March 16, 2023

Governor Hochul Announces $10 Million Available to Improve Mental Health Services for Youth and Families

Governor Kathy Hochul on Friday announced $10 million in state funding is available to create a pair of statewide networks that youth and families will be able to rely on for behavioral health information, support, and services. Administered by the New York State Office of Mental Health, the funding will help establish two separate networks, including one dedicated to helping youth and another aimed at assisting families. Read more here.

Related: HHS Announces the Availability of $25 Million to Expand Primary Care – Including Mental Health – Services in Schools

Schools across the country say more students are asking for mental health services

Workforce Concerns Are Top of Mind for Senate Mental Health Leader

Senate Mental Health Committee Chair Samra Brouk, a Rochester Democrat, shares her perspective on the governor’s proposed budget, including a proposed cost of living raise for workers in the mental health field. Click here to listen to the Capital Pressroom broadcast.

Related: Sen. Samra Brouk sponsors bill proposed to alleviate strain on mental health services

How SAMHSA Is Tackling the Mental Health Workforce Shortage

Health + Hospitals Advances New Strategy to House Homeless Patients

NYC Health + Hospitals plans to hire an outside organization to help its homeless patients find housing, a $14 million investment that officials said would improve health outcomes and slash costly emergency room visits. The municipal health system has proposed contracting with Coordinated Behavioral Care, a not-for-profit consortium of behavioral health organizations, to work with about 600 unhoused patients annually on finding a permanent home. The consortium’s housing navigators will help patients find and apply for appropriate apartments, accompany them on viewings and provide them with furniture and supplies upon move-in. Read more here.

Related: Governor Hochul Announces more than $2.7 Million to Support Addiction Services in New York City Homeless Shelters

How Providers Across the US Are Caring For the Country’s 580,000+ Homeless People

Inside The Patient Bottlenecks at ECMC and What It Says About the Health Care System

For much of the last three years, Covid-19 represented the largest operational challenge at Erie County Medical Center. That's no longer the case.

"It's been replaced now by these long length-of-stay patients," said Dr. Samuel Cloud, ECMC's chief medical officer.

ECMC, like many hospitals across Western New York, the state and the country, is struggling to get patients out of its hospital, a multilayered problem that shows just how intricately connected the health care system is and how just one issue – in just one of its parts – can cripple the whole structure. It's a difficult-to-remedy ailment that causes delays in care for patients, leads some to go without care entirely and dents a hospital's bottom line. Read more here.

New Report Calls for Innovative Solutions to Address Behavioral Health Crisis

The surge in demand for behavioral health services is pushing providers to embrace telehealth and digital health solutions, according to a new report. The report, Trends Shaping the Health Economy: Behavioral Health, from analytics and market research firm Trilliant Health, finds that behavioral health visit volume has jumped 18% over pre-pandemic levels, and the percentage of virtual visits for behavioral health concerns has surged from 34.4% in 2019 to 63.8% in 2022. Read more here.

Governor Hochul Announces $13.3 Million Awarded for Construction of Emergency and Permanent Supportive Housing

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that more than $13.3 million has been awarded to help expand and preserve emergency and permanent supportive housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Funding was awarded to projects that will create 51 apartments in the Bronx and a new 80-bed emergency shelter for families in Erie County. Funding was also awarded to help make repairs to existing emergency shelters in Oneida and Chautauqua counties. Read more here.

Opinion: Medicaid Prescription Changes Threaten Patients and Safety Net Providers

New York state is about to disrupt how Medicaid patients receive the prescription drugs they need, which will compromise safety net providers’ ability to provide critical care to underserved New Yorkers. Since 1992, the federal 340B drug pricing program has given low-income patients and their communities necessary resources and services through discounted drug prices. The 340B program allows qualifying hospitals, federally qualified health centers and community health centers to purchase outpatient prescription drugs at a discount and then invest those savings into reduced cost or free medications for patients or into services not covered by Medicaid, such as care coordination, housing placement and food and nutrition programs, to name a few. Read more here.

Related: State Legislature Responds to Hochul’s Proposal with Higher Medicaid Reimbursement Rate Bump, 340B Repeal

What’s Holding Back Health IT Interoperability in 2023? ONC Has Some Thoughts.

Passage and implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act has ushered widespread electronic health record adoption by providers, forward momentum on interoperability and more vendors incorporating data standards in their products, the Biden administration’s health IT office wrote in a recent Congressional report.

