NCBHN is the only region-wide organization which brings together substance use disorder, mental health and social determinant of health service providers. For over 20 years NCBHN has been at the forefront of advocating for health system reforms which recognize the needs of the "whole person" in achieving improved health and a satisfying and productive lifestyle.  


The mission of the North Country Behavioral Healthcare Network (NCBHN) is to lead, connect, and support behavioral health providers and facilitate strategic alliances with other health and human service providers to achieve innovation in program design and excellence in service quality.


NCBHN is committed to achieving excellence through collaboration with our partner organizations, by adhering to the following principles:

  • Integrity

  • Mutual trust

  • Transparency

  • Honest communication


NCBHN will be recognized as an advocate for population health throughout the North Country and will position its members to be part of a sustainable, integrated healthcare system that is focused on reducing the disparities caused by social determinants of health.


These mission-driven goals are interwoven throughout the strategic plan and will drive the organization's priorities over the next three years.

  1. Position Behavioral Health Providers for transition from a fee for service to a Value Based Payment environment. 

  2. Understand and inform members regarding health system transformation at local, state, and national levels.

  3. Provide access to professional education and training.

  4. Facilitate and/or participate in collaborative opportunities and projects among regional stakeholders.


Network members must be a private not for profit, publicly sponsored (municipal, county or NY state) or for-profit agency licensed or funded by a New York State Agency (e.g. Office of Mental Health, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Office of Temporary Disability and Assistance, Office of Child and Family Services, Department of Health) or a non-profit agency that is funded through grants, foundations and/or donations. Member agencies provide services which promote the emotional well-being of persons; or prevent the need for behavioral healthcare services; or offer treatment for behavioral disorders; or, provide other supportive services (including housing and/or vocational education) in a significant amount to a population which includes individuals who are in recover from, or living with mental illness and/or a substance use disorder.


Agencies seeking membership may contact the Network office at 518-891-9460 to request an application packet. The packet contains detailed information about membership opportunities and benefits, as well as a membership application. 

By becoming a member of North Country Behavioral Healthcare Network your organization joins with the leading behavioral healthcare providers in northern New York to affect the future of service delivery in the region.  The Network provides its members with a level of communication, collaboration and regional advocacy that has positioned North Country providers to shape and influence emerging behavioral healthcare issues, particularly those that impact service quality and access. In addition to the shared vision and voice the Network brings its members, it also offers its members many tangible benefits, including: 


  • Press Releases

  • Health System Reform Updates

  • Professional education and training 

  • Regional behavioral health projects 

  • Quarterly member meeting 

  • Advocacy: local, state and national

  • ​Health System Reform Updates

The Members' Public Policy Update, gleaned from major news sources and government, professional and advocacy internet offerings, and published monthly, contains a recap and original analysis of the latest in healthcare systems transformation on the state and federal level, related news items and information on important resources such as upcoming webinars, meetings and trainings. 

  • Professional education and training

The Network helps its members keep their travel and training costs down by organizing high quality, professional training and education opportunities locally. It offers quarterly, customized education programs designed to meet the specific needs of member organizations. Additionally the Network presents a one-day regional conference in the Spring and Fall. 

Click HERE to see current offerings.

  • Regional behavioral health projects

The Network is always looking to identify funding opportunities that can advance member organization efforts to expand and improve services or capacity for service delivery. Member driven projects utilize Network and staff resources to advance collaborative efforts throughout the region. 

Recent projects include development of a Seven County Behavioral Health Care Collaborative of 15 agencies; selection and support at six agencies adopting new Electronic Health Record Systems; administration of a Six County Suicide Prevention & Anti-Bullying project; development and launch of two HUD Continuum of Care Projects involving over 40 human service and housing agencies. Our current focus also include development of data analytics capacity to support value based payment contracting. 

  • Quarterly member meetings

Network members convene quarterly at various regional locations to receive network updates, project and committee reports, and include executive education featuring a topic of member interest.  

  • Advocacy: Local, state, and federal

Then Network's Public Policy Committee works to identify behavioral health issues specific to the North Country, and through affiliation with existing statewide advocacy groups is able to assure that the North Country providers' voice is heard locally, in Albany and Washington, DC.