Pegasus Program Supports Children Affected by Drug Abuse

Putnam County Youth Bureau holds Thursday meetings

The Putnam County Youth Bureau will begin the Pegasus Program, which has been providing information, support and hope to families struggling to cope with alcohol and substance abuse for over 25 years.

pegasusA parent of one of the children in Pegasus said: “The Pegasus Group is a place for us to talk about our feelings and express what is on our minds without feeling ashamed or out of place. This is truly a very important and significant program, and it has meant so much to both of us, but more importantly to my child. She has met other children in the same position as her, and they come together to share, play, laugh and learn about life and how to deal with a parent who is shattered by addiction.”

The Pegasus Program provides education and support to children ages 6 to 14 and their parent(s) or guardian(s) who have a loved one suffering from alcohol or other drug dependency. Child, teen and parent/caregiver support groups are staffed by master’s level counselors. These groups provide a safe and confidential environment to learn, express feelings, develop positive coping skills and have fun.

Pegasus will begin on Thursday, March 21, and run Thursday evenings from 6 – 7:30 p.m. for eight weeks. Sessions are held at the Putnam County Youth Bureau, 110 Old Route 6, Building 3, in Carmel. Pegasus is free and confidential.

Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Adriene Iasoni-Aull, LMSW, 845-808-1600, ext. 46126, or adriene.iasoni@putnamcountyny.gov.


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