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2017 AWARDS DINNER, October 18

Registration at 5:00PM | Dinner at 6:00PM

Join us for a wonderful evening celebrating the achievements of our affiliate members and colleagues from New York State.

In recognition of an advocate whose dedication and leadership has made an impact on the availability, accessibility, and/or delivery of mental health services nationally on behalf of NYS.

Stephanie Orlando
Executive Director, YOUTH POWER!

Building upon her personal experience of having received children’s mental health, special education, and residential services, Ms. Orlando began her work with youth peer advocacy in 1998 in Buffalo New York.  In the years since, Ms. Orlando has become a nationally recognized advocate for youth with disabilities. Her work is dedicated to promoting positive change within child-serving systems, increasing the availability of peer support for young people and teaching youth how to advocate for their own needs and rights on all levels of service. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Diana Vietz Award in 2008 from the National Council on Independent Living and mpower Award in 2006 from the National Mental Health Association. Although Ms. Orlando dropped out of high-school on her 16th birthday, she received her high-school equivalency diploma in 1999, a year before her graduating class. She then went on to graduate magna cum laude from the University at Buffalo in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts.  In 2005, Ms. Orlando also started working for Families Together in New York State as the Statewide Youth Coordinator. By 2007, she and a few other young leaders had founded the YOUTH POWER! network.  In 2012, Ms. Orlando was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the US Senate to the National Council on Disability for a term, which expired in November 2014.  During her term she served on the Executive Committee and as the Chairperson of the Governance and Planning Committee.

Given annually to someone whose leadership and dedication helps to transform the lives of individuals with mental illness and their loved ones.

Ann Marie T. Sullivan,  M.D.Commissioner, NYS Office of Mental Health

Dr. Ann Marie Sullivan was confirmed by the NYS Senate as Commissioner for the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) on June 20, 2014. NYS has a large, multi-faceted mental health system that serves more than 700,000 individuals each year. As Commissioner, she has guided the transformation of the state hospital system in its emphasis on recovery and expansion of community based treatment, reinvesting over 60 million dollars in community services. Working closely with all mental health providers and health plans, she is responsible for the movement of the health benefit for individuals living with serious mental illness into managed care beginning October 2015. This new Health and Recovery Plan (HARP) benefit will embed in the Medicaid benefit critical recovery services such as crisis respite, peer, educational and employment supports. She has also been instrumental in expanding services for individuals living with mental illness in prisons and in expanding the much needed community based continuum of care for individuals living with serious mental illness leaving prison and returning to their community.

Previously, she was the Senior Vice President for the Queens Health Network of the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation. As Senior Vice President, she was responsible for Elmhurst and Queens Hospital Centers, two public hospitals which serve a community of over 2 million NYC residents.

Dr. Sullivan grew up in Queens, NYC. She graduated from NYU and its School of Medicine and completed her Psychiatric Residency at NYU/Bellevue Hospital in1978. She has served as Associate Director of Psychiatry and Medical Director of Ambulatory Care at the Gouverneur Diagnostic and Treatment Center and joined the Queens Health Network as Regional Director of Psychiatry in 1990, overseeing the administrative, budgetary, and clinical aspects of the psychiatric services of both Network hospitals. She has enjoyed an extensive career in public psychiatry and has lectured and published on best practices in community care.

Dr. Sullivan is an active advocate for her patients and her profession, is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and has served as the Speaker of the American Psychiatric Association’s Assembly and on its Board of Trustees. She is a fellow of the NY Academy of Medicine, a member of the American College of Psychiatrists and the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry.


Registration at 8:00AM | Ends at 3:30PM



Ellen Pendegar, CEO, Mental Health Association in Ulster County, Inc. and Incoming Chair, MHANYS Board of Directors
Glenn Liebman, CEO, MHANYS

The Federal Impact on New York’s Medicaid Program: What’s Happening or Not?

Deborah Bachrach, Partner, Manatt Health
With proposed law changes and bill rejections, many are confused about where the Affordable Care Act and the American Health Care Plan (AHCA) stands today and what impact it will have on New York should changes occur. Deborah Bachrach, former NYS Medicaid Director and current health care consultant, will explore proposed changes and proposals and how such may impact NY State’s Medicaid program and the services to those we serve. Learn how your behavioral health agency should prepare for reform initiatives from the federal level.

Thriving in the Turbulence of Value-Based Payment, Managed Care and Health Care Reform

Facilitator: Bruce Feig, Consultant, Sachs Policy Group
Deborah Bachrach, Partner, Manatt Health
Greg Allen, MSW, Director, Program Development & Management, Office of Health Insurance Programs, New York State Department of Health
Gary Weiskopf, Associate Commissioner for Managed Care, New York State Office of Mental Health
Michael Stoltz, CEO, Association of Mental Health & Wellness
Kathleen Preston, Vice President, NY Health Plan Association

Providers are facing unprecedented times as reforms at the federal and state level continue to cause turbulence for community behavioral health. However, once we pass the storm, achieving the positive integrated health outcomes for the individuals we serve will allow them to thrive. Join this esteemed panel to learn how changes will impact agency programs and services, and more importantly the individuals and families we serve. This is also an opportunity to share your concerns and ideas for better practice models with State officials and health plans as we move toward a managed, value-based system.


