Thank you for joining NYAPRS at our 30th Annual Conference

"Keeping the Integrity in Integration"

We appreciate your continued support and for making this event a great success!

Please look below for copies of presentations.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Round 1 - 1:15pm to 2:30pm

An Introduction to SAMHSA: Behavioral Health in the Context of Healthcare Reform

Dennis Romero, MA, SAMHSA, New York, NY

This presentation will provide an overview of the role of SAMHSA , how it is aiming to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities, and how it is helping the nation act on the knowledge that behavioral health is: essential to health; prevention works; treatment is effective; and people recover. The presentation will be offered in the context of healthcare reform and what this means for behavioral healthcare. For the first time in its 20 year history, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a presence in each of the ten U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Regional Offices. In January, SAMHSA’s Regional Administrators (RAs) began meeting with community leaders, state mental health and substance abuse authorities, and other SAMHSA stakeholders in order to gain a thorough understanding of behavioral health issues that are affecting their states and regions. The primary goal for establishing SAMHSA’s regional presence is to improve SAMHSA’s collaboration with other federal agencies and communication with states, territories, tribes, providers, and communities. The SAMHSA RAs will be able to keep regions better informed of opportunities such as funding, joint programming and cross training, as well as, highlight and share promising strategies and best practices among SAMHSA stakeholders.


Supervision for Peer Service Providers

Keris Myrick, MBA, PhD.c, Project Return Peer Support Network, Commerce, CA

Tanya Stevens, MA, NYAPRS, Albany, NY

This workshop will overview a few peer programs in New York State and California and discuss challenges and strategies for recruiting, hiring and supervising peer staff. The presenters will also discuss challenges and strategies for volunteer staff and some state regulations that affect recruitment and hiring.


The Evolution of Our Movement

Bill Gamble, Mental Health Empowerment Project, Albany, NY

From the outcry of alleged lunatics in late 1800s to the birth of the Mental Patients’ Liberation Movement in the 1970’s and from the call for self help and alternatives in the 1980s to the birth of an industry in the 1990s “The Evolution of Our Movement” chronicles 100 years of history of people who have endured the public mental health system.


Health Homes: What are they and What Will They Mean to You?

Harvey Rosenthal NYAPRS, Albany, NY

Across the state, your Medicaid funded medical, mental health and addiction recovery services are being brought together under the new ‘health home’ design. The goal is to offer better coordinated, effective and satisfying services that will combine all of your healthcare records into one electronic document. What are the challenges and opportunities to seeing improvements in your healthcare and protection of your rights and choices in this ever changing environment? This presentation will offer a background for a lively and frank discussion.


Re-Attaching the Body to the Mind and the Heart

Mike Stoltz, LMSW, Clubhouse of Suffolk, Ronkonkoma, NY

Using some of the late Dr. Steven Covey formulations, this 30+ year veteran of community mental health services will traverse the recent history of movements and initiatives that both guide and compromise our successful transition to whole-person, integrated health/behavioral health focus. Attention will be given to key concepts for engaging practitioners - peers and professionals alike - to adapt their skills to the demands and opportunities of the emerging business environment.


Center for Practice Innovations Brings Best Practices to NYS: Focus on Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders (FIT)

Nancy Covell, PhD; Paul J. Margolies, PhD; Forrest Foster, MSW; Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH, Center for Practice Innovations, New York, NY

Cathy Sellars-Guzman, LCSW, Occupations, Inc., Middletown, NY

Helen Lynch, LCSW and Kathryn Young, LMSW, Ellis Hospital, Schenectady, NY

The CPI supports the NYS OMH’s mission to promote the widespread availability of evidence-based practices to improve mental health services and promote recovery-oriented outcomes for consumers and families. This workshop focuses on the Focus on Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders (FIT) initiative. Hundreds of programs across NYS are now enrolled in FIT, benefitting from online staff training and implementation supports. One important aspect of this workshop is that participants will hear from consumers who have received integrated services and practitioners who provide them.


Peace Works

Noelle Pollet, Heart Circle Consulting, West Camp, NY

Rooted in the Alternatives to Violence Project, developed by prison inmates and Quakers, this incredibly transformative and flexible process utilizes experiential exercises to develop community. Every activity invites some aspect of “us” forward: our life experience, wisdom, joy, which generates tremendous buy-in as personal insight and interpersonal skill develop naturally. Experience it... Utilize it... Carry it forward!


Yoga: Discovering Your True Nature as Bountiful, Beautiful, and Blissful

Dagny Alexander, LMT, CYT, Voorheesville, NY

In this class we will explore how the practice of yoga can heal us in body, mind, and spirit. We will look at the 8 limbs of yoga and how they can help us to discover our true nature. We will experience yoga through asana, breathing, and meditation.


Meeting the Needs of Aging People With Psychiatric Disabilities

Kimberly Williams, LMSW, Geriatric Mental Health Alliance of New York, New York, NY

Marvin Spieler, MHA, New York City, New York, NY

As the elder population grows in the state, the mental health system will need to make changes to meet the needs of aging people with long-term psychiatric disabilities. This presentation will cover modifications in housing, rehabilitation, and health care which are needed by many older adults with psychiatric disabilities in the community.


