Timothy’s Law Gaining Momentum for Senate’s Anticipated
Return to Albany: The efforts of the Timothy’s Law Campaign
are once again well underway in an effort to see Timothy’s Law
successfully enacted into law. As many people already know, a Timothy’s
Law Rally will be held on November 18th at the NYS Capitol
in Albany. Hundreds of people from all over the state have already
confirmed their attendance at the rally. We hope that you’ll consider
joining us as well.
regarding buses running from NYC follows immediately below and will
be posted to the Timothy’s Law website as it becomes available.
In addition, a dialogue regarding car-pooling from other areas of the
state from which there is not a bus running is available is on-going
on the Timothy’s Law message board at www.timothyslaw.org.
Going to Albany from:
York City, Brooklyn, Harlem – Contact Jessica Whalen at (212)
Bronx – Contact Pauline Magnetti at (718) 862-3347 or email@example.com
Westchester – Contact Eva Dech at (914) 682 -3926
addition to the rally, Alexandra Zimmerman, will be walking from Warwick,
NY (Orange County) all the way to Albany in memory of her friend Robin
Desrats, who was lost to suicide. Alexandra will arrive at the Capitol
in time for the rally on the 18th. See the flyer with details of Alexandra
’s walk (requires the free
Acrobat Reader to view).
MHANYS’ Legislative Public Hearing and Awards Luncheon –
November 10th: In an effort to get input into the contents of MHANYS’
2005 Legislative Agenda, MHANYS will be holding its annual public hearing
on November 10th at the Albany Marriot Hotel. This event allows anyone
and everyone to weigh-in with suggestions and recommendations regarding
MHANYS’ policy work in the upcoming year. If you are unable to
submit testimony in person on the 10th, we encourage you to submit written
testimony to Michael Seereiter, MHANYS’ Director of Public Policy.
Michael can be contacted at at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (518) 434-0439, ext. 21. Information on the public hearing follows
Buy-In: Last year, the Medicaid Buy-In was passed into law, allowing
working people with disabilities the ability to continue to receive
Medicaid benefits even if their salary brings them over the economic
threshold for benefits. By contributing on a scale relative to their
income, these individuals can pay into the system and retain their health
care coverage under Medicaid.
less that 2,000 individuals, out of thousands statewide, have enrolled
in the program. The Department of Health has released a Medicaid Buy-In
Toolkit to assist individuals in participating in the program. This
toolkit has been printed and we are informed that it will be available
on DOH’s website in the near future.
the meantime, DOH will be hosting a conference on the Medicaid Buy-In
which will take place on November 9th here in Albany. The information
on this conference, reprinted below, was taken from the DOH website.
State Health Department To Host Conference On
Medicaid Buy-In For Working People With Disabilities
ALBANY, November 1, 2004 - The New York State Department of Health is
hosting a conference in Albany, New York on November 9, 2004 to provide
information on the Medicaid Buy-In Program for Working People with Disabilities
(MBI-WPD). The expansion of New York's Medicaid program is helping empower
New Yorkers with disabilities to hold jobs while continuing to receive
comprehensive state health insurance coverage.
Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H., said,
"This conference is an important and informative opportunity for
participants to learn more about the program and how to effectively
meet the challenges they may face in securing and maintaining employment."
Community Partnerships," celebrates the first full year of the
State's Medicaid Buy-In Program for Working People with Disabilities.
The Conference will be held on Tuesday, November 9, 2004 from 8:00 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m. at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.
conference is an opportunity for consumers, stakeholders and service
agencies to learn more about the MBI-WPD. Attendees will be able to
share best practices and effective strategies for meeting the challenges
disabled individuals face when returning to the work force. Participants
will also hear from working disabled participants about the difference
the Medicaid Buy-In program has made in their lives.
on the conference may be obtained by calling (518) 473-5330. Registration
deadline is Friday, November 5, 2004.
following workshops will be held during the conference:
Planning for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income Beneficiaries
York State Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with
Disabilities - vocational and educational opportunities
Buy-In Toolkits and the application process
Choice, Empowerment and Incentives to Work: The Success of the Employment
Supports the Ticket to Work Act
Security Administration - work incentives for people with disabilities
and People with Disabilities - breaking down barriers
Keynote speaker for this year's conference is John Hockenberry, a three-time
Peabody Award winner, four-time Emmy award winner, Dateline NBC
correspondent, and award-winning journalist. Approximately 20,000 working
New Yorkers with disabilities may enroll in the program when fully implemented.
There are currently 2,000 New Yorkers with disabilities enrolled in
the Medicaid buy-In program.
