MHANYS Annual Conference

The conference is a great one day one stop center for the most recent updates and a host of the most topical issues in mental health in New York State. We consistently line up many of the top New York State officials involved in these issues areas as well as many of the other top content experts. We always provide an important discussion that can help shape the changes for years to come. Our conference prepares you with resources and tools necessary to succeed in the future.


Welcome and Mental Health: Innovations and Opportunities
Welcome by Glenn Liebman, CEO, MHANYS and William T. Gettman, Jr., CEO, Northern Rivers Family of Services and Chair, MHANYS
Mental Health: Innovations and Opportunities by Ann Sullivan, MD, Commissioner, NYS Office of Mental Health

Session 1: Supporting Our Valued Asset: Our Workforce
Setting the Stage: Assemblymember Aileen Gunther, Chair, Committee on Mental Health
Moderator: Glenn Liebman, CEO, MHANYS
Selena Hajiani, Director of Strategic Operations and Planning, OHIP, NYS Department of Health
Charlotte Ostman, CEO, The Mental Health Association of Westchester
Karl Shallowhorn, Family Representative
Emil Slane, Deputy Commissioner and CFO, NYS Office of Mental Health

Session 2: Characteristics of a Trauma Sensitive School Environment
Moderator: Ellen Pendegar, Former CEO, MHA in Ulster
Brandon Beachamp, Director of School Mental Health Resource and Training Center, MHANYS
Deborah Faust, Director of Family Engagement and Support, MHANYS
Dr. Joseph Fantigrossi, Director of Intervention and Professional Development, Finger Lakes Community Schools

Annual Awards Ceremony
Honoring the Life of Sylvia Lask
The Sylvia Lask Scholarship Award

Session 3: Keynote – The Behavioral Health Workforce Crisis
Benjamin Miller, PsyD, President, Well Being Trust
Moderator: William T. Gettman, Jr., CEO, Northern Rivers Family of Services and Chair, MHANYS

Session 4: Transforming Community Behavioral Health Crisis Services
Setting the Stage: Senator Samra G. Brouk, Chair, Committee on MH
Moderator: Glenn Liebman, CEO, MHANYS
Steve Miccio, CEO, People USA
Andrew O’Grady, CEO, Mental Health America of Dutchess County
Denise Balzer, Director of Crisis Services, NYS Office of Mental Health
Katherine Alonge-Coons, Commissioner of Mental Health, Rensselaer County and Chair, NYS CLMHD
Kimberly Williams, President and CEO, Vibra
Closing Remarks by Glenn Liebman, CEO, MHANYS


Presentation Slides from October 17, 2018:

Workshop I Advancing Mental Health Services in Schools
Putting the Pieces Together: School Based Mental Health Services

Workshop III Where Do We Go From Here?
Where Do We Go From Here? Positioning Your Agency for the Future of Medicaid Managed Care, HCBS, and Value Based Payment

Workshop IV Alternative Pathways to Education

Workshop VI Lessons from the Field
Lessons From the Field: A Comprehensive Approach to Delivering Mental Health Education

Presentation slides from October 19, 2017 – Keynote Address by Deborah Bachrach, Partner, Manatt Health:
The Federal Medicaid Agenda: Considerations and Concerns for New York State

2016MHANYS_HeaderImagePresentation slides from October 28, 2016:

Creating Change That Matters: The Importance of Mental Health in Healthcare Reform
Presented by Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO, The National Council for Behavioral Health 

The Long and Winding Road-map
Presented by Greg Allen, Director, Program Development & Management, Office of Health Insurance Programs, NYS Department of Health

Workshop II – PPS Integration: Innovative Approaches to Achieve Better Healthcare Outcomes with Community Based Organizations

  1. The Critical Role of CBO’s in Achieving Better Population Health
  2. Behavioral Health Managed Care Update


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