FEGS Health & Human Services has been awarded a $925,000 grant from Robin Hood to develop a new, integrated care model to improve health outcomes and reduce poverty among adults and children with mental illness living in New York City. Strategic partners who will play a critical role in this initiative include: Mount Sinai Medical Center; Bronx Lebanon Health System; NYU McSilver Center, Healthfirst; the Institute for Family Health; and PSCH.
The initiative aims to improve patient access to quality healthcare and social support by integrating the services of historically siloed providers. Robin Hood’s investment will establish a blueprint to be scaled citywide and made financially sustainable through Medicaid. Within the 18 month grant period, the initiative partners will work collaboratively to improve the overall health of 2,000 adults and 3,000 children living in poverty. Importantly, this work will advance integrated care models among hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers, non-profit agencies and Managed Care Organizations leading to true “population health” in the New York Metropolitan area.
“Robin Hood’s mission is to fight poverty in New York City and this grant has the potential to create a sustainable and effective model that can be scaled city-wide, thus helping even greater numbers of New Yorkers,” said Eric Weingartner, Managing Director for Robin Hood. “By bringing together a group of strong organizations that have a proven track record of improving the health and mental health of our most vulnerable residents, this initiative will transform the lives of thousands of New Yorkers in need.”
“FEGS Health & Human Services is honored to have a leadership role in advancing the health care outcomes of individual’s living in poverty in New York City” said Kristin Woodlock, Chief Operating Officer, FEGS. "The shared vision and commitment of the initiative partners will improve the health of thousands while making important changes in the way in which health care is provided for the future."
“There is no more important challenge in healthcare today than that of creating sustainable integrated approaches to addressing the co-occurring physical and behavioral health issues that so many socially disadvantaged individuals and families face," said Alan M. Weinstock, CEO of PSCH. "This is both a clinical and financial imperative if we are to improve the health and well-being of so many new Yorkers. PSCH is pleased to be part of this singular and significant endeavor.”
“The McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research could not be more excited to partner with FEGS Health and Human Services on this critical effort. This important initiative will provide a model for the successful integration of behavioral and primary healthcare services. We welcome the opportunity to work with this impressive group of partners and together provide needed services to poverty impacted communities,” stated Mary McKay, Ph.D. Director McSilver Institute.
“This project will be a milestone on the necessary but elusive road from coordination to integration of behavioral and general health care. We have for too long been hampered by a historical notion of mental health care that does not apply to 21st century realities. This is particularly true for children, where the unmet mental health needs remain greatest. We at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Health Center are truly appreciative to FEGS and to the Robin Hood Foundation for this historic opportunity to meet the needs of children and adolescents in the South Bronx.,” said Jeffrey Levine MD Chair, Department of Psychiatry at Bronx Lebanon Hospital.
Dr. Neil Calman, president and CEO of the Institute for Family Health, said, “The Institute is extremely pleased to be part of this innovative collaboration, which will promote the integration of primary care and mental health services across New York City.”
Jorge Petit, MD has joined the FEGS Health & Human Services team to lead this initiative. Petit is a highly experienced and regarded psychiatrist and quality improvement specialist. He has provided consultation to local and state government agencies, hospitals and health systems, community-based behavioral health agencies and primary care practices to meet the challenges of the ever-changing and complex healthcare environment. He formerly served as the Associate Commissioner for the Division of Mental Hygiene in the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and has held clinical leadership positions at North General Hospital, Mount Sinai Medical Center, and New Directions Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Clinic. Jorge is the author of several books including The Handbook of Emergency Psychiatry and The Seven Beliefs, A Step-by-Step Guide to Help Latinas Recognize and Overcome Depression. A graduate of the Universidad de Buenos Aires Medical School, Jorge completed his residency in Adult Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a fellowship in Public Psychiatry at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.