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Harvey Rosenthal, executive director of New York Association for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS) writes about an upcoming conference:

"In our upcoming "6th Annual Executive Seminar on System Transformation," NYAPRS once again seeks to connect experts on the most promising trends supporting the advance of recovery. This includes discussions of wellness, community integration, self-determination, new federal health care law, and innovative service approaches. More than 50 speakers, who represent local, state and national leaders, will spend two days discussing these important topics in Albany on April 21-22.

Momentous issues raised by the new national health care law are on the agenda while we examine strategies to support the full social inclusion and community integration of people with psychiatric disabilities or diagnoses, especially around employment and asset development and more flexible use of the federal Ticket to Work. We will also hear firsthand accounts of new best practice recovery services and new developments in the roll out of PROS and clinic restructuring initiatives Surely these will usefully inform discussions of rehabilitation and peer support.

This is a time to address how the anticipated expansion of Medicaid law paves the way for more self-directed and recovery focused mental health services. We'll learn the latest in new approaches that incorporate peer and recovery services in the broader integration of health care services. It is also an opportunity to plan new approaches to make services more responsive and effective to the goals of those they serve through the greater use of person-centered planning, concurrent documentation practices and the increased use of innovative peer crisis and service alternatives.

We will also examine new strategies to help community providers enhance their services to those otherwise at risk for relapse, incarceration, or involuntary treatment orders (Kendra's Law)."

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