Pat Deegan, Awards Ceremony, Leaders and Dignity Panels!: 9 Days Away, Register Today for NYAPRS Conference!

NYAPRS Note: We’re only 9 DAYS AWAY from this year’s NYAPRS Annual Conference, “Dignity, Recovery and Justice for All!”, to be held on September 12-14 at our new main conference site at the Honor’s Haven Resort in Ellenville! Please see our 11 innovations presentations below and see our full draft program schedule at

We’re very proud to provide more details about the 4 plenary presentations that we are featuring this year!

Wednesday September 12, 2018

Keynote #1  Dignity: What It Means, Why It Matters and How We Can Nurture It   Patricia E. Deegan PhD

Abstract:  A teenage boy with a severed spinal cord lays immobile in a hospital bed as the attending physician pulls back the bed sheet and uses the boy’s body to describe the signs and symptoms of quadriplegia to an entourage of residents. The President of the United States makes his first state visit to France and comments that the wife of Prime Minister Macron is “beautiful...In such great shape.” At 17 years old, I was told I had schizophrenia and my life was over.  Dignity is fragile and it can be broken. It can also roar back in defiance. As traumatized dignity heals, it can roar back as calculated efforts to re-assert our value and worth in the face of a dominant. and sometimes oppressive culture. 

Thursday morning September 13, 2018



The Brendan Nugent Leadership Award is presented to an inspiring peer leader for their exemplary efforts to promote and advocate for the empowerment of people with psychiatric disabilities or diagnoses in New York State. 


The Quincy Boykin award is presented to an individual in heartfelt recognition of their inspiring contributions to the recovery, empowerment and integration for the full diversity of all New Yorkers with psychiatric disabilities or diagnoses.

FRANCES OLIVERO ADVOCACY AWARD: New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement   Victor Pate and Doug van Zandt

The Frances Olivero Advocacy Award is presented to an individual or organization that has demonstrated inspiring community leadership and advocacy around a particular issue on behalf of New Yorkers with psychiatric disabilities or diagnoses.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS: Moe Armstrong, Sam Cochran, Pat Deegan

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual who has a long record of exemplary contributions to the recovery, rehabilitation and/or rights of people with psychiatric disabilities or diagnoses.

MARTY SMITH MEMORIAL AWARD: Mental Health Empowerment Project, Amy Colesante

The Marty Smith Memorial Award is presented to a uniquely inspired and dedicated provider who has demonstrated exemplary contributions to the advancement of best practices in service to New Yorkers with psychiatric disabilities or diagnoses.


The Public Policy Leadership Award is presented to a legislator who has demonstrated outstanding public leadership on behalf of New Yorkers with psychiatric disabilities or diagnoses.


The Partners with Families Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated inspiring leadership in the advancement of the alliance of families and consumers in promoting the recovery, rehabilitation and rights of people with psychiatric disabilities or diagnoses.


The Jason Brody Award is presented to an individual who has been an extraordinary source of kindness, caring and devotion to people within their mental health community. 


The Public Education/Media Award is presented to an individual inside or outside of the media who has demonstrated extraordinary public education efforts that advance the needs of and/or that highlight the accomplishments of New Yorkers with psychiatric disabilities or diagnoses.

Thursday September 13 afternoon

Our Stories Tell Us Why We’re Here

Stephanie Campbell, Sascha Altman DuBrul, Carlton Whitmore, Phil Schulman


Beyond the Mental Health Bubble: How We Can Unite Social Justice Movements to Create Positive Change

In the political environment in which we live, advocates from across New York and the nation are seeing the essential value of reaching out to unite social justice movements across racial, religious, gender, and disability identifications. In New York City, NYAPRS has supported efforts to bring together representatives of these communities to address the increase in the numbers of reported hate crimes, homelessness, over-representation in the criminal justice system of people and a weakening of the rights of women and LGBTQI individuals. Our draft mission statement is “to build a coalition that fosters cohesion amongst progressive groups who seek to promote equality, justice, dignity, peace, love and safety through relationship building, community mobilization and civic engagement.”

Come learn about this and similar alliances that are forming across the country.

Hawk Newsome, Black Lives Matter NY, NYC, NY

Dolores Covrigaru, Human Rights Campaign, NYC, NY

Oryx Cohen, National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery

Harvey Rosenthal, NYAPRS, Albany, NY

Single rooms at the Honor’s Haven are almost all gone while we have some double rooms left. Overflow registrants can stay at the premium rooms at the Hudson Valley Resort that has previously been our main conference site in the past. We’ll have hourly large bus transport between the 2 hotels.

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Please note that we are continuing to offer a register 5 get one free arrangement.

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 See you in September in the Catskills!

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Self-Directed Care in NY and Nationally                              

At long last, self-directed approaches are coming to New York! This system provides eligible individuals with the ability to meet their individualized goals through the approved purchase of good and services they identify as critical to their recovery and health. You can sit in programs for years getting ready to go back to work or make a few strategic purchases to get that job! Come hear about how the 2 NYS pilots are faring in the views of both providers and participants.

