NYAPRS Announces Regional New Hire Orientations Dates

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Maximizing Connections w Employers Featured at Next Week's NYAPRS' 2018 Recovery and Rehab Academy in Saratoga: Register Today!

NYAPRS Note: NYAPRS Note: The economy is thriving. It’s an employee’s market and people who come to our services want to work! Now’s the time to get out and engage businesses because we know they are looking to hire.  But, do you have the tools to really engage business?  Are you confident in connecting with employers? Connecting with businesses can be difficult but it’s  essential to finding employment for those individuals with which we work.  Join us at this year’s  Academy, “Outreach to Engagement to Activation: The Value of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, and let’s learn how to reach businesses in a new and effective way and get people working. Let’s connect with employers and make sure we are all benefitting from these relationships! Get the latest from experts ACCESS: Supports for Living’s Jennifer Edwards, NYSPI’s Paul Margolies, Tom Jewell and Ray Gregory and NYAPRS’ Len Statham. Join us in Saratoga November 15 and 16 at the beautiful and historic Gideon Putnam Hotel for 2 days of exploration into excellence in service provision.Rooms are still available and registration is open now:  See more at https://rms.nyaprs.org/event/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/event/info&reset=1&id=29 and register today at https://rms.nyaprs.org/event/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/event/register&id=29&reset=1

How to Get Free or Discounted Uber, Lyft Rides to Vote

Uber and Lyft Are Giving Discounted Rides to Vote on Tuesday. Here’s How To Get One
by Jennifer Calfas   Time  November 5, 2018 

Unsure how you’re going to get to your polling station to vote in the 2018 midterm elections? You’re in luck.

A slew of ride-sharing companies and public transportation systems are offering free or discounted rides to polling booths for Americans around the country this Tuesday. The nationwide efforts to encourage voters to show up for Election Day 2018 come amid a hotly contested midterm election cycle, with a number of crucial Congressional races, gubernatorial challenges, local elections, and more.

The concerted effort from Uber, Lyft, and bike-sharing companies to make polling booths more easily accessible follows a number of studies that say access to transportation posed an issue for Americans who failed to make it to the polls in the past.

A Harvard University survey found about 14% of non-voters said transportation played a “major” role in their decision not to vote; 29% of voters ages 18 to 29 said it was why they didn’t either, according to an analysis from the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement. And, according to the Pew Research Center, 3% of non-voters cited “transportation problems” as the top reason why.

As a result, it appears a slew of companies, transportation systems, organizations, nonprofits, and activists are working to ensure all registered voters can make their voices heard in the 2018 midterm election. More than 300 companies around the country have also implemented policies that allow employees to take paid time off to get to the polls, for example.

Here are some of the best deals and discounts on transportation to the polls this Tuesday.

$10 off an Uber ride to vote
Uber is offering $10 discounts on rides for users heading to the polls on Election Day. That discount only covers a single ride and can only be used on the cheapest option available. (So, it’s likely you’ll be taking an Uber POOL.)
To take advantage of your discount, first, make sure you have the latest version of the app downloaded.
Then, you’ll be able to find Uber’s Election Day promo code, which will be available on the app on Election Day. From there, you can go to your menu, tap “Payment,” and add the promo code.
On Nov. 6, the app will have a polling place locator. Enter your home address and your polling place will pop up. Then you can request a ride. 

50% off a Lyft ride to vote — and free rides for underserved communities
Lyft riders will be able to access a promo code to get 50% off their rides on Election Day. Similar to the Uber app, Lyft users will be able to find their polling location on the Lyft app, the company says.
Since the ride-sharing company is partnering with BuzzFeed for the initiative, users can find their promo codes on BuzzFeed here by entering their zip code. Then, users can go to the menu on their Lyft apps and enter the promo code there.
Lyft will also be offering free rides to the polls for members of certain underserved communities. The company is working with several nonprofits, including Voto Latino, Student Vets of America, and the National Federation of the Blind — to find these voters and help them get to the polls.
And the company will celebrate Lyft drivers who complete these trips, “surprising select drivers across the country who give rides on November 6 with a special gift.” 

