January 2018

January Edition at a Glance:

2018 is off to a fast start! In this month’s newsletter we highlight some exciting new initiatives and programs including:

  • MCTAC's Performance Driven Academy - a year-long initiative supporting 150 provider organizations across NYS in building the skills needed for a successful transition to a value-based payment environment;
  • NYS Behavioral Health Value Based Payment Readiness Program – including the formation of Behavioral Health Care Collaboratives (BHCCs); and
  • Coordinated Landlord Education and Outreach Program (CLEO) – a local initiative focused on supporting the City of Rochester in assisting the community in locating safe, affordable housing for individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. 

You'll also find links to recent presentations and webinars, project updates, as well as links to resources that you may find helpful. As always, we welcome your feedback, questions or suggestions for topics you’d like us to include in future editions – tell us what you think at askccsi@ccsi.org .

Supporting MCTAC's Performance Driven Academy

John D. Lee, MBA
CCSI | Director, The Center for Collaboration in Community Health

T his month MCTAC kicked-off a new Performance Driven Academy , a year-long initiative involving 150 provider organizations across NYS. Support for this capacity building initiative is provided by staff from CCSI’s Center for Collaboration in Community Health . Here’s a quick overview from John Lee, Director:

What are the goals of the PDA?
Participants in the Performance Driven Academy will come away with the skills needed to support their organizations in the transition to a value-based payment environment by:
  • Preparing the organization for greater accountability as new payers (MCOs, ACOs, IPAs) emerge
  • Supporting the strategic use of limited resources
  • Encouraging informed decision making and implementing meaningful changes
  • Emphasizing accountability to make a difference and demonstrate impact
  • Identifying and understanding key performance indicators within the agency
The ABCs of BHCCs
In March of 2017, NYS OMH, OASAS and DOH announced the creation of a NYS Behavioral Health (BH) Value Based Payment (VBP) Readiness Program . The BH VBP Readiness Program is providing funding to selected Behavioral Health providers to form Behavioral Health Care Collaboratives (BHCCs), or regional provider networks that will support improved outcomes through integration of care as well as readiness to enter into Value Based Payment arrangements.

Coordinated Landlord Education and Outreach Program (CLEO)

We’re excited to partner with The Housing Council at Pathstone in a new Emergency Solutions Grant Program awarded by the City of Rochester for the Coordinated Landlord Education and Outreach Program (CLEO). CLEO will expand landlord outreach efforts for the City of Rochester, combining current data and information from CCSI, The Housing Council at Pathstone, the City of Rochester and other community organizations to create a comprehensive database of available housing options and landlords offering rental properties in our community. Along with the creation of a database, comprehensive outreach and education will be conducted for local and out-of-area landlords / property owners and property management companies to assist in locating safe, quality, affordable housing for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. 
Tackling Transportation - One Step at a Time

Access to transportation is a long-standing issue in the Rochester community, as well as in many communities across NYS . Whether it be urban bus routes that do not meet the current mobility needs of the community, or rural bus routes that simply do not exist, lack of access to timely transportation that is within reasonable proximity to where people live, learn, work and receive healthcare or other services, impacts the health and well-being and quality of life in our communities.   Click here to read more
The Impact of Childhood Trauma on Learning - and What We Can Do About It

Elizabeth Meeker, PsyD
CCSI | Director of Training and Practice Transformation

Elizabeth Meeker, PsyD , Director of CCSI’s Training and Practice Transformation team, gave a presentation for Delta Kappa Gamma Society International’s Legislative Brunch this month, where she described the impact of trauma -- and what can be done to minimize that impact, specifically when it comes to schools.

She explained how and why the accumulation of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) negatively affects school performance and increases an individual’s risk of physical and behavioral health issues. 

Elizabeth also talked about what is needed to create the conditions to shift the balance from trauma to resilience – for example, the number one resiliency factor for a youth experiencing trauma is the presence and support of an unconditionally caring adult

Dr. Meeker reviewed what is needed to become a trauma-informed school, as well as the essential elements of a trauma sensitive school, including some specific examples of trauma-informed practices.  

Click here to view the PowerPoint used for this discussion, which includes additional resources on trauma-informed practice or contact Dr. Meeker at emeeker@ccsi.org to learn more.   

Financial Services and Fiscal Business Practices
James Monfort, Manager of Financial Services, Senior Consultant
CCSI | Center for Collaboration in Community Health
Clark Family Scholarship
Applications Due by April 15th

The Clark Family Scholarship provides financial support for professionals working in the mental health or developmental disabilities fields within the eight-county area s urrounding Rochester (Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates counties) seeking advanced degrees in their field. 

The scholarship was established several years ago by Rochester area residents Tom and Barbara Clark. The Clarks have been closely involved with agencies serving the disadvantaged and have personally witnessed the skills and dedication of those who have chosen this career. One of their children, born with Down Syndrome, has been the beneficiary of many services provided by the agencies and health systems serving the developmentally disabled. 

This scholarship was established to assist individuals dedicated to serving in the field of developmental disabilities or mental health with their advanced educational pursuits. Award amounts are determined through a scholarship committee review process, which takes into consideration academic performance, financial need, and access to other available grants or resources. 

John Lee, MBA
CCSI | Center for Collaboration in Community Health
Strategies for Success in Changing Times
The health and human services environment is experiencing many changes, with more to come. We invite you to start the New Year off with advice from experts in the health and human services field on strategies for success in turbulent times .

February 13, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 PM
January Center Webinar - Measuring Service Impact: Tools That Will Help
Briannon O'Connor, PhD
Associate Director
CCSI | Center for Collaboration in Community Health

December Center Webinar - Using Microsoft Tools to Create Useful Information from Available Data
David Wawrzynek, MS, MBA
Senior Consultant
CCSI | Center for Collaboration in Community Health

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