Improving Diabetes Prevention and Management

Grantee Name

Institute for Community Living, Inc.

Funding Area

Improving Diabetes Prevention and Management

Publication Date

September 2013

Grant Amount


Grant Date:

December 1, 2007 – January 13, 2012


Individuals with serious mental illness are 2.3 times more likely to develop diabetes during their lifetime and 2.7 times more likely to die from diabetes-related complications.

These physical and mental co-morbidities not only reduce quality of life, but are associated with high hospital admission rates. In 2008, NYHealth awarded Institute for Community Living (ICL) a grant to address poorly-controlled diabetes in those with serious mental illness by developing the Diabetes Co-Morbidity Initiative (DCI), a program to help behavioral health agencies staff provide diabetes care management to patients. NYHealth funded this project through its 2007 Setting the Standard: Advancing Best Practices in Diabetes Management request for proposals.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • Met its goals related to producing training materials, securing program participation, and training staff members;
  • Designed a toolkit for improving diabetes support;
  • Implemented the DCI at 19 behavioral health agencies in New York City, Long Island, Westchester, and Central New York, setting up a total of 44 programs;
  • Provided diabetes training to 324 staff members, exceeding its original training goals of 144–192 staff members; and
  • Reviewed diabetes registry data and focus groups with participating staff members and clients.

Read the report associated with this grant, “Setting the Standard: A Foundation Initiative to Advance Best Practices in Diabetes Management.”