Powerful Panel Looks at Strategies to Reduce Recidivism and Criminalization at NYAPRS Executive Seminar

?NYAPRS Note: Today is an historic day for proponents of criminal justice/mental health reforms here in New York.The newly minted NYS FY 2016-17 budget agreement raises the legislature's 3 year commitment to expand Crisis Intervention and Diversionary initiatives to $3.4 million (another $1.5 million this year) and to create 2 critically important re-entry strategies, a proposal to restore Medicaid benefits 30 days ahead of jail/prison discharge for individuals with high behavioral health or AIDs related needs and one to create specialized health home pilots to provided improved care coordination and supports for justice involved individuals with behavioral health conditions. Don't miss the extraordinary lineup for the Criminal Justice panel at our Annual Executive Seminar to be held April 21-2 at the Albany Hilton, featuring a summary of how these initiatives will be implemented by Assistant Secretary of Health Tracie Gardner, the implementer of the nation's first mental health court Judge Ginger Wren, OMH's lead on Crisis Intervention Teams Jerry Miller and national expert on forensic peer support Laverne Miller of Policy Research Associates, moderated by director of SAMHSA's GAINS Center Dan Abreu. Only 3 weeks to go till the Seminar! Register today at www.nyaprs.org<http://www.nyaprs.org>

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[https://mlsvc01-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/e00708c7201/9f999f1b-eb60-4fcc-a594-31371192ed75.jpg] Date: April 21-22, 2016 Time: 8:30 am to 1:00 pm

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Workshop 4: Strategies to Reduce Recidivism and Criminalization

[https://mlsvc01-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/e00708c7201/af7b9163-11ae-47dd-801b-39b8519a47c3.jpg] Tracie Gardner Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Governor

[https://mlsvc01-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/e00708c7201/bc883c49-72df-49f4-b32e-bc1a4fbdd550.jpg]County Court Judge, Ginger Lerner-Wren Pioneer - First Mental Health Court in the U.S., Broward County, Florida

[https://mlsvc01-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/e00708c7201/68f4d094-9a9d-41fa-8a58-0bc45639f33e.jpg]Jerry Miller Director, Mental Health/Criminal Justice Collaboration Unit, NYS Office of Mental Health

[https://mlsvc01-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/e00708c7201/069f4155-c9fa-476d-8500-bd2e81c72c63.jpg] LaVerne D. Miller JD, Senior Project Associate II, Policy Research Associates

[https://mlsvc01-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/e00708c7201/ed2fa8a7-d135-416f-8206-443717bcb13d.png] Moderator Dan Abreu, MS, CRC,LMHC Senior Project Associate II Policy Research Associates and Senior Technical Assistance Specialist SAMHSA'S GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation

There is a very strong correlation between poor health outcomes and high rates of criminal justice involvement and recidivism. This panel will look at promising practices that help improve the health and community tenure of individuals with behavioral conditions who currently or might otherwise have contact with the criminal justice system. It will feature the developer of the nation's first mental health court as well as noted state and national proponents of promising criminal justice diversion and re-entry approaches.

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