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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)'s Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) is pleased to announce a free, three-part virtual learning series.
Peer navigators are people with lived experience who help individuals receiving services meet their health needs in an often-fragmented healthcare system. Peer navigators build professional relationships to assist with arranging or getting to doctor’s appointments, lab tests, office procedures, clinic visits, counselor meetings, pharmacies, and support services. The National Institutes of Health and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute developed and evaluated peer navigator programs in three federally funded projects. These projects focus on individuals living with a diagnosis of schizophrenia and/or bipolar disorder, individuals who have experienced homelessness, and the use of peer navigators in integrated health care. BRSS TACS will present this work in this three-part virtual learning series.
Session One: March 1, 2018, 12:30–1:30 pm ET
Health Disparities of People From Latino and African American Communities Living With Serious Mental Illness
Session Two: March 8, 2018, 12:30–1:30 pm ET
Principles and Practices of Peer Navigators
Session Three: March 15, 2018, 12:30–1:30 pm ET
Implementation of Peer Navigator Programs
You may attend individual sessions or register for all three.
OPWDD would like to hear your comments on 1915(c) HCBS Waiver “Amendment 03." View the draft of the amendment here. The period of public comment will be open through March 19, 2018. Comments may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to: OPWDD, Attention: Division of Person Centered Supports, 44 Holland Ave, 5th Floor, Albany, NY 12229
Hard copies of “Amendment 03” are available at the following locations:
YOUTH POWER! is excited to announce that they are now accepting applications for the 2018 Western Region Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) and accompanying Foundations for Leadership parent/caregiver workshop series! This is an exciting opportunity for young people with disabilities to speak up, build skills, and prepare to take on leadership roles. This peer-run forum brings opportunities to YOUth and gives the next generation of leaders the tools and support they need for success.
The 2018 Western YLF will take place on April 4-7, 2018 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel and Event Center in Buffalo, New York.
The YLF is a safe, youth-friendly environment with plenty of fun activities to complement the wealth of knowledge being learned! This 4-day, 3-night forum is FREE to attend and includes panel presentations, hands-on activities to practice leadership skills, and supported leadership activities. Future leaders do not want to miss this opportunity to build leadership skills and become empowered with self-confidence and self-determination!
Connected to the YLF is Foundations for Leadership, a workshop series for parent/caregivers of youth with developmental and other disabilities to further develop their skills to support their youth developing into self-advocates and securing leadership roles. Parents/caregivers attend training on the first and last days of the YLF, providing them the opportunity to support their youth attending a new event, and witnessing them graduating the forum with pride (if they are participating). The parent/caregiver workshop series includes both individual sessions and joint sessions with youth participants. YOUTH POWER! has partnered with Families Together in New York State, Parent to Parent of New York State, and INCLUDEnyc to develop this opportunity. **Please note: it is not required that youth and their parent/caregivers both attend the YLF to participate in this opportunity!**
Applicants must fit the following criteria:
Apply now online by clicking here.
This webinar will address effective engagement with young people and families, across race/ethnicity and other identity differences. Drawing upon research from the mind sciences, the webinar will demonstrate why equitable values alone may not be sufficient in fostering authentic relationships across race. Presenters will discuss evidence-based practices to foster respect and empathy with all students and families. This webinar will be applicable to professionals in the fields of education, human services, and healthcare.Location: Webinar
As part of the 2018 New York State What's Great in Our State (WGiOS) celebration on May 8, 2018, the planning committee for the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day event is seeking nominations to honor an individual, program, school, or organization within New York State that is making a difference in the field of children and youth mental wellness. This person or agency’s efforts related to mental health should specifically be in areas impacting resilience, wellness, advocacy, treatment, or prevention.
If you know of an individual, program, school, or organization that is deserving of recognition, please complete the Nomination Form. You may also nominate your own organization or an individual within your program or organization.
Returns are requested by Monday, March 26, 2018, by email to Susan Perkins at the New York State Council on Children and Families at email@example.com. The committee will make its selection by April 9, 2018. If you have any questions, or would like a fillable version of the Nomination Form, please contact Susan. She will be glad to assist you.
Awardees will be recognized at the WGiOS celebration event from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in the Huxley Auditorium of the New York State Museum in Albany.
Last week, NYSED announced that the United States Department of Education (USDE) New York's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan. The Board of Regents approved the plan at its September 2017 meeting, and the plan was submitted to the USDE on September 17, 2017 for review. Approval of this plan by USDE ensures that New York will continue to receive approximately $1.6 billion annually in funding from the Federal Government to support elementary and secondary education in New York State schools.
