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STATEWIDE Behavioral health Program

Recruitment for Year 2 of our Statewide Behavioral Health Program Has Now Concluded

If you are interested in being involved in other Foundation programs, check out our Data Hub Program which is completing ongoing recruitment until we reach 100% of School-Based Health Centers in the state! Currently 50% of SBHC sites statewide are participating. To join this program or get more information, contact Program Manager Lisa Perry at

FINDINGS FROM YEAR 1 of our BH program

The Behavioral Health Program recently presented on our Year 1 findings at the NYSBHA Annual Conference. In 2022, Year 1 of the 2-year Statewide Behavioral Health Program, ten Sponsoring Organizations (SOs) designed and implemented projects across 3-tiered models of care, all to various results. To learn more, download our 1-pager and conference slides below!

 behavioral health program makes NYHealth Foundation's best of 2022 list!

We are proud to announce that the New York School-Based Health Foundation was featured on the NYHealth Foundation's Best of 2022 List for our work on the Behavioral Health Program.  Learn more about our program below and to read the full annual report featuring NYHealth's wins from 2022, click the button


About the School-Based Health Center (SBHC) Statewide Behavioral Health Program

We are pleased to announce the start of a new grant-funded project to support behavioral health services in school-based health centers throughout New York State.  This is a 2-year program that began in January 2022, with generous funding from the New York Community Trust and the New York State Health Foundation. Each year, 10 sponsoring organizations will receive individualized technical assistance, group trainings & peer sharing on topics of identified interest, and a $4,000 stipend to help fund a project of each organization's choosing.

Statewide Behavioral Health Program Goals


The goal of this statewide behavioral health technical assistance program is to enhance New York’s school-based health centers' (SBHCs') capacity to meet the new wave of need resulting from students' experiences of the COVID pandemic. The program will be designed to strengthen the SBHCs' capabilities, systems and processes through which they deliver behavioral health services and to assure the SBHCs play an integral and coordinated role now and into the future.


The training and technical assistance will support SBHCs in establishing a three-tier service system for their school populations, as follows:

Tier 1. Prevention and universal needs

Tier 2. Outreach to targeted populations

Tier 3. Identification and immediate intervention for students with intensive needs, with special emphasis on suicide prevention among adolescents

Each tier poses unique challenges for SBHCs that operate within school communities, necessitating relationship building and coordination of services with school staff and leadership, as well as with external providers of behavioral health and other needed services.  This technical assistance program will help navigate these challenges by sharing best practices through consultations with Mr. Bloom, education sessions, and peer learning opportunities.


Watch the recording from our introductory webinar held December 14, 2021 here:
















Watch our Behavioral Health Program Cohort 1 Kickoff Webinar held February 14, 2022 here:

Our team

BH Program Advisor, LCSW

Director Of Special Projects & Initiatives, New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center (NYPCC)

Scott Bloom, LCSW, will be advising the BH program and providing training and technical assistance as our subject matter expert. Our NYC members know Scott as the founding Director of School Mental Health Services for the New York City Department of Education where he served for 15 years, facilitating partnerships with non-profit organizations and implementing mental health initiatives in over 1,800 city schools.


Mr. Bloom has spent his 31-year career at the intersection of mental health, communities, and schools working to improve access to social-emotional services and resources by integrating these programs, creating opportunities for children and youth to overcome emotional and behavioral barriers to academic achievement.

BH Program Manaager,

CEO, ADK Health Solutions

Katy Cook is the owner of ADK Health Solutions, a new health care consulting firm based out of the Capital Region of New York State. Her consulting experience has primarily been telehealth focused, with several years spent working with New York School-Based Health Centers on expanding their telehealth offerings, as well as creating training content for the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center.


Prior to going into consulting, Katy worked for Adirondack Health Institute (AHI) and the Adirondacks Accountable Care Organization (ACO), most recently as the Director of Partner Engagement. She still serves part-time in this role, supporting the development of strategies that foster provider and community-based organization engagement to enhance the regional network. She also spent 4.5 years as a state sponsored telehealth expert for AHI, where she managed the end-to-end development of multiple telehealth programs and service lines in health centers, hospitals, behavioral health organizations, home health agencies, and more around the North Country region.

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