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News, Notes and Events

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What's Great in Our State: 2017

A Forum to Celebrate Children's Mental Health

What's Great in Our State is seeking nominations to recognize programs and people who are doing an exceptional job addressing issues of children's mental health such as promotion and outreach, early identification, family education/support and intervention. Please use this simple nomination form to nominate a program or people and return the form to at the NYS Council on Children and Families by MARCH 31st.

The theme this year is "Partnering for Help and Hope,” the celebration event is being held in the Huxley Auditorium of the NYS State Museum from 2:30-4:30 PM, registration begins at 2:00 PM.  A Save the Date flyer will be out soon. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, please go to: Register.WGioS.2017

Location: Huxley Auditorium of the NYS Museum
Date: May 2, 2017
Time: 2:30-4:30 p.m.



New York Health Reform Watch

Stay Informed

The health care landscape is changing rapidly in 2017. As Congress sets out to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the implications for health care across the country and here in New York State could be profound. 

NYSHealth is pleased to unveil a new resource, New York Health Reform Watch, to keep you informed on a regular basis. It features analyses and resources about health reform efforts and their potential impact on our State. Check out this one-stop shop to keep track of the latest developments at the State and national levels. 



Seeking Comments on New Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Website

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) is seeking input from users of the website as part of our effort to provide updated, easy-to-navigate IDEA resources to children with disabilities and their families, teachers, administrators, advocates, and other stakeholders.

To help facilitate this effort, OSERS has posted a blog for you to provide comments. OSERS appreciates your support and suggestions as we continue efforts to improve our online resources as part of our commitment to ensure that infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities and their families have the supports and services they are entitled to under the IDEA.



Families Together in NYS 2017 Annual Conference

Save the Date and Register!

Join over 400 representatives from family peer support providers, family advocates, and family members, youth and professionals from the children’s behavioral health and other cross-system children’s services at this statewide event and stay abreast of the many challenges and opportunities facing children, youth and families as health and behavioral health services continues to move toward an integrated system of care.

This year's conference has something for everyone! 

  • The Family & Advocate Track, a great track for parents, caregivers, educators, staff and advocates. The Family & Advocate Track was developed based on what is important to you, the children and youth in your life, your family and your network.
  • The Leadership Track, created to address the needs of individuals who are in leadership roles and who work in the local, regional and statewide network.
  • The Partner Track, designed for adults and youth to come together to unite and connect with each other, address topics that are of interest to both adults and youth, and make plans together to work together to improve the system.
  • The Youth Track, planned and delivered by the YOUTH POWER! network, offering workshops that are selected and delivered for and by young people to help build self-help and advocacy skills. The Youth Track is created for young people ages 12 - 25.

The Annual Conference gives attendees of all ages the chance to meet new people, find support, talk to others who understand and make lifelong friendships. 

** Please Note: There will be no child care or programming for any children under the age of 12. Youth ages 12 and up who would like to attend the conference are invited to register for the Youth Track of the conference.

Contact Cameron Macdonald - 518.432.0333, ext. 24 or Daphnne Brown, 585.489.8282

Location: Albany Marriott, Albany, NY
Date: April 30, 2017



DDPC YouTube Channel

The NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC) recently announced the launch of a new YouTube channel. The new channel contains videos that highlight DDPC-funded projects, and provides general agency information and training for individuals and organizations that want a better understanding of what the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council does.



Meet the Multiple Systems Navigator

Are you interested in learning how to use the NYS Multiple Systems Navigator to access helpful health, education and human service information on one user‐friendly website. While the Multiple Systems Navigator is built for youth, parents, family members and caregivers that rely on supports from multiple child, family and disabilities serving systems, it is a useful tool for professionals that assist others in finding health, education, human service and disability programs/services and resources. A primary goal of the Multiple Systems Navigator is to reduce frustration when gathering information from multiple sources.

View our recent Meet the Multiple Systems Navigator Webinar




Recovery Supports from the National Council for Behavioral Health

Parent Support Network

The Parent Support Network at Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is a system of care for parents whose teen and young adult children are struggling with drugs and alcohol. Read more.

A Parent’s Guide to Your Teen’s Recovery from Substance Abuse

If a child has recently completed a treatment program, you may be wondering what's next. This interactive guide walks parents through the recovery journey. Learn more.

Family Checkup: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse

Developed by the Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon, these resources and videos highlights parenting skills that are important in preventing the initiation and progression of drug use among youth. Learn more.



The NYS Parent Guide Website has Launched

The Council on Children and Families is pleased to launch the new NYS Parent Guide website! where you can also download the NYS Parent Guide.

Also, for those who are interested and have the ability, follow the link below (about halfway down the page) to grab the embed code to add the NYS Parent Guide to your website:

Any questions, comments or feedback can be sent by e-mailing:



AmeriCorps Affiliate Service Opportunities

AmeriCorps Affiliate creates a stream of service distinct from other AmeriCorps programs that engages youth as young as 14 years of age in national service and includes a new 100-hour service term. The program allows organizations to leverage funding from outside sources to address critically unmet community needs across the country. AmeriCorps Affiliate participants who complete their term of service receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to help pay for college and other education expenses.

After launching the pilot in 2016, we are now expanding the AmeriCorps Affiliate pilot and considering additional requests to designate positions as National Service Positions. We have identified opportunities for growth through the program, including:

  • Scale exisiting summer and service learning programs;
  • Include Conservation Corps that utilize youth younger than 17 for service programs;
  • Working with corporations interested in developing models related to their workforce;
  • Engage higher education institutions that can utilize working study awards; or
  • Partner with Health Care institutions who can utilize their charity care dollars. 



RFP - Building Healthy Communities

The NYS Health Foundation's (NYSHealth) Sponsoring Conference Participation in Support of Healthy Communities Request for Proposals (RFP) is open. Many organizations across the State are doing smart, innovative work that is relevant to NYSHealth's priority area of Building Healthy Communities. These organizations should be elevating their work and informing key stakeholders at conferences and other convenings in New York and nationally. Yet, because of a lack of resources, they are often unable to do so.

Through this RFP, NYSHealth will sponsor community-based organizations, health departments, and other low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to building healthy communities. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through June 30, 2017.



Pyramid Model Events - Building Social Emotional Competence

The Pyramid Model is an evidence-based framework proven to be an effective approach to building social and emotional competence in early care and learning settings.

For all information such as the list of upcoming Pyramid Model events, the Master Cadre Trainers and their assignments please go to:

Early Childhood Professionals can access the Pyramid Training Schedule via the ASPIRE Early Childhood Registry - Use KEYWORD: Pyramid,

There is a newly created LinkedIN group for the NY Pyramid Model users, trainers and related professionals, PyramidNYgroup. You are WELCOME to join in & find and share the most current Pyramid Model related information & materials. 



National Disability Institute Launches Assistive Technology Loan Program in New York

National Disability Institute (NDI), in partnership with Spring Bank and Bronx Independent Living Services (BILS), announced the launch of an Assistive Technology (AT) Loan Program in selected areas of New York. The NDI AT Loan Program will provide low-interest loans to people with disabilities, seniors and veterans through participating financial institutions. Spring Bank will be the first bank to pilot this groundbreaking loan program.

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