The New York State Center for Training and Technical Assistance was established through a joint partnership between the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault (the Alliance) and the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA), which supports the efforts of Rape Crisis and Sexual Violence Programs (RCSVPs) to deliver quality sexual violence prevention and response services. The New York State Center for Training and Technical Assistance is funded by the New York State Department of Health through the Federal Preventative Health and Health Service Block Grant.
As the New York State Center for Training and Technical Assistance, the Alliance, and NYSCASA presently work with over 53 RCSVPs in New York State, increasing their capacity to implement effective evidence-based and trauma-informed primary prevention initiatives and direct services for survivors of sexual violence with a focus on the assistance and services provided to college campuses through the Enough is Enough program. Education Law 129-B (‘Enough is Enough’) was passed by New York State in July 2015 to address the issue of campus sexual assault. This law requires institutions of higher education in New York State to provide comprehensive prevention education and intervention resources to their students. The responsibilities and guidelines outlined in ‘Enough is Enough’ law include, but are not limited to, the provision of comprehensive direct services and resources to student survivors, the creation of a fair and prompt campus adjudication process, the provision of ongoing prevention programming, the distribution of campus climate surveys, and the publicizing of a students bill of rights.
The ‘Enough is Enough’ law requires that colleges and universities that lack appropriate on-campus resources or services develop Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) or other partnership agreements with rape crisis programs. Through New York State, many RCSVPs have developed partnerships with their local colleges and universities to assist them in implementing the law. To enhance these efforts, our training and technical assistance staff work closely with these programs on an individual level to provide customized training, policy and programming advice, and educational opportunities based on needs assessments conducted annually.
Our educational resources, such as toolkits and webinars, are designed to increase skills and knowledge of RCSVPs about trends and needs related to innovative programs and best practices in sexual violence prevention and response.
Through years of experience as training and technical assistance providers, the Alliance and NYSCASA have a well-formed partnership and technical assistance methodology, as well as, successful track record required to guide thoughtful prevention and intervention programs in multiple settings.