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Change the Culture

 

  1. Mental Health First Aid – Click here to see RPI
    Mental Health First Aid is an unprecedented opportunity to change the culture around mental health by educating and training 250,000 New Yorkers and certifying 780 trainers over the next 5 years in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). MHFA educates people on how to support others who may be suffering from a mental health condition, helps to reduce biases against mental illness, and allows people to more comfortably engage in mental health issues.

    Target population: General population and city employees

     

  2. Public Awareness Campaign
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    The Public Awareness Campaign is built around two overarching objectives: (1) Reshaping the conversation around mental health, focusing on mental health promotion and early intervention; and (2) Helping New Yorkers understand how to access services if they or someone they know are experiencing mental health issues.

    Target population: General population

     

  3. Roadmap Website and Program Finder
    The Roadmap Website and Program Finder brings mental health information to where people look – and that place is increasingly online and on smartphones. The Roadmap includes two exciting new web-based, mobile-friendly tools: 1) Roadmap Webpage: a website that brings the Roadmap online and includes a number of exciting features; 2) Mental Health Program Finder: a prototype that will allow New Yorkers to quickly and easily find mental health and substance use services that meet their needs. It represents an initial step in an ongoing effort to use digital tools to promote mental health in New York City. The Roadmap Website can be found here: https://thrivenyc.cityofnewyork.us/

    Target population: General population

  4. Improve School Climate - Click here to see initiative description in more detail
    Improve School Climate is an initiative that consists of a package of reforms that is being overseen by the City’s School Climate Leadership Team, which is composed of principals, parents, students, and union representatives, as well as representatives from the Department of Education, the NYPD, the Mayor’s Office, the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, the City Council, and community groups. The package includes a number of changes that will benefit student mental health, including: 1) Decreasing reliance on 911 calls to address DOE student behavioral issues; 2) Implementing Restorative Approaches in schools; 3) Implementing strategies to support court-involved students; 4) Expanding training for school safety agents and police officers assigned to the School Safety Division.

    Target population: NYC DOE schools and Students

     

  5. Addressing the Trauma of Crime Victims
    - Click here to see initiative description in more detail

    Addressing the Trauma of Crime Victims is an initiative that places Victim Advocates at all 77 NYPD precincts and Housing Bureau Police Service Areas (PSA). The goal of this program is to provide a more effective response to victims of crime at the time of the incident, and in the critical days, weeks, and months, following the crime.

    Target population: Victims of crime

     

  6. Police Crisis Intervention Team Program and Training
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    Police Crisis Intervention Team Program and Training is an initiative that The New York Police Department and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the NYC Police Department are partnering to implement a NYC Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program. CIT includes three key components: police training, drop-off options for officers, and community involvement. A total of 5,500 officers will participate in a four-day training to help them recognize the behaviors and symptoms of mental illness and substance misuse. They will also learn techniques for engaging people in respectful, non-stigmatizing interactions that de-escalate crisis situations.

    Target population: New York Police Officers

     

  7. Diversion Centers - Click here to see initiative description in more detail

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  9. Keeping New Yorkers—and those who protect us—safe is always our top priority. We must keep dangerous criminals off our streets. And we know there are many people in our criminal justice system suffering from behavioral health disorders who belong in treatment, not jail. Diversion Centers is an initiative that will provide NYPD with a new treatment-based option for people they encounter who show signs of mental illness and/or substance misuse and would benefit from diversion to an alternative to hospitalization or the criminal justice system. The Centers will operate 24/7/365 with a no-refusal policy for persons brought in by the police.

    Target population: General Population

 

Act Early

 

  1. Trauma Services for Families with Young Children – Click here to see RPI
    Trauma Services for Families with Young Children is an initiative that establishes trauma-focused, attachment-based therapy for parents and their very young children. By Fall 2017, the Division of Prevention Services, Community Based Strategies at ACS will provide citywide access to trauma-informed, intensive, attachment-focused therapy for the youngest and most vulnerable New Yorkers through its Group Attachment Based Intervention (GABI) initiative. These services will be available to families with children ages 0-3 enrolled in ACS Prevention programs.

