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The CCF Receives a Grant From The New York Community Trust to Build Capacity for Comprehensive Child Welfare

The Collaborative for Children and Families (CCF) has received a grant of $100,000 from the New York Community Trust. The grant will allow CCF to improve quality of care and save costs for the child welfare sector by identifying and sharing proven practices.

CCF was formed to respond to many changes in New York’s Medicaid system. Experts agree that children need thorough solutions to live healthier, fuller lives, rather than isolated efforts, The grant from the New York Community Trust taps CCF’s vast expertise in child welfare, mental health, and education programs in order to improve health outcomes. Specifically, The Trust’s support will help CCF to create an extensive database of services, develop strategies for cross-agency collaboration and integration, create economies of scale for administrative functions, and hold a forum to build awareness of best practices.

“We are thrilled that the New York Community Trust – one of New York’s leading philanthropic institutions – is standing with the Collaborative for Children and Families to improve the lives of more than 30,000 children,” said Alan Mucatel, chair of the Collaborative for Children and Families and executive director of Leake & Watts Services, Inc. “We have an immense opportunity to transform the child welfare sector by scaling proven solutions, and we look forward to working with The Trust and other funders to achieve this goal.”

Last week, CCF announced that it was designated as a Health Home by the New York State Department of Health. The Health Home care management service model allows CCF to coordinate holistic care for Medicaid enrollees. As a Health Home, CCF will be able to utilize the expertise of its 33 member agencies and its diverse network of community partners to positively affect the majority of New York’s foster care and preventive services population, in addition to other children in need. In the coming year, CCF hopes to work with philanthropic partners to enact the recommendations that will be surfaced by the NYCT grant, and conduct additional policy forums to spread knowledge across the state.

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The Collaborative for Children & Families is Designated as a NYS Health Home!

The Health Home designation provides a model for the CCF to comprehensively address health needs for more than 30,000 high-need children annually

The Collaborative for Children and Families (CCF) announced today that it has been designated as a Health Home authorized to serve children by the New York State Department of Health. CCF is comprised of 33 leading nonprofit agencies serving children, which are based throughout New York City, Long Island, and Westchester.

Health Homes coordinate care among multiple caregivers, and the CCF’s breadth of services and knowledge is ideal to improve long-term health outcomes for children and their families. As a Health Home, CCF is uniquely qualified to coordinate comprehensive care for a vast population of children in challenging circumstances, such as youth in foster care and preventive services, and to address health issues ranging from social emotional disorders to chronic conditions.

“The evolving and diverse health needs of children in New York requires an inclusive and harmonized approach,” said Alan Mucatel, Chair of the Collaborative for Children and Families and Executive Director of Leake & Watts Services, Inc. “We are looking forward to leveraging the vast knowledge and expertise of CCF’s member agencies to improve access to quality health care and ultimately improve outcomes for children across the state.”

Together, CCF member organizations, through their currently existing programs, have partnerships with community organizations and health care providers across New York City and surrounding areas. Member agencies also work closely with juvenile justice and education systems. To further the long-term effect of the Health Home model, the CCF plans to establish cross-agency taskforces and learning forums to strengthen population-serving strategies, services, and capacity. CCF will spend the coming months expanding their network of agencies to ensure that the complex needs of all children can be met.

About the Collaborative for Children and Families
Founded in early 2014, the Collaborative for Children and Families (CCF) was formed in anticipation of changes in the delivery of health care services to children eligible for New York State’s Medicaid program. The CCF is a New York State nonprofit comprised of 33 member agencies that serve children and families throughout the five boroughs of New York City and Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties. The CCF offers comprehensive services to children and families in a more coordinated manner than could be achieved individually. Member agencies as of June 16, 2015 can be found here.