The report highlighted what the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) called the U.S. health system’s “tremendous progress” on electronic health information. As of 2021, 96% of non-federal acute care hospitals and nearly four in five office-based physicians are using an EHR certified by ONC, according to the report. Read more here.

How Medicaid Managed Care Orgs Can Better Invest in SDOH Interventions

Medicaid managed care organizations can leverage financial bonds to help increase funds for social determinants of health interventions and avoid underinvesting, according to research published in Health Affairs. Social determinants of health, including food insecurity, transportation barriers, and housing instability, can impact health equity and lead to avoidable health outcomes and spending. Interventions to address these factors typically require significant upfront funding, with benefits occurring down the line in the form of cost savings.

Medicaid managed care organizations experience enrollment and eligibility changes, which may dissuade them from investing in interventions as they are not guaranteed a return on investment. Read more here.

Related: Understanding and Addressing Social Drivers of Health: Insights from the MetroHealth Institute for H.O.P.E.

ALLEGANY: Allegany County program to help first responders after fatals and trauma launched state-wide

BROOME: NARCAN® now available on Binghamton University campus

CHAUTAUQUA: HEALing Communities Study Launches Medication for Opioid Use Disorder Education Campaign in Chautauqua County

CLINTON: Annual Evening of Healing to return after COVID hiatus

CORTLAND: Senator Chuck Schumer addresses uptick in xylazine a.k.a. 'tranq' overdoses in CNY

DUTCHESS: Just a phone call away: County program matches seniors with new friends to deter isolation

ERIE: Governor Hochul Announces Dedicated Outreach Team to Connect East Buffalo Residents with Programs and Services

ERIE: Patrick P. Lee Foundation announces new mental health scholarships at Canisius College, Daemen University

MONROE: Monroe County announces COMIDA investment in healthcare training

NYC: How New York City’s ‘B-HEARD’ teams are changing the response to mental health emergencies

NYC: More help coming: NYC making mental health services available in family shelters

ONEIDA: Oneida County Overdose Response Team Issues Spike Alert

ONONDAGA: To combat shortage of mental health care services, Elmcrest expands overnight beds for kids

ONTARIO: SROs, deputies attend conference focused at preventing violence in schools

ROCKLAND: 'Lifesaving' Nonprofit To Open Lego Resale Store In Rockland

STEUBEN: Steuben County using Narcan to combat increase in rural opioid overdoses

SUFFOLK: Riverhead CAP receives grant funding through Suffolk County opioid settlement

SULLIVAN: Sullivan County seeks support for ongoing opioid crisis

TOMPKINS: Tompkins County Crisis Alternative Response and Engagement Team to launch this spring

ULSTER: Kingston’s Mobile Mental Health Unit Gets 30 Requests in 20 Days

Study Finds Psychiatry Training On Developmental Disabilities ‘Insufficient’

Psychiatrists are often some of the main providers of care for people with autism and intellectual disability, but new research finds that many of these specialists have little training to meet the needs of this population. The directors of psychiatry residency programs across the country report that their trainees receive relatively few hours per year of training in autism and intellectual disability and are exposed to a limited number of patients with these conditions. The findings published recently in the journal Autism come from a study based on surveys of 78 leaders at 83 accredited psychiatry training programs in 2019. Read more here.

Students Who Threaten Violence Often Have Psychiatric or Learning Disorders

BIPOC-focused telehealth startup ReKlame Health now in-network with Cigna

Strategy to Coordinate Opioid Overdose Prevention Initiatives Paying Dividends

New Research Characterizes Alcohol Use Disorder Profiles To Predict Treatment Outcomes

RethinkFirst Unveils RethinkFutures™ to Help Payors Drive Improvements in Autism Care Management, Parent Support, and Provider Networks

Opioid Settlement Hinders Patients’ Access to a Wide Array of Drugs


Flipping the Script: A Teach-In for Healthcare Workers on Homelessness and Aging

March 16, 1 - 2 pm, Corporation for Supportive Housing

DLTSS Training: Unwinding Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Public Health Emergency

March 15, 2 - 3:30 pm, CMS

Adding Up the Cost of Health Inequity

March 15, 2 - 3 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Federal Health Privacy Laws: Basics for School Professionals - Session 2

