Supporting Recovery:
NYAPRS and Foothold Technology

by Jeremiah Dameron
May 18, 2017

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Founded in 1981, with origins in the clubhouse and social club community models, the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS) is a statewide coalition of individuals who use and/or provide recovery oriented community based mental health services. Through diverse programs at multiple locations, the organization focuses on public policy, pairs and supports peers with individuals to offer unique opportunities for successful recovery, leads systems transformation projects, and works to promote the employment, economic self-sufficiency, and social inclusion of individuals with psychiatric diagnoses and disabilities across New York State.

NYAPRS is a champion and vocal advocate for individuals throughout New York. Since 2015, the organization has been using AWARDS, our web-based electronic health record (EHR), to document the services it provides to consumers directly. Foothold Technology also supports more than 25 NYAPRS member agencies who are using AWARDS.

The issues addressed by NYAPRS and the thought leadership the organization shares is rich and important in our ever-changing landscape of care. To get an idea of what we mean, you can read a guest blog from NYAPRS Executive Director Harvey Rosenthal here. Our own Senior Advisor, David Bucciferro, who spent 25 years at the New York State Office of Mental Health (NYSOMH), has a long history of working with NYAPRS and its coalition of individuals and organizations. David is a frequent presenter at NYAPRS events where he shares his expertise, while simultaneously learning from attendees through their inspiring stories. We had the pleasure to capture thoughts from a few attendees at the NYAPRS annual conference last year. You can view those inspiring videos here.

We love hearing inspiring stories from our customers, our partners and those they support within their communities. What’s your source of inspiration these days?

About Foothold Technology
Foothold Technology, an electronic record, EHR vendor and human services software provider, offers web-based software for human service providers that eases the burden of documentation, providing agencies with the freedom to focus on their Mission. More than 1,000 agencies nationwide count on Foothold’s AWARDS software to manage their services, including Mental Health, Alcohol & Substance Abuse, Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, Homeless & Housing, Employment & Training, Seniors, Veterans, Youth & Family, and more. Having originated from three agencies in 2000, AWARDS is a complete electronic record and EHR software for human service providers that also supports administrative activities, including facilities maintenance, human resources, scheduling and alerts, audit reports, and automated billing. AWARDS offers full interoperability with any other federally certified system for participation in Health Information Exchanges (HIE) and RHIOs. It is also the only record-keeping system that is certified as both a Behavioral Health EHR software system and an HMIS software package (Homeless Management Information System). With roots and origins in human services, no software vendor is better prepared to support you than Foothold Technology. For more information, visit