NYAPRS Releases Conference 2016 Program Schedule

NYAPRS Note: Our NYAPRS Board and staff are very pleased and proud to share with you the program schedule for this year’s Annual Conference! In the coming days, we will provide details about the extraordinary lineup of national and state experts and innovators and the broad diversity of special programs, entertainment, support groups and healing sessions, but here’s a few details you should know now:


Hotels: Conference attendees will have the option to stay at 2 venues, the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa (www.hudsonvalleyresort.com) which is the site of the conference and the nearby Honor’s Haven resort (www.honorshaven.com).

Both hotels have undergone renovations to offer you more comforts..

CEUs: New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, Inc., (NYAPRS) SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0253.

We are also approved to offer CEUs for CRCs, CPRPs and CASACs.


Early Bird Special: Don’t Miss Taking Advantage of Our Early Bird Special That Ends Next Monday:

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Advancing Whole Health & Healthy Communities:

The Pathway to Population Health

NYAPRS 34th Annual Conference

September 14-16, 2016

Hudson Valley Resort & Conference Center

Kerhonkson, NY




11:30 Lunch

Noon Welcoming Remarks


Round 1 Wednesday September 14 12:30-1:45

  • Manhattan (101) Track: H&W

    Hearing Voices - A Community Approach to Hearing Voices and Other Unusal Experiences

    Ron Coleman and Karen Taylor, Working to Recovery, United Kingdom

    • Ballroom C (102) Track: PP

    Our Pathway to Promoting Population Health in DSRIP & Health Homes

    Aileen Martin, Northern Regional Center for Independent Living; Kim Taro, Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier; Maura Kelley, Mental Health Peer Connection

    • Columbia (103) Track: MIC

    Understanding Integrated Care

    Sapana Patel and Paul MargoliesNew York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY

    • Dutchess (104) Track: PS

    The Peer Workforce: Building a Profession, Maintaining a Movement

    Bill Gamble Mental Health Empowerment Project; Paige Pierce Families Together of NYS; Walter Ginter Medication Assisted Recovery Services

    • Ulster (105) Track: PP

    Bridging Care and Promoting Community Inclusion During Care Transitions

    Helle Thorning and Luis O. Lopez, Columbia/New York State Psychiatric Institute, Pascale Jean-Noel, Center for Practice and Innovations

    • The View (106) Track: Admin

    Healthy Agencies Create Healthy Communities: 5 Tools to Prepare

    David Bucciferro, Foothold Technology

    • Hudson 2 (107) Track: PP

    Caring, Good Listeners Sought for Effective, Collaborative Innovations

    Kathleen Jones, Molina Healthcare of Illinois, and Kathryn Schormann, Molina Healthcare

    • Hudson 3 (108) Track: PTH

    Telling Your Story

    Alison Carroll, Putnam Family & Community Services


    Round 2 Wednesday September 14 2:00-3:45

    • Manhattan (109) Track: SDH

    The Impact of Poverty and Racism on Population Health

    Jeff Olivet, Center for Social Innovation, Chacku Mathai, NAMI STAR Center, Ali Rashid, NYAPRS

    • Ballroom C (110) Track: S&H

    A History of the Movement

    Oryx Cohen, National Empowerment Center

    • Columbia (111) Track: TR

    Helping People to Make Peace with the Past

    Mike Skinner, Surviving Spirit; Cheryl Sharp, National Council of Community Behavioral Healthcare

    • Dutchess (112) Track: H&W

    Don’t Let Our Lives Go Up in Smoke

    Forrest Foster, Luis Lopez, Nancy Covell, and Bernadette Cain, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY

    • Ulster (113) Track: MIC

    Recovery and Wellness Tools for Transformation

    Jeremy Reuling and Dwayne Mayes, MHA of Westchester, Sara Goodman, Baltic Street, Elizabeth Patience, OMH Recipient Affairs, Central New York

