New York State Center for School Safety

The NYS Center for School Safety serves all local education agencies with a particular focus on schools designated as “persistently dangerous”. The NYS Center for School Safety provides professional development and technical assistance to school and district administrators, staff, students, parents, community members and Boards of Cooperative Education.

Safe Schools New York

The mission of the New York State Safe Schools Initiative is to help schools across the state implement effective school safety strategies and plans to enhance emergency preparedness. The state is also committed to assisting schools by educating them on valuable ways to foster good communication between school staff, students, and law enforcement agencies. The strategies and plans as well as the cooperative relationships will allow schools to better identify and address the needs and concerns of our school students, creating environments where students can learn, grow and thrive.

Skidmore College Project on Restorative Justice

The Skidmore College Project on Restorative Justice conducts research, teaching, training, and technical assistance for restorative justice projects in schools, universities, communities, and the criminal justice system. 


Liza Long

Liza Long is a writer, educator,  mental health advocate, and mother of four amazing children, one of whom has bipolar disorder. She is the author of the essay "I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother," which was written after her family’s personal tragedy intersected with the public tragedy of Newtown.

New York State Office of Mental Health

New York State has a large, multifaceted mental health system that serves more than 700,000 individuals each year. The Office of Mental Health (OMH) operates psychiatric centers across the State, and also regulates, certifies and oversees more than 4,500 programs, which are operated by local governments and nonprofit agencies. These programs include various inpatient and outpatient programs, emergency, community support, residential and family care programs.

“Promoting the mental health of all New Yorkers with a particular focus on facilitating hope and recovery for adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbances.”

Mental Health Association in New York State

MHANYS and its affiliate network work to promote mental health and recovery, encourage empowerment in mental health service recipients, eliminate discrimination, raise public awareness with education, and advocate for equality and opportunity for all.

MHANYS works to ensure available and accessible mental health services for all New Yorkers.

Mental Health America

Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation’s leading community-based non-profit dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, and integrated care and treatment for those who need it, with recovery as the goal. All of our work is guided by the Before Stage 4 (#B4Stage4) philosophy – that mental health conditions should be treated long before they reach the most critical points in the disease process.

Infant Mental Health Association

The Infant Mental Health Association of the NY’s Greater Capital Region has promoted collaborative partnerships dedicated to promoting positive emotional and behavioral wellness in young children, birth to age five. We encourage families and professionals across disciplines to share with and learn from each other. We have endeavored to promote public education by sponsoring workshops that address the essential emotional, cognitive, and social capacities and attitudes critical to healthy development. Our core mission is to provide a forum for interaction among families and mental health, public health, education, and social service professionals and to advocate for mental health services for infants, toddlers and young children in the context of their families. We provide an annual schedule of training opportunities, typically three-four times a year in various locations across the Capital Region to advance our mission.