Behavioral Health

Clinical resources, sub-committee information, and related events

Behavioral Health

Encompassing prevention and treatment of mental illness, substance use disorders and emotional health, behavioral health is a part of “whole-person" care.

Behavioral Health

Behavioral health issues continue to be under-diagnosed and inadequately treated.  These issues can present themselves in persons of any age, race and culture having an impact on every part of a person’s life. Effective care of behavioral health issues requires the integration and collaboration of mental health and primary care providers.  Below you will find information that will assist in improving the care delivered to patients with behavioral health issues.

Current Projects

Delta Center for a Thriving Safety Net’s State Learning and Action Collaborative

CHCANYS and the NYS Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare were recently awarded funding to participate in the first cohort of the national Delta Center for a Thriving Safety Net’s State Learning and Action Collaborative. As part of our collaboration with the NYS Council, we will host a series of joint meetings and webinars for community health centers and behavioral health organizations to come together to learn from experts and their peers with the goal of advancing value-based payment and integrated care. This provides health centers with the opportunity to network to share lessons learned and best practices. Please contact Ava Rose at if you are interested in learning more.


The behavioral health sub-committee meets on the first Thursday of every month from 11am-12pm EST.  CHCANYS staff leads are Ava Rose, Director, Clinical Excellence and Innovation, and Anita Li, Data & Technology Program Manager.

To join the behavioral heath sub-committee, email Ava,

Substance Use Disorders

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration defines substance use disorders (SUDs) as occurring when: “the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes clinically significant impairment, including health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home.” SUDs describes both the use of illicit, or illegal, substances and the misuse of legal substances like alcohol, nicotine, or prescription drugs.