Behavioral Health Policy Research Assistant-TEMP
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Behavioral Health Policy Research Assistant-TEMP

The Fund for Public Health in New York City (FPHNYC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to the advancement of the health and well-being of all New Yorkers.  To this end, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), FPHNYC incubates innovative public health initiatives implemented by DOHMH to advance community health throughout the city. It facilitates partnerships, often new and unconventional, between government and the private sector to develop, test, and launch new initiatives. These collaborations speed the execution of demonstration projects, effect expansion of successful pilot programs, and support rapid implementation to meet the public health needs of individuals, families, and communities across New York City.  



The Bureau of Mental Hygiene Community Engagement, Policy, and Practice (CEPP) is a bureau within the Division of Mental Hygiene at DOHMH. CEPP leads and coordinates cross-cutting divisional policy, practice change, and research to improve and integrate behavioral health across sectors and settings. The Office of Policy and Planning (OPP) develops and implements policy and planning initiatives that support the Bureau and Division’s role in improving the behavioral health of New York City residents.  



The Office of Policy and Planning within CEPP seeks a part-time employee to assist with several office initiatives related to behavioral health policy (e.g., federal, state or city legislation/regulations impacting individuals with mental health and/or substance use disorders), insurance access, and stakeholder engagement.  The primary project will involve conducting a landscape analysis of commercial/private health insurance as it relates to behavioral health services in New York City.  The employee will also provide support as needed to other office initiatives including some stakeholder engagement and Behavioral Health Parity trainings. 


* This position will be hired through a temp agency (Talenthub). 



  • Reviewing existing State and Federal legislation, regulations and other policies regarding coverage requirements for behavioral health services.
  • Analyzing differences in covered benefits between commercial/private insurance and public insurance (e.g., Medicaid) and presenting findings to agency staff.
  • Assisting with focus groups or other qualitative research activities to explore issue areas for behavioral health providers and/or individuals related to commercial insurance (e.g., payment rates, provider networks, co-pays/cost sharing). 
  • Supporting the office’s Behavioral Health Parity Trainings as needed through assisting with outreach, training facilitation, and evaluation.  
  • Supporting the office’s work with NYC Regional Planning Consortium (RPC) stakeholder members including support with qualitative data collection and developing tools and forms. 






  • Knowledge of behavioral health policy, health insurance coverage and access to care, and NYS Medicaid  
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications 
  • Ability to interpret and display data for audiences via charts, graphs or other methods 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills 



Position will start as partly remote and partly in-person but may transition to fully in-person based on relevant city/agency guidance. Office located at Gotham Center, 42-09 28th Street LIC, NY 11101. 



Preferred commitment of 20-25 hours a week (maximum of 30 hours a week). This position will be funded through 12/31/21. 



The salary for this position is $25/hour Benefits including medical insurance and paid time off will be offered through Talenthub. 






To apply, send Resume, with Cover Letter, including how your experience relates to this position. We ask that you do not contact our staff directly and no phone inquiries please. Applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted.


The Fund for Public Health in New York City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages a diverse pool of candidates to apply.