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.