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MHA Westchester is a member of CBHS: Coordinated Behavioral Health Services, a partnership of nine not-for-profit agencies that together provide behavioral health and developmental disability services in the Hudson Valley Region. CBHS just welcomed a new partner. To read the full story, click here...

Together, the partners will further New York State’s vision for Behavioral Health Medicaid Managed Care, and through the DSRIP program (Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment), initiate services that will support clinical innovation and improved population health.

Dr. Amy KohnWe are pleased to announce that MHA- CBHS has been asked by both the Westchester County Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center to play a significant role in the Performing Provider System (PPS) Networks of their DSRIP applications. MHA’s CEO, Amy Kohn has agreed to chair the Behavioral Health Committee of the Westchester County Medical Center initiative and is charged with developing the DSRIP needs assessment and two behavioral health transformation projects based on the results of the needs assessment. In Dr. Kohn’s words, “This is a tremendous honor and I am extremely excited to take a leadership role in such a significant initiative”.

To learn more about DSRIP, view a brief video in which New York State Medicaid Director, Jason Helgerson, discusses its key concepts.


Sweeping changes are being implemented in the way NYS structures and funds publicly-financed behavioral health care.

The NYS Office of Mental Health has just released its Interim Report which describes these changes as well as initiatives funded under the 2014-2015 Budget in each region of the State. 

Read the report to learn about these changes.

The Myth Of Mental Illness And Gun Violence

A recently published Forbes article highlights the facts rather than the myths and “media-fueled public perceptions” regarding the critical concern about mental health conditions and gun violence. 

The purpose of the article in the Annals of Epidemiology is to link policy for effectively reducing gun violence to actual fact rather than to myth.  This very informative article is available on-line

Plan now for National Wellness Week 2014

Once again SAMSHA will highlight the Eight Dimensions of Wellness during National Wellness Week – September 15 – September 21.

Learn more about National Wellness Week 

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