NYS Success E-Newsletter: January 2016
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NYS Success
January 2016


In This Newsletter:

News from NYSS: Due to popular demand: Project TEACH - Connecting Primary Care with Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; NEW Systems of Care Approach Curriculum

Research and Evaluation:  NYS Success 2015 Infrastructure Survey; NYS Success Team Wants to Hear from You!

Western Region News: Ontario County in the news for expanding Family Support Centers; Poverty Simulation Workshops; SUPAC Training on Communication between Schools and Families

Hudson Region News: FTNYS Legislative Awareness Day and Luncheon

Other Upcoming Trainings and Webinars: Regional Meeting and TIC Training Dates announced for April; NYS Success January Webinar: Developing Regional Partnerships and Collaborations; Webinar series: Transforming the Children's Medicaid System 

Additional News, Resources & Tools: Free apps from SAMHSA, Accountable Health Care Model Announced, Awareness Day Webinar 

Save the Date! 

TCI Training and Regional Meeting

Central Region: 
Thursday, April 7th
Hudson River Region: 
Tuesday, April 12th (Albany)
Western Region: 
Thursday, April 14th (Rochester)

May 5th, 2016: 
National Children's Mental Health 
Awareness Day


We heard you! 

In response to your replies on the NYS Success 2015 Fall Conference Survey, we are featuring Project TEACH in this month's newsletter. Dr. Matthew Perkins, the initiative's Medical Director, presented on how Project TEACH (Training and Education for the Advancement of Children's Health) is committed to strengthening and supporting the ability of PCPs to provide mental health services to children, adolescents and their families.  
Project TEACH -
Connecting Primary Care with Child
and Adolescent Psychiatry
Primary care physicians (e.g., pediatricians and family physicians) are often the first place where families seek help or information about emotional or behavioral concerns with their children. Further, many children receive short term mental health counseling and support through their primary care doctor. Although physicians provide mental health support and prescribe medications, they often do not have access to the expert consultation and training that will assist them in managing any number of complex issues that arise in the course of providing mental health counseling and medication management.  
Project TEACH provides rapid consultation, education and training, and referral/ linkage services to pediatric primary care providers (PCPs) statewide who provide care for children and adolescents with mental health disorders. Additionally, other prescribers who are providing ongoing treatment to children, such as Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, General Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, may request a second opinion through consultation. 
Project TEACH Services: 
  • Access to rapid consultation from child and adolescent psychiatrists. All pediatric PCPs are eligible to receive telephonic consultation about their patients’ mental health needs. PCPs can also obtain direct consultation for their patients, either face to face with the child psychiatrist or via videoconference.
  • Access to education and training. Educational-based trainings are held regularly on a variety of related to children’s social and emotional development. CME credits are available to physicians for attending the training. 
  • Access to referral and linkage services for their child and adolescent patients. Referral and linkage services assist families and Pediatric primary care providers to access community mental health and support services such as clinic treatment, case management, or family support.  
Project TEACH services are provided throughout the state by two providers – CAP-PC and C.A.P.E.S. Visit the OMH Project TEACH website for contact information.  Project TEACH is committed to strengthening and supporting the ability of PCPs to provide mental health services to children and adolescents and their families in the PCPs’ practices. Stay tuned for exciting announcements as Project TEACH expands its capacity to provide services in the coming year.

NEW! The Systems of Care Approach Online Curriculum
The Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health (TA Center) is pleased to announce a new free online curriculum designed to help communities, states, tribes, and territories, implement, improve, sustain, and expand Systems of Care for children, youth, and young adults with behavioral health challenges.  This curriculum includes information and resources developed to support the widespread expansion of the system of care approach. It will help individuals understand the What, Why, and How of System of Care Expansion.  

The curriculum includes guides for strategic planning, implementing expansion strategies, financing, and performance and outcome measurement, as well as worksheets and tools for self-assessment and outcome measurement. Upon completion of each module, you can also receive continuing education credits from the National Association of Social Workers and/ or the National Board of Certified Counselors. 
Get it FREE here.