Rhythms for Building Community and Wellness: Experiencing the Healing Power of the Drum

Chrys Ballerano, NYS Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Albany, NY

This workshop will be an interactive experience where the presenter will provide participants with an opportunity to connect with their own innate sense of play and the healing and gentle power of rhythm. Participants are invited to bring their own drum or percussive instrument. Additionally, instruments will be provided by the presenter (enough for 30-40 people to share). An atmosphere of gentle safety will be maintained and modeled. This workshop will invite participants to connect with their own heartbeats, develop their abilities to play in community, and find ways to respond to the rhythms of the natural world. We will learn some basic drumming techniques and then enjoy a circle of rhythm that is fun for people of all levels of drumming experience.


Environmental Scan of Self-Direction in Behavioral Health

Bevin Croft, MPP, PhD Candidate, Human Services Research Institute, in partnership with the Boston College National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services, Cambridge, MA

Self-direction allows the service user to manage a personal budget to purchase services and supports based on an individualized recovery plan. We will present findings from an environmental scan designed to help us understand barriers and facilitators to self-direction. State and county behavioral health program directors participated in a webinar, follow-up survey, and in-depth interviews that explored their views and concerns. Results suggest strong interest in adapting and expanding self direction.


Recover the Joy Within and Then Claim the Joy That’s Out There for You

Neville Morris, Interpersonal Communication Skills Development, Endwell, NY

The joy in our life is often the product of things in our past, the present, and our expectations of what is to unfold in the future. Irrespective of the amounts of joy we have today or the absence thereof, we still have a key role to play in the outcome of it all. Yes we may meet a few helpers along the road to recovery; however, for much of the journey we are left on our own. It is not enough to wait for the ‘joy that comes in the morn,’ sometimes we have to row out and meet our ship and then help to steer the course. In this workshop we will cover what steps we can take to maintain the joy we have, regain some of what was lost, and more importantly, how to make more deposits than withdrawals in the process.


How to Meet and Mingle

Amy Colesante, BA and Bill Gamble, Mental Health Empowerment Project, Albany, NY

Does the idea of talking to people you don’t know make you weak in the knees? This workshop will offer some fun and engaging strategies that will help you to overcome your fears and meet new people with charm and confidence. This fun and interactive workshop will also present opportunities to brainstorm about how to overcome obstacles to dating such as budget limitations, transportation and the dreaded first date jitters.


Can Behavioral Health Organizations Improve Services?

Harvey Rosenthal, NYAPRS, Albany, NY

New York State is committed to moving all Medicaid beneficiaries to managed care plans over the next few years. This will mean that your mental health and addiction services, medications and service providers will have to be approved and paid for by a Special Needs Managed Care or Behavioral Health Organization. Many worry that managed care groups will deny access to services or medication; yet there are some hopeful examples where recovery, rehabilitation, and peer support approaches have been expanded. Come and join this candid, important discussion!


Clubhouses and Community Colleges: Now that is Integration!

David Plotka, LMSW; Danyel Wendroff, MFA; Connie Schwartz, Venture House, Jamaica, NY

This workshop will show how International Center of Clubhouse Development (ICCD) accredited clubhouses have partnered with community colleges in order to promote community integration. The workshop will provide a very brief overview of the Clubhouse Model of Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Particular attention will be given to how clubhouses assist their members in returning to school. We will also discuss the successful manner in which clubhouse programs have partnered with specific community college to support member’s education, and employment. We will also discuss the roll that the arts can play in recovery, the reduction of stigma and in partnering with educational institutions such as community colleges.


Individual Placement and Support Approach to Support Employment

Paul Margolies, PhD; Gary Scannevin, Jr., MPS. CPRP; Thomas Jewell, PhD; Raymond Gregory, and Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH, NYS Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY

The CPI supports the NYS OMH’s mission to promote the widespread availability of evidence-based practices to improve mental health services and promote recovery-oriented outcomes for consumers and families. This workshop focuses on the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) supported employment initiative. Currently and soon-to-be certified PROS programs across NYS are now enrolled, and benefitting from, our learning collaborative and on-site training and implementation supports. One important aspect of this workshop is that participants will hear from consumers who have received IPS services and practitioners who provide them.


Using a Human Rights Framework and the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights & the Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities to Advocate for Change

Kathryn Cascio, CPRP and Justin Caywood, BA, The Empowerment Exchange, Troy, NY

Through the use of a PowerPoint presentation, handouts and open discussion, workshop participants will learn: basic human rights principles; an overview of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights; and a summary of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Participants will also learn how to use this information to argue for policy changes on issues important in the mental health community and all communities.


The Open Dialogue Approach: Its Principles and Practices

Nick Luchetti, MS, The Mill River Institute for Dialogic Practice/Windhorse, Northampton, MA

Mary Olsen, PhD, Institute for Dialogic Practice, Haydenville, MA

This workshop will explore the emergence of dialogic network practices for psychiatric crises and the unique opportunities and challenges of incorporating these practices into our current system of mental health care. In particular, we will focus on the Open Dialogue approach that has transformed psychiatric services in Finland and the feasibility of transplanting elements of this approach to our system of care.


