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CNCS - Notice of Funding Opportunity!

Our National Day of Service Grants offer the chance to be a part of national service and do something amazing with and for your community. This year’s grant opportunity offers more streamlined requirements, greater funding flexibility, and the freedom to design projects that will have the greatest impact for your community.

Whether you are interested in the grant for September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance or for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, or both of them, we urge you to learn more, start planning, and apply. The application deadline is June 19, 2019.

We are hosting a webinar to share more information about this funding opportunity and the application process. The webinar is Wednesday, May 29, 2:00-3:00 PM ET.

Please share this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) with your community partners, grantees, and affiliates.

Register Today!


Location: Webinar
Date: May 29, 2019
Time: 2:00-3:00 PM ET.



Strategies for Behavioral Health Equity: Leaving No One Behind!

2019 NYS OMH Symposium

The New York State Office of Mental Health is hosting a two-day Symposium (June 24-25, 2019) bringing together researchers, policy decision makers, mental health clinicians and front-line workers. The goal is to raise the bar on concrete strategies to create mental health equity for all New Yorkers. The NYS Office of Mental Health believes everyone should have an equal opportunity for mental wellness. This requires removing obstacles and implementing services and policies aimed at reducing disparities.

Dior Vargas will be the Keynote Speaker for the event. She is the creator of the People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project, a response to the invisibility of people of color in the media representation of mental illness. She tours the country giving keynotes, hosting workshops, and speaking on panels. Her work and insight has been covered in media outlets such as The New York Times, Forbes, Newsweek, and NBC News Latino.

For Hotel Reservations: Click Here

Location: Albany Marriott. 189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY
Date: June 24, 2019
Time: TBD



YOUTH POWER! Scholarship Opportunities - Conference Event

June 22-25, 2019 at College of Saint Rose

YOUTH POWER! of Families Together in New York State is proud to announce that there are many scholarship opportunities left for youth/young adults ages 18-30 looking to attend this years University of YOUTH POWER (UYP)! Please feel free to share this information with youth, families and your contacts as well!

Scholarships? There are MANY scholarship opportunities for youth to apply to BY MAY 24th at noon! Scholarships assist with registration and *some scholarships* with other aspects associated with the cost of UYP. 

Registration? Register Today at Young people ages 18 to 30 can register with a major of Peer Advocacy or Systems Advocacy. Youth can register as either a resident student OR a day student! Resident students have overnight accommodations in the apartment style dormitory as well as meals on campus. All who registered get a UYP handbook, meals on campus, a UYP t-shirt and some other AWESOME gear! For specific details, visit the link above. Registration closes on June 5th.

2019 Agenda- To view a preview of classes, evening activities and more click here! ** Classes and activities are subject to change.**

General questions about UYP, please contact
Regarding professors and activity leaders, please contact
Regarding scholarships, please contact

Location: College of Saint Rose. 432 Western Ave. Albany, NY 12203
Date: June 22, 2019
Time: TBD



2019 Rapid Re-Housing for Youth Learning Community News

Missed the first 2019 RRH4YLC webinar on coordinated entry and youth RRH? Watch it here!

Sign up for the Learning Community’s next webinar, scheduled for Wednesday, May 29th at 2:00 pm EDT. This second online meeting of the 2019 Learning Community will offer community members another requested exploration of more systemic issues related to youth homelessness, in this case DIVERSION!

Presenters will provide an overview of diversion - what it is, why your community should be doing it, and how it improves the response to youth homelessness - and an example of how diversion for youth is working on the ground in one state. Bring your questions!

Location: Webinar
Date: May 29, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT



Effective Programs and Partnerships for Early Diversion - Webinar

Effective community strategies for diverting people with mental and substance use disorders from unnecessary criminal justice involvement and hospital emergency department use require planning across multiple systems.

In this webinar, "Effective Programs and Partnerships for Early Diversion," three jurisdictions will share information on how cross-systems partnerships and coordinated programming have enabled diversion of people with mental and substance use disorders away from criminal justice involvement and into treatment and services. Presenters from behavioral health and criminal justice systems will discuss successful approaches to diverting people with co-occurring disorders at multiple stages of contact with the justice system.   

Location: Webinar
Date: May 30, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET



A Discussion with Children and Families – In-Person Events

The NYS Children’s Medicaid System Transformation:
A Discussion with Children and Families – In-Person Event

New York State (NYS) invites Children and Families who are participating in the new Medicaid Children’s Waiver and/or who are receiving newly available mental health or substance abuse State Plan Services to attend an in-person event. The in-person events will discuss the Children’s Medicaid System Transformation, including new Medicaid services and the move to Medicaid Managed Care. 

NYS wants to make sure that Medicaid services work best for children and families. This means making sure that children have access to all of the services they need, and that their health care services treat the whole person. It also means children and families have a say in what services they want, where services are delivered, and how services are provided. 

The NYS Department of Health and Offices of Mental Health (OMH), Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), Children and Family Services (OCFS), and Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) have scheduled five (5) meetings this summer for families to share thoughts, ask questions and get more information. These are follow-up meetings to two virtual meetings held earlier this year. See the event schedule below.

