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NYSHealth Funding Opportunity: 2018 Special Projects Fund

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. 

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Virtual Learning Series:

Peer Navigators Support People with Serious Mental Illness

SAMHSA’s Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) is pleased to announce a 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 health care 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 series of webinars. You may attend individual sessions or register for all three.

The Webinars will take place on March 1st, 8th, and 15th from 12:30-1:30pm. 

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Emotional Dimensions Of Health Care: A Prescription For Better Health

In a time when life expectancy is going up in many countries, a strange phenomenon is happening in America. Despite better access to health care and new technologies, our life expectancy has gone down as people are sicker more often and dying sooner. As a nation, we spend more and get less than most developed countries. Why?

David Woodlock, CEO of the Institute for Community Living, Inc., proposes that we have long neglected the emotional dimensions of health. Adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress across the lifespan have been profoundly underestimated as drivers of chronic disease progression. Hear from Mr. Woodlock in this webinar, as he describes these hidden drivers of poor health outcomes, and offers a new pathway for behavioral health providers in an emerging “Value Based” world.

Date: February 28, 2018
Time: 1pm-2pm

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Criminal Justice, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and People With Mental Illnesses

There is universal acceptance that people with mental illnesses are over-represented in the criminal justice system. Across the nation, municipalities frequently encounter people with mental illness in every stage of the justice system. Police are regularly called to intervene with individuals who are regarded as being in mental health crises. In other instances, people with mental illnesses are arrested for behaviors associated with their disabilities, including failures to appear that generate warrants and other minor, non-violent offenses. Those arrested often end up in jails, where they represent a significant portion of the inmate population. Within jails, inmates with mental illnesses tend to fare poorly, and they spend longer incarcerated than do similarly-charged individuals without mental illness. This challenge has sparked many reform efforts, but often these efforts fail to focus on the broader systemic problems that have led to this reality. This webinar will bring that systemic focus to the problem through the lens of the Americans with Disabilities Act’s integration mandate and lessons learned from systematic mental health systems reform. The webinar will discuss how mental health, criminal justice, and correctional programs can work together to meet ADA obligations and ensure an array of services that reduce the likelihood that people with mental illnesses will enter the criminal justice system

Location: Webinar
Date: February 26, 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Self-Direction Through Personalized Budgeting

SAMHSA invites you to join a TA Coalition webinar with the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery to examine self-direction as a model for supporting an individual’s recovery efforts. Using the self-direction model for organizing support, the participant manages a budget to purchase a variety of services and goods that facilitate their recovery. Webinar presenters will introduce self-directed care, discuss current approaches, and share about their experiences with self-directed care from three unique perspectives: researcher, consumer, and state administrator. 

Location: Webinar
Date: February 27, 2018
Time: 2–3:30 p.m.

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Three-part Virtual Learning Series:

Peer Navigators to Address Health Disparities of People From Latino and African American Communities Living With Serious Mental Illness

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.

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Application of 1915(c) HCBS Waiver “Amendment 03”

OPWDD Requests Comments from the Public

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 peoplefirstwaiver@opwdd.ny.gov 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:

  • Finger Lakes DDRO, 620 Westfall Rd. Suite 108, Rochester, NY 14620
  • Western NY DDRO, 1200 East and West Road, West Seneca 14224
  • Central NY DDRO, Eligibility Department, 187 Northern Concourse, North Syracuse, NY 13212
  • Broome DDRO, 229-231 State Street. 2nd floor, Binghamton, N.Y. 13901
  • Sunmount DDRO, 2445 State Rt. 30, Tupper Lake, NY 12986  
  • Capital District DDRO, 500 Balltown Rd., Schenectady, NY 12304  
  • Hudson Valley DDRO, 9 Wilbur Road, Thiells, NY 10984
  • Taconic DDRO, 38 Firemens Way, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
  • Metro NY/Bronx DDRO, 2400 Halsey Street, Bronx, NY 10461
  • Metro NY/Manhattan DDRO, 25 Beaver St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10004
  • Brooklyn DDRO, 888 Fountain Ave., Bldg. 1, 2nd floor, Brooklyn, NY 11208
  • Staten Island DDRO, Building 12, Room 105, 1150 Forest Hill Road, Staten Island, NY 10314  
  • Bernard Fineson DDRO, 80-45 Winchester Blvd, Building 80, 2nd Floor Administrative Suite, Queens Village, NY 11427  
  • Long Island DDRO, 415-A Oser Avenue, Hauppauge, NY 11788

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YOUTH POWER! Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Western Region Youth Leadership Forum

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: 

    • Have a developmental or other disability.
    • Be in the age range of 14-24 (Youth under 18 must have guardian approval).
    • Live in New York State.
    • Show demonstrated leadership potential in your application.
    • Complete the application and return it by March 11, 2018

 Apply now online by clicking here.

Questions? Contact AMPLIFYNY@YOUTHPOWERNY.org or 518-432-0333 ext. 19

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Building Relationships with Students & Families

Across Race and Other Identity Differences

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
Date: March 6, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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NYS Health Announces Best of 2017 Highlights

And Plans for 2018

NYSHealth has released their annual Progress Report, which shares progress on organizational goals and objectives. They have also shared "Best of 2017" highlights. Check out their newly-redesigned website for more information on their plans for 2018!

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Now Accepting Nominations for What's Great in our State 2018

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 susan.perkins@ccf.ny.gov. 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.

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New York's Every Student Succeeds Act Plan

Approved by the United States Department of Education

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.

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DDPC Announces Funding for Statewide and Regional Housing Collaboratives

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

                                 518-486-7505

                                 James.Huben@ddpc.ny.gov

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Getting the Right Help for Opioid Dependence or Withdrawal

Publications by the Federal Trade Commission and SAMHSA

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).

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