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NFSTAC: Stabilizing Housing for Families

National Family Support Technical Assistance Center

Join us for Part 1 of this 2-Part Series:

September 30, 2021

2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

Stabilizing Housing for Families of Children Who Experience Mental Health and/or Substance Use Challenges 





NYS OMH Statewide Virtual Town Hall

Featuring Commissioner Ann Sullivan, M.D.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

2:00 - 4:00 PM ET

NYS Office of Mental Health is conducting a Statewide Virtual Town Hall with Commissioner Ann Sullivan, M.D., presenting and taking feedback on the future of New York State's public mental health system.





GOVERNOR HOCHUL Welcomes Afghan Evacuees To New York State

GOVERNOR HOCHUL Welcomes Afghan Evacuees To New York State

New Guidance from the U.S. Department of State Indicates Up to 1,143 Afghans Could Resettle In New York Over the Next Six Months

Governor Kathy Hochul today welcomed the Afghans who will be resettling in New York communities in the coming months and pledged to offer them assistance via state-supported resettlement agencies as they rebuild their lives. 





CEI/AHEC Upstate Transgender Health Conference

CEI/AHEC Upstate Transgender Health Conference

Wednesday, November 10th, 2021

8:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Catskill Hudson Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is pleased to be partnering with the Clinical Education Initiative (CEI) as well as Hudson Mohawk AHEC, and  Central New York AHEC with a Transgender Health,  half-day conference, free for New York State clinicians and offers up to 3 credits of either CME, CNE, or CPE credit! Please see attached flyer for registration information! 

For more information please email Tara Melfi at

Register here





NYSB5 2021 Free Virtual Conference

NYSB5 2021 Free Virtual Conference

October 15th, 2021

10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Register Today!





New Resources from Prevention and Family Recovery Initiative!

September is National Recovery Month!

Children and Family Futures (CFF) begins the month by featuring new Prevention and Family Recovery (PFR) initiative resources highlighting the importance of “whole family recovery.” PFR strives to advance the capacity of family treatment court (FTC) teams to implement and sustain a comprehensive family-centered approach for children, parents, and families affected by substance use disorders (SUDs) and child maltreatment.





NYS OMH: Announces New Video Series To Help Parents and Students Prepare for Return To School

NYS Office of Mental Health Announces New Video Series To Help Parents and Students Prepare for Return To School

NYS OMH Commissioner Dr. Ann Sullivan said, “This has been an extremely trying year for the students of New York and for their parents. Some students haven’t been in the classroom for 18 months. Others have had to juggle hybrid learning. It’s been a period of extreme sacrifice and now, as we prepare to enter the 2021-22 school year, we want parents and students to know that we are here to support you and your mental health.”





KWIC : September 2021 Newsletter


September 2021 Newsletter 





NYS OASAS: Announces Launch of Kinship Care Toolkit



The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (NYS OASAS) today announced the launch of the Kinship Care Toolkit to support relatives and family friends who are caring full-time for children whose parents can no longer take care of them due to substance use or addiction, incarceration, death, or other circumstances.

Toolkit Provides Resources for Caregivers of Children Whose Parents Are Unable to Care for Them.





Parent Network of Western New York - Sensory Processing Disorder Workshop

Parent Network of Western New York

Save The Date! October 2, 2021

Simple, fun activities to help every child or young adult develop, learn and grow.





NYS DDPC - Learn to Lead Relationships and Sexuality Workshops for Parents of Kids with I/DD

NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

Learn to Lead Relationships and Sexuality Workshops for Parents of Kids with I/DD

This live, online training is designed for parents of a child with I/DD to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to lead workshops for other parents so they can talk about healthy relationships and sexuality with their young and grown children with I/DD. 





NYS OCFS - Cash awards are available and you may be eligible!

NYS Office of Children and Family Services

CASH AWARDS are available and you may be eligible!

If you were financially impacted by COVID-19, you may be eligible for cash assistance.






NYS OCFS - Child Care Stabilization Grants

Now Accepting Applications

NYS Office of Children and Family Services

Child care providers, funding is available to help you recover from the COVID-19 pandemic! All you have to do is complete the application and meet the eligibility requirements. The application is fast, simple, and will automatically calculate your grant amount.





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.


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