Free bikes to vote in several major cities
Bike-sharing company Motivate, which operates a number of services in cities around the country, will be giving out free rides, too.
Bikers can use the promo code for their city — detailed here — on Nov. 6 to get a free day pass.
The free ride will be offered through these sharing services in the following cities:

  • Citibike in New York and Jersey City

  • Divvy in Chicago

  • Bluebikes in the Boston-metro area

  • Capital Bikeshare in the Washington, D.C.-metro area

  • Nice Ride Minnesota in Minneapolis

  • Ford GoBike in California’s Bay Area

  • BIKETOWN in Portland, Oregon

  • CoGo in Columbus, Ohio

Free scooter rides to vote
Lime, a scooter sharing company, will be offering free 30-minute rides on Nov. 6 to help voters get to the polls. To access the free ride, Lime users can enter the promo code LIME2VOTE18 into their app to get a free 30-minute trip.
“Transportation to the polls is often a challenge for many Americans on Election Day, so we’re doing our part to help,” Brad Bao, the co-founder of Lime, says.
Lime scooters are available at a number of cities around the country as well as college campuses. Check Lime’s map of locations here to see if your city (or school) has available scooters.

Free public transportation to vote
A number of public transportation systems around the country will offer free public transportation to the polls on Nov. 6. Los Angeles residents, for example, will be able to ride free on trains and buses on Election Day — a decision the board of the Metropolitan Transit Authority made unanimously despite an estimated $600,000 hit with the elimination of the city’s $1.75 fare, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Similar initiatives will take place in small and large cities around the country, including free round-trips in Houston, free bus trips with the presentation of a voter identification card in Tampa, and free bus rides in Knoxville, Tenn.

Check with your local public transportation authority to see if there are any free options in your city.

http://time.com/money/5439518/uber-lyft-free-rides-to-vote-midterm-election-day-2018
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Free Rides to the Polls Test the Transit and Turnout Connection
Patrick Sisson Curbed November 5, 2018 

Freedom ain’t free. But for many voters in next week’s midterm elections, rides to the polls will be.

Numerous travel startups and public transit agencies will be offering free or discounted trips to the polls on Election Day, providing turnout-boosting transportation assistance during an already high-profile midterm—and an experiment in how transportation and voting are linked. University of Florida professor and election scholar Michael McDonald believes voter participation this year could be at a rate “that most people have never experienced in their lives for a midterm election.”

“Transportation to the polls is often a challenge for many Americans on Election Day,” says Alex Youn, spokesperson for electric scooter company Lime.

“So we felt we had an opportunity to help people make their voices heard and overcome a barrier that may have kept them from participating in the democratic process.”

The sheer number of transit startups investing in civic engagement on November 6 means many voters will have multiple options to get to their polling place next Tuesday. Lyft is providing half-off rides nationwide through a partnership with nonprofits working to encourage civic engagement, and will offer codes for free rides, via partner groups, to underserved communities.

Lime will give users free rides of up to 30 minutes across the company’s fleet of shared bikes, e-bikes, and e-scooters. Zipcar will give users a $20 credit for renting a car on election night, between 6 and 10 p.m. Motivate, the national bike-share service recently purchased by Lyft, will also offer free trips in all the markets where it operates, including Citi Bike in New York and Jersey City, Divvy in Chicago, and Ford GoBike in the Bay Area. Skip scooters will give users a $5 credit

Uber will offer $10 off a single ride via its most inexpensive options, usually the Pool shared ride option, as well as a poll locator button in the app that will help route users to their polling place. “We’ve never done a nationwide, discounted, or free ride to the polls before,” says Uber’s Matthew Wing.

