What's Great in Our State: Celebrate Children's Mental Health

Governor Cuomo Proclaims May 9 as Children's Mental Health Awareness Day in New York State

ALBANY, NY (05/06/2011)(readMedia)-- Five innovative programs will be honored Monday, May 9 for their positive influence on the social and emotional development of New York State's children and teens, their families and loved ones. Coordinated by the Office of Mental Health and Families Together in New York State, What's Great in Our State: A Forum to Celebrate Children's Mental Health will be attended by young people, family members, health and mental health service providers, leaders and advocates.


New York State Office of Mental Health and Families Together NYS

James Introne, New York State Deputy Secretary for Health and Director of Health Care Redesign

Michael F. Hogan, PhD, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Health

Kristin Riley, OMH Deputy Commissioner and Director, Division of Children and Families

Paige Pierce, Executive Director, Families Together in New York State


Honorees include:

• Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, provides resources and emotional support to military families with young children through Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes.

• New York State's Home Visiting programs throughout New York State work with families in their own homes and provide the information and social supports parents need to support and nurture their children's healthy development.

• The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Education and Support (C.A.P.E.S.) regional program for primary care physicians is a training and consultation initiative that helps upstate primary care physicians better meet the mental health needs of child and adolescent patients.

• The Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) is a high tech career-focused mentoring program for youth who are involved with, or at-risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system.

• The Family Access and Connection Team (FACT) is a collaborative effort involving Monroe County’s Community Corrections, Child and Family Services and Office of Mental Health.  These partners are committed to creating family-driven, strength-based, individualized responses that assure the safety and well-being of Monroe County youth and families.

WHEN: Monday May 09, 2011 at 10:15AM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
WHERE: Carole F. Huxley Theater
New York State Museum
Madison Avenue
Albany , New York

Photo op:  Sesame Workshop scheduled attendees include Honker the Muppet.


10:00 am  Registration

10:20 am  Welcoming Remarks – OMH Deputy Commissioner Kristin Riley

10:35 am  Proclamation Presentation – NYS Deputy Secretary James Introne

10:45 am  Celebration Remarks – OMH Commissioner Michael F. Hogan, PhD

11:00 am  Celebration of Honored Programs

12:15 pm  Closing Remarks – Families Together in NYS Executive Director Paige Pierce