Upcoming Webinar

Engaging Community-Based Behavioral Health Providers in DSRIP


Presented by:

Rebekah Epstein, MPH, CPH

Irene Kaufmann, MA, MPH

Webinar Description:

Bronx Partners for Healthy Communities (BPHC), one of NYS  DSRIP Performing Provider Systems (PPS), has launched a Community-Based Behavioral Health ‘Call to Action’ Initiative to tackle our highest-risk, highest-need, and highest-cost populations –children on ADHD medications, persons with mental health issues or substance use disorders who are unscreened and referred to the other respective setting, and persons with schizophrenia who are at-risk of developing diabetes or already have the diagnosis. The workgroups are comprised of BPHC’s community-based behavioral health partners, as opposed to hospital-based, to reach these populations outside large/established settings, and their focus is to develop plans that address our core components for implementing change: evidence-based models, processes and workflows, IT needs, process and outcome measures, workforce training, and patient education.

 The ADHD in Children workgroup focuses on the mechanism for follow-up appointments after the initial prescription for an ADHD medication is filled. The Mental Health and Substance Use Screening and Referral workgroup focuses on screening for depression in substance use clinics and screening for substance use disorders in mental health services. The Schizophrenia and Diabetes workgroup have two foci: screening people on atypical antipsychotics for diabetes and monitoring those with the co-occurring diagnoses. All workgroups will also establish essential system for supporting robust and effective co-management processes with PCPs. 

 These workgroups were formed due to their high cost to BPHC. It is estimated that these populations, alone, will cost BPHC $52 million in 2016. Also, research has found that people with a behavioral health diagnosis are more likely to end up in the emergency department (ED); and reducing ED use by 25% over five years is the key goal of DSRIP. This community-based approach drives BPHC towards achievement of the quadruple aim by wrapping culturally sensitive and connected services around patients to improve the experience of care; integrating population health management strategies with care coordination to improve health outcomes; reducing the cost of care by navigating patients towards the right care at the right time and place; and by providing tools to care professionals that enhance communication, capacity, and teamwork to improve joy and meaning at work.

Learning Objectives:

1.  Understand the importance of engaging community-based providers, in particular behavioral health providers, in DSRIP activities

2.  Learn about the workplan components needed to address each workgroup topic and the proposed implementation strategy

3.  Understand the direct connection to the quadruple aim of DSRIP and these workgroups

Date:  Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Time:  12:00 - 1:00 PM (EDT)

Fee:  FREE - NYSPHA members

$10 - non-members

1 CHES credit available

1 CPH credit available 

Space is limited, registration is required - 

Presenter Bios:

Rebekah Epstein is a Project Manager with Bronx Partners for Healthy Communities, the DSRIP Performing Provider System (PPS) led by SBH Health System in the Bronx. She previously provided support to two grant-making divisions at Open Society Foundation, and was a member of a project management team that opened two medical homes to provide free primary care to Freelancers Union insurance members. She also served one year as an AmeriCorps member working with at-risk youth living in a residential treatment facility. She received a MPH from New York University, concentrating on International Public Health, a MPIA from Virginia Tech, concentrating on Capacity Building of Microfinance Institutions, and a BA from West Virginia University, concentrating on Mathematics, Business Administration, and Spanish.

Irene Kaufmann is a Senior Vice President of SBH Health System and Executive Director of the Bronx Partnership for Healthy Communities (BPHC), a Performing Provider System for DSRIP comprised of over 240 community and healthcare partner organizations. Previously, Ms. Kaufmann was a senior executive at NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation where, as Sr. Assistant Vice President of the Office of Ambulatory Care Transformation, she led projects to redesign ambulatory care, implement medical homes, establish system wide referral and care coordination systems and develop innovative learning venues for front line staff and clinicians.  At the regional level, Ms. Kaufmann headed the Office of Strategic Priorities and Partnerships for the Queens Health Network, where she was responsible for integrating hospital and community based services into a fully integrated care continuum for patients in Queens borough. Ms. Kaufmann earned Master degrees in Medical Anthropology and in Public Administration from NYU.  She has taught courses in strategic planning and multiculturalism at Mercy College Graduate Program in Health Services Administration.



Past Webinar: 

"Having an Effective Meeting with Lawmakers"

View slides HERE

View the webinar recording HERE

(Please note: This recording will start on slide 11 due to technical difficulties) 


 Featuring:  Blair Horner, Legislative Director, NY Public Interest Research Group

Topics covered include:

  • Educating vs. Lobbying
  • Steps to holding a meeting (if doing yourself)
  • Tips for successful meetings
  • Meeting with staffers vs. the legislators
  • Do’s and don’ts of follow up



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