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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.


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Free Special Event!

Healthy Minds for a Healthy New York (MHANYS) is pleased to be holding a symposium on self-stigma. We will discuss what it is; how pervasive it is; and what we can do to change attitudes.

We welcome our keynote speaker, Amanda Saake, LMSW, CPRP, the new Special Assistant to the Commissioner; Office of Consumer Affairs, New York State Office of Mental Health. We very much look forward to hearing what she has to say about this important topic.

In addition, we will have a panel of experts discussion about how to look at stigma from several different perspectives including internal, family, workplace, etc.

The event is taking place on July 9th from 8:00 - 12:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany.

This Event is Free and a Free Breakfast will be served!!

Location: First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany. 405 Washington Ave. Albany, NY 12206
Date: July 9, 2019
Time: 8:00 - 12:30 p.m. ET



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.



NYCCD | OMH | CTAC: Free Webinar - ZERO TO THREE DC:0-5

The New York Center for Child Development (NYCCD) and the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) in collaboration with Training and Technical Assistance Center (CTAC), is pleased to announce an upcoming informational Free Webinar on the ZERO TO THREE DC:0-5™, the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood!

Donna Bradbury, Associate Commissioner at New York State Office of Mental Health, will discuss New York State’s plans to make DC:0-5 the recommended diagnostic tool for all children birth to age 5.

The webinar will feature Kathleen Mulrooney of Zero to Three who will provide an overview of DC:0-5™.

In the coming months, NYCCD, in partnership with CTAC will be providing trainings statewide through OMH beginning in July.  The trainings will be offered free of cost to participants and each participant will receive a complimentary copy of the manual and CEUs will be offered.

An announcement, training dates and locations will be released shortly.

Location: Webinar
Date: June 27, 2019
Time: 10:30 - 11:30 AM



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.



The Work of Play: Developing Self-Regulation in Early Childhood

Play is the portal to a vast array of developmental opportunities! In play, children practice regulation in spontaneous, self-directed, holistic and responsive ways.

This day is for YOU!  It is devoted to the discovery of play as an invaluable medium for mental health clinicians, educators, parents, child care providers, and therapists from across disciplines. Dr. Foley will discuss factors that contribute to the development of self- regulatory capacity including: temperament and constitutional factors, cognitive control and executive function, and positive parenting and attachment are reviewed in the context expected acquisition of self-regulatory capacity in early childhood.  CEUs Available!

Location: Carondelet Hospitality Center. 385 Watervliet-Shaker Rd., Latham, NY 12110
Date: July 12, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.



Celebrate Mental Health Awareness 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 Mental Health Awareness!

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 8:00 am - 4:00 p.m. 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!



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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