In addition, cities and public transit agencies across the country will also offer free trips. Los Angeles Metro, which carries roughly 1.3 million passengers daily, will over free rides on all bus routes and rail lines, a move expected to cost $600,000 in lost fares. Houston, Dallas, and Tampa transit agencies will also offer free rides, many just requiring a voter ID card before boarding.

All this adds up to an unprecedented experiment in free transit and turnout boosting travel options. According to Rey Junco, a senior researcher at the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University, current data suggests the youth vote is especially engaged and excited in this election, perhaps voting in numbers that may rival a presidential election year.

He believes these free transit options can make a difference, especially for this age group.

“The statistician part of me can’t give you a good estimate,” he says, “but the general researcher in me says I wouldn’t be surprised if it had some impact, especially in closer races.”

America’s poor voting infrastructure
America’s voter participation problem—only 61.4 percent of U.S. adults participated in the 2016 presidential election—has many causes: a long history of racism and voter suppression, antiquated voting infrastructure and a lack of sufficient polling places, laws designed to discourage registration and participation. Emily Badger, writing for the New York Times, noted that in our democracy, there is “an increasingly partisan split over whether it should be a goal at all in America to get more people to vote.”

Can better transportation help increase turnout? While Junco says he hasn’t come across specific studies specifically analyzing how free transportation would change voting behavior, it’s sensible to assume that a free trip to the polls can make a difference, since lack of transit has repeatedly been cited as a challenge.

According to a 2016 “Survey of the Performance of American Elections” by Harvard, 14 percent of non-voters said they didn’t vote in 2016 because they couldn’t find a ride to their polling place, and a recent Pew study found that just 50 percent of voters under the age of 30 said that the voting process was easy. A CIRCLE analysis of the 2016 election found that transportation kept roughly 15 million voters from the polls in 2016, with 29 percent of all youth aged 18 to 29 citing transit as a reason why they didn’t vote—15 percent called it a “major factor.”

Other barriers, such as having to take off work and vote on a weekday, or having to wait in long lines due to a limited number of polling places, may present larger barriers. And, for perspective, 65 percent of youth surveyed listed “didn’t like candidates/issues” as their biggest barrier.

But there’s no question poor transit access depressed turnout, especially across socioeconomic and racial lines. CIRCLE’s analysis found that youth of color were more likely to list transportation as a voting deterrent (39 percent versus 27 percent for white voters). Youth without college degrees also said transportation was a bigger factor compared to their college educated peers (35 percent versus 19 percent).

The free rider solution?
Representatives from Uber, Lime, and Lyft, who are all running non-partisan programs aimed at encouraging overall turnout, have not noticed campaigns making these free trips a central part of their get-out-the-vote operations. That said, Uber also introduced a feature allowing organizations and campaigns to generate promo codes to send out to followers.

Spokespeople from transit companies participating in Election Day promotions all say they can only make rough guesses about how many people will participate. That makes Junco especially interested in seeing the post-election data to get a sense of how the programs were utilized and who took advantage.

It goes to follow that any program that makes participation easier or more affordable can make a difference.

“We don’t know what difference a 10 minute-ride makes, but it speaks to a basic thing we see over and over: Voting is an access issue,” Junco says.

https://www.curbed.com/2018/11/1/18052118/voting-uber-2018-election-lyft-public-transit

DN: NYS Dems, GOP In Bitter Fight For Control Of The NYS Senate

Dems, GOP In Bitter Fight For Control Of The NYS Senate
By Ken Lovett NY Daily News  November 5, 2018 

ALBANY — With the Democrats likely to sweep the elections for statewide office on Tuesday, the key battle will be for control of the state Senate.

Republicans are fighting to keep control of the Senate, the last bastion of power for the GOP in heavily blue New York. 

The Republicans have controlled the chamber—except for a brief and chaotic period in 2009-10—for decades.

But this year, if the Democrats pick up a net of just one seat, they will take over the Senate and control both houses of the Legislature and likely the governor’s mansion, the offices of attorney general and controller, and both U.S. Senate seats.

