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A Conference to Remember: The Coalition's Annual Conference "Turning Challenges Into Opportunities" Brings in Over 300 Attendees from the Behavioral Health Community



On March 30, 2017, over 300 attendees, a record-setting number of behavioral health providers, connected at The Coalition for Behavioral Health’s 2017 annual conference titled “Turning Challenges into Opportunities.” The event took place in Manhattan at Congregation Rodeph Sholom (7 West 83rd Street).

Kicking off the program agenda was Rebecca Farley, Vice President of Policy & Advocacy at the National Council for Behavioral Health. In her Keynote address Looking Through the Federal Lens (Albeit Foggy!), Ms. Farley examined the political environment from Washington, D.C. and its potential effects on New York State in the wake of failed National Health Care Act and anticipated changes to Medicaid. During the Q&A portion, Rebecca exchanged thoughts with audience members on these issues, as well as the renewal of the CHIP Reauthorization Act, where she was quoted in Crain’s Health Pulse.

A surprise Legacy Award was presented to former Coalition CEO Phillip A. Saperia, who was recognized for his leadership and tireless vision and commitment on behalf of the behavioral health field. The award was presented by Coalition Board Chair Tino Hernandez, President & CEO of Samaritan Daytop Village, as he expressed his admiration for Mr. Saperia’s contribution to the behavioral health community and his 21 years of leadership of The Coalition.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Millin Associates, LLC, BDO USA, LLP, and Mutual of America, and all of the many exhibitors who supported the event, more than doubling the amount of vendors and sponsors featured at the conference this year.

Conference Panels

During the first panel, Understanding Value in Integrated Behavioral Health, Kristin Woodlock, CEO of Woodlock & Associates, LLC, led a discussion about how the behavioral health sector is adapting to the movement of healthcare towards a performance/outcome based model of service. Remarks from panelist Gary Belkin, Executive Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), were also featured in a Crain’s Health Pulse article on state reform efforts in behavioral health care and value-based payment initiatives.


In The New Partnership Paradigm in Integrated Behavioral Health  panel led by Bruce Feig, Senior Consultant of the Sachs Policy Group, explored envisioning new ways and partnerships to sustain strong communities and healthy New Yorkers. The panel explored the relationships between hospitals and non-profits, identifying emerging innovative technologies to support integrated care, combined with the legal issues surrounding various collaborations.

The final panel demonstrated how cutting-edge informational dashboards are being used to boost provider performance and innovation in the Use of Data, Information and Technology for Informed Decision Making, led by John Kastan, Chief Program Officer of the Jewish Board. Demos from the panel, conference photos and slides can be found on The Coalition’s website.

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NEWS

New York State Enacts FY 2018 Budget

Because of your hard work and advocacy, and engaging our allies and stakeholders, we had a successful State budget season for the behavioral health sector. We spoke loudly and strongly with one voice and it was clearly heard. Highlights include a 6.5% raise over the next two years for behavioral health direct care professionals; additional funds for the heroin and opioid epidemic; $10 million for children’s mental health needs; and increased capital dollars for community based providers. The Coalition will continue to have a frequent and strong presence in Albany during the rest of the legislative session, as well as working on federal and NYC budget issues. 

Please click here for a full analysis of the FY 2018 Enacted Budget
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Coaltion Attends National Council 2017 Conference

The Coalition's President and CEO Christy Parque and Doug Berman, VP for Policy attended the National Council for Behavioral Health’s 2017 Conference, NatCon17 where they presented an electronic poster on the Power of Coalitions. The conference was widely attended by 5,800 of our colleagues from across the country, and there was an excellent turnout by The Coalition’s members and Board members. There were inspirational general sessions, including Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, and many workshops on innovative and current topics such as Value Based Payment, integrated care models and digital mental health.

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Coalition Awarded $100,000 OASAS Community Coalitions Grant

On March 31, 2017, Governor Cuomo announced a $2.5 million initiative to support Peer Engagement Programs and Community Coalitions. As part of the Community Coalitions initiative, The Coalition will receive $100,000 to help improve access and coordination, remove barriers and connect families to addiction and recovery support resources within their communities across New York City.

The Community Coalitions grant involves organizing resources to vocalize substance use prevention treatment and recovery efforts. A regional coalition will foster collaborative alliances among the five boroughs in New York City and represent a diverse group of stakeholders, including people living in recovery and their families, educators, faith-based entities, and health and wellness providers, among others. The Coalition is thankful to Governor Cuomo and OASAS and excited about the expanded behavioral health care alliances that it will bring.

