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Behavioral Health

People with behavioral health issues have a wide range of medical, behavioral, social, and other service needs. These individuals experience chronic illness and premature mortality at much higher rates than people without behavioral health conditions, a disparity that is worsened by economic disadvantages and, especially, significant care fragmentation. Co-occurring behavioral and physical health conditions can also be worsened by the absence of stable housing and a supportive social environment.

NYSHealth committed $10 million over five years to improve the integration of care for people who cope with mental health and substance use conditions at the same time. This work culminated at the end of 2012, but we continue to learn from this key investment as we consider opportunities to integrate behavioral health and primary care services.

Learn more about some initiatives and events NYSHealth has supported in this area:

Fund for the City of New York
Collaborative Connections to Care Fund for Mental Health

Montefiore Medical Center
Using a Continuum-based Framework to Implement Behavioral Health Integration in Primary Care Settings in New York State

Center for Health Care Strategies
Ensuring Policy Alignment for Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers

RAND Corporation
  •  An Examination of New York’s Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care Services for People with Serious Mental Illness
  •  Evaluation of North Shore-LIJ/Northport VA Unified Behavioral Health Center for Military Veterans and Their Families

Care for the Homeless
Increasing Access to Primary Care for Homeless New Yorkers

National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services
Evaluating Self-Directed Care for People with Serious Mental Illness in New York State

Corporation for Supportive Housing
Building Health Home Capacity to Serve Homeless Clients

Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services, Inc.
Establishing a Mental Health Clinic for Criminal Justice-involved Individuals
The Nathaniel Clinic: Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care for Criminal Justice-involved Patients

Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Services
Behavioral Health/Primary Care Integration Project

Open Door Family Medical Center, Inc.
Expanding Oral and Behavioral Health in the Hudson Valley

The Long Island Home, dba South Oaks Hospital
Integration of Mental Health Services in Pediatric Care

Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies, Inc.
Raising the Bar for Health/Mental Health Services for Children in Foster Care: Developing Models of Managed Care

Institute for Community Living, Inc.
  •  Behavioral Health Medical Homes: Building a Prototype for Service Integration and Care Coordination
  •  Improving the Assessment and Management of Diabetes for Adults with Serious Mental Illness

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Health Center
The Intensive Wellness Program: A Health and Mental Health Intervention for High-Cost Patients

Gold Choice PCMP IIA
Improving Diabetes Outcomes in Behavioral Health Care Recipients


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