Privacy and Health Information in the Era of Healthcare Reform

Paul Litwak, Attorney-At-Law, Wilton, NY

Federal and state health reform programs such as Accountable Care Organizations and Health Homes anticipate use of health information technology to link providers, facilitate care coordination, improve the quality of treatment and reduce costs. This workshop will examine the challenge of assuring that health information exchange occurs in a manner that respects consumer preferences, complies with privacy law, and safeguards confidentiality. There will be a discussion of consumer consent requirements for New York State Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs) and the health home program.


Making Ointment and Lotion for Health: Hands-on Self-Care

Grace Nichols, Albany, NY

Together using beeswax (which melts at low temperatures), olive oil, and herbs, we will create a topical ointment to be used to calm and soothe the skin. Plants can soothe us and be our allies in healing. We will learn to identify some common herbs such as plantain and comfrey. We will talk about the skin care and soap making cottage industries that can be a way for people to augment their incomes. Each participant will leave with some instructions and a jar of ointment. This workshop is limited to 20 participants.


Keynote: Our Liberated Voice - Impacting Integration through Personal Narrative

Keris Myrick, MBA, PhD.c, Project Return Peer Support Network, Commerce, CA



Thursday, September 20, 2012

Round 3 – 9:00am to 10:15am

New York’s Health Homes: A Progress Report

Greg Allen, MSW, NYS Department of Health, Albany, NY

Robert Myers, PhD, and Doug Ruderman, LCSW, NYS Office of Mental Health, Albany, NY

Edye Schwartz, DSW, LCSW, NYAPRS, Mahopac, NY

With Phase I and II Health Homes awarded and starting up, and Phase III Health Homes poised to begin, this workshop will update us on the progress of the implementation schedule. Top officials from the Office of Mental Health and the Health Department will talk about the Health Home Initiative and the transition from case management to care coordination. How is the transition going? What are the problems faced? Have we seen any outcomes yet? Join us for this timely and important workshop on the transformation of our health care delivery system.


New York State’s Comprehensive Employment System for People with Disabilities

John Allen, Jr., NYS Office of Mental Health, Albany, NY

Karen Coleman, NYS Department of Labor, Workforce Development, Albany, NY

This workshop will discuss the New York Employment Services System and its benefits for individuals with disabilities and providers. This partnership with Department of Labor has created exciting opportunities which should advance the employment of people with disabilities in New York State. Please attend to learn more!


Medication/Treatment Optimization: How to Get the Best Out of Your Meds and Treatment or Not...

Jody Silver and Pablo Sadler, MD, NYC Department of Hygiene & Mental Health, Long Island City, NY

Mark Duffy, MSW, ACSW, CPRP, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Freehold, NJ

Todd Randall, GROW in New Jersey, NJ

The widespread use of psychotropic medication has become increasingly controversial in society as well as in the mental health field. Some people believe that medication has helped them pursue their recovery goals; for many others, it has resulted in more problems than benefits. People are asking: ‘Is this the right medication for me? Can I take less? What if I want to taper off my medication or stop taking it?’ People from all over the world are exploring the role of psychotropic medication within our communities. Come learn about the practical experiences, challenges, and approaches to this controversial topic.


Innovations in Care Coordination

Grant Mitchell, MD and Christopher John, LMSW, Westchester County Dept. of Community Mental Health, White Plains, NY

Jim Rye, The Empowerment Center, Mt. Vernon, NY

Carol Goldman, LMSW, MHA of Westchester, Tarrytown, NY

Westchester County embarked on an innovative and timely project a few years ago that coordinates care and utilizes the power of peer support. This Care Coordination initiative has produced excellent outcomes for those participants who enrolled in the project. This workshop will update you on the Westchester collaboration that has helped people who had traditionally used the most Medicaid dollars, and had the highest hospital readmission rates, to live healthier and better lives through care coordination, self-determination and peer support.


Translating the Evidence: Training Service Providers in a Recovery Model to Better Work with Youth and Young Adults who Self-Identify as LGBTQ

Wayne Centrone, NMD, MPH, Center for Social Innovation, Portland, OR

Katy Hanlon, RN, MA, Center for Social Innovation, Needham, MA

Robert Coffman, Zappalorti Society, New York, NY

The literature is replete with research and studies on the vulnerabilities and risks of youth who self-identify as a sexual or gender minority. Yet, very few programs exist that are culturally and linguistically prepared to serve the depth and breadth of needs experienced by this marginalized population. Building from the evidence-based literature, and three years of field research, this workshop will present a recovery support model to better serve the needs of youth who self-identify as LGBTQ. Through case discussion, small group forums, and a PowerPoint presentation, the workshop will explore ways that participants can use the Community of Practice model and social media to reach and better provide recovery support and services to youth and young adults who self-identify as LGBTQ.


