November 29, 2016
The National Council for Behavioral Health will be hosting a webinar, Tuesday, December 13 from 3 to 4:30 pm ET,  on how to use open enrollment to maximize tobacco cessation coverage, 'Tis the Season: Leverage Open Enrollment & Maximize Coverage for Tobacco Cessation.
Both the holiday season and  health insurance Marketplaces and Medicare  open enrollment are here. Open enrollment is a great opportunity for people living with behavioral health conditions to consider their health insurance options.   Given the high rates of tobacco use among people living with mental illnesses and substance use disorders,  health insurance coverage is a valuable tool that enables access to tobacco cessation, mental health and substance use disorders prevention and treatment.   During this webinar, participants will learn about:
    • Navigating health insurance Marketplace and Medicare coverage opportunities
    • Marketplace subsidies such as the premium tax credit and cost sharing reductions, and fees such as the tobacco surcharge and individual shared responsibility payment
    • Utilizing tools and resources to help providers to assist clients with coverage assessment and plan selection
    • Successful strategies and lessons from the field regarding conducting outreach and enrollment to clients. 
Register HERE to join this webinar
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Bi-weekly spotlights highlighting opportunities for community engagement throughout Suffolk County

"Mended Hearts"  And the Beat Goes On
Presented by Antoinette Forster DNP, RN, PMHN, NPP-BC, CNS-BC, Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center
December 5 - 6:30 pm.  100 Hospital Rd, across from hospital
Light food and refreshments will be served.
Registration information and details can be found

A Benefit Breakfast for Women's Empowerment
Panelists include Bethany Frankel, Founder of Skinnygirl Cocktails and TV Personality & Mara Schiavocampo, ABC News Correspondent.  Sponsorship provides women in need with the tools to achieve economic independence. 
December 7, 8- 10 am.  The Rainbow Room, 49 West 49th St, NY City
Click here for details.  

Benefiting LI Coalition for the Homeless and Toys For Tots
Dance Party, Chinese Auction and delicious dishes from Patchogue area restaurants. Bring new unwrapped toy or warm clothing items to donate. 
November 30, 5:30-9:30 pm, VFW Hall Post 2913, Patchogue
Breakfast for a Cause
Bring new unwrapped toy, new or gently used winter wear to donate. 
November 27, 9-12 pm, VFW Hall Post 2913, Patchogue
RSVP at or call 631-372-0227 for both events.  
Full details for these events and to learn more about Harmony Cafe click here.

Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center
Groups meet every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month, 5:30 - 7 pm
100 Hospital Road, Patchogue, Room 212 (across the street from the Hospital)
To Register call Freddie King, Behavioral Health Nurse at 631-654 -7760.
St. James Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center 
Classes incorporate gentle healing modalities:  Reiki, Essential Oil Therapy, Yoga Therapy and Mindfulness practices.   All community members are invited to join Urban Zen classes every Wednesday 7 - 8 pm. 
Call to reserve your spot, 631-862-8000.

Service members and their families are being honored and thanked for their service
November 29, 7-9 pm at Centereach Lanes.  Bring ID.
Register by calling 631-588-2118.
SCC Presents at Cerner Health Conference 

On November 16 the SCC was pleased to present at Creating Healthier Stories annual Cerner Health Conference in Kansas City, MO.  This industry-leading event for health care and information technology professionals provided immersive, experiential and peer-to-peer learning.  
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Kevin Bozza, Sr. Director, Network Development & Performance, and Kelli Vasquez, LCSW, Sr. Director, Care Coordination & Care Management were invited to present Analyzing Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP) Performance.  Their presentation reviewed DSRIP program principles and its requirements, described the role of analytics in analyzing program performance and lessons learned.   
SCC's comprehensive analytics strategy supports such areas as performance monitoring and payment management, operational metrics, partner and patient engagement, clinical outcomes and measures reporting, population health, benchmarking and use of registries to identify care gaps. 
Analytics also plays a key role in the SCC's Care Management Organization and provides care managers with critical tools to advance population health.  Dashboards are used by leaders of the care management team to track case load, effectiveness of care managers and number of cases.  If you would like to view their full presentation, please click here.  
SCC and Family Service League Present on Integrated  Care Services 
NY Connects Long Term Council Meeting

On November 2, 2016, Susan Jayson, LCSW, Director for Behavioral Health Integration at the Suffolk Care Collaborative and Jeff Steigman, Psy.D, Chief Administrative Officer, Family Service League presented at the Suffolk NY Connects , Long Term Care Council meeting. Presentation topics included a general DSRIP overview, goals of the Suffolk Care Collaborative, and a more detailed discussion on our Primary Care & Behavioral Health Integrated Care program. General discussions following the presentation included brainstorming how we can continue to build relationships and partner in providing organizations, long term care resident's and communities behavioral health services. 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced  that it will expand coverage of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) model to patients at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The expansion, beginning January 1, 2018, will ensure at-risk seniors and people with disabilities have access to an evidence-based DPP that can help lower their risk factors and prevent or delay progression to type 2 diabetes. The model is the first to be adopted by CMS that will reach all eligible beneficiaries.  To read full press release, click here .
Did you get your flu vaccine yet?

