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You may be worried about where you are going to live and how you are going to support yourself, among other things. There may be things you are not thinking about, but should be. This section to be better prepared for this next phase of your life.
New York State Office of Mental health is conducting a Statewide Virtue Town Hall with Commissioner Ann Sullivan, M.D., presenting and taking feedback on several key priorities under the OMH Strategic Plan. This event will provide the public an opportunity to learn more about the OMH vision for the future of behavioral health services in New York State.
OMH is dedicated to providing individuals and families access to quality, integrated services and supports that foster recovery and well-being; public input is crucial in assisting the agency in meeting the needs of all of the people we serve.
The town hall will be held online, with available in-person attendance at 44 Holland Avenue in Albany (OMH Central Office) for those who prefer to be on-site. Comments and questions can be received both online and in-person.
Registration will be available soon at: https://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/planning/507/
Please contact Ben Rosen at (518) 474-1897 for any questions.Location: Online OR 44 Holland Avenue. Albany, NY 12229
University of Albany’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD Albany), through funding provided by the New York State Department of Education, is sponsoring their 18th Annual Autism Conference: Working Together to Better Understanding and Positively Impact Individuals on the Autism Spectrum.
Parents, school personnel, and community professionals are welcome to attend.
More information, including a copy of the conference brochure, registration information, session objectives, target audience and speaker bios, is available on the CARD Albany website.Location: Red Lion Hotel Albany, 205 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12205
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking applications for new members for the Commissioner’s Advisory Panel (CAP) for Special Education Services representing the constituency “Individuals with Disabilities.”
CAP functions in an advisory capacity to NYSED's Office of Special Education and advises the Governor, Legislature and Commissioner of Education on unmet needs in the education of children with disabilities in New York State.
CAP members are appointed for a three-year term by the Commissioner of Education and serve without compensation. However, reasonable and necessary expenses for attending two in-person meetings each year at the State Education Building in Downtown Albany and performing duties are reimbursed.
Individuals interested in becoming a CAP member representing the constituency of "Individuals with Disabilities" should send a cover letter and resume to:
New York State Education Department
Office of Special Education
89 Washington Avenue, Room 309 EB
Albany, NY 12234
Additional information can be found at the Commissioner’s Advisory Panel (CAP) for Special Education Services website.
Questions may be directed to Sandra Cote, Associate in the Special Education Policy Unit, at 518-473-2878 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Children's Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Providers
On October 1, 2019 Medicaid Managed Care Plans (MMCP) will begin to pay for Children/Youth eligible and enrolled in HCBS. HCBS Providers are encouraged to reach out to MMCPs regarding the Children/Youth your agency currently serve.
Check it out Youth ERA! It will blow your mind with their newest online product - YouthEmpowerment.com. This new peer-led website is designed to offer support and help to young people through tough times. The website is home to articles, resources, and original content written by young people for young people. Youth ERA uses the strength of this web-based platform to empower youth on their mental health journey—giving them the tools they need to not only survive but to thrive.
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If you are in immigration detention or are facing deportation, may may have a lot of questions about what will happen to your children. It is normal to be worried and feel overwhelmed. But there are things you can do to help ensure that you do not lose your rights as a parent because you are detained or deported.
The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) and its partners have been conducting follow up on the 2018 System of Care (SOC) Summit recommendations identified by statewide participants. One request was for the state to support continued implementation and maintenance of SOC efforts statewide. Toward that end, the NYS SOC Pilot has engaged Policy Research Associates to design a curriculum to be used in local SOC planning efforts.
The agency seeks up to 60 seasoned trainers/facilitators to facilitate day-long action planning events for local SOC teams.
The Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs will be conducting a conference with multiple sessions throughout the day. Each session is targeted for different audiences including provider agency representatives under the jurisdiction of the Justice Center, individuals receiving services, families, peer advocates and other interested stakeholders.
Note: Location for October 4th Conference in Syracuse has been changed to allow more people to attend. See new location information below. If you have already registered, you do not need to sign up again.
Space is limited - sign up Today!
New Location - Friday, October 4th, 2019
(Located on the 3rd Floor of the Destiny USA Mall)
9583 Destiny USA Mall
Syracuse, NY 13204
Thursday, October 24th, 2019
Shirley A. Chisholm State Office Building
55 Hanson Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. General Session
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lunch (not provided - a list of options will be sent out prior to the conference)
Questions about registration?
Contact Jean Skanes at email@example.com or 518-713-4726 x 201.Location: Multiple locations
The U.S. Department of Labor Announces Funding
To Support Employee Policy Development For Youth With Disabilities
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the award of $4 million for a four-year cooperative agreement to operate a policy development center focused on youth with disabilities. The center will build on the work of the Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth.
During the performance period, the awardee – the Council of State Governments – will develop and manage the center. The center will conduct research, engage with the workforce system and its partners, identify effective policies and practices that support youth with disabilities, and provide resources and training to help support the transition of youth with disabilities to employment.
"The Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy is intent on making a difference in the lives of youth with disabilities," said Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy, Jennifer Sheehy. "Using evidence-based practices and proven collaborative strategies with the Council of State Governments' management of the Center, we can develop policies that help these young people transition from school to adulthood and to make a valued contribution to the workplace."
The NYS Home Visiting Coordination Initiative (HVCI) has scheduled webinars for September, October, November, and December. Please register today!
HVCI Upcoming Webinars:
NYS-AIMH (NYS Association for Infant Mental Health) Endorsement on Sep 9, 2019 10:00 AM ET.
