Rescheduled: Tomorrow's NYAPRS Anti-Oppressive Practice Webinar

NYAPRS Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, part 2 of our webinar series on health equity will have to be rescheduled for either late April or early May.  To everyone who has registered for this event, we will send you a special email inviting you to register for the new date.  Everyone else, once we have our new date, we will inform you via the NYAPRS e-news.


Anti-oppressive Practice is Good Practice!

Let’s Examine “the why” About Anti-oppressive Practice and Explore How to Implement It.

Date & Time TBD    

What makes anti-oppressive practice good practice and why should we adopt it for ourselves and our organizations? Now that we have a deeper understanding of oppression, racism and health inequities, join our panel as we explore their impact on our organization and our work. Let’s not just talk about anti-oppressive practice-let’s actually do it as we keep the conversation going about why to commit ourselves to anti-oppressive practice. What makes it good practice for practitioners and those who we serve and good business for our organizations?


Lenora Reid-Rose, MBA

Ms. Reid-Rose serves as the Director of Cultural Competence & Diversity Initiatives at Coordinated Cares Services, Inc. (CCSI), located in Rochester NY. With more than two decades of experience in the behavioral health field, she has served as a consultant and educator at the state, regional and national levels. Ms. Reid-Rose has extensive expertise in developing and implementing cultural competence assessments, training initiatives, and programs - helping agencies understand where they are on the continuum of cultural competence and then identifying critical changes in policy, practice, education, and training needed to support continued progress. She brings with her a well-established network of national experts in the field of organizational development, data analytics, and research in the areas of cultural competence and social determinants of health that she routinely taps to remain informed and knowledgeable regarding research, advances, best practices, and emerging works. 

Nancy Sung Shelton, M.A.

Nancy Sung Shelton works in the capacity of Senior Consultant, Cultural Competence & Health Equity at Coordinated Care Services, Inc. In her current role, Ms. Shelton provides an array of consultation, technical assistance, and training support to organizations, their leaders, workforce, service recipients, and stakeholders. She has more than twenty years of experience working with diverse populations in a variety of management and leadership positions.  Her work experience has included working in the Criminal Justice, Family Law, Child Protection and Advocacy, Human Services, I/DD, Behavioral and Physical Healthcare systems, as well extensive work with community-based organizations and families and youth.   Ms. Shelton is especially devoted to serving individuals who have been marginalized by society, and have been under/mis-represented and economically

James Rodriguez, Ph.D., LCSW

Jim Rodriguez is a Senior Research Scientist at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research.  His research, training and clinical practice experience has focused on mental health services for underserved populations.  He previously worked as a clinician in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York Presbyterian Hospital.  He is Adjunct Faculty at the NYU Silver School of Social Work where he currently teaches a course on anti-oppressive practice.  He is also a New York State licensed psychologist and social worker currently in private practice.

Ruth Colón-Wagner, LMSW

Ruth Colón-Wagner currently works with NYAPRS as the Director of Training & Development and has over 29 years of experience in the field of Child Welfare, Homeless Services, Employment, and the majority in Mental Health Care working with children, adults, and families.  For 12 years, Ruth served as Director of Mental Health Services and during that time, Ruth brought recovery-based, person-centered and culturally competent approaches to increase staff competency and increase client outcomes.  Ruth has worked to bring various trainings on Cultural Competency including discussions on the cultural construct in America, systemic oppression, the racial divide, realities and power of white privilege, micro aggressions and solutions for community transformation.   Ruth was trained in Undoing Racism® by The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond.  Ruth’s other specialties includes Group Facilitation, Program Management and Compassion Fatigue.  Ruth is also certified as a Dialectical Behavioral Therapist, a Functional Family Therapist and a Life Skills Educator.  Ruth received her MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work and is licensed as a social worker in New York State.


April 8 Webinar: HCBS Person-Centered Planning - Lessons From The Field

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) is hosting an “HCBS Person-Centered Planning - Lessons From the Field” webinar on April 8, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. featuring three Home and Community-Based Service (HCBS) provider exemplars in person-centered care delivery. The providers will share how they use best and promising practices within an Adult Care Facility, Adult Day Health Care Center, and Social Adult Day Program.


There will be time at the end of the webinar for questions and answers with our provider exemplars.


You may register for the webinar at: HCBS Person-Centered Planning – Lessons from the Field.


Thank you.

Alert: Call Today To Keep Increased Funding For ILCs in the Final Budget!

NYAPRS Note: Please join NYAPRS in our support for the essential services and supports that NYS Independent Living Centers provide each day to people with disabilities across New York. Please see below and call today!

Call Today To Keep $3 Million Increase for

Independent Living Centers in the Final Budget!

Thanks to all of you, both the Senate and Assembly included increases for ILCs in their one-house budget proposals! The Assembly included a $1 million increase, while the Senate included a $3 million increase. This is great news given this difficult budget year, and it wouldn’t have happened without you!

We are especially excited by the Senate’s support in allocating a $3 million increase, and we will have to work harder than ever over the next few weeks to ensure that this increase is included in the final budget, due by the end of March.

