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Community Health and Behavioral Services to Benefit from Increased State Mental Health Funding

Community Health and Behavioral Services (CHBS), a division of Upstate Cerebral Palsy, has been approved to participate in the NYS Behavioral Health Value-Based Payment (BH VBP) Readiness Program as a Behavioral Health Care Collaborative (BHCC). Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that New York will issue $60 million in awards over three years to mental health and addiction services providers as part of the transformation of the State’s Medicaid system, ultimately rewarding quality of care and better health outcomes, rather than the volume of services provided.

Community Health and Behavioral Services, working in conjunction with Syracuse Brick House Inc. d/b/a: Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare (SBH), Liberty Resources, Syracuse Community Health Center and the leadership of the Inclusive Alliance IPA and Upstate Community Health Collaborative (UCHC) plan to form a single BHCC in the region. It was recognized that the merger of eligible leads provides better coordination of services for the Central New York Community and was awarded a total of $2,418,000 to be distributed over the three-year funding period.  Funding will assist CHBS in enhancing the quality of the care patients receive in order to improve behavioral and physical health outcomes and will be used for a wide variety of healthcare improvements, including identifying gaps in the continuum of care to better connect the patient to the next level of integrated healthcare and identifying opportunities for performance improvement and cost reduction.

Louis. B. Tehan, President, and CEO of Upstate Cerebral Palsy stated: “Quality mental health care is more vital than ever and this important funding and commitment from the state will ensure that we can better reach those most in need. Community Health and Behavioral Services (CHBS) is pleased to collaborate with other established providers and this partnership will allow for more value-based care for people throughout all of Central New York. Our combined expertise and resources will ultimately mean greater service opportunities and outcomes for those we serve. “

CHBS has been serving the Mohawk Valley for over 30 years. Our caring and experienced professionals treat the whole person by improving the health and wellness of the individuals and families we serve. CHBS mission is that we are committed to providing the highest quality of care. CHBS accepts Medicaid, Managed Medicaid, (Fidelis, Blue Options, United Health Care), Child & Family Plus Plans, Medicare and most private insurance companies.  We also offer a sliding fee scale based on eligibility. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact (315) 798-8868.


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