Video Description: This webinar acknowledges and explores some of the frustrations, challenges, and feelings expressed by Transition Specialists across the State. We discuss what Burnout is, as well provide some strategies and coping mechanisms to help us enhance our emotional health and prevent burnout. 

Date: 6/26/18

Author: Hosted by NYAIL, presented by Laurie Carter, LMSW and Laura Bingell, RN

Presentation Slides: Battling Burnout - Redefining Success - Taking Care of Yourself (PDF)

Webinar Recording: Battling Burnout Webinar 2018-06-26

Video Description: People with mental illness are frequently being served in nursing homes. This workshop reviews prevalence and possible reasons for this phenomenon. It also provides information about tools used to assess mental illness in nursing homes and how they can be used to plan transition. Community services and supports such as Health Homes, SPOA and HARPs that can used in transition are described. Barriers to transition and possible solutions are also presented.

Date: 11/07/17

Author: Hosted by NYAIL, presented by The Mental Health Association of New York State (MHANYS)

Presentation Slides:

Transitioning NH Residents with MI (PDF)

Webinar Recording: Transitioning Nursing Home Residents with Mental Illness to the Community Webinar 2017-11-07

Video Description: This training describes the Olmstead Housing Subsidy and how it can help to house participants looking to leave nursing homes, or who were in a nursing home within the past 24 months. The training reviews ways to look for units for participants seeking accessible housing. During the training we review resources used, develop an understanding of Fair Market Rate (FMR), and how to build relationships in the community with landlords. 

Date: 07/18/17

Author: Hosted by NYAIL, presented by Valerie Brennan- Olmstead Housing Subsidy, Program Manager

Presentation Slides: Housing Fundamentals Training (PDF)

Webinar Recording: Housing Fundamentals Webinar 2017-07-18

Video Description: This training will answer the broad question what is cultural competency while exploring Laws, Person First vs. Identity First Language, Marginalizing and Stereotyping as well as incorporating Effective Communication, and Inclusive Leadership into everyday practice. 

Training Objectives: On completion of this training participants should have a broad view of cultural competence and an understanding of diversity, highlighting the fostering of respectful appropriate relationships with people of diverse skills sets at it relates to working with individuals with developmental and other disabilities. Learn the Do’s and Don’ts of respectful interaction and how to be inclusive while practicing cross cultural communication and equity in building successful personal and professional relationships.

Date: 06/26/17

Author: Hosted by NYAIL, presented by The Self-Advocacy Association of NYS

Presentation Slides: Exploring Cultural Compentency (PDF)

Webinar Recording: Exploring Cultural Competency When Working with People with Developmental and Other Disabilities Webinar 2017-06-26

Video Description: Laura Bingell, Open Doors Nurse, presents an overview of Kidney Disease. Kidney Disease affects more than 30 million Americans. Many Transition Specialists have already assisted people who are on dialysis. This webinar will present a basic understanding of kidney anatomy and function, how kidneys can be damaged and treatments that are available. Having a better understanding of what is involved in the treatment of kidney disease and failure, and what to expect in the future, will better prepare you to assist individuals who would like to continue their treatments while living in the community. 

Date: 04/25/17

Author: Hosted by NYAIL. Presented by Open Doors Transition Center Nurse, Laura Bingell RN. 

Presentation Slides: Kidney Disease (PDF)

Webinar Recording: Kidney Disease Webinar 2017-04-25 or view on YouTube


Video Description: Zach Garafalo- Program Director -- Open Doors (MFP) Peer Outreach Program discusses a new initiative to identify service-connected individuals in nursing homes and connect them to Veteran Peer Advocates. He provides an overview of the number of veterans in NYS, those living in nursing facilities and how centers can recruit and hire veterans for employment. Zach is joined by Todd Simmons, a Veteran Peer Advocate from Access to Independence from Cortland County. Todd discusses his own work as a Veteran Peer Advocate for the Open Doors Peer Program and highlights the importance of engaging veterans as partners in nursing facility transition.

Date: 04/04/17

Author: Hosted by NYAIL. Presented by Open Doors (MFP) Peer Outreach Program Director, Zach Garafalo 

Presentation Slides: Engaging Veteran Peer Advocates and Their Loved Ones in the Transition Process (PDF)

Webinar Recording: Veteran Peer Services Webinar 2017-04-04


Video Description: This webcast will educate healthcare professionals about how Money Follows the Person (MFP) programs can help eligible individuals transition from institutional settings back to their communities of choice, featuring the New York State MFP demonstration program. Participants will learn how transition specialistsmand peers can help support not only the individual, but also providers working in institutions and the community.

Our guests will also discuss guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights, which highlights the importance of offering nursing home residents the opportunity to learn about available community resources.

Public Health Live! of University At Albany's School of Public Health presents: The Money Follows the Person Program-Facilitating Return to Community-based Settings.

Date: Originally aired on February 16, 2017


Erika C. Robbins, MA, PMP
Vice President
Lewin Group, Center for Aging and Disability Policy

Lindsay Miller, MPH
Executive Director
New York Association on Independent Living

Presentation Slides: MFP: Facilitating Return to Community-Based Settings Slides (PDF)

Transcript: Public Health Live! Presents MFP: Facilitating Return to Community-Based Settings Transcript (PDF)

Informational Flyer: Facilitating Return to Community-Based Settings Flyer (PDF)

Webinar Recording: Access a recording of the training.

Video Description: Laurie Carter, Open Doors Statewide Social Worker, presents an overview of when and how to complete accurate, thorough, concise notes. Review of when notes are needed, tips on how to write notes, what should be included in the note, and what is required within the database. 

Date: 11/01/2016

Author: Hosted by NYAIL. Presented by Open Doors (MFP) Statewide Social Worker, Laurie Carter

Presentation Slides: Writing Notes (PDF)

Webinar Recording: Writing Notes: Tips for the Transition Specialist Webinar 2016-11-01

Video Description: Multiple Sclerosis is very complicated. It’s appearance and progression can differ greatly between individuals. Even experts have many questions that remain mysteries. By considering what is known, we can better equip ourselves to assist people with MS to remain at home and to individually achieve their best quality of life.

Date: 11/29/2016

Author: Hosted by NYAIL. Presented by MFP Transition Center Nurse, Laura Bingell, RN.

Presentation Slides: Multiple Sclerosis - The Basics (PDF)

Webinar Recording: Multiple Sclerosis Webinar 2016-11-29

Video Description: One million Americans are living with Parkinson’s Disease. This number is increasing and could double by 2040. Having a good understanding of disease progression, current supports and therapies, and an idea of what is on the horizon will better equip you to assist individuals with PD who want to be independent in their own homes.

Date: 09/13/2016

Author: Hosted by NYAIL. Presented by MFP Transition Center Nurse, Laura Bingell, RN.

Presentation Slides: Parkinson's Disease - An Open Doors Perspective (PDF)

Webinar Recording: Parkinson's Disease - An Open Doors MFP Perspective Webinar 2016-09-13