By Andrea J. Wanat, MA, CPP, Director of Behavioral Health

Millennium’s Behavioral Health partners across Western New York’s eight counties have been strategizing best practice options to address the following metrics identified by the New York State Department of Health:

  • Adherence to antipsychotic medications for schizophrenics.
  • Follow-up within 7 days after an inpatient psychiatric stay to a mental health visit.
  • Diabetes and Cardio Vascular Disease monitoring for those identified with schizophrenia or bi-polar disease.

In both Erie and Niagara Counties, small groups of behavioral health partners have been meeting with county mental health leaders and hospital staff from the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center (NFMMC) to address these metrics.

In addition, our partners at the Niagara County Department of Mental Hygiene were recently notified of their receipt of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Behavioral Health Integration grant. We look forward to seeing their progress with this exciting grant that focuses on the integration of primary care services into existing behavioral health clinics.

Training in Development for Implementation

Of New Universal Mental Health Triage Tool

In last quarter’s Update, we announced the development of a Mental Health Triage Tool that has been in development throughout 2016. Currently, LaTonya Diggs, MSW, our Behavioral Health Manager and Community Crisis Stabilization lead at Millennium has coordinated a group of community partners to focus on the development of training for this universal mental health triage tool. These trainings will be both a standalone web- based training, as well as be used as a supplement during in-person trainings offered by organizations to educate staff at primary care, behavioral health, and community-based organizations.

Millennium, Crisis Services Partnering on Law Enforcement Training

In addition, as we move into 2017, Millennium has partnered with Crisis Services in Erie County to expand their reach to law enforcement entities focusing on jurisdictions in the City of Buffalo.

 Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) are specialized teams of law enforcement officers that have been specially trained in how to respond to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. The focus is to provide crisis intervention and appropriate response to individuals in the community who live with mental illness and are often found to be in crisis by law enforcement. These trainings strongly support the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program’s overall goal to divert individuals from the hospital for unnecessary reasons.

‘Just Tell One’ Public Awareness Campaign Launched  

In late November, Millennium was pleased to join in announcing the official launch of the “Just Tell One” public awareness campaign.

The campaign is led by the Mental Health Association of Erie County (MHA) and the Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (ECCPASA), in association with Millennium Collaborative Care and Community Partners of WNY (CPWNY) , and with the support from organizations representing Niagara, Orleans, Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany Counties.

The project was developed based on community needs assessment data collected in 2014 that indicated the main behavioral health issues across the eight WNY counties included depression, suicide, substance abuse and binge drinking.

You may have noticed billboards, bus tails, television and social media spots promoting the Just Tell One website across the region. This site provides youth with the tools and confidence to identify and talk with the right trusted person about their depression, suicidal thoughts, alcohol abuse, or drug abuse.

By helping to initiate this conversation as early as possible, we can increase the use of prevention and intervention services and decrease the likelihood of the issue turning into a crisis. For more information and/or to download specific toolkits visit

Carol Doggett, JustTellOne Campaign Director/Director of Community Awareness, Mental Health Association of Erie County — far left — with Ken Houseknecht, Executive Director, MHA, and Millennium’s Michele Mercer at the ‘Just Tell One’ public awareness campaign launch.

Millennium’s Andrea Wanat, MA, CPP, Director of Behavioral Health, joins WNY professionals in offering guidance via Just Tell One video resources.



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