The Importance of Leadership: Fostering A Flexible Workforce

Mike Stoltz, LMSW, and Veronica DeKonig, Clubhouse of Suffolk, Ronkonkoma, NY

Facing changes in payers, consumer needs, and service partners has become the norm for providers of rehabilitation, recovery, and support services. The presenters will discuss their experiences and strategies for keeping the workforce centered on key organizational pillars including mission and core values, evidence-based processes and practices, and accountability. Responsibilities, relationships, and critical skills at different levels of leadership and management for a recovery-focused workplace culture will be examined.


The NYAPRS’ Our Culture Matters Campaign

Theresa Hall, West Babylon, NY

Luis Lopez, MS, HSBCP, Services for the UnderServed, New York, NY

As health care continues to change, we greatly fear that many communities will be overlooked and potentially neglected. The NYAPRS Cultural Competency Committee is very concerned about how the implementation of new managed care mandates and policies will limit the medical treatment people receive. The workshop will review some of the recommendations the Committee has made to address the upcoming challenges of care coordination and managed care.


Learning the Art of Resiliency

Sara Goodman, CPRP, Baltic Street AEH, Inc., Brooklyn, NY

This workshop is for anyone wishing to develop personal resilience techniques to recover quickly from setbacks, particularly during times of change. Resilience is an active, problem-solving approach to life. When resilient people experience a set-back, they don’t give up. Instead, they get busy and try to find another way or ways to solve the problem.


If I Can Do It, You Can Do It: Using Lived Experience to Improve Wellness

Jeremy Reuling, LCSW; Linda Carroll, RN, MSN, FCNS; and Jeffrey Zitofsky, Mental Health Association of Westchester, Tarrytown, NY

The Northern Westchester Recovery Network and Sterling Community Center of Westchester are peer-run services aimed at helping people with mental health conditions to move forward in their recoveries and re-engage in their natural communities. We will discuss how those of us with a wealth of lived experience can put it to use by sharing it with those who are going through similar difficulties.


Keynote: A Generation of Change in Mental Health:

What Have We Learned?

Michael Hogan, PhD, NYS Office of Mental Health, Albany, NY


Managed Care for Behavioral Health: What Lies Ahead

Margaret Leonard, MS, RN-BC, FNP, Hudson Health Plan, Tarrytown, NY

Karen Nelson, MD, Maimonides, New York, NY

Joyce Wale, NYC Health & Hospitals Corp., New York, NY

Jonas Waizer, FEGS, New York, NY

Moderator: Edye Schwartz, DSW, LCSW-R, NYAPRS, Mahopac, NY

Over the next few years, New York will be giving the responsibility of coordinating and approving care to health plans. Questions have been raised about the plans’ readiness to take this on and whether they have had sufficient experience in serving people with psychiatric disabilities. The panelists will describe how plans have and will oversee coordinated medical, mental health and addiction services in the coming years. Come prepared with your questions and concerns!


Building Collaborations between Mental Health & Addiction Recovery Movements

Tom Hill, Faces and Voices of Recovery, Washington, DC

Joe Powell, Association of Persons Affected by Addiction, Dallas, TX

Sam Wiggins, AAS, BA, Friends of Recovery, Albany, NY

Chacku Mathai, CPRP, NYAPRS, Rochester, NY

Across the country, the mental health and substance use fields have developed separate systems, supports and even recovery movements. While a number of experiences and expectations are different between our communities, we also share a number of values, principles and priorities that may offer great opportunities for collaboration. Many of us in the mental health recovery movement are also in addiction recovery and may want to find ways to contribute and learn from each other. Come to this two-part workshop and listening session (Thursday at 4:15pm) to meet national and statewide addiction recovery leaders and learn more about how you can get involved with our addiction recovery communities from across the country and New York State.


Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy

Livia Davis, MSW, CSWM, Center for Social Innovation, Needham, MA

Wayne Centrone, NMD, MPH, Center for Social Innovation, Portland, OR

This workshop will provide an overview of the main areas of focus to bring recovery to scale under SAMHSA’s Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) entering its second year of operation, before focusing on one specific area: How systems can better interface with the community to offer supports that persons can access during their journey of recovery. Participants will be asked to develop ideas on how to overcome challenges during this very interactive workshop.


Making Noise, Getting Results: The NYAPRS Public Policy Agenda

Raymond Schwartz, Venture House, Jamaica, NY

Carla Rabinowitz, Community Access, New York, NY

Harvey Rosenthal, NYAPRS, Albany, NY

NYAPRS has become an important advocate for recovery and rehabilitation services and rights for people with a psychiatric disability. Each year NYAPRS develops a legislative advocacy agenda that seeks to influence New York State mental health policy. This workshop will review the 2012 agenda and seek input for the 2013 legislative agenda. What are your legislative priorities?


Building a Management Team to Drive High-Performance Peer Service Results

Skip Weisman, Weisman Success Resources Inc., Poughkeepsie, NY

In this ever-changing environment, high quality agency leadership is more vital than ever to maintain your agency’s viability and sustainability. Learn five critical components necessary to create a leadership team at your agency that is ready, willing, and able to drive high-performance results through peer services.


