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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