Keith Aquiar, Community Access, New York, NY

Bryan Cranna, Independent Living, Newburgh, NY

How to Build Cross-Sector Partnerships:                               

Lessons from the Healthy Together Referral Network

This workshop will dive into the Healthy Together Referral Network, a community-wide network led by Alliance for Better Health and powered by the Unite Us technology. The workshop will go over how Alliance built the network, its role in the DSRIP program, and key data and outcomes from the network.

Steve Strauss, Unite Us, New York, NY

Certified Community Mental Health Clinics (CCBHC) – A Year Later

The workshop will review the SUS CCBHC clinic. The presenters will discuss some of the creative approaches used at the clinic. The group will learn about successful recovery based engagement, treatment and services.

James Chavez, Sasha Marie Robinson, Services for the Underserved, New York, NY

Vet to Vet: Thank You for Your Service!

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Moe Armstrong, founder Vet-to-Vet

Jeff McQueen, Mental Health Association of Nassau County, Hempstead, NY

Luis Lopez, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY

John Javis, Nassau Queens PPS, East Meadow, NY

SAMHSA Wellness Recognition of Excellence Awardees                    

SAMHSA’s Program to Achieve Wellness recently selected 4 organizations for their exemplary wellness efforts to improve the cardiovascular health of those living with mental and/or substance use conditions. Come celebrate and learn about 2 such efforts from NYAPRS member agencies, Baltic Street AEH and the Guidance Center.

Taina Martinez, Laurie Vite, Michael Nugent, Baltic Street AEH, Brooklyn, NY

Stephanie Natelli, Kathy Hagendorf, Alicia Lore-Grachan, The Guidance Center, Mount Vernon

Introduced by Harvey Rosenthal, NYAPRS

Playing our Part: Shared Decision-Making in the Era of Recovery    

With the advent of recovery-based services, there is a paradigm shift and participants of services are now actively involved in the decision-making process of their care.  We recognize that participants are experts in themselves and as such, have a significant role in making decisions about their care and having choices in order to make informed decisions. Join us for an engaging talk on the shared-decision making process, the concept of “learned helplessness” and the “dignity of choice” in the world of recovery-based services.

Robert Statham, Ruth Colon-Wagner, NYAPRS, Albany, NY

MHANYS CarePath Program: Shared Values in Recovery          

MHAPS CarePath Program is a transition support tool that adheres to the principals of the recovery process and designed for the first 90 days post discharge from any treatment setting. The individual’s wellness and recovery is supported through the engagement of their family and/or identified supporters all participating on the same path to health and well-being. The patient/individual is no longer singled out as “ill” and their wellness journey is no longer in isolation of each other. The health and well-being of each member of the family or the identified supports is also the focus. A wellness rather than illness perspective enhances the recovery process. Come learn about this new innovative program.

Deb Faust, Mental Health Association of New York State, Albany, NY

Cultural Health and Wellness Story Circle

The Cultural Healing and Wellness Story Circle will Open a Space for participants to get actively involved in sharing their life experiences through the art of storytelling. Participants will share recovery challenges, health and wellness journeys and the multiple ways to heal human hurt, unlearn stigma and to build multicultural communities of wellness.

Deborah Wilcox and Theresa Hall

Challenging the Status Quo: Breaking the Mold in the 21st Century

Peers have been shown to have exemplary results when supporting an individual’s recovery. The role of peers has expanded to include forensic peers, peers specializing in substance abuse, and peer-run crisis centers. This interactive discussion is an opportunity for peers to talk about the variety of peer work settings they have experienced and share the impacts they have made. Explore how to make inroads in areas where peers are not fully utilized, including physical health, transition age youth, foster families, school settings, and the geriatric field.

Clarence Jordan, Lisa Kugler, Beacon Health, Memphis, TN

The NYC Peer Workforce Coalition: Promoting Effective Implementation of Peers and Community Health Workers Developing Pipelines and Career Ladders

The NYC Peer and Community Health Worker Consortium worked with peers, community health workers, organizations, payers, and other subject matter experts over 18 months to identify the primary barriers facing peers, community health workers, and employers; and to develop 2 toolkits to address these barriers. One is for peers and community health workers, and the other is for organizations. This workshop will provide a live demonstration of using these toolkits to advance implementation aims. Presenters will discuss the past, present, and future of the peer workforce in New York City, as well as talking about the Coalition and its work.

Aviva Cohen, Coordinator of NYC Peer and Community Health Workforce Consortium,

Office of Consumer Affairs, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Phillip Williams, Helen Skipper, Ivanna Bond-Queneau

Bridging the Gap: Expanding Roles and Building Partnerships in Behavioral Health

This session will focus on the development of a psychiatric rehabilitation initiative comprised of innovative programming in a Crisis HUAB, use of CHWs and Peers, and SUD network development. This will include a CHW/Peer training curriculum, review of components of a Crisis HUB, and maturation of a SUD network.

Mary Hanrahan, Whitney Ale, Matthew DeMasi, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY