New York State Selected for Federal Program to Strengthen Community-Based Integrated Behavioral Health Care, SBH Local Awardee

One of Eight States Selected to Implement New Demonstration Program, Providing Integrated Mental Health and Substance Use Services through Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics

ALBANY, NY – The New York State Office of Mental Health, the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and the Department of Health today announced that New York has been selected to participate in a two-year demonstration program to better integrate community-based physical and behavioral healthcare services and promote access to improved primary care, mental health, and substance-use disorder services.

New York is one of only eight states selected to participate in the demonstration phase of this federal initiative, awarded by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). New York was originally one of twenty-four states selected to receive planning grants in the winter of 2015, to strengthen community-based mental health care and substance use disorder programs through the development of new Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) in pilot sites across the state.

“Integrating behavioral health services with primary health care gives all New Yorkers the chance to find holistic wellness right in their communities,” said New York State Office of Mental Health Commissioner Dr. Ann Sullivan. “The opportunity to develop these Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics across the state will enrich New York’s behavioral health system and advance the state’s vast Medicaid and healthcare reform plans initiated by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Being selected as a recipient for this federal program proves that New York State is viewed as a leader in providing accessible mental health care for anyone who needs it.”

“Expanding access to high quality community-based health and behavioral health services is critical for New York communities. As part of Governor Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Initiative, New York State is changing healthcare delivery systems to offer results-driven, person-centered care, where and when people need it most. These clinics exemplify New York’s commitment to integrating primary care and mental health care within communities and the promise of better health outcomes for all.” said New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.

“Substance use disorders need to be treated like any other chronic health condition, taking into account the overall whole health of a person,” said New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez. “This demonstration project will help us show that our clinics can provide primary care, mental health and substance use disorder services in an integrated clinic setting.”

Congressman John Katko said, “This funding is critical to addressing the heroin and opioid epidemic impacting Central New York.  For far too long, our community has faced a shortage of treatment facilities. Sadly, many individuals suffering with addiction are currently unable to receive the comprehensive care that they need.  Today’s announcement is a positive step forward in combating this epidemic.  I look forward to continuing to work alongside Governor Cuomo and state and local officials to combat this scourge and to support Syracuse Behavioral Health in this new endeavor.”

SBH local area awardee

As a part of a collaborative effort under the first round of grant awards, the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH), Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (OASAS), Department of Health (DOH), and community stakeholders have developed a program model for CCBHC that will improve the State’s behavioral health system, by:

  • Addressing unmet needs identified though comprehensive community needs assessments,
  • Enhancing statewide healthcare integration and coordination efforts among behavioral health and physical health care providers, and
  • Ensuring the accessibility and availability of behavioral health services that are person-centered, trauma-informed, culturally competent, and recovery-oriented for all who need them- particularly vulnerable and needy populations, including: people with opioid addictions, people who are dually eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare, non-English speakers, and people with low socio-economic status.

New York’s application for the demonstration phase highlighted 13 regional CCBHC sites that were identified during the planning phase. Site selection reflects the regional diversity of the state’s population, including rural and underserved populations, and service delivery systems. These 13 existing community-based clinics have until July 1, 2017, to establish themselves as CCBHC in order to begin the two-year demonstration programs. The Central New York Region funds were awarded to Syracuse Brick House.

Central New York:

Site Name Location
Syracuse Brick House, Inc d/b/a Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare


The other seven states selected are Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Pennsylvania.

For more information on the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Demonstration Program, please visit:

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