Register Now! NYAPRS Releases Program for Nov 17-18 Rehab and Recovery Academy

Please join us on November 17-18 for NYAPRS’ first ever Recovery and Rehabilitation Academy, which brings together PROS and HCBS providers in Albany to explore strategies that will build on our shared vision to offer managers, supervisors and direct practitioners great value for being their best in our fast moving Medicaid reform environment.

This program will build on the solid history of our past 6 annual PROS Academies and like our changing healthcare environment, will address what is before us now and explore ways to provide state of the art recovery and rehabilitation services through both PROS and HCBS services together. Join us as we bring together recovery and rehabilitation leaders to share and envision our future system of services. We are very pleased to be able to offer you a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Track throughout the Academy delivered by the internationally acclaimed Dr. Marianne Farkas from the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services at Boston University. This track will offer 5 workshops on delivering state of the art recovery services.

Our program includes timely plenary and workshop presentations, including:

NYAPRS Recovery and Rehabilitation Academy

For PROS and HCBS practitioners

Sponsored by the NYS Office of Mental Health


Recovery and Rehabilitation:

Realizing the Vision, Achieving the Value


November 17-18, 2016

The Radisson   205 Wolf Rd, Albany, NY

in collaboration with

Center for Practice Innovations

The Coalition for Behavioral Health Inc.


Thursday, November 17, 2015

8:00am                Registration and Continental Breakfast


8:50am               Opening Remarks

                           Harvey Rosenthal, Executive Director, NYAPRS

                           Edye Schwartz, Director of Systems Transformation, NYAPRS


9:00am – 10:00am

Keynote: Our Values Create Value for All

At this pivotal point in the transformation of healthcare delivery systems in New York, our recovery sector is perfectly poised to play a critical role in helping to improve outcomes for people with behavioral health related needs. Our values of person-driven care, wellness and community integration have become central elements of Medicaid reform. PROS has become a core benefit within the Medicaid program and the new Home and Community Based Services funding stream will make recovery and rehabilitation approaches available to thousands more. Our keynote speakers will look at how the central values of our recovery, rehabilitation and peer support movements bring great value to emerging new systems of care and the people they serve.

Veronica Carey, Chair, Academy of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Recovery, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA) and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Foundation (PRF). 

Meggan Schilkie, Principal, Health Management Associates.


10:00am  11:30am      

Plenary Session:  From Programs and Models to Services and Innovations

How are core rehabilitation and support models positioning themselves within this rapidly changing environment to advance our values and the healthcare choices available to our community?  Leaders of best practice models like PROS, Clubhouse and Peer Support, join with policy makers and new payers to share emerging strategies to expand and integrate our services into the new systems of care and support.

Kenn Dudek, President, Fountain House

Steve Miccio, CEO, PEOPLe, Inc

Peter Trout, CEO, Behavioral Health Services North

Samantha Bicanic, Behavioral Health Care  Manager II, Outpatient Utilization, Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus

Charlotte Carito, Deputy Director Division of Managed Care, NYS OMH

Others TBA

Moderator: Harvey Rosenthal, Executive Director, NYAPRS


11:30am  11:45am      Break


Workshops Round 1 – 11:45am – 1:00pm

a.    Psychiatric Rehabilitation Track- Introduction to PSR Thinking

Psychiatric Rehabilitation is not only a service but also a logic system that provides an overall framework for interventions that focus on role recovery. The workshop will introduce the logic system and its implications for programs and providers. (Assisting Dr. Farkas with the exercises throughout the Psychiatric Rehabilitation track will be Amanda Saake, Senior Program Associate, The Coalition for Behavioral Health.)

Marianne Farkas, Director, Training, Dissemination & Technical Assistance, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

b.   The Nexus of HCBS and PROS: Supercharging Rehabilitation and Recovery

What new options are available to providers and consumers through the availability of both PROS and HCBS funded approaches? How can these approaches complement each other or be combined to create entirely new models of care?  Join our panel as we take a “deeper dive” into looking at how PROS and HCBS providers can work together to create innovate new service models that advance recovery and rehabilitation.

Doug Ruderman, Behavioral Health and Managed Care, Technical Assistance Specialist

Liam McNabb, Director of Rehabilitation Services, NYSOMH

Kathryn Lewis, Director of Clinical Operations, ARA Services

Joe Woodward, CEO, Executive Director, Housing Options Made Easy

Ed Butz, Managing Director, Rehabilitation Support Services, Inc.

Moderator: Edye Schwartz, NYAPRS


c.    Health and Wellness: From Health Literacy to Wellness Self-Management

According to the American Medical Association, good health literacy skills are a stronger predictor of health status than age, income, education level, or racial/ethnic identification.

