Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare Awarded as Lead Agency of CNY Behavioral Health Care Collaboartive

Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare Awarded $2,418,000 as Lead Agency for local Health Care Providers to Improve Health and Treatment Outcomes

Syracuse, NY―Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare has been awarded $2,418,000 over three years to fund the work of a group of five entities coming together to form a Behavioral Healthcare Care Collaborative (BHCC) IPA.


The organizing partners are; The Inclusive Alliance IPA, the Upstate Community Health Collaborative IPA, Upstate Cerebral Palsy, Liberty Resources, and Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare.


The organizations involved in this effort will be either network or affiliate partners and to date those organizations are;


Network Partners:

Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare

Liberty Resources

Oswego County Opportunities

Catholic Charities of Onondaga County

Conifer Park


Farnham Family Services

County of Oswego Council on Alcoholism and Addictions

Cayuga Counseling Services

Arise Child and Family Services

Access CNY

Central New York Services

Unity House of Cayuga County

Syracuse Community Health Center

Upstate Cerebral Palsy

Confidential Help for Alcohol and Drugs


Affiliate Partners:


Central New York Care Collaborative

County of Onondaga Department of Adult and Long Term Care Services

Crouse Hospital

Exceptional Family Resources

Hutchings Psychiatric Center

Inclusive Alliance IPA

L’Arche Syracuse

Madison County Mental Health Department

Mohawk Valley Health System

Mountain View Prevention Services

Oneida County Mental Health

Oneida Healthcare

Onondaga Community Living

Prevention Network

Oswego County Division of Mental Hygiene

Rome Memorial Hospital

Spaulding P.R.E.Y. Residence

St. Joseph’s Health

Upstate Community Health Collaborative IPA

Upstate Medical University Department of Psychiatry

Toomey Residential & Community Services

Hillside Children’s Center

Insight House

Cayuga County Mental Health Center


Other healthcare organizations may be eligible to join the BHCC and may email to express interest or learn more about joining.


The funding award will aid behavioral health providers to transform to a business model of Value-Based Payment, which rewards quality of care and better health outcomes, rather than the volume of services they provide.


Funding will assist the BHCC to enhance the quality of the care patients receive to improve behavioral and physical health outcomes.  Awards will be used for a wide variety of healthcare improvements, including:

  • Identifying gaps in the continuum of care, to better connect the patient to the next level of integrated healthcare;
  • Ensuring ongoing monitoring of care planning, to avoid unnecessary costs and avoidable complications;
  • Identifying opportunities for performance improvement and cost reduction;
  • Improving IT capabilities to more efficiently share data with other providers and partners;
  • Developing a quality improvement process for responding when issues are not being addressed or quality indicators are not being met.


The awards are being funded through the NYS Office of Mental Health, the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, and the NYS Department of Health.


Funding has been awarded regionally to ensure statewide coverage over the next three years.

Jeremy Klemanski, President and CEO of SBH stated: “This funding will support healthcare providers coming together to build a more comprehensive, and higher quality system of care for people in Central New York. We want the best behavioral healthcare in the world to be available in Central New York”.

Tania Anderson, President of Arise, and representing the Inclusive Alliance IPA stated: “This funding represents a key investment not only in integrated care for our community but also in our community based organizations of all sizes and specialties. As an existing collection of providers of all sizes working to break down silos, the Inclusive Alliance IPA is fortunate to have found additional partners within this strong and growing BHCC network.  The end result will be better care for individuals and a more resilient system of health care delivery.

Carl Coyle, CEO of Liberty Resources stated: “We are pleased to be part of this new era of provider collaboration for Mental Health, Primary Care, Substance Abuse and so many services provided by Liberty Resources and our partner organizations.  By integrating the resources of our respective organizations across our service delivery systems and broad geography throughout Central New York, the benefit of improved care will be most felt by our patients and the communities we serve.”


Leola Rodgers, President and CEO of Syracuse Community Health Center, and representing the Upstate Community Health Collaborative IPA stated: “These funds will advance efforts from a regional perspective of multiple agencies and organizations working with multiple state agencies to improve the integration of behavioral health and physical health care.  Just as important and critical is ensuring people suffering from behavioral health and substance use disorders get the care and support they need more efficiently and effectively by combining resources.”

Louis. B. Tehan, President and CEO of Upstate Cerebral Palsy stated: “Quality mental healthcare is more vital than ever and this important funding and commitment from the state will ensure that we can better reach those most in need. Community Health and Behavioral Services (CHBS) is pleased to collaborate with other established providers and this partnership will allow for more value-based care for people throughout all of Central New York. Our combined expertise and resources will ultimately mean greater service opportunities and outcomes for those we serve. ”


Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare (SBH) promotes recovery from the effects of substance use and mental health disorders through healthcare programs at every stage of the rehabilitation process.

For more information from the partners organizing the formation of the BHCC, on the impact to their organizations, the media may contact;

Upstate Community Health Collaborative IPA/ Syracuse Community Health Center: Joan Buckley-White at

Inclusive Alliance IPA / ARISE: Tania Anderson at

Upstate Cerebral Palsy: Kathy Hartnett at

Liberty Resources: Antoinette Follett at

For more information about SBH’S role in the formation of the BHCC or the impact to SBH, please contact Jeremy Klemanski at or by phone at 315-474-5506 ext 202.

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Media Contact:

Katie Weldon



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