    Target population: Families with young children

     

  2. Social Emotional Learning - Click here to see RPI
    Early childhood is a unique window of opportunity for social-emotional learning and growth; increasing opportunities for children to realize their potential by building a foundation of social-emotional skills is crucial during this critical stage of development. The City will embark on an expansion of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) to all Pre-K for All classrooms and ACS EarlyLearn Centers. This initiative will train approximately 9,000 teachers and early educators of approximately 100,000 children ages birth to 5 and their families to support children to achieve healthy social and emotional development. This initiative ensures a coordinated continuum of safe, nurturing, and predictable home, child care and school environments with responsive adults who support the social and emotional development of all young children in NYC.

    Target population: Early educators; children

  3. Mental Health Service Coordination in All Contracted Family Shelters
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    Mental Health Service Coordination in All Contracted Family Shelters is an initiative that hires Client Care Coordinators to work in the 72 contracted Department of Homeless Services shelters serving families with children. Client Care Coordinators conduct family assessments, provide brief on-site clinical services, make high quality referrals to outside treatment providers, establish linkage agreements with community partners, and deliver training for other shelter staff with the ultimate goal of enhancing families’ well-being and permanency outcomes.

    Target population: Families with children; homeless

     

  4. School Mental Health Prevention and Intervention Program
    - Click here to see initiative description in more detail

    School Mental Health Prevention and Intervention Program is an initiative where School Mental Health Managers (SMHM), through the Office of School Health and the Prevention and Intervention Program (PIP), will work with 49 DOE schools to assess the overall mental health needs of each school community and create partnerships with community mental health providers. SMHM will also implement mental health services on-site and provide ongoing monitoring of on-site mental health services. PIP’s intended outcomes are to improve practices aimed at identifying, approaching, and referring students, reduce barriers to mental health services and reduce behaviors that cause disciplinary referrals.

    Target population: 49 Selected DOE School

  5. School Mental Health Consultant Program
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    School Mental Health Consultant Program is an initiative that was launched in May 2016. At scale, the program will have 103 Consultants serving 841 school campuses across NYC. Consultants have six core domains of activity: promote, assess, map, train, and consult. By working with schools to build their mental health capacity, the Consultant Program helps to support the school’s efforts to build supportive environments, strengthen family and community ties, and build a school’s capacity to meet the mental health needs of its students by linking schools with community based organizations and local mental health providers.

    Target population: NYC School leadership and school staff (instructional and non-instructional)

     

  6. Mental Health Training for School Staff
    - Click here to see RPI

    Mental Health Training for School Staff is an initiative that makes available three universal trainings to all school staff which includes: (1) Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA), (2) Making Educators Partners in Youth Suicide Prevention (MEP), and (3) Kognito’s At-Risk. YMHFA is a public education program for middle and high schools staff which create awareness of common mental health challenges in youth and young adults ages 12-18 as well as their unique risk factors and warning signs.  MEP is designed to meet the general youth suicide awareness needs of all school staff, and its content reflects current knowledge and evidence based practice in the field of youth suicide prevention. Kognito At-Risk offers online interactive modules that primarily educate elementary, middle and high school personnel on how to recognize early signs and symptoms of psychological distress and connect students to resources within school setting.

    Target population: NYC School Staff

     

  7. Mental Health Services in Community Schools
    - Click here to see RPI

    Mental Health Services in Community Schools is an initiative where 130 Community Schools are receiving mental health services using the three-tiered school mental health framework (universal, selective and targeted services).  Office of School Health’s School Mental Health Managers assist schools and lead CBO’s in assessing the need for mental health services. School and partnering CBO’s are provided on-going assistance  to meet identified needs through  program development, staff trainings, assistance in sub-contracting with qualified mental health providers, and support in establishing NYS licensed school based mental health satellite clinics (currently 56 clinics licensed by the state).

    Target population:  Students and school staff of Community Schools

     

  8. Mental Health by Design - Click here to see RPI
    Mental Health by Design is a program where 15 NYC public high schools were selected and awarded $10,000 each to develop and implement active design projects. The active design projects engage students in unique ways around the topic of mental health and highlight innovative, place-based approaches that promote equity and adolescent mental health. MHxD aims to create and enhance physical spaces in schools that a) help students pursue wellness-promoting activities such as mindfulness, self-expression, social inclusion, and physical activity, b) affirm humanity, and c) combat structural inequities.

    Target population: Students attending NYC schools awarded MHxD funding

     

  9. “Talk to Your Baby, Their Brain Depends on It” Campaign
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    The "Talk to Your Baby, Their Brain Depends on It" campaign is an initiative that is a collaboration between the New York City Children’s Cabinet and Too Small to Fail, which is a joint initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation and Next Generation. This initiative is aimed at helping parents, communities, and businesses take meaningful actions to improve the health and well-being of children ages zero to three. This initiative promotes parent bonding and early brain development among children ages zero to three.

    Target population: Parents with babies

     

  10. Expansion of Newborn Home Visiting Programs in Shelters
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    Newborn Home Visiting Programs in Shelters is an initiative that supports the families of newborns in the first few weeks after birth. A public health professional makes an in-person visit and provides educational information and materials on a range of topics, including child development, secure attachment and bonding, safe sleep practices, and breastfeeding. An enhanced model is currently in development to meet the particular needs of families in shelters.

    Target population: Families with children; homeless

     

  11. Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up
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    Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC) is an initiative that is an attachment-focused, strengths-based therapeutic model that helps foster parents, birth parents, and other primary caregivers more effectively nurture and engage children between the ages of six months and three years. Weekly one-hour sessions are held in the home for 10 weeks and are facilitated by parent coaches who provide caregivers with “in the moment” guidance that is supported by video feedback.

    Target population: foster parents; birth parents; primary caregivers; children

     

  12. Creating Awareness about Relationship Equality
    - Click here to see initiative description in more detail
    Creating Awareness about Relationship Equality is an initiative that will provide healthy relationship training to all New York City teens in foster care in order to help young people prevent, recognize, and respond to dating violence. This investment will provide 5,000 youth between the ages of 11 and 21 with healthy relationship training at 300 workshops annually.

    Target populations: Teenagers in foster care

  13. Training on Intimate Partner Violence and Teen Dating Violence for Community School Staff - Click here to see initiative description in more detail
    Training on Intimate Partner Violence and Teen Dating Violence for Community School Staff is an initiative that provides training at all 130 Community Schools on how to help students and families experiencing intimate partner violence or teen dating violence. Staff will learn how to connect people to our NYC Family Justice Center and NYC Healthy Relationship Training Academy.

    Target population: Teenagers and families; Community School Staff

Close Treatment Gaps

  1. Veterans Outreach Team Expansion – Click here to see RPI
    Veterans Outreach Team Expansion is an initiative that will enhance access to veteran services, with an emphasis on prevention and early intervention. The City is investing $500,000 to expand the Outreach team to provide additional navigation assistance and care coordination to veterans and their families.

    Target population: Veterans and their families

     

  2. Peer Specialist Training – Click here to see RPI
    Peers are a critical component of any plan to address the mental health challenges facing New Yorkers. Drawing from both lived experience and specialized training, Peer Support Specialists have a unique ability to engage people whose needs might not be fully recognized and understood by the traditional health care workforce. Peer Specialist Training is an initiative that will train 200 peer specialists who have lived experience of mental health and/or substance misuse or as a parent/caregiver who has navigated multiple systems on behalf of their child(ren) with social, emotional, developmental, health, and/or behavioral needs to take on workforce positions in the health care system and obtain their NYS Peer Specialist Certification.

