NYAPRS Releases Program for 2018 Recovery and Rehab Academy, Nov 15-16 in Saratoga Springs; Register Today!

NYAPRS Note: NYAPRS and our partners at the Center for Practice Innovation, the Coalition for Behavioral Health and the NYS Office of Mental Health are very pleased to release program details of our upcoming Annual Recovery and Rehabilitation Academy, to be held this year at the lovely Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Springs on November 15-16. This year’s program will offer insights and examples on how to best engage and support people with a broad diversity of needs to identify and achieve the goals they want. Register today at https://rms.nyaprs.org/event/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/event/info&reset=1&id=29!


8:00am         Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00am         Opening Remarks

Harvey Rosenthal, Executive Director, NYAPRS
Edye Schwartz, Director of Systems Transformation, NYAPRS

9:15 10:15am      KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Integrating WRAP, Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Peer Support to Promote Full Community Inclusion

Matthew Federici, Executive Director, Copeland Center for Wellness & Recovery and a co-author of the Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP) Preparation and Skills Workbook 

10:15 10:30am    Break

10:30 11:45am      

  1. 1. PLENARY SESSION           Outreaching, Engaging and Supporting People to Get the Life They Want
    David Barhome
    , Assistant Vice President, Integrated Health and Community Services, Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc
    Paul Ferrari, Director PROS, Behavioral Health Services North
    Joseph Woodward, CEO, Housing Options Made Easy, Inc.
    Hear how our panel of experts have implemented innovative models of Home and Community Based and PROS services that are successfully engaging and supporting people to advance their health activation and self-care and accessing what they need and want in the community. Learn about the opportunities found and the challenges that can be overcome as these organizations strive to deliver effective person-centered, recovery-oriented and outcome focused services.


12:00 1:00pm       Lunch


1:00 2:15pm           Workshops Round I

  1. 2. Explain Yourself! Learning to Promote Your Services to People Who May Not be Sold on What You Have to Offer!
    Paul J. Margolies
    , Associate Director, Practice Innovation and Implementation, Center for Practice Innovations, Division of Behavioral Health Services and Policy Research, New York State Psychiatric Institute
    Len Statham, Director of Employment & Economic Self Sufficiency Initiatives, NYAPRS
    Before they choose to use your PROS program or Home and Community Based Service, people must first understand how they can actually meet their needs and accomplish their goals. This session will feature PROS and HCBS providers who will share successful experiences in engaging service participants and helping them to achieve maximum benefit from the services they offer. Participants will have the opportunity to share their own challenges and successes and learn from one another. Learn to present what you offer in a way that will have lots of people asking to choose to participate in your services!  

  2. 3. Anti-Oppressive Practice: Make Your Practice Culturally Relevant and Trauma-Informed
    James Rodriguez
    , Senior Research Scientist, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research
    Our behavioral healthcare system is often marked by low rates of service use, high dropout rates and high turnover rates for front line staff. Participants in this session will gain a greater understanding of anti-oppressive practice and how it overlaps with other approaches that attempt to address these negative outcomes, especially for service participants from historically marginalized groups.  Participants will also learn about VOICES, a practical set of strategies for implementing anti-oppressive care in daily practice.  

  3. 4. Self-Directed Care:  What is it and How is it Used to Promote Health Activation and Community Inclusion?
    Bryan Cranna
    , Faith Davies, Independent Living, Newburgh, NY
    Emily DeLorenzo, Program Manager, Bureau of Program and Policy Development, NYS Office of Mental Health
    Don Zalucki, Director, Bureau of Program and Policy Development, NYS Office of Mental Health
    Self-Directed Care has come to New York State! Building on international models that have been developed in England and the United States, SDC is rooted in the fundamental principle that people in behavioral health recovery can best articulate and determine their own needs. SDC provides eligible individuals with the ability to meet their individualized goals through the approved purchase of goods and services they identify as critical to advancing their health and their lives, including independent housing, employment, education. Come join us for a conversation with a pilot site’s SDC program manager, an individual currently participating in the program and representatives from the Office of Mental Health, 

2:15 2:30pm         Break

2:30 – 3:45pm

Workshops Round II 

  1. 5. Connecting with Employers: Let’s Make Sure We all benefit from these Relationships!
    Jennifer Edwards
    , Employment Specialist, ACCESS: Supports for Living
    Paul J. Margolies, Associate Director, Practice Innovation and Implementation, Thomas Jewell, Project Manager, Raymond Gregory, IPS Trainer, Center for Practice Innovations, Division of Behavioral Health Services and Policy Research, New York State Psychiatric Institute.
    Len Statham, Director of Employment & Economic Self Sufficiency Initiatives, NYAPRS
    Developing employment networks and successfully developing jobs requires employers who are most likely to work with us if they see a benefit to their businesses. This session will feature PROS and HCBS providers who will share their successful experiences in connecting with employers.  Join them in sharing similar practices that are succeeding across our state.

  2. 6. Building a Positive Peer Culture in Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services
    Samantha Kleinman
    , PROS Director, Mental Health Association of Nassau County
    Sametra Polkah-Toe, Rehabilitation Practitioner II, Restoration Society
    Peer specialists play a critical role in engaging, inspiring and supporting people who participate in PROS and Home and Community Based Services to attain their goals. This session will underscore how peers can effectively operate in rehabilitation services and how they can best be integrated within the service team. 

