NYAPRS Executive Seminar Program Adds Gardner, Bohan, Salim to Criminal Justice Panel

NYAPRS is very pleased to announce some speaker additions to this year’s Executive Seminar Program to our session “Criminal Justice Advances for Individual with Major Behavioral Health Needs.” Tracie Gardner, Associate Director for the Legal Action Center and former Assistant Secretary of Health, Mary-Catherine Bohan, Vice President of Outpatient Services at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care and Rafiq Salim of the Mental Health Peer Connection in Buffalo will be joining Victor Pate, Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement, Mark Giuliano, Westchester County Department of Mental Health and moderator Laverne Miller, Senior Project Associate, Policy Research Associates. In this session, the presenters will take a penetrating and personal look at current efforts to advance criminal justice diversion, move from a culture of punishment to rehabilitation within our prisons and jails, formulate effective re-entry strategies and integrate the power of peer support throughout the criminal justice continuum.

Entitled “New Strategies and Partnerships to Support the Most Challenged New Yorkers: The Way Forward”, the Seminar will be held April 19-20th at the Albany Hilton. 
This year’s program focuses on examining new partnerships and strategies to successfully engage and support people with the most extensive behavioral health, medical and social challenges that have in recent years become top national and NYS priorities. 

On the national front, our program will kick off with welcome remarks from NYS Deputy Secretary for Health Paul Francis and a keynote address by the nation’s first ever HHS Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz with a reaction panel that includes consumer and family members of the new federal Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee, NYAPRS new policy director Elena Kravitz and well know advocate and author Pete Early. The panel also includes national provider advocate Rebecca Farley from the National Council, rights advocate Jennifer Mathis from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and NYCDOHMH Bureau of Mental Health’s medical director Dr. Pablo Sadler

We’ll then hear from a NYS based panel that will look at what we’re doing on the ground to support this group that will be followed by sessions on Peer Services, Addiction Recovery Supports featuring former SAMHSA advisor Tom Coderre, DSRIP innovations, Criminal Justice initiatives and the Social Determinants of Health. Friday will feature an informal discussion with NYS Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson, a reaction panel and a plenary session on Strategies to Take on Health Inequity.  

See program schedule at 2018 Brochure OR https://static1.squarespace.com/static/58739f64e6f2e14a3527a002/t/5a871315e4966bc89503f246/1518801688963/Executive+Seminar+Brochure+2018.pdf, via the attachment or below. 

Register today at Register Here! OR https://rms.nyaprs.org/event/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/event/register&reset=1&id=26

See you in April!