    • The View (114) Track: EMP

    How to Meet and Mingle

    Amy Colesante and Bill Gamble, Mental Health Empowerment Project

    • Hudson 2 (115) Track: S&H

    Beyond the Book Cover: Claiming Our Narratives

    Charles Brack and Dennis Whetsel, United Healthcare

    • Hudson 3 (116) Track: PS

    Peer Specialist Career Mobility and Advancement: Barriers and Opportunities

    Jessica Wolf, Decision Solutions Fairfield, CT

    Liz Breier, Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey, Freehold, NJ


    4:00-5:00 Awards

    Keynote: Trauma….Cheryl Sharp, National Council introduced by Cathy Cave

    5:00-6:00 Cultural Diversity Bash

    6:00-7:00 Dinner


    7:15-9:00 Documentary: ‘Healing Voices’ with Oryx Cohen


    8:15-9:15 Self-Help Groups

    9:15 – 11:00 pm Chess, Checkers and Dominoes Club with Luis Lopez and Chacku Mathai

    9:15-11:00 Open Mike with Michael Skinner

    10:00 to Midnight Dancing with the DJ with Jerald




    Round 3 Thursday September 15 8:30-9:45

    • Manhattan: (117) Track: S&H

    My Family Brings Me Home

    Deron Drumm, Advocacy Unlimited Inc.

    • Ballroom C (118) Track: SDH

    Employment… Yes! The Role of Employment in Recovery

    Paul Margolies, Karen Broadway-Wilson, Raymond Gregory and Thomas Jewell, NY State Psychiatric Institute, Len Statham, NYAPRS

    • Columbia (119) Track: MIC

    HARP Lessons Learned: We're All in It Together

    Bob Holtz, Capital District PTHysicians Health Plan (CDPTHP), Kelly Lauletta, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization

    • Dutchess (120) Track: SDH

    Peer-Supported Economic Empowerment: Promoting Financial Wellness among People in Recovery

    Oscar Jimenez-Solomon, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University Department of Psychiatry New York, Peggy Swarbrick, Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey, Maura Kelley, Mental Health Peer Connection, Western New York Independent Living, Steve Duke, Baltic Street AEH

    • Ulster (121) Track: PP

    Psychiatry and Recovery: Where is the Partnership?

    Dr. Lloyd Sederer, Medical Director, NYS Office of Mental Health

    • The View (122) Track: PS

    Community Health Worker and Peers: Where’s the Fit?

    Jeffrey McQueen, Mental Health Association of Nassau County; Sergio Matos, Community Health Workers of NYS

    • Hudson 1 (123) Track: H&W

    Creating Wellness: Nuts and Bolts for Planning and Conducting a Health Fair, Christina Serrano and Stephen Olker, Collaborative Support Programs of NJ

    • Hudson 2 (124) Track: TR

    Healing Community Trauma through Resiliency

    Patricia Blum, Ruth Gonzales and Janet Vlavianos, Crestwood Behavioral Health

    • Hudson 3 (125) Track: PS

    Crucial Conversations in Peer Support

    Anne Dox, Cathy Cave, and Beth Mangiaracina, Mental Health Empowerment Project


    10:00-11:30 Awards

    Keynote Panel: Free At Last!: Destination Dignity

    Eduardo Vega, Julie Erdman, Carla Rabinowitz, Sue Parinello, Jeff McQueen


    Round 4 Thursday September 15 11:45-1:00

    • Manhattan (126) Track: S&H

    At Least One: Hope Inspiring Relationships

    Gina Calhoun, National Director for Wellness & Recovery Education, Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery

    • Ballroom C (127) Track: SDH

    Determining Success: The Essential Role of Social Determinants

    Andy Cleek, Briana Goncalves and Dottie Lebron, McSilver Institute for Poverty, Policy, & Research New York University

    • Columbia (128) Track: CC

    Engagement Strategies for Culturally Diverse Populations

    Lenora Reid-Rose, Cultural Competence & Diversity Initiatives, Coordinated Care Services, Inc., Oscar Jimenez-Solomon, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University Department of Psychiatry New York

    • Dutchess (130) Track: TR

    Appreciating and Activating Post-Traumatic Growth

    Sara Goodman, Baltic Street AEH

    • The View (131) Track: SDH

    Strengthening Spiritual, Emotional, and Physical Health of Families and Communities-Health and Wellness Unity Builders (HUB)

    Dr. Tammy Butler-Fluitt, Samaritan Women, Inc.

