The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, Inc. Coalition Briefs
An Update on Behavioral Health in New York

The Coalition Launches Business Transformation Initiative

Through an exciting new business transformation initiative funded by The New York Community Trust, The Coalition hosted our kick off forum on May 31, 2017. This project will help support our members to adapt their business operations to a value based environment. The event’s plenary session was led by Don McDaniel, CEO of Continuum Health, who emphasized that behavioral health providers have opportunities but must embrace change. He was followed by a lightning round panel discussion, including the project’s participating consultants.

By bringing our members together in large forums, smaller workgroups and free one-on-one consulting opportunities, The Coalition is fostering deeper connections among providers facing similar operating and financial obstacles while linking them with a team of experienced consultants. Participants will be guided through the early stages of examining sustainability in a changing climate, shifting them from survival mode to strategic action planning.

The Coalition’s next member forum will take place on June 27, 2017, to specifically focus on an assessment tool to help providers evaluate their agencies in the context of the current health care environment. For more information please contact jlippman@coalitionny.org.

City Council Approves FY18 Adopted Budget

On June 6, 2017, the New York City Council formally adopted the FY18 Budget. For the past few months, The Coalition has worked closely with our membership to restore discretionary funding to all recipients of the City Council’s Mental Health Initiatives. Previously, during The Coalition’s Government Relations committee meeting on May 10th, we talked about the FY18 Budget proposal and The Coalition's advocacy strategy. The staff also shared materials that were distributed during the campaign, which reflected Coalition funding requests. All of the individual distributions are not yet final, but we know that total funding has increased by a minimum of $515,000.

We would like to thank all of the council members who met with and/or spoke to us on the steps of City Hall for their generous support and for restoring the Mental Health Initiatives with additional resources. Our gratitude goes out to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (Chair of Finance), Andrew Cohen (Chair of Mental Health) Deborah Rose, Annabel Palma, Laurie Cumbo, Robert Cornegy, James Vacca, Ydanis Rodriguez, Mathieu Eugene, Corey Johnson and Jimmy Van Bramer.

We also want to thank Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray on all of the work being accomplished to alleviate the stigma of mental illness and ensure that people have access to mental health services. With all of our effort and hard work we were able to restore an increase in funding which is reflected in the Schedule C budget document.

Fiscal Year 2018 Mental Health Services Initiatives

 

Initiative

Amount

Autism Awareness

$3,236,846

Children Under Five

$1,002,000

Court-Involved Youth Mental Health

$2,050,000

Developmental, Psychological & Behavioral Health Services

$2,179,390

Geriatric Mental Health

$1,905,540

LGBTQ Youth All-Borough Mental Health

$1,200,000

Medicaid Redesign Transition

$500,000

Mental Health Services for Vulnerable Populations

$1,218,000

TOTAL

$13,291,776

 

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NEWS

Life & The Art of Wellness: 11th Annual Conference for NYC Working Peer Specialists Set for 7/13

The July 13, 2017 Conference for Working Peer Specialists will focus on the frequently unspoken subject of suicide. As the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. it presents an even higher risk for our community. The conference will offer an opportunity to learn and share promising, evidence-based best practices, network, and job hunt, and will also provide the latest information on mental health peer support in NYC. A Resource Room will include the Academy of Peer Services, the NYS Peer Specialist Certification Board and the ThriveNYC Peer Specialist training initiative ThriveAtWork. Also offered this year is “SafeTALK, Suicide Alertness for Everyone”, a special certificate training facilitated by Dr. Silvia Giliotti, the NYS OMH Suicide Prevention Coordinator for New York City and Long Island. Even a comfort room and free massages are provided. We hope to see many of our Peer Specialist colleagues there!

If you are a Peer Specialist working in NYC and interested in attending, register for the conference here. The conference is on Thursday July 13th, (8:30am – 4:30pm) at the NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South.

For information, please call 212-330-6352 or 212-740-1600 x235.

