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CCSI Inside Out
March 2016
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In concert with the roll-out of our updated website, we've enhanced the format of our monthly newsletter.  Please let us know what you think - and as always, if there is a topic you would like to see covered in a future newsletter, or you have comments about this month's edition, please let us know. 

-Anne Wilder, President
John Lee, Director
Center for Collaboration and Community Health
Improving Outcomes for Our Children Living with Challenges: The Conversation Continues with Clyde Comstock
The November 2015 issue of this newsletter included an article entitled: Improving Outcomes for Our Children Living with Challenges: Creating an Integrated System of Care. The purpose was to highlight the need for all those involved in supporting the needs of children (and their families) to consider how cross system collaboration and communication can be improved.  In an effort to continue this very important conversation, during the February issue of the newsletter we featured an interview with Tim O. Mains, the Superintendent of the Jamestown (NY) Public Schools, to obtain his perspective on the challenges faced within the systems that support our more vulnerable children and youth. This month, we are pleased to feature a conversation with Clyde Comstock who is the Chief Operating Officer for Hillside Family of Agencies, as well as the President of the Board for the Children’s Health Home of Upstate New York (CHHUNY). Clyde provides us with some important insights concerning the barriers that child serving agencies and Health Homes face in doing the work needed to support our children and youth living with challenges, but also some thoughts about approaches for improving outcomes for these children and their families.    Read More
James Monfort
Manager of Financial Services
Senior Consultant
Consolidated Fiscal Report (CFR) Preparation: 

As a reminder, it is important that 2015 CFRs are diligently prepared and thoroughly checked, New York State relies on this data to help inform policy-making and guide future decision making.  Toward this goal, the NYS CFR Unit continues to add data validation checks and comparative rules to their automated validation software.  In recent analysis, the CFR Unit has started to compare data submitted across two years and is asking providers to verify or correct any variances exceeding established parameters (e.g., variation in units of service or cost per unit between two points in time).  Also, it’s important that your Mental Health Provider Directory (MHPD) Administrator verifies and updates the current programs and site information. Note that Executive Order 38 specifies that Agency Administration percentages are limited to 25% for 2015 and 20% for 2016.
There is a new NYS OASAS PAS-124 Attestation Requirement for submission with your CFR.  This document attests that the agency is up to date with all financial forms (IRS 990 form, Char 500, all CFR rules and submission requirements).  Other updates to pay attention to include:   Read More
Cultural Competence and Health Literacy – A Perspective on the Black Lives Matter Movement
“Black Lives Matter”?  The “Black Lives Matter” movement was birthed out of pain.  Any movement starting from that place is an angry one, not unjustifiably so.  Historically, any people who have disproportionately experienced the worst of what society had to offer have rebelled.   People seek their human right to have access to freedom and justice.  Although policies and societal norms may bar that access to equitable validity, people know that they deserve it – and are willing to fight for it.
According to the Black Lives Matter website, “#BlackLivesMatter is a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society.”  Media imagery too often sensationalizes the movement, and its new generation of civil activists, as volatile, threatening and hostile people aiming to disrupt “good American” people’s safety, well-being and consciousness.  One point is exactly true, the Black Lives matter movement has certainly caused a disruption; forcing Americans to have the necessary conversations about hate and oppression directed at and experienced by people of color.  The dialogue has revealed the irrefutable truth, with the data proving it.  In almost every area of society, black Americans remain disadvantaged.   Read More
Don Kamin, Director
Institute for Police, Mental Health & Community Collaboration
The Institute is providing training to approximately 500 Security Officers across six campuses of a large medical center complex in New York City. The training, “Responding to Distressed Individuals,” is co-taught by a mental health clinician and a police officer.  It provides instruction on mental illnesses, treatment resources, and officer safety and de-escalation techniques.  The two day training is limited to 30 officers in each class to facilitate productive case discussions and role-playing exercises.   For more information, contact
Dr. Elizabeth Meeker, Director of Training and Practice Transformation, was recently selected as the recipient of the Genesee Valley Psychological Association’s 2015 Outstanding Psychologist Award.  Elizabeth was selected by the GVPA membership to receive this award in recognition of her “contributions as a leader and advocate for children’s mental health and her instrumental role in working with agencies and providers to incorporate trauma-informed mental health care into best practice.“   To learn more about Elizabeth’s work in this area, check out the training section of our website.


The Clark Family Scholarship provides financial support for professionals working in the mental health or developmental disabilities fields within an eight-county area surrounding Rochester (Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates Counties) and who wish to pursue graduate degrees in their field.

The maximum award is $5,000 per year. Award amounts are determined through a committee review process, which takes into consideration academic performance, cost of attendance, financial need, and access to other available grants or resources.

The 2016-2017 Clark Family Scholarship applications can be found on the Rochester Community Foundation (RCF) website, applications are due by April 15, 2016. 

Upcoming Events
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Using data to measure performance: Best practice guidelines and examples

Demonstrating the positive impacts a service has on individuals, or performance measurement, is a critical component of an effective, accountable system of care.  This webinar will describe the context for performance measurement, and will review real-world examples of children’s services data to illustrate best practices for interpretation and making use of collected data, identifying data collection gaps, and planning for strategic interpretation and use of data to make informed decisions and improve services.

Webinar - Register here