    • Hudson 2 (132) Track: Emp

    Tapping the Legal Power of Proxies & Advance Directives

    John A. Gresham, Nina Loewenstein, Disability Rights New York, George Badillo, PEOPLe Inc.

    Hudson 3 (133) Track: Admin

    Extending the Reach of Peer Support Beyond The Domains of Recovery

    Michael Stoltz and Marcelle Leis, Association for Mental Health & Wellness, Robin Stoltz, Curvy Girls Scoliosis Foundation

    • Outside: (134) Track: PTH

    Rhythms for Wellness, Recovery and Connection: Community Drumming

    Chrys Ballerano, NYS Coalition Against Sexual Assault

    1:00-2:00 Lunch

    2:00-3:45 Awards

    Keynote Panel: Our Stories Tell Us Why We’re Here

    Andre Johnson, Detroit Recovery Center; Gina Calhoun,Copeland Center;

    Derron Drumm, Advocates Inc.


    Round 5 Thursday September 15 4:00-5:15

    • Manhattan (135) Track: EMP

    National Mental Health Legislation Update

    Jennifer Mathis, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Oryx Cohen, National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery, Harvey Rosenthal, NYAPRS

    • Ballroom C (136) Track: PP

    Pathways to Dual Recovery

    Andre Johnson, Detroit Recovery Project, Chacku Mathai, NAMI STAR Center; Deron Drumm, Advocates Inc.

    • Columbia (137) Track: Admin

    Creating a Competent Recovery Workforce through the Principles and Practices of Psych Rehab

    Amanda Saake, The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, Inc., Casey Ward Goldberg, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association and Foundation

    • Dutchess (138) Track: Track: PP

    Moving Recovery To Practice: Integrating Behavioral Health And Primary

    Care to Promote Wellness

    Melody Riefer, Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.

    • Ulster (139) Track: MIC

    One Member at a Time: A New York Managed Care Company's Person-Centered Approach to Advancing Integrated Care and Population Health

    Ellen Stoller and Jon Anderson, Fidelis Care

    • The View (140) Track: SDH

    Perspectives from Parents with Psychiatric Labels

    Bill Gamble and Anne Dox, Mental Health Empowerment Project, Tracy Puglisi, Mental Health the Association for Mental Health & Wellness

    • Hudson 1 (141) Track: PP

    The Torturous Triple Threat: Violence, Victimization and Drug Use

    Shannon Landy, Community Access, Social Security Administration, Lauren Stander, Community Access

    Hudson II (142) Track: H&W

    Encouraging Wellness: Empowering Consumers to Take Charge Of Their

    Own Mental & PTHysical Health

    Annmarie Ross, Rebecca English, Venture House

    • Hudson 3 (143) Track: CC

    GLBT MH Consumers: Sexual and Gender Minority Issues

    Bert Coffman, Zappalority Society, Lorraine Nunez, Fountain House, Phillip Williams, Rainbow Heights Club, Michael Livote, NAMI GLBT NYS

    5:30-6:15 NYAPRS Annual Meeting

    6:30 Dinner


    7:30-9:00Creative Action Unlimited Playback Theater Michael Kennedy, Founder


    8:30-9:30 Self-Help Groups

    9:15–11:00pm Chess, Checkers and Dominoes Club with Luis Lopez and Chacku Mathai

    9:30- 11:00 Open Mike with Michael Skinner

    10:00 -Midnight Dancing with the DJ




    Round 6 Friday September 8:30-9:45


    • Manhattan (144) Track: SDH

    If Everybody’s Doing It, Why Isn’t It Getting Done?