Research, Information, and Evaluation

New York State Success
Center for Human Services Research, SUNY Albany
Research Brief: Infrastructure Survey 2015 Summary Review

This brief presents data on Systems of Care infrastructure changes occurring within counties involved with NYS Success, in year three of the grant (i.e. fiscal year 2015). Each quarter, counties complete a SAMHSA developed infrastructure survey designed to evaluate the implementation of NYS Success statewide. The survey is a method for collecting quarterly data on structural changes occurring as a result of the grant in each county, including areas like workforce development, awareness and partnerships.  The survey summary is available here.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! NYS Success Team creating a shared directory 

NYS Success Team Members are canvassing our State for information regarding Trauma Informed Care work and initiatives across New York and we need your help.  Our goal is to create a shared directory of resources to assist communities in identifying strengths and anticipated needs in embarking on a Trauma Informed Care venture.  This directory will also serve as a source in providing opportunities to collaborate and potentially regionalize efforts.  When completed, the collection will include county, regional and state resources from which to draw upon.  NYS Success has been working on this environmental scan for the past several months, along with our partners from the Office of Children and Family Services, Office of Mental Health and Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.  The directory is one component of a Trauma Informed Care initiative that will produce an on-line organizational self-assessment tool along with other supportive materials and practical resources that will help counties in implementing trauma informed practices. 

We would like to hear from you to make certain that the TIC work in your community is captured for this collection, and will become part of a toolkit the entire state can use. 

Please contact Heather Starks at to participate.  

Western Region News

IN THE NEWS ... Ontario County


The opening of two new family support centers in Ontario County was front page news in The Finger Lakes Times on January 3rd.  

In February 2014, The Partnership for Ontario County opened family support centers in the Phelps-Clifton Springs and Canandaigua school districts with the goal of expanding them to other schools in the county.  In October, Marcus Whitman opened a center and the expansion continued the first week of the new year when the latest center opened as part of the Geneva City School District located at the North Street School.

The article quoted Deb Holland, the coordinator of the Partnership’s family support centers in Geneva and Canandaigua, saying, “We just hired our first team of counselors in Geneva and will be opening Jan. 4.  The center will be right in the school, which is a nice, familiar place for the families to go.”  The Family support centers provide six to eight free, confidential counseling sessions to children and their families. Read the full article here.

Poverty Simulation Workshops

January 21, January 28 & February 3rd

The impact of poverty on our community is both devastating and accelerating. This powerful exercise is designed to help community leaders, health and human service providers, area businesses, and other community stakeholders deepen their understanding of the day-to-day challenges faced by those living in poverty  and how current systems, policies, and practices create barriers.  

Facilitators will include Lenora-Reid Rose, Director of Cultural Competence and Diversity Initiatives and other Center staff.   For more information and to register, chick here.


Upcoming Training by SUPAC
Effective Communication between Schools and Families: The Key to Success (NYSED Vetted)
Thursday, January 28, 2016 | 10:00AM-12:00PM
Rochester, NY

This NYSED vetted training was developed to promote quality special education services for all students with disabilities. The modules contained within this training are intended to help Families and School Personnel to build their communication skills in their role as a CSE team member that is consistent with State laws and regulations. The goals of this training are:
  • Participants will understand both their role and the student's role in the Special Education process
  • Participants will understand the barriers that interfere with effective communication and strategies to overcome the barriers
  • Participants will gain a basic understanding of the essential elements of effective communication
  • Participants will learn about strategies and tools that will establish and maintain effective collaboration between families and schools
For more information, read here.

Hudson Region News 

Families Together in New York State 2016 Legislative Awareness Day and Luncheon
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Registration and Scheduled Legislator Visits 10:00am - 12:00pm
Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Albany, New York

FREE EVENT! Join hundreds of family members, youth, advocates and state leaders from across the state for the Families Together in New York State Legislative Awareness Day and Luncheon. All are invited to meet with legislators, network with other families, and share your valuable voice, experience and ideas! Every year, Families Together in New York State partners with our growing network of families to reflect on our lived experiences to learn about the needs in the community, what issues are important to us, and what policy changes would have a positive impact in our lives and the lives of future families coming up. We then create a set of policy priorities and advocate together as the family voice here in Albany.

The state agencies and legislators need to listen to families because we know first-hand what does and does not work. We are credible partners and a powerful resource to decision makers. Together, we make the difference!

Register for this important event.

For more information, contact Brad Hansen by email or at 518.432.0333 x28.

Upcoming Trainings and Webinars


Join Us for an Opportunity to Share and Learn!