  3. 7. Mastering Structured Skill Development and Support: The SSDS Experience
    Moderator: Amanda Saake
    , Director, The Center for Rehabilitation and Recovery, The Coalition for Behavioral Health.
    Clinton Green, Training & Implementation Specialist, Marlo Pasion, Senior Training & Implementation Specialist, Melissa Thomas, Associate Director of Training, The Coalition for Behavioral Health.
    Structured Skill Development and Support (SSDS) is a PROS service that is designed to assist individuals with developing skills to meet their life role goals through a process of teaching, practice, and feedback.  SSDS is a critical intervention that is arguably the most “mysterious” one for PROS practitioners.  Through presentation and experiential exercises, session participants will participate in a simulated SSDS group and receive tips and strategies to provide SSDS in their PROS program.

3:30 3:45pm        Break

3:45 5:00pm

Workshops Round III

  1. 8. The PROS Curriculum Project: An Opportunity to Successfully Outreach to New Groups
    Trish Blizzard
    , NYS Office of Mental Health
    Joe Zwieg, Director PROS, Dawn LoGuidice, Program Director, Jawonio, Inc.
    Daniella Labate, Director of Managed Care Initiatives, NYAPRS
    The NYS Office of Mental Health is funding PROS providers to reach out to people living in adult homes and State Psychiatric Centers who may want to explore moving to a more independent community setting.  They are offering specialized group curricula which explore living, learning, working and socializing for people who may not have had much opportunity or have been reluctant to set these kinds of goals. This session will provide an overview of these opportunities and a discussion with a PROS program that has been actively reaching out and engaging people in adult homes.

  2.  9. Why Shared Decision Making? Learning to Listen and Look 
    Larry Hochwald
    , Robert Statham, Training and Technical Assistance Facilitators, NYAPRS Collective
    As recovery-based services become more common place, service recipients are taking the opportunity to identify their health and life goals and to be centrally involved in the service planning and decision-making process. In assisting people to begin the process and take ownership for making critical life decisions, we must strengthen our listening skills and actively “hear” and truly ‘see’ the individuals we serve.  Join us for an engaging discussion on the shared decision making process in the world of recovery based services!

  3.  10. Let’s Move Forward: Assessing and Developing Readiness to Change
    Paul J. Margolies
    , Associate Director, Practice Innovation and Implementation, Center for Practice Innovations, Division of Behavioral Health Services and Policy Research, New York State Psychiatric Institute
    Amanda Saake, Director, Center for Rehabilitation and Recovery, The Coalition for Behavioral Health
    Edye Schwartz, Director of Systems Transformation, NYAPRS
    Change is hard for everyone and working with people who want to challenge where they are and to move to where they want to be can be daunting for everyone involved. The Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation has developed a tool to help people to assess their readiness to change and then offered ways to build on that readiness so that the change is less frightening and more manageable. This interactive session will explore how to use this innovative readiness assessment tool to help individuals to move forward with setting and achieving life goals.   


8:00am         Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 9:45am

Workshops Round IV 

  1. 11. Assuring Your Services and Value Are Clearly Presented
    Mike Stoltz
    , CEO, Association for Mental Health and Wellness
    Brandy Kotary, Program Coordinator, RSS
    Marketing your services and communicating your value is an integral aspect of the outreach process for both PROS and HCBS providers. This session will explore strategies for successful outreach that both cultivate relationships and communicate the recovery focus and quality of your services to Managed Care Organizations, Health Home Care Managers, and other referral sources and stakeholders. Make sure that your program and services are the one ones that are chosen!

  2. 12. Engaging Consumers through Cultural Activation Prompts
    Lenora Reid-Rose
    , Cultural Competency and Health Literacy, Coordinated Care Services, Inc.
    Cultural Activation Prompts (CAPs) are an effective, culturally responsive and respectful, consumer-focused interaction and relationship building engagement tool utilized by the consumer.  CAPs support the activation of individuals, encouraging them to participate in their own care.  Through the expression and detailing of their cultural identity and values, each person determines and shares what matters to them when receiving care and enhances the likelihood of desired and positive outcomes. Participants of this session will be introduced to the CAPs tool: what it is; why it is important; how to appropriately utilize it; and what to do with the cultural information collected.

  3. 13. Trickle Down Activation: Getting (and Keeping) Staff Motivated!
    Audrey George-Owens, LMSW, MPA,
    Regional Director of Behavioral Health Housing, Respites and HCBS Services, S:US
    Natalie Lleras, Clinical Director, Catholic Charities of Brooklyn & Queens, Rockaway PROS
    As practitioners, we strive to make sure we’re providing services and supports that help individuals to cultivate hope, motivation and momentum toward achieving their personal wellness and recovery goals.  In our everyday work, we sometimes forget to nurture ourselves and to keep ourselves well. As managers and supervisors, it is important to consistently evaluate and implement strategies that support our staff.  In this session, participants will participate in activities that support staff activation and to hear and share concrete strategies and tips from PROS and HCBS providers on how to accomplish this.

9:45 – 10:00am      Break

10:00am 12:15pm           SPECIAL SESSION

Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy: An Empowering Evidence-Based Practice Designed to Support People to Get the Life they Want

Paul M. Grant, BA, MA, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

We now know how to help to advance the health and recoveries of people with the most longstanding and extensive behavioral health conditions. In this interactive session, national expert Paul Grant will demonstrate how an evidence-based recovery-oriented cognitive therapy (CT-R) is being successfully implemented in inpatient and community settings across the country, including NYS Psychiatric Centers. It is being successfully used by non-clinical professionals including direct care staff, peer specialist and recreational workers, along with some social workers and rehabilitation counselors. Join us in a discussion with the co-creator of CT-R and an interactive exercise that will give you the opportunity to:

  • Sharpen your skills to meet individuals where they are at

  • Practice strategies for collaborating with individuals to elicit and help them develop powerful aspirations that they can actively pursue

  • Celebrate current successes and plan for greater ones.

 Come see how sometimes the best therapy doesn’t look like therapy!

12:15pm      Closing Remarks