    Joe Marrone, Institute for Community Inclusion

    • Ballroom C (145) Track: CC

    Looking at Culture from Every Angle: A Round Table Discussion on Cultural Challenges in Today’s Behavioral Health System

    Luis O. Lopez, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Raymond M. Rodriguez, Independent Living, Inc.

    • Columbia (146) Track: SDH

    Employment First: A Glance at the Employment First Initiative in NYS

    John Allen, Andy Karhan, NYS Office of Mental Health; Len Statham, NYAPRS

    • The View (147) Track: PTH

    HaHa and Soul and Art of Moomba, Steve Holmes

    • Ulster (148) Track: SDH

    Housing is Health: Helping Frequent Users of Hospital Systems Get Housing

    Kristin Miller, CSH New York, Bonnie Mohan, BronxWorks, Nance Shatzkin,

    Shatzkin Systems, Inc./Bronx RHIO

    • Dutchess (149) Track: PS

    The Expanding Role of Peer Support: Health, Wellness, and Community Connectedness

    Thomas Lane, Magellan Public Sector Solutions

    • Hudson 2 (150) Track: Tr

    Wellness in the Clubhouse: How Chelton Loft and Fountain House Bronx have integrated SAMHSA's Eight Dimensions of Wellness into the Clubhouse Setting

    Suzanne Stoute, Steven Ward, and Dan Papandrea, Chelton Loft (Fedcap Rehabilitation Services) New York, Richard Negron and Bryant Gamble, Fountain House Bronx (Fountain House)

    • Hudson 3 (151) Track; PS

    Being Successful in the Workplace as a Peer Specialist

    Jonathan Edwards, Program Consultant, NYC Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene

    10:00-11:30 Keynote Panel: How Does New York Stack Up?

    Laverne Miller, Policy Research Associates; Chacku Mathai, NAMI-STAR Center; Joe Marrone, Institute for Community Inclusion; Peter Ashenden, Optum

    Round 7 Friday September 16 11:45-12:45

    • Manhattan (152) Track: PTH

    Still Bathing in the Light with Neville Morris

    • Ballroom C (153) Track: EMP

    Program Participants Guiding an agency: Lessons learned from Community Access' PPAG

    Carla Rabinowitz and Mark Jennings, Community Access

    • Columbia (154) Track: CC

    Engagement, Empowerment, Voice and Choice

    Theresa Hall, NYAPRS Board of Directors, Jeffrey McQueen, Consumer Link of MHA Nassau, Deborah Wilcox, Confluency Consultants & Associates

    • Dutchess (155) Track: PTH

    Whole Health and Healing through Mindfulness to Calm the Body, Mind and Spirit

    Beth Mangiaracina Mental Health Empowerment Project

    • Ulster (156) Track: PP

    The Peer Role in OnTrackNY

    Iruma Bello, Center for Practice Innovations, OnTrackNY, Mike Dorr, NYAPRS

    • The View (157) Track: TR

    Transforming Trauma into TriumPTH

    Sadine Richardson, Nancy Grimes, Dawn Batson, Federation of Organizations

    • Hudson 1 (158) Track: S&H

    Recovery is a Reality

    Kate Hewlett, Rehabilitation Support Services/Otsego County Community Services

    • Hudson 2 (159) Track: PP

    Affinity Place: Keeping Recovery in the Community

    Sabrina May, and Kristen Muchsadt, East House - Affinity Place, Cynde Kinyon, Mental Health Association- Affinity Place

    1:00 Lunch

    Conference Tracks

    PTH = Pathways to Healing

    TR = Trauma

    EMP = Empowerment

    SDH = Social Determinants of Health

    MIC = Managed & Integrated Care

    CC = Cultural Competence

    S&H= Stories & History

    PP = Promising Practices

    PS = Peer Services

    H&W = Health & WellnessAdmin = Admin