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Every Student Present

Information for Parents and Educators

The Every Student Present website includes comprehensive information and tools for parents and educators.  The section of the website designed for parents offers a wide range of information for dealing with the many issues that keep children from school. The Educators and Community Coalitions section offers extensive information, how-to strategies and resources for reducing chronic absence.  

Every Student Present is a public awareness campaign developed by the Council on Children and Families.



Building on New York Success

An Introduction to a New SAMHSA Grant for NYS

The majority of this webinar will be an introduction and discussion about NYS ACHIEVE, a new SAMHSA grant awarded to NYS, and how it will build on the efforts of NYS Success. NYS ACHIEVE (Advancing Care through Health Integration and Evidence-based Effort), will integrate evidence-based High Fidelity Wraparound (HFW) with NYS’s Medicaid Health Homes Serving Children (HHSC) program model for youth with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED), ages 12 to 21 years.

Location: Webinar
Date: May 8, 2017
Time: 11:00 - 12:00 pm



NYS Office of Mental Health Released its Statewide Comprehensive 5-Year Plan

The NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) recently released it's five-year plan. This plan reviews several top priorities for OMH policy and planning efforts in the current and upcoming years. Due to rapid policy changes within the healthcare environment, some of this data may become outdated, in which case references to research and websites can be used to locate the most current data.

Statewide Plan - 2016-2020

Appendix F




Building Bridges Initiatives

Best Practices for Supporting Sustained Positive Outcomes for Youth and Families Post Residential Discharge

This Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Webinar will provide an overview of residential best practices across the country.  Beth Caldwell, Director of BBI, will share the framework and principles of BBI that lead to residential transformation, and provide examples of residential best practices from programs across the country that focus on sustained success post residential discharge. The webinar will feature Karen Anne Johnson, a residential family advocate and Katie Rushlo, a youth advocate. They will share critical strategies for engaging families and youth, and specific practices that operationalize the BBI principles of family-driven and youth-guided care.

Webinar Registration:  Please contact Kelly Pipkins Burt at with questions.

Go to:

By phone: 1-719-325-2711/Participant Pin: 189-109#

Date: May 23, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m. EST



Enough Abuse Campaign!

Prevent Child Abuse NY (PCANY)

Prevent Child Abuse NY is please to announce they are accepting applications from local coalitions to mobilize community-wide efforts in the prevention of child sexual abuse in New York through the Enough Abuse Campaign! The Enough Abuse campaign is a grassroots movements, originally developed in Massachusetts, that is now gaining momentum across the country. 

The Enough Abuse Campaign’s approach is based on a model that has been successfully implemented and evaluated in Massachusetts with support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Enough Abuse Campaign focuses on adult and community responsibility to prevent child sexual abuse. 

The campaign’s training is directed towards the adults in children’s lives who can take direct steps to prevent child sexual abuse. These could include parents, educators, family members, youth workers, teachers, faith-based and business leaders. By educating New Yorkers about child sexual abuse and prevention methods we are able to strengthen communities to become safer for children.

Under this project, Prevent Child Abuse NY will select three to five local coalitions to join the five current sites (Broome County, Cayuga County, Nassau County, Rensselaer County and Tompkins County) in New York State. Desired communities must demonstrate that they have the leadership, commitment and determination to mobilize a broad movement to prevent child sexual abuse county wide. Each of the selected communities will receive an array of free training and technical assistance to guide their work in educating parents, community organizations, health care providers, schools and businesses.

If you have questions regarding the application or the Enough Abuse Campaign please contact:

Brittany Enekes at 518-445-1273 or



DDPC Increase Resources to Diversity Initiative

The NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC) recently announced that it has increased funding and staff resources dedicated to cultural diversity.
While the DDPC has always embraced diversity as one of its core values, the increased support for the initiative will place a more strategic focus on engaging culturally and linguistically diverse communities, including those living in rural areas throughout New York State.



Children's SPA/HCBS Provider Designation Update

New York State remains committed to the Children's Medicaid Redesign. The anticipated timeline for full implementation of the design runs through January 2019, including Voluntary Foster Care Agency (VFCA) transition in January 2019, which is dependent upon the timeframes for acquiring necessary federal approvals for the two submitted State Plan Amendments (SPAs) and the pending submission of the 1115 Waiver. The anticipated implementation dates will need to be modified accordingly based on the timing of approvals and the review of incoming Federal Administration priorities and processes.  Please note that federal approval of the SPAs and the 1115 Waiver continue to be linked, wherein, while federal approvals may occur at varying times, the implementation of the new SPA services and transition to Medicaid managed care will take place concurrently.

Therefore, given the uncertain timeframes, providers interested in applying for SPA/HCBS provider designation to provide the proposed services under the redesign should be aware that the April 1 deadline for applications is being lifted and a new due date will be assigned when the State has more clarity on the likely federal approval timing. The State will continue to provide updates as it receives more information and greater understanding of federal priorities.



Free NARCAN Nasal Spray Available to all U.S. High Schools


A partnership between Narcan’s producer, Adapt Pharma, and the Clinton Foundation, offers any high school in the United States two free doses of Narcan. Adapt Pharma covers the cost of the medication, and the Clinton Foundation does outreach to schools and districts.

In addition, Adapt Pharma has provided a grant to the National Assocition of Nurses (NSAN) to support their educational efforts concerning opioid overdose education materials. To learn more, call 844-4-NARCAN.



What's Great in Our State: 2017

A Forum to Celebrate Children's Mental Health

Join this event to:

  • Learn about and honor programs and people for their exceptional work with children.
  • Enjoy artwork created by children receiving mental health service throughout New York State.
  • Bring attention to the importance of children's mental health.

This is a FREE event, refreshments will be served. 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.  

Register Here 

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. 



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



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.



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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