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  • New York State Unified Court System Replicating the Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court (Phase II) Priority Area: Veterans' Health $241,118

    An alarming number of returning veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and substance use issues. Sometimes these challenges lead to involvement with the criminal justice system. First developed in 2008, the Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) is a specialized court model that intervenes in cases for minor criminal acts involving veterans and seeks to meet the unique needs of these returning veterans by offering culturally sensitive support for mental health, substance use, unemployment, and homelessness. This court was the first of its kind in the nation to offer services to rehabilitate veterans and successfully reintegrate them into their communities. In 2009, the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) funded the New York State Unified Court System to conduct an evaluation of the Buffalo VTC program and identify the key elements of its success. In 2010, NYSHealth awarded New York State Unified Court System a second grant to replicate the VTC in 10 jurisdictions across New York State. 

  • Hudson River HealthCare, Inc. Preserving Community-based Primary Care & Residency Training in Yonkers Priority Area: Special Projects Fund Priority Area: Advancing Primary Care $150,000

    The City of Yonkers is a medically isolated community with an inadequate primary care infrastructure. As a result of financial stresses, Saint Joseph’s Hospital planned to close its Family Health Center, which would have created an immediate primary care access problem in Yonkers. With NYSHealth support, Hudson River HealthCare, Inc. (HRHCare) took over and operated the St. Joseph’s Family Health Center and Residency program.

  • Manatt Health Solutions Federal Health Reform: An Implementation Road Map for New York State Priority Area: Expanding Health Care Coverage $75,000

    Federal health reform offers an opportunity to expand health insurance coverage, strengthen safety net providers, and reform our payment and delivery systems. Turning the promise of federal reform into reality and implementing an enormous and complex bill will fall largely on the States; States are charged with implementing the Medicaid expansion, creating Insurance Exchanges, and implementing a wide range of insurance law reforms to commercial markets. With support from NYSHealth, Manatt Health Solutions will develop a road map which will help identify specific tasks, decisions and considerations for implementing provisions that have the greatest impact on New York and its residents.

  • Long Island Community Foundation Long Island Haitian Support Fund Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $25,000

    Long Island has a significant Haitian population; nearly 30,000 Haitians reside in Nassau and Suffolk counties. In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that struck the Haitian capital of Port au Prince in January 2010, the Long Island Community Foundation (LICF) experienced an influx of inquiries from local organizations that had seen a drastic increase in the need for mental health services among the Haitian community. In response to this catastrophe and the needs of New York Haitian communities, NYSHealth developed a three-part response strategy. The Foundation participated in two separate funding collaboratives led by Brooklyn Community Foundation (BCF) and LICF. NYSHealth also provided a grant to Haitian American Cultural and Social Organization (HACSO). NYSHealth provided grants totaling $150,000 to support these organizations’ efforts to address the needs of Haitian communities in three areas of the State.

  • 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.

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