Building on our strong value on building strong relationships, effective communication and advancing good self-care, PROS and HCBS practitioners are in a unique position to contribute to improving health literacy and advancing wellness in our communities. Participants will learn about strategies to impart health literacy and gain some “hands on experience” through audience participation.

Emelin Martinez, HEAL (Health Education & Adult Literacy) Program Manager, Ambulatory Care Network of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Paul Margolies, Associate Director for Practice Innovation and Implementation, Center for Practice Innovations, New York State Psychiatric Institute


1:00pm - 2:00pm          Lunch


Workshops Round 2 – 2:15pm – 3:30pm

a.    Psychiatric Rehabilitation Track- I know Partnerships with The People I serve are Critical—but How Do I Do it? 

Creating equality in the practitioner-participant relationship, or partnership is one of the cornerstones of a recovery oriented PSR service. But as providers working with a large range for service recipients it is not easy to do. This workshop will provide an overview of the tools needed to create that partnership, including some exercises to clarify what the tools involve.              

Marianne Farkas, Director, Training, Dissemination & Technical Assistance, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation


b.   Developing Truly Culturally Competent Service Delivery

Core to our success is our ability to engage effectively with everyone who seeks our services. This requires us to pay close attention to race, ethnicity, language and cultural background to reach our outcomes and eliminate disparities. Accordingly, a culturally and linguistically competent workforce and approach is critical to the success of new DSRIP initiatives.  Our presenters will explore how one PPS in the Finger Lakes region is helping all members to be aware of how culture influences personal understanding of health and illness, how this affects personal health practices, and how these views can be incorporated into health promotion and interventions.

Lenora Reid-Rose, Director, Cultural Competence and Diversity Initiatives, Coordinated Care Services, Inc.

Juanita R. Lyde, Project Manager, Cultural Competency and Health Literacy, Finger Lakes Performing Provider System


c.    Capturing the Value of our Outcomes Through EHR Documentation

Are you using data in the best way to support decision-making and service provision? Is your service contributing to the overall health of participants and the community? If so, how do you know? Good metrics can inform program operations, highlight trends, enhance collaboration and secure funding. Join our presenters as they offer some strategies for using data to help you support growth, functiion more efficiently, and improve the quality of your services.

Boris Vilgorin, Health Care Strategy Officer, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy & Research, Silver School of Social Work, New York University

Emily Kingman, Program Associate, The Coalition for Behavioral Health

David Bucciferro, Senior Advisor, Foothold Technology


3:30pm – 3:45pm          Break


Workshops Round 3 – 3:45pm – 5:00pm

a.    Psychiatric Rehabilitation Track-: Choosing a Valued Role: The Heart of PSR

Helping individuals to choose a role, valued by society and that the person wants to achieve is a major part of PSR services and their ability to promote recovery. However, facilitating choice is complicated by people’s lack of experience in making a choice, apparent lack of desire to do so or belief that they cannot ever achieve such a goal. The workshop will present an overview of the components of helping a person to set a personally meaningful recovery goal, despite the challenges it may present. Exercises are included in order to clarify the components.

Marianne Farkas, Director, Training, Dissemination & Technical Assistance, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation


b.   If So Many Want to Join the Workforce, Why Aren’t More People Working?  

Despite all of our efforts to advance quality vocational rehabilitation and employment support services, far too few people with disabilities are actually working. Join our presenters in exploring the most recent changes in our employment services and how we can best address the obstacles that still remain in our system, policies and funding designs, including staff and consumer ambivalence. 

Len Statham, Director of Employment and Economic Self-Sufficiency Initiatives, NYAPRS

Paul Margolies, Associate Director for Practice Innovation and Implementation, Center for Practice Innovations, New York State Psychiatric Institute

Maura Kelly, Director of Mental Health PEER Connections, WNYIL


c.    The Impact of Racism and Poverty on Healthcare Access & Outcomes

Disparities in health and health care have been a longstanding challenge resulting in some populations receiving less and lower quality health care than others, restricting opportunities for access and understanding, thus experiencing poorer overall health outcomes.   Join our presenters as we explore strategies to change our practices, better understand cultures and learn about opportunities to overcome barriers and challenges in order to best integrate social factors with better practices to achieve population health quality outcomes.