Veterans and Trauma

Luis Lopez, MS, HSBCP; Carl Cannon; Jennifer Kelley; Stephan Hall; Nicole Robinson; and Lindra Ware, Services for the UnderServed, New York, NY

Many of our veterans continue to struggle with homelessness, substance abuse, and emotional stressors. These issues are exacerbated by their struggle with trauma. Services for the UnderServed (SUS) is working with peer counselors, with military backgrounds, in the area of trauma informed care. During this presentation, peer counselors will talk about how they are helping other struggling veterans by sharing their stories, engaging them, and reconnecting them to their community.


Peer Services: Utilizing Integration, Outreach and Respite to Build a Successful Diversion Service

Steve Miccio, PEOPLe, Inc., Poughkeepsie, NY

Jack Bennett, Independent Living, Newburgh, NY

Andy Kohlbrenner, Rockland Independent Living, New City, NY

This workshop will discuss the collaborative efforts developed to create diversion services, with or without peer respite houses, in several counties in the Hudson Valley region of New York State. The workshop will discuss how a regional Recovery Center is developing internal and external integration practices that prevent emergency room visits and in-patient hospitalizations. It will also discuss how diversion services tend to improve wellness outcomes and self-determined quality of life.


Keynote: 21st Century Health Care: How Peers Are Leading the Way

Paolo del Vecchio, MSW, Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA, Rockville, MD


Managing Outcomes & Efficiencies: The Emerging Role of BHOs

James Gavin, MSW, Community Care Behavioral Health, Pittsburgh, PA

Thomas Lane, Magellan Health Services, Columbia, MD

Clarence Jordon, ValueOptions, Memphis, TN

Bill Fishbein, PhD, MBA, OptumHealth, New York, NY

Adele Gorges, The New York Care Coordination Program, Inc., Rochester, NY

Moderator: Harvey Rosenthal, NYAPRS, Albany, NY

In every region of New York, behavioral health organizations (BHOs) have been working to track and improve hospital to community discharge plans for people with psychiatric disabilities and/or addictions. As we move to fully integrated managed care, many BHOs will be given the direct responsibility for coordinating and approving services people get and the payments given to service providers. The panelists will offer some observations on how our state and local service systems currently work or don’t work and how this might improve under a BHO-driven managed care system. Come to learn and share your concerns and questions.


New York’s Academy of Peer Services

John Allen, Jr. and Joseph Swinford, NYS Office of Mental Health, Albany, NY

This workshop will provide an overview of the support and training that the Academy of Peer Services will be able to provide to recipients and peer run services. This new training opportunity will make available state of the art information and resources to peers who are working in the mental health system and those who wish to. Please attend to learn more!


What is the Role of Antipsychotic Medication in My Recovery Plan?

Exploring the New SAMHSA Decision Aid on Antipsychotic Medication

Laurie Curtis, MA, CPRP, Advocates for Human Potential, Middlesex, VT

HOT NEWS! Recently released! This workshop will introduce and explore the new SAMHSA interactive on-line decision aid on antipsychotic medications: What is the role of antipsychotic medications in my recovery plan? designed to help service users have information about antipsychotic medications and alternatives to medications, consider personal values and preferences, and prepare for conversations with providers.


Engaging Women in Trauma-Informed Peer Support: A Guidebook

Darby Penney, Advocates for Human Potential, Albany, NY

This workshop introduces a new technical assistance document from SAMHSA’s National Center on Trauma-Informed Care about incorporating culturally congruent, trauma-informed principles into peer support activities and relationships with women. The Guide can serve as: a resource for advocacy; individual, programmatic, and organizational development; and trauma informed systems change.


Tobacco Dependence Treatment and Recovery: The New York State Partnership

Teresa Armon, RN, PMHNP-BC, NYS Office of Mental Health, Albany, NY

Steve Csizmadia, II, Buffalo Psychiatric Center, Buffalo, NY

People with serious mental illness (SMI) are dying 25 years earlier than the general population, often as a result of tobacco related diseases. The NYS Office of Mental Health, in collaboration with partners across the state, has created an Action Plan to provide treatment for tobacco dependence. The goal is to reduce smoking prevalence in people with SMI. This presentation will describe the overarching strategies to reach this goal, and highlight the importance of Peer Support and Recipient Engagement. A Peer Educator model that has been developed at Buffalo Psychiatric Center will be discussed. A Tobacco Cessation Educator will talk about his work reaching out to individuals as they are being discharged from inpatient to support them in remaining tobacco free in the community.


Enhancing the Integration of Health and Behavioral Health Through Cultural Diversity

Marylee Burns, MED, MA, CRC, LMHC and Linda Richard, NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, Office of Behavioral Health, New York, NY

Vernell Robinson, Nestor Sousa and Miriam Wexler, Peer Health Coaches, Winter 2011

Responding to the need to integrate culturally competent health care services, NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) initiated a programmatic wellness tool, Guide to Keeping Healthy after the Hospital, which has been translated into 8 languages. Peer Health Coaches from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, along with nursing staff, collaborated to ensure consumers use the Guide to help people in their transition to the community.


