Family Services and the Family Partnership (Aired on August 29, 2021)

Brian Doyle, CEO for Family Services, describes for RadioRotary listeners the enormous scope of his organization, which operates in Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties. He emphasizes the Behavioral Health Centers in several locations, which promote mental health, and the Center for Victim Safety and Support, which provides 24-hour non-residential, comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, scams, and other crimes. The Family Partnership Center in Poughkeepsie, a centerpiece of Family Services, collaborates with some 20 organizations for humanitarian services based largely in a 100-year-old building in downtown Poughkeepsie. All Family Partnership services (except the Behavioral Health Centers) are free. The Partnership Center is very excited that they are adding a branch of the Poughkeepsie Public Library in the building. Because of the building’s age, the Family Partnership is about to undergo considerable repairs and remodeling, including a new roof and new front entrance.

Learn More:
Family Services: http://www.familyservicesny.org/
Family Services Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FamilyServicesHV
Poughkeepsie Public Library District: https://poklib.org/
The Lunch Box: https://dutchessoutreach.org/the-lunch-box/

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Mental Health Workers Aid Police (Aired July 25, 2021)

Behavior specialist Linwood Burke and mental health intensive care manager Lashaveous Dicker, now both aiding police in dealing with situations where strong emotions or mental-health issue are involved, are the workers assigned by Mental Health America of Dutchess County (MHA) to help handle these dicey calls. Mr. Dicker is on every call that Beacon Police make, while Mr. Burke
travels with the police detail when mental-health issues are involved, and he also holds community workshops with the police. The MHA staff are in civilian clothes with a vest identifying them as mental-health auxiliaries so that people nervous about the police can relax. The program has been deemed a success, with the MHA staff able to get a troubled perpetrator to drop his knife and to persuade reluctant mentally ill to go to the hospital. Burke and Dicker are trained in techniques to help de-escalate conflicts.

Learn more:
Mental Health America of Dutchess County: https://mhadutchess.org/
Poughkeepsie Police Add Mental Health Worker: https://midhudsonnews.com/2020/08/27/poughkeepsie-police-add-mental-health-worker/
Beacon Police Add Mental Health Worker: https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/2021/04/05/beacon-adds-mental-health-specialist-police-department/7084167002/
City of Poughkeepsie Police Department: https://cityofpoughkeepsie.com/police-department/
Beacon, NY, Police Department: https://www.beaconny.gov/index.php/departments/police/

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ARC of the Greater Hudson Valley (Aired on June 20, 2021)

Joan Glase, Director of Public Relations and Foundation at The ARC of the Greater Hudson Valley, visits RadioRotary to describe the work ARC does for its 2,000-some clients in Dutchess, Orange, and Sullivan counties. ARC furnishes group homes for 3 to 9 individuals and provides day programs for those individuals and for many who live with their families. Direct Support Professionals not only provide therapy but also help with employment or other concerns. The goal of ARC is to enable people of all abilities to become productive members of society. In addition to the homes and services to individuals living with their families, ARC has two clinics and both a pre-school and a K-12 school. The clinics offer several types of therapy, dental services, podiatry, and medical evaluation. ARC is a nonprofit primarily funded by government, but many services are enhanced by the ARC Foundation, which raises money through donations and events such at two golf tournaments each year.

Learn more:
The ARC, Greater Hudson Valley, NY: https://arcghvny.org/
The ARC, New York: https://www.thearcny.org/
The ARC (of the United States): https://thearc.org/
Educational Learning Experiences at ARC: https://elearc.org/
National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals: https://nadsp.org/

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Peace Scholar Marie-Paule Attema (Aired on June 13, 2021)

One of the important programs of The Rotary Foundation is educating professionals in ways to improve peace between people and nations, a program called Rotary Peace Fellowships. Graduates of the program, Rotary Peace Scholars, use their education in various ways to increase peace—which is not just the absence of violence—in the world. In this program, RadioRotary interviews Peace Scholar Mare-Paule Attema about her fellowship in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, and her work with Indigenous Australians. Born in Rwanda but growing up in Canada, Marie-Paule has used her peace training in Canada as she deals with mental-health issues, primarily with adolescents. A fascinating show about a woman with a fascinating life.

Learn more:
Marie-Paule Attema: https://rotary9640.org/documents/en-ca/37a25b3d-2c6a-4c1f-a1b7-c7e536fb80c2/1
Rotary Peace Fellowships: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/peace-fellowships
The Rotary Foundation: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary/rotary-foundation
Indigenous Australians: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports-data/population-groups/indigenous-australians/overview

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