                McSilver Institute for Poverty, Policy and Research, Silver School of Social Work, New York University


Friday, November 18, 2016

8:00am                         Registration and Continental Breakfast


8:30am – 10:00am                   

Plenary II: The Recovery Sector is Essential to DSRIP Success

New York’s DSRIP initiative is our state’s primary strategy to transform our Medicaid healthcare system through the development of high performance regional PPS networks. Behavioral healthcare needs go frequently unaddressed or under addressed and contribute to the high rates of avoidable ER and inpatient use that the PPSs have been designed to reduce. As a result, community recovery providers have a critical role especially in the areas of outreach and engagement and crisis stabilization and diversion. The presenters will describe several strategies that PROS and HCBS providers can develop to be a critically valued partner in regional networks.

Robert Myers, Senior Deputy Commissioner and Director, Division of Adult Services, State Hospitals and Managed Care, NYS Office of Mental Health

Keith Leahy, Executive Director, MHA of the Southern Tier

John Javis, Director of Operations, Advance Health Network IPA

Amy Anderson Winchell, President & CEO, ACCESS: Supports for Living

Moderator: Edye Schwartz, Director of Systems Transformation, NYAPRS


10:00am – 10:15am     Break


Workshops Round 4 – 10:15am  –  11:30am

a.    Psychiatric Rehabilitation Track- Assessing Skills & Resources in Recovery Oriented PSR Services:  More Than a Checklist

I know what I want but now, how do I get there? Helping individuals assess their own strengths and challenges requires specific provider skills. This workshop will present an overview of those skills and their application through exercises.

Marianne Farkas, Director, Training, Dissemination & Technical Assistance, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation


b.    Creating a Culture of Learning through Supervision

As a supervisor, you are in a unique leadership position and can have an immediate positive impact on both your services and the participants who access them. As is true with individual recovery, we know that the creation of a recovery- oriented service system is not a simple, linear process - it requires new ways of thinking, a focus on strengths and an appreciation for the importance of life beyond services. This workshop is designed so supervisors have an opportunity to think about their current work, build on the strengths of their services and staff and consider changes that might need to be implemented.

Margy Meath, Clinical Assistant Professor, The College at Brockport – Greater Rochester Collaborative MSW Program, Lifeworks Consulting.


c.    Outreach, Engagement and Activation

All of the work that is underway to reshape and refocus integrated systems of care will be for naught if individuals with complex needs are not successfully introduced to and experience a personal connection with that care and feel motivated to improve their health and circumstances. The presenters will describe emerging new approaches that are finding success in starting where the individuals are, both in their lives and in their communities and in offering new approaches in wellness promotion.

               Tanya Stevens, Deputy Director, NYAPRS

               Dona Dmitrovic, Director for Consumer Affairs, Substance Use Disorders, OptumHealth Behavioral Solutions

               Others TBA


11:30am – 11:45am      Break


Workshops Round 5 – 11:45am  –  1:00pm

a.    Psychiatric Rehabilitation Track- The Technology of Skill Building in Recovery Oriented PSR

Helping people to develop skills can involve teaching or other strategies depending upon what people want and the strengths they begin with. Having a structured methodology to support people’s ability to build their skill base depends on the provider’s competencies in education, motivation, cognitive-behavioral strategies. The workshop will present an overview of skill building including some exercises to help clarify the concepts presented.

Marianne Farkas, Director, Training, Dissemination & Technical Assistance, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation


b.   Working Together Towards Population Health: Collaborating with Care Managers and Managed Care 

HARPs, Health Homes, Home and Community Based Services and DSRIP Performing Provider Systems: keeping up with the rapid pace of change and the increased complexity of new healthcare designs is extremely challenging to both providers and consumers alike. Each of these systems and services has its own set of admission policies and service regulations, often making it a challenge to work together efficiently and effectively. Accordingly, strong collaboration in both care management and delivery is essential. The presenters will look at emerging new approaches that are taking on these challenges and helping both consumers and providers find their way through the maze. 


Nicole Haggerty, Director, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services and Care Coordination, NYS Office of Mental Health

Deborah Rose, Director, HCBS Healthfirst

Scott Ebner, Executive Director, Circare

Others TBA


c.    Advancing Innovative Integrated Models to Promote Whole Health

Since the vast majority of those we serve deal with medical, mental health and addiction related challenges, our systems of care are moving from fragmented to integrated service designs and funding. Value based payment systems will offer if not require the development of approaches and outcomes that break down the silos and develop a seamless person centered system of quality care delivery for people with both behavioral and physical healthcare needs. Learn about emerging best practices in integrated care that you can take back to your agency and populations served.



1:00pm                        Closing remarks and lunch


Our new Recovery and Rehabilitation Academy will be essential to your success!

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.


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This Academy is co-sponsored by the Office of Mental Health and is presented in collaboration with the Coalition for Behavioral Health and the Center for Practice Innovations.




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