Setting the Stage for Successful Integration into the Workforce

Saya Krebs, PhD, CLC and Nancy Parrotta, MA, LPC, NCC, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, Pittsburgh, PA Darlene Karpaski, Turtle Creek Valley MH/MR, INC., Homestead, PA

Have you wondered how to manage your own needs while working? Are you a supervisor wondering how to best support peers in the workforce? This workshop will help peers to identify recovery tools to help manage behavioral health, including substance use concerns. We will also explore how supervisors can help themselves and peers realize expectations and bring clarity for successful integration into the workforce.


Developing Practitioner Competencies: How Do We Get More Consumer and Family Involvement In Professional Training?

Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH, NYS Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY

Chacku Mathai, CPRP, NYAPRS, Rochester, NY

Jody Silver, NYC Department of Hygiene & Mental Health, Long Island City, NY

Meaningful training approaches cannot, and should not, be developed without the perspectives and active involvement of consumers and family member. This workshop is designed as a panel discussion that will tackle this important issue. Panel members will include members of CPI’s Stakeholder Advisory Board as well as others who have been invited to share their perspectives.


The Power of Culture in Peer Relationships

Theresa Hall, NYAPRS Cultural Competency Committee, Concern for Independent Living, Coram, NY

Jeffrey McQueen, NYAPRS Cultural Competency Committee, MHA of Nassau County, Hempstead, NY

Carlton Whitmore, NYAPRS Cultural Competency Committee, NYC Department of Hygiene & Mental Health, Long Island City, NY

This workshop will create an environment where participants can share their experiences in the field, and explore strategies for working successfully with diverse populations. Together we will examine the integral relationship of culture and recovery, and identify tools, strategies and exercises that help to address the challenges facing diverse cultural groups.

Round 6 – 4:15pm to 5:30pm

Peer Support and Medicaid: Thriving in a Marriage of Convenience

Anne Rider, MSW, CPRP, Recovery Empowerment Network, Phoenix, AZ

Many peer-run programs shun Medicaid funding, fearing it will require them to become too ‘clinical.’ But Medicaid rules are defined by states; they don’t have to conflict with the values of peer support. Arizona’s waiver and definitions led to great variety and creativity in peer-run programs. Find out what allows this “marriage of convenience” to flourish.


Give Your Input on New York’s Olmstead Plan!

Ceylane Myers-Ruff, NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, Albany, NY

Doug Hovey, Independent Living, Newburgh, NY

Harvey Rosenthal, NYAPRS, Albany, NY

Across the nation, states are developing ‘Olmstead Plans’ that make historic new commitments to help move people with disabilities from hospitals, nursing and adult homes, sheltered workshops, and day programs (‘segregated’ institutional settings) to apartments and jobs (examples of the ‘most integrated community setting’ of their choice). This presentation will give you a chance to directly give state officials your opinion about how our state can specifically improve the way it helps people to move ahead in their lives. Please don’t miss it!


Cultural Competence the Transforming Variable - Improving the Consumer Experience and Reducing Cost

Lenora Reid-Rose, MBA, Coordinated Care Servies, Inc., Rochester, NY

Neville Morris, Interpersonal Communication Skills and Development, Endwell, NY

In health care, the delivery of good services is the hallmark of any organization. Health care organizations which deliver excellent service, attract and retain staff and clients, offer culturally relevant and appropriate services, and have better client outcomes often will have loyal customers. Health Home and provider networks must design their business models to allow for a great consumer experience as part of an everyday routine.


SAMHSA Wellness Initiative: A Call to Action

Lauren Spiro, MA, Vanguard Communications, Kensington, MD

Carlton Whitmore, NYC Department of Hygiene & Mental Health, Long Island City, NY

Wellness Initiative works to ensure that people with mental health and substance use challenges live well and live longer by promoting healthier lifestyle choices, identifying tools to support change, and engaging marginalized communities. Learn about the successes of the work being done, future plans and how you can get involved.


Integrating Mental Health, Physical and Other Health Care Challenges into an Advance Directive: Empowering Ourselves to Maintain Our Wellness and Recovery

Margo McMahon, Ed.D., Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Northampton, MA

Many of us are facing the emotional and practical realities of important decision-making around medical care, serious illness, or accidents and dying (either personally, or with aging or ill family members). Advance Care Planning (ACP) or Advance Directives (AD) allow us to spell out wishes for medical and mental health care should something happen to us, our ill family members or in the event of becoming too ill to speak up. The proactive process of gathering information about our medical and psychiatric preferences into one document (Important Information About Myself), utilizing principles of the Wellness Recovery Action Plan, cultivates communication and collaboration between our families or trusted friends and our healthcare providers. Doctors agree that ACP and AD can make things clear, even in a complicated and emotional time. Without them, family members or trusted friends are left guessing about critical medical decisions and when they disagree, physicians typically continue life support or medicate against one’s wishes, often extending suffering for all involved. ACP and AD helps us, our family members, and trusted friends to find ways to balance polypharmacy, multiple medical issues, and high-tech medical interventions with comfort and compassionate care that we determine in advance, and to achieve a sense of dignity and meaning in the event of unexpected illness or trauma, as we age and at the end of life.