Contributed by: Celia Brown, Regional Advocacy Specialist, Office of Consumer Affairs, NYS Office of Mental Health and Yumiko L. Ikuta, MBA, Director of Rehabilitation Programs, Office of Rehabilitation, NYC Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene.

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First Lady Chirlane McCray Hosts a Community Conversation with Staten Island Mental Health Society

On May 31, 2017, The Coalition’s member Staten Island Mental Health Society, along with other Staten Island mental health organizations, hosted a community conversation with New York City’s First Lady Chirlane McCray. The First Lady, who has left an indelible mark with her and Mayor de Blasio’s signature mental health initiatives, Thrive NYC and Healing NYC, opened up to the community with her personal story and spoke about the importance of alleviating the stigma attached to mental illness. Later, she fielded questions from the community and was well supported by the many agency officials who joined her for the event. The event was co-sponsored by local officials Borough President James Oddo, District Attorney Michael McMahon, and Council Member Debi Rose.

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After 10 years serving as CEO of The Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA), Dr. Amy Kohn has retired. During her time at MHA, Dr. Kohn led the organization through a person-centered transformation approach. This method helped clients to serve as equal partners alongside their providers in decision-making. With Dr. Kohn’s guidance, the agency has experienced substantial growth throughout the years. On June 5, 2017, Charlotte Ostman assumed the role of MHA’s new CEO. Ms. Ostman has been with the agency since 2015 as Chief Strategy Officer. The Coalition would like to thank Dr. Kohn for her many contributions the behavioral health community and we congratulate Ms. Ostman on her new position.



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On May 11, 2017, Mayor de Blasio announced that the City will open two diversion centers operated by Samaritan Daytop Village and Project Renewal. Each will receive $44 million and $46 million respectively over 10 years to provide people living with mental illness an additional option instead of becoming hospitalized or incarcerated.

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Dr. Peter Provet, President & CEO of Odyssey House wrote an op-ed that was featured in The New York Times on May 21, 2017, cocerning a recent report titled “If This Were an Overdose, Would You Help?”. The report focused on installing lockboxes containing the opioid overdose antidote naloxone throughout Cambridge, MA. Dr. Provet expressed his belief that public administration of the antidote could become a turning point for the opioid epidemic. This movement will help to save numerous lives, reduce stigma, and educate local communities about addiction.





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On May 23, 2017, Kelsey Louise, CEO of Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) announced that the agency will be opening a mental health clinic to help provide treatment and counseling to clients who have behavioral health disorders and HIV/AIDS. The clinic will be available to adult New Yorkers of all sexual orientations, gender identities, income levels and HIV statuses. With the new clinic, the agency plans to offer holistic services and tackle the societal barriers that appear with mental health and HIV/AIDS.




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On May 19, 2017, Yvette Brissett-Andre, Executive Director/CEO of Unique People Services, was recognized for her eight years of dedication for assisting individuals living with developmental disabilities and HIV/AIDS. Ms. Brissett-Andre will be awarded the Bronx Chamber of Commerce’s Best of the Bronx award for her contribution to the community. She mentioned that one of her main priorities in life is to build strong relationships with the people she helps and she is currently working on opening the agency’s first 94-unit affordable housing complex.


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Recently, The Fortune Society was acknowledged in the NY Community Trust newsletter for supporting and contributing to the success of Leviticus Mitchell. After years of being incarcerated, Mr. Mitchell became a member of an alternative-to-incarceration program run by the Fortune Society, which motivated him to finish school. Today, Mr. Mitchell works part time at The Fortunate Society in the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy, where he is currently helping to organize a conference on criminal and social justice issues and teaches adolescents the necessary skills for jobs. It is truly inspiring to see how the Fortune Society assisted with the transformation and development of this ambitious advocate.

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Recently, Concern for Independent Living gained $52.9 million to fund the development of supportive housing for people living with disabilities. The program will house previously homeless disabled adults and low-income families at a 96-unit apartment complex in Hempstead, Long Island. Collectively the agency secured $25.9 million from the state Homes and Community Renewal agency, $9.2 million from the state Office of Mental Health, $5.9 million from the state Housing Finance Agency, and $5.2 million from the state Homeless and Housing assistance corp. Additionally, the agency received support from Bank of America and First Home Loan Bank of New York with this project.

