Only 5 Weeks Till NYAPRS Annual Conference: Register Today!

NYAPRS Note: There’re only 5 weeks until NYAPRS’ information and inspiration packed Annual Conference to be held this September 10-12 at the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson, NY! Registrations are beginning to flow and, once again, priority room arrangements at the Hudson Valley and the nearby Honors Haven will be available on a first come basis.

Long acclaimed as one of the finest and most timely recovery conferences in the nation, this year’s program is entitled ‘Keeping the Focus on Recovery and Rights’ and brings together an extraordinary group of some of the nation’s and state’s greatest leaders and innovators to demonstrate how to anchor the sweeping changes our systems are undergoing in our core principles and values.

This year’s program features a powerful line up of 4 keynote sessions that will feature a ‘Conversation with the Mothers of our Movement’ Pat Deegan, Sally Zinman, Gayle Bluebird and Jacki McKinney as well as presentations by some of the nation’s most respected change agents Vivian Jackson, Larry Fricks and Larry Davidson.

It also offers featured plenary speakers Pat Deegan, Eduardo Vega and Joe Powell and 74 information and inspiration packed workshop sessions that will offer the latest information and innovations in the following areas: Health, Healing and Recovery, Empowerment and Advocacy, Cultural Competence, Integrated Behavioral and Physical Healthcare, Administration and Management, Health Homes and Managed Care, Exemplary or Emerging Practices, Community Integration and Peer Services and Supports.

We are also very proud to present 2 outstanding entertainers, Blues Hall of Fame inductee Rhett Tyler and his band Early Warning and Stand Up for Mental Health’s David Granirer, who’ll be schooling and featuring 6 new comics from our own NYAPRS community.

And of course the Conference will continue to feature an array of free healing sessions (acupuncture, shiatsu, reiki, t’ai chi and massage) and our famous outdoor evening barbecue.

Special Note: This year’s program will run from Tuesday to Thursday rather than our traditional Wednesday to Friday dates to avoid conflicts with the Jewish holidays.

ECPR!: The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery and NYAPRS are very pleased to announce that one of two 2-day certification level training programs on eCPR (emotional CPR) will be offered directly before this year’s NYAPRS Conference at the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson, NY. See more details and registration info at cCPR attendees who stay on for the NYAPRS Conference will get a 20% discount.

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Stay tuned for final conference details and program and workshop descriptions!
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NYAPRS 31st Annual Conference:

Keeping the Focus on Recovery and Rights

September 10-12, 2013
Hudson Valley Resort and Conference Center, Kerhonson, NY

Register Today!


---- Preliminary Program Schedule ----

Tuesday, September 10
Round 1 1:15PM - 2:30PM

The Change of a Lifetime: NYS Medicaid, State Mental Health Services Redesign
Harvey Rosenthal, Edye Schwartz, Briana Gilmore, NYAPRS   Albany, NY

Bringing Helpful Resources to Consumers and Families
Lisa Dixon, Nancy Covell, Helle Thorning, Paul Margolies, Center for Practice Innovations, New York State Psychiatric Institute New York, NY
Wellness Workforce Coalition: Uniting Peer Services across Mental Health and

Addiction Recovery Communities
Julie Brisson, Vermont Center for Independent Living, VT
Karen Lorentzon, Vermont Psychiatric Survivors, Rutland, VT

Debunking Myths and Knocking Down Barriers to Employment
 Abigail Lemon, Policy Research Associates, Delmar, NY
 Deborah Dennis, SAMHSA SOAR Technical Assistance Center, NY

From Case Management to Care Coordination: What it Means to You
Kevin Wendoloski, Putnam Family & Community Services, Carmel, NY
Andrea Hopkins, Clubhouse of Suffolk, Long Island, NY
Andrew O’Grady, MHA in Dutchess County, Poughkeepsie, NY

The “Peace Work: Liberating our Hopes and Dreams” Curriculum
Colleen Sheehan, NYAPRS, Albany, NY
Noelle Pollet, Heart Circle Consulting, West Camp, NY

