We are pleased to share that our Associate Executive Director, Joe DeGenova, has been elected to the board of directors of the Coalition for Behavioral Health. The Coalition provides policy, advocacy, training and technical assistance to more than 100 community-based behavioral health providers across New York state. The work the Coalition does helps to support and amplify the needs of those providers and their clients, and we are proud to be a part of it.
Joe has been working with the Coalition as part of their Center for Recovery Advisory Group for the past four years. Now, as a member of the board, he will have a hand in setting the direction of the Coalition’s efforts.
“I am happy to be on the board to work on pushing policies and other things in the right direction for our clients and our staff,” says Joe. “It is also a place where I can learn about things that are worth bringing back to CUCS as we navigate the always-changing human services landscape.”
As part of this new role, Joe is also hoping to represent the needs of organizations that are not primarily funded by Medicaid. While some of CUCS’s programs are Medicaid-funded, many are not. “CUCS developed as an organization to help people whose needs were not being met by the mainstream behavioral health system, which is primarily funded by Medicaid,” he says. “So, I’m interested in ensuring that the Coalition is representing those interests too. A lot of our clients get critical service—whether it’s supportive housing, safe haven shelters, or street outreach—outside of the Medicaid-funded system.”
We are thrilled for this new chapter in CUCS’s involvement with the Coalition. Our heartiest congratulations go out to Joe on his appointment.