NYAPRS Releases 2017 Legislative Day Book, Final Schedule

NYAPRS Note: Upwards of 700 self and system advocates are taking 16 buses and a number of other vehicles to come to Albany this coming Tuesday to proudly raise their voices in support of the housing, criminal justice, workforce and alternatives to coercion priorities that were identified by our members and Public Policy Committee for action this year. Please print the attached materials to help guide your advocacy and educational efforts with state policy makers, both in Albany next week and in your local district offices. Power in action!

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NYAPRS 20th Annual Legislative Day Program

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Hart Auditorium at The Egg, Albany, NY

Program Schedule

9:30 am Breakfast, Check-In; Hart Auditorium, The Egg

10:00 am Welcome: NYAPRS Co-Presidents Sue Parinello & Brian Hollander
00:00 am Welcome: Public Policy Co-Chairs: Brian Hollander & Carla Rabinowitz

10:05 am NYAPRS 2016-17 State Public Policy Priorities

Invest in Statewide Housing Rate Adjustment for OMH Housing Programs

  • Sue Parinello, ADD; Doug Cooper, Association for Community Living

Urge the Governor and the Legislature to Sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to Fully Fund the NY/NY IV Supportive Housing Agreement

  • Carla Rabinowitz, Community Access

Support Criminal Justice Initiatives

  • Crisis Intervention Teams: Wendy Burch, Matthew Shapiro, NAMI-NYS
  • HALT the torture of Solitary Confinement: Jennifer Parrish, Mental Health Alternatives to Solitary Confinement; Rafiq Salim-Mental Health Peer Connection
  • Raise the Age of Criminal Liability to 18: Paige Pierce, Families Together

Fund Nonprofits to Better Compensate and Retain a Quality Workforce

  • Glenn Liebman, Mental Health Association of NYS

Fund Intensive Voluntary Outreach and Treatment Innovations; Oppose Expansion and Permanence of Kendra’s Law

  • Harvey Rosenthal, NYAPRS

11:05 am Featured Speakers

  • Paul Francis, NYS Deputy Secretary for Health and Human Services
  • Senator Rob Ortt: Chair, Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee
  • Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, Chair, Assembly Mental Health Committee
  • Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubrey, NYS Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore
  • Dr. Ann Sullivan, Commissioner, NYS Office of Mental Health (invited)

11: 20 am NYAPRS Public Policy Leadership Awards

  • Senator Rob Ortt
  • Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther
  • Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubrey

11:40 am Role Play of Legislative Advocacy Meetings with Michael Friedman

12:00 pm Lunch

12:30 pm ‘Housing is Health’ News Conference at Legislative Office Building Room 130

12:30 pm Capital March starting at the West Steps

1:30 pm Meet with State Legislators

4:00 pm Re-group at Buses, Return Home