New York's ESSA plan reflects nearly two years of collaboration with a comprehensive group of stakeholders to develop an inclusive plan that ensures a core focus is on promoting equity and increasing the success of all students. The final approved plan is available on the ESSA website.
In November of 2016, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law Chapter 469 of 2016 which created the Autism Spectrum Disorders Advisory Board (the Board) to help provide guidance and information to New York policymakers, individuals with an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, and families seeking reliable information regarding available services and supports. The Board has now announced two upcoming public forums.
The upstate forum will be held on February 13 (Tuesday) from Noon to 2:00 P.M.
The downstate forum will be held on February 22 (Thursday) from Noon to 2:00 P.M.
Both events have both host sites, and video-conference sites. Detailed information can be reviewed here. Each forum will be hosted by Chairperson Courtney Burke and members of the Board.
If you wish to attend and/or speak at the forum nearest you, please click here to register at the Board’s webpage.
The Developmental Disabilities Planning Council announces funding to select one grantee in the amount of up to $750,000 for 3 years (up to $250,000 per year) to assist in the development of non-certified housing options available to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through establishing regional housing collaboratives, statewide communities of practice, and educational programs for stakeholders.
In 2016, the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) published a report concerning the State’s residential request list. Among the report’s findings was that 33% of respondents preferred non-certified housing instead of the more-traditional certified group home option, and 90% of respondents expressed interest in learning more about non-certified options.
Making community- based non-certified housing opportunities available requires individuals with I/DD, family members and other relevant stakeholders acquire new skill sets in a variety of disciplines that go beyond the traditional OPWDD service system. It also requires the establishment of new regional collaboratives as well as expanded educational programs on regional housing options and how to access these options.
The DDPC is seeking to support the development of innovative, non-certified housing options for individuals with I/DD, including people with I/DD who currently live in OPWDD certified group homes but desire to live in their own residence, as well as to encourage systems level change through education and collaboration.
Deadlines for Letter-of-Intent Submission & Proposal Submission
• RFP Posting Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
• Letter of Intent Due Date: Friday, February 7, 2018
• Proposal Due Date: Friday, March 9, 2018
Contact Person: James Huben
The Federal Trade Commission, in partnership with SAMHSA, has developed a new fact sheet to help those in need of treatment for opioid dependence or withdrawal. The new fact sheet, Getting the Right Help for Opioid Dependence or Withdrawal, provides information on how to obtain proper and safe help for the treatment of opioid dependence or withdrawal. The sheet is available in English (click here) and Spanish (click here).
SDMNY is a 5-year project by Hunter College/CUNY, the NY Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation, and Arc Westchester, in partnership with Disability Rights New York, and funded by the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. By 2021, we hope that many persons with I/DD will be able to make more of their own decisions with support. To learn more, visit www.sdmny.org.
SDMNY facilitators will work one-on-one with persons with I/DD to help them create Supported Decision-Making Agreements with their chosen support persons. These Agreements are an important alternative to guardianship that may help persons with I/DD either avoid guardianship in the first place or make an important step towards regaining their rights.
SDMNY facilitators will be given a 10-hour training over 2 days at the Silberman School of Social Work, at 2180 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10035 on March 2nd (Day 1 session) and 3rd and 9th (identical Day 2 sessions), 2018, from 9am to 5pm. Attendance on both the Day 1 session and one of either Day 2 sessions is mandatory. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.
SDMNY facilitators will be provided with SDMNY business cards, a training manual to guide them through the 3-phase pilot program process, and access to SDMNY’s electronic progress tracking and educational tools. They will receive one-on-one mentoring by a trained SDMNY facilitator who has been through the process before. They will have the option of participating in monthly “community of practice” teleconferences to discuss their experiences with other new and experienced SDMNY facilitators.
SDMNY facilitators are expected to complete a sign-up form and commit to volunteering for approximately 3 to 4 hours per month over 12 months. At the end of 12 months, SDMNY facilitators will have helped a person with I/DD exercise the human right to make one’s own decisions, regardless of disability.
To register for the March 2nd and 3rd/9th training, please visit www.sdmny.org/event/tof3.
If you have questions about signing up and becoming part of the exciting Supported Decision-Making movement, please contact Joan Cornachio, SDMNY Education and Training Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. by no later than February 23, 2018.