The private, non-profit Putnam Family and Community Services in Carmel will receive $1 million over the next five years from the New York State Office of Mental Health to expand programs for older adults facing mental health, substance use and aging-related issues. As lead agency of a partnership between the county Office for Senior Resources and the National Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies/Putnam, PFCS will oversee the mental health component of the new program.

Leading the initiative will be a licensed clinical social worker, care manager, and recovery coach, as well as nursing and psychiatric supports. The program will identify and offer services to people aged 55 and older whose independence and involvement in the community may be compromised by behavioral health issues.

“This will be an exciting new model of care that will not only involve mobile services for this population, but will also employ telehealth monitoring units for our more fragile individuals,” said Alison Carroll, a social worker and vice president of strategic initiatives at PFCS.

The program is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2017.

In Cold Spring, meanwhile, the Glynwood Center has received a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop educational and promotional programs to increase local food sales. The funds are coming from the federal Farmers Market Promotion Program.

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One reply on “Two Putnam Groups Receive Big Grants”

  1. Congratulations to the grant recipients! The money they receive will be that much less that has to be raised from county taxpayers.

    This is exactly the kind of initiative that needs to be taken by some of the other non-profit/quasi-government agencies in Putnam, notably, the Visitors Bureau and the EDC (Economic Development Corp.). The heads of these two agencies need to confer wit their colleagues to find out how to get a share of the millions of dollars that are available to them.

    Note to the EDC: this is a much better strategy than having a phony “recognition dinner” for the politicians that costs $175 per person. Also, I wonder if the politicos will pay their own way or will they be subsidized by the other attendees. Judging from my invitation, it looks like there will be at least 45 officials from Putnam’s towns and villages. If they all come and they paid their own way, it would be a hefty $7,875. Not bad, but let’s see what happens.

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