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Suffolk County) said a split Legislature is actually beneficial for the state. The Senate GOP, he said, would push for more tax cuts, making the state more affordable, “and ensuring every region gets its fair share.”\

“People really do want the checks and balances and the accountability our majority provides,” Flanagan said.

The Republicans have argued the last time the Democrats were in charge of the chamber they raised taxes and fees by $14 billion, though the Democrats say they are virtually an entirely different conference since then.

For Democrats, capturing the majority would open the door to a host of progressive legislation like the strengthening of the state’s abortion laws, tougher gun laws, voter and other ethics reforms, and passage of a Child Victims Act making it easier for child sex abuse survivors to seek justice as adults.

“There are a host of important progressive priorities that have been bottled up due to the Republican controlled Senate that now will finally see the light of day,” said Sen. Michael Gianaris, the Queens Democrat heading his conference’s campaign committee.

It would also prove a historic win as Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, of Yonkers, would become the first woman to head a state legislative majority conference in New York history.

Traditionally, non-presidential election years have benefitted the Senate Republicans. But in the era of President Trump, 2018 is anything but traditional.

If the blue wave that some predict hits New York, it could spell doom for the GOP, both sides say.

But if fired up new and young Democrats don’t channel their anger by going to the polls, even some Democratic operatives envision a scenario where the Republicans can hold on to its razor-thin one-seat majority that currently exists only because Brooklyn Democratic Sen. Simcha Felder chooses to caucus with the GOP.

The Democrats not surprisingly have tried to tie Republican candidates to President Trump, who remains highly unpopular in his home state. The Republicans, meanwhile, have used Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio as bogeymen against Democrats in the suburbs and upstate to warn against one-party rule they say will be dominated by New York City interests.

The key battles will be fought on Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and in the Syracuse area.

The top tier races pit incumbent veteran Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Nassau County) versus Democrat Jim Gaughran; Democrat and current state Assemblyman James Skoufis against Republican Tom Basile for an Orange County seat being vacated by long-time Republican Sen. William Larkin; and Republican Onondaga County Controller Robert Antonacci against Democrat John Mannion for a seat that for decades belonged to Senate Republican Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco, who is retiring.

Another key race—and the only one where Republicans are playing offense rather than trying to protect one of their own incumbents—pits Sen. John Brooks (D-Nassau County) against Republican challenger Jeff Pravato, the Massapequa Park mayor for a seat that until 2016 had historically been Republican.

Also possibly in play are seats currently belong to long-time Sen. Martin Golden, a Brooklyn Republican being challenged by Democrat Andrew Gounardes; and Sen. Elaine Phillips (R-Nassau County) who is facing Democrat Anna Kaplan.

In Suffolk County, Republican Assemblyman Dean Murray is squaring off in what both sides say could be a tight race against Democrat Monica Martinez for a seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Tom Crocci.

Upstate, Democrats also believe they have a shot at winning a race between Democrat Aaron Gladd and Republican Daphne Jordan that is being vacated by Sen. Kathy Marchione (R-Saratoga County).

“If the (blue) wave is big enough, another two or three seats could come into play,” Gianaris said.

Further complicating matters for the Republicans is the dissolution of a group of eight breakaway Democrats who had been aligned iwth the GOP in a leadership coalition. The group went back to the mainline Democrats in April and six of the eight were ousted in the subsequent September Democratic primaries.

"With no (Independent Democratic Conference), there’s no question about what happens after Tuesday,” Gianaris said, meaning that the parties will no where they stand—unless, of course, some races are too close to call.

That could leave both sides in limbo for weeks, which has happened before.

With the stakes high, it’s not surprising both sides are pouring millions of dollars into the key races.

The Senate Republicans’ main campaign committee between mid July and Oct. 27 spent $5.62 million while the Democrats Senate Democratic Committee spent $3.7 million during the same period, records show. Both have continued to spend big since then, with Gianaris saying the Dems having put another $1.8 million into the races, for a record total of $5.5 million.

