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Catholic Charities of Buffalo Awarded Funds from Community Partners of WNY

By February 13, 2019August 16th, 2021News

by Nancy Steves

Nearly $250,000 from Community Based Organizations’ Innovation Fund will continue agency’s preparation and readiness to value based contracting

Wed, Feb 13th 2019 03:00 pm

Catholic Charities of Buffalo was recently awarded $249,975 through the Community Partners of Western New York Community Based Organizations’ Innovation Fund. The purpose of the award is to create clarity in value propositions and performance capacities leading to contracts for higher performing community-based organizations with network partners and managed care organizations.

Catholic Charities will use the funding to focus on clients served by its behavioral health clinics to better understand the motivation behind frequent emergency room (ER) visits by those insured through Medicaid.

The project will help Catholic Charities determine why those clients routinely seek care through ER services rather than connecting with a primary or coordinated system of care, develop a more effective and cost-efficient service delivery model and facilitate the implementation of value based contracting with a decreased rate of ER use.

“Catholic Charities is thrilled and grateful to have been selected for this. It will support our ongoing efforts to improve service coordination and surely provide a more effective and efficient response to our clients,” said Dennis C. Walczyk, President and CEO of Catholic Charities.

“Two staff members will be added to lead the project, along with consultant support,” Walczyk said.

As the most comprehensive human service provider in Western New York, Catholic Charities makes a difference for people of every faith and ethnicity. Catholic Charities empowers children, families and seniors to achieve meaningful, health and productive lives. In all situations, Catholic Charities delivers support to meet immediate needs, and then assesses clients for other needs to ensure long-term success.

Catholic Charities is an excellent steward of the contributions it receives. For six years, Catholic Charities attained the highest-possible rating (four stars) from Charity Navigator for transparency and sound fiscal management. Catholic Charities also receives the highest ratings from the Council on Accreditation for quality service.

For further information about the organization and its programs and services, contact Catholic Charities at (716) 218-1400 or go to You can also find Catholic Charities on Facebook at, on Twitter at and on Instagram at