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Healthfirst 2013 Fall Symposium

Innovations in the Integration of Primary and Behavioral Healthcare

Healthfirst hosted its seventh Provider Symposium on Monday, November 4. Moderated by Dr. Susan Beane, the symposium focused on Integrated Care as a health care delivery innovation. Speakers discussed strategies and holistic solutions for people living with co-occurring physical, mental and, substance use disorders. Topics included:

  • Innovative integrated care strategies used by both behavioral and medical homes to meet the needs of the whole person
  • Health information technology and platforms to support integrated care
  • Integrated care in home and community settings

> 2013 Fall Symposium Agenda


Deborah Brotman, MD, FACP

Chief Medical Officer, FEGS Health and Human Services

 

Deborah Brotman, MD, FACP, is the Chief Medical Officer of FEGS Health and Human Services, one of the nation’s largest and most diversified health and human services organizations. In this role, she provides oversight to the organization’s medical, psychiatric, and nursing operations that serve thousands of individuals daily. She also engages with external healthcare and business partners to customize quality integrated healthcare delivery models. With the FEGS team, Dr. Brotman promotes a large portfolio of resources to enable individuals with diverse needs to achieve independence.

 

Before joining FEGS, Dr. Brotman spent twenty-five years in the not-for-profit healthcare arena dedicated to providing accessible integrated services to multiple populations. As the Chief Medical Officer of the Center for Comprehensive Health Practice Inc., she promoted community‑based healthcare through a multidisciplinary team approach, leading programs that focused on primary care for low-income families, substance use treatment, HIV treatment, child development, and mental health treatment. During her tenure, she was involved with clinical research and evaluation, as well as with medical-student and physician education. She has been a consultant on integrated healthcare, the Patient-Centered Medical Home, and collaboration between behavioral and primary medical services.

 

Dr. Brotman is board certified in internal medicine, is certified in Healthcare Quality and Management, and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians. She is a member of IPRO and has participated in multiple peer-review committees, the statewide New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute Quality Care Committee, and the AIDS Institute Substance Use and Upper Manhattan Learning Networks.

 

> Follow-up Study of Healthfirst Senior Members with Diagnoses of Diabetes and Depression


Michael Carbery

Chief Information Officer, Brooklyn Health Home

 

Michael Carbery serves in dual roles as the Chief Information Officer of the Brooklyn Health Home and the Director of Health Information Exchange for Maimonides Medical Center.

 

In these roles, Mr. Carbery has led the technical effort for the Maimonides-led New York State HEAL 10 and 17 grants, now directs the technical effort for the CMMI HCIA grant, and leads the continuing development and implementation of the community-wide Care Coordination system for the Brooklyn Health Home.

 

He has significant experience in managing complex and time-sensitive HIT initiatives for healthcare providers, as well as serving in information technology and business operations leadership roles in other industries. Mr. Carbery is a 1979 graduate of Princeton University.

 

> Healing the Mind/Body Split: The Brooklyn Health Home Care Coordination Platform


Jason Cheng, MD

Director, Integrated Health, Institute for Community Living

 

Jason Cheng, MD, is Director of Integrated Health at the Institute for Community Living (ICL). With the same agency, he is the medical director of both a mental health outreach team and a homeless shelter mental health clinic. He has a leadership role in ICL’s Behavioral Health Medical Homes project, as well as in its work on integrating primary care into mental health clinics and a PROS program. Dr. Cheng is particularly interested in developing integrated care services that address health disparities.

 


Andrew Fair, MS

Project Manager, Office of Health Integration, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

 

Andrew Fair, MS, is a Project Manager in the Division of Mental Hygiene at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). He works at the intersection of physical and mental healthcare, with a focus on care coordination, consumer engagement, quality improvement and metrics, and health information technology. Before coming to the Division of Mental Hygiene, Mr. Fair was a Smoking Cessation Specialist with DOHMH’s Bureau of Tobacco Control. He has a BA in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and an MS in Society, Human Development, and Health from Harvard School of Public Health.


