Working to insure that all caregivers receive the respite and support they need

April REST Activities
14 new REST Trainers joined our army of volunteer respite providers in April!
Ithaca - April 1-2
Edna Brown - Ithaca school psychologist
Tyson Merrill - Love Living at Home, psychologist
Martha Stettinius - Eco Village Ithaca
Wilma Lawrence - Ithaca Community Member
Fay Bunnell - Elder Frontiers
Kim Evanoski - Care Manager For All, LLC
Wendy Fillmore -   Ithaca Community Member
  Sharon Cackett & Eve Moses - REST Master Trainers
Plattsburgh - April 18-19
Julie Stalker and Jennifer Cross- Joint Council for Economic Opportunity
Susan Schrader - Community Health Center of the North Country
Valerie Drown - SUNY Plattsburgh, Alzheimer's Disease Caregiver Support Initiative
Mary Buckly-LaBonte and Nicole Durgan - Behavioral Health Services of the North Country, Caregiver Resource Center
Lorraine Simmons - Franklin County, Burke Adult Center
Sharon Cackett & Doris Green - REST Master Trainers

Nine new REST Companions were trained at St. Camillus in Syracuse - Thank you to Cheryl Hylton , Trainer for moving the initiative forward!

REST Trainings are offered at no cost to organizations interested in providing Respite to Caregivers through community based volunteer programs.  NYSCRC is funded with a federal grant for Lifespan Respite awarded by the Administration on Aging/Administration for Community Living to the New York State Office for the Aging.
Statewide Trainings are being generously supported through the New York State Office of the Aging, AANYS and LiveOn NY.
REST Trainings are also funded by The Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center/University of Rochester Medical Center to the following counties: Allegany, Cayuga ,Tioga, Tompkins, Cortland, Chemung, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates.
Any organization, person or faith community in the state can access Train the Trainer programs as a way to provide evidenced informed training for volunteer respite programs.
We are seeking 4 additional Master Trainer candidates.
Contact Doris Green at
Training Opportunity - Binghamton June 3-4

Legislative Corner 


From ARCH National Respite Coalition


The House reached and Agreement of FY 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill. It includes $3.36 million for the Lifespan Respite Program.


MESSAGE: Please support the FY 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill that will come to the floor for a final vote this week.

Call the Capital Hill Switchboard at 202-225-3121 and ask for your Representative's or Senator's office.


You can also call or fax local district offices. You can find fax numbers in your Representatives' websites, visit

To find Senators' websites, visit


Please take a few minutes to share your feelings in this important issue!



Survey Opportunities

Administration for Community Living (ACL) invitation to participate in an Environmental Scan of Community-Based Disability Organizations

The rapid expansion of Medicaid managed long-term services and supports (MLTSS) and other efforts to integrate healthcare and long-term services and supports is creating new opportunities and challenges for community-based organizations (CBOs). This change is compelling organizations to think differently about the services they offer, the customers they serve, and how to demonstrate the value they add to services and supports. Instead of contracting directly with government funders, CBOs are now negotiating contracts with hospitals, health systems, accountable care organizations, health plans, and other integrated care entities.
To equip CBOs with the skills, training, and experience needed to effectively negotiate and partner with integrated care entities and other payers, the Administration on Community Living is funding a three-year grant focused on business acumen for disability organizations to the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) in partnership with 10 other national organizations representing a variety of perspectives and experience on disability.
To best understand and meet the needs of the disability network and CBOs, NASUAD is conducting an environmental scan of the business acumen of organizations serving people with disabilities.

 Are you employed outside of the home and Caregiving? Take a moment to complete this NYS survey to help us shed light on the needs and concerns you face.

Researchers at the University at Albany School of Public Health are looking for interested individuals to pilot test this survey that seeks to understand the experiences of working caregivers. This survey is administered by researchers at the University at Albany School of Public Health.
Funding Opportunity
New York State Health Foundation
Through this Request for Proposals (RFP), NYSHealth will sponsor nonprofit and other low-resource organizations to attend or present at local, State, or national conferences related to empowering health care consumers. NYSHealth will support both organizations already engaged in this work and those new to this field but that want to incorporate consumer empowerment into their work. 
Upcoming Events
MHA Conference: Trauma and Older Adults
May 12, 2017  Rochester, NY
What Does It Mean To Be Trauma Responsive and How Do We Accomplish It?

NYSCRC Annual Conference - October 3rd and 4th
Desmond Hotel and Conference Center - Albany
Tuesday, October 3rd  - Caregiver Simulation Experience 1:00 -4:00 PM
Come and experience an interactive roll play designed to increase awareness and empathy for caregivers.  Great for professionals and  students alike. Plan in joining us for a interesting and eye opening experience! Aging Americans Conference - NYC -  May 10, 2017
The University of Rochester, in collaboration with  West Health , is hosting the third annual Summit, a national forum for health and technology leaders, entrepreneurs, senior care advocates and policymakers to exchange ideas, create new relationships, and foster disruptive technological and process innovations to improve the lives of the nation's aging population.


20% Discount code -"NYSCRC"

National Lifespan Respite Conference
October 11-13 in Huntsville, Alabama 

ACUU - June 6-7, 2017
Association on Aging in New York presents the 2017 ACUU Conference - Aging Concerns Unite Us Conference - To be held at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany. 

Elizabeth Dole Foundation Announcement


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