Addiction and Mental Health Recovery - Listening Session

Tom Hill, Faces and Voices of Recovery, Washington, DC

Joe Powell, Association of Persons Affected by Addiction, Dallas, TX

Sam Wiggins, AAS, BA, Friends of Recovery, Albany, NY

Chacku Mathai, CPRP, NYAPRS, Rochester, NY

Increased recognition of co-occurring disorders recovery, efforts to integrate mental health and substance use disorder services and national healthcare reform initiatives are creating opportunities and challenges for the addiction and mental health recovery communities to collaborate. Building on recent efforts of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) recent dialogue sessions and Building Bridges Series reports, this listening session will offer participants the opportunity to share experiences and perspectives about the ways our communities may envision and support recovery in this new era of system transformation.


Integrating the Role of the Family Clinical Nurse Specialist to Promote Recovery

Linda Carroll, RN, MSN, FCNS, Mental Health Association of Westchester, Tarrytown, NY

This workshop will discuss how a Family Clinical Nurse Specialist with lived experience can offer the knowledge and experience that result in positive interaction with program participants. These positive interactions buffer against stressors and adversities. Come to this workshop to learn more.


NYS Department of Health Integration Project with Primary Care

Lloyd Sederer, MD, NYS Office of Mental Health, New York, NY, Adjunct Professor Columbia, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, NY

It is about time we stopped separating the body from the mind. In this workshop, the presenter will review the work underway in New York State for both primary care (general medicine) and specialty care (mental health) settings to ensure that people with both mental and physical illnesses get the care they need.



Friday, September 21, 2012

Round 7 – 9:00am to 10:15am

"We Can Save" Campaign: Improving Our Financial Fitness

Kelly Stengel, MPH, NYAPRS, Albany, NY

Len Statham, MS, CBP, NYAPRS, Rochester, NY

We know from talking to people across the state that a majority of those who receive disability benefits want to work and save toward life dreams, including economic self-sufficiency. We also know, through countless success stories like those shared in our earlier We Can Work campaign, that financial wellness is a key factor in overall wellness and it can be achieved when people have the right information and tools. This workshop reviews some of the available work and saving plans like 1619a, PASS, EITC, CTC, 301 Voc Rehab, IRWEs, IDAs, 1619b, and Medicaid Buy-In which are available to help people to increase their earnings and savings to achieve greater financial wellness and greater hope for realizing life goals.


The Power and Principles of Intentional Peer Support

Chris Hansen, BSW, LQSW, NZASW, ELMP, Intentional Peer Support, Bristol, VT

Peer Support is creating opportunities beyond the bio-medical model. In an environment in which reimbursement protocols hold power, and peer support is becoming a popular (and cheap) option in the traditional system, how do we maintain a strong identity and philosophy that holds us as unique and focused on relationships rather than treatment and ‘what I need to do to get better?’


Wellness Coaching: An Emerging Practice in Integrated Behavioral and Physical Health

Tracy Carney, CPRP, CPS, Columbia, Montour, Snyder and Union Counties Behavioral Health Services, Danville, PA

Susan O’Toole, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, Pittsburgh, PA

Join the presenters as they discuss wellness coaching and guide participants in the development of a physical wellness planning tool. They will outline the role of peer support specialist and CPRP’s in helping individuals achieve both their physical and behavioral health goals.


Collaborating Toward Recovery

Martha Ehlert, Jason Erwin and Joan Conley, Onondaga Case Management Services Inc., Syracuse, NY

This workshop will outline how a case management agency utilizes peer support as a partner in recovery practices. Peer Mentors partner with service participants and providers to offer holistic care, skill building, and outreach and engagement. Using person-centeredness as the lens that focuses this partnership, program participants strive toward life satisfaction and personal recovery.


Wellness Strategies to Improve Physical and Behavioral Health

Lyndra Bills, MD, MBA, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, Pittsburgh, PA

This workshop will discuss and review wellness approaches, including wellness coaching as a way to improve the physical health of people who have serious mental illness. There will be a review of the implementation of wellness coaching in a behavioral health home model in rural Pennsylvania. There will also be a review and discussion of factors which lead to both serious behavioral and physical illness.


Support for Peer Supporters - Lessons from a Community of Practice

Rita Cronise, MS, Monroe Association of Recovery Specialists (MARS), Victor, NY

Julie Desfosses, Creative Wellness Coalition, Rochester, NY

Communities of practice provide a safe environment for those who provide peer support to get support for themselves. The support can be through continuing education on topics of interest or it can be a place to share current challenges of putting recovery principles into practice. This session explores a local community of practice and some of the lessons learned.


Infusing Cultural Competence Into Health Homes and Managed Care

Hextor Pabon NYS Office of Mental Health - Centers of Excellence, Albany, NY

Clarence Jordon, ValueOptions, Memphis, TN

Jennifer Humensky, NYS Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY

Lenora Reid-Rose, MBA, Coordinated Care Services, Inc., Rochester, NY

Carole Seigel, PhD, Nathan Klein Institute, New York, NY

Cultural groups that require special attention from a health care system comprise an ever-increasing proportion of the persons served in the NYS public mental health system. Service organization and delivery often need to be culturally tailored in order to facilitate these groups’ engagement in and benefit from services. The presenters will discuss how cultural and linguistic competence can result in improved engagement, outreach, and service delivery within the Health Home and the fully integrated managed care systems to come.