At the same time, various Super PACs, which by law can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money but cannot coordinate with any campaigns, have dumped more than $8 million into the Senate races.

But unlike in years past, where Super PACs were generally split down the middle, much of the spending this year—including millions of dollars from the a PAC created by the state teachers union—has benefited the Democrats.

Charter school supporters and the real estate industry, which in past years spent millions of their own to help Senate Republican candidates, have stayed on the sidelines this year.

Also helping the Senate Democrats is Gov. Cuomo, who in his own reelection year has publicly made flipping the state Senate one of his priorities. Cuomo, who in the past has been accused of not doing enough to help his own party win control of the Senate, has helped Democratic candidates raise money, has appeared at rallies.

Not surprisingly, both sides are expressing confidence they will come out on top on Tuesday.

“We’re optimistic,” Gianaris said. "The field is in our favor. The U.S. Senate is challenging for Democrats because so many Democratic seats are at risk. Here it’s the opposite. We have one Democratic seat at risk and 10 Republican seats we’re trying to flip.”

Said Flanagan: “We’re in a strong position to win, and I’m confident we’re going to do it.”

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-pol-new-york-state-senate-control-election-gianaris-flanagan-20181101-story.html
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Just One Seat: The High-Octane Fight to Flip New York’s Senate
By Vivian Wang  November 5, 2018

Democrats are one seat away from retaking the State Senate, a shake-up that could have huge implications for New York’s political and economic future.

There is just one day left until an election that could decide New York’s future on Universal health care, rent regulation, charter schools, bail reform and more.

No, it’s not the race for the United States Senate or House of Representatives. It’s the contest happening further down the ballot, for the State Senate.

Contrary to the popular image of New York as an impenetrable wall of blue, Republicans have controlled the State Senate virtually uninterrupted for decades, frustrating attempts by progressives to pass a long wish list of legislation.

But if Democrats flip just one seat, they can change that.

The stakes have rarely been higher, according to both parties’ rhetoric. Democrats say they need the blue wave to help them make Albany a bulwark against Washington and President Trump. Republicans say they need to fend off one-party rule in an increasingly liberal state, before conservative and upstate voters are forgotten forever.

In the last frenzied, money-soaked days before Tuesday’s election, here is where things stand.

Following The Money To 4 Races
Campaign finance filings give a pretty clear indication of which districts to watch. 

Eight candidates in four districts have been spending lavishly this year, with their campaigns funneling more than $6.3 million combined into the races. They are:

  • James Gaughran, a Democrat, and Carl Marcellino, the Republican incumbent, in Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island

  • Jeff Pravato, a Republican, and John Brooks, the Democratic incumbent, in Nassau and Suffolk Counties

  • Tom Basile, a Republican, and James Skoufis, a Democrat, vying for an open seat in Orange County

  • Bob Antonacci, a Republican, and John Mannion, a Democrat, competing for an open seat in the Syracuse area

More than $11.6 million has arrived for state races in New York this cycle from PACs and other outside groups — in addition to the candidates’ money and contributions from the Democratic and Republican Senate campaign committees. More than $5.3 million of that outside money went to those four hotly contested races.

Michael Malbin, the executive director of the Washington-based Campaign Finance Institute and a political-science professor at the University at Albany, said the tight focus suggests that the Democrats believe they have a very narrow path to victory, through very specific districts.

“The election’s on a knife’s edge,” Professor Malbin said.

The two Long Island districts went for Hillary Clinton over Mr. Trump in 2016, but by just 3 points in both. The Syracuse district voted for Ms. Clinton by 5 points; the Orange County district chose Mr. Trump by 4.

Republican donors are hedging their bets
Republicans, backed by moneyed interests such as real estate, have for years consistently out-raised the Democrats. They still lead the Democrats in campaign funds this year — but the gap could have been larger, had it not been for some outside groups that seem to be sitting this year out.