    Target population: Adults who have experienced mental health and/or substance misuse or navigated multiple systems on behalf of their child(ren) with social, emotional, developmental , health, and/or behavioral needs

  3. Mental Health Services for all Youth in Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelters
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    Mental Health Services for all Youth in Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelters is an initiative that provides mental health service enhancements to runaway and homeless youth services where contracted programming can hire mental health professionals, implement mental health case management services, and include creative therapy into programming for young people serviced on site.

    Target population: Adolescents and young adults; homeless

     

  4. Close the Gaps on Maternal Depression – Click here to see RPI
    Depression in mothers during and immediately following pregnancy is common and sometimes has a negative impact on both infant health and the mother’s lifelong mental health. With well over 10,000 cases of maternal depression each year in New York City, our goal is to ensure that every mother who experiences depression before or after the birth of her child is screened and connected to treatment when appropriate. Close the Gaps on Maternal Depression is an initiative that aims to screen and treat all pregnant women and new mothers affiliated with NYC Health + Hospitals and Maimonides Medical Center for pregnancy-related depression. The Greater New York Hospital Association and the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene lead a Learning Collaborative that consists of 30 NYC hospitals and hospital systems with a Steering Committee of hospital administrators, academicians, chairs of OB/GYN, pediatric and nursing departments.

    Target population: Pregnant women and new mothers

  5. Mayor’s Conference for Mental Health-Cities Thrive
    The Mayor's Conference for Mental Health - Cities Thrive is an initiative that NYC will host in December 2017. In September 2015, the United Nations hosted a meeting of heads of state from around the world that endorsed a new global blueprint for social and economic policy called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The blueprint named mental health as a goal of international development for the very first time. NYC is building on this effort to host the first Mayors Conference for Mental Health. The conference will bring cities together to share new ideas and promising mental health initiatives, including our own.

    Target population: General population

     

  6. NYC Well - Click here to see initiative description in more detail
    New Yorkers need a robust and accessible mental health system that is readily available to respond to crisis – they also need a clear path to care before a crisis occurs. NYC Well is an initiative that will serve as an easy point of entry to the City’s behavioral health services. NYC Well will bolster the capacity of the city’s phone-based crisis hotline, add the ability to access resources via text messaging and the web, and significantly expand our services to include providing non-crisis connections to behavioral health services. Services will be available free-of-charge 24/7/365.

    Target population: General population

  7. CUNY Mental Health Digital Platform
    CUNY Mental Health Digital Platform is an initiative that makes high-quality, low-cost mental health services and self-care resources available to CUNY students through web-based and mobile-supported media. Through collaboration with CUNY School of Public Health and CUNY Health Services, the City will take the first steps toward providing access to tested and established web-based portals and apps to self-manage mental health.

    Target population: CUNY students

     

  8. Veterans Mental Health Holistic Treatment Fund
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    Veterans Mental Health Holistic Treatment Fund is an initiative that creates a Veterans Holistic Treatment Fund of $1 million that will provide grants to organizations that serve veterans and their families in order to bridge the gap between mind-body medicine and traditional clinical care. The grants will allow a variety of community-based settings to host evidence-based restorative practices.

    Target population: Veterans and their families

     

  9. Investing in NYC’s Mental Health Workforce
    Investing in NYC's Mental Health Workforce is an initiative that aims to create a mental health system that is culturally competent, reaches every community, and reflects our core principles, we must invest in reshaping and growing our mental health workforce. We will shrink treatment gaps, reduce disparities in treatment access and quality, and incorporate public health activities into mental health care. NYC has convened a process to advance these goals, starting with a workforce summit in June 2017 that has joined stakeholders and decision-makers who must work together to innovate and expand the mental health workforce.