The Three A’s of a Successful Agency: Accountability, Accessibility, Affordability
David Bucciferro, Foothold Technology, New York, NY
NY Peer Operated Warmlines: Success Stories, Tips and Lessons Learned
James Ennis, Tammy Burrows, Donna Quackenbush, Otsego County RSS, Oneonta, NY

I May Not Always Agree With You, but I Will Always Respect You
Jeremy Reuling, MHA of Westchester, Tarrytown, NY

The 7 Deadliest Sins of Leadership & Workplace Communication
Skip Weisman, Weisman Success Resources, Inc., Poughkeepsie, NY

Tuesday, September 10
Round 2 2:45PM - 4:00PM

           Dignity and Recovery Now! Lived Expertise at the Front Lines as Innovation for
Community Health, Wellness and Social Change
Eduardo Vega, MHA of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Bringing Trauma-Informed Practices to Peer Support: MHEP’s ‘Creating a
Trauma-Informed Community’ Project
Darby Penney, Advocates for Human Potential, Albany, NY
Cathy Cave, Mental Health Empowerment Project, Albany, NY
How Managed Care Can Fund Self Directed Care
Erme Mauer, MHA of Southeastern Pennsylvania
Tom Lane, Magellan Health Services

Making Noise, Getting Resuts: The NYAPRS Public Policy Agenda
 Raymond Schwartz, Venture House, Jamaica, NY

 Carla Rabinowitz, Community Access, New York, NY
 Harvey Rosenthal, NYAPRS, Albany, NY

Employment and Recovery: OMH, PROS and ACCES-VR
Liam McNabb, NYS OMH, Albany, NY
Frank Coco, ACCESS-VR, Albany, NY
Matthew Crave, Rehabilitation Support Services, Albany, NY

How to Meet and Mingle
Amy Colesante & Bill Gamble, Mental Health Empowerment Exchange, Albany, NY 

SAMHSA’s Recovery to Practice: Next Steps in Training the Peer Workforce
Rita Cronise, iNAPS, Victor, NY
Colleen Sheehan, NYAPRS  Albany, NY
Noelle Pollet, Heart Circle Consulting, West Camp, NY

Demystifying Managed Care
Kelly Lauletta, Community Care Behavioral Health, Exton, PA

Collaborations with Academic Communities and Institutions

 Donna Marcello, East House Corporation, Rochester, NY

Using the NYS Clinical Records Initiative (NYSCRI) Clinical Documentation Tools to
Enhance Integrated, Collaborative and Recovery Oriented Care
Jon Rice, NYS OMH, Albany, NY
Lisa Lite-Rottmann, NYS OASAS, Albany, NY
7:30PM - 8:15PM

Keynote   Vivian Jackson, PhD, Senior Policy Associate, National Center for Cultural Competence


--- Evening Entertainment---
Rhett Tyler and Early Warning, Member of the Blues Hall of Fame and acclaimed by Rolling Stone as “a powerful front man, in the tradition of Johnny Winter and Jimi Hendrix.”


Wednesday, September 11
Round 3 9:00AM - 10:15AM

PS     New York State Peer Services Credentialing: An Update
Joe Swinford, NYS Office of Mental Health, NY
Health Homes: What They Are and How They Affect You
Adele Gorges, CCSI, Rochester, NY
Amy Kohn, MHA Westchester, NY

Emotional CPR (eCPR)
Lauren Spiro, M.A., National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery

Psychiatric Advance Directives: A Consumer-Provider Partnership
Hunter McQuistion, Linda Brown, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, NY
Colleen Sheehan, NYAPRS, Albany, NY
Bill Gamble, MHEP, Albany, NY

Making Employment Real
John Allen, Andy Karhan, NYS Office of Mental Health, Albany, NY

Why Culture Matters in Receiving Care
Lenora Reid-Rose, Jennifer Hernandez, Christina Pratt    CCSI, Rochester, NY    

The Important Partnership Between Behavioral and Physical Healthcare
Anna Ivanova-Tatlici, John Javis MHA of Nassau, Hempstead, NY
Digging our Recovery and Social Justice Heels in the Ground
Karen Rosenthal, Duysal Karakus, Community Access, New York, NY

