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.


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.