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Two-Year Demonstration Program to Serve Long Island’s Most Vulnerable: CN Guidance Began Enhanced Services July 1st

Individuals with mental illness and/or drug addictions to benefit, regardless of ability to pay

Hicksville, NY (July 25, 2017) – Long Island this month became one of just a few areas in the United States to benefit from a federally authorized pilot program that will provide comprehensive healthcare services to people facing mental illness and/or substance use disorders.

The program, called a “Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic,” or CCBHC, will be delivered to residents of Nassau and Suffolk County by nonprofit CN Guidance & Counseling Services of Hicksville.

The emerging new model integrates multiple aspects of a person’s healthcare (mental health, addiction, and medical). It comes to Long Island after nearly 500 people died in 2016 from opioid use and thousands more struggle with complex mental health and substance use disorders, often with chronic physical health risks.

Three benefits of the new program—authorized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and overseen by New York State—are: easy access to services for all residents regardless of ability to pay; whole-person, integrated care; and specialized 24/7/365 services to stabilize people experiencing crisis in the least traumatizing, most clinically appropriate, and most cost-effective settings.

The multi-million-dollar demonstration project—which enables local behavioral health leader CN Guidance to add 51 new employees and facility space over the next two years—will promote a wide range of immediate screening, diagnosis, and linkage to treatment for mental health, addictions, and chronic health conditions. Demand for nonprofit CN Guidance services continues to spike—Since just four years ago, the agency has more-than-doubled the number of residents it sees, serving 5,100 in 2016. The CCBHC funding will allow CN Guidance to serve hundreds more, with a wider range of integrated services.

Jeffrey Friedman, Chief Executive Officer of CN Guidance, shares, “This program will save lives. And it will keep many people out of the hospital and restrictive inpatient psychiatric settings.” He added, “CCBHC is a new model that values—and enables—high quality care, personalized services, and cost-accountability.”

The program is especially suited to help individuals with serious mental illness, those with long-term chronic addiction, underserved and low-income individuals and families, and at-risk members of the armed services and veterans. CCBHC services are equally available to people who are insured, uninsured, or on Medicaid.

To learn more and/or to seek services on Long Island, call CN Guidance at 516-822-6111.

On July 1st, New York joined Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Pennsylvania as the sole states to successfully gain permission to participate in this demonstration program.

The NY State Office of Mental Health chose CN Guidance & Counseling Services to serve L.I. after the nonprofit undertook rigorous preparations to demonstrate that it can measure and meet 21 quality objectives.

About CN Guidance and Counseling Services:
CN Guidance & Counseling Services is one of the region’s leading mental health and addiction-related service providers. Established in 1972, the mission of this nonprofit organization is to improve the quality of life for individuals and families on Long Island affected by mental health and/or substance use disorders. It succeeds by providing integration of clinical treatment, housing opportunities, social and support services, counseling, and guidance to individuals, families and the community. CN Guidance has been a leader in providing outreach, supports, and counseling to community members regardless of external circumstances.


Contact: Jeffrey Friedman
(516) 396-2834