Who Is the NYAPRS Collective?


Collective2The NYAPRS Collective is dedicated to increasing organizational and program level systems transformation among OMH licensed and funded programs through intensive, on- site training and technical assistance. The Collective works with providers to assist you in implementing recovery oriented evidence based practices. We create a learning environment that challenges mindset, strengthens skills and builds a foundation for recovery through the partnering of practitioners and peers. Our training and technical assistance initiatives are offered at your site and are developed with your specific program needs in mind.

Continuing Education

NYAPRS is proud to be a pre-approved provider for continuing education credits for:

  • Social Work


  • CRC

  • CPRP

Contact the Training and Technical Assistance staff person in your region (see below).  You can also contact Ruth at RuthCW@nyaprs.org



Recovery Oriented Service Provision

NYAPRS staff can provide support to key management to assist you in successfully engaging in culture change. Help your organization to become a recovery based service provider, increasing opportunities for participants to grow and recapture valued community roles. Be effective and efficient in providing services that work.

Training Series Categories

Recovery Series

Cultural Competency Series

Management Series

Practice Series

Employment Series


For our Training Catalog click HERE



The Collective Staff:

Mike Dorr, BS, CPRP
Training & Technical Assistance Facilitator: Western and Central New York Region

Colleen Sheehan, BS, CPRP
Training & Technical Assistance Facilitator: Hudson Valley and Northern Region

Larry Hochwald
Training & Technical Assistance Facilitator: New York City and Long Island Region

Len Statham, MS, CBP, CPRP
Director of Employment Initiatives

Ruth Colón-Wagner, LMSW
Director of Training and Development

Edye Schwartz, DSW, LCSW-R
Director of Systems Transformation Initiatives

Here’s what provider’s have said about us…

 “Thank you so much for the training you provided. Our staff feel very comfortable opening up when you lead the trainings. The questions you raised about how best to engage people with different backgrounds were very helpful in focusing our work.”


You are knowledgeable, insightful, and have a natural way of communicating and teaching that I admire. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.”


“Fantastic presentation with fresh and cutting-edge information shared. Presenter came across highly knowledgeable and with extensive experience in varying areas of employment services. Excellent!”


“This was an excellent workshop…the best that I attended.”


“What great information and the presenter prompted me to thinking in a grander scale. I left with a good sense of knowledge that will be utilized to think creatively in providing services and practice.”


A project of NYAPRS with support from the New York State Office of Mental Health

New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, Inc., (NYAPRS) SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0253