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  • Active Minds, Inc. Changing the Conversation about Mental Health on New York State College Campuses Priority Area: Special Projects Fund Priority Area: Integrating Mental Health and Substance Use Services $125,000

    A mental health disorder epidemic is sweeping America’s college campuses, with approximately 1,100 suicides among college students reported every year. The New York State Office of Mental Health reports that more than 122,000 college students in New York State seriously consider suicide each year, with almost 89,000 formulating a suicide plan, and more than 22,000 making a suicide attempt. Mental health services on campuses are often underused, with students often needing some kind of bridge to access them. To fulfill this need, Active Minds establishes student-run campus chapters of mental health education groups to increase awareness of mental health issues and resources, as well as decrease stigma. These chapters work with on-campus counseling services to promote understanding of mental health problems, encourage early help-seeking, and provide information about available resources on campus, online, and in the community. In May 2010, NYSHealth awarded a grant to Active Minds to expand its reach to 10 additional campuses in New York State and to create its first statewide network.

  • Mental Health Association of New York City, Inc. A Voice for Improving Mental Health Care for Veterans and Their Families Priority Area: Veterans' Health $125,000

    In 2009, the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC) began to focus more attention on veterans' mental health and substance use issues. In partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City, MHA-NYC organized the Veterans' Mental Health Coalition of New York City (VMHC-NYC). VMHC-NYC, along with Veterans' Health Alliance of Long Island (VHA-LI), seeks to address limited access to appropriate mental health supports by servicemembers, veterans, and their families. Both organizations include experts from the fields of mental health/substance use, health, social service, the Veterans Administration, and government, as well as representation from veterans and their families. In 2010, the New York State Health Foundation awarded a grant to MHA-NYC to enable the VMHC-NYC and VHA-LI to share a part-time project director.

  • The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies Reengineering the Business Model for Mental Health Clinics Priority Area: Special Projects Fund Priority Area: Integrating Mental Health and Substance Use Services $350,456

    It is estimated that one in four adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year, which translates to more than 2 million New York City residents. The New York State Office of Mental Health-licensed behavioral health clinics (Article 31 clinics) are frequently the first intervention in the lives of New Yorkers with mental illness; however, the viability of Article 31 clinics is in jeopardy.

  • The Care Management Company of Montefiore Medical Center The Bronx Collaborative Care Transitions Program: Providers and Payers Working Together to Improve Quality and Reduce Medical Expenditures Priority Area: Expanding Health Care Coverage $574,090

    The Bronx is home to 1.4 million New Yorkers, many of whom face some of the most challenging health problems in the State. A disproportionate number of Bronx residents suffer from chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, obesity and asthma—leaving them susceptible to frequent and costly hospitalizations. Research indicates that some of these health care costs, most notably readmissions, could be avoided with timely and appropriate post-hospital care. In 2009, NYSHealth awarded the Care Management Company of Montefiore Medical Center (CMO) a planning grant to develop a regional model for reducing the rate of hospital readmissions and associated costs in the Bronx. In 2010, NYSHealth awarded CMO a second grant to implement and test this model: the Bronx Collaborative Care Transitions Program (Care Transitions Program).

  • New York State Academy of Family Physicians Improving Diabetes Care Among New York’s Family Physicians Priority Area: Diabetes Prevention and Management $64,357

    Diabetes prevalence in New York State has doubled since 1994 and is expected to grow; 1.8 million New Yorkers suffer from diabetes and 4.2 million have prediabetes. To address this crisis, the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) invested in a $35 million diabetes campaign with the goal of reversing the epidemic. The New York State Diabetes Campaign focuses on improving clinical care and patient outcomes; mobilizing communities to prevent diabetes and support diabetes self-management; and promoting policies that sustain comprehensive and effective care for people with diabetes. To advance the Campaign’s clinical goals among family practitioners, NYSHealth funded the New York State Academy of Family Physicians (the Academy) to provide its member physicians and their practices with the information and technical assistance needed to improve the care and outcomes of their patients with diabetes.

  • YMCA of New York State, Inc. Implementing the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program Across New York Priority Area: Diabetes Prevention and Management $373,999

    According to the American Diabetes Association, prediabetes puts people at a higher risk for developing diabetes, but with timely interventions diabetes can be significantly delayed, and in some cases, prevented. A healthy lifestyle change can lower the risks of developing diabetes. This grant supported the start-up phase of a YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program. The goal of the initiative was to create and sustain a statewide infrastructure for addressing pre-diabetes, a condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.

  • United Neighborhood Houses Cooking for Healthy Communities Priority Area: Diabetes Prevention and Management $75,000

    New York City has significantly higher death rates from cardiovascular disease and diabetes—both of which have been linked with diet—than the United States as a whole. Within the City, low-income neighborhoods are disproportionately affected by preventable diet-related diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

  • New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians Improving Diabetes Care Among New York’s Internal Medicine Physicians, Year 2 Priority Area: Diabetes Prevention and Management $97,158

    The New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians (NYACP) has worked closely with the NYSHealth Diabetes Campaign and other clinical partners to assist its members in achieving recognition under the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Diabetes Recognition Program.

  • The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, Inc. Assessing Retail Health Clinics as a Cost Containment Strategy in New York Priority Area: Expanding Health Care Coverage $100,221

    Retail health clinics are small health care facilities located in high-traffic retail outlets—such as drugstores and grocery stores—that offer basic health services, such as general check-ups, immunizations, and health tests and screenings. Retail clinics tend to have more extensive and flexible hours, and are less expensive than traditional primary care settings. Despite these advantages, retail clinics have yet to become well established in New York State. The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, Inc. (Manhattan Institute) assessed the current status of retail health clinics in New York State and their potential for future growth and found that retail health clinics could help fill a void in providing patients with access to basic medical services for minor ailments if a few existing regulatory barriers in the State were modified. Their analysis was published in a report which received numerous coverage throughout the State. As a result, two bills have been introduced in the New York State legislature that would create a special pathway for retail health centers to expand in the State.

  • New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service Improving Care and Reducing Costs for High-cost Medicaid Patients: Phase 2 Priority Area: Expanding Health Care Coverage $170,648

    The previous work conducted by Professor Billings with NYSHealth support was instrumental in developing and implementing New York State’s Chronic Illness Demonstration program (CIDP). CIDP is a $20 million investment by the State that seeks to improve care management and coordination for high-cost, fee-for-service Medicaid patients.

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