FCS and Partners Receive $1.6 Million to Transform Regional Healthcare

We are delighted to share that Family Counseling Services/Family & Children’s Society and our collaborative partners have been awarded $1.64 million to establish the South Central Behavioral Health Care Collaborative (SCBHCC). On Thursday, Governor Cuomo announced the three-year award that will help the partners of the SCBHCC transition to Value-Based Payments and create a network of local providers that can truly have an impact on local populations by providing quality care that results in better health outcomes.

SCBHCC Partners:

Addiction Center of Broome County
Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County
Beacon Center
Catholic Charities of Broome County
Catholic Charities of Chenango County
Catholic Charities of Cortland County
Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services
Central New York Care Collaborative
Chenango County Behavioral Health Services
Conifer Park
Consumer Services of Madison County
Cortland County Community Action Program
Cortland County Mental Health
Cortland Regional Medical Center
Fairview Recovery Services
Family Health Network of Central New York
Franziska Racker Centers
Family Counseling Services
Family & Children’s Society
Family Health Network
Greater Binghamton Health Center
JM Murray
Madison County Mental Health Department
Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier
Oneida Healthcare
Rehabilitation Support Services
Rural Health Network of South Central New York
Seven Valleys Health Coalition
Syracuse Recovery Services
United Way for Cortland County

The SCBHCC includes 33 behavioral health providers, primary care and other medical providers, community-based organizations as well as the support services community throughout an eight-county region. Family Counseling Services/Family & Children’s Society will serve as the lead agency. The partners will be working together to transform behavioral health care services and other supports into an integrated, comprehensive system of care that results in healthier people, better care, and lower costs.  Strengthening the collaboration between physical and behavioral health services will be a top priority for the collaborative.

The SCBHCC represents a full spectrum of regionally available mental health and addiction services and will work to address identified gaps in services by seeking additional partners who offer those services and working with current partners to expand available services.

The SCBHCC intends to develop sustainable, data-informed collaborations among the partners. These collaborations will enable the group to develop a comprehensive system of care that supports improved health and functioning for individuals served in our communities while preparing the partner organizations to participate in Value-Based Payment arrangements.

We will build on existing partner relationships and referral arrangements to develop a strategic plan and infrastructure that strengthens integrative care, improves service and care outcomes, and drives efficiency and cost effectiveness. Our goal is to deliver quality care that is based on the consistent application of evidence-based guidelines and models that will build a high-value network.

The SCBHCC will use resources available through the BHCC award to fund training and support as the partners transition to Value-Based Payments.  We will also work to improve the data infrastructure so that all partners can collaborate for effective clinical integration, care coordination and quality improvement by making sure they are equipped with the appropriate technology that allows them to collect, analyze and share data. This collaboration will include efforts to address the social determinants of health for our community population such as poverty, unemployment, under-employment, transportation, and access to timely services.

The SCBHCC expects to make substantial investments in the development and deployment of infrastructure—such as a dedicated data sharing platform—that will support our ability to collect, analyze, distribute, and respond to data, including quality measures and cost effectiveness. We plan to create a system that communicates in real time about behavioral and physical health concerns for individual Medicaid enrollees, allowing multiple touchpoints to overcome barriers to treatment and care planning.

The SCBHCC’s Vision is that people living in South Central New York are healthy by design and everyone is connected to quality, affordable healthcare provided by valued community partners that work together to deliver cost-effective care.

The SCBHCC was one of 19 networks of behavioral healthcare providers across the state that received funding as part of the transformation of the State’s Medicaid system.  You can read the full announcement from Governor Cuomo here.