CCSI News and Updates
Anne L. Wilder
Coordinated Care Services, Inc.
In this month’s newsletter, we are excited to share some good news. In addition to receiving the RBJ/Excellus Wealth of Health Employer of the Year award, we are happy to announce that we have been approved by the New York State Education Department State Board for Social Work as a provider of continuing education for licensed social workers. More information about offerings in this area can be found on the Practice Transformation section of our website. 

This month’s newsletter also features updates and videos from two school-based initiatives -- Community School Implementation at Enrico Fermi School 17 and the Promoting Positive Mental, Emotional and Behavioral (MEB) Health Project – along with a report from Senior Consultant David Wawrzynek, who shares his thoughts on the impact of emerging technologies on the behavioral health landscape following his participation in the recent 2018 Open Minds Strategy and Innovation Institute
Wealth of Health Employer of the Year

We were excited to be the recipient of the Excellus BlueCross BlueShield / Rochester Business Journal 2018 Wealth of Health Employer of the Year award for companies with 150-399 employees. Nominees were judged on the creativity of their wellness initiatives, active participation among staff, the ability to affect measurable improvements, sustainability, and program outcomes. Supporting employee wellness across all dimensions of health is a key priority for CCSI – and is central to our ability to provide high quality services to our customers. Kudos to all of the CCSI staff who have been working to develop, implement and participate in our Wellness@Work program – and to all of the employees who have been participating!  
Supporting the Community School Implementation at Enrico Fermi School 17

As lead agency for the Enrico Fermi School 17 community schools implementation, CCSI works in partnership with students, families, teachers and the community to coordinate strategies for organizing the resources of the community around student success. It has been a successful school year with the help of over 65 partner organizations. With the second year of community school implementation coming to a close, we’re seeing progress demonstrated in academic indicators, and engagement with families and community partners.

  • Students are attending school consistently – There was a 10.4% reduction in chronically absent students year to date.
  • Children are ready to enter school – 72 children were enrolled in School 17’s onsite, full-day PreK3 and PreK4 programs.
  • Neighborhood enrollment is up – 62.4% of the children in the PreK4 class live in the neighborhood surrounding School 17.
  • Students are safer and more supported in school –
  • School 17 was removed from the New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) Persistently Dangerous Schools list.
  • The number of suspensions decreased from 2926 in 2015-16 to 981 in 2017-18.
  • Students are actively involved in learning and their community – School 17’s NYSED Growth Score doubled from 8 in 2014-15 to 16 in 2016-17.
  • Families are increasingly involved – School 17 has a fully active Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) that is onsite at the school every day, and they have organized many school-wide events. 

Laura R. Ficarra, M.S. Sp.Ed., Ph.D.
Prevention Planning and Education Coordinator,
Bureau of Prevention Services
NYS Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services
Promoting Positive Mental, Emotional and Behavioral (MEB) Health Project Update
The Promoting Positive Mental, Emotional and Behavioral (MEB) Health project reflects a partnership between the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). As part of this 5-year project, a 3-year pilot program is under way and is currently in the final stages of year 2. As part of the pilot program, three school districts implement an Evidence-Based Program (EBP) that has significant effects on substance abuse and mental health outcomes, as well as academic, behavioral, and social-emotional domains. Districts select (based on needs assessment) and implement EBPs through the pilot program with training and curricula materials funded by NYSED, and the OASAS prevention provider network serves as the coaching and technical assistance (TA) source. That is, classroom teachers implement the EBP (e.g., PAX Good Behavior Game and Positive Action ), and prevention providers scaffold implementation fidelity.   Click here to continue reading.
David Wawrzynek, MS, MBA
Senior Consultant
CCSI | Center for Collaboration in Community Health

Check out David’s upcoming free webinar on practical ways for Using Electronic Health Record (EHR) Data to Inform Practice.  Registration details below.
The Impact of Emerging Technologies on the Behavioral Health Landscape

While attending and presenting at the recent 2018 Open Minds Strategy and Innovation Institute I was particularly interested in the discussion of how emerging technologies are going to disrupt the behavioral health landscape. These discussions had me thinking about the competitive pressures technologies will bring along with the opportunities for us to better serve and communicate with our clients.

