NYSHealth to Fund Mental Health and Substance Use Initiatives

May 28, 2008 at 10:03 am Leave a comment

The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth), a fund created with the proceeds of the conversion of Empire BCBS to for profit status, has announced that it is adding “Integrated Mental Health/Substance Use Services” as one of its priority areas. This initiative is divided into two components: integrating services and an initiative for returning veterans.

The following is from the NYSHealth website:

Nearly 1.4 million people in New York State suffer from co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders; however, individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders rarely receive services that effectively address both of these issues. For years, the mental health and substance use systems of care have operated separately, and regulatory and financial barriers have restricted integration of these services. Not surprisingly, poor health outcomes are associated with co-occurring disorders in the absence of integrated care and individuals with co-occurring disorders are at higher risk for other serious medical problems, homelessness, violence, social isolation, and early death. NYSHealth has set as a priority area the integration of mental health and substance use services in New York State, and is dedicated to advancing potential solutions. As a component of this priority area, NYSHealth has identified returning Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and their families as a high-need, sub-population whose broad mental health needs are not being met.

The Foundation is committing $10 million over the next 5 years for its Integrative Services initiatives and $2 million over the next two years for its Returning Veterans program.

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Entry filed under: Mental Health, Substance Abuse.

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