New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, Inc.
194 Washington Ave, Suite 400
Albany, NY 12210
Harvey Rosenthal, Executive Director bio
Harvey Rosenthal has 40 years of experience working to promote public mental health policies and services that advance the recovery, rehabilitation, rights and full community inclusion of individuals with psychiatric disabilities and/or diagnoses.
His advocacy has helped to transform state and national mental health systems, increase access to community based housing, employment and support services and to advance numerous recovery and criminal justice related mental health reforms.
He has helped create several nationally acclaimed and replicated self-help, employment and transformational training innovations.
Harvey has also worked to fight stigma, discrimination and human rights violations and to expand informed choice protections and cultural competence. His expertise is regularly sought by state and national print, radio and television reporters.
Harvey currently serves as a member of New York’s Medicaid Redesign Team and its Most Integrated Settings Coordinating Council and sits on the board of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.
His work has been frequently been recognized by numerous NYS and national groups, including the highest honors from Mental Health America, ACMHA: The College for Behavioral Health Leadership, the US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association and the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery.
Harvey's interest in promoting mental health recovery is personal, dating back to his own hospitalization at age 19.
Tanya Stevens, Deputy Director bio
Tanya has worked for NYAPRS since February, 2004. Tanya came to NYAPRS to manage the OMH Peer Bridger project which in its 20 years has helped thousands of individuals leave state psychiatric centers and served thousands more through a set of ongoing mutual support meetings.
Tanya currently serves as the Director of the Peer Services Division at NYAPRS. During her tenure in this position, Tanya has implemented several new direct care programs, including two partnerships between NYAPRS and managed care companies that serve high-risk Medicaid recipients in the NYC area.
Tanya has trained extensively throughout New York State and the nation on implementing Peer Bridger models, competencies of peer support providers and specialty areas like Veteran and forensic peer models. Tanya is also currently working with OMH and peer leaders across New York on developing the first ever NYS Peer Specialist certification.
Prior to joining NYAPRS, Tanya served as the Director of the Women, Co-occurring Disorders and Violence Study at Policy Research Associates. This project was the first federally funded outcome study of its size to implement and evaluate trauma services for women who had been in and out of both the mental health and substance abuse service systems. The goal of this study was to integrate services in an attempt to treat and address trauma and keep people out of services. One of the key components of this study was the integration of consumer/survivor/recovering women in all aspects of project design and implementation. Tanya oversaw the national advisory board and developed key trainings for and by survivors to better the goal of this program.
Tanya’s work in both mental health and trauma are personal as she is a survivor of childhood abuse and the public mental health system.
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Amanda Huntington, Human Resources Clerk
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Casey Ciceron, Administrative Assistant
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Ismat Alam, Chief Financial Officer
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Community & Economic Development Division:
Len Statham, Employment Specialist
Peer Services Division:
Tara Miller, Assistant Director of Peer Services bio
Tara began her career at NYAPRS in June of 2015. She began working in the mental health field over 13 years ago after her own lived experience with the mental health system. She is a firm believer and quite passionate about the concepts of Recovery and empowerment for all psychiatric survivors. She has grounded her work on such fundamentals as the power of relationships and interconnectedness, community integration, the belief that Recovery is possible for everyone, and most importantly, the concept of hope.
After her diagnosis and her own Recovery journey, she began to work at a residential program in rural Pennsylvania for adults returning to the community after being in the State Hospital system. A few years later, she moved to San Francisco, CA and began graduate studies there. While in school, she also did crisis residential work in dual diagnosis and worked at the San Francisco Community Clubhouse. She moved to Seattle, WA, worked in an Intensive Case Management program, and completed her practicum in psychodynamic psychotherapy. She received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University in Seattle in 2010. Tara then moved back to the east coast where she provided supervision and program direction for a Recovery Coaching program in PA. Her interest in the Recovery movement grew and she became a Certified Peer Specialist in 2011. Tara’s lived experience as a participant in the mental health system became the foundation for her clinical supervision skills.
Tara has presented at both the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers Association conference as well as the International Association of Peer Specialists conference. Some areas of expertise include: dealing with internalized stigma, the treatment of self-injury, working with the experience of hearing voices, and the integration of peers into leadership roles in the mental health field. Tara is very excited to be sharing her skills with NYAPRS.
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Coleen Mimnagh, Peer Support Specialist bio
Coleen Mimnagh has been working for NYAPRS since 2003. She has worked on the Queens OMH Bridger team as the Peer Support Specialist, as well as a Peer Bridger, helping peers transition from Creedmoor Psychiatric Hospital back into the community. She also worked with the CIDP (Chronic Illness Demonstration Project) as a Peer Wellness Coach, a pilot program with OPTUM that she has been a part of for 3 years. She attended Rutgers University (formerly UMDNJ) in 2009 and is a certified Peer Wellness Coach. She is now the Downstate Peer Support Specialist for NYAPRS and works on a NYAPRS Bridger project in NYC, and in Suffolk and Nassau counties with OptumHealth. Coleen also has been able to maintain her own recovery from mental illness and substance abuse for many years. She is a mother of two and a community activist. She is a dedicated worker with a lot of energy and loves helping peers in their recovery. She loves to share her experience with others, and feels that nothing is impossible if we just have faith and believe in ourselves.
Services Transformation Division:
Edythe Schwartz, Director
Ruth Colón-Wagner, Senior Projects Coordinator
Colleen Sheehan, Training and Technical Assistance Facilitator bio
Colleen lives and works to promote the paradigm shift to recovery oriented trauma informed services, true community inclusion and valued roles for every person. She began working for NYAPRS in 2004, received her CPRP credential in 2005, and is a Person Centered Practices Qualified Trainer through the WNYCCP. Colleen is currently participating as a consultant for the SAMSHA Positive Alternatives to Restraint and Seclusion grant (PARS) in the Buffalo, NY area and works with Project Connect, a partnership of NYS Office of Mental Health, Division of Forensic Services and NYS Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives and NYAPRS. Colleen has a passion for learning and growing to increase resources, skills and abilities by attending and presenting at local and national conferences and workshops.
Colleen's road to recovery began in Southern California where she learned how to type and operate a computer as part of a program that supported people with disabilities to get job-focused training so they can immediately go back to work in a high demand employment area. Upon arriving in Buffalo, NY, where she moved to be near her young daughter, Colleen worked as a founding member of the Recipient Associate Managers (RAMs) of Buffalo Psychiatric Center and served on the executive committee working closely with professional advisors. The RAMs' mission is to bring the peer voice to the table at all levels of an organization including the administrative. She quickly got involved with the Erie County Partnership, NYS-OMH Recipient Advisory Committee (RAC), CARE Inc, and Healthy Alternatives in the Healing Arts- Colleen is also a Certified Laughter Leader. As a RAM she also helped pioneer a peer run, focus group survey business called RESPECT, Inc, serving on the board of directors and leading focus groups. After a year of stipend, part time work; Colleen went on to add full time work as the first Peer Case Manager for Lakeshore Behavioral Health in Buffalo, NY (5 years) to her increasingly busy schedule. As a Peer CM Colleen's life path of living an alternative life style armed her with knowledge and skills one learns effectively through lived experience. Colleen is proud to be able to work with you and your agency as a consultant to assist and support you to transform your programs.
Michael Dorr, Training and Technical Assistance Facilitator
Larry Hochwald, Training and Technical Assistance Facilitator