Breaking News on Medicaid Reform, Olmstead, Integrated Care, Managed Care Readiness/Innovations and Much More!

NYAPRS Note: In two days, you can learn all of the latest information and breaking news about how national and NYS budgets and healthcare/Medicaid reforms will forever change our landscape.

You will hear how one of the nation’s most ambitious Olmstead plan designs is transforming Delaware’s mental health system from that state’s Commissioner and its Olmstead plan monitor.

You will share in a discussion about the challenges our mental health community faces in the wake of the Newtown tragedy from 4 of our most articulate national leaders.

You’ll get expert guidance on how to best position your agency from one of the nation’s leading authorities.

You’ll hear the latest details about innovative integrated health, clinic and peer service initiatives in the context of the coming move to fully capitated Medicaid managed care.

You’ll get the scoop on how employment, cultural competence and peer support are rising to the forefront of system redesigns.

You don’t have to leave New York: we’ve brought some of the nation’s leading experts to Albany in this very timely, information packed experience... and all in 2 days!

Register today for NYAPRS April 25-6 Annual Executive Seminar at; see program schedule at




From Policy to Implementation: A View from the State

Jason Helgerson, Medicaid Director, NYS Department of Health, Albany, NY

Kristin Woodlock, RN, MPA, Acting Commissioner, NYS Office of Mental Health, Albany, NY

Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez, MS, LMSW, Commissioner, NYS OASAS, Albany, NY


Update on Medicaid/Medicare, Managed Long Term Care and Community First Choice Initiatives

Mark Kissinger, Long Term Care Division Director, NYS Department of Health, Albany, NY

Leah Farrell, MPA, Manager of Government Affairs, Center for Disability Rights, Albany, NY

Lindsay Miller, MPH, Deputy Director, New York Association on Independent Living, Albany, NY


Systems Transformation in the Era of Healthcare and Budget Reforms

Dennis O. Romero, MA, SAMHSA Regional Administrator, Region II, New York, NY

Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, Commissioner, Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS), Philadelphia, PA



Olmstead: Policies that Advance Full Community Integration

Robert Bernstein, PhD, President & CEO, Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Washington, DC

Samuel Bagenstos, JD, Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School, Former Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, United States Department of Justice, Ann Arbor, MI

Kevin Huckshorn, RN, MSN, CADC, ICRC, Director, Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Delaware Health and Social Services, New Castle, DE


Innovations in Integrated Care: A National Perspective

Richard Dougherty, PhD, CEO, DMA Health Strategies, Lexington, MA

Edye Schwartz, DSW, LCSW-R, Director, Systems Transformation, NYAPRS, Mahopac, NY


New Partnerships: Behavioral and Medical Health Innovations

Elizabeth Swain, MA, Executive Director Community Health Care Association of NYS (CHCANYS), New York, NY

Peter Campanelli, PsyD, Principal, Strategic Organizational Development, New York, NY

James Schuster, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer, Community Care Behavioral Health, Pittsburg, PA


Addictions Treatment and Recovery Services under Managed Care

John Coppola, MSW, Executive Director, New York Association of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Providers, Albany, NY

Sam Wiggens, Field Director, Friends of Recovery-New York, Albany, NY

Michael Chaple, PhD, Deputy Director, Center for the Integration of Research and Practice (CIRP) at National Development and Research Institutes (NDRI), New York, NY



Finding the Opportunities in Healthcare Reform: The Inside Track

Monica Oss, MS, CEO and Senior Associate, Open Minds, Gettysburg, PA


Managed Care Financed Innovations

Cheri Dolezal, RN, MBA, Executive Director, OptumHealth Pierce RSN, Tacoma, WA

Joe Powell, LCDC, CAS, Executive Director, Association of Persons Affected by Addiction, Dallas TX

Thomas Lane, CRPS, National DirectorConsumer & Recovery Services, Magellan Health Services, Ft. Pierce, FL


Preparing Clinic Programs for Managed Care

Gary Weiskopf, MPA, Project Director, NYS Office of Mental Health, Albany, NY

Andrew Cleek, PsyD, Executive Officer, Senior Research Scientist, McSilver-Urban Institute for Behavioral Health, New York, NY

Carla Lisio, LCSW, Executive Vice President, Mental Health Association of Westchester, Tarrytown, NY



Innovations in Peer Run Services

Peggy Swarbrick, PhD, OTR, CPRP, Director, Institute for Wellness and Recovery Initiatives, Freehold, NJ

Larry Fricks, Deputy Dir., SAMHSA-HRSA, Ctr. for Integrated Health Solutions; Dir. Appalachian Consulting Group, Cleveland, GA

Patty McCarthy, MS, Director, Friends of Recovery-Vermont, Montpelier, VT

Alan Rabideau, First Nations Behavioral Health Association, Kincheloe, MI

Steve Miccio, Executive Director, PEOPLe Inc., Poughkeepsie, NY

Moderator: Amy Colesante, Executive Director, Mental Health Empowerment Project, Albany, NY


Opportunities for Employment and Economic Self Sufficiency

John B. Allen, Jr., Special Assistant to the Commissioner, NYS Office of Mental Health, Albany, NY

Peggy Swarbrick, PhD, OTR, CPRP, Director, Institute for Wellness and Recovery Initiatives, Freehold, NJ

Maura Kelley, CPRP, WNY Independent Living Center, Buffalo, NY; Co-President, NYAPRS Board of Directors, Chair, Employment Committee


Grounding Multicultural Competencies in Healthcare Reform Initiatives

Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, Commissioner, Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS), Philadelphia, PA

Jennifer L. Humensky, PhD, Research Director, NYS Psychiatric Institute, Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence, NY, NY

Lenora Reid Rose, MBA, Coordinated Care Services Inc.; NKI for Excellence in Cultural Competence, Rochester, NY

Moderator: Hextor Pabon, NYS OMH, Bureau of Cultural Competence, Albany, NY


Rethinking the Mental Health System in Response to the Newtown Legacy

Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Directors (NACBHDD), Washington, DC

Paul S. Applebaum, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Division of Psychiatry, Law, and Ethics, Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, New York, NY

Daniel B. Fisher, MD, PhD, Executive Director, National Empowerment Center, Lawrence, MA

Steve Coe, CEO, Community Access, New York, NY; Co-President, NYAPRS Board of Directors