Concurrent Sessions

WORKSHOP I Positioning Your Agency to Thrive Under New York’s Behavioral Health Initiatives
Facilitator: Glenn Liebman, CEO, MHANYS or Jackie Negri, Principal & Consultant, Negri Management Resources, LLC
Charlotte Carito, Deputy Director, Division of Managed Care, NYS Office of Mental Health
Robert Holtz, Vice President, CDPHP Behavioral Health Services
Dr. Amy Kohn, Consultant (invited)
To demonstrate success for our services and individual outcomes as we move toward integrated care, we must ensure that managed care organizations and health care systems understand and are equipped to meet the unique needs of the behavioral health population. It’s not only about what we do well as providers, but how well we partner within the health care system to meet the ongoing integrated care needs of those individuals served. Hear about updates, outcomes and collaborative efforts to ensure continued success as we work within the HARP/HCBS/Health Home provision of services to our most vulnerable population.

WORKSHOP II School Based Collaborations and Partnerships with Community Health Providers
Facilitator: Lisa Clark, Coordinator, Community Treatment Programs, Division of Children & Family Services, NYS Office of Mental Health
Rodney DiMotta, Deputy Director, Bronx Programs, Astor Services for Children and Families
Amy Molloy, Director of Education, MHANYS
Ellen Pendegar, CEO, MHA in Ulster
Partnerships between schools and community behavioral health providers, guided by families and youth builds upon services and strategies to best meet the needs of all students. Hear how your organization can facilitate connections, provide preventive care and assist with transition to best meet the needs of the youth and families. Panelists will share their experiences in establishing and maintaining effective partnerships to advance family, school and community services.

WORKSHOP III Strategies to End the Stigma of Mental Illness in Your Community
Carol A. Doggett, 
Senior Director of Marketing Communications and Outreach, Mental Health Association of Erie County, Inc.
Joe Swinford, Deputy Director, Office of Consumer Affairs, NYS Office of Mental Health
Joelle Monaco, Mental Health First Aid Project Coordinator, MHANYS
Michi Marshall, Co-Founder with Husband Brandon Marshall of Project 375
With recent public awareness grants from OMH and the work of MHANYS, there is a growing emphasis on ways to end the stigma of mental illness. This workshop identifies specific strategies to address this issue in your community.

WORKSHOP IV Providing Family Engagement Services in a Managed Care Environment
Deb Faust, Director of Family Engagement & Support Services, MHANYS
Carla Clayton, Counselor, Center for Program Gambling
One of the integral HCBS services is family engagement. This workshop will highlight the importance of engaging and outreach to families and recognizing how significant whole family health is to individual recovery and reductions in hospitals stays.  The new MHANYS family engagement tool, CarePath, will be highlighted.


The New Mental Health Education Law for New York Schools – What You Need to Know

Facilitator: Glenn Liebman
Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, NYS Education Department
Commissioner Ann Marie Sullivan, MD, NYS Office of Mental Health
William T. Gettman, CEO, Northern Rivers
Tim Kremer, Executive Director, NYS School Boards Association
John Richter, Director of Public Policy, MHANYS

On July 1, 2018, schools in New York State will have to begin the mandatory teaching of mental health in schools. Leading experts in the field including Office of Mental Health Commissioner Ann Sullivan and State Education Commissioner, Maryellen Elia will discuss their agency’s vision of the integration of mental health into schools. Other stakeholders will discuss the operational issues of implementation and MHANYS will provide expectations of what should be included in a mental health curriculum.


#1:   Awards Dinner
Wednesday, October 18, 2017  |  5:00 to 9:00PM
Mental Health Association Affiliate Price: $70 per person All Others: $85 per person
Registration Begins: 5:00PM
Included in the Cost: Entrée, Salad & Dessert

#2:   Conference
Thursday, October 19, 2017  |  8:00AM to 3:30PM
Mental Health Association Affiliate: $100 per person
All Others: $175 per person
Registration Begins: 7:45AM
Included in the Cost: All Workshops, Keynote Address, Special Presentations and Continental Breakfast and Buffet Lunch

#3:   Awards Dinner & Conference
Wednesday & Thursday, October 18-19, 2017
Mental Health Association Affiliate: $160 per person
All Others: $250 per person
Registration Begins: See Above

NOTE: The Discount Price is available if you register and submit payment for both events at the same time. Rate adjustments cannot be made after registration has been processed.

Registration Deadline: October 12, 2017

Register Online at www.mhanys.org


Albany Marriott
189 Wolf Road
Albany, NY 12205
Phone: 518-458-8444

Group Rate: $116.00 per night

Deadline to Receive Group Rate: October 9, 2017

All registrations must be submitted online at www.mhanys.org. Registrations will not be processed without payment. Checks and Vouchers must be received prior to attending the conference.

To pay by check: Mail check made payable to MHANYS to 194 Washington Avenue, Suite 415, Albany, NY 12210

To submit a Voucher or Purchase Order: Voucher or PO must include name(s) of individual registrants attending. Fax form to 518-427-8676 or mail to the address above.

Registrants wishing to cancel must inform MHANYS in writing by October 10, 2017 to avoid liability for the entire fee. A $25.00 processing fee will be held for each cancelled registrant, regardless of date of cancellation. In cases where cancellations are not received by

October 10, 2017, refunds will not be made. If payment has not been made, registrant will be invoiced for the entire fee. No-shows will be invoiced for the entire fee. Substitutions can be made at any time.



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