    Target population: NYC’s Mental Health Workforce

     

  10. Expansion of Buprenorphine
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    Expansion of buprenorphine is an initiative launched in 2016 that adds 1,000 - 1,500 new providers trained and authorized to prescribe buprenorphine over the next three years. Buprenorphine is a life-saving medication used to treat opioid use disorder by stopping cravings and preventing withdrawal symptoms. This is in addition to a previously announced effort to implement a Nurse Care Manager model, adapted from a successful program in Massachusetts, that will increase buprenorphine treatment capacity in primary care. Under HealingNYC, DOHMH will fund an additional seven sites to implement buprenorphine treatment beginning in FY2018.

    Target population: Individuals who misuse opioids

     

  11. Expansion of Naloxone Distribution
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    Expansion of Naloxone Distribution is an initiative that distributed over 15,000 naloxone kits and will quadruple distribution to 65,000 kids by FY19 across at least 100 opioid treatment, detoxification and syringe exchange programs. Naloxone is a medication that reverses overdose from both opioid analgesics and heroin. DOHMH is also facilitating pharmacy-based access to naloxone, which is currently available without a prescription in 750 pharmacies citywide. DOHMH is working to increase the number of pharmacies dispensing naloxone to 2,000 by the end of FY19.

    Target population: individuals who misuse drugs; laypeople

     

  12. NYC Safe - Click here to see initiative description in more detail
    NYC Safe is an initiative that changes the way the City intervenes to stop and respond to violence that may be committed by those living with mental illness by establishing a centralized oversight body that coordinates public safety and public health. NYC Safe includes a series of interventions that together create a continuum of services and new oversights to help keep people who need care, in care.

    Target population: individuals with serious mental illness

     

  13. Reduce Violence and Address Treatment in the City’s Jails
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    Reduce Violence and Address Treatment in the City's Jails is an initiative that implements strategies to improve the care and safety of people with behavioral health needs within City jails. These strategies will rely on de-escalation and evidence-based staffing and programming.

    Target population: People with behavioral needs within City jails

     

  14. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Plus
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    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Plus is an initiative that the NYC’s Administration for Children Services (ACS) is implementing Partnering for Success (PFS) at 18 of their 23 contracted family foster care agencies. This initiative promotes stronger collaboration between frontline workers in child welfare and mental health clinicians who serve foster children.

    Target population: Foster children and their families

     

  15. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Programming for Youth on Rikers Island
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    Mental Health and Substance Abuse Programming for Youth on Rikers Island is an initiative that provides psychiatric assessments and after-school therapeutic arts programming for all youth under 21, and substance misuse programming for 16 to 21-year olds. This initiative is part of the Behavioral Health Task Force action plan.

    Target population: Youth inmates

     

  16. Mental Health Services in All Family Justice Centers
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    Mental Health Services in All Family Justice Centers is an initiative that will expand onsite mental health services at all five of the city’s Family Justice Centers, which last year served more than 37,000 domestic violence survivors. The staff will provide direct care and also offer mental health promotion support, skill-building opportunities, and mentoring to other Family Justice Center staff.

    Target population: Domestic violence survivors; Family Justice Center staff

     

  17. Geriatric Mental Health Services in Senior Centers
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    Geriatric Mental Health Services in Senior Centers is an initiative that will place a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or a professional with similar skills in up to 25 of our largest senior centers. This initiative will evaluate the efficacy of placing mental health services and professionals in senior centers in order to provide expert on-site assistance.

    Target population: Seniors

     

  18. Integrated Brief Intervention for Substance Misuse
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    Integrated Brief Intervention for Substance Misuse (SBIRT) is an initiative that introduces substance use screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) services in all eight of the City’s sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinics.

    Target population: Patients of sexually transmitted disease clinics

     

  19. Expand and Enhance Discharge Planning Services  
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    Expand and Enhance Discharge Planning Services is an initiative that connect people to care to improve their mental health and to help reduce risk of re-incarceration and improve public safety overall. People who leave our City jails represent a group with high levels of mental health and substance use needs. 

