Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund is meant to encourage partners to think creatively about how they can meet performance targets. This fund will support start-up initiatives by making available “seed money” for those that qualify. Because performance is calculated annually by the Department of Health through analysis of claims and other indicators, health improvement activities taken today will not result in funds from DSRIP to Alliance for more than one year. Alliance recognizes this can be problematic, particularly for small organizations who may not have the budget to fund the launch of a new program or activity. The Innovation Fund is designed to support new initiatives in the meantime.

The Innovation Fund is closed for applications currently. Alliance will notify the community when the fund opens again in the future.

Below is a list of initial awards from the Innovation Fund:

The following organizations have been approved for funding through the Innovation Fund to support the associated project.

Additional applications are currently under review for the remainder of the $6.5 million innovation fund.

Organization Activity Innovation funds awarded
Samaritan Hospital Hire a readmissions clinical care coordinator to help prevent avoidable readmissions. $100,000
Katal Center for Health, Equity and Justice Expand the existing Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) project from the City of Albany to Rensselaer and Schenectady counties, to divert eligible offenders to case management as opposed to law enforcement. $69,519
Samaritan Hospital dba Capital Region Health Connections Health Home Hire a staff member to support outreach bedside for Health Home appropriate members and facilitate care transitions for members already enrolled in the Health Home Program. $57,000
Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood Hire two care coordinators to meet with patients needing additional behavioral health services, assess their needs, and connect them to trusted providers in the community. $113,167
Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood Hire a consulting firm to integrate new telemedicine technology with UHPP’s electronic medical record. $9,250
Unity House of Troy, Inc. Create a short-term behavioral health crisis/hospital diversion residence with 6-8 beds to serve individuals aged 18 and older diagnosed with a mental illness. $125,680
Community Health Center Expand the provision of tele-monitoring services for at-risk and high-utilizing patients in Fulton and Montgomery counties. $122,166
Ellis Hospital’s Asthma Education Program Hire a Community Health Worker intern and Respiratory Therapist/Certified Asthma Educator to support a school-based asthma program pilot with 3 elementary schools in the Schenectady City School District. $26,730
Catholic Charities Care Coordination Services Develop a person-centered single point of access in Schenectady County and Rensselaer County, modeled after Project Safe Point's existing Health HUB, for people who use drugs, are chronically homeless, struggle with issues related to poverty and/or issues related to mental illness. $350,000
Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless Support IPH’s Drop-In Center, Health and Wellness, Safe Haven in providing a safe setting where homeless individuals can access services that meet their basic needs. $181,937
Bethesda House Hire social workers and intensive case managers for an overnight emergency shelter. $232,310
Hometown Health Centers Purchase Vitalograph Aerosol Inhalation Monitor (AIM) to assist patients in training to appropriately use their inhaler. $4,800
Schenectady Works, The City Mission of Schenectady Expand its geographical service area for patient outreach, engagement and care coordination, connecting patients to services throughout the community. $350,000
Trinity Alliance Creation of a neighborhood hub located in the West Hill and South End neighborhoods of Albany to provide services through the Wellness Engagement Activation Resource Centers and the Refugee Community Health Partnership Program. $466,348
Albany Family Medicine Residency Hire a full time mental health provider for one year to diagnose depression and anxiety through screening tools, triage and coordinate referrals for patients with a mental health diagnosis, provide short term counseling, follow-up with patients with mental health diagnosis from hospital admissions and emergency department visits, and coordinate with pharmacists to promote medication adherence. $80,000
St. Mary's Amsterdam Hire a full time mental health provider for one year. $80,000
St. Mary's Amsterdam A digital media campaign that targets health care providers and one that targets Lower income/Medicaid recipients who smoke with a goal that they will quit. Digital marketing programs utilize the best platform and tactics to promote messages in primary market areas to key demographics through pre-roll video and display ads. $10,000
Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson To expand their scope of primary care to include the integration of preventive behavioral health services, preventive substance use services, and a comprehensive care coordination model that addresses the social determinants of health. $344,497
Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless' (IPH) Medical Respite program. Case coordination. The Medical Respite program opened in March 2017 and provides emergency respite shelter to individuals who are homeless and being discharged from inpatient hospitalizations or are homeless and have a recent history of overutilization of emergency departments, hospitals, and other emergency services due to chronic health conditions and/or illnesses. The ten-bed facility, located within St. Mary's Hospital in Troy, NY, provides a setting, accommodations, and intensive case coordination services not offered through traditional shelter facilities. Case coordination services focus on connecting individuals with community-based health care resources that will provide increased health stability and overall improved health. Case Coordinators meet with Medical Respite guests regularly to discuss each guest's unique set of medical needs as well as any needs that have led to and perpetuated their homelessness and inhibited their housing stability. $319,630
New Dimensions in Health Care Registered Nurse Care Coordinator position. $104,578
New Dimensions in Health Care Enhance patient communication for non-English speaking/hearing impaired patients via purchase and use of video interpretation. The implementation of the video interpreting device will allow patients to see an interpreter with the goal to improve care and care management. Additionally, forms used by the clinic will be translated into other languages to improve patient comprehension. $8,950
Healthy Capital District Initiative Employ a Project Coordinator to provide consumer research and engagement services. Targeted consumers include: Non-Initiators: consumers referred to home-based asthma services; initial visit not completed: Partial Participants: consumers dis-engaged after initial visit; no follow-up visit(s) completed. $84,500

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Innovation Fund Evaluation Criteria