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FREE for YOUTH! 4-Day Fun Activities While Building Skills!

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
Date: October 12, 2019
Time: TBD



Webinar - The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth

Please join us (Child Welfare League of America) for the webinar, The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth. Two of the members of the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) Committee that produced this recently released report—Leslie Leve, PhD, University of Oregon, and Sue Mangold, JD, Juvenile Law Center—will present report findings that relate most directly to children in the child welfare system.

Their presentation will be followed by a conversation between the presenters and the guest editors of a soon-to-be-released special issue of Child Welfare journal, "Twenty Years after the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 (“Chafee”): What We Know Now About Meeting the Needs of Teens." Guest editors for this special issue are Cassandra Simmel, PhD, Rutgers University, and Victoria Kelly, PsyD, MSW, CWLA Board of Directors.

This is the first in a series of webinars on this topic. The second webinar will include the youth response to the findings of the NAS report and to the impact of the Chafee Act. The NAS report and report highlights are available for free download at The Promise of Adolescence.

Register now to reserve your seat today!

This program has been approved for one (1) CEU by the NASW Washington State Chapter.  Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Mental Health Counselors are eligible. Provider number is #1975-176. There is a $20 fee for CEUs for non-members and a $10 fee for CWLA members.

If you are interested in CEUs, please e-mail for details.

Location: Webinar
Date: September 24, 2019
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET



Adult Psychiatrists Available!

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

If you know of other agencies that are in need, innovaTel would love to connect with them.



Calling All NYS Recovery Artists! Recovery Fine Arts Festival

The 16th Annual New York State RECOVERY FINE ARTS FESTIVAL

Calling All Recovery Artists!

Submission Deadline: August 15, 2019! 

The Recovery Fine Arts Festival is open to all New York State artists in Recovery, including family members, from an addiction. This year’s submissions should depict the theme, “Working Our Recovery.” Please submit one original form of art in one of the following categories:

  • Poetry
  • Drawing (graphite, pen & ink, colored pencil)
  • Painting (oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor)
  • Photography
  • Mixed Media

A person may submit in more than one category, but only one submission per person per category will be accepted. Please complete an entry form for every category entered.

All artwork will be on display in the Concourse level of the Empire State Plaza from September 9th through 20th. Certificates of award will be presented during the annual Recovery Conference in October for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and honorable mention in each category. The esteemed OASAS Commissioner’s Choice certificate will be chosen from one of the categories.

For more information.

Shannon Schielke at: 518-487-4395 ext. 12.



FREE Online Tools For NYS Agencies and Schools

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.

If you already have a login account, click Here To Use These New Tools Right Now!


Please contact us at for further questions.



Help Promote Summer Meals for KIDS!

More than 1.1 million low-income children across New York eat healthy school meals. Let’s make sure they get proper nutrition all summer, too.

When the school year ends, kids and teens can get healthy, no-cost meals and snacks in many communities across the state through USDA's Summer Food Service Program. Visit to find summer meal sites, learn about hosting one, and access resources to help spread the word, including:

USDA Summer Meal Site Finder Map
Use the interactive mapper on to find and refer to sites in your area. Check back often, as sites are added as they are approved. Site information is also available in a list linked below the mapper, and by phone:

  • Call 2-1-1 (upstate) or 3-1-1 (NYC)
  • Text “Food” or "Comida" to 877-877

Free Outreach Materials
Display and distribute outreach materials for families, including Flyers and Rack Cards available in English and Spanish. You can order these resources in bulk from New York State Education Department at no charge; click here for the order form.

Social Media Posts and Newsletter Articles
Share information with your networks using these sample posts and articles.

Web Button Graphics
Add a button linked to to your e-newsletter, social media channels, and website so families you serve can easily learn about nearby summer meals sites. Click here to view and download them.

For more information about becoming a meal site this year or in the future, visit or email





The Health Impact of Tobacco Use among People with Disabilities

Thank You for your interest in the June 20th Public Health Live!

The Health Impact of Tobacco Use among People with Disabilities

Please give us your feedback in the program evaluation. We use your input to plan future programs. The evaluation leads to a post-test for FREE CE credits.


If you missed the live webcast, access it on demand right now - Plus, view past programs with FREE CE.

Please Click Here for more Upcoming Topics!

Thank you for making us your ongoing resource for public health continuing education.




Advancing Early Diversion Summer Series: From SAMHSA's GAINS Center


Coming Soon: Advancing Early Diversion Summer Series!

Please join SAMHSA’s GAINS Center this summer for the Advancing Early Diversion Summer Series! This four-session webinar event will explore practical strategies to implement an early diversion program in your community, with a focus on collaboration.

Advancing Early Diversion Summer Series Webinar Topics

  • Webinar 1: Law enforcement and mental health joint responses to mental health crises
  • Webinar 2: Follow-up strategies to enhance treatment engagement after an individual has experienced a crisis
  • Webinar 3: Collaborations between fire departments, emergency medical services, and behavioral health providers to serve individuals in mental crisis 
  • Webinar 4: Strategies for data collection and information sharing between criminal justice and behavioral health agencies

In each of these webinars, you will hear from national experts and local jurisdictional representatives. The presenters will provide guidance on best and promising practices as well as practical lessons learned, so you can design an early diversion program that fits the needs of your community.

In addition, each webinar will be immediately followed by a small group discussion, where audience members can engage directly with the presenters to learn more about the topics of discussion. 

Dates and registration information for these four webinars will be released in the coming weeks! Please contact SAMHSA's GAINS Center with any questions.



Great Training Opportunity! From Families Together in NYS

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.




Great Training Opportunity! From YOUTH POWER!

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.



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!

$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



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 This Event!

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.

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