    Target population: People with mental health and substance use needs within City jails

Partner with Communities

  1. Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Project
    – Click here to see RPI

    Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Project is an initiative that provides vocational support services to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities in each borough. Vocational support services are provided to individuals age 18 and above with intellectual/developmental disabilities who are either ineligible, awaiting eligibility determination, or unable to access similar services funded by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and other state agencies.

    Target population: Individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities

     

  2. Thrive Learning Center for Community – Based Organizations
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    Clergy, community groups, and agency leaders asked for education and skill-building materials to better meet the mental health needs of their congregations and clients. We listened and created the Thrive Learning Center for Community-Based Organizations. This initiative is developing a free, web-based Learning Center for community organizations that will initially reach faith-based and immigrant-serving organizations. It will provide a skills training library that offers non-clinicians task-shifting and prevention strategies, a forum to facilitate partnerships between community groups and providers, and includes videos, guides to test skills, handouts of tips and information summaries, assessments, and links to other resources.

    Target population: Faith-based organization members; immigrants-serving organizations

  3. Early Years Collaborative – Click here to see RPI
    Early Years Collaborative is an initiative that builds capacity within two communities to better leverage resources in ways that improve outcomes for young children (birth to age 3) and provides an infrastructure for community-based organizations from various sectors to work together toward increasing healthy pregnancies, supporting school readiness, and promoting secure attachment, safety, and stability

    Target population: Children, pregnant women and new mothers

  4. Mental Health Service Corps - Click here to see initiative description in more detail
    Mental Health Service Corps (MHSC) is an initiative that is creating a Corps of approximately 400 physicians and recently-graduated Masters and Doctoral-level clinicians to work in substance use programs, mental health clinics, and primary care practices in high-need communities throughout the city. When fully staffed, the Corps will provide approximately 400,000 additional hours of service in the communities where they are needed the most, including at primary care settings, which is where most New Yorkers receive their regular medical care.

    Target population: General population

  5. Friendly Visiting to Combat Social Isolation Among Seniors
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    Friendly Visiting to Combat Social Isolation Among Seniors is an initiative that The NYC Department of Agency is working on and will fund 12 case management agencies to identiy 1,200 homebound clients who are suffering from the ill effects of social isolation, including high rates of depression and anxiety, and connect them to trained volunteers. Social isolation among the elderly is associated with a dramatically higher incidence of a variety of physical and mental health issues. 

    Target population: Seniors

  6. Connections to Care - Click here to see initiative description in more detail
    Connections to Care (C2C) is a $30-milltion public-private partnership that will help integrate mental health services into programs that already serve low-income communities. This initiative receives significant funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service, a signal of the federal government’s support for our vision. C2C will target a number of high-need populations, including low-income expectant mothers and parents of young children; young adults who are out of school and out of work; and low-income adults who are unemployed or underemployed.

     

    Target population: low-income communities; high-need populations

  7. Mental Health Weekend for Faith-Based Communities
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    Mental Health Weekend for Faith-Based Communities is an initiative that works with clergy members of different faiths to organize a citywide Faith-Based Mental Health Weekend. On the designated weekend, faith leaders across the City will be invited to preach on the topic of mental health.  

     

    Target population: General population

 

Use Data Better

 

  1. Mental Health Innovation Lab 
    Mental Health Innovation Lab is an initiative that was established by NYC to provide necessary technical assistance and support to local service providers, including other City agencies. The lab will be based on existing and successful models, including those established by 1) the University of Chicago’s Health Lab, which uses academic and big data strategies to identify new policy solutions, and 2) the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Ontario, which developed a model to improve community-based mental health services.

