BHNYC at NatCon
On March 26, 2019, Dr. Robert Basile, Psy.D, Co-Chair of BHNYC and Executive Director of Metropolitan Center for Mental Health, participated on a panel discussion with subject matter experts at a session entitled “Moving VBP Culture from C-Suite to Staff” at the 2019 National Council for Behavioral Health (NatCon) National Conference, held in Nashville.
Clinical integration as well as value-based payment were featured topics at NatCon’s largest conference in history, with over 6,100 individuals in attendance. Presenting to a standing-room only audience, Dr. Basile, along with the other panelists in the community behavioral health field, shared their experiences, strategies and insights on how best to lead organizations towards successful transformation into this new model of service delivery.
BHNYC Establishment Press Release
On March 12, 2019, ten community-based behavioral health care agencies announced that they have joined together to establish the Behavioral Health NYC IPA, LLC (BHNYC), an independent practice association (IPA) in New York City. BHNYC was established with a mission to provide rapid access to mental health and substance abuse services that are embedded in the community and delivered by culturally-competent and linguistically diverse clinicians serving individuals and families with complex needs across their lifespan. This new collaboration brings together a myriad of meaningful cross-sector partnerships with social service agencies, hospitals, and primary care physicians, as well as a variety of evidence- and population-based service models, to fill critical service gaps to care.
The majority of BHNYC network agencies initially partnered in 1960 to form the Federation of Mental Health Services, a trade association and lobbying organization, under the common goal of serving underserved, low-income populations. “BHNYC represents decades of behavioral health advocacy efforts by the Federation of Mental Health Services and its members to improve patient access and engagement with quality mental health and substance use services,” said Robert Basile, Psy.D., Co-Chair of BHNYC and President of the Federation of Mental Health Services. “The formation of BHNYC is a key milestone not only for our individual agencies, but also for the communities we serve. With this formal collaboration, we now bring together our best minds and community advocates under one entity to collectively improve the health of the population we serve.”
The establishment of BHNYC enables each of the ten network agencies to preserve their unique relationships with the individuals and communities they currently serve, while offering opportunities for care coordination that provides patients with easier access to care and improved health outcomes. The thirty-five affiliate providers, which include health systems, primary care providers, and community-based organizations will collaborate with the IPA to further improve care across the continuum.
“We are pleased to work with BHNYC to help meet the behavioral health needs of our shared communities,” said Isaac Kastenbaum, Director of Population Health at the NewYork- Presbyterian Performing Provider System, one of BHNYC’s affiliate providers. “We look forward to working together to improve the health of the diverse populations we serve.”
BHNYC was established as a Behavioral Health Care Collaborative (BHCC), a grant-funded entity under the Department of Health (DOH) Value-Based Payment (VBP) Readiness program for Behavioral Health providers. The collective work of the BHNYC ensures network-wide readiness in accordance with New York State’s VBP Roadmap for Medicaid payment reform. The goal of BHNYC is to engage in meaningful VBP arrangements with managed care organizations, through quality improvement initiatives that will establish standardized cost- effective service delivery models to improve patient outcomes.
BHNYC appointed John Javis, MDiv as Chief Executive Officer to lead the IPA in delivering the organization’s mission. Mr. Javis brings insight and over 25 years of leadership experience in the mental health sector to the BHNYC network, previously working as Director of Behavioral Health at the Nassau-Queens Performing Provider System, a founding member and the Director of Operations for the Advanced Health Network IPA, and advocating for mental health initiatives for over sixteen years with the Mental Health Association of Nassau County.
BHNYC Kick-Off PAC Meeting
On July 11, 2018, BHNYC held a "Kick-Off" PAC meeting at the Cornell Club in Midtown Manhattan.
The meeting was attended by over 80 individual partners from a total of 40 diverse organizations. This forum created an opportunity to not only allow for networking and introductions among staff from the participating partner agencies but to help to begin the dialogue about value-based payments and how to achieve the "triple aim" of improving health outcomes, improving patient and staff experience and satisfaction, and reducing costs.
The morning featured a keynote address by Ian Shaffer MD, Executive Vice President for Behavioral Health at Healthfirst.
The keynote was followed by a panel on Clinical Integration moderated by Steven Helfand PsyD, Executive Director of Bleuler Psychotherapy Center. Joining him to speak about the future of clinical integration were:
Attendees included Network and Affiliate Providers as well as representatives from NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) and NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (OASAS).