Harris Huberman, MD, MPH

Director, Division of Child Development, Department of Pediatrics, SUNY Downstate Medical Center

 

Harris Huberman, MD, MPH, is a developmental pediatrician with a history in pediatric primary care and community health centers. His interests include international health and preventive parenting programs.

 


Robert W. Myers, PhD, LMSW

Senior Deputy Commissioner and Director, Division of Adult Services, State Psychiatric Centers, and Managed Care, New York State Office of Mental Health

 

Robert W. Myers, PhD, is the Senior Deputy Commissioner and Director of the Division of Adult Services, State Psychiatric Centers, and Managed Care for the New York State Office of Mental Health (NYSOMH). His responsibilities include policy and planning for adult mental health services in 57 counties and New York City, and oversight of 15 adult psychiatric centers. Recent focus has been on health home and managed care implementation. Before this, Dr. Myers managed the day-to-day operations for OMH’s Division of Community Care Systems Management. This involved overseeing the Bureaus of Adult, Children’s, and Licensing Services, as well as five field offices.

 

Prior positions with NYSOMH include Director of Operations at Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center; and Director for Regional Operations and Director of Housing for OMH in Central Office. Before coming to New York, he was a regional administrator for the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and an administrative supervisor for the Middlesex County Welfare Board. He holds a PhD and MSW from Rutgers University.

 


Harvey Rosenthal

Executive Director, New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS)

 

Harvey Rosenthal has over 37 years of experience working to promote public mental health services and policies that advance the recovery, rehabilitation, rights, and community inclusion of people with psychiatric disabilities.

 

Between 1975 and 1993, he worked in a variety of public mental health case management, inpatient, clinic and rehabilitation services.

 

Since 1993, he has served as the first executive director for the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS), a statewide peer-led partnership of consumers and providers dedicated to improving services, social conditions, and policies for people with psychiatric disabilities by advancing their recovery, rehabilitation, rights, and community inclusion.

 

Under his leadership, NYAPRS has supported a strong and successful grassroots advocacy community and agenda, created a broad array of recovery training and technical assistance programs for state and national community providers, and created nationally replicated peer service and economic development innovations.

 

He currently serves on the board of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and is a member of New York’s Medicaid Redesign Team, Adult Home Work Group and its Most Integrated Settings Coordinating Council, as well as serving on the Advisory Council of New York’s Justice Center.

 

Mr. Rosenthal also serves on the consumer/survivor subcommittee to the Center for Mental Health Services’ National Advisory Council.

 

His interest in promoting mental health recovery is also personal, dating back to his own hospitalization at age 19.

 


Michelle V. Soto, MD

Internal Medicine Attending, Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center

 

Michelle V. Soto, MD is a Board Certified Internist who serves as Lead Physician at the Center for Integrated Health in Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center. She attended The Sophie Davis School of BioMedical Education in CUNY and completed her medical degree at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency training, with a special focus on Primary Care, at Jacobi Medical Center in 2004. She has held positions as a Primary Care Provider in the public and private sector and as an administrator in the role of Chief of Medicine at Morrisania Diagnostic and Treatment Center in the Bronx. In 2010 she was recruited for her current position due to her interest in Mental Health.

 

Dr. Soto is currently completing a Leadership Fellowship with the National Hispanic Medical Association. She has also completed The Josiah Macy Jr. Substance Abuse Fellowship Program for Minority Medical Students, W.K. Kellogg Community-Based Training Fellowship Program for Minority Medical Students and the Mack Lipkin Broader Horizons Fellowship Program for Medical Studies.

 

Dr. Soto is a bicultural and Spanish speaking bilingual provider and is committed to providing culturally and linguistically appropriate care to patients in underserved areas in New York City.

 

> The Impact of Culturally Competent and Linguistically Appropriate Care for Patients with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness: Diabetes and Weight Management


Tanya Stevens

Director, Peer Services Division, New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS)

 

Tanya Stevens has worked for NYAPRS since February 2004. She came to NYAPRS to manage the OMH Peer Bridger project, which, in its 20 years, has helped thousands of individuals leave state psychiatric centers and has served thousands more through a set of ongoing, mutual  support meetings.

