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Mental Health Association in Putnam County, Inc.
Brewster Towne Centre
1620 Route 22
Brewster, NY 10509

(845) 278-7600
www.MHAPutnam.org

Community Support Services for adults with mental health needs and their families. All services are free and include: Information and referral “warmline”, Peer Bridging Program, Drop-In Center, Self-Help Groups. Support Groups for adults and children who have someone with mental illness in the family are also available. Community outreach and education are also components of the Putnam MHA program.

1. Family Support Services

Support groups and education for individuals with mentally ill family members.
Payment Terms: Free
Special Programs: 
   Sibling Group for children 8-12 and 13-18 with a mentally ill sibling or parent, ext. 238
   Advocacy Training and Support Groups for Adults with a mentally ill relative(child, spouse or sibling) ext. 231

2. Drop-In Center

Consumer-run. Open Tuesday 1-8, Thursday 1-8 & 2nd Saturday each month 11-4.
Payment Terms: Free
Eligibility: Adults (18 years and over) with mental illnesses who live in Putnam County and neighboring communities
Special Programs:
   Trips
   Games & Movies
   Arts & Crafts
   Recreational Activities

3. Self-Help Groups

Peer-run support groups in a variety of areas for the mentally ill. Call for current schedule.
Payment Terms: Free
Special Programs:
   Depression Support
   Bipolar Support
   Creative Arts
   Current Events
   Self-Esteem
   Smoking Cessation

4. Peer Specialist Program

Recipient-staffed information and referral phone line to assist callers in locating mental health services in Putnam County and neighboring communities. Also provides peer support.
Payment Terms: Free

5. Family Support Group Held at Putnam Hospital Center

Sponsored by The Mental Health Association in Putnam County.

This is a group for family members and friends of people who are mentally ill where they can find ongoing support and assistance with other matters, including:

  • Emotional help
  • How to help the family member or friend
  • Where to take grievances
  • Help from the experience of others
(845) 278-7600 Ext. 231

Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center
935 South Lake Blvd. Suite 2
Mahopac, NY, 10541

845-628-9284
Email: pnwwrc@comcast.net

Multi-purpose agency to provide shelter, individual counseling, legal and financial counseling, educational resources and referral agency for women. Services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Payment Terms: Sliding Scale
Special Programs: 
   SANE Program (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program) provides physical and psychological support to victims of rape and sexual assault.

Vocational Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID)
Manchester Mill Center, 2nd Floor, 301 Manchester Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

845-452-5325

www.nysed.gov

Vocational counseling; other support services related to employment for individuals with disabilities.
Payment Terms: Free
Eligibility: People with disabilities. Some services dependent on income.

Putnam County Department of Social Services
110 Old Route 6, Building #2
Carmel, NY 10512

845-808-1500, 1-800-342-3009 (State Info Line)
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 9.00AM—5.00 PM

www.putnamcountyny.com/socialservices

Provides Family Assistance to children of families without sufficient means of support due to absence of a parent, unemployment of principal wage earner or parent’s incapacity.
Provides information and assistance on the Home Energy Assistance Program, Food Stamps, Medicaid, and Housing to eligible residents.
Receives reports of child abuse, investigates and protects children from abuse, and protects adults 18 years and older from abuse and neglect.
Provides a range of children’s services, including preventive services, foster care, adoptive services, and day care referrals.
Establishes child support, provides legal representation and related enforcement and collection services.
Payment Terms: N/A
Eligibility: Determined in accordance with State and Federal guidelines
Special Programs: 
   Safety Net—a program for needy individuals and families who do not meet the program requirements for assistance under Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), or supplemental security income (SSI)

Social Security Administration
Vassar Main Building, 191 Main Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

1-800-772-1213, 845-452-3584

Administers Social Security and Supplemental Security payments.
Eligibility: Retired or disabled workers and certain members of their families and survivors of deceased workers and SSI
Special Programs: 
   For workers who have worked a sufficient period of time for retirement and disability benefits may be paid and to certain members of their families. Survivor benefits may be paid to the widow(er) and children
   Supplemental Security Income payments are made to aged, blind or disabled individuals who have limited income and resources.

