order to shed light on the mental health situation in the Asian community, the Asian American Federation recently released a white paper on Overcoming Challenges to Mental Health Services for Asian New Yorkers. Based on a year-long study that included 22 Asian-led and -serving community-based organizations providing direct or indirect mental health services, the white paper identifies four major challenges to mental health services in the Asian community and provides a set of recommendations to addressing those challenges and increase the capacity for mental health services for Asian New Yorkers.

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Around the Water Cooler

Emma L. Bowen Community Service Center celebrated William S. Witherspoon, Jr. on November 3, 2017. Mr. Witherspoon served as Executive Director of Emma L. Bowen (also known as Upper Manhattan Mental Health Center) for 24 years. Bill was first elected to The Coalition’s Board of Directors in 2002, and served as Secretary from 2008 – 2010 and Vice President from 2011 – 2014, providing invaluable leadership to The Coalition throughout his tenure. We will miss Bill's insight, wisdom and humor, and wish him the very best in his retirement.


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The Institute for Family Health was featured in WNYC’s The Affordability Project, a series focusing on the increasing struggle to afford to live in New York City and what it takes to continue calling NYC home, featuring the Institute’s Dr. Amy Pandya. In other news, The Institute also launched the eHealth Exchange interface in collaboration with the Social Security Administration (SSA).


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Venture House opens a new Clubhouse on Staten Island. Located at 1442 Castleton Avenue, the program offers Pre-Vocational Support, Transitional Employment, Ongoing Employment Support, Educational Support, Social and Recreational Activity, Group Oriented Culinary Program and Community Engagement services.


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Coalition members Brooklyn Community Services, Children’s Aid, and GMHC received 2017 Nonprofit Excellence Awards from the New York Community Trust. On December 1, 2017, the winners will participate in a panel discussion to share the management practices that led to their selection. Congratulations on these distinguished awards!

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Northside Center for Child Development received a $200,000 grant from CVS Health to expand its school-based mental health program and begin providing telepsychiatry. This will enable the clinic’s psychiatrist to conduct visits with students from various parts of Harlem and in the South Bronx without travelling, allowing Northside to provide an extra 1,000 therapy sessions each year.

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VIP Community Services was awarded a grant from the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Use Services (OASAS) through the Medication-Assisted Treatment Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction program, to expand and enhance Medication-Assisted Treatment services. This initiative was announced as part of 3 grant programs issued by OASAS totaling $19 million.


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Care for the Homeless appointed George Nashak as its new Executive Director. Mr. Nashak previously served as the Executive Vice President for HELP USA and spent eight years at NYC Department of Homeless Services, first as Assistant Commissioner for Housing and Program Planning, then as Deputy Commissioner for Adult Services. We look forward to continuing our work with George in his newest role.






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The Supportive Housing Network of New York (SHNNY) recently announced that after nearly three years of service, Robin Pagliuco has gone on to become the Director of Coordinated Entry at the NYC Human Resources Administration, and after six dedicated years, Senior Policy Analyst Edline Jacquet has moved on to become the Policy Director at FPWA. SHNNY also announced a new policy analyst Melissa Rosenberg, who previously worked at the NYC Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

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Upcoming Trainings

Center for Rehabilitation & Recovery


Introduction to Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Skills Training in Groups
**This is a two-day training; participants must be able to commit to attending both sessions.
Dates: Monday and Tuesday, December 11, 2017 and December 12, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: 123 William Street, 19th Floor, Suite 1901
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Introduction to Recovery Oriented Practice
Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: 123 William Street, 19th Floor, Suite 1901
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Focusing on the Golden Thread
** This is a two-day training, participants must be able to commit to attending both sessions.
Dates: Tuesday, and Wednesday, January 23 and January 24, 2018
Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm
Location: 123 William Street, 19th Floor, Suite 1901
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Court-Involved Youth Initiative

Overview of Motivational Interviewing
**This is a two-day training; participants must be able to commit to attending both sessions.
Date: December 5 and 7, 2017
Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm | Doors open at 9:00am
Location: 123 William Street, Suite 1901

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Upcoming Member-Only Events


Compliance Committee Meeting
Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Location: 123 William Street, Suite 1901
Contact: treed@coalitionny.org

Membership Meeting
Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Location: 123 William Street, Suite 1901
Contact: cbianchi@coalitionny.org

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The Coalition Invites You to Submit Ideas for Briefs

Briefs offers a vehicle for communication to Coalition members, elected and government officials, as well as the greater behavioral health community.

We welcome submissions that highlight innovative services, policy positions and experience in implementing new systems and best practices, etc.

Please submit your proposals to briefs@coalitionny.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

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