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Four Weeks to End of Term 2

Four Weeks to End of Term 2

by Varsha Kamat -
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Four Weeks Left

Dear Academy Participants,

We are down to the final four weeks of Term 2, which ends on Friday, July 19. 

At 5:00 pm that day, the Academy will be closed for scheduled maintenance and will not reopen until the start of Fall Term at noon on August 26, 2019. Plan your studies and testing accordingly!

The next full newsletter will be a combined June/July issue and will be available next week, but we wanted to call your attention now to some upcoming deadlines and opportunities to participate in peer-oriented research. 

For more information on these or other announcements, visit the Virtual Community Calendar.


 July 1 – Deadline for Proposals | July 2 – Deadline for Scholarship Applications

NYAPRS 37th Annual Conference, Integrate, Innovate, Advocate, Celebrate: Keeping our Eyes on the Prize! Conference Dates: Sept 24-26, 2019.
Call for Proposals  |  Scholarship Application  |  Sponsor Packet

July 1 – Deadline for Proposals

13th Annual National Conference, International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS). To view the proposal submission guidelines and submit, click here.  

July 1 – Deadline to Vote on National Guidelines for Peer Specialist Supervisors

The International Association of Peer Supporters is seeking agreement with a final draft of guidelines for supervisors of peer specialists (peer specialists and supervisors are encouraged to respond). The plan is to finalize and unveil the guidelines at the National Conference. To review and vote, click here.  

 Upcoming Events

 June 25, 12:00 – 4:00 pm | Syracuse

Liberty Resources is holding a Hiring Event. To learn more, click here.

To view the Job Bank, with openings across the state, click here.


FridayJune 28, Webinar | 12:15-1:00 pm

Academy of Peer Services, Faces and Places of Peer Support Series.
WCNY-IPA An Independent Practice Association of Genuine Peer-Run Organizations, with Executive Director Joe Swinford.

To learn more, click here |  To register, click here.


July 7-11, 2019 – Washington, DC
ALTERNATIVES 2019 Conference: Standing Together, Celebrating Our Gifts, Raising Our Voices. Hosted by the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR). To learn more, click here.

Friday, July 12, Webinar | 12:00 – 1:15
New York City Peer and Community Health Worker Workforce Consortium Webinar. Reasonable Accommodations and Medicaid Buy-In. Save the Date. Details Coming Soon.

July 13-16, 2019 -- Albany

39th Annual Bastille Day Vigil / Celebration / Demonstration
(Location: Steps of the New York State Office of Mental Health) Organized by the Mental Patients' Liberation Alliance


July 18, 2019
13th Annual NYC Conference for Working Peer Specialists
NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York, New York 
To view the conference program, click here. To register, click here.

September 18-21, 2019
Annual Rights Conference - National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA) | Learn More

September 24-26, 2019
NYAPRS Annual Conference, (new location) Villa Roma Resort in Callicoon, NY
Watch their website for registration information:

October 21-23, 2019
13th Annual Conference, International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS): San Diego, CA | Learn More

November 5-6, 2019

3rd Annual Conference for the New York State Peer Specialist Certification Board, Poughkeepsie, NY |  Save the Date

Research Studies Seeking Participants

 Study 1: The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University is conducting a study which aims to understand the experiences of individuals with a psychiatric condition with regard to engagement in activities to improve their physical health. To learn more, click here.


Study 2: Leslie University and the Dept. of Veterans Affairs are seeking participants for a study on the role of work-hope, readiness, and job -search behavior among individuals living with mental health conditions. To learn more, click here.

 Network with Us

 Members of the Virtual Community meet by video conference on the 2nd and last Tuesday of each month, alternating between afternoons and evenings. If you would like to join us, mark your calendar now for these upcoming networking meetings.

  • Tuesday, June 25 at 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday, July 9 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 30 at 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm


For connection information, subscribe to our Virtual Community mailing list. The video conference connection link is sent to the mailing list before each meeting. 

To subscribeclick here.

Watch for the June/July newsletter next week. Until then, enjoy the first official days of Summer!

Academy of Peer Services Team
and Rita Cronise, Virtual Community Coordinator