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CBO Consortium of Upstate New York Helps CBOs Advance Health Equity and Achieve Better Population Health Outcomes

The publicly funded health care delivery system in New York State has been rapidly transforming.  As part of the next stages of the NYS Delivery System Reform Incentive Payments (DSRIP) Program, the NYS Department of Health (DOH) Community Based Organization (CBO) Planning Grant for Rest of State has been underway.  Healthy Community Alliance, Inc. was awarded the $2.5 million NYS DOH planning grant for rest-of-state which provides funding to educate and assist community-based health and human service organizations with implementing results-focused business practices, so they are better positioned to engage in new revenue models that pay for the critical work they do to improve the health and well-being of New Yorkers. Through the grant, the newly formed CBO Consortium of Upstate New York is assessing the needs of CBO members and working as a collective to prepare nonprofit organizations that address critical health and human services to be valued partners in an integrated healthcare delivery system.  CCSI staff met with Ann Battaglia, Chief Executive Officer of Healthy Community Alliance, to learn more about how the Consortium supports their members.

What is CBO Consortium of Upstate New York?
We started CBO Consortium of Upstate New York last year to work with CBOs in this new healthcare environment and help them advance health equity and achieve better population health outcomes in their communities. We’ve built a consortium across 48 upstate counties in New York, made up of nearly 250 CBOs that address social and economic factors which impact health. Many of these CBOs have smaller budgets and do not yet have payment agreements with Medicaid for their services.  An affiliate membership level is also offered for larger CBOs and other partners. 

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Clark Family Scholarship

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 $7,500 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 2020-2021 Clark Family Scholarship applications can be found on the Rochester Community Foundation (RCF) website: Clark Family Scholarship.  The deadline for applications is April 15.

Congratulations to CCSI Board Member Heidi Schult Gregory!

Heidi has been recognized by the NY Daily Record with a Leaders in Law Award, which are given to attorneys and firms “demonstrating professional accomplishment, exceptional character, integrity and ethics, and commitment to their clients and the community.” Heidi is the leader of the Harris Beach PLLC Health Care Industry Team and was recently named managing partner of the firm’s Rochester office. She has served on the CCSI Board of Directors since 2012.  

Recognizing September as Recovery Month and Suicide Prevention Awareness Month with Events Around NYS

Each September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders – and to celebrate people in recovery. The annual theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community. Visit the SAMHSA website to learn more about Recovery Month and the resources SAMHSA has made available for communities.
September is also National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month — a time to raise awareness and work to end the stigma that often prevents people in need from seeking mental health help.  Visit NAMI and SAMHSA for additional information and crisis resources.
So many communities across New York State are hosting events to support recovery and suicide prevention efforts. We’ve included links to some events here with links to more detailed information. You can also connect with your local Mental Health Department to find out about other opportunities in your community.

Recovery Month Events

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Events

Updated Monroe County Opioid Information and Resources Webpage

The updated webpage has helpful information on:

  • Opioid addiction and treatment
  • Getting help for opioid addiction
  • Upcoming events such as Opioid Overdose Prevention (Narcan/Naloxone) trainings
  • Monroe County Opioid Overdose Data
  • Monroe County's Opioid Action Plan
  • Pharmaceutical Disposal/Collection Schedule
  • Other helpful resources

New York State of Health Information Sessions

Representatives from CCSI's Navigator Program will be available at the events below to provide information and answer questions about enrolling in the different types of health insurance plans offered through the New York State of Health Marketplace.   

  • Rochester Pride Festival - July 21st and 22nd, Cobbs Hill Park, 80 Culver Rd, Rochester, NY 14610
  • Latino HIV Testing Day & Health Fair Event - July 26th,  Don Samuel Torres Park, Corner of N. Clinton Avenue & Oakman Street, Rochester, NY

Building Resiliency for Youth Success

Educators, physicians, providers and a number of other community partners discussed what we can do as a community to mediate the impact of trauma and help youth become more resilient.  Simple things like listening to youth and going out of the way to address them and include them, can increase their self-worth and make youth more resilient to negative occurrences. We can all help youth understand that they matter to us, that we care, and that they are valuable beyond measure.  For more details read WXXI’s article and go to CCSI’s website.

From ACEs to Assets: Growing Resilience in Monroe County

On February 8th, CCSI partnered with Wilson Foundation, Rochester Area Community Foundation, and Monroe County Office of Mental Health to host a sold out event bringing together educators, physicians, providers and a number of other community partners to discuss how trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) impact the health and well-being of youth in Monroe County — and importantly, what we can do as a community to mediate the impact and help youth become more resilient.

Attendees watched the film Resilience: the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope, which set the stage for a review of data from the most recent Monroe County Youth Risk Behavior Survey.  These data results illustrate the prevalence of trauma in our community – and how the accumulation of ACEs increases the risk for lower academic performance, issues related to mental health, substance use, violence, and suicidal thoughts or actions. Check out the article in the Democrat & Chronicle, as well as our CCSI website for more details.