Now that the Senate and Assembly have both released their one-house budgets, there will be a series of conference committee meetings in which they will determine whether to include the funding in the final budget. We need everyone to act to help ensure we get this increase!


1. Contact the Assembly Members listed below on the Education Conference Subcommittee in support of a $3 million increase for Independent Living Centers.

Say: I am calling to thank you for supporting Independent Living Centers by including an increase in your one house budget proposal. ILCs play a vital role in the lives of people with disabilities, and increased funding would ensure they have the funding to continue providing those services. The Senate included a $3 million increase in their one house, and we really need your support to ensure this is included in the final budget!”

Please personalize this message, especially if you or your center is in the member’s district.

2. Call the Senators on the Education Conference Subcommittee listed below.

Say: “I am calling to thank you for supporting Independent Living Centers by including a $3 million increase in your one house budget! ILCs play a vital role in the lives of people with disabilities, and this increase would ensure they have the funding to continue providing those services, and could even mean new services in your district. ILCs really need this funding, and I am calling to ask you to help ensure it makes it into the final budget.”

Again, please personalize this message, especially if you are a constituent, or your center is in the Senator’s district.



Click the link below to log in and send your message:

PT: US Judge to Rule on Legality of Medicaid Work Requirements


A Monumental Month on Medicaid Work Requirements

Politico  March 18, 2019

When CMS Administrator Seema Verma approved Ohio's work requirements on Friday, it was either a sign of the Trump administration's relentless push to transform Medicaid, or a last effort to put a conservative imprint on the program before the courts force a change in strategy.

Verma has made clear that work requirements are a priority, releasing new guidance to help states apply and already approving waivers in eight states, counting Ohio. (Maine's work requirements were approved, too, but the state withdrew its approval under a new Democratic governor.)

The CMS administrator also used her platform to repeatedly defend the policy last week.

"The Medicaid program was designed to serve our most vulnerable populations like children and people with disabilities," Verma wrote on Thursday. "[I]t's logical that the nature of demonstration projects would change given the unprecedented expansion of [Medicaid] eligibility to childless, working-age adults that occurred under Obamacare."

But new data has patient advocates and health industry officials warning that the policy is disruptive and potentially harmful. The Commonwealth Fund last week released analysis that suggested hospital margins would suffer under Medicaid work requirements, given the likelihood that fewer patients would have health coverage.

Meanwhile, just 1,910 of the roughly 18,000 Arkansas residents dropped from Medicaid coverage under work requirements re-enrolled during the first two months of 2019, according to state data released Friday.

Another 6,472 Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries also have "two strikes" for not reporting work requirement data in the first two months of 2019; failing to report this month would lead them to be disenrolled starting in April for the rest of the year.

What we're waiting for now: A judge's ruling, which could shake up strategy. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said on Thursday that he'd rule on the legality of work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky by the end of March.

Boasberg, an Obama appointee, in 2018 blocked Kentucky's work requirements, leading CMS to rethink its approach and solicit more comments on Kentucky's waiver. A ruling this time would likely be more expansive and, if Boasberg again blocks the work requirements, could force another change in tactics.

A clue toward his thinking? Boasberg was skeptical last week when government lawyers argued that work requirements helped Medicaid beneficiaries find jobs. "That's not the purpose of Medicaid," the judge responded.

NYAPRS Honors Edye Schwartz and Steve Coe at April 16th Albany Reception

NYAPRS Note: Capping decades of groundbreaking contributions and achievements, NYAPRS will be honoring and celebrating recovery champions NYAPRS’ own Edye Schwartz and Community Access’ Steve Coe as they both retire in the coming months. We’ll have a lot more to say in the coming weeks about them both but, in the meantime, mark the evening of April 16th on your calendars and be on hand for this momentous event, which will follow the first day of NYAPRS Annual Albany Executive Seminar.

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Balancing Recovery Values with Business Success: Register Today for NYAPRS April 16-17 Executive Seminar

NYAPRS Note: Next month’s NYAPRS Executive Seminar will take a very personal look at the challenges behavioral healthcare agency leaders face in reconciling their lifetime commitment to advancing person-driven recovery focused services with the ever challenging demands of the new healthcare business environment. We’ll hear about this in our opening keynote “Maintaining Recovery Values in the Healthcare Environment” from our keynote “ David Covington CEO and President of RI International, a global organization with more than 50 programs located throughout the United States and abroad.

And longtime NYS leaders Steve Coe, Michael Stoltz and Lenora Reid-Rose will explore “Navigating the Healthcare System with a Recovery Compass” in very personal terms in a panel discussion moderated by Edye Schwartz.

Please join us and register today at!

NYAPRS is very proud to offer continuing education hours for LMHC, LMSW, LCSW, CRCC and CPRPs.

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New Dates for Another Round of NYAPRS New Hire Orientations

NYAPRS Note: NYAPRS is excited to provide details of another round of our new training initiative for all new staff called, Regional New Hire Orientations across New York State! NYAPRS is proud to offer CEU Credits for both Social Workers and Licensed Mental Health Counselors for this training. Do you have new staff and don’t have the time or the resources to train them in recovery, person-centered and trauma based practices?  For more information and to register your new staff, please contact your NYAPRS regional trainer.  We are looking forward to hearing from you!”