Calendar of Events

Narcan Training @ Alcohol and Drub Council Open Access Center
Feb 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County is partnering with the NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) to host a free, community-wide Narcan training!

February 19th, 2020
ADC’s Open Access Center
2353 North Triphammer Road, in Ithaca

In the event of inclement weather that prevents travel, the snow date for the training is February 20th, 2020 at the same time and location.
Narcan, or Naloxone, has been fundamental in the efforts to decrease rates of fatal overdoses. This training is beneficial for anyone interested in becoming part of the solution to solving the opioid issue in the community, learning how to save a life during an overdose situation, and/or receiving education on crucial information related to opioids and the surrounding community.

For more information or to register for the training, please contact Moira McJury at 607-274-6288 or

Caregiver and Patient Health in Alzheimer’s Disease Policy and Systems Change @ Webinar
Feb 20 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Caregiver and Patient Health in Alzheimer’s Disease Policy and Systems Change

Free, live webcast on Thursday, February 20, 2020
9:00am – 10:00am ET

David Hoffman, DPS, CCE

Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Ethics and Health Policy, Maria College
Clinical Professor, Department of Health Policy Management and Behavior, University at Albany School of Public Health
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Albany Medical College Alden March Bioethics Institute

The population of people identified with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia is rapidly growing, as is the need for caregivers to support them. The burden of caregiving can exacerbate health challenges caregivers will normally face, particularly as the disease in those they care for decline and needs increase. In this webcast, viewers will receive information on maintaining the health of those with dementia and their caregivers and on the policies and systems that necessary to support this care, including the value of early diagnosis, activities for maintaining good health, and supports for caregivers. In order to ensure that providers in clinical, community and religious institutions understand the needs in this burgeoning epidemic of Alzheimers Disease, the discussion will focus on the  imperative to “create policies and systems that enable caregivers to perform their duties without compromising their own health and economic well-being”(Hoffman, Aging Science & Mental Health Studies, Aug 2019).

After viewing the webcast, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the implications of caring for patients with dementia and caregivers on the health care system
  • Describe opportunities for public health actions at local, state and national levels
  • Identify strategies for supporting patients and caregivers to positively impact their health and well being
  • State key policies that promote supportive communities and workplaces for people with dementia and their caregivers

Target Audience: Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, social workers, care coordinators, community health workers and certified public health workers.

Please check back for information on CE Credits.

To Obtain Continuing Education Credits: 
Each participant interested in CE credits must complete an evaluation and post-test, which is available above under “Evaluation, Post-test for CE Credits”. A score of 80% and above on the post-test will generate a certificate indicating the requested credits.

None of the planners, or content reviewers have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until February 28, 2023.

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

The University at Albany School of Public Health is an Approved Provider of continuing nurse education by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until February 28, 2022.

Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University and Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until February 28, 2023.

Social Work

University at Albany, School of Social Welfare, Social Work Continuing Education Program is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Social Workers as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers – #0011 This offering is approved for 1 social work self-study continuing education hour.

Social Work continuing education hours are offered until December 31, 2020.

Evidence Based Treatment for First Episode Psychosis @ Webinar
Feb 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Community Technical Assistance Center of New York

Join Us for Our Upcoming CTAC Webinar!

Evidence Based Treatment for First Episode Psychosis

Part II

Presented by: Iruma Bello, PhD 

Thursday, February 20th

12-1 PM

A first episode of psychosis creates significant disruptions in an individual’s and his/her family’s life. It is usually an overwhelming experience that can have a long-lasting impact. Research indicates that early diagnosis and evidence-based treatment can change short-term and possibly long-term outcomes.

This webinar will expand on the previous overview of first episode psychosis with Dr. Bello and highlight evidence-based interventions to best support adolescents, young adults, and families. Participants will explore relevant case studies, learn best practices, and receive tools to utilize with youth and families. 

About the Presenter:

Dr. Iruma Bello is the Co-Associate Director and Clinical Training Director of OnTrackNY and an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and completed her clinical internship and post-doctoral training at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. She has a broad background in clinical psychology with specialized training in evidence-based practices and cognitive behavioral therapy. During the past 9 years, she has focused on research and practice aimed at improving outcomes for individuals diagnosed with first episode psychosis. As the Co-Associate Director and Clinical Training Director of OnTrackNY, she is responsible for helping to develop effective implementation strategies through the delivery of technical assistance and consultation, to support the dissemination of the OnTrackNY treatment model both in New York and across the United States. 

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How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses @ NYS Psychaitric Institute
Feb 21 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Description: Research data indicate higher rates of trauma among justice-involved persons than the general population. The effects of traumatic experiences can challenge a person’s capacity for recovery and pose significant barriers to accessing services, often resulting in an increased risk of coming into contact with the criminal justice system. Similarly, criminal justice professionals also deal with work related situations inducing trauma, PTSD and other anxiety related mental health issues impacting their ability to do their work.

This interactive training instructs on what trauma is and how to avoid re-traumatizing individuals, real-life experiences from persons affected, how to increase safety for criminal justice practitioners, and promote and support recovery of justice-involved persons.

Although this training is designed with community corrections, court, and law enforcement personnel in mind, behavioral health providers working with justice involved persons will find it useful in understanding core issues of trauma and trauma-informed approaches.

