Upcoming Events

Upcoming 2019 Programs


September 18 – 19, 2019
New York State Suicide Prevention Conference 

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) and the Suicide Prevention Center of New York State (SPC-NY) invite you and your colleagues to the 4th Annual New York State Suicide Prevention Conference at the Desmond Hotel & Conference Center.

The 4th Annual New York State Suicide Prevention Conference: “STRONGER TOGETHER: Embracing Diversity and State/Local Partnerships in Suicide Prevention” sponsored by OMH and SPC-NY is a two-day conference that will focus on best practices in the field of suicide prevention. It will feature presentations highlighting recent developments in suicide prevention, including working with diverse populations, community coalitions, schools and college campuses, health systems, and advancements in surveillance data.


September 25, 2019: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Announcing Statewide Capacity Management of Children’s HCBS Webinar

A webinar will be presented regarding the Statewide Capacity Management of the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Children’s Waiver.

This training is an update and reminder regarding the Capacity Management processes and the interaction needed with Health Home care managers.  The training will highlight how important it is for the Health Home care managers to communicate with Capacity Management and ensure that children who are HCBS eligible and receiving services have a waiver slot assigned.  Additionally, Capacity Management needs to be notified when changes occur to a child’s status so an unnecessary waitlist does not occur or if a waitlist develops it is reflective of the children that need and are waiting for HCBS.

Target Audience: Children service providers inclusive of Health Homes, Health Home Care Management Agencies, HCBS Waiver Providers, etc.

Register Here!


September 26, 2019: 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Finding Solutions in the Opioid Crisis

SUNY Empire State College and the Rockefeller Institute of Government are hosting a forum to focus on evidence-based solutions to effectively address the opioid crisis. The forum will be held Thursday, September 26, from 3-5 p.m., at SUNY Empire’s Student Center, 111 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs.

The Rockefeller Institute has been studying the opioid epidemic on the ground in rural New York for nearly two years, including conducting well over 100 interviews with people on the front lines of the crisis. Among other challenges, it has identified staffing shortages as an obstacle to successful treatment and recovery in many communities. Higher education can help meet the need for qualified addiction treatment specialists, including SUNY Empire’s first-of-its-kind bachelor’s degree in Addiction Studies, which aims to help address the urgent need for qualified substance-use disorder treatment specialists in New York state and around the country. Enrollment will begin in the spring of 2020.


October 30, 2019: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Applying the Evidence: Legal and Policy Approaches to Address Opioid Use Disorder in the Criminal Justice and Child Welfare Settings

Communities across the country have prioritized increased access to treatment medications for opioid use disorder. Many systems that formerly discouraged or even prohibited use of medications like methadone and buprenorphine – including correctional facilities, drug courts, and the child welfare system – are beginning to recognize that access to these medications saves lives and form a fundamental component of any effective program. Litigation, legislative reforms, new funding sources, leadership from policymakers, and advocacy efforts have helped begin this culture shift.

This symposium is a convening of policymakers; experts in addiction treatment, harm reduction, health care and law; people with lived experience; and leaders in law enforcement and criminal justice from across the country to discuss successful models for increasing access to treatment medications and evidence based practices in the criminal justice and child welfare systems. Participants will learn about trends in litigation and legislative reforms related to access to medication to treat opioid use disorder. Participants will also learn how to develop, fund and implement best practices in their own communities to improve outcomes for people with opioid use disorders.

This event will be a forum for people to learn from one another and make connections that will help implement programs in local communities to reduce overdose deaths and improve community health and well-being. We invite all those interested and engaged in addiction and drug policy, advocacy, health care, criminal justice reform, law enforcement, people with lived experience with addiction and other interested members of the community to attend.

Additional details online here.


November 13, 2019
Make Your New Risk Model Pay: How New York Healthcare Providers are Making Population Health Sustainable

Health Management Associates is proud to announce a one-day conference on How New York Healthcare Providers are Making Population Health Sustainable, November 13, 2019, at the Albany Capital Center in Albany, NY.

HMA works with a wide range of New York healthcare providers, many of which have spent considerable time, energy, and funds evolving into risk-ready entities. The question now is whether these risk models can be sustained without additional incentives from the state.

The conference will feature a series of interactive workshops aimed at helping hospitals, ACOs, Performing Provider Systems, community-based organizations, and other provider groups develop risk models that pay.

LOCATION: Albany Capital Center, 55 Eagle Street, Albany, NY

Additional details and registration information available online here.


November 18-19, 2019
NY Medicaid Population Health Symposium

The NYS DSRIP Program set out to transform the Medicaid delivery system across the continuum of care, with a focus on performance and outcomes defined to prepare the system for the transition to value based payment (VBP). Alongside successes demonstrated in the performance results, key collaborations across organizations and systems of care have been successfully established.

The symposium will provide a forum to share the perspectives and insight of the DSRIP Performing Providers Systems, Physical and Behavioral Health Providers, Managed Care Organizations, and community organizations addressing the Social Determinants of Health. The goal of the summit is to provide a platform for these perspectives on advancing VBP and gain understanding for further discussion.

Additional details and registration information online here.


November 19, 2019: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
OMH Statewide Virtual Town Hall Featuring Commissioner Ann Sullivan, M.D.

OMH is conducting a Statewide Virtual Town Hall with Commissioner Ann Sullivan, M.D., presenting and taking feedback on several key priorities under the OMH Strategic Plan. This event will provide the public an opportunity to learn more about the OMH vision for the future of behavioral health services in New York State.OMH is dedicated to providing individuals and families access to quality, integrated services and supports that foster recovery and well-being; public input is crucial in assisting the agency in meeting the needs of all of the people we serve.

Accessible Online:  The town hall will be held online, with available in-person attendance at 44 Holland Avenue in Albany for those who prefer to be on-site. Comments and questions can be received both online and in-person for those attending at the OMH Central Office.

Registration is available at: https://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/planning/507/


December 11-12, 2019
NYS Council Annual Conference and Business Meeting

Be sure to mark your calendar to attend our Annual Conference this year in Albany!

This year, our Albany location will maximize the opportunity for our members to meet with key state leaders representing DOH, DFS, OMH, OASAS, and legislative leaders. We are planning an agenda which addresses some of the most critical issues our sector faces and provides time for discussion around challenges and opportunities with state leaders, healthcare partners, and each other.  The meeting will also include our Annual Business Meeting where we will be holding an election of new NYS Council Board Officers.

 Additional details with registration information will be forthcoming.