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Coalition President & CEO, Christy Parque led a panel titled “Chill Out: Meditation for All” at the 17th Annual Supportive Housing Network Conference on June 1, 2017. The panel focused on expressing the importance of meditation and showing the collaboration between a nonprofit supportive housing organization and a nonprofit mediation education organization. This year’s conference focused on how the community will implement Mayor de Blasio’s and Governor Cuomo’s plan to build 35,000 units of supportive housing over the next fifteen years.

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Homeless Services United held its 2017 gala on June 6th to honor healthcare professionals who contributed to the homeless services community. Among the list of honorees was Commissioner Loree Sutton from the New York City Department of Veterans Services, Bobby Watts, CEO of the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council, and David Walsh, Senior Vice President of JP Morgan Chase Community Development Banking. The Coalition would like to congratulate all of the honorees as well as Homeless Services United for hosting such a successful event.





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Events

Noteworthy Events

Violence is a Health Issue
An Action-Oriented Forum Hosted By: NYC Coalition to Dismantle Racism in the Health System and NYC Department of Health’s Center for Health Equity
Date: June 17, 2017
Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Location: New York University Kimmel Center
60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012
To register please click here

Trauma Informed Care Conference
Hosted by Unique People Services
Date: June 30, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10456
To register please click here

Addressing the Role of Stigma in Preventing Suicide in NYC’s Multi-Cultural Communities (Roundtable and Community Forum)
Hosted by Samaritans of New York
Date: June 16, 2017
Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm | Registration begins at 9:00am
Location: AMA Executive Conference Center
46 West 24th Street (near 6th Ave)
To register please click here

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Coalition Member-Only Events

Substance Use Committee Meeting
Date
: June 15, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: 123 William Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10038
For more information please contact Doug Berman at dberman@coalitionny.org

Membership Meeting
Date
: June 22, 2017
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Location: 123 William Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10038
For more information please contact Emmett Herrick at eherrick@coalitionny.org

Children’s Committee Meeting
Date
: June 29, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: 123 William Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10038
For more information please contact Jason Lippman at jlippman@coalitionny.org

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The Court-Involved Youth Initiative

Boundary Issues in Youth Peer Counseling Within the Juvenile Justice System
Date:
June 26, 2017
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm | Doors open at 8:30am
Location: 123 William Street, Suite 1901
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Beyond Burnout: Self Care as a Critical Component When Working with Traumatized Youth and Families
Date: June 30, 2017
Time: 1:30pm - 5:00pm | Doors open at 1:00pm
Location: 123 William Street, Suite 1901
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The  Professional Learning Center

Cultural Competency
Date: June 16, 2017
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm | Doors open at 8:30am
Location: 123 William Street, Suite 1901
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Talking Suicide: How to Listen and Communicate More Effectively with Those in Distress
Date: June 22, 2017
Time: 9:00am - 11:00am | Doors open at 8:30am
Location: 123 William Street, Suite 1901
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Hybrid Entity Status under HIPAA — What It Means to Behavioral Health Agencies
Date: June 28, 2017
Time: 1:00pm - 4:30pm | Doors open at 12:30pm
Location: 123 William Street, Suite 1901
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Mental Health Parity
Date: June 28, 2017
Time: 9:30am - 11:00am | Doors open at 9:00am
Location: 123 William Street, Suite 1901
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Center for Rehabilitation & Recovery

Introduction to Shared Decision Making in Behavioral Health
Date: June 13, 2017
Time: 9:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: 123 William Street, Suite 1901
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Life & the Art of Wellness
Date: July 13, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: New York University Kimmel Center | 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012
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SafeTALK, Suicide Alertness for Everyone
**This three-hour conference workshop requires advance registration.
Date: July 13, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: New York University Kimmel Center | 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012 | Room 903
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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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