Keeping Up With the “People Side of Change”

September 28, 2018

35 MHVC partners certified as change management practitioners. It was clear that DSRIP would bring change to the MHVC network. MHVC recognized that how change is implemented can make the difference between short-term success and long-term sustainability. As Dr. Damara Gutnick, MHVC Medical Director, explained, “It’s easy to say, ‘don’t resist change, embrace it.’ We…

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CHW Apprenticeship Program Responds to Workforce Need

September 28, 2018

Remotely hosted training program, designed with Hostos, underway with two partners. After a year of development, the newly-launched MHVC training program for Community Health Worker (CHW) apprentices is underway at two partner sites and is proving to be a viable template for future MHVC workforce training programs. Maria Gerena, MHVC Workforce Development Manager, credits MHVC…

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Project ECHO Brings Alzheimer’s Expertise to Practitioners

September 28, 2018

CEAD applies ECHO’s technology and hub-and-spoke system. When Jessica Zwerling, MD, Director of the Montefiore Hudson Valley Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease (CEAD), heard about Project ECHO(Extension of Community Healthcare Outcomes) it was a natural fit for CEAD’s mission. “One the the goals of the State Department of Health in providing funding for CEADs…

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Peds PCPs Learn to Call Project TEACH for Mental Health Services

September 28, 2018

Free, unlimited consultations, referrals, and training “brings the teaching to us where we are in the community.” Michele Bailey-Ingram MD, had never heard of Project TEACH (Training and Education for the Advancement of Children’s Health) before she received a flyer last year for CME programs at her Mayfield Pediatrics practice. The programs were free and…

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MHVC Launches “Communities of Care” for Rockland and Orange: New initiative will focus on regional continuums to promote integrated care

July 31, 2018

“Excited” was the word that best described the reaction of partners invited to MHVC’s inaugural Communities of Care (CoC) forums, according to Marlene Ripa, MHVC’s Director of Network Design and Administration. “MHVC developed the CoC as an ‘umbrella’ for activities around provider engagement and performance improvement involving organizations within the same region,” said Ripa. “Our…

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Get Smart! MHVC Offers Full Scholarships for Valera Smartphone App

July 31, 2018

MHVC is pleased to announce that we are offering partners a full scholarship for use of Valera Health, an evidence-based smartphone application that provides significant care management and self-management support for patients’ integrated behavioral health care needs. This is a key part of our continued effort to support tools that prepare partners for value-based payment…

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What’s New with MAX? Spreading the Word!

July 31, 2018

On May 30, 2018, the NYS Department of Health (DOH) conducted a Medicaid Accelerated eXchange Series (MAX) Symposium for all PPSs and their MAX action teams in New York City. The state discussed the work around the MAX series to date, how the PPSs have been doing, and what the expectations are as the program…

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WMTY Around MHVC: June 6th Launches “WMTY for Everyone”

May 31, 2018

Throughout MHVC, WMTY is for everyone, not just for patients. Over the past year, MHVC partners have asked “What Matters to You?” and received answers that have helped improve the workplace, administration, human resources, policies, and staff retention. “Asking WMTY feels different,” said Dr. Damara Gutnick, MHVC Medical Director. “It elicits a deeper, more honest,…

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Provider/Staff Capacity Survey Results Due Soon: Goal is fostering culturally competent and engaged staff

May 31, 2018

A live webinar on February 9 launched MHVC’s Provider/Staff Capacity Survey, designed by MHVC’s Cultural Competency/Health Literacy (CCHL) Workgroup. According to Joan Chaya, MHVC Director, Workforce Development and Management, “The results will be used to provide partners with data needed to accomplish the goals associated with building an integrated delivery system and fostering a culturally…

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Ready to Use and to Bill: OASAS-Approved SBIRT Training Has Immediate Impact

May 31, 2018

Two more sessions in June and September. In our November 2017 MHVC Newsletter (link here), we introduced our instructor-led training on Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment for substance and alcohol use disorders. “This training offers providers a set…

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