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News, Notes and Events

Visit this page often to stay apprised of current news and events. Use our submission form to suggest news or events for inclusion on the Multiple Systems Navigator.



NYS Health Funding Opportunity

2017 Special Project Fund

The NYS Health Foundation (NYSHealth) is currently accepting applications for 2017 Special Projects Fund. 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 15, 2017. Selected organizations will be invited to submit full proposals, with a deadline of May 17, 2017.

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. 



NYS Special Education Task Force Annual Conference

Trending Topics in Special Education

Trending Topics in Special Education:

  • Emotional Regulation & Social Thinking – Best Practices for the Classroom
  • Demystifying Transition to Adulthood:  IDEA, 504 and Programs for Employment & College Bound Students
  • Addressing Trauma: Overview and Practical Strategies.
  • Making CDOS a Reality: Creating Work-Based Learning Experiences and Programs for All Students with Disabilities.
  • Self-Determination:  Supported Decision Making & Other Alternatives to Guardianship.
  • Effective Communication for Students with Speech, Hearing & Visual Disabilities: Rights and Best Practices.

Keynote:  Student-Driven CSE Meetings & IEPs Practical Strategies – a video production highlighting students.

Registration materials may be requested by emailing or visiting conference page on the website        


Location: The Raddisson - 205 Wolf Road, Albany, NY
Date: March 24, 2017
Time: 8:30 - 4:00



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




Funding Opportunities - Caregiver Support

The NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC) announced the following funding opportunities.

Text-Based Caregiver Support
DDPC announced funding to select one grantee in the amount of $600,000 ($200,000 per year for a three-year period) to develop a multimedia messaging service (MMS) campaign that will provide Text-based and other customizable information on topics including health, wellness and resources for family caregiver of children with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities.

Caregiver Support Training
In addition, DDPC announced funding to select one grantee in the amount of $600,000 ($200,000 per year for a three-year period) to establish an infrastructure to locally implement the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Positive Adult Development (PAD) trainings for family caregivers of individuals with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities.



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. 



US DOE Releases Guidance on Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education released three new sets of guidance to assist the public in understanding how the Department interprets and enforces federal civil rights laws protecting the rights of students with disabilities. These guidance documents clarify the rights of students with disabilities and the responsibilities of educational institutions in ensuring that all students have the opportunity to learn.



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.



FREE Webinars for Parents, Caregivers and Professionals

Statewide Webinars

Parent to Parent of NYS offers many webinars covering a broad spectrum of topic areas including parents support, transitional planning, housing options for people with disabilities to name a few. View their Statewide Events Page to learn more.

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