Construction of New Camelot Treatment Facility Is Delayed by City and State
Camelot Counseling of Staten Island was highlighted on May 6, 2021 in the Staten Island Advance because construction on its proposed 35-bed residential treatment facility has been delayed by city and state government agencies. The project was funded by a $1 million grant received from the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) in 2015 has still not started even though the number of people overdosing from opioids on Staten Island continues to increase.
The full article can be found here.
Elmcor Recognized at Launch of the FEMA Funeral Assistance Program
On April 12, the launch date of the FEMA Funeral Assistance Program, Elmcor and its Executive Director Saeeda Dunston were recognized by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Chuck Schumer for their early onset advocacy for their community and families that were struggling with the loss of their loved ones.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families and FEMA is dedicated to helping ease some of the financial burden caused by the virus.
The FEMA Funeral Reimbursement Program has launched and is reimbursing up to $9,000 for COVID-19 funerals. More information on the program can be found here.
Camelot Counseling Awarded OASAS Grant
BHNYC would like to congratulate Camelot Counseling on being selected by OASAS for their grant application as the lead agency for their response to the building a regional network offering prevention, treatment and recovery services that address addiction in Staten Island.
A link to the full announcement from the Governor is available here.
Heroes of Health by Exponents
BHNYC would like to congratulate Elmcor's Saeeda Leslie Dunston on being honored as one of the Heroes of Health by Exponents on Wednesday April 7, 2021.
Elmcor featured on OASAS' New Life, New Hope Episode
In September 2019, Behavioral Health NYC IPA (BHNYC) member Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities, Inc. and its Executive Director and BHNYC Treasurer Saeeda Dunston were featured on the OASAS-produced show, “New Life, New Hope.”
The episode, titled “Innovative Programs/Centers of Treatment Innovation,” highlighted Elmcor's L.E.A.P (Leading the Elevation of Alternative Pathways) mobile crisis unit, which is funded by OASAS to combat the opioid crisis in Queens.
BHNYC 2nd Annual PAC Meeting
On June 12, 2019, BHNYC held its 2nd annual PAC meeting at the Cornell Club in Midtown Manhattan. The meeting was attended by over 70 individuals from across BHNYC member and partner organizations.
After a brief introduction by BHNYC Co-Chairs Rob Basile and Steven Helfand and an update by CEO John Javis, Virna Little, PsyD, LCSW-r, SAP, CCM, Chief Operating Officer of Concert Health gave a keynote address on value-based payments for behavioral health services.
Following the keynote, BHNYC held a panel discussion moderated by Steven Helfand. Panelists included:
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 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).