Coalition Briefs
An Update on Behavioral Health in New York




The Holidays are a wonderful time to reflect on the events that took place throughout the year. Although this year has been full of both challenges and opportunities for behavioral health providers, we look forward to the New Year and the opportunity to advocate for our sector.

Behavioral Health leaders, let us use this time to be thankful for our families and friends as well as the lives that we have impacted this year.

Cheers to New Year’s resolutions and the behavioral health community!

Tips to maintain balance during your hectic holiday schedule:

1. Breathe - Take 60 seconds to escape your holiday schedule and find a still moment.

2. Treat yourself - It’s the holidays! Take a break from taking care of everything else and give yourself a pat on the back for your current accomplishments.

3.  It’s okay not to say yes to everything - Take a moment before making your decision and really think about what your options are.

Helpful Resources:

From Compassion Fatigue into Compassion Satisfaction
Winter Well Planner

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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.

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Coalition 2018 Annual Conference

February 1, 2018
8:30am - 4:30pm

Congregation Rodeph Sholom

(7 West 83rd Street, New York, NY 10024)

The Coalition is proud to present our 2018 annual conference, "Innovation Into Practice: The Future is Now." The conference provides a valuable opportunity to hear from and network with an impressive gathering of behavioral health providers and political figures, strengthening both knowledge and networks within the sector. We are pleased to have Chuck Ingoglia, Senior Vice President Public Policy/Practice Improvement at the National Council for Behavioral Health, leading with a keynote presentation on The Cost of Mental Health and Federal Impact in New York State; we have also lined up three engaging and topical panels packed with behavioral health innovators and city and state officials alike. Click the buttons below for the full agenda, opportunities for vendors and sponsors, and to ensure that you don't miss out on this invaluable opportunity!

Check out this year's conference panels! Sponsorship & Vendor Opportunities Available! Secure Your Spot!

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Around the Water Cooler

Two members of the Institue for Community Living Executive Team were honored at the National Association of Social Workers, New York City Chapter (NASW-NYC) 11th Annual Leadership Awards Dinner on December 7, 2017. Carmen Collado received the Top Leader in the Profession award, and David Kamnitzer received the Mid-Career Exemplary Leader Award. The event honored outstanding social workers across the generations who have “demonstrated outstanding leadership, expertise and dedication to the profession and to the improvement of social and human conditions in New York City.


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To address the opioid crisis, VIP Community Services is utilizing a $2 million loan from Vital Healthcare Capital (V-Cap) to improve its substance use treatment, mental health, and primary care services. The loan will provide for additional staff (including alcohol and substance use counselors), expansion of space, and new programs which will provide impacted communities with better access to supportive services.

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Project Renewal recently gathered with 50 state, federal, and city partners to celebrate the beginning of the Bedford Greenhouse Project, a $58.8 million supportive housing development for the Bedford Bedford Park section of the Bronx. The 13-story building will consist of 118 units that will provide affordable housing for more than 160 residents.




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Northside Center recently received a $150,000 grant from the Deerfield Foundation to expand telepsychiatry services in mental health clinics and NYC public and charter schools. Being one of the few telepsychiatry providers in New York City, the agency plans to utilize its new resources to display how their services improve health outcomes in underserved communities.

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Damian Family Care Center is currently planning to add a new clinic in Bedford-Stuyvesant to better manage primary care and dental services within that community. The agency is collaborating with Services for the Underserved to provide these additional services at their mental health clinic on Fulton Avenue.




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Two members of the Institue for Community Living Executive Team were honored at the National Association of Social Workers, New York City Chapter (NASW-NYC) 11th Annual Leadership Awards Dinner on December 7, 2017. Carmen Collado received the Top Leader in the Profession award, and David Kamnitzer received the Mid-Career Exemplary Leader Award. The event honored outstanding social workers across the generations who have “demonstrated outstanding leadership, expertise and dedication to the profession and to the improvement of social and human conditions in New York City.


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Upcoming Trainings

Center for Rehabilitation & Recovery


Person-Centered Recovery Planning and Documentation : 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, New York, NY 10038
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Introduction to Benefits Management
Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: 123 William Street, 19th Floor, Suite 1901, New York, NY 10038
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Upcoming Member-Only Events

Compliance Committee Meeting
Date:
Monday, January 8, 2018
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Location: 123 William Street, Suite 1901
Contact: Teyana Reed | treed@coalitionny.org

Substance Use Committee Meeting
Date:
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Location: 123 William Street, Suite 1901
Contact: Tammy Thomas | tthomas@coalitionny.org

Government Relations Committee Meeting
Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Location: 123 William Street, Suite 1901
Contact: Douglas Berman| dberman@coalitionny.org

Membership Meeting

Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Location: 123 William Street, Suite 1901
Contact: Chris Bianchi| cbianchi@coalitionny.org

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