Video Description: New York State’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) recently released new regulations, effective January 1, 2019, which update the definitions for what constitutes lobbying – including direct contact lobbying and grassroots activity - and the requirements for reporting. This webinar outlines what is a reportable lobby activity, if your ILC should be reporting, and how to go about doing so.

Date: 11/19/18

Author: Hosted by NYAIL, presented by NYAIL’s Lobbyist, Kevin Cleary. Kevin has over 36 years’ experience in the workings of State Government in Albany, as a lobbyist, consultant, key legislative staff person, regulator and service provider.

Presentation Slides: Lobbying in New York State

 Webinar Recording: Overview of New York State’s Lobbying Law and Regulations

Video Description: This webinar provides details about the Disability Integration Act, a federal bill that, if passed, would create an absolute right for all people with disabilities to live in the community instead of being forced into institutional settings, such as nursing homes. Participants learn the specifics of the bill, and how this law would benefit people with disabilities by ensuring services and supports needed are provided in a person’s home.

Date: 7/10/18

Author: Hosted by NYAIL, presented by Stephanie Woodward, the Director of Advocacy for the Center for Disability Rights (CDR) and a national organizer for ADAPT. Woodward helped draft this legislation, and will offer her expertise on the bill on this highly informative webinar.

Presentation Slides: The Disability Integration Act for NY 2018 (PDF)

Webinar Recording: Learn all about the Disability Integration Act Webinar 2018-07-10 

Webinar Transcript: DIA Webinar Transcript 2018-07-10 (PDF)

Video Description: The Open Doors Transition Center assists individuals in nursing homes who wish to return to the community. Suzanne de Beaumont, Project Director, will present information about the history and funding of the program, how Open Doors is structured, how referrals are made and the role of transition specialists. The relationship between PASRRs and Open Doors will be discussed. 

Date: 9/27/18

Author: Hosted by NYAIL, presented by Suzanne de Beaumont, Project Director. 

Presentation Slides: Transition Center & Peer Outreach and Referral Progam (PDF) 

Webinar Recording: Assisting Individuals Transitioning from Nursing Homes Webinar 2018-09-27 or view on YouTube.

Webinar Description: People transitioning from nursing homes have financial needs immediately upon discharge. This webinar will provide information about how to use Medicaid Community Budgeting for individuals who are preparing to discharge. It will also cover how to reduce or eliminate a Medicaid spenddown for individuals who are transitioning from a nursing home using a Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) plan. These tools can be used to increase the amount of money a person will have to purchase necessary goods and services upon discharge.

Date: 8/23/18

Author: Hosted by NYAIL, presented by Kelly Ann Murray, Staff Attorney for the Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program of the New York Legal Assistance Group 

Presentation SlidesUsing Medicaid Community Budgeting While In Nursing Home (PDF) 

Webinar Recording

or view on YouTube.

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 (OHS) 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. It also gives an overview of the Rapid Transition Housing Program (RTHP).

Date: 03/20/23

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

Presentation : Housing Fundamentals 

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.