Special Projects Fund

Grantee Name

Project Equinox, Inc.

Funding Area

Special Projects Fund

Publication Date

February 2015

Grant Amount

$300,000

Grant Date:

November 2011–September 2014

In response to the economic downturn of 2008, NYHealth made a series of Economic Recovery grants to support mergers, partnerships, and collaborations between nonprofits that were struggling to maintain services and fiscal viability.

From this initiative, a consortium of seven agencies that provide mental health, substance use treatment, and social services was established to develop a strategic partnership model. Two of these agencies—Equinox Inc., and ClearView Center—determined that a full-asset merger would further increase their ability to offer comprehensive services to similar populations. In 2011, NYHealth awarded Project Equinox a grant to support the Equinox, Inc., and ClearView merger.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • Increased awareness among staff members in the agency about the different expertise available and the types of services offered as a result of the merger;
  • Strengthened services throughout the agency, which led staff members to be confident they could fully address multiple client issues through discussions or referrals; 
  • Expanded mental health services for youth, ages 16 to 24. In 2013, 82 youth were assessed and 52 youth were admitted into the new program;
  • Restructured and streamlined internal operations by combining finance, human resources, and development into one department; and
  • Hired a chief financial officer and a billing clerk to oversee operations in the newly combined department.