If you have questions about the in-person events please email

Click here for Dates, Locations and Registration information.

Location: Multiple locations
Date: June 3, 2019
Time: 5:30-7:00 PM



Celebrate May as Mental Health Awareness Month with MHANYS!

Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. (MHANYS) impacts New Yorkers across the state through policy, programs, and products designed to empower individuals experiencing a mental health challenge and reach the general public through the promotion of mental health wellness & recovery. 

Join Us as we celebrate May as Mental Health Awareness Month!

Here is a list of all available events - Register Today!




Governor Cuomo Announces Release of First Suicide Prevention Task Force Report

For Immediate Release: 4/22/2019

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the release of the first report from the New York State Suicide Prevention Task Force. Established by the Governor in November 2017, the Task Force serves to increase awareness of and access to supportive services with a special focus on high-risk groups including veterans, Latina adolescents, and members of the LGBTQ community. Please click here for more details.




Free Training from NYS Education Department!

Save The Date! The New York State Education department is pleased to announce Free Training! Creating a Culture of Care in Schools Using Restorative Practices with Dr. Tom Cavanagh.

These 4 consecutive day, train-the-trainer sessions will be held from 8 am-4 pm, each day.

Please choose One Location to register.

Capital Region
10 Empire State Blvd.
Castleton-on-Hudson, NY 12033
July 23-26, 2019
Register Now!

Western NY
Erie 1 BOCES
Education Campus
355 Harlem Road
West Seneca, NY 14224
July 29 - August 1, 2019
Register Now!

Lower Hudson/Long Island
S. Westchester BOCES
450 Mamaroneck Avenue
Harrison, NY 10528
August 19-22, 2019
Register Now!

Location: Multiple locations
Date: July 23, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.



NYS Recovery Conference Announcement

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!

Register Today!
$175 prior to May 31st; $250 thereafter...

Click here for more details.

Location: Albany Marriott. 189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY
Date: October 20, 2019
Time: TBD



New Grant Opportunity!

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is seeking applications for funding under the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Family Drug Courts Program. This program furthers the Department’s mission by supporting states and communities as they develop and implement effective and coordinated substance use disorder intervention programs.

Applicants must register with at prior to submitting an application. All applications are due by 11:59 PM (ET) or 8:59 PM (PT) on May 29, 2019.



Registration Announcement for Justice Center Regional Conference

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. You may register for the morning General Session or the afternoon Breakout Sessions, or both morning and afternoon sessions. You will be asked to choose your sessions on the registration page.
A summary of the session topics is here.

Don't wait! Register Now for May 22, 2019 Event!

Click here to Register Today

This conference will be repeated five times during 2019 in various locations around the State. Information for other locations are available on the registration page.

Location: UAlbany Downtown Campus, Husted Hall Amphitheater. 135 Western Ave. Albany NY 12222
Date: May 22, 2019
Time: Between 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.



Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and Center on Addiction have merged

As a Parent Coach with the Partnership and a mother of a son in recovery, I understand the difficult landscape that families face. In addition to feeling shamed, blamed and judged because of the stigma of addiction in our society, families are scared, confused and don’t know where to turn for guidance or help with treatment -– if access to quality treatment is even something available to your son or daughter.

It’s an incredibly painful struggle, and one that no one should have to face alone.

Please visit here for more details about this great news.




Great News! Affiliation Agreement between CWLA and CWLC

To: Members and Friends of the Child Welfare League of America ( CWLA) and the Child Welfare League of Canada ( CWLA)

We are extremely pleased to announce the reenergizing of a longstanding relationship between CWLA and CWLC. Our boards of directors have agreed to a two year ( 2019 to 2021) agreement that both organizations believe will provide additional services and resources to our member organizations and that will enable the development of relationships and opportunities for shared learnings that will enhance our goal of providing quality services to children, youth and families who are vulnerable across North America. Specifically we have agreed to the following for 2019 to 2021:

1. Exchange organizational memberships at no charge to either organization-CWLA will become an associate member of CWLC and CWLC will become a supporting partner of CWLA.

2. Provide CWLA and CWLC members with access to members only content and webinars
provided that these are offered at no additional cost.

3. Provide a member discount to CWLA members who want to attend the CWLC led 2020
International Foster Care Organization Conference in Montreal Canada scheduled for
June 25-28, 2020 and provide a member discount to CWLC members who want to attend
the 2019 (and 2020) CWLANational Conference in WashingtonD.C.

4. Partner on a joint initiative to explore how CWLA's National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare might be adapted to the Canadian Context.

5. Co-Edit an edition of the Child Welfare Journal on the links between poverty and child welfare.

Members of CWLA and CWLC will receive notice of opportunities to access these resources through CWLA or CWLC depending on their member affiliation.

We will evaluate the collaboration that has resulted from the agreement and discuss a broader longer term agreement based on the shared interest of our two organizations and our strategic priorities.

We both strongly support the value of shared learning across North America and will also work together to expand the opportunities for shared learning with other organizations around the world that share our commitment to improving outcomes for children and families who are vulnerable.


Christine James-Brown, CEO, CWLA and Rachel Gouin, Executive Director, CWLC


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