Wellness Self-Management Plus Program: Empowering People with Co-Occuring
Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders to Define Their Goals and Recovery
Forest Foster, Nancy Covell, Paul Margolies, Luis Lopez, Center for Practice Innovation, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY

From Professional to Personal: Maximizing the Use of Lived Experience
Amanda Saake, The Center for Rehabilitation and Recovery, The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, Inc., New York, NY


10:15AM - 11:00AM
Keynote    Larry Fricks, Deputy Director, SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Solutions

Wednesday, September 11
Round 4 11:15AM 12:30PM

Social Self-Directed Care, It’s My Life
Patrick Hendry, Mental Health America, Alexandria, VA     
Parachute NYC
Jody Silver, Pablo Sadler, NYC DOHMH, New York, NY
Katie Linn, Services for the Underserved, Brooklyn, NY

Best Practices to NYS: IPS Model of Supported Employment
Paul Margolies, Gary Scannevin, Thomas Jewell, Raymond Gregory, Karen Broadway-Wilson,
Lisa Dixon, Center for Practice Innovations, New York State Psychiatric Institute New York, NY

Housing Options Welcome Home Consumer Integration
Joe Woodward, Housing Options Made Easy, Inc., Gowanda, NY

Rapid Transit: In and Out of the Hospital with Peer Support
Gayle Bluebird, Delaware Psychiatric Center

The Power of Yoga
Dagny Alexander, Albany, NY

Advancing Recovery in the Context of an Integrated Health Plan Model
 Karen Smith-Hagman, EmblemHealth, New York, NY
 Richard Sheola, ValueOptions, New York, NY

Trauma and Recovery Skills
Mike Dorr & Emily Grossman, NYAPRS, Albany, NY
A Non-Traditional Collaboration: Cops and Consumers
Alan Green, MHA of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Joseph Wright, Lincoln Police Department, Lincoln, NE
Get Excited About Human Rights!
Kathryn Cascio, Empowerment Exchange, Troy, NY
Sally Zinman, California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations, CA

1:30PM 2:15PM
Keynote        Keeping the Focus on Recovery and Rights:
A  Conversation with the ‘Mothers of our Movement’
Pat Deegan, Sally Zinman, Gayle Bluebird, Jackie McKinney

Moderator:  Harvey Rosenthal

Wednesday, September 11
Round 5 2:30PM 3:45PM

Peer Bridging Now
Suzanne Feeney, OptumHealth., Albany, NY
Tanya Stevens, NYAPRS, Albany, NY
Sara Goodman, Baltic Street AEH, Inc., Brooklyn, NY

Expanding Medicaid’s Definition of ‘Medically Necessary Services’: Finding Out
What People Really Need and Want for Their Recovery
 Andrea Bilger, Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion, Philadelphia, PA
 Erme Mauer, Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania

 Gretchen Snethen, Department of Rehabilitation Services, Temple University

ONTrackNY: Treating First Episode Pyschosis with the Guiding Principles of Shared
Decision Making, Critical Time Intervention and Person Centered Care
Lisa Dixon, Marie Sabatino, Sapna Mendon, Paul Margolies, Center for Practice Innovations, New York State Psychiatric Institute New York, NY

Healing Stigma Through Trauma Informed Approaches
Patricia Blum, Janet Vlavianos, Lynn Gurkp, CPRP

Crestwood Behavioral Health, Sacramento, CA

LGBT Mental Health Consumers: Sexual and Gender Minority Issues
Bert Coffman, Lorraine Nunez Zappalorti Society, New York, NY
Phillip Williams, Rainbow Heights Club, New York, NY

Criminal Justice Workshop
Participants to be Announced
Self-Awareness: A Key Component of Cultural Competence
Demetria Nelson, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Health Center at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, Bronx, NY
Jeremy King, Odyssey House, Bronx, NY

Moving from a Traditional Medical Model Oriented Organization to a Peer Informed
Kathy Lynch, Richard Frelock, Ulysses Harrell, Kara McCunn, Thomas Dodson

Buffalo Psychiatric Center, Buffalo, NY

Exploring the Value of Religion, Spirituality and Cultural Competence for Peer
 Specialist Group Leaders
Frances Priester, Christina Pratt, NYS Office of Mental Health, Albany, NY

