The Costly Price of Benefits' for WNY/CNY Provider: Join the NeC-ATTC/NYAPRS Learning Collaborative

NYAPRS Note: The following comes from NYAPRS’ Len Statham: “Our friends at the Northeast & Caribbean Addiction Technology Transfer Center (NeC-ATTC) in partnership with NYAPRS will be offering a Learning Collaborative on the subject of poverty and employment.  This ATTC-NYAPRS “Costly Price of Benefits” Learning Collaborative will focus on employment as the “therapeutic intervention” in helping people recover from mental illness/substance use. Organizations from the Central and Western NY region are encouraged to apply for this free intensive training and Technical assistance.”

Join the NeC-ATTC/NYAPRS Learning Collaborative:

The Costly Price of Benefits

The Northeast & Caribbean Addiction Technology Transfer Center (NeC-ATTC) and the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS) is pleased to announce the 2019 Costly Price of Benefits Learning Collaborative, a free, training and intensive technical assistance opportunity.  Up to eight (8) Behavioral health and Substance Use organizations located in Western/Central New York will be selected to receive face-to-face training, individual onsite consultation, and web-based implementation support.

Overview: The intersection between poverty and disability runs throughout all domains of one’s life. While the traditional course of action in treating mental illness and substance use has been medically-based, and more recently recovery-based, little attention has been paid to the effects that living on public benefits has on one’s mental health. This ATTC-NYAPRS “Costly Price of Benefits” Learning Collaborative will focus on employment as the “therapeutic intervention” in helping people recover from mental illness/substance use. Using this curriculum, organizations will learn how to effectively embed employment into the very fabric of their organizational culture.

Overall Objectives: Learning Collaborative participants will be able to:

  • Become familiar and adept at teaching the “Costly Price of Benefits” curriculum

  • Integrate curriculum into employment and  individualized recovery treatment plans

  • Identify action steps for implementation to support an employment-centric culture

  • Demonstrate your organization’s ability to support participants’ and measure their individual progress and outcomes in using the curriculum

  • Use the curriculum to change the narrative of the culture of your organization

Kick-off Training Sessions – January 28 & 30, 2019 (sessions to take place at the Buffalo Central Library)

This is organized as one-day, in-person, training sessions. This will introduce the “Costly Price of Benefits” curriculum to participants and provide the skills necessary to teach and use the curriculum effectively with clients. Providers need only attend one of these sessions and will be responsible for travel expenses incurred.

ECHO/Zoom Sessions - March – June 2019

ECHO webinars will be delivered via video-conference (i.e. Zoom software) in four parts and will be accessible to all who participate in the kick-off session. These ECHO webinars will adhere to the following agenda: 

  • Module 1 – Operationalizing the curriculum; case study

  • Module 2 – Case study on activating individuals toward employment

  • Module 3 – Case studies presented by organizations on barriers faced

  • Module 4 – Case study related to benefit issues effecting clients

On-Site Follow-up Technical Assistance - February – July 2019

NYAPRS will deliver individual on-site TA sessions twice a month for 1-2 hours each session that will focus on assisting agencies to operationalize and implement the curriculum into their respect treatment settings.

For more information and to learn how to formally apply to participate in this initiative contact:

Len Statham, NYAPRS at (585)490-3979 or