NYC Tenth Annual Peer Specialists Conference

NYAPRS Note: This is a terrific opportunity to submit a workshop proposal to present at the Peer Specialists Conference at NYU on July 14, 2016. The conference is geared toward NYC peers who work in behavioral health. The deadline for proposals is December 21st. Suggested workshop topics and other important submission information can be found both below and attached.


Call for Proposals

New York City's

Tenth Annual Peer Specialists Conference

At New York University's Kimmel Center

Thursday, July 14, 2016


Please note the Deadline for Proposals has been extended to Dec. 21, 2015



The Peer Specialists Conference Planning Committee is currently seeking workshop proposals for the Tenth Annual Peer Specialists Conference, which will be held at the NYU Kimmel Center on Thursday, July 14, 2016.


This conference is intended specifically for New York City peers working in the behavioral health field who wish to enhance their skills and obtain new knowledge and information.  This conference will stimulate a creative and critical dialogue about career development in the behavioral health field. 


The audience for this conference will be New York City working peers, i.e., Peer Specialists, Peer Wellness Coaches, Peer Bridgers and other Peer designated titles. We encourage submissions from working peers who can provide insight on the future development of the role of peers in the workplace. All workshops are 75 minutes.


Please see attached 2016 Workshop Proposal Submission Form.  PLEASE NOTE NEW DEADLINE. Friday December 4, 2015.


Workshop Topics of Interest

We invite abstracts that reflect innovative national, state and local programs, practices, and initiatives that support the future development of the peer workforce.



  • Health and Wellness
  • Advocacy
  • Cultural Competency
  • Recovery Oriented Practices
  • Continuing Education
  • Peer Support Services
  • Research & Policy
  • Youth/Transition Age Youth, & Families
  • Trauma
  • Forensic/Justice Involved
  • New York State Medicaid and Managed Care

Selection Criteria

              Abstracts will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Originality and innovation
  • Clarity in description of subject matter
  • Broad implications across peer workforce experience
  • Qualifications and experience on subject matter
  • Clear learning objectives

Submission Process

Abstracts may be submitted by e-mail, fax or mail to the addresses below.




Fax: 212-330-6359 Attn: Deborah Mizell


Mail to:

The New York State Office of Mental Health

New York City Field Office

330 Fifth Ave., 9th floor

New York, N.Y. 10001

Attn: Deborah Mizell



Workshop proposals must be e-mailed, faxed or postmarked no later than close of business on December 21,2015


NOTE: Please complete the attached 2016 Workshop Proposal Submission form.  Please be advised that incomplete proposals will delay consideration of your submission. You will be notified about the status of your proposal by email in early 2016.


Peer Specialist Conference Planning Committee: The New York State Office of Mental Health, Bureau of Recipient Affairs; The New York City Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Consumer Affairs; MHEP; Baltic Street AEH, Inc.; New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, Office of Behavioral Health; New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS); The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, Center for Rehabilitation and Recovery; YOUTH POWER!; Howie the Harp  Advocacy Center;  Advocacy Consultation Services



This conference promises to be an exciting and purposeful event. Your contributions are appreciated! Thank you very much for the great work you all do. 

Call for Proposals 2016

10th Conf Proposal Submission