On October 20th, 2016, the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture hosted RMHA’s annual meeting.
The night opened with a warm welcome by the President of the Board of Directors, Cloe Rodriguez, where she outlined the program for the event. After this, Andrew Meyers, chair of the RMHA Nominating Committee, conducted the annual election and re-election of Board of Directors. Current members Anne Ackerley, Martin Cooper, Andrew Meyers and Carol Schneebaum were re-elected to the Board and Lori Kaufman was welcomed as the newest member of the Board.
Staff and guests were then pleased to hear the remarks of Senator Jeff Klein, who spoke about the relevance of the work RMHA does in the Bronx community and in the entire city of New York.
Executive Director Robert Brewster then awarded RMHA Director of Clinical and Information Systems, Mayra Estrada-Cruz, for her 20 years serving the community with RMHA. Mayra will also become the new Deputy Executive Director on January 1, 2017. Ms. Estrada-Cruz then addressed the audience with a few remarks about her experience at RMHA and her passionate work in New York City, sharing details of her professional career.
The program continued with a presentation by Dr. Donna Demetri Friedman and Dr. Alan Felix, delineating the new initiatives planned for next year: emphasis has been given to the Critical Time Intervention project, designed 20 years ago by Dr. Felix and soon to be in use at RMHA and other behavioral health providers. The CTI program is a nine-month, evidence-based intensive care transitions model designed to prevent re-hospitalization and other adverse outcomes in people with Serious Mental Illness following discharge from hospitals and shelters. The program aims to reduce avoidable emergency department visits and hospital admissions/readmissions within this population and provide them with specialized transitional services. Dr. Friedman was pleased to announce that RMHA has recently received $143.000 from Bronx Partner for Healthy Community to assist in implementing the CTI Program for the DSRIP plan, a five year project started by the New York State Office of Mental Health to restructure the health care delivery system.
The RMHA Annual Meeting 2016 ended with President Rodriguez’s closing remarks, followed by the guests enjoying delicious refreshments.