The top child welfare experts in New York City have something to say


New York state has received $5.59 million in new funds for workplace developments. The state Department of Labor will be used to train people in dealing with opioid addiction, according to a Feb. 24 press release from the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo. This includes efforts to promote peer-based treatment.

“This funding will allow us to expand programs that not only provide treatment,” Cuomo said in the press release, “but also support career opportunities for New Yorkers combating addiction and help finally make the opioid epidemic a thing of the past.”


There is a new chief development officer at the New Jewish Home. Alyssa Herman brings 18 years of nonprofit fundraising experience to the position, according to a Feb. 24 press release. She aims to implement a plan to increase donors and engagement and raise the health care nonprofit’s profile in the philanthropy sector, the press release adds.


Conselyea Street Block Association has received a new contract from the New York City Administration for Children’s Services. The $1,448,669 deal will fund child care services through the City Council’s discretionary budgeting, according to the City Record. Boro Park Jewish Community Council ($181,000) and Selfhelp Community Services ($284,500) have received contracts to provide senior services on behalf of the Department for the Aging. Planned Parenthood may be losing federal funding, but its New York City affiliate has received a $382,481 contract to provide mental health services.


The School Mental Health Resource & Training Center has a new training program. Educators can learn how to better support the mental health of students through an online portal that explains the ins and outs of a new law requiring mental health instruction in all K-12 schools, according to a Feb. 14 press release from the Mental Health Association in New York State, which oversees the center. Learn more about the available trainings here.


ICYMI: Here is what child welfare experts had to say earlier this month at the Center for New York City Affairs. A Feb. 14 forum examined the history and future of preventive services. Those involved in the discussion included: ACS Commissioner David Hansell; James Purcell, CEO of Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies; Sister Paulette LoMonaco, executive director of Good Shepherd Services; Ron Richter, CEO, Jewish Child Care Association; and other luminaries from nonprofits and government.