Calendar of Events

CASAC Initial Certification 350 Course @ Helio Health - Binghamton Evaluation Center
Jan 10 @ 8:00 am – May 19 @ 5:00 pm

The Helio Health Training Institute is an approved OASAS provider for the CASAC 350 Hour Certification Training.  It will take approximately 18 months to complete all 4 sections of the required coursework. 

Session 1: 1/10/19 – 4/18/19

Session 2: 5/7/19  11/14/19

Session 3: 12/3/19 – 3/3/20

Session 4: 3/24/20 – 5/19/20

For more information or to register for the course, please contact Jessica Krohn at (607) 296-3072 x2039 or 

Clearing the Confusion @ Lourdes Youth Services
Mar 4 @ 2:00 pm – May 6 @ 3:30 pm
The Opioid Crisis: Perspectives from Addiciton Specialists in Primary Care & Psychiatry @ Webinar
Apr 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Webinar: The Opioid Crisis: Perspectives From Addiction Specialists In Primary Care & Psychiatry

Location: Online Via

Description: The United States is currently experiencing an opioid epidemic, impacting health care providers across all specialties, including those working in primary care and psychiatry. In this webinar, Matthew Torrington, MD, and Richard Rosenthal, MD, will share their perspectives as addiction specialists working in the primary care and psychiatric fields regarding the role of providers in impacting the opioid epidemic. The speakers will review the history of opioid development and abuse, examine the impact of the introduction of synthetic opioids on the opioid epidemic, discuss the connection between mental illness and opioid use, and provide an overview of some approaches aiming to target and reduce the opioid epidemic.

Workforce Development and Transition Team @ Care Compass Network - Compass Room
Apr 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Training and Networking Event for Health Homes Serving Children Care Managers @ Broome County Public Library - Decker Room
Apr 24 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Webinar: Unmuddy the Waters – How Healthcare and Social Sector Partners are Improving Communication on the Journey Upstream @ Webinar
Apr 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

As more organizations forge clinical-community partnerships and join multi-sector collaboratives to address social determinants of health, we’re seeing healthcare, social service, and public health stakeholders use different words, terms, and definitions. This lack of clarity and precision in communication is muddying the waters, making it harder for partners to move upstream rapidly and effectively. In this webinar, national leaders in the upstream movement will share lessons from the frontlines of implementation and policy. They will highlight ways stakeholders in multi-sector collaboratives and clinical-community partnerships can better communicate about social determinants of health and health equity.

• Rishi Manchanda, MD, MPH, President, HealthBegins
• Dora L. Hughes, MD, MPH, Associate Research Professor, The George Washington University
• Katherine Verlander, MPH, Accountable Health Communities Model Lead, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:
• List at least two communication challenges facing organizations involved clinical-community partnerships and/or multisector collaboratives
• Describe at least two potential resources to help improve the precision of communication and planning efforts
• Describe a process to help improve communication and planning efforts in the field

Cost: This webinar is free!
Can’t attend the live event? By registering, you will be able to access a recorded version of the webinar later.
Questions? Email us at

Free Seminar on Joint Health @ Holiday Inn Downtown Binghamton
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Lourdes for a free information session on Wednesday, April 24 at 6 pm at the Holiday Inn Downtown. Meet Dr. Rob VanGorder, Lourdes Orthopedic Surgeon and find out about the range of services Lourdes offers to help you take the first step toward less pain.

Learn about:
• The right time to start thinking about joint replacement, whether it’s shoulder, knee or hip.
• Shoulder replacement and how much function you can expect to return
• The difference between a partial knee and a total knee replacement
• Innovations in total joint surgery

Light refreshments will be served.


Cultural Competency & Health Literacy Meeting @ Care Compass Network - The Strategy Room
Apr 26 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Medication Assisted Treatment: The Science and the Practice of Effective Recovery @ Albany Capital Center
Apr 26 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

OASAS and Center on Addiction have announced additional dates and locations for the Medication Assisted Treatment Forum – a conversation that addresses the concerns about the use of MAT and making MAT more widely accessible.

Topics will include:
• The science and efficacy of MAT
• Myths that fuel the stigma surrounding MAT
• Risks of not utilizing MAT when indicated
• MAT in a Value-Based Health Care Delivery System
• Reconciling the recovery paradigm of the past with the recovery paradigm of the present

Mental Health First Aid Training @ Care Compass Network - Compass Room
Apr 29 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

To support and promote a culturally sensitive community and workforce across our PPS, Care Compass Network is proud to offer a FREE Mental Health First Aid Training by MHAST on Friday, April 5th, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 pm at Care Compass Network, 33 Lewis Road, Binghamton NY 13905. Please report to The Compass Room.

This evidence based, one-day training is open to the PPS and participants will receive certification valid for 3 years. This training is open to all Care Compass Network partners and registration is required.

A minimum of 6 participants are required to administer this training session.

Lunch will be Provided

Mental Health First Aid – Program Background:
Mental Health First Aid USA was introduced in the United States in 2008 and continues to grow in relevance and popularity. The intent of Mental Health First Aid USA is to provide the public with skills to help individuals who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Participants of MHFA-USA will learn how to assess harm to self and others resulting from mental illness, listen while refraining from judgment, manage an acute mental health crisis, discuss local mental health resources and recommend evidence-based self-help strategies for people living with mental illness.

Agency Background:
Established in 1927, the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier (MHAST) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization located in Binghamton, New York. Through our affiliation with the New York State and National, Mental Health Associations we are one of 300 Mental Health Associations in operation nationwide. MHAST is the oldest, continuously operating Mental Health Association affiliate in New York State.

MHAST is, and has been for over 85 years, devoted to enhancing the lives of all community residents by improving their mental health and wellness. Our goals are achieved through providing advocacy and educational services, prevention programs, information/resource referrals and community-based support services. In addition, MHAST works to promote mental health and recovery, encourage the empowerment of mental health service consumers, eliminate discrimination, raise public awareness with education, and advocate for equality and opportunity for all.