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Is it safe to return?  Threat Assesments in
School-Aged Children
Thursday June 6, 2019
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Zucker Hillside Hospital, Sloman Auditorim,
75-59 263rd Street, Glen Oaks, NY
Registration:  Onsite

NYCCAP is hosting this event to draw attention to the traumatic impact of current immigration policies on immigrant families. We will welcome a family who faced separation and child psychiatrists involved with Cayuga Centers NYC for a candid discussion on this topic. 


7:00 p.m. Refreshments
7:30 p.m. Presentations:
Dr. Alvarado:  Introduction
Dr. Weisbrot:  “Is the next school shooter sitting before me?”
Ms Fernbach:  Legal issues and implications for clinicians
8:30 p.m. Panel Discussion, Q&A

George L. Alvarado, MD
Dr. Alvarado is Medical Director of the Northwell Health Home, a comprehensive care management program. He is also Associate Director of Integrated Behavioral Health at Northwell Health Solutions, where he helps to lead behavioral health integration efforts in both pediatric and adult primary care. He has been involved in New York State DSRIP crisis stabilization projects at Northwell, specifically the Behavioral Health Urgent Care at Cohen Children’s Medical Center. As a child psychiatrist, he has a particular interest in children’s systems of care, including mental health in schools.

Deborah M. Weisbrot, MD
Dr. Weisbrot is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Stony Brook University Medical Center and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She attended Yale University Medical Center for her psychiatric residency and Cornell University Medical Center for her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship. Dr. Weisbrot has researched, published and lectured nationally on the critical issue of school threat assessment as well as on psychiatric comorbidities of neurological disorders. Her current clinical work is focused upon full-time school consultation in several Western Suffolk BOCES therapeutic school settings.

Rachel A. Fernbach, Esq
Ms. Fernbach is the Deputy Director and Assistant General Counsel of the New York State Psychiatric Association, the medical specialty association of psychiatrists practicing in New York State and a division of the American Psychiatric Association. Ms. Fernbach provides legal and policy guidance to member psychiatrists on federal and state statutory and regulatory requirements. She regularly advocates with government regulators and third party payers on behalf of members in connection with coding and billing issues, mental health parity issues and other issues of importance to psychiatrists and their patients. Ms. Fernbach is a graduate of Tufts University and The George Washington University School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.

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