News release on the Putnam Family and Community Services receiving the Bronze Key award.
The National Council on Alcoholism & Other Drug Dependencies/Putnam (NCADD) honored Putnam Family and Community Services (PFCS) at their annual fundraising luncheon on October 18, 2013 for their exemplary contributions to alcohol and drug prevention in Putnam County. Putnam Family and Community Services (PFCS) received the NCADD Bronze Key, which is a national recognition award granted by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence organization to an individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the field of substance abuse prevention. Executive Director of Putnam Family and Community Services Diane Russo and the Director of Chemical Dependency Doreen Lockwood accepted the award on behalf of the organization.
This was the first time an organization received the bronze key honor in Putnam County. Putnam Family and Community Services (PFCS) is the only private non-profit agency providing Mental Health and Chemical Dependency services in Putnam County, New York. Their staff include a highly trained team of psychiatrists, masters level clinicians, chemical dependency counselors, prevention educators, nurses, case managers, and family and peer advocates.
Since 1997, Putnam Family and Community Services contributions to our community have improved the quality of life in Putnam County. We are so pleased to be honoring an organization who contributes so much to substance abuse prevention in Putnam County. PFCS serves 1 in 15 Putnam residents, through