New Yorkers for a Balanced Albany, a well-funded PAC that supports charter schools, donated close to $7 million to Republicans in 2016, with nearly $6.6 million already infused by the end of October. But this year, as of the same time, the group had spent only $1.2 million.

Some traditional Republican donors have also started giving to Democrats, perhaps to make sure they are in the good graces of the party that comes out on top.

For example, the Real Estate Board PAC, which gave more than $260,000 to the Senate Republican Campaign Committee in 2016, had given them only $120,000 this year, as of the most recent filing. And it has donated $95,000 to the Democrats’ committee, after giving nothing in 2016.

Scott Reif, a spokesman for the Senate Republicans, dismissed the lower spending totals, pointing to other groups that have ramped up their spending, such as Balance New York, a PAC funded by real estate, that had spent $1.8 million as of Nov. 1.

Voters are feeling the blitz
The flood of campaign cash has meant that voters in competitive districts are seeing a torrent of television and digital advertisements, mailers and paid canvassers.

Mr. Gaughran said he had opened four campaign offices across the district, hired twice as many staff members and was flush enough to be able to reimburse the expenses of a squadron of volunteers 20 to 25 times larger than in his last unsuccessful run in 2016.

In the Senate district near Syracuse-area seat, which falls within the media market for three competitive congressional races, the television waves “are completely soaked up with negative ads,” said Ian Phillips, the campaign manager for Mr. Mannion, the Democrat — so much so that their team decided to run a spoof of an attack ad on Mr. Mannion.

In Nassau County, where Anna Kaplan, a Democrat, is challenging the Republican incumbent, Elaine Phillips, cellphones light up with texts from the campaigns, and social media is awash with ads.

Steve Tutino, who was eating lunch at a cafe near the Mineola train station, said he had been surprised to see that canvassers for Ms. Phillips had come to his door.

“They left fliers, which hasn’t happened in years,” Mr. Tutino, 57, said.

Last-minute shenanigans are afoot

Amid much national conversation about the need for more civility in politics, candidates on both sides have accused their opponents of dirty tricks.

Voters in the Syracuse race recently received a mailer featuring Mr. Mannion posing with Mayor Bill de Blasio, alongside a warning about how Mr. Mannion supported the “far-left, radical NYC agenda.” But Mr. Mannion has never met the mayor, according to his aides; someone had pasted the mayor’s head onto a photograph of Mr. Mannion with his campaign manager.

On a lighter note, Mr. Gaughran was also on the end of some unflattering Photoshop attention: His head was pasted onto that of Sacha Baron Cohen’s satirical Borat character.

In a Republican-held district in the Hudson Valley, the incumbent, Senator Terrence Murphy, accused his Democratic opponent, Peter Harckham, of sending paid protesters to his office and installing a camera to spy on the office. Mr. Harckham said the camera was pointed at a sign for his own campaign to make sure that no supporters of Mr. Murphy vandalized it.

What does it all mean?

The short answer: a lot.

“If it goes Democratic, all three branches would be Democratic,” Professor Malbin said of the Senate. “It would have major consequences.”

Indeed, the Senate is the Republicans’ last stronghold in state government, as New York City Democrats dominate the Assembly and voters have recently elected a string of Democratic governors. If the Senate also lands in Democratic hands, the Republicans will be virtually powerless to stop legislation that progressives have been demanding for years.

The potential implications have energized Democrats not only in New York but across the country, as liberal states have sought to counteract some of Mr. Trump’s policies on the federal level. Mr. Gaughran’s campaign has received more than 4,600 individual contributions since September, compared to fewer than 50 for Mr. Marcellino. Only about a fourth of Mr. Gaughran’s contributions came from New York.

“What it’s telling you is that there are people out there who recognize that this is potentially of national significance,” Professor Malbin said.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/05/nyregion/ny-senate-elections-democrats.html

Only 8 More Days till NYAPRS' 2018 Recovery and Rehab Academy, Nov 15-16 in Saratoga Springs; Register Today!

NYAPRS Note: Why do some people charge ahead and embrace change while others either resist taking it on or avoid it entirely? It’s all about readiness!
If we are not ready to change or in the right stage of readiness for change, it just isn’t going to happen no matter how intensely we wish it to be so.  
Join experts Paul Margolis, Edye Schwartz and Amanda Saake to learn how easy-to-use Psychiatric Rehabilitation Readiness Assessment and Development tools help you and those you support to move forward with setting and achieving meaningful life goals.
This presentation is just one of many timely learning opportunities at
next week’s NYAPRS Recovery and Rehabilitation Academy, “Outreach to Engagement to Activation: The Value of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services” to be held at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in beautiful Saratoga on November 15 and 16.
Registration is open and some rooms are still available. See more at
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Trickle Down Activation at NYAPRS' 2018 Recovery and Rehab Academy, Nov 15-16 in Saratoga Springs; Register Today!

NYAPRS Note: We all followed our calling to do this work…but sometimes that passion can wane.  Employee morale is key to the work we do; it’s so important to keep our staff engaged and focused on their own wellness.  Join us at our upcoming Recovery and Rehabilitation Academy to renew your passion for the work you do – You’re worth it
This year’s Academy will be held in less than 2 weeks at the lovely Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Springs on November 15-16.
This year’s program will offer insights and examples on how to best engage and support people with a broad diversity of needs to identify and achieve the goals they want. See more at
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Recovery Oriented Cognitive Therapy Creator to speak at NYAPRS Academy; Only 2 Weeks Away!

NYAPRS Note: You won’t want to miss this opportunity! We all go to conferences hoping to bring back tools that will help us help others. NYAPRS and its partners are pleased to announce a special session at this year’s Recovery and Rehabilitation Academy.
Dr. Paul Grant, of The University of Pennsylvania, will present on evidenced-based recovery-oriented cognitive therapy (CT-R) that is showing impressive results in helping to advance the recovery of people who have faced extensive behavioral health conditions for a long time.
Paul will guide attendees through an interactive session  that will help practitioners to assist individuals in developing aspirations to help them be active in their treatment, and develop and meet recovery goals.
Registration is now open and hotel rooms are still available. Get the details at
https://rms.nyaprs.org/event/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/event/info&reset=1&id=29 and register today at https://rms.nyaprs.org/event/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/event/register&id=29&reset=1

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Paul Grant, BA,MA, PhD, Research Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Amsterdam Police to Implement CIT Training

NYAPRS Note: The following demonstrates the great local impact of the Crisis Intervention Team funding that the Senate has made available over the past 5 years. Many thanks to Senate Mental Health Committee Chair Rob Ortt for his dedicated leadership here.

 Amsterdam Police Department to Receive Training to Recognize Mental Health Emergencies
NEWS10  October 31, 2018

 AMSTERDAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) - The Amsterdam Police Department is set to receive state-funded training to help road patrol officers recognize and respond to mental health emergencies while on duty.  The state-wide Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program is an initiative championed by the New York State Senate.

This year's budget included $925,000 to help police departments statewide train their road patrol officers in mental-health related issues and provide them the knowledge, skills and support necessary to de-escalate situations and divert individuals suffering from mental illness from the criminal justice system when appropriate.

The training program includes a program overview, a systems mapping that will allow each community to assess their crisis response systems and identify potential changes, a week-long training program for officers, in collaboration with local mental health personnel, on how to recognize and respond to mental illness and related disorders, and a one-day mental health refresher course for officers who do not participate in the CIT training. 

 The City of Amsterdam Police Department expects to have approximately twenty percent of their road patrol trained, at no cost to them.

 "The ever-changing face of demands placed on the law enforcement community calls for parallel needs in training to meet those demands. Training on diversion programs for those suffering from mental health issues will benefit officer and those afflicted with mental health related issues," said Chief of Police Gregory Culick.

https://www.news10.com/news/local-news/amsterdam-police-department-to-receive-training-to-recognize-mental-health-emergencies/1562446236