Self-Care on Oct 21, 2019 10:00 AM ET.
Diversity and Inclusion on Nov 14, 2019 11:00 AM ET.
Perinatal Networks on Dec 10, 2019 10:00 AM ET.
HUD announced plans to launch a new Foster Youth to Independence Initiative that will offer Housing Assistance to Youth and Young Adults aging out of the foster care system.
2019 AMPLIFY-NY Youth Leadership Forum! (YLF)
Saturday, October 12-15, 2019
This 4-day building Leadership and Advocacy skills with fun activities event is Free for All New York State Youth age 12-24.
Meals, lodging and transportation assistance is paid for by Youth Power! (YP!).
Including with this event is the Foundations for Leadership - A Free Workshop Series for Caregivers!
Caregivers attend the workshop on the first and last days of the YLF and participate in both individual and joint sessions with Youth participants.
Foundations for Leadership also offers workshops in the community. These 1-2 hour workshops support caregivers in supporting Youth person on specific topics such as readiness to join the world of work, SSI and Work, and more. These workshops take place after a YLF has been held.
Registration deadline is September 15, 2019.
Note: Online Registration also available. You must download and completed this Application Signature Page, and upload it with your Online Registration.
Location: Hyatt Regency Long Island. Hauppauge, NY
The demand for psychiatric services is outpacing the availability of clinicians. But there is a solution to this escalating problem – telepsychiatry.
Telepsychiatry has proven to be an extremely effective solution for many organizations by providing psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners and licensed clinical social workers who connect with your patients through simple-to-use technology.
When you partner with innovaTel Telepsychiatry, you don’t get a “one-size-fits-all” approach to care. You will interview our clinicians and select the best fit for your team – a clinician who will seamlessly collaborate with your on-site staff and document concurrently in your electronic medical record.
And innovaTel has recently expanded their clinical team to even more states and will cover the cost to get providers licensed in additional states.
innovaTel Telepsychiatry, one of National Council for Behavioral Health’s strategic partners, is already providing telepsychiatry services to many National Council members and stands ready to support more. If you’re looking to hire additional clinicians, innovaTel’s telepsychiatry model could be the solution you’ve been looking for!
To learn more about how a telepsychiatry partnership could work for your organization? Check out the innovaTel, schedule a meeting to connect with a telepsychiatry expert or email Lauren Lashbrook, Director of Strategic Partnerships, at Lauren.Lashbrook@innovatel.com.
If you know of other agencies that are in need, innovaTel would love to connect with them.
New Free Tools Gives New York State Agencies and Schools the Ability to Assess Trauma-Informed Care Practices
TRUST (Trauma Responsive Understanding Self-Assessment Tool) is a strengths-based organizational self-assessment tool that provides organizations with a point in time “snapshot” of where they are in their journey towards becoming trauma-informed. The tool employs the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) 10 Implementation Domains as a framework for guiding survey participants through a sequence of questions to assess implementation of trauma-informed care practices within their organization. TIC-OSAT allows organizations to view aggregated survey results from their leadership and staff and display these results within a concise, real-time report along with recommendations for bolstering Trauma-Informed Care practices.
TRUST-S (Trauma Responsive Understanding Self-Assessment Tool for Schools) is a strength-based organizational self-assessment tool that provides educational settings with a point in time “snapshot” of where they are in their journey towards becoming more trauma-sensitive and informed. The tool employs the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) 10 Implementation Domains as a framework for guiding survey participants through a sequence of questions to assess implementation of trauma-sensitive educational practices. The TRUST-S allows schools and districts to view aggregated survey results from their administration and staff. These results are displayed within a concise, real-time report that offers recommendations for bolstering trauma-sensitive practices.
This assessment can be used for initial benchmarking, as well as repeated at selected intervals to gauge progress and identify next steps.
The survey takes about 12-15 minutes to complete and is anonymous to allow for authentic staff assessment of their organization.
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Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further questions.
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The Health Impact of Tobacco Use among People with Disabilities
If you missed the live webcast, access it on demand right now - Plus, view past programs with FREE CE.
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Family Peer Advocate 2 Day In-Person Trainings: More Dates Announced!
The Parent Empowerment Program (PEP) is a training program that introduces new Family Peer Advocates (FPAs) to their role and to the skills they will need to effectively engage and empower parents.
This training is a combination of online modules, a 2 day, in-person training and 12 coaching calls. Completion of the PEP training is a requirement for the Family Peer Advocate Professional Credential. Registration is open for additional Level 2 in-person trainings statewide.
Registration forms and more information about the PEP training and FPA Credential can be found on the FTNYS website under the Workforce Development tab.
NEW Youth Peer Advocate Trainings: Registration Open!
The Youth Peer Advocate Training introduces new Youth Peer Advocates (YPAs) to their role and to the skills they will need to effectively engage and empower young people.
This training includes online modules, a 2-day in-person training, and a series of coaching phone calls. Completion of the YPA training is a requirement for the Youth Peer Advocate Professional Credential. We are excited to announce that registration for the Level 2 in-person training is now open in several regions.
Registration forms and more information about the YPA training and YPA Credential can be found on the YOUTH POWER! website under the Workforce Development tab.
Spend quality time with Recovery Champions
during the Annual Recovery Conference!
October 20-22, 2019
Our Annual Recovery Conference brings together the best of the best, providing unique educational and networking opportunities for the Recovery Community. Come celebrate Recovery with people in recovery, friends and family members and our allies in addiction prevention, treatment and recovery support services!