News and Updates

New Policy

The following is sent on behalf of Mark Snyder, Chief of Compliance and Quality Improvement:

. This policy replaces all existing policies pertaining to types of leave time and employee/employer rights and responsibilities pertaining to leave. Please note that this policy is implemented in addition to the current PTO/ESL policy:

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Reception @ 60 Academy

The reception desk at 60 Academy Road will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19.

Chipotle Fundraiser in Colonie July 18

Got plans for dinner in Colonie on Tuesday, July 18? Stop by the Chipotle at 105 Wolf Road between 5 and 8 p.m. and help support Northern Rivers! Simply print out and present the attached flyer (or show it to the cashier on your phone) and 50% of the proceeds from your order will be donated to our organization.

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New office opens in Clifton Park

The following is sent on behalf of Sharon Mahota, Chief of Coordinated Care & Community Solutions:

We are pleased to announce the opening of a new Northern Rivers office at 653 Plank Road in Clifton Park. This office will be home to Bridges to Health and Home- and Community-Based Waiver staff serving Saratoga County, along with two staff from our new adoption Permanency Resource Center program in our Residential and Foster Care Services division. To reach the office, call 518.831.0215.


GoToMeeting Available for All Users

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve efficiency throughout the organization, we are pleased to announce the availability of a GoToMeeting “Virtual Conference Room,” for all users. This powerful tool allows users to host and participate in virtual meetings with full audio, visual screen sharing and chat capabilities.

Reservations to utilize the software will use the same process as reservations for physical conference rooms; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your desired date and time.


Employee Referral Program 3rd Quarter

The following is sent on behalf of Molly Daniels, Director of Human Resources:

Do you know someone who would be a good fit for our organization? It could make you up to $500! Northern Rivers is pleased to present our new Employee Referral Program, which became effective April 1. Each quarter, Human Resources will designate specific positions that qualify for the referral program. We will select these positions based on jobs that are hard to fill or where there is a significant hiring need. More details on the program are attached.

Qualified Positions for Third Quarter of 2017 (July 1 – September 30) are:

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Update on Computer Security and Support

The following is sent on behalf of Paul Stamas, Chief Information Officer:

The IT team has implemented new tools and processes to enhance the protection of our computer systems and level of service desk support.  We are updating computer systems more regularly with required security updates and patches.  A new set of tools have been implemented to manage security updates on computers to include improved anti-virus software (WebRoot) and remote support software (TeamViewer). 

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Parsons Day Treatment Relocation

Due to an ongoing construction project in the Fuller Building, Day Treatment staff on the Academy Road campus have temporarily relocated to offices in the Neil Hellman School and the main building on campus.  To reach Parsons Day Treatment staff over the next several weeks, please call 426.2723 or 426.2724.

To help you with scheduling, here are a few contact notes:

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Mail Run for the week of July 3

The following is sent on behalf of Rich Gerardi, Chief Facilities Officer:

 Because of the July 4 holiday, the interoffice mail run will operate on the following schedule for the week of July 3-7:

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Retirement of Ron Griesche

The following is sent on behalf of Rich Marini, Chief Financial Officer:

This Friday, Senior Financial Analyst Ron Griesche will close the books on his career with our organization. For more than 40 years, Ron has helped support our mission by keeping an eye on the bottom line and ensuring that the dollars entrusted to us to support the care of children and families are spent prudently and responsibly. Throughout his career, Ron always put our clients first, and he has been a true asset to our organization.

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