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De Blasio Administration Launches New Initiative to Combat Opioid Epidemic

On March 13, 2017, Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray launched HealingNYC, a new, comprehensive effort to reduce opioid overdose deaths by 35 percent over the next 5 years. In 2016, it was reported that more New Yorkers passed away due to opioid overdose verses accidents and homicides combined.

According to Coalition President & CEO, Christy Parque, “HealingNYC is a comprehensive step forward to address New York’s opioid crisis. By seeking to stem the flow of opioids, executing a comprehensive education campaign and putting lifesaving protocols in the hands of first responders and seasoned behavioral health workers, will undoubtedly change the trajectory of this crisis. We applaud the Mayor, the First Lady, Deputy Mayor Palacio and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for their leadership, vision and solid commitment to services and funding to save lives.”

To view the Mayor's press release, click here.

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Beacon Health Options Strives to Reduce the Stigma of Suicide

Written by: Jorge R. Petit, MD
Regional Senior VP of the New York Region

Beacon Health Options

Beacon Health Options recently published a white paper, “We Need to Talk About Suicide” for 2017; the broad message conveying suicide behavioral disorder is a treatable condition and not simply a side effect of another mental health disorder that can be identified, predicted and treated using a comprehensive initiative calling for systemic change across the healthcare system.

The paper draws attention to “Zero Suicide,” an initiative developed by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, comprised of seven components, each containing the sub-components; Lead, Train, Identify, Engage, Treat, Transition and Improve essential to preventing suicide. Suicide and suicide disorder treatment in healthcare is reviewed and steps to improve preparedness for clinicians and health is discussed.

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Damian Family Care Centers Joins The Coalition

The Coalition would like to acknowledge new member Damian Family Care Centers, Inc. Since 1996, the agency has been providing care to underserved populations. Since becoming a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), the agency has strengthened their care systems and added new components, including the Health Disparity Collaborative Model to help serve the dominant health conditions present within the community. The Coalition is pleased to have such a hardworking and innovative organization join our group of behavioral health leaders.

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OMH Releases its Statewide Comprehensive Five Year Plan

Recently, The NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) released its Statewide Comprehensive Five-Year Plan for 2016-2020 (5.07 Plan). The Comprehensive Plan provides a review of consumers, services and programs, and gross expenditures within the New York State public mental health system. Additionally, the 5.07 Plan analyzes several top priorities for OMH policy and planning efforts in the current and upcoming years.

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Georgetown University is Currently Accepting Applications for the 2017 NYC Crossover Youth Practice Model Certificate Program

Recently, Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform announced that applications are being accepted for the 2017 NYC CYPM Certificate Program. This certificate program was created to complement and build upon the Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM), a multi-agency cross system model that focuses on the needs of youth involved in both child welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems. The training will be held on June 12-16, 2017 at CUNY’s Graduate Center. Applications are due by April 14, 2017.

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Last Chance to Apply for the 2017 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards

The Nonprofit Excellence Awards provides area nonprofits with an opportunity to examine their management practices and receive expert feedback to strengthen their ability to meet their mission. Winners share innovative and replicable practices while competing for $60,000 in prize money as well as scholarships to Columbia Business School’s nonprofit management courses.

Applications are due by 5:00pm on Friday, April 21, 2017

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Events

Coalition Member-Only Events

We encourage all members to participate in sharing information and working with us.

Membership Meeting
Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Location: 123 William Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10038
For more information please contact Jason Lippman at jlippman@coalitionny.org

Compliance Committee Meeting
Date
: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Location: 123 William Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10038
For more information please contact Teyana Reed at treed@coalitionny.org

Substance Use Committee Meeting
Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: 123 William Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10038
For more information please contact Cheryl Bobe at cbobe@coalitionny.org  

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Court-Involved Youth Initiative

Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Recidivism with Court-Involved Youth
**This is a two-day training; participants must be able to commit to attending both sessions.
Date: April 18 and 28, 2017
Time: 9:00pm - 4:00pm | Doors open at 8:30pm
Location: 123 William Street, Suite 1901
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Overview of Motivational Interviewing
**This is a two-day training; participants must be able to commit to attending both sessions.
Date: April 21 and 26, 2017
Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm | Doors open at 9:00am
Location: 5676 Riverdale Avenue, Bronx, NY, 10471
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Overview of Motivational Interviewing
**This is a two-day training; participants must be able to commit to attending both sessions.
Date: May 24 and 30, 2017
Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm | Doors open at 9:00am
Location: 123 William Street, Suite 1901
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The  Professional Learning Center

