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Since its inception in 2015, ThriveNYC — the city's sprawling $850 million initiative to address a variety of mental health issues — has operated without much scrutiny or accountability.
With few public metrics by which to measure its success so far, and the broad strokes used by city officials to describe its operations, the city has offered little insight into how it has assessed Thrive's efficacy since it began.
* Chirlane McCray was assigned a $850million budget for her ThriveNYC program
* But records show scheme has failed to keep track of what it spent the money on
* The small amount of data that was collected shows it fell far short of targets
* Despite that, organizers have expanded the budget to $1billion over five years
Chirlane I. McCray, Chair
Darren Bloch, Vice Chair
J. Phillip Thompson
Toya Williford, Executive Director
Maya Jakubowicz, Treasurer
Matt Everett, Secretary
Audit and Finance
4a (Code: ) (Expenses$3,322,670 «including grants of $1,464,222« ) (Revenue$) CONNECTIONS TO CARE - CONNECTIONS TO CARE(C2C), A $30 MILLION, FIVE YEAR INITIATIVE THAT IS PART OF THE THRIVENYC PROGRAM LAUNCHED BY MAYOR'S FUND BOARD CHAIR CHIRLANE MCCRAY IN 2015. THROUGH CONNECTIONS TO CARE, WE ARE PARTNERING WITH COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE FIVE BOROUGHS TO INTEGRATE MENTAL HEALTH SKILLS INTO THEIR WORK BY TAPPING INTO THE EXPERTISE OF MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS (MHPS).
The effort will include work with area churches and ministries, and NYC DOHMH This effort is part of the City of New York's ThriveNYC initiative NYPH will also work with National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Westchester on educational activities in Westchester County Reducing HIV Disparitiesby AssuringLinkagesto CareNYPHscommunity-based effort targeting racial and ethnic disparities in the prevention and treatment of HIV is led through the REACH Collaborative (Ready to End AIDS& CureHepatitisC)
Citigroup Inc. Major American bank
• Public Relations Officer (past)
Mack/Crounse Group Democratic direct-mail and consulting firm
• Senior Vice President ('10→?)
In The Office Of
David N Dinkins Former Mayor of New York City
• Speechwriter (past)
William C Thompson Jr NYC Comptroller and Mayoral Candidate
• Speechwriter (past)
H Carl McCall Chairman, SUNY; former NYS Comptroller
• Speechwriter (past)
Maimonides Medical Center Hospital in Brooklyn
• Marketing Officer ('05→'10)
Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City
• Chairwoman (Feb 6 '14→?)
United States of Care Healthcare policy non-profit
• Founder's Council member
Anita Dunn corporate public relations consultant; former White House communications director
• a consultant
Bill de Blasio Mayor of New York City
• husband ('94→?)
Bertha Lewis President and Founder, The Black Institute
• a friend
Leadership & Staff
Rachel Noerdlinger Publicist
• Chief of Staff (Jan 20 '14→?)
...Recent roles included serving as the Executive Vice President for the Empire State Development Corporation;...
Empire State Development, the state’s main economic development agency, partnered with SUNY to form NY CREATES -- or New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering and Science. The new organization filed its certificate of incorporation with the state last month and plans to file for 501(c)3 status, according to an ESD spokesperson. Since shortly after the indictments of Kaloyeros and other top Cuomo aides, associates, and donors, ESD was charged with overseeing the nonprofits associated with SUNY and the governor’s extensive economic development programming. It was a move announced by the governor in response to the scandals involving some of his signature projects.
After the November 2016 indictments of Kaloyeros, former Cuomo top aide and campaign manager Joseph Percoco, and others, Fort Schuyler and Fuller Road became synonymous with corruption, leading to the effort to rebrand and reorganize.
Highlights of ThriveNYC’s accomplishments during the first four months of Fiscal 2019 under Close Treatment Gaps include:• DOHMH...
DOHMH did not effectively administer certain financial aspects of the contract. As a result, CUCS overbilled DOHMH by about $1.06 million during the year ended June 30, 2013. The overbillings include $1.05 million of improperly claimed personal service expenses and $11,889 of unsupported or inappropriate non-personal service costs.
