NYAPRS Releases Feb 28 Legislative Day Program Schedule

NYAPRS Note: NYAPRS is very pleased to release details about the schedule for our upcoming February 28th Annual Albany Legislative Day, to begin at 9:30 at the Hart Auditorium at the Egg. See below or via the attachment to view presenters on our Policy Priorities, featured speakers and award winners and times for the ‘Housing is Health’ news conference and our Capital March.
We are expecting upwards of 700 self and system advocates to join us, many coming on buses from Elmira, Binghamton, Buffalo, Rochester/Syracuse, Westport, Newburgh, White Plains, Suffolk and Nassau counties and New York City and via cars and vans from across the state. Don’t miss this powerful experience to raise our voices and show our faces to state legislators and the media!

For more details about the buses, contact NYAPRS Deputy Director Tanya Stevens at tanyas@nyaprs.org.

See you in 11 days!

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 Brian Hollander, Sue Parinello

Public Policy SO-Chairs: Brian Hollander, Carla Rabinowitz

10:05 am NYAPRS 2016-17 State Policy Priorities

  1. Invest in Statewide Housing Rate Adjustment for OMH Housing Programs
    • Sue Parinello, ADD; Doug Cooper, Association for Community Living
  2. 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
  3. Support Criminal Justice Initiatives
    • Crisis Intervention Teams Carla Rabinowitz, Community Access
    • HALT the torture of Solitary Confinement: Jennifer Parrish, Mental Health Alternatives to Solitary Confinement
    • Raise the Age of Criminal Liability to 18: Paige Pierce, Families Together
  4. Fully Fund Nonprofits for The True Cost of Providing Essential Community Services and to Adequately Compensate and Retain a Quality Workforce
    • Glenn Liebman, Mental Health Association of NYS
  5. 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 Annual Awards
Public Policy Leadership Awards

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

11:40 am Role Play of Legislative Advocacy Meetings

12:00 pm Lunch

12:30 pm ‘Housing is Health’ News Conference

12:30 pm CapitalMarch

1:30 pm Meet with State Legislators

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