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You may be worried about where you are going to live and how you are going to support yourself, among other things. There may be things you are not thinking about, but should be. This section to be better prepared for this next phase of your life.
As you may know, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is making an important improvement to the way services are coordinated. The Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC) program which is currently used to coordinate services will be replaced by a new and improved program called Health Home Care Management beginning July 1, 2018. Health Home Care Management will continue to provide the service coordination that people currently receive, and will also provide coordination of other services, such as health care and mental health supports.
Health Home Care Management Services will be provided by Care Coordination Organizations (CCOs), new entities formed by existing providers of developmental disability services. To provide you with information about the transition, OPWDD and the CCOs are hosting regional public forums across the State.
These forums are intended to educate the people we support about the transition. In order to accommodate the greatest number of individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members, we ask that you attend no more than one People First Care Coordination public forum. The same information will be presented at all regional forums, regardless of location and date.
Race equity refers to a circumstance in which race is a neutral factor in determining how one fares. For example, with race equity, we would be able to see similar graduation rates among youth of various races--disparities attributed to race would be minimal.
These two upcoming webinar opportunities are intended to promote race equity in the development and implementation of policies, programs, and our own personal interactions. The mind sciences research and evidence-based practices have direct implications on daily work.
The Role of Race as a Factor for Who Lives in Poverty & Strategies to Promote Equity
April 24, 1:30 - 2:30 pm
Much is written on how poverty is a primary contributor to the disparity gaps we see in child and family outcomes. This webinar is intended to help participants understand how race plays a role in who is living in poverty and how to apply strategies that promote racial equity and reduce disparities. This webinar is being developed by the Poverty & Race Research Advocacy Council. Register here.
Resilience & Race: Overcoming Challenges of Identity Dynamics
June 6, 1:30pm - 3:00 pm
Resilience has been shown to protect against the harmful impact of stress. In recent years, researchers have identified strategies to bolster resilience in the face of challenges related to identity, particularly race and ethnicity. These strategies can be applied to navigate difficulty interpersonal dynamics, bolster self-concept in challenging environments, and overcome stereotyping. This webinar will be useful to professionals who work with diverse populations. Register here.
There are two upcoming early childhood conferences in NY State.
The New York Association for the Education of Young Children (NYAEYC) annual conference April 19-21 in Verona, NY Register here.
NYS Head Start Association Conference, May 8-9 in White Plains, NY. Please send an email note to Patty Persell, NY Head Start Collaboration Director at Patricia.Persell@ccf.ny.gov to receive the registration packet.
The Black Boys & Men: Changing the Narrative podcast series brings together thought leaders from the public and private sectors to analyze stereotypes and dispel myths concerning Black boys and men, while providing facts and best practices for those working with these often marginalized populations. The series calls into question issues of systemic racism and oppression and provides concrete steps to prevent and address many of the issues that disproportionately affect Black boys and men, including health disparities, incarceration, trauma, and violence.
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 Members of the Board are tasked with several important duties including:
The Board is developing recommendations in these areas, with concentration on a variety of topics laid out in their first report.
If you would like to be kept up to date on the activities of the Board, please register for the Board’s contact list.
The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) is currently accepting applications for its 2018 Special Projects Fund Request for Proposals (RFP). Applicants must submit an online inquiry form to determine whether a proposed project fits the funding criteria. The deadline for the online inquiry form is March 13, 2018. Selected organizations will be invited to submit full proposals, with a deadline of May 16, 2018.
NYSHealth Special Projects Fund awards are one-time, nonrenewable funding opportunities consistent with the Foundation's mission to improve the health of all New Yorkers but outside of its main priority areas.
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:
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.
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).