Regional Meetings and Trauma Informed Care Trainings in April

Central Region: Thursday, April 7th, 10:00AM - 11:45AM (Syracuse)
Hudson River Region: Tuesday, April 12th, 10:00AM - 11:45AM (Albany)
Western Region: Thursday, April 14th, 10:00AM - 11:45AM (Rochester)
Regional Meetings will be held in the morning from 10:00am to 11:45am.  Trauma Informed Care training sessions are scheduled for the afternoon from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. 
If you've attended a training on trauma-informed care (TIC), you may have left thinking "ok, but what do I do?" While many individuals and organizations have participated in some form of a TIC training, there remains a gap between knowledge and action. The purpose of this workshop is to offer participants an opportunity to close the gap between theory and practice in two essential elements of a trauma-informed approach: Trust and Collaboration. Lack of trust amongst staff creates major barriers to providing a trauma-informed environment for both staff and the people they serve. Furthermore, many people find themselves being asked to "collaborate" without the necessary skills to do so effectively. Since true collaboration requires some level of trust, these two principles are interdependent. Registration and additional information available HERE.

New York State Success Focus Groups

The evaluation team will lead focus groups during the morning sessions of the regional meetings in April. These focus groups will center on discussion of sustainability, including questions such as what do counties want to sustain, what do they feel they are able to sustain, what needs do counties have, and what challenges do they anticipate. With input from counties throughout NYS Success, the team hopes to gain a greater understanding of how sustainability will look within NYS Success, and how the team can best support sustainability efforts. In addition, discussions will contribute to a sustainability-focused report that the evaluation team is crafting. This report will be shared with others like state agency partners and SAMHSA to be used in decision making for future funding and supports. 

NYS Success Webinar
Developing Regional Partnerships and Collaborations
Held on Wednesday, January 20th
Listen here

This webinar offers great information on new regional initiatives in NYS that will support the System of Care work, with the intention of outlining next steps and opportunities on how to get involved and develop partnerships.  Among the initiatives and resources discussed the work being done by the NYS Office of Juvenile Justice including the Regional Youth Justice Teams, and the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization.  Topics that are covered in this webinar include the importance of cross-systems collaboration with service providers; DSRIP and NYS DOH Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP) - which promotes improved care and a reduction in health care costs through building regional collaborations with stakeholders.

Presenters are Denise Young, Executive Director Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization, and Tom Andriola, Chief of Policy and Implementation Office of Juvenile Justice, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

As a reminder, all webinars are held on the third Wednesday of the month (unless otherwise noted) from 1:30 - 3:00pm which includes time for sharing and Q&A. Click here for 2016 Webinar Schedule.  Also, visit our website to view previously recorded webinars and other resources.

The Managed Care Technical Assistance Center of New York
Webinar Series: Transforming the Children's Medicaid System

Three-part series held January 27th, February 11th and February 25th | Times vary by date

Register Here

This series is intended for OMH, OASAS, and OCFS child-serving providers and stakeholders impacted by and interested in medicaid managed care, kids HCBS (home and community based services), and new state plan services. This webinar series will not specifically address details of the children's Health Home transition. 
This series will be divided into three parts and will be recorded and posted to the MCTAC website for those who are unable to attend. We encourage you to call together your staff to listen and discuss the transformation before us. Register now using the links below for each individual webinar: 
Part I: Overview
Wednesday, 1/27, 12:30 - 1:30 pm:
Time frames and road map for transformation/transition of kids system.
Part 2: Who's Included and Service Walkthroughs
Thursday 2/11, 12 - 1 pm:
Who's carved in and out, children's state plan amendment and HCBS.
Part 3: Building Capacity and Preparing for Changes Ahead
Thursday 2/25, 12 - 1 pm:
Identifying areas that providers will have to build knowledge/capacity around. Outlining training/technical assistance plans for the year. Lessons learned from the NYC adult system transition.

Additional News, Resources & Tools 

SAMHSA Mobile Resources to Support Behavioral Health - FREE!

Get connected! SAMHSA has several FREE apps to promote positive behavioral health in your community that include strategies for bullying prevention. To learn more and help spread the word, check these great tools out here.

Accountable Health Communities Model Announced 

The Department of Health and Human Services today announced a new funding opportunity of up to $157 million to test whether screening beneficiaries for health-related social needs and associated referrals to and navigation of community-based services will improve quality and affordability in Medicare and Medicaid. To learn more, click here. 

On Demand Webinar
"Awareness Day: What's in it for my Community?" 

The Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Social Marketing TA Team shares how participation in SAMHSA's National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day can strengthen your system of care by providing year-round social marketing opportunities. Click here to access the webinar recording
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