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Rehabilitation Association, NY State (NYSRA)
The New York State Rehabilitation Association (NYSRA) is a statewide 501 (c) (6) organization representing rehabilitation providers who advocate on behalf of individuals with differing abilities and the agencies who serve them.
NYSRA has three internal Divisions that drive development of our public policy agenda on an annual basis. The Divisions actively review programmatic, regulatory and budgetary issues; collectively guide substantive development of Rehabilitation Research and Training Institute initiatives; act as a resource to the Legislature; State Agencies & Executive; and provide leadership around major issues that are regularly communicated back to the membership. The Divisions offer members a voice and an opportunity to actively participate in shaping the structure and policy that defines the operations, quality and financing of service delivery for people with disabilities.
The Developmental Disabilities Division- has the following charge:
Seek to work with providers to meet the needs of individuals receiving services from the system, and other entities involved in providing quality support and persons centered services.
Take and maintain a leadership role in DD system’s change by addressing the forces – local, state and economic – present in the environment of MRDD service delivery; and
Influence future planning of the DD service provider field through proactive work in DD policy, design and implementation.
The Division's main objectives are to build the capacity of the Developmental Disabilities Division to respond to present and future issues in the field of DD in New York State. The major activities that the Division maintains focus on are relative to the key issues facing the DD provider community/NYSRA members:
The NYSRA Developmental Disabilities Division conducts its business through its committees and allied groups such as ANCOR and DSPA. The Committees of NYSRA's Developmental Disabilities Division are:
MSC & Waiver Services
Clinic Services Coordination
The Mental Health/Recovery Services Division – has the following charge:
Seek to meet the needs of individuals receiving services from the mental health system, working with staff and other entities involved in providing quality psychiatric support and rehabilitation services.
Take and maintain a leadership role in the mental health system's change by addressing the forces – local, state and economic – present in the environment; and
Influence future planning through proactive work in policy, design and implementation.
The Vocational Rehabilitation Division – works to promote employment for people with disabilities. The Division seeks to influence vocational rehabilitation policy design and implementation while addressing the local, state and economic forces present in the environment. Throughout its work, the Division will be mindful of not only the issues involving individuals with disabilities, but those of staff and other partners involved in providing quality vocational rehabilitation services.
Activities in the Division will include but are not limited to:
Influencing legislation and government policy at both state and federal levels;
Representation on all decision making councils under NYSRA or to their respective state agency;
Researching, designing, and proposing future policy and service designs in vocational rehabilitation; and
Assisting NYSRA members collectively in negotiating new vocational rehabilitation services.
The NYSRA Vocational Rehabilitation Division conducts its business through its committees and national allied groups such as I-NABIR and ACCSES. The Committees of NYSRA's Vocational Rehabilitation Division are:
Partnerships for Youth in Transition
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