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Mi familia y yo caminamos de la mano del Arte como estrategia de crecimiento
We hope that you will join us next Friday, April 23, for the continuation of ONA's Mental Health and Wellness Webinar Series which is in collaboration with Dr. Angelica Ojeda and Dr. Gabriela Gonzalez of Universidad Iberoamericana.
The NYS DDPC has worked over the past year to draft our next 5-year State Plan. We are now asking people with disabilities, their families, staff, caregivers, and others to review our recommended plan and provide final comments.
Benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine
New York State Office of Mental Health has a new educational video on the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine. The video is in Spanish, and features Ms. Evelyn Mendez and Dr. Roger Beauplan from Pilgrim Psychiatric Center.
It is available here:
OMH’s previously distributed vaccination videos can be found here:
NY's Great Lakes Small Grants Request for Proposals Announced
New York Sea Grant (NYSG), in partnership with DEC, is requesting proposals for projects that implement actions outlined in the goals of NY’s Great Lakes Action Agenda, focusing on youth in either formal or informal educational experiences. NYSG expects to award eight to 10 projects with up to $25,000 each.
Proposals are due April 30, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.
Sign up now for the 2021 Virtual Conference!
Join over 400 representatives from family peer support providers, 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 continue to move toward an integrated system of care. We encourage New York State Family Peer Support Providers, Youth Peer Advocates, Health Plans, Health Homes, and other service providers to attend and receive pertinent education & information on services, collaborations, and practices in our children’s health and behavioral health system.
Registration is Open!
New York State Special Education Task Force Presents the 22nd Annual Virtual Conference
Deadline: April 27, 2021
Friday, April 30, 2021
9:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Session and registration information coming soon!
Issue 22, Year 5, March 2021
Talleres sobre: Género, Sexualidad y Familia en la Primero Infancia
Sesame Workshop has always stood for diversity, inclusion, equity, and kindness. As part of Coming Together, our ongoing commitment to racial justice, today we released the “ABCs of Racial Literacy” resources to support families in talking to their children about race and racism.
Child Abuse Prevention Month is Just Two Weeks Away
Each April as part of Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month, Prevent Child Abuse New York (PCANY) and other state chapters around the nation mobilize public awareness campaigns. These campaigns promote simple actions that can make a big difference in the lives of children, strengthen families and prevent child abuse by removing and challenging barriers to healthy parenting.
Family Empowerment Program
Deadline to apply: April 9, 2021
Parents & Caregivers!
If you want to know more about special education, available supports and services, life after school, and how to speak up effectively, this series is for you!
NYeC believes in the power of health information to improve patient care and outcomes. That includes a belief that patients have a right to their own health data, and a right to decide with whom that data is shared.
ICYMI: RECORDING OF "SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR OUR YOUTH" WITH DR. MONIQUE MORRIS
On Thursday, February 25, the NYS Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children, in partnership with the YJI, hosted “Social Justice for Our Youth” with Dr. Monique Morris. This event centered on how overcriminalization and school pushout has impacted Black girls within the United States. Dr. Morris is an award-winning author and social justice scholar, the executive producer and co-writer of the critically acclaimed documentary “PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools,” and the leader of the philanthropic organization Grantmakers for Girls of Color.
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Spring 2021 Newsletter
Permanent Block of Public Charge
Rule Ensures that Immigrants Can Access
Critical Nutrition Programs
Starting immediately the 2019 U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) public charge rule that kept immigrants and their families from accessing public benefits, including SNAP, is no longer in effect.
Apúntate: Viernes de Bienestar y Salud Mental
ONA Webinar: El collage estructurado como estrategia para análisis de historias de vida y casos en la atención con población migrante.
ONA Webinar: Mi familia y yo caminamos de la mano del Arte como estrategia de crecimiento.
ONA Webinar: El proceso de Burnout en los Servidores de Migrantes: Contexto, el Sistema y Síntomas.
The ProActive Caring School & Home Transition Exchange
Registration Now Open!
In 2021, the ProActive Caring Program will offer a series of webcasts called The School & Home Transition Exchange. The programs will offer tools and resources for families living through the COVID-19 pandemic as they help their children identify opportunities for self-directed growth, expand social opportunities, and enhance the skills needed for living independently.
