New York State Office of Mental Health - Beating the Blues Demonstration Project

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) has identified Computerized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (cCBT) as an important enhancement for the treatment of mild and moderate depression in primary care settings and has chosen the cCBT program Beating the Blues for use within its demonstration sites.

OMH has asked U Squared Interactive, the developers of Beating the Blues US, to work with a number of hospital primary care training clinics in New York State to provide cCBT and evaluate its feasibility and effectiveness.

One of the trailblazer sites will be Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Maimonides will be delivering Beating the Blues through primary care in some of their busiest sites to help evaluate how the program can add value to their services by offering immediate and accessible treatment to patients.

Karen Nelson, Senior Vice President for Integrated Delivery Systems at Maimonides, said, “Giving primary care providers a tool to offer depressed patients, especially those who can't afford or don't want one-to-one therapy, has the potential to transform the treatment of a disease that is often so difficult and debilitating. Based on the proven clinical effectiveness of Beating the Blues, we look forward to engaging our primary care practices in delivering the program to patients. We are confident that Beating the Blues will measurably improve patients health outcomes and access to affordable and available treatment.”

Dr. Lloyd Sederer, Medical Director for OMH, stated “OMH is very interested in providing additional treatment services for patients in primary care with depression. The provision of internet based CBT – for mild and moderate depression coupled with a relationship to a caregiver in the primary care setting – represents a safe and effective service that we need.”

John Smith Chief Operating Officer at U Squared added “we are delighted to be working with both OMH and Maimonides on this project to evaluate how cCBT can help transform services in New York State. We have also identified 3 other trailblazer sites in New York State and are in the process of agreeing how they will deploy Beating the Blues. The project is expected to last for 12 months and will help inform how cCBT could be deployed across the State of New York.”

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