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News, Notes and Events

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Vaccine Education for OMH & OASAS Service Recipients and Providers

July 1st, 10:00 - 11:00 am

To promote increased use of the vaccine, the Office of Mental Health, (OMH), and the Office of Addiction Services And Supports, (OASAS), are offering regular Webex presentations specifically designed for people receiving services.





Does Your Child Have a Developmental Disability?

The Seaver Autism Center is providing a webinar series to help provide parents with virtual tools and supports to more effectively manage their children’s behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your family may be eligible to participate if your child has a developmental disability and is living at home.





Employment Research for People with Disabilities

Participants Needed for Employment Research for People with Disabilities

University of Rochester Medical Center is looking to interview adults with disabilities, family members, day habilitation staff, and care coordinators for a study to better understand barriers to transitioning from OPWDD’s day habilitation service to employment.

Participants will receive $20 in compensation for the session. 





Child Nutrition News!

Nourishing Our Youngest Children

Updates and Resources for WIC, CACFP and P-EBT

Great News! WIC Remote Services Renewed Through Mid-August - New York State has made maximum use of existing program flexibilities to make it as easy as possible for children and families to participate in WIC during the COVID-19 health emergency. Clinics may serve participants remotely via telephone, text or videoconference, and remotely load WIC benefits onto eWIC cards.

More Great News! WIC Will Soon Triple Benefits for Fruits & Vegetables




Sesame Workshop : COMING TOGETHER

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.




Consumer Privacy is Important


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.




Immigrants Can Access Critical Nutrition Programs

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.




The ProActive Caring School & Home Transition Exchange

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

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.




Vacunarse Contra El Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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, o llamar al (518) 801-9440, extensión 5081.




SNAP Eligibility for Students

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.




Information on applying for SNAP and WIC during the COVID-19

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.




Virtual small group discussions and individual interviews for Parents and Caregivers

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?

  • Any person who lives in NYS; and is
  • A parent/guardian with caregiving responsibility of a child or youth (0-21) with physical, medical, emotional or learning needs; or
  • An individual (18-21) with physical, medical, emotional or learning needs.

Discussion Group Details:

  • 90-minute virtual group discussion; $75 compensation
  • 60-minute individual phone interview; $50 compensation

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
Jeannie at 914-719-7761 or
In the Western Region of NYS
Email: Melissa at


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