    Target population: Local service providers; City agencies

     

  2. Citywide School Mental Health Needs Assessment
    Evaluate the Financial Sustainability of School-Based Mental Health Services is an initiative that evaluates various existing financial models in order to better understand how we might scale more comprehensive school-based mental health services. Whether a school-based mental health clinic is able to survive financially on insurance reimbursement alone varies significantly. Many of the services that make clinics effective are not billable to insurance, including classroom observations, teacher consultations, and schoolyard interventions. 

    Target population: School-based mental health clinics

  3. Existing Assertive Community Treatment Teams
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    Existing Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Teams is an initiative that provides the highest level of mental health care available to New Yorkers with serious mental illnesses who are stable enough to live in their communities. To improve the effectiveness of all teams, the City is adding additional resources to these teams and is funding an evaluation to determine what interventions are successful.

    Target population: Individuals with serious mental illness

     

  4. Ensure the City Uses Jail and Diversion Programming Effectively
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    Ensure the City Uses Jail and Diversion Programming Effectively is an initiative that uses a broad risk-based approach to inform decisions about which defendants should receive an expanded array of supervised release programs. This approach can improve public safety while providing more effective mental health treatment to people in the mental health system.

    Target population: People with behavioral needs within City jails

     

  5. Child Health Survey 
    The Child Health, Emotional Wellness and Development Survey (CHEWDS) is a cross-sectional survey of more than 3,000 families that was undertaken by DOHMH for the first time in 2015 to collect reliable, representative, citywide data on the health, emotional wellness, and development of children ages 12 and younger living in New York City, including their service usage and needs. It will provide us with an accurate picture of the connections that exist between factors such as adverse events facing children and families, mental health threats to both children and their parents, and access to care.

    Target population: Children and families

Strengthen Government’s Ability to Lead

  1. Reshaping the Community Services Board – Click here to see RPI
    Reshaping the Community Services Board is an initiative that aims to enhance The Community Services Board - a City Charter-mandated body that advises DOHMH’s mental health work. NYC will fundamentally enhance the role of the Board by inviting new members that represent a broad spectrum of communities, organizations, and viewpoints. The goal is to engage stakeholders whose voices have previously gone unheard, including not just mental health experts and providers, but also people who have been through the system and their families

    Target population: Mental health experts and providers; People who have been through the system and their family members

     

  2. Mental Health Council 
    Mental Health Council is an initiative that is comprised of more than 20 City agencies from every sector of government, including health, human services, law enforcement, education, youth development, labor relations, and parks. The Council serves as a key vehicle for managing mental health initiatives, policy-making, and problem-solving across City government and will ensure that the City is effectively implementing these initiatives, especially those that involve multiple agencies.

    Target population: NYC’s Mental Health Workforce

     

  3. Continue Working Closely with the State on the Transition to Medicaid Managed Care
    Continue Working Closely with the State on the Transition to Medicaid Managed Care is an initiative that will coordinate monitoring and oversight of Behavioral health in Medicaid Managed Care Plans that service residents of New York City. The Governor and State Legislature authorized a joint oversight role of managed care plans for the City of New York. New York State is transitioning behavioral health services in its Medicaid program to a managed care model, which includes Health and Recovery Plans for adults with significant behavioral health needs and an expanded Children’s Behavioral Health Benefit. Given that Medicaid serves approximately 3 million New Yorkers, this is a substantial transformation in the way we pay for treatment, integrate fragmented services, and coordinate people’s behavioral health care. 

     

    Target population: General population

  4. New Supportive Housing for Vulnerable New Yorkers – Click here to see initiative description in more detail
    New Supportive Housing for Vulnerable New Yorkers is an initiative that will bring on 15,000 apartments for supportive housing over the next 15 years. The new supportive housing will serve a number of vulnerable populations, including homeless families, homeless single veterans, domestic violence survivors, young adults who have recently left foster care or who have been in foster care and are at risk of homelessness, and individuals receiving nursing home care.

    Target population: Homeless; veterans; domestic violence survivors; elderly; youth who recently exited foster care