Many of us have a strong presence on social media and some of us have active patient portals and are transitioning our communication to text but very few of us are using technology as clinical intervention tools. Telehealth and telepsychiatry are the obvious ones but we need to be evaluating internet based therapies, on-demand digital crisis support, online support groups, digital self-help apps, just to list a few. I certainly understand that we are in a rapidly changing environment with multiple competing priorities but we cannot ignore or deny the fact that technology assisted therapies and supports are here to stay and need to be part of our strategic thinking and planning.  Click here to continue reading.
James Monfort
Manager of Financial Services, Senior Consultant
CCSI | Center for Collaboration in Community Health
Update from the Center -
Financial Services

Webinar on Renewal of Ongoing Service Contracts 6-27-18 and 7-18-18  - New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is offering two webinars on the renewal of ongoing services, which provide guidelines regarding the statutory language in the 2018-19 Enacted Aid-to-Localities Appropriation Bill that applies to all OMH State Aid funding, and governs the renewal of ‘ongoing services’ contracts to protect continuity of care and avoid significant disruption of services and additional costs associated with rebidding.  Click here to continue reading.

Other updates include:
Welcome Huther Doyle!

CCSI's Practice Transformation team is pleased to begin working with Huther Doyle to provide training and consultation on Trauma-Informed Care (TIC), Self-Care, and Secondary Trauma. This work will develop TIC champions within their organization, further building their internal capacity for TIC knowledge. 
Continuing Education Approved for Licensed Social Workers

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve been approved by the NYS Education Department State Board for Social Work as a provider of continuing education for licensed social workers. This approval allows us to offer continuing education contact hours for Licensed Master Social Workers (LMSWs) and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) in NYS for certain training offerings offered after May 17, 2018.

Our current in-person trainings - “Motivational Interviewing (MI) – The Spirit and Skills of MI” and “From Trauma to Healing: Building a Trauma Sensitive Approach to Services Delivery” – will now be awarding CE contact hours for licensed social workers upon course completion. As we announce future trainings, we’ll include the number of contact hours for eligible courses. We’re excited about enhancing our offering sin this way and will continue to add additional education and training options that offer social workers in NYS the ability to earn these valuable contact hours as they gain relevant skills and competencies in areas that contribute to the professional practice of social work. To learn more about our current course offerings, please visit our website .  
Get Uncomfortable – Confronting Health Inequity Conference

July 18 th in Albany   

We’re extremely pleased to be collaborating with our partners at NYAPRS and the McSilver Institute on this important one-day conference focused on the impact of racism on health and wellness. The event will offer the opportunity to hear from Ruth S. Shim, M.D., M.P.H., the Luke & Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry and Director of Cultural Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the UC Davis. For registration details, click here .  
David Wawrzynek, MS, MBA
Senior Consultant
CCSI | Center for Collaboration in Community Health
Using EHR Data to Monitor Results and Inform Practice
As we move forward towards Value Based Payments the need to understand our organizations performance will intensify. Unfortunately, many of us fail to fully utilize the data that we generate every day in our electronic health records. This webinar will show examples of how you can leverage your data using simple reports and tools to start down the path of becoming a data informed organization.
July 24, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 PM
June Center Webinar - EBPs and Fidelity: Structure for Success
 David Eckert, LMCH, NCC, CRC
Senior Consultant
CCSI | Center for Collaboration in Community Health
The PASS Program is Still Accepting Applications

Prevention, Access, Self-Empowerment and Support (PASS) is an innovative, curriculum-based, statewide prevention program that works with teens who experience challenges in their daily lives, or whose parents are seriously and persistently mentally ill. This multicultural initiative has been in existence since 1996 and has documented positive changes for participants. PASS utilizes a strength-based approach to help individuals, families and communities develop the resources needed to maintain healthy lifestyles. It focuses on the development of a culturally competent, inclusive system of support that fosters self-help, empowerment, advocacy, support, and education.

PASS is still accepting applications from youth and families in Monroe County. Click here to learn more about the program and download the registration form . If you have questions, or need more information, please contact Neville Morris at or 585-690-6260.
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