8:00 – 9:00 – Registration and breakfast

9:00 – 9:30 – Introductions: Glenn Liebman, MHANYS CEO

9:30 – 10:15 – Keynote

          Amanda Saake, LMSW, CPRP, Special Assistant to the Commissioner; Office of Consumer Affairs, New York State Office of Mental Health

10:15 – 11:45 – Panelists

           Professor Hardiman, Glenn Liebman, Tandra La Grone, Karl Shallowhorn, Amanda Davidson, and Deborah Faust

11:45 – 12:15pm – Q&A Session

12:15 – 12:30 pm – Closing Remarks: Glenn Liebman

Come and join in on the discussion at MHANYS symposium, STIGMA, WHAT IS IT?  We are excited to introduce Amanda Saake, LMSW, CPRP; the new Special Assistant to the Commissioner; Office of Consumer Affairs, New York State Office of Mental Health as the keynote along with a distinguished panel consisting of:

  • Amanda Davidson – Youth Outreach and Engagement Coordinator for YOUTH POWER!, the youth-run division of Families Together in NYS.  Amanda works statewide to amplify youth voice in systems that involve suicide prevention, school mental health education, and all other systems as well.
  • Deborah Faust – Director of Family Engagement and Co-Director of Building Connections at MHANYS. Ms. Faust provides training across New York State on mental health and wellness.
  • Professor Eric R. Hardiman- Chair and Associate Professor of the MSW Program at SUNY at Albany School of Social Welfare. Professor Hardiman has several publications that address mental health peer support and mental health service delivery.
  • Tandra LaGrone – Executive Director of In Our Own Voices: Serving the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender People of Color, our Friends & Families’.
  • Glenn Liebman – CEO of the Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS). MHANYS is a member-driven organization with 26 affiliates in 50 counties throughout New York State, dedicated to educating the public about mental illness and mental health and advocating for the positive transformation of the mental health system.
  • Karl Shallowhorn – As the Education Program Coordinator for the Community Health Center of Buffalo, Mr. Shallowhorn serves as a mental health consultant for organizations across New York State.

The symposium content focuses on the link between social stigma and self-stigma, and its influence in achieving and maintaining health and a sense of well-being.


Registration is now closed, but walk-ins are welcome!

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