Video Description: Laura Bingell, Open Doors Nurse, presents an overview of Kidney Disease. Kidney Disease affects more than 30 million Americans. Many Transition Specialists have already assisted people who are on dialysis. This webinar will present a basic understanding of kidney anatomy and function, how kidneys can be damaged and treatments that are available. Having a better understanding of what is involved in the treatment of kidney disease and failure, and what to expect in the future, will better prepare you to assist individuals who would like to continue their treatments while living in the community. 

Date: 04/25/17

Author: Hosted by NYAIL. Presented by Open Doors Transition Center Nurse, Laura Bingell RN. 

Presentation Slides: Kidney Disease (PDF)

Webinar Recording: Kidney Disease Webinar 2017-04-25 or view on YouTube


Video Description: Zach Garafalo- Program Director -- Open Doors (MFP) Peer Outreach Program discusses a new initiative to identify service-connected individuals in nursing homes and connect them to Veteran Peer Advocates. He provides an overview of the number of veterans in NYS, those living in nursing facilities and how centers can recruit and hire veterans for employment. Zach is joined by Todd Simmons, a Veteran Peer Advocate from Access to Independence from Cortland County. Todd discusses his own work as a Veteran Peer Advocate for the Open Doors Peer Program and highlights the importance of engaging veterans as partners in nursing facility transition.

Date: 04/04/17

Author: Hosted by NYAIL. Presented by Open Doors (MFP) Peer Outreach Program Director, Zach Garafalo 

Presentation Slides: Engaging Veteran Peer Advocates and Their Loved Ones in the Transition Process (PDF)

Webinar Recording: Veteran Peer Services Webinar 2017-04-04


Video Description: This webcast will educate healthcare professionals about how Money Follows the Person (MFP) programs can help eligible individuals transition from institutional settings back to their communities of choice, featuring the New York State MFP demonstration program. Participants will learn how transition specialistsmand peers can help support not only the individual, but also providers working in institutions and the community.

Our guests will also discuss guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights, which highlights the importance of offering nursing home residents the opportunity to learn about available community resources.

Public Health Live! of University At Albany's School of Public Health presents: The Money Follows the Person Program-Facilitating Return to Community-based Settings.

Date: Originally aired on February 16, 2017


Erika C. Robbins, MA, PMP
Vice President
Lewin Group, Center for Aging and Disability Policy

Lindsay Miller, MPH
Executive Director
New York Association on Independent Living

Presentation Slides: MFP: Facilitating Return to Community-Based Settings Slides (PDF)

Transcript: Public Health Live! Presents MFP: Facilitating Return to Community-Based Settings Transcript (PDF)

Informational Flyer: Facilitating Return to Community-Based Settings Flyer (PDF)

Webinar Recording: Access a recording of the training.