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New Savings and Investment Program for New Yorkers with Disabilities

ABLE Program

The NY ABLE Program allows New York State residents with disabilities to save money for their disability-related expenses without the risk of losing benefits from assistance programs like Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Medicaid.

NY ABLE also provides tax advantages. Earnings on accounts can grow tax-free if funds are used for qualified disability expenses when withdrawn. Investment options can provide short-term or long-term savings based on the account owner's objectives, and a checking account and debit card can be used for convenient access to funds as needed.

To be eligible, an individual must be a New York State resident with a disability that was present before age 26 AND:

  • be eligible for SSI or SSDI; OR
  • be classified as blind; OR
  • have a significant disability documented by a physician; OR
  • have a disability that is included on the Social Security Administration’s Compassionate Allowances List.

One account per individual is permitted. Anyone can contribute to an individual's NY ABLE account. The maximum net contribution is $14,000 per year and the maximum account balance is $100,000.

For more information, including details regarding the terms and conditions of the NY ABLE program, go to or call our toll-free number (1-855-5NY-ABLE) weekdays from 8 AM to 8 PM.



Children's Medicaid System Transformation

An Online Overview and Refresher Course

An overview/refresher course on the Children's Medicaid system transformation is now available to view online. This course, and other helpful information, can be found on the Department of Health website



Value Based Payment Bootcamps

VBP bootcamps are a regional learning series created by the Department of Health with the goal to equip VBP contractors and interested parties such as Managed Care Organizations, Providers, Associations, and Community Based Organizations, with the knowledge necessary to implement payment reform.

The VBP bootcamps will be a one-day session held in five regions across the State. The schedule and locations for VBP bootcamps are as follows:





October 10, 2017**

Capital Region**

The Egg-Swyer Theater**

1 Empire State Plaza, S Mall Arterial, Albany, NY 12203

October 18, 2017

New York City

The New York Academy of Medicine

1216 5th Ave, New York, NY 10029

October 23, 2017

North Country

High Peaks Resort

2384 Saranac Ave, Lake Placid, NY 12946

November 3, 2017

Central New York

Rochester Radisson Riverside

120 E Main St, Rochester, NY 14604

November 15, 2017

Long Island

The Long Island Marriott

101 James Doolittle Blvd, Uniondale, NY 11553

Location: Locations Vary, See Link Below for Dates and Locations
Date: November 15, 2017
Time: 9am-5pm



NYS OASAS Issues Request for Information Regarding Recovery High Schools

Closing Date for Submission of Response: 5:00PM, October 31, 2017

The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS) has issued a Request for Information (RFI), pertaining to the development, implementation and sustainability of a recovery high school model, which leverages collaboration between local Board(s) of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), component school districts, NYS OASAS certified, funded and/or authorized providers, and local communities. 

BOCES is an integral component of the design and implementation of a recovery high school because of its experience with infrastructure and relationships already established in managing alternative high school models throughout New York State.  Partnership with BOCES will facilitate faster and more cost effective implementation and continued sustainability of a recovery high school model. 

NYS OASAS seeks information from respondents on the level of interest that exists to create recovery high school models in New York, supports required for success, and any barriers to implementation. 

This is a request for information only and therefore no respondents to the request will be selected or awarded any funding.

Eligible Respondents:  Preferred respondents are a single, or consortia of, BOCES or a non-profit organization in partnership with BOCES.  As described above, NYS OASAS is restricting this request for information to respondents that include a BOCES.



Strengthening Our Capacity to Help Others

4.5 hours of Continuing Education Credits for LMSWs, LCWs & LMHCs

The cumulative impact of daily exposure to the suffering and trauma of the individuals we work with can take a toll on personal and professional lives. Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, Founder and Director of the Trauma Stewardship Institute, will offer a compelling mix of personal insight and cutting edge research to help individuals gain a deeper understanding of vicarious trauma/ compassion fatigue, and offer tools to help you regain your strength, focus and purpose.

This workshop is FREE of charge and intended for:

  • Behavioral/mental health and other service providers
  • Police, probation, parole and corrections officers and law enforcement
  • Victim service providers and advocates
  • Individuals receiving services
  • Family members
  • Defense lawyers and prosecutors
  • Any individuals working with justice-involved people with behavioral/mental health needs
Location: Hilbert College (Swan Auditorium), 5200 South Park Ave, Hamburg, NY 14075
Date: October 27, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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