Policy & Advocacy

Recent Testimony & Public Comments

February 10, 2017
FY2018 Executive Budget Testimony

January 10, 2017 Testimony on LGBTQ services by Community Healthcare Network

December 21, 2016 Testimony on Comments on the DSRIP Independent Assessor Mid-Point Assessment Report

November 21, 2016 Testimony on Oversight- Part 1: Medical Health Services in the DHS Shelter System.

September 22, 2016 Testimony on Oversight- Examining Thrive NYC's Mental Health First Aid Training.

September 9, 2016 Testimony on Comments Regarding New York State's Amended Home and Community-Based Services Statewide Transistion Plan.

May 24, 2016 Testimony on New York City Council Fiscal Year 2017 Executive Budget Hearings.

May 13, 2016 Testimony on Comments Regarding New York State's Implementation of the 1115 Waiver.

February 3, 2016 Testimony before a Joint Legislative Session in Albany regarding the 2016-2017 Executive Budget Proposal on the topic of Mental Health.

January 28, 2016 Testimony before the New York City Council on the Mental Health Roadmap.

December 3, 2015 Testimony at the New York City Council on Alcohol Abuse.

October 21, 2015 Testimony at Public Hearing on Transition of Behavioral Health Supports and Services into Managed Care

March 13, 2015 Testimony on New York City Council FY 2016 Preliminary Budget

September 30, 2014 Testimony on Oversite: Medicaid Redesign.

March 27, 2014 Testimony on New York City Council FY 2015 Preliminary Budget

February 11, 2014 Testimony given at the Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2014-2015 Executive Budget: Mental Hygiene




Policy & Advocacy

The strength of The Coalition is our analysis and advocacy of public policy in the fields of community mental health and chemical dependence.

We evaluate state, city and federal budgets, regulations and proposed legislation; promote laws and policies that nourish and sustain community based providers, affording them the ability to deliver the highest quality care and service to residents of New York City and State.

The Coalition strives to make important contributions to the public policy debate that will improve access and delivery of care and end stigma and prejudice against people with mental illness and chemical dependencies.

Coalition 2017 Albany Advocacy - Legislative Talking Points

February 10, 2017

Coalition members and staff visited Albany February 5-7, 2017, for our annual lobby days. We met with key members of the legislature and its leadership, officials from the Governor's office, Department of Budget and the Office of Mental Health (OMH) and Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).  Christy Parque, The Coalition's President and CEO also testified at the budget hearing on Monday, February 6th. 

We weighed in on key areas of the executive budget and shared our priorities which include supporting measures that preserve and strengthen community based mental health and substance use disorder programs. The Coalition is calling for investment in the infrastructure and capacity of the sector, ensuring access to our services for individuals and communities in need and supporting our workforce.

Coalition members and staff will continue to have a strong presence in Albany through the budget season which concludes April 1, 2017.

Coalition testimony available here

Coalition FY2018 state budget priorities here

Coalition 2016 Albany Advocacy - Legislative Talking Points

February 16, 2016

Coalition staff and members visited Albany earlier in February to speak with state legislators about the Coalition's position on various budget items related to mental health issues.

The Coalition delivered the testimony on the topic of Mental Health within the proposed 2016-2017 state budget.

Click for 2016 Testimony

Children in Health Homes

Coalition Comments on Children's Health Homes to the Children's Health Home Workgroup
February 27, 2014
The Coalition is committed to ensuring that health homes have the expertise and experience working with children and families and are able to meet all of their needs. The Coalition solicited feedback from our members on the three elements of a health home model. The three elements are: Health Home Network Requirements, Approach to Delivery of Six Core Care Management Requirements, Health Home Eligibility Criteria/ Requirements. Our comments on these points are in the 5 page paper along with additional comments.

Coalition Comments to the Office of Health Insurance Programs, DOH On Admission of Children to Health Homes
March 17, 2014
In previous comments The Coalition strenuously argued that diagnosis alone should not be the eligibility criteria for children. However CMS requires eligibility for health homes to be condition based, not population-based, so these comments include Coalition suggestions for eligibility.

Behavioral Health Moves to Managed Care: The Coalition’s View
June 2013

A product of The Coalition’s ad hoc “think tank” and its Board of Directors, Behavioral Health Moves to Managed Care: The Coalition’s View represents our latest thinking on the complex issues that underlie the significant and speedy transformation of our sector to integrated and managed care.

Coalition Receives NCCBH 2008 Grassroots Advocacy Award

The Coalition received the 2008 Grassroots Advocacy Award from the National Council of Behavioral Healthcare at its 38th annual conference in Boston on May 2, 2008, for its work on Article 31 clinic rate methodology reform.