Richmond University Medical Center and Staten Island University Hospital formed SI PPS to implement the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program, a statefederal collaboration aimed at improving the quality of care for Medicaid patients and the uninsured. SI PPS has more than 75 network partners – health care and community-based organizations, organized labor and higher education institutions.
Results from a 2015 SI PPS partner survey indicated unmet training and job development needs. Health care delivery is moving towards a greater emphasis on community-focused care, creating new positions such as community health worker (CHW) and certified peer recovery advocate (CPRA). To help hospitals and health systems meet emerging workforce demands, SI PPS developed new training programs specifically for impeding needs for certified nurse aides (CNAs), CHWs and CPRAs to address the opioid crisis.