USDA Extends Summer Meal Program
Waivers Through September 30, 2021
USDA has extended nationwide summer meal program waivers through September 30, 2021, facilitating children's continued access to vital nutrition programs amid the ongoing impacts of COVID-19.
Resilient Families: COVID and Beyond!
NYSB5 Statewide Parent Leadership Conference
Registration is now open.
Capital District Latinos En Colaboración Con El Departamento De Salud Del Condado De Albany Estan Ofreciendo Una Oportunidad Para.
160 Central Ave Albany, NY 12206
Para registrarse, debe mandar un correo electrónico (email) a la siguiente dirección firstname.lastname@example.org, o llamar al (518) 801-9440, extensión 5081.
New Resources on SNAP Eligibility for Community College and Economic Opportunity Center Students
Hunger Solutions New York has released new and updated materials that reflect recent policy changes that expand SNAP eligibility to more low-income students, including college students.
What’s Great In Our State Seeks Nominations for Recognition
May 4th, 2021
NYS Council on Children and Families is thrilled to be working with the NYS Office of Mental Health again this year on planning the What’s Great In Our State (WGIOS) event. Currently, the WGIOS committee is looking for nominations, and we’d like your help!
The Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley is partnering with St. Peter’s Health Partners to offer a FREE Virtual Butt Stops Here smoking cessation program. Classes start in February and March. Groups meet once per week for 7 weeks.
You DO NOT have to be quit before starting the group! Choose one group that meets once per week with a trained facilitator.
New York state will offer free diapers at food banks amid ongoing COVID-19 recession
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is establishing a program to distribute free diapers through food banks throughout the state, starting as early as March.
“COVID-19 has piled challenge after challenge onto hardworking New York families, including the ability to afford the products they need to care for their children,” Cuomo said. New York’s statewide unemployment rate in December topped 8%, up from about 4% a year earlier.
Baby2Baby, a national nonprofit, will donate 20 million diapers to establish the “diaper bank.” Baby2Baby cofounders and Co-CEOs Norah Weinstein and Kelly Sawyer Patricof said they’ve seen a 350% increase in requests for diapers since the start of the pandemic almost a year ago. “You ask a low-income mom what her biggest struggle is, and she starts with diapers,” Weinstein said.
Have you or your family lost income recently?
You may be eligible for programs that help you get the food you need.
Get information on applying for SNAP and WIC during the COVID-19 outbreak, and learn how we can help.
Community partners: For the 2.2 million people living in NYS households who struggle against hunger, COVID-19 presents unique challenges. As more schools, child care centers, and meal sites are impacted, additional families may lose access to the programs that improve their nutrition, health, and well-being. Hunger Solutions New York is working to provide updates on the operation of federal nutrition assistance programs that can help schools, community organizations, and families mitigate the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on the food security of low-income people.
We work to promote and maximize participation in key federal nutrition assistance programs.
As a statewide organization dedicated to alleviating hunger, our mission is more important than ever. Keep updated on developments.
Family Discussion for Parents/Caregivers of Children and Youth (ages 0 – 21) with Physical, Medical, Emotional and Learning Needs
Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) and The Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities at University of Rochester Medical Center is recruiting families to participate in discussions about how to best support families in New York State (NYS) who have a child or youth with physical, medical, emotional or learning needs. In addition, we are working with local health departments (LHDs) to compile a regional resource directory and training materials that LHDs can use to support children and youth and their families in the future.
WIHD and The Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities at the University of Rochester Medical Center are engaged in this project through a grant from the NYS Department of Health.
We will be holding virtual small group discussions and individual interviews with eligible participants from May 2020 through June 2021.
Who is eligible?
Discussion Group Details:
Interpreters available and sessions in Spanish available
For more information:
In the Hudson Valley and Upstate Region of NYS
Call or Email:
Susan at 914-719-7774 or email@example.com
Jeannie at 914-719-7761 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In the Western Region of NYS
Email: Melissa at Melissa_Parrish@urmc.rochester.edu
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