Integrating Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Project Title

People First: Center of Excellence for the Integration of Care for Individuals with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

Grant Amount


Priority Area

Integrating Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Date Awarded

October 3, 2008







More than 1.4 million New Yorkers are affected by co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. Considering the scope of the problem, the New York Health Foundation and National Development and Research Institutes (NDRI) partnered to establish the first statewide Center for Excellence in Integrated Care (CEIC).

CEIC’s chief purpose was to serve as a resource to the 1,223 licensed-mental health and certified substance use service sites in New York State. CEIC provided the tools and assistance to transform their practices and increase their capacity to deliver services for both conditions at the same time and the same place. Further, CEIC ensured that the increased capacity of addiction and mental health outpatient clinics will provide integrated care that is standard, recovery-oriented, person-centered, and culturally responsive. CEIC was be guided by three goals: (1) implementing a standardized approach to screening; (2) adopting a uniform approach to assessment; (3) spreading the use of eight treatment practices that have been proven to work for integrated care.

In December 2009, NYHealth awarded NDRI an additional $442,570 for the project “Expanding Technical Assistance Support and Reach of NYHealth Center for Excellence in Integrated Care (CEIC).”