 

Ms. Stevens currently serves as the Director of the Peer Services Division at NYAPRS. During her tenure in this position, she has implemented several new direct care programs, including two partnerships between NYAPRS and managed care companies that serve high-risk Medicaid recipients in the NYC area.

 

Ms. Stevens has trained extensively throughout New York State and the nation on implementing Peer Bridger models, competencies of peer support providers, and specialty areas like Veteran and forensic peer models. She is also currently working with OMH and peer leaders across New York on developing the first ever NYS Peer Specialist certification.

 

Before joining NYAPRS, Ms. Stevens served as the Director of the Women, Co-occurring Disorders and Violence Study at Policy Research Associates. This project was the first federally funded outcome study of its size to implement and evaluate trauma services for women who had been in and out of both the mental health and substance abuse service systems. The goal of this study was to integrate services in an attempt to treat and address trauma and keep people out of services. One of the key components of this study was the integration of consumer/survivor/recovering women in all aspects of project design and implementation.  She oversaw the national advisory board and developed key trainings for and by survivors to better the goal of this program.

 

Ms. Stevens’ work in both mental health and trauma are personal, as she is a survivor of childhood abuse and the public mental health system.

 

> Peer Bridger Services: A Key Element to Advance Integrated Care


Martha Adams Sullivan, DSW

Executive Director of Fordham-Tremont Community Mental Health Center

Vice President, St. Barnabas Hospital, Fordham-Tremont Community Mental Health Center/St. Barnabas Hospital

 

With a background that includes key positions in government, city agencies, and the voluntary sector, Martha Adams Sullivan, DSW, has broad experience in behavioral health leadership, education, policy, planning, and program development. Devoted to the development of culturally competent, quality mental health and chemical dependency services for underserved and minority populations, her work has focused on older adults, women, people of color, and those who are seriously mentally ill or homeless.

 

As Vice President of the St. Barnabas Healthcare Network, Dr. Sullivan currently serves as Executive Director of the Fordham-Tremont Community Mental Health Center. There Dr. Sullivan has developed the Military Families Community Education Project and new specialty behavioral health services, including the Midlife and Older Adults Service, the Women and Families Center, the Care Integration Program, the Men’s Mental Health and Military Families Service, and Fordham-Tremont South, a family mental health center.

 

Dr. Sullivan also serves on the Governor’s Geriatric Interagency Planning Council. She is Founder and Chair of the Citywide Mental Health Coalition for the Black Elderly and President of the National Association of Social Workers, New York City Chapter.

 

Dr. Sullivan earned her doctorate and master’s degrees from the CUNY Graduate School and Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and an undergraduate degree from New York University.With a background that includes key positions in government, city agencies, and the voluntary sector, Martha Adams Sullivan, DSW, has broad experience in behavioral health leadership, education, policy, planning, and program development. Devoted to the development of culturally competent, quality mental health and chemical dependency services for underserved and minority populations, her work has focused on older adults, women, people of color, and those who are seriously mentally ill or homeless.

 

As Vice President of the St. Barnabas Healthcare Network, Dr. Sullivan currently serves as Executive Director of the Fordham-Tremont Community Mental Health Center. There Dr. Sullivan has developed the Military Families Community Education Project and new specialty behavioral health services, including the Midlife and Older Adults Service, the Women and Families Center, the Care Integration Program, the Men’s Mental Health and Military Families Service, and Fordham-Tremont South, a family mental health center.

 

Dr. Sullivan also serves on the Governor’s Geriatric Interagency Planning Council. She is Founder and Chair of the Citywide Mental Health Coalition for the Black Elderly and President of the National Association of Social Workers, New York City Chapter.

 

> Integrated Care/Care Integration: An Empowerment Approach

 


If you have questions or would like more information about Healthfirst’s Provider Symposium Series, please contact Dr. Susan Beane at sbeane@healthfirst.org or (212) 823-2437.

> Click here to view our past symposiums