New Yorkers with disabilities who are between the ages of 16 and 64,
working and have net incomes up to 250 percent of the federal poverty
level (FPL) may be eligible for the MBI-WPD. New York has extended Medicaid
benefits under this program to working individuals with disabilities
with a gross income that could be as high as $47,580 for a household
of one ($63,492 for a household of two) and whose countable resources
also do not exceed $10,000.
for the program are available statewide through local departments of
social services. This year the Governor has, for the second consecutive
year, awarded $135,000 in State funding to 12 community-based organizations
to assist New Yorkers seeking to enroll in the MBI-WPD.
community-based organizations are responsible for assisting potential
participants in the enrollment process, acting as representatives for
individuals who qualify for benefits, and publicly disseminating educational
materials about the program. The organizations may also assist individuals
with disabilities in their efforts to prepare for jobs.
Recovery Report on PROS:
To: NYAPRS Members and Friends November 4, 2004
From: Ray Schwartz and Vuka Stricevic, Public Policy Committee Co-Chairs
Harvey Rosenthal, Executive Director
Re: NYAPRS Releases State Advocacy/PROS Regional Forums Fall Schedule
Each year, NYAPRS continues our strong commitment to supporting New
Yorkers with psychiatric disabilities, in partnership with local rehabilitation
and peer-run professionals, to set their state budget, legislative and
regulatory priorities, and to participate in effective local and statewide
schedule is just about set. Our executive director Harvey Rosenthal
will be participating at 13 regional forums aimed at:
an update on our progress in achieving last year's goals
o Gathering input on NYAPRS members' priorities for the upcoming year
o Providing a PROS presentation that has been newly revised for peer
is our current schedule, thanks to Kelly Adams and our regional coordinators
(lunch will be provided at a number of the forums):
15th New York City State Advocacy Forum 4:00-6:00 pm
Hunter College Manhattan
Nov. 16th New York City PROS for Peers Presentation 4:00-6:00 pm
Transitional Services for New York
147-32 Jamaica Ave., 2nd Fl., Jamaica
17th Long Island Regional Forum/PROS for Peers 10:00am-1:00pm
South Oaks Hospital 400 Sunrise Highway, Amityville
22nd North Country Regional Forum I/PROS for Peers 10:00am-1:00pm
Northern Region Center for Independent Living
165 Mechanic Street, Watertown
23rd CNY Regional Forum/PROS for Peers 10:00am-1:00pm
Onondaga Case Management 220 Herald Place, Syracuse
8th Western NY Regional Forum I/PROS for Peers 10:00am-1:00pm
Location TBA in Buffalo
9th Western NY Regional Forum II/PROS for Peers 10:00am-1:00pm
Location TBA in Jamestown/Olean
13th Capital District Regional Forum/PROS for Peers 10:00am-1:00pm
Potpourri Social Club ClearView Center
260 Washington Avenue, Albany
14th Western NY Regional Forum III/PROS for Peers 10:00am-1:00pm
Mental Health Coalition 339 East Avenue, Rochester
17th North Country Regional Forum II/PROS for Peers 10:00am-1:00pm
East Side Center 230 Maple St., Glens Falls
Southern Tier I Binghamton; Southern Tier II Elmira;
Westchester/Putnam; Mid-Hudson (Rockland)
25 NYAPRS Legislative Day Albany
Contact NYAPRS' Kelly Adams at 518-436-0008 ext 11 (email@example.com)
Center for Reintegration Announces Availability of 2005-2006 Lilly Moving
Lives Forward Reintegration Scholarship (Lilly Press Release):
Applications Now Available for Those Battling Severe Mental Illness
Program helps people with bipolar, schizophrenia and related
schizophrenia-spectrum disorders reintegrate into society
YORK, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Center for Reintegration, a non-profit
organization working to improve the lives of persons with mental illness,
today announced that applications for the 2005-2006 Lilly Moving Lives
Forward Reintegration Scholarship are currently available. Interested
candidates can now obtain the application from the Center For Reintegration's
website at http://www.reintegration.com. The application deadline is
January 14, 2005.
by Eli Lilly and Company, the scholarship program was designed to help
persons with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and related schizophrenia-spectrum
disorders acquire the educational and vocational skills necessary to
move their lives forward and reintegrate into society. For the 2004-2005
school year, fifty students were awarded the Lilly Moving Lives Forward
is the second year that The Center For Reintegration has made the application
available via the web. Last year, a record number of applicants opted
to download the forms from http://www.reintegration.com. A limited number
of hardcopy applications will still be available to anyone without Internet
access. Individuals wishing to receive an application by mail may call
the hotline at 800-809-8202.
we first began this scholarship, there were those who thought it would
be impossible for a person battling a severe mental illness to focus
on classroom activities, complete exams and earn passing grades -- but
now that we are in our eighth year, we can confidently say those critics
were wrong," commented Ralph Aquila, M.D., Center for Reintegration
executive director and chairman of the Lilly Moving Lives Forward Reintegration
Scholarship judging panel.
the program began in 1997, about 600 people have been awarded scholarships.