Facts About the Flu
  • The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.
  • People of every age, including people in good health, are at risk of flu. 
  • Influenza can cause illness and sometimes severe disease in persons of any age. 
  • Flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands or tens of thousands of deaths each year in the United States.
  • Although a majority of hospitalizations and deaths occur in people 65 years and older, even healthy young children and younger adults can have severe disease or even die from influenza. 
  • About 100 deaths from influenza among children are reported each year to CDC.
Facts About the Flu Vaccination
  • An annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect against this potentially serious disease.
    • Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctor visits, pneumonia, missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.
    • Flu vaccination also may make your illness milder if you do get sick.
    • Getting vaccinated yourself also protects people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.
  • Despite the unpredictable nature of the flu, you should know:
    • You need the 2016-2017 flu vaccine for optimal protection against the flu this season because:
      • Flu viruses are constantly changing, and this season's vaccines have been updated to protect against the viruses that surveillance data indicate will be most common this flu season, and
      • A person's immune protection from vaccine declines over time so annual flu vaccination is needed for the best protection against the flu.
    • It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus infection.
    • While seasonal flu outbreaks can happen as early as October, flu activity is usually highest between December and February, though activity can last as late as May. As long as flu activity is ongoing, it's not too late to get vaccinated, even in January or later.
    • With flu activity increasing and family and friends planning gatherings for the holidays, now is a great time to get a flu vaccine if you haven't been vaccinated yet this season. A flu vaccine can protect you and your loved ones from the flu.

Find a place near you to get a flu vaccine with the HealthMap Vaccine FinderVisit CDC's Frequently Asked Flu Questions 2016-2017 Flu Season to find out what's new for the 2016-2017 influenza season.  This information was provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

From the National Council for Behavioral Health

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The Independent Assessor (IA) for New York's Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program has completed its Mid-Point Assessment of all twenty-five Performing Provider Systems (PPS).
The Department is pleased with the findings of the review, as all twenty-five PPS demonstrated that they are on a track towards success and effective project implementation. There were no findings for any PPS that would warrant any major restructuring intervention, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of those who are fundamentally changing the healthcare delivery system in New York State.
The IA has prepared a Mid-Point Assessment Report for all twenty-five PPS as well as the following three appendices for each PPS containing additional data used in the completion of the Mid-Point Assessment review:
  • Data from the 360 Survey responses received from sampled network partners.
  • Partner engagement tables for all Domain 2 and 3 projects provided by the PPS as part of their DY2, Q2 reporting.
  • Project and organizational narratives submitted by the PPS as part of the DY2, Q1 PPS Quarterly Reports.
The IA has also developed a "Mid-Point Assessment Report Companion Document" that provides details on the Mid-Point Assessment process and methodology as well as a summary of the results for all PPS.   PPS and the public are invited to submit comments in response to the IA's initial recommendations through December 21, 2016. All comments should be submitted to .
Following the initial comment period, the IA will review all comments from the PPS and the public and determine if any modifications to the initial recommendations are necessary. The IA will then release its final recommendations by January 3, 2017, along with a compilation of all comments received during the initial comment period. The final recommendations will be available for public comment through January 23, 2017. These recommendations will then be presented to the Project Approval and Oversight Panel (PAOP) from January 31 - February 3, 2017. The full Mid-Point Assessment timeline can be found on the DSRIP website.   All Mid-Point Assessment reports and recommendations can be found on the DSRIP website here.  
The New York State Department of Health (DOH), the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (OASAS) have revised guidance on space arrangements between two or more providers. This document provides guidance to Article 28, Article 31 and Article 32 providers that wish to integrate services through shared space arrangements with other licensed or private medical practices and describes the application process for various types of shared space arrangements. Revised guidance includes options for providers that wish to integrate services by sharing staff.  Please find this guidance on the DOH website here.  Any questions regarding this guidance may be directed to

Photos from the annual DSRIP Learning Symposium in Syracuse on September 20-22 are now posted on the Symposium website here
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The SCC is pleased to invite qualified career seekers to apply for open positions. Whenever new opportunities become available, they will be posted here.
Current job openings:
  1. Director, Clinical Programs Innovation
  2. Project Manager
  3. Project Manager: PCMH Practice Facilitation 
  4. Care Manager
  5. Social Worker
  6. Data Governance Manager
  7. Community Engagement Liaison 
For more information, please contact the Suffolk Care Collaborative.