Sold-Out Session on Thursday to Discuss How Adults Can Help Youth Build Resilience

More than 200 educators, physicians, advocates, and community members will be participating in a sold-out, four-hour session on Thursday, February 8, to dig deeper into how trauma and adverse childhood experiences impact the health, well-being, and success of Monroe County youth — and what they can do to help youth be more resilient.

Data and analysis from the most recent Monroe County Youth Risk Behavior Survey will help set the stage for discussion from 8 a.m. to noon in the Memorial Art Gallery ballroom. This survey provides an understanding of the prevalence of trauma in local youth and how the accumulation of adverse life experiences (ACEs) directly increases the risk for poor grades and concerns related to mental health, substance use, violence, and suicidal thoughts or actions.

Understanding where the risk lies leads to new and important directions to intervene at the earliest stages by building resilience. In a groundbreaking step, new measures were included in this analysis that allows educators, community members, and all child-serving providers to hold themselves accountable for reaching the most vulnerable youth through asset development and collective action. 

To drive home the importance of action, the event will feature the new documentary
Resilience: the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope. This evocative documentary explores three real-world examples of the positive impact of trauma-responsive care and resilience building. Through the lens of a primary care physician, a school, and a community services organization, discussion participants will see that this work is possible, vital, and changes lives.   Click here to read more.


Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Monroe County

Thank you to David Putney, Director of Monroe County Office of Mental Health and Jason Teller, Substance Use Services Planning and Implementation Specialist for Monroe County Office of Mental Health for your presentation on 12/1 Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Monroe County. David and Jason provided an overview of the opioid crisis in our community, including what the County’s strategy includes to better address this community need.  They gave recommendations for what we can all do, as well as lists of resources. Resource links are provided below.

Click here to view their PowerPoint Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Monroe County

Monroe County Opioid Task Force Brochure

Monroe County OASAS Certified Treatment Providers

List of Recovery Services in Monroe County


Outsmarting Smartphones with Kids' Mental Health

Mental health issues among teens has been steadily increasingly and now a connection is being made with their increased smartphone use.  A survey by the Centers for Disease Control found teens who spend five or more hours a day on electronic devices are 66% more likely to have at least one suicide risk factor than teens who spend one hour a day. Teens are spending more time on their phones, dating less, interacting less with friends, and waiting longer to get their driver’s licenses.

Ginny Ryan from 13Wham sat down with Gwen Olton, Senior Consultant from CCSI’s Training and Practice Transformation team, to talk with her about the impact that social media and technology has on teens around depression and suicide.  Gwen talked about the importance of the relationships that teens are now missing out on, and shared that there are apps to help limit screen time and track how we’re spending time on our phones.  Gwen’s seminar Me, My Tech, and I is also a great resource for parents, teachers, teens, and anyone who wants to learn more about how technology impacts our thinking and behaviors, and what we can do out outsmart our smartphones.  Click here to register for Me, My Tech, and I.  Click here to watch the 13Wham News story to learn more.

Gwen followed-up to Ginny Ryan's report on Fox Rochester, explaining how a lot of the apps are often designed to purposely make the user spend as much time as possible interacting with the device, making it challenging to limit screen time.  She encouraged increasing face-to-face interpersonal interations to combat the negative effects of screen time.  Click here to watch Gwen's full interview on Fox Rochester.

Open Enrollment is Here!

November 1, 2017- January 31, 2018

We’re excited to kick-off our 5th Open Enrollment Period!

Open Enrollment for Qualified Health Plans starts November 1, 2017 and ends January 31, 2018. By extending the open enrollment period beyond the federal deadline, consumers will have the time they need to consider health plan options and decide which plan is best for them.

Many individuals who qualify for federal tax credits to purchase a Qualified Health Plan will see premiums for comparable coverage decrease in 2018. As always, consumers have many plans to choose from, and more tools, like the NYS Provider & Health Plan Look-Up.

Together, we can get more New Yorkers covered than ever before!! To schedule an appointment with a member of CCSI's IPA/Navigator team to discuss what insurance coverage you may qualify for, please call our appointment line at (585) 613-7662. 


WALK-IN Enrollment Session for January 2018 coverage

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
8:30 am— 6:00 pm
Coordinated Care Services, Inc.
1099 Jay Street, Building J, 2nd floor, Suite 203 A

Trauma-Informed Care – Organizational Self-Assessment Tool

TIC-OSAT is a strengths-based organizational self-assessment tool that provides organizations with a point in time “snapshot” of where they are in their journey towards becoming trauma-informed. The tool employs the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) 10 Implementation Domains as a framework for guiding survey participants through a sequence of questions to assess implementation of trauma-informed care practices within their organization. TIC-OSAT allows organizations to view aggregated survey results from their leadership and staff and display these results within a concise, real-time report along with recommendations for bolstering Trauma-Informed Care practices. Click here to learn more and register.