March 16, 1 - 2 pm, MTTHC

Mobile Crisis Response Teams: Services Across Diverse Settings

March 16, 2 - 3 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

PSYCKES for BHCCs and Other Networks

March 16, 2 - 3 pm, OMH

Co-occurring Opioid and Stimulant Use Disorders

March 21, 2 - 3 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

What You Need to Know about Proposed DEA Rules on Prescribing Controlled Substances Via Telehealth

March 21, 2 - 3 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Justice Center Code of Conduct Train-the-Trainer Session

March 22, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, NYS Justice Center

Medicaid and CHIP Continuous Enrollment Unwinding: What to Know and How to Prepare, A Partner Education Monthly Series

March 22, 12 - 1 pm, CMS

AWARE Pre-Application NOFO Webinar (SM-23-001)

March 22, 3 - 4 pm, SAMHSA

Embrace, Encourage, and Engage: Family and Caregiver Access to Child and Youth Mental Health Resources

March 22, 6 - 7:15 pm, ACF/SAMHSA

Pediatric Health Care Professional and Mental Health Specialist Collaboration

March 23, 1 - 2 pm, Bright Futures Let’s Talk Healthy Mental & Emotional Development Webinar Series

Youth and Family Partnership in Juvenile Justice Systems Reform: Building a Strategy, Sharing Power, and Shifting the Culture

March 23, 1 - 2 pm, CSG Justice Center

Peer Support Service Models Success in Integrated Care Settings

March 23, 3 - 4 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Expanding Access to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment During and After Incarceration

March 23, 3 - 4 pm, FORE

Advancing Health Equity for Community Members Returning from Incarceration: The Role of Community Health Workers

March 27, 1 - 2:30 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

CMS Opens Door for Pre-Release Services for Justice-Involved Populations: Health Care and Justice System Implications

March 27, 2 - 3:15 pm, Center for Health Care Strategies

Virtual Summit: Steering in the Right Direction - Diversion and Supports for Transition-Age Youth in the Criminal Justice System

March 29, 12 - 5 pm, SAMHSA's GAINS Center

Workforce Development & Psychological Safety among BIPOC Women in Leadership

March 29, 1 - 2 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

County Strategies to Provide Supportive Housing for Familiar Faces

March 29, 2 - 3 pm, NACo

Prioritizing Goals Of Treatment In Patients Diagnosed With Bipolar I Disorder: Results From A US Patient Survey Using Best-Worst Scaling

March 30, 12 - 1 pm, PsychU

Mental Health in Communities of Color Symposium: Breaking the Stigma & Silence and Prioritizing Needs

March 31, 9 am - 2 pm

Linking Neural Circuits To Dysfunction In Schizophrenia

April 6, 12 - 1 pm, PsychU

Reducing Jail Populations: Lowering Recidivism through Jail- & Community-Based Treatment & Services

April 6, 2 - 3 pm, NACo

Sustainable Financing Approaches for Medicaid Managed Care Organizations to Address Health-Related Social Needs

April 6, 4 - 5 pm, Center for Health Care Strategies

2023 Justice Center Summit

April 18 - 19, 25 - 26 - Event Flyer

Housing Supports for Older Adults Experiencing Homelessness

April 19, 2 - 3 pm, HHRC



Children & Families Committee Meeting

March 21: 11:30 am - 1 pm

Deputy DCS Call

March 28: 10 - 11 am


Executive Committee Meeting

April 5: 8 - 9 am

Developmental Disabilities Committee Meeting

April 6: 1 - 2:30 pm

LGU Clinic Operators Call

April 11: 10 - 11:30 am

Addiction Services & Recovery Committee Meeting

April 13: 11 am - 12 pm

Mental Health Committee Meeting

April 13: 3 - 4 pm

Children & Families Committee Meeting

April 18: 11:30 am - 1 pm

Membership Call

April 19: 9 - 10:30 am

Mentoring Session: Local Services Planning

April 20: 1 - 3 pm

Deputy DCS Call

April 25: 10 - 11 am

Save the Date: CLMHD Spring Full Membership Meeting - May 11-12 in Saratoga Springs

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The Conference of Local Mental Hygiene Directors advances public policies and awareness for people with mental illness, chemical dependency and developmental disabilities. We are a statewide membership organization that consists of the Commissioner/ Director of each of the state's 57 county mental hygiene departments and the mental hygiene department of the City of New York.

Affiliated with the NYS Association of Counties (NYSAC)
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