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NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

This training is approved for 3 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) by the New York Peer Specialist Certification Board (NYPSCB).

This training provides participants with a comprehensive understanding of the state’s governance structure and mental health policies. Additionally, the training will explore the differences among state, county, and local governments, elucidate the roles of the Executive and Legislative Branches, interrogate key legislation like NYS Mental Hygiene Law Article 41 and discuss avenues for active involvement in local mental health services policy and planning. Furthermore, the training will review entities important to our community such as the New York State Office of Mental Health’s Office of Advocacy and Peer Support Services, the New York State Independent Living Council (NYSILC), the New York State Rehabilitation Council (NYSARC), County Community Service Boards (CSBs), and the Justice Center Advisory Council.

OUTLINE OF A 3 HOUR TRAINING.

  1. Introduction and Welcome (15 minutes)
    1. Significance of Understanding New York State Government for NYCPS
    2. Overview of Learning Objectives
    3. The Intersection of Governance and Mental Health Advocacy
  2. Distinctions Among State, County, and Local Governments in New York (45 minutes)
    1. Overview of New York’s Governance Structure
    2. Understanding Roles and Responsibilities at Each Level
    3. Implications for Mental Health Services
  3. Role of the Executive Branch (Governor and State Agencies) (30 minutes)
    1. The Governor’s Role in Shaping State Policies
    2. Key State Agencies Influencing Mental Health Services
    3. Spotlight: New York State Chief Disability Officer and Office of Advocacy and Peer Support Services
  4. Overview of the Legislative Branch (Assembly and Senate) (45 minutes)
    1. The Legislative Process in New York
    2. The Assembly and Senate’s Role in Mental Health Legislation
    3. Advocacy Opportunities within the Legislative Process
  5. Exploring NYS Mental Hygiene Law Article 41 (45 minutes)
    1. Overview of NYS Mental Hygiene Law Article 41
    2. Implications for Mental Health Services and Peer Support
    3. Group Discussion: Practical Applications of the Law
  6. Local Service Planning Processes and Guidelines (45 minutes)
    1. Understanding Local Service Planning
    2. Guidelines for Community Mental Health Services Planning
    3. The Peer’s Role in Local Service Planning
  7. Involvement with Key Entities (45 minutes)
    1. New York State Independent Living Council (NYSILC)
    2. New York State Rehabilitation Council
    3. County Community Service Boards (CSBs)
    4. Justice Center Advisory Council
    5. New York State Department of Health/New York State Office for Aging Long Term Care Ombudsman
    6. Disability Rights New York Programs
      1. Protection and Advocacy for People with Mental Illness (PAIMI)
    7. Group Discussions: Opportunities for Engagement with Key Entities
  8. Ways to Get Involved with Local Mental Health Services Policy and Planning (45 minutes)
    1. Identifying Opportunities for Involvement
    2. Strategies for Engaging with Local Mental Health Services
    3. Group Activity: Developing Action Plans for Involvement
  9. Conclusion and Next Steps (15 minutes)
    1. Recap of Key Learning Points
    2. Encouraging Active Participation in State and Local Advocacy
    3. Feedback and Evaluation

LEARNING OBJECTIVES.

  1. Understand the distinctions among state, county and local governments in New York.
  2. Explore the role of the Executive Branch, including the Governor and relevant state agencies, in shaping mental health policies.
  3. Examine the legislative process and the roles of the Assembly and Senate and their committees in mental health legislation.
  4. Become familiar with NYS Mental Hygiene Law Article 41 and its implications for mental health services and peer support.
  5. Gain insights into local service planning processes and guidelines.
  6. Identify opportunities for NYCPS to get involved in local mental health services policy and planning.
  7. Learn about the roles of key entities such as the New York State Independent Living Council (NYSILC), the New York State Rehabilitation Council, County Community Service Boards (CSBs), and the Justice Center Advisory Council.

SUMMARY.

This 3-hour training session aims to equip NYCPS with a basic understanding of New York State government and its mental health landscape so they can be more effective advocates.