The Promise and Peril of Value-Based Payments for Behavioral Health Providers
Date: April 20, 2017
Time: 9:30am - 12:00pm | Doors open at 9:00am
Location: 123 William Street, Suite 1901
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HIPAA and Consumers' Access of Records - New Rules, New Guidance from HHS
Date: April 24, 2017
Time: 1:00pm - 4:30pm | Doors open at 12:30pm
Location: 123 William Street, Suite 1901
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Building Data Driven Organizations: Quality Management in the New Managed Care EnvironmentDate: May 4, 2017
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm | Doors open at 8:30am
Location: 123 William Street, Suite 1901
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Center for Rehabilitation & Recovery

Focusing on the Golden Thread
** This is a two-day training; participants must be able to commit to attending both sessions.
Dates: April 25th and April 26th
Time: 9:30am - 4:00pm
Location: 123 William Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10038
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Improving Recovery and Outcomes
Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Location: 123 William Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10038
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Other Noteworthy Events

Occasionally The Coalition will announce other noteworthy events for our community


Understanding the Myths and Facts of Primary Care Access for People with Mental Illness (Hosted by SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions)
Date: April 17, 2017
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Click here to register

New York Public Psychiatry Presents:
Rebuilding Strong Foundations: Trauma Informed Care in Public Mental Health
Date: April 21, 2017
Time:
8:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital, 1000 Tenth Avenue | Conference Room B, 2nd Floor
Click here to register

Overview of Integrated Health Care Models: Challenges & Opportunities
Within The NYC Metro Area
(Informational Presentation by PsychU)
*This event is supported by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc., Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc., and Lundbeck, LLC – committed supporters of the mental health treatment community.
Date: April 26, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Red Eye Grill - 890 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10106
Click here for more information

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water cooler
Around the Water Cooler

Behavioral Health News announced its 2017 honorees, Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez, Commissioner of NYS OASAS, Coalition Past President, Donna Colonna, CEO of Services for the Underserved, Gary Lind, Executive Director of AHRC New York City, and Dr. Fred Volkmar, Professor at Yale University Child Study Center. Coalition Board Member, Debbie Pantin, CEO of VIP Community Services, has been named Event Co-Chair. The event will take place on June 29, 2017, at 5:00pm at the NYU Kimmel Center in New York City. The Coalition congratulates all of this year’s awardees for their contributions to the behavioral health community!


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On March 6, 2017, Unique People Services (UPS) announced in a press release that Executive Director Yvette Brissett-Andre is the recipient of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce’s Best of the Bronx Award of the Year. Ms. Brissett-Andre was recognized for her phenomenal leadership at UPS and for her commitment with improving the lives of individuals in need within the Bronx community. The award will be presented on May 22, 2017 at Trump Links at Ferry Point Park. The Coalition would like to congratulate Ms. Brissett-Andre on her distinguished award.


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On March 31, 2017, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center was featured in Crain’s Health Pulse for signing a 20-year lease in Brooklyn that will allow the agency to expand its health services to the LGBTQ Community by 2019. At this time nearly thirty percent of the agency’s patients travel from Brooklyn to their clinics in the Bronx and Manhattan. Executive Director, Wendy Stark states, “LGBTQ communities are in dire need of competent health care services, and we see proof of that every day in the numbers of callers we have…We've expanded our capacity to the outer limits”. This expansion will assist with providing better access to care within the LGBTQ population.

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On March 17, 2017, Ann L. Shalof, Executive Director of Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter writes an article for New York Nonprofit Media called “Give Mayor De Blasio’s Homeless Plan a Chance”. The article focuses on de Blasio’s plan to open 90 new homeless shelters around the city and his preparation for resistance from local communities. Ms. Shalof mentions that community residents should not be resistant to change because the homeless already live among us. It is important for de Blasio to not only place emphasis on providing notice to community leaders, but work alongside them so they can take the lead to improve their own neighborhood.

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The Coalition Invites Members to Submit Briefs Articles & Water Cooler Items

As a major source of communication to Coalition members, elected and government officials, as well as the greater behavioral health community, Briefs offers a great opportunity to get your message out.

We welcome submissions from our members that highlight such topics as innovative services they are providing, policy positions they support, experiences implementing new systems and practices, etc.

Please submit your proposed articles to briefs@coalitionny.org. We look forward to receiving your input!

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