Please note that the Regional Planning Consortium kickoff date for
Binghamton was incorrect on the previous email. The corrected date is
included below and attached. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Please pass along the updated version where appropriate.

May 12, 2016

Effective July 1, 2016, Medicaid Managed Care (MMC) plans in counties
outside of New York City will begin covering expanded behavioral health
services for adults (21 and over). Also effective July 1, 2016, Health and
Recovery Plans (HARPs) will begin enrollment of eligible recipients with
Serious Mental Illness (SMI) and Substance Use Disorders (SUD). Beginning
October 1, 2016 HARPs outside NYC will offer members access to enhanced
behavioral health home and community-based services (BH HCBS).

This transition is based on the work of the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT)
with the goal to promote better health, better care, greater access, and
lower costs. Through a transformation of the system of care, all
behavioral health services will be delivered in a way that is:

• Person-centered

• Recovery-oriented

• Integrated

• Data-driven

• Evidence-based

Through the efforts of all involved stakeholders, New York State expects to
build a system that effectively delivers fully integrated, community based
behavioral health and physical health for consumers, and establish a better
quality experience for Medicaid recipients in New York State.

To this end, the Conference of Local Mental Hygiene Directors (CLMHD), in
concert with New York State, has developed a plan to address and monitor
the behavioral health transition through Regional Planning Consortiums
(RPCs). It is imperative that key stakeholders, including consumers,
families, providers, local governments, and Managed Care Organizations,
come together to ensure that these initiatives are a positive force for the
residents of New York State. The RPCs are the vehicles that will provide
the local voice to the statewide system transformation.

With these goals in mind, CLMHD is excited to partner with the New York
State Department of Health (DOH), Office of Mental Health (OMH), and Office
of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to hold a series of
kick-off events to begin Regional Planning Consortiums in counties outside
of New York City.

We would like to invite you to participate in this inaugural meeting to
begin the planning and work that establishes the RPC system. The agenda
will include:

– An overview of Behavioral Health Medicaid Managed Care changes in NYS
– Lessons learned from the NYC implementation
– Role and goals of the RPC
– Information on available resources and next steps.


Click here for a map of the RPC regions and list of kickoff events. These events are open to all interested parties.

We look forward to working with you on this new and exciting endeavor.

Schedule of Regional Planning Consortium Kick-Off Forums

Click here to register for an event below.

RPC Regions RPC Event Location Date
Long Island Farmingdale Molly College Farmingdale Campus Atrium, 7180 Republic Airport

Farmingdale, NY 11735-3930

June 1

12:30-2:30 pm

Mid-Hudson White Plains Westchester County Center

Little Theater, 198 Central Ave, White Plains, NY 10606

June 8


Mohawk Valley /Capital Albany Empire State Plaza

Meeting Room 1

Albany, NY  12242

June 10


Tug Hill/Central Syracuse The Oncenter

800 South State St.

Syracuse, NY 13202

June 20


Finger Lakes Rochester CCSI Rochester

1099 Jay St. Bldg J, 3rd Floor, Rochester, NY 14609

June 21


Western Buffalo Buffalo Convention Center

153 Franklin St.

Buffalo, NY 14202

June 22


Southern Tier Binghamton Cornell Cooperative Extension

840 Upper Front St.

Binghamton, NY, 13905

June 28


North Country Plattsburgh Auditorium of Clinton County Clinic

130 Arizona Ave.

Plattsburgh, NY 12903

July 6


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