Trainer: Diana Padilla

Credits: This training meets the requirements for six renewal hours (CASAC, CPP, CPS) and six initial hours (CPP, CPS) through New York State’s Office of Addiction Services and Supports (NYS OASAS).

Stress Management & Vicarious Trauma @ NYS OASAS
Feb 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Description: This course will define and explore stress and the process of vicarious traumatization. A model of worker selfcare will also be presented, and participants will review their own self-care behaviors.

Trainer: Mary McCarty-Arias

Credits: This training meets the requirements for six renewal hours (CASAC, CPP, CPS) and six initial hours (CPP) through New York State’s Office of Addiction Services and Supports NYS OASAS).

Optimizing Clinical and Mental Health Provider Performance @ Webinar
Feb 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Behavioral health conditions such as depression or anxiety are common causes of morbidity that incur significant costs. Measuring care service delivery with an eye to improving outcomes for behavioral health conditions and managing costs is now a priority. So what is the latest in measurement-based behavioral health care?

Listen in as PsychU’s speakers discuss:
• Joint Commission requirements for measurement-backed care
• Health plan initiatives to standardize clinical performance measures
• New clinical performance measurement tools
• State licensure issues related to clinical performance
• Performance measurement research by disease state
• And more!

Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety @ Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier (MHAST)
Feb 27 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm


In order to register for this class, you must be in an active role in police, corrections, 911 dispatch or public safety, and/or be serving as a school resource officer within Broome, Tioga, Tompkins, Cortland, Schuyler, Chenango, Delaware, Chemung or Steuben county.

Why Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for Public Safety focuses on the unique experiences and needs of public safety personnel to teach you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour evidence-based training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem, and to help connect them to the appropriate care. MHFA is a valuable resource that can make a difference in your life, your coworkers and family’s lives, and the lives of people in the communities that you serve.

What does it cover?

• A discussion of first responder culture, stigma and their relevance to the topic of mental health.

• Outreach tactics to respond to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.

• A discussion of the specific risk factors faced by many first responders and their families.

• A review of common mental health resources for first responders, their families and those who support them.

The ALGEE Action Plan: Assess for Risk of Suicide or Harm; Listen Nonjudgmentally, Give reassurance and information; Encourage appropriate professional help; Encourage self-help and other support strategies.

Facts –

• The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) recently called for 100% of sworn officers to take Mental Health First Aid Training.

• Almost 10% of police calls involved someone with a mental illness in 2014 (NPR).

• Nearly 1 in 4 police officers thinks of suicide at some point in their life (NAMI).

• 1.2 million individuals living with mental illness are in jail and prison each year (Mental Health America).

• Approximately 30% of women and 15% of men in local prisons have a serious mental illness.

• Each year, 2 million jail bookings involve a person with a mental illness.

Who should take the course?

• Law enforcement

• Corrections Officers

• Other first responders

• 911 dispatch staff

Date & Time

Thursday, February 27, 2020

8:30am – 5:00pm


Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier (MHAST)

Oakdale Mall (next to Arby’s)

601-635 Harry L Dr., Suite 45

Johnson City, NY 13790

Registration is required by February 21st.

CCN VBP Webinar: Analytics @ Webinar
Feb 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

The topic for this VBP Education webinar is “Analytics – Member Services, Continuum of Care, and Enabling Technologies.” During this time, COPE Health Solutions will emphasize how to leverage data to build the infrastructure required for a successful value based payment transition. Yomi Ajao, Senior Vice President, will outline how to approach data to identify trends, opportunities, and quantify population health initiatives. Sample topics to be covered include leveraging technology to ensure that members are connected to appropriate care (including non-clinical services), quantifying care gaps across the continuum of care and addressing social determinants of health (SDoH). There will also be an opportunity for participants to ask questions regarding the materials presented.

Addiction Counselor Ethics @ NYS Psychiatric Institute
Feb 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Description: This course will review the Ethics Code for OASAS Counselors. Topics include: definitions and foundations of ethics, principles and problem areas, professional responsibility and counselor considerations. Confidentiality will also be reviewed. There will be case studies and discussion.

Trainer: Mary McCarty-Arias

Credits: This training meets the requirements for six renewal hours (CASAC, CPP, CPS) and six initial hours (CPP, CPS) through New York State’s Office of Addiction Services and Supports (NYS OASAS).

Kinship Care Series Part 3: Legal Options for Kinship Caregivers @ Webinar
Mar 3 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Join Us for Our Upcoming CTAC Webinar!

Kinship Care Webinar Series:

Understanding Issues and Resources to Best Support Caregivers

Legal Options for Kinship Caregivers

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

12:30-1:30 PM

Presented by:

Gerard Wallace, Esq. | Senior Co-Director, NYS Kinship Navigator

Rae Glaser | Co-Director, NYS Kinship Navigator

In New York State, there are an estimated 179,000 kinship caregivers. As a care manager, clinician, family peer advocate, youth peer advocate, or other provider, this webinar series will give you a better understanding of kinship care in New York State, the services available through the NYS Kinship Navigator, as well as information on financial assistance and legal options – so you can better support kinship caregivers.