The Center for Practice Innovations (CPI) supports the New York State Office of Mental Health’s mission to promote the widespread availability of evidence-based practices to improve mental health services, ensure accountability, and promote recovery-oriented outcomes for consumers and families. The CPI serves as a key resource to OMH by spreading those practices identified by OMH as most critical to accomplish OMH’s system-transformation initiatives.


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CPI NewsBrief: CPI’s Chacku Mathai Selected Advocate of the Year by the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

  • 18 October 2020

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law ( has selected Chacku Mathai as its Advocate of the Year.

Chacku is CPI’s Project Director for the SAMHSA Healthy Transitions grant, Promoting Hope and Opportunities for Youth with Early Psychosis (ProHope), focused on supporting youth and young adults experiencing First Episode Psychosis to achieve their goals for school, work, and relationships. The project supports young people through the OnTrackNY model of Coordinated Specialty Care with teams located at the Child Center of NY in Queens and the Westchester Jewish Community Services in Peekskill and Hartsdale.


IMHATT Program Completion List

  • 15 September 2020

Access a list of OMH-licensed programs where at least one staff person has earned an Integrated Mental Health Mental Health/Addictions Treatment Training (IMHATT) certificate. People earn an IMHATT certificate after completing 29 online training modules that include basic, intermediate, and advanced skills in integrated treatment for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders including tobacco dependence.

CPI NewsBrief: Updated Wellness Self-Management Plus (WSM+) Workbook is Now Available

  • 2 September 2020

Wellness Self-Management Plus (WSM+) is a curriculum-based clinical practice designed to assist adults who are simultaneously dealing with mental health and substance use problems. The topics covered include a number of research-informed approaches that are organized into a comprehensive and coordinated set of practices.


We're pleased to announce that working with experts at the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS), CPI has updated the WSM+ workbook to reflect changes and increased knowledge in the field.


The curriculum is still organized into a 57-lesson personal workbook that includes lessons such as:

  • Understanding the connection between mental health and substance misuse
  • Understanding how substance misuse and addiction may harm your mental and physical health
  • Deciding if your substance misuse or addiction is a problem
  • Understanding pros and cons of substance misuse
  • Making important decisions: Knowing your personal readiness to change
  • How are mental health, substance misuse and addiction problems diagnosed?
  • Understanding and preventing a relapse
  • Coping with stress: What works? What doesn't?
  • Knowing your early warning signs
  • Health lifestyle, tobacco use, e-cigarettes/vaping and recovery

CPI NewsBrief: A New Uniform Clinical Network Provider Training (UCNPT) Resource is Now Available (free CEU!)

  • 2 August 2020

We are pleased to announce that the newest Uniform Clinical Network Provider Training curriculum, Network Provider Training Part 4, is now available through CPI's Learning Management System. LCSWs, LMHCs, and CASACs may receive 1 free continuing education credit for completing this curriculum!

This course introduces the basic concepts of shared decision making (SDM) and helps clinicians prepare for actual use of SDM. An overview of SDM is provided including the definition of shared decision making, why SDM is important, and when SDM should be considered in the treatment planning process. Developed by Glyn Elwyn and colleagues, the three-talk model of SDM is introduced as a way to dialogue with clients about treatment. The course will detail how SDM looks in practice via two role plays, one about depression treatment in a clinic-based-environment and one about medication treatment for Schizophrenia. In addition, four principles of person-centered care will be outlined, and participants will be able to identify three "red flags" when making decisions with clients.

Catalogues Are Now Available for CPI's Learning Management System and Website Consumer Portal

  • 18 March 2020

Did you know that we now have two catalogues that describe our e-learning resources? 

The Online Module Catalogue lists and provides information about 90+ online modules that are currently found in our Learning Management System (

The Consumer and Family Portal lists and provides information for providers, consumers and their families.


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