MMNY has a two-year grant from the NYS Health Foundation to promote and support community engagement in these efforts. In particular, MMNY aims to ensure community-based organizations (CBOs) have the tools and support they need to become involved at the local level in DSRIP regions around the state.
The initiative has three goals:
- strengthen the capacity of community-based organizations throughout New York State that have historically served low-income people, people with disabilities, and vulnerable populations to engage in Medicaid system reform;
- gather and disseminate information from community-based health and human services organizations to share promising practices and inform policy recommendations; and
- generate and advance policy recommendations based on the experience of coalition partners, community-based organizations, and consumers.
Through its grant work to this point, including a statewide survey, regional focus group sessions, and individual interviewing, MMNY has gleaned a significant amount of information and broader understanding of the barriers CBOs face to participate effectively in DSRIP. The number one barrier to doing DSRIP community engagement work locally that CBOs have expressed is that they do not have the funds or capacity for this work.
To help overcome this barrier, and support the work of local CBOs across the state, MMNY will provide funding for activities associated with DSRIP community engagement. Funding will be awarded to pay for activities that would otherwise not happen due to lack of funding.
Up to $3000 per application may be requested. All activities must be complete by August 31, 2017. Brief reports on activities completed will be required.
More information and application instructions are available here.