MARC Foundation and Prevention of Drug Misuse (Aired August 20, 2023)

               

Victoria Marsella (“Tori”), vice-president of the MARC Foundation, visited Radio Rotary to tell about the Foundation’s programs for providing financial support to efforts to prevent drug and
alcohol misuse and to support recovery from addiction. The MARC Foundation originated as a support for MARC residential treatment houses, which are now a part of Mental Health America
of Dutchess County (MHA). While continuing support for the houses, the Foundation has expanded its mission and now helps fund many local organizations and individuals dealing with drug or alcohol misuse. For example, the Foundation offers transition financial help for persons who have completed their treatment and are returning to normal life. With MHA, the Foundation has built a Drug Overdose Memorial on the Dutchess Rail Trail, which offers several ways to remember victims of drug misuse. Each year on International Drug Overdose Awareness Day (August 31) the Foundation invites organizations and individuals to participate in a candlelight vigil at the Memorial. The Foundation raises money for support from annual events such as a golf outing and a bowling tournament.

Learn More
MARC foundation: https://www.marc-foundation.org/
Mental Health America of Dutchess Country (MHA): https://mhadutchess.org/
International Drug Overdose Awareness Day: https://www.dea.gov/ioad
Hope on a Mission: https://www.hopeonamission.org/
Council on Addiction Prevention and Education (CAPE): https://capedc.org/

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Empowering People with Disabilities (Aired June 18, 2023)

         

Radio Rotary welcomes Lily Schaub and Jill Rodriquez, who describe the In Flight program that aids persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In Flight, Inc. empowers its clients to support a meaningful quality of life, which can range from developing basic skills to living in a group home (or independently) or to finding satisfying employment. In Flight achieves its mission
through residential services for adults and one-on-one skill-building, including for children living at home. The I-Sail program provides training that can lead to employment opportunities. Clients and supporters come together in August for the Cornhole for a Cause fundraiser, which includes music, food trucks, raffles, and other entertainment.

Learn More:
In Flight: https://www.inflightinc.org/
COM-HAB: https://www.inflightinc.org/community-habilitation/
I-SAIL: https://www.inflightinc.org/isail-flights-success-academy-independent-living/
Hudson Valley Service Providers: https://www.hvspllc.org/
New York State Office of Developmental Disabilities: https://opwdd.ny.gov/
Developmental Disabilities: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/developmentaldisabilities/facts.html

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Coordinated Behavioral Health Services (Aired on May 21, 2023)

        

Radio Rotary welcomes Ruthanne Becker, Senior Vice President of the Mental Health Association of Westchester, to discuss the Coordinated Behavioral Health Services (CBHS), a partnership of twenty-eight agencies that provide services for mental health and substance use issues, empowerment, and peer support services, educational and employment services, and many more throughout seven counties in the Hudson Valley, helping more than 60,000 individuals annually. The mission of CBHS is to support its members’ efforts to provide effective behavioral health services to the Medicaid, Medicare, and uninsured population. The telephone number (833) 839-2247 will reach trained counselors who can direct a person with mental health issues to the agency that will provide help.

Learn More:
Coordinated Behavioral Health Services: https://www.cbhsinc.org/
Mental Health Association of Westchester: https://www.mhawestchester.org/

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Team Teen Educates about Addiction (Aired on April 30, 2023)

               

For this program, Community Educator Dora Celestino, for CAPE (the Council on Addiction Prevention & Education in Dutchess County) returns to Radio Rotary along with Prevention Coordinator MaryAlice Kovatch, for the Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Council of Orange County, join Radio Rotary to talk about a new program, Team Teen, also known as Teen Intervene. The purpose of the program is to delay the start of addiction or to reduce the use of the addicting substance. Teens at risk are identified and provided help along with their families through guided conversations with trained therapists. All forms of addiction are considered, with vaping and marijuana use currently on the rise.

Learn More:
CAPE (Council on Addiction Prevention & Education: https://capedc.org/
Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Council of Orange County: http://www.adacinfo.com/
Team Teen (Teen Intervene): http://www.adacinfo.com/programs-services/teen-intervene/

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