Finding Peace and Standing on Solid Ground in a Changing World

Deborah Trueheart, Consultant, Sandown, NH

Drawing from the Living Into Wholeness Curriculum, the presenter will share some practices to help you access a state of self love and well-being that is your authentic state of being. This workshop will also cover tools that help you stand solid even and especially amidst the chaos of a swiftly changing world. Using these tools will increase your ability to observe, choose and respond, rather than react from old patterns.


What Best Helps Individuals, Families and Communities in Distress? A Community Dialogue

Eva Dech, Mental Health Empowerment Project, Albany, NY

Maura Kelly, Western NY Independent Living, Buffalo, NY

This workshop will review the latest updates regarding Kendra’s Law. We will introduce the development of a Coalition to promote best practices and alternatives to forced treatment. Recommendations include peer support, peer run crisis alternatives, housing models, and training for police and service providers. The Coalition envisions engagement that is culturally competent and trauma informed. Please join us for this very important discussion and tell us what you think individuals, families and communities need in a time of distress.

Keynote: Peer Support as a Vehicle for Human Rights-How Intentional Relationships can Change our Internal, Relational and Political Landscapes

Chris Hansen, BSW, LQSW, NZASW, ELMP, Intentional Peer Support, Bristol, VT

Round 8 – 11:30am to 12:45pm

Parenting with a Psychiatric Label: Where We Stand in 2012

Lorraine McMullin, MHA of New York State, Albany, NY

George Badillo, Sound Beach, NY

Tracy Puglisi, Mental Health Association in Suffolk County, Inc., Lindenhurst, NY

Parents involved in the Supporting Parents with Psychiatric Disabilities Initiative will provide an update for parents and providers on recent accomplishments and continuing advocacy needs of families in New York State. Personal experiences will be shared in addition to new tools and resources.


Self-Discovery Through Theatre - Empowering Clients to Take an Active Role in Their Recovery

Kathleen Flynn-Bisson, MA, MCHES, and Lisa Koop, Clubhouse of Suffolk County – Synergy Center PROS, Riverhead, NY

This interactive workshop will allow participants to experience an innovative course being taught at Synergy Center, a Division of Clubhouse of Suffolk, Inc. The course utilizes the power of theatre, as a tool to engage participants and staff in an interactive, peer supported, staff facilitated journey of recovery. Workshop participants will engage in a few of the techniques used in the class along with clients/members from the center. A short film will also be utilized, showcasing the course in action as well as reactions from the actors/members.


Assessment for Employment

Steven Duke, LCSW-R, CPRP and Taina Martinez, Baltic Street AEH, Inc., Brooklyn, NY

This workshop will zoom in on the components of assessment that are essential at the beginning phase, and throughout the process of, helping people choose, get, and keep employment. The assessment is built upon a foundation of the major components of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Assessment and Wellness and Recovery Assessment of the body, mind, and spirit. The assessment is “friendly” for clients and staff and helps to engage and connect people more effectively toward the end of promoting and developing a smoother and more meaningful journey toward employment.


Elephant Bites

Julie Desfosses, Creative Wellness Coalition, Rochester, NY

A cultural (Elephant Bites is considered a form of culture) method of relieving the stress of a task that needs to be broken down and accomplished.


The 3 Steps to a Quiet Mind

Brett Cotter, BA, Stress is Gone, LLC, Bayside, NY

Would you like to clear your mind anytime you want? This workshop guides you through three enjoyable steps to a calm, peaceful mind. Learn how to free your body from tension and use your breath to release stress.


Healthy Living: An Approach Toward Self-Management and Wellness Integration

Marcia Titus-Prescott and Rosemarie Sultana-Cordero, Institute for Community Living, Inc., New York, NY

Gone are the days of thinking about wellness from only the neck up! The Institute for Community Living’s Health Living Program demonstrates a wellness integration model for behavioral health agencies that allows clients to identify health goals and self-manage medical conditions.


NYSILC 2012 Statewide Needs Assessment & State Plan Formulation

Brad Williams, NYS Independent Living Center, Albany, NY

Findings from the recent 2012 NYSILC statewide needs assessment will be reviewed. A particular aspect of interest will be a discussion of the penetration and inundation rates for the civilian and institutionalized disability populations in the state. This will lead into a facilitated discussion to obtain input about the next Statewide Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) for 2014-2016.


Emotional CPR: Assisting People through An Emotional Crisis and Also As a Way of Life

Lauren Spiro, MA, National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery, Washington, DC

The three elements of emotional CPR (eCPR) will be reviewed: Connecting, emPowering, and Revitalizing along with the proficiencies of each element. After two demonstration role plays, participants will be invited to role play in dyads to experience assisting someone through an emotional crisis, followed by a dialogue about their experience.


“What’s Wrong?” To “What Happened?”: Moving Towards Trauma-Informed Practices and Holistic Approaches

Eva Dech, Mental Health Empowerment Project, Albany, NY

This workshop will explore how trauma affects us and how we can heal by being involved in programs and activities that promote and provide trauma-informed practices.