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Outreach Training Institute Offers CASAC Training Scholarships

March 14, 2014
Outreach Training Institute Offers CASAC Training Scholarships

Outreach Training Institute is offering scholarships and job placement assistance for its Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) training program to those who qualify as low income and meet certain other criteria. Through a grant, those unemployed or earning less than $20,000 per year are eligible to enroll in the program which has locations…

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Senate Budget Supports COLAs, NYC UPK, Afterschool and More

March 14, 2014
Senate Budget Supports COLAs, NYC UPK, Afterschool and More

The New York Senate released its own “One House” budget proposal late last night.  The bill includes a number of specifics which human service provider agencies are likely to applaud. High on the list is the Senate’s support for a “partial Human Services Cost of Living Adjustment and a Medicaid Trend Factor increase targeted at…

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Assembly “One House” Budget Bill Adds Funds for Human Services

March 13, 2014
Assembly “One House” Budget Bill Adds Funds for Human Services

The New York State Assembly released its “One House” Budget Bill yesterday, staking out its own starting position on upcoming three-way negotiations with the State Senate and Governor Andrew Cuomo.   The bill includes funding for a broad range of programs and initiatives that human service providers had been hoping for – but certainly not everything.…

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Mayor Names Four Criminal Justice Appointments

March 12, 2014
Mayor Names Four Criminal Justice Appointments

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced four key criminal justice appointments yesterday – including several who are well known to or long-time members of the local nonprofit human services community. Ana Bermúdez is being promoted to Commissioner of the NYC Department of Probation, an agency which has dramatically increased the number and importance of its contractual…

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Hope in the Face of Despair: No COLAs, Year Six

March 11, 2014
Hope in the Face of Despair: No COLAs, Year Six

Providers are seeing a faint flicker of hope based on reports that the New York State Assembly will include a 2% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for human service provider agencies in this week’s expected “one-house budget bill”.   The Assembly’s support, however, comes in stark contrast to opposition from Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose Executive Budget…

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Heat Doesn’t Happen by Magic! No COLAs, Year Six

March 11, 2014
Heat Doesn’t Happen by Magic! No COLAs, Year Six

While it isn’t a pure example of inflationary costs, this year’s winter – with a prolonged period of freezing temperatures, at least according to recent standards – does provide some insight into the kinds of costs that both nonprofits – and the men and women who work for them – are struggling to manage after…

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Q&A with Matthew Okebiyi, Founder & CEO of African American Planning Commission

March 10, 2014
Q&A with Matthew Okebiyi, Founder & CEO of African American Planning Commission

Matthew Okebiyi is the Founder & CEO of African American Planning Commission, a New York City-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, committed to addressing homelessness and the related issues of domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, shortage of affordable housing, and unemployment in the communities in which we live and serve. Matt’s first foray into social service came during his…

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Advocates Push Immigrant Equality Agenda

March 6, 2014
Advocates Push Immigrant Equality Agenda

Early Wednesday morning, over two hundred and fifty immigrant farm workers, day laborers, students, family members and supporters converged in Albany for the New York Immigration Coalition‘s 17th Annual Immigrant Day of Action. Advocates representing over forty organizations met with key allies in the Assembly and Senate to discuss strategies to push forward the groups’…

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Doctors Hope For Cure In A 2nd Baby Born With HIV [video]

March 6, 2014
Doctors Hope For Cure In A 2nd Baby Born With HIV [video]

(AP) — A second baby born with the AIDS virus may have had her infection put into remission and possibly cured by very early treatment – in this instance, four hours after birth. Doctors revealed the case Wednesday at an AIDS conference in Boston. The girl was born in suburban Los Angeles last April, a…

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Domestic Violence & HIV/AIDS Video Stories

March 6, 2014
Domestic Violence & HIV/AIDS Video Stories

Real Talk: Living with HIV and AIDS   HIV/AIDS Video Stories The effects of HIV and AIDS are global, but the stories are personal. Black or white, rich or poor, adult or child… HIV and AIDS do not discriminate. The stories here are used to reduce stigma, raise awareness, promote prevention, encourage testing and enhance…

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Mayor Releases After-School Expansion Plan

March 4, 2014
Mayor Releases After-School Expansion Plan

Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled his plans to expand the availability of after-school programs for every public school middle school student who needs one.  The plan will enable programs to reach nearly 120,000 children, ensuring they have a safe place to stay on task and out of trouble during after-school hours. The after-school proposal has…

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