The improper personal service charges included about $829,000 that was based on unsupported average annual salaries and related fringe benefits instead of actual employee compensation costs incurred by CUCS. For example, a QFR listed $45,774 as the average annual salary for eight social workers, whose average annual salaries were actually $36,806. Thus, on an annual basis, CUCS overbilled DOHMH $8,968 ($45,774 - $36,806) for each of the social workers.
Appointed May 4, 2010
Additional Position(s): Tier One Public Strategies, CEO
ThriveNYC is not an organization. Led by McCray, who cannot hold a paid position in the administration due to nepotism laws, Thrive is a “mental health roadmap.” It encompasses 54 mental health-related projects that are being housed across 20-plus city agencies.
With each of the projects, 31 of which previously existed before McCray’s 2015 announcement, the aim has been to address the stigma-laced culture around mental health as well as general barriers in accessing mental health care across the city’s five boroughs. In the two-plus years since McCray announced Thrive, her political profile has boomed and the city has published dozens of metrics meant to indicate the initiatives’ successes.
The first lady and others involved in thrive said the numbers are a testament to advertising campaigns around the city. Nearly $15 million of Thrive’s overall funds through 2019 are dedicated toward media campaigns. However, some have questioned whether basing the program’s success on the number of people who reach out is most telling as to whether people are actually being connected to the care they are seeking.
Yet, some metrics are difficult to ascertain. Though the city outlined a number of benchmarks for 34 initiatives in the year-two update, there are missing links between how lump sums in budgets trace to each of these metrics. For example, NYC Safe, which is run by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, is geared toward supporting people with mental illness who are more likely to exhibit violent behavior. The program has $22 million earmarked toward its development.
The link between how the $22 million is being employed and how money links to each of these metrics is not available.
The Fund, a non-profit organization, facilitates partnerships between the city and private stakeholders to implement programs advantageous to New Yorkers and, at times, experiment with initiatives that could become part of what city government does. McCray’s role has drawn criticism from some concerned that the appointment creates an expectation from private donors that the mayor will treat them with favor. McCray has waved those off.
Tax filings for the fund between 2014 and 2016 list McCray working one hour a week.
In mid-March, McCray packed her bags and boarded a flight to Puerto Rico to travel the region and assess the mental health climate in the territory following hurricane Irma. In the weeks leading up to her trip, McCray was showing up more frequently at public events. The mayor featured her at press conferences, where she often invokes Thrive.
Rumors began to spread that McCray was prepping to expand her future political aspirations. She didn’t dismiss the idea. McCray actually said it was on a list of things she’s considering. But, in order to get there, she said she needs to focus on the work that currently has her name on it—the most prominent being Thrive.
Two-thirds of the sum comes from city dollars. A combination of federal grants and private donations fund the $24 million Connections to Care program, also under Thrive, and Medicaid reimbursements back the shelter-based treatment for people who are homeless.
The Connections to Care (C2C) program, a $30 million public-private partnership under the federal Social Innovation Fund, with oversight from the C2C Collaborative, aims to address this problem by reaching up to 40,000 New Yorkers over five years by encouraging formal collaborations between community-based organizations (CBOs) and mental health providers (MHPs). In the C2C task-shifting model, mental health specialists equip non-specialist direct service staff at CBOs with the skills to deliver nonmedical mental health services while also facilitating referrals for more intensive care, if needed. By the end of the first year of C2C implementation, CBOs had contracted with MHPs, and together they developed operational plans, and delivered C2C services to over 4,000 CBO clients.
The Mayor's Office for Economic Opportunity, NYC Opportunity for short, was formally announced in May, 2017.
Our office evolved from its origins in two separate but related mayoral units – the Center for Economic Opportunity and HHS-Connect. The Center for Economic Opportunity began with a primary focus to develop and test new anti-poverty programs. The initial program and poverty research agenda was established with the creation of the 2006 Commission for Economic Opportunity.
Opportunity NYC was an experimental Conditional Cash Transfer program (CCT) by the Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg. Announced in April 2007, it was the first CCT program to be launched in the United States or any other developed nation. Its initial phases were funded by a number of private partners including The Rockefeller Foundation, Robin Hood Foundation, the Open Society Institute, Starr Foundation, AIG, and Mayor Bloomberg's own Bloomberg Family Foundation. The program is being evaluated by MDRC, a nonprofit research firm, using a random assignment research design. Opportunity NYC is administered by Seedco, a nonprofit community development organization. The program ended on August 31, 2010.