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Establishing the Center of Excellence for Integrated Care

In January 2009, NYSHealth announced a milestone $3.7 million grant to National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. (NDRI) to oversee the first statewide Center of Excellence for Integrated Care (CEIC) to transform the system of care for 1.4 million New Yorkers suffering from both mental health and substance use conditions.

At a press conference in the Legislative Office Building, top officials from the New York State Office of Mental Health and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services joined NYSHealth to announce the grant. NYSHealth’s initiative aims to achieve the integration of mental health and substance use services throughout all phases of the recovery process for patients at all of New York’s 1,223 licensed mental health and substance abuse outpatient treatment centers.

To date, CEIC has engaged in leadership forums and provider trainings in five regions in New York State. CEIC has also provided technical assistance to and conducted Dual Diagnosis Capability Assessments for several organizations throughout the State. In addition to the NYSHealth Web Resource Center on Integrated Care, CEIC has launched a website that provides detailed information and resources particularly for mental health and substance use providers in New York State.