Governor Cuomo Announces $60 Million for Mental Health and Addiction Initiatives

Funding Will Further Support NY's Medicaid Transformation Toward Integrated Care

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Yesterday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced New York will issue $60 million in awards over three years to mental health and addiction services providers as part of the transformation of the state’s Medicaid system. The awards will help behavioral health providers transform to a business model of Value-Based Payment — which rewards quality of care and better health outcomes over quantity of services provided.

“This funding will help ensure New Yorkers in need receive access to vital mental health services, while continuing our work to make Medicaid both more effective and more affordable,” Governor Cuomo said. “This is one more step towards a stronger, healthier New York for all.”

Governor Cuomo initiated the state’s Medicaid Redesign Team in 2011 to fundamentally restructure New York’s Medicaid program to improve health, enhance quality, and lower healthcare costs. Unlike other states’ strategies to redesign Medicaid, which have relied on taking away benefits from low-income people or cutting provider payment rates as ways to cut Medicaid costs, New York has successfully controlled costs while improving the quality of care.

The funds will be awarded to 19 selected networks of behavioral healthcare providers — called Behavioral Health Care Collaboratives — to help integrate care across the entire spectrum of physical and behavioral health services.

The awards are being funded through the NYS Office of Mental Health, the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, and the NYS Department of Health. Funding has been awarded regionally to ensure statewide coverage to the following Behavioral Health Care Collaboratives over the next three years.

Recipients are as follows:

Coordinated Behavioral Care (CBC), New York City — $5,000,000
Institute for Community Living (ICL), New York City — $5,000,000
Recovery Health Solutions IPA, New York City/Long Island — $5,000,000
Mental Health Providers of Western Queens, New York City — $4,901,000
Value Network, Western New York — $4,611,000
Advanced Health Network (AHN), New York City/Long Island — $4,082,000
Genesee County, Finger Lakes/Southern Tier/Western New York — $3,300,000
Lower East Side Service Center, New York City — $3,001,000
Bailey House, New York City — $2,583,000
Access Supports for Living, Mid-Hudson — $2,571, 000
The Guidance Center of Westchester, Mid-Hudson — $2,421,000
Syracuse Brick House, Central New York — $2,418,000
Equinox, Capital Region/Mohawk Valley/North Country — $2,316,000
Finger Lakes Area Counseling and Recovery Agency (FLACRA), Finger Lakes/Southern Tier/Western New York — $1,767,000
Citizen Advocates Inc., North Country — $1,725,000
FCS of Cortland, Central New York/Southern Tier — $1,641,000
The Neighborhood Center, Central New York/Mohawk Valley/Southern Tier — $1,785,000
Hillside Children’s Center, Finger Lakes/Southern Tier/Western New York — $1,521,000
Children’s Home of Jefferson County, North Country — $750,000

Funding will assist the selected Behavioral Health Care Collaboratives to enhance the quality of the care patients receive to improve behavioral and physical health outcomes. Awards will be used for a wide variety of healthcare improvements, including:

  • identifying gaps in the continuum of care, to better connect the patient to the next level of integrated healthcare
  • ensuring ongoing monitoring of care planning, to avoid unnecessary costs and avoidable complications
  • identifying opportunities for performance improvement and cost reduction
  • improving IT capabilities to more efficiently share data with other providers and partners
  • developing a quality improvement process for responding when issues are not being addressed or quality indicators are not being met
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