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Initiative to Integrate Care for Co-Occurring Disorders

In 2008, NYSHealth identified co-occurring mental health and substance use conditions as a major health problem, and partnered with the New York State Office of Mental Health and the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services to strive to eliminate the barriers to mental health and substance use treatment services. NYSHealth's initiative—which now comprises its third priority area—aims to achieve the integration of mental health and substance use services for patients at all of New York’s 1,223 licensed mental health and substance abuse outpatient treatment centers.

After an intensive selection process, NYSHealth awarded $3.2 million to National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. to create the first statewide Center of Excellence for the Integration of Care (CEIC) to transform the system of care for 1.4 million New Yorkers suffering from both mental health and substance use conditions. The grant directly benefits patients, and works to address the enormous costs in lost productivity, re-hospitalization, and related health care costs that are burdening the State’s health care system.