Issue 46
March/April, 2019
Welcome to Synergy
We are pleased to present the forty-sixth issue of Synergy, a newsletter about the progress and processes of the Suffolk Care Collaborative (SCC).

The definition of synergy is the increased effectiveness that results when two or more entities work together. We are confident that the combined efforts of the many dedicated partners within the SCC will help the Collaborative reach its goals, leading to improved health for the residents of Suffolk County.  

About Suffolk Care Collaborative (SCC):  SCC is an alliance of healthcare providers in Suffolk County, Long Island, NY, formed to support New York State's Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) initiative. Under the guidance and leadership of Stony Brook Medicine, SCC established a Population Health Management Service Organization to improve county-wide health by addressing a wide range of challenges to health in order to improve outcomes by encouraging wellness, making healthcare more accessible and reducing costs by decreasing unnecessary hospital utilization.  For more information, visit our website:

In This Issue
Register for SCC's Project Advisory Committee Meeting

Please join us for the Suffolk Care Collaborative's
Quarterly Project Advisory Committee (PAC) Meeting
  Thursday, April 4, 2019

Localizing the MAX Methodology through a Community-Based Approach
Harbor View Medical Services, PC
Hudson River HealthCare's Elsie Owens Health Center
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Building Community Partnerships to Improve Medication Adherence
Brentwood Pediatrics 
Salumed Pharmacy
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Peer Support Programs in Healthcare
Catholic Health System
Northwell Health
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Registration starts at 8:30 AM
Program 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Family Service League Opens Community Based Crisis Care Facility for Children, Adults and Families
By Jeffrey Steigman, Psy.D., Chief Administrative Officer, Family Service League

On Friday, March 1, 2019, Family Service League (FSL) held a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the opening of Suffolk's countywide behavioral health crisis response services. We reflect on the years of planning and coordination that have gone into the development of the Diagnostic, Assessment and Stabilization Hub (DASH) and the related crisis services (24/7/365 hotline and mobile crisis services) that will be offered to Suffolk County residents. The development of these services has been a great example of a true public/private partnership and what can be accomplished with vision, collaboration and a mission. This innovative model would not have materialized without the support and ongoing planning with our partners which include: the NYS Office of Mental Health, Suffolk County Division of Community Mental Hygiene, NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Suffolk Care Collaborative, the Suffolk County Police Department and the entire Suffolk County provider community who will play a vital role in our new landscape. The continuum of integrated crisis services will fill a missing level of care in our behavioral health system and will result in individuals and families receiving the right care, at the right time and in the right setting.

DASH staff is comprised of an interdisciplinary team including nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers, credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselors, peer specialists, care managers and other related staff. The ability to provide for such behavioral health (mental health and substance abuse) crisis services will reduce unnecessary use of emergency departments/hospitals, potentially prevent criminal justice involvement and result in better outcomes in the moment and longer term. A focus of the program will be on successful linkage and engagement with needed services prior to or subsequent to a crisis situation. Some helpful information to note:
  • Program is 100% voluntary (individual agrees to receive services and does not present at imminent risk or in medical distress which would require a different level of care).
  • The program offers 24/7/365 crisis prevention and intervention services for anyone 5 years of age and older in a free standing, welcoming, recovery oriented space in the Hauppauge Industrial Park at 90 Adams Avenue.
  • Medication and medication assisted treatment is available if clinically indicated.
  • Someone in need of crisis services should continue to call: 631-952-3333.  This longstanding, familiar, phone number will remain and serve as the "gatekeeper" to determine what type of service is needed-e.g. mobile crisis, crisis stabilization, etc.
  • For behavioral health providers and other stakeholders who have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with FSL and have access to the crisis software application, they will request mobile crisis services via a web form.
  • There is ongoing collaboration between Stony Brook University Hospital CPEP program, Suffolk County Police Department and FSL regarding the operationalization of workflows to ensure appropriate dispositions for those in crisis-e.g. should an individual be brought to CPEP/emergency department, or DASH.
  • A crisis intervention team (CIT), based upon a nationally recognized, evidenced based, model is being developed. This partnership between law enforcement, behavioral health professionals, government, and community stakeholders will result in specialized training for selected officers; improved safety and outcomes; and also assist with ensuring that those in crisis receive the right care while reducing stigma.
Participate in Health Care Career Fair   
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Suffolk Care Collaborative and Suffolk County Community College, Office for Continuing Education, invite you to participate in a Health Care Career Fair taking place at 2 convenient locations.   NO registration fee required.

Thursday, April 4, 2019 
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm 
Suffolk Community College, Michael J. Grant campus in Brentwood, NY  
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Friday, April 5, 2019 
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm 
Suffolk Community College Culinary Arts Center, Riverhead, NY

Contact the College's Office for Continuing Education at 631-451-4552 with questions.  Click here for more information and registration forms.
Compliance Connection
Security Risk Assessment 

The Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced the update to their popular Security Risk Assessment (SRA) Tool.  The tool has been made easier to use and applies more broadly to the risks to health information.  

The tool is designed for use by small to medium sized health care practices (those with one to 10 health care providers), covered entities and business associates to help them identify risks and vulnerabilities to electronic patient health information.

In the HHS press release announcement, all HIPAA covered entities and business associates are reminded of their requirement to conduct an accurate and thorough assessment of the potential risks and vulnerabilities to the confidentiality, integrity and availability of electronic protected health information held by their organization. The detailed press release can be found on the HHS website.  The Security Risk Assessment Tool can be here.

For compliance  questions or assistance, contact SCC's Compliance Office at and visit the compliance page on our website for helpful information.
 Milestone Dates
 NYS DOH DSRIP Program Milestone Dates
March 2, 2019
IA completes review of PPS DY4 Third Quarter Report
March 17, 2019
PPS Remediation of PPS DY4 Third Quarter Report
April 1, 2019
DSRIP Year 5 begins
April 1, 2019 IA Approval of PPS DY4 Third Quarter Report

Frequently Asked Questions


To access NYS DSRIP FAQ, click  here.
Access previously published Synergy eNewsletters  here
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Office of Population Health
Career Opportunities
The SCC is pleased to invite qualified career seekers to apply for open positions. All job descriptions for current opportunities are posted here.

Current Job Opportunities:
  1. Community Health Associate
  2. Data Acquisition and Integration Analyst
  For more information, please contact the Suffolk Care Collaborative via email