$1.3 million Awarded for Behavioral Health Pilots

BPHC Announces Innovation Fund Awards

BPHC has awarded $1.3 million to seven organizations to develop innovative pilot programs aimed at improving the health and well-being of patients who need behavioral healthcare services. They are:  The Fortune Society, Lindenwood Health, Montefiore Medical Center, Mosaic Mental Health, The Osborne Association, SBH Health System and Services for the UnderServed.

Awards ranged from $57,000 to $250,000. Projects will begin development in May.

The BPHC Innovation Fund program invited proposals from member organizations that seek to provide care transitions, healthcare and community services for patients with behavioral health conditions and/or a history of involvement with the justice system. Proposals awarded will pilot models of care that address the range of patients’ needs and help prevent re-admission to in-patient care.

These awards comprise the second of two Innovation Fund cycles. The first, launched in summer 2017, awarded nine organizations a total of $1.85 million. Funding areas for the nine pilots included IT innovations in care delivery, patient engagement and education, and addressing social determinants of healthcare access and utilization. View story here.

In total, BPHC has awarded $3.15 million for 16 projects.

“These projects are exciting for their vision, collaborations, and their potential to improve patient care and inspire policy change,” said J. Robin Moon, BPHC Senior Director of System Integration.  “We look forward to commencing the projects.”

For questions about the Innovation Fund, contact Irene Kaufmann or J. Robin Moon.

Innovation Fund Behavioral Health Projects:

The Fortune Society – Transitional Care Coordination Program for people who are Medicaid-eligible, at high risk of substance abuse relapse/or avoidable ER use, and have been justice-involved.


Lindenwood Health – Asthma Medication Adherence initiative through new pharmacy delivery role of “Delivery Health Worker,” offering patient or caregiver real-time assistance regarding asthma medication use.


Montefiore – Expand Valera app enrollment to support SMI & justice-involved patients in greater self-management, treatment adherence, and connectivity with their care team.


Mosaic Mental Health – Use of peer-run Crisis Respite for behavioral health patients identified as being high risk and high utilizers of hospital emergency departments and in-patient services.


The Osborne Association – Promoting Resilience, through Social Resilience Model, by incorporating holistic interventions that address subclinical trauma symptoms for Bronx-based clients with criminal justice histories.


SBH Health System –Point of Care in the Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Programs and Primary Care Setting.


Services for the UnderServed – Trauma-Informed Yoga in Residential Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment.