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NYAPRS Financial Literacy forum


Finding Hidden Treasure:

MAP Your Way to Financial Wellness

With News about U.S. Dept. of Treasury Disability Benefit Payments


Finding Hidden Treasure: MAP Your Way to Financial Wellness is a fun, interactive 3-hour financial literacy workshop for people with psychiatric disabilities who receive SSI, SSDI, or VA benefits, and their family members/supporters/ and for peer support providers / program staff.


People with psychiatric disabilities often find life dreams (treasures) hidden below the poverty line by limited options for earning or saving while on benefits. Available work and saving plans like 1619a, PASS, PESS, EITC, CTC, 301 Voc Rehab, IRWEs, IDAs, 1619b, and Medicaid Buy-in are presented as options to increase earnings and savings toward greater financial wellness -- and greater hope for achieving hidden treasures. A step-by-step MAP (make a plan) is created for further action.


The workshop includes news about the U.S. Dept. of Treasury transition from paper checks to electronic methods of payment for all federal benefits in 2013. Because multiple fees can be associated with accessing funds through electronic payment methods, this forum provides financial literacy education designed for those with psychiatric disabilities (and their supporters) to understand different electronic payment options to help avoid costly fees.


Upcoming Date/Location



Central New York - Binghamton:
(Greater Binghamton Health Center, 425 Robinson Street, Binghamton, NY 13904)


----- Central NY Satellite Locations-----

  • Central NY Field Office, 545 Cedar Street, Room 204 Syracuse NY, 13210
  • St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, Classroom 1, Trinity Building,
    1 Chimney Point Drive, Ogdensburg, NY 13669


FREE - Sign up online today!

Or call Courtney Powers at 518.436.0008 or


More Dates/Locations Follow

Other Dates / Locations



Western New York - Rochester:
(Cornell Cooperative Extension, 249 Highland Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620)


Hudson River Region - Albany:
(Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210)


New York City - Brooklyn:
(Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street  Brooklyn, NY 11201)


FRIDAY, AUGUST 31st: 10 AM – 2 PM
Long Island - Amityville:
(South Oaks Hospital Chapel, 400 Sunrise Highway, Amityville, New York 11701)


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10:00 AM - 10:15 AM     Welcome / Overview

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM     What Do You Treasure?

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM     The Financial Domain of Wellness

10:45 AM - 11:00 PM      Taking Inventory of Your Financial Wellness

11:00 PM - 11:30 PM      Ways to Increase Financial Wellness

11:30 PM - 11:45 PM   Break           

11:45 PM - 12:15 PM      Planning for Financial Wellness

12:15 PM - 12:30 PM      Creating Your Treasure Map to Financial Wellness

12:30 PM - 12:45 PM      Go Direct® and DirectExpress® Demo

12:45 PM - 1:00 PM        Questions and Answers/Wrap up

--- End of Workshop ---

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM       Optional Brown Bag Lunch/n/Learn:

                                     Orientation to WE CAN SAVE Toolkit and Guides

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Facilitator: Rita Cronise, consultant

We Can Save Campaign Coordinator


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Do you want more information?

Contact Kelly Stengel at


We Can Work / We Can Save is a campaign of the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS) (

Sponsored by the New York State Office of Mental Health