Peer Integration

SIPCW and the Staten Island PPS work with behavioral health providers to integrate peers into a variety of settings (i.e. ED, outpatient, and inpatient). Providers received technical assistance in peer recruitment, workflow development and supervision template development and training on peer role and responsibilities and supervision of peers.

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Collaborative Care Pilot

SIPCW and the Staten Island PPS identified an adult practice that met pilot eligibility to participate in a statewide pilot funded by the United Hospital Fund and led by Dr. Henry Chung of Montefiore. The pilot utilized a framework, developed by Dr. Chung and Dr. Pinkus, that organized key components of integrated care into domains arrayed along a developmental continuum intended to support primary care practices to identify their current level of integration, begin to develop plans for moving further along the continuum, and prioritize and implement necessary steps for effective integration.

Public Health Detailing

Based on the pharmaceutical model, in which a pharmaceutical representative visits doctor offices and provides one to one education on new medical interventions, public health detailing provide one to one education on various health related topics.

  • Behavioral Health Integration Detailing: The Behavioral Health toolkit targeted adult primary care providers and focused on depression and substance use and provided a range of information including Staten Island resources and DOHMH’s City Health Information (CHI) guidelines. The detailing visits were aimed to encourage the implementation of universal depression and substance use screening in primary care and referral to community based behavioral health and care management services. Providers received two visits within 30 days.
  • Mommy’s Maternal Health Matters: This detailing campaign targeted OBGYNs and provided a range of information around best practices for caring for mothers with postpartum depression and anxiety. The detailing visits aimed at providing providers with evidence based tools to manage patients with depression and/or anxiety.
  • Buprenorphine Detailing: The Buprenorphine toolkit targeted Staten Island providers already certified to prescribe Buprenorphine. The detailed visit was aimed at encouraging waivered providers to use their waiver or expand their patient limit beyond the current capacity. The toolkit provided information on prescribing Buprenorphine and mentorship opportunities.

Emergency Department Warm Handoff Pilot

The ED Warm Handoff Program was created to introduce peers in EDs for the first time on Staten Island.  Peers were integrated as hospital staff to engage, educate, and advocate for patients, while supporting clinicians to connect patients to SUD services. The program served as an intervention to better engage patients who present with substance use needs and to link them to an appropriate level of care in a timely manner. This initiative was launched with a six-month pilot (November 30, 2016 to May 31, 2017) and was supported by several infrastructural system-level enhancements, including the expansion of treatment provider hours of operation, a 24/7 call center and online searchable provider directory, and the growth of the peer workforce

Heroin Overdose Prevention & Education (HOPE)

HOPE is a post arrest and pre-arraignment diversion program developed by the Staten Island District Attorney’s office. SIPCW was part of the development of the program and currently manage the contract with CHASI. For more information, visit SI HOPE at

About BHIP

The Behavioral Health Infrastructure Project (BHIP) focuses on the mental health and substance abuse infrastructure on Staten Island to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and increase quality behavioral health services. SIPCW serves as project lead for this Staten Island PPS project.