Putnam Area Rapid Transit
Red & Tan Management
845-878-RIDE
www.putnamcountyny.com/part/index.html

Career Quest
Search for Change
155 Main Street, Suite 206
Brewster, NY 10509

845-279-7703

www.searchforchange.com
Email: info@searchforchange.com

  General vocational training and employment assistance for adults recovering from a mental illness.
Eligibility: 18 years +, emotionally disabled
Special Programs: Computer training is available at White Plains location.
   Additional location at 3630 Hill Boulevard, Suite 404, Jefferson Valley

CAREERS for People with Disabilities, Inc.
45 Fair Street
Carmel, NY 10512

845-225-8007

Email: CareersforPeople@aol.com
www.careersforpeoplewithdisabilities.org

CAREERS helps people with disabilities find productive, sustained employment in their communities by providing individualized job placement, extensive one-on-one job training and long-term follow-along and support services.
Payment Terms: All services are free of charge to clients and employers
Eligibility: Must be Putnam or Westchester County resident, at least 16 years old, and diagnosed with learning, developmental, psychiatric and/or physical disability
Special Programs: 
   High School Transition Program: helps students with disabilities make the transition from high school to successful employment.
   Work directly with students, school staff, and families. Provide pre-employment training and assistance, job placement, on-the-job training and follow-along services to insure long-term success
   Community Transition Program: same services as High School Transition Program, provided to clients at community mental health programs to enable them to make the transition to independent living and successful employment.
Corporate Outreach Program: established to open the door to new jobs in the area’s larger businesses and corporations.

Recovery International Putnam Chapter

Recovery International is often called the best secret in mental health. Founded by Dr. Abraham Low a Neuropsychiatrist at the University of Illinois at Chicago, this peer run cognitive behavioral self help group helps people manage feelings, impulses, fears and anger that impair the ability to lead a normal life.

The Putnam Chapter meeting takes place every Monday morning from 10 AM till 12 PM
                                    at
Putnam Independent Living Services (PILS)
1961 Route 6, 2nd floor (entrance on side of building-building is fully accessible)
Carmel, New York 10512.

Recovery International does not charge a fee however a voluntary free will offering is taken up at each meeting with a suggested donation of $5. No one is turned away for inability to donate.

For more information contact group leader Joseph Guagliano at 845-855-3321. Information can also be obtained by calling Recovery's area phone number at 914-455-2222.

Putnam Independent Living Services
Westchester Independent Living Center
1961 Route Six
Carmel, NY 10512

845-228-PILS (7457)
www.putnamils.org

Provides information, referrals and advocacy for people with disabilities. Services are designed, directed and in most cases delivered by qualified disabled individuals.
Payment Terms: None
Eligibility: Consumer must have a disability
Special Programs:
   Information & Referral
   Benefits & Entitlements Services
   Community Outreach/Education/Advocacy
   Peer Advisement
   Client Assistance Program (serves VESID & CBVH consumers)
   Traumatic Brain Injury Program
   Minority Outreach
   Student Advocacy
   Social Groups

Visiting Nurse Services in Putnam
979 Route 22
Brewster, NY 10509
(845) 278-2550
1-855-4PUTNAM
www.VNSPutnam.org

Visiting Nurse Services in Putnam employs registered nurses with advanced psychiatric training. The nurses conduct home visits for assessment, evaluation and the development of a treatment plan with interventions related to mental health issues in conjunction with medical/surgical needs. The program meets the total health care requirements of individuals utilizing a case management approach led by a psychiatric nurse specialist. Adjunct services complementing the mental health component include home health aides, medical/surgical nurses and relevant rehabilitation therapies. The Mental Health Home Caste Program serves children, adolescents adults, and the elderly.

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