Dylan’s Law: Service Dogs Can be Critical to Well-Being
Patricia Feinberg, Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, New York, NY

Wednesday, September 11
Round 6 Mini Keynotes 4:00PM 5:00PM

  Recovery Now

 Pat Deegan, Ph.D., Pat Deegan & Associates, Byfield, MA

Collaborations between Addiction and Mental Health Recovery Movements

 Joe Powell, Association of Persons Affected by Addiction, Dallas, Texas
Chacku Mathai, NYAPRS,  Rochester, NYAPRS

State Disability Initiatives

 Roger Bearden, Special Counsel to Governor Cuomo for Olmstead, Albany, NY
 Jeff Wise, NYS Justice Center, Albany, NY
 Cliff Zucker, Disability Advocates,  Albany, NY

Choice and Rights Protections in a Managed Care Environment
Trilby de Jeung, Empire Justice Center, Rochester, NY
Valerie Bogart, Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program at New York Legal Assistance Group, New York, NY
Harvey Rosenthal & Briana Gilmore, NYAPRS, Albany, NY

Rhythms for Wellness, Recovery & Connection: Community Experiencing the Power
of the Drum
Chrys Ballerano, NYS Coalition against Sexual Assault, Albany, NY

---Evening Entertainment ---
NYAPRS Famous Outdoor Barbeque
David Granirer, Stand-up Comic, Stand Up For Mental Health
Mike Skinner, Open Mike

 Thursday, September 12
Round 7 9:00AM - 10:15AM

HMO Panel
Participants to be Announced

NYS Recovery Centers Update
Joseph Swinford, NYS Office of Mental Health, Albany, NY

The Silence of Suicide
Michael Skinner, Surviving Spirit, Goffstown, NH

My Culture Matters
Theresa Hall, NYAPRS Board of Directors, Co-Chair Cultural Competence Committee, West Babylon, NY
Luis Lopez, Center for Practice Innovations, New York State Psychiatric Institute New York, NY

Leisure and Recreation to Support Social and Emotional Wellness
Gretchen Snethen, Gena Bell Vargas, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Community Advocacy Course, Fighting for Systems Change
Meghan Crowe-Rothstein, Warren Berke, Damon Potenza, Urban Justice Center, New York, NY

Care and Maintenance of Your Brain
Sara Goodman, Baltic Street AEH, Inc., Brooklyn, NY

TMI, aka: Too Much Information: Changing the World One Story at a Time
Denise Ranaghan, John Brillon, MHA in Ulster, Kingston, NY
10:30AM - 11:15AM

Larry Davidson, SAMHSA Recovery to Practice; Yale University
Maura Kelley, Mental Health Peer Connection, Buffalo, NY

Thursday, September 12
Round 8 11:30AM -12:45PM

Creating a Culture of Employment and Economic Self-Sufficiency
Len Statham, NYAPRS, Albany, NY

Seven Strategies to Promoting a Consumer-Based Engagement Approach that
Infuses Cultural Competency
Hextor Pabon, NYS Office of Mental Health, Centers of Excellence, Albany, NY

More Than Just Staying Alive: Wellness Interventions in Clubhouses
Laura Kitterle, Rebecca English, Venture House, Jamaica, NY

Person Centered Planning: Making Recovery Real
Helle Thorning, Paul Margolies, Luis Lopez Center for Practice Innovation, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY
Kendall Atterbury, Victoria Stanhope, New York University, New York, NY

How We Can Create a Recovery Culture
Kim MacDonald-Wilson, Melissa Rufo, Community Care Behavioral Health, Exton, PA

How Breath Can Change Your Life!: Experiencing the Self-Healing Art of Pranayama
Europa Baker-Brathwaite, Empowerment Exchange, Troy, NY

--- Health, Healing & Arts Fair ---
Shiatsu with Dagny Alexander
T’ai Chi & Qigong with Byron Abrams
Reiki with Hudson Valley Community Reiki
Ronda’s Art Table with Ronda Jeffer
Chair Massage and Acupuncture too!


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