Many are multi-year recipients, allowing them to continue and complete
their education. For example, of the fifty recipients for the 2004-
2005 school year, more than two-thirds (67 percent) are previous winners
successfully continuing their education -- and most of these students
have an "A" average," added Aquila. "Thanks to the
forward thinking of Eli Lilly and Company, the program's sponsor, we
have had scholars successfully attend and graduate from such schools
as Harvard, Yale, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and scores of
other highly respected learning institutions," noted Dr. Aquila.
independent judging panel made up of nine psychiatric care professionals
chooses the winners each year. Levels of study range from high school
equivalency programs to graduate degrees, with the areas of endeavor
including engineering, law, psychiatry, graphic design, social work,
architecture, education and computer sciences. Current scholarship recipients
are attending such schools as Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Culinary Institute of America, Purdue University, California Institute
of Technology, The University of Tennessee, and others.
About The Center
Center for Reintegration is a non-profit organization committed to helping
people with mental illnesses pursue a meaningful life through reintegration
-- the process by which a person with a mental illness finds meaningful
work, restores his or her relationships, and moves toward independent
living. To help achieve these goals, The Center for Reintegration provides
useful information and support tools for consumers, caregivers, employers,
family and friends.
Eli Lilly and Company
Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY - News), a leading innovation-driven corporation,
is developing a growing portfolio of best-in-class pharmaceutical products
by applying the latest research from its own worldwide laboratories
and from collaborations with eminent scientific organizations. Headquartered
in Indianapolis, Indiana, Lilly provides answers -- through medicines
and information -- for some of the world's most urgent medical needs.
Additional information about Lilly is available at http://www.lilly.com.
In the News:
hurts local programs. Letter to the Editor
Newsday, November 2, 2004
Suozzi plan OK'd" [News, Oct. 26]: While the Nassau County Legislature
restored some funding for youth services, it was unable to ameliorate
state cuts to community mental-health programs. The governor's veto
last month of mental-health funding is now being felt on the local level.
County officials are being rushed to cut back or eliminate critical
programs. These programs provide rehabilitative services, pre-vocational
programs that prepare people for work, family support, transportation
to and from doctor's appointments, crisis intervention during non-business
hours, therapeutic nursery school and after-care programs, etc. They
serve as a safety net for community members who struggle to stay out
of more costly care settings such as hospital emergency rooms.
message do we send when we permit lawmakers in Albany to make this kind
of impact on our local community? We implore our legislators to override
the governor's ill-conceived vetoes and pass a supplementary budget
that restores funding to our vital community mental health services.
note: The writer is director of public policy, Mental Health Association
of Nassau County.
MHANYS’ 2005 Legislative Program
MHANYS will be holding its seventh annual Public Hearing to develop
the 2004 MHANYS Legislative Program. The information gathered will
be used to develop and broaden the scope of our legislative agenda
for the upcoming session, as well as foster broad-based coalition
building within the advocacy community.
November 10, 2004 9:00am – 12:00pm
WHERE: The Albany Marriot (on Wolf Road), Albany, NY
All MHAs, MHANYS’ Board members, Mental Health Advocates,
CMHP teams, and other interested parties
testimony will be limited to 10 minutes.
will schedule the order of witnesses. In the event that you should
need to speak at a particular time, please notify MHANYS on the reply
Note: Reply Form Attached
MHANYS’ 2005 Legislative Agenda
I plan to attend MHANYS’ Public Hearing on November 10, 2004
I plan to make a public statement at the hearing. My statement will
be limited to 10 minutes, and I will answer any questions that may arise.
I will provide 10 copies of my testimony to MHANYS.
I will address my remarks to the following subjects:
I do not plan to attend MHANYS’ Public Hearing
I do not plan to attend MHANYS’ Public Hearing, but would like
to submit the enclosed testimony
I will require assistance and/or handicapped accessibility. Please specify
type of assistance required:
return this form to:
Director of Public Policy
Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc.
194 Washington Avenue, Suite 415
Albany, NY 12210
Fax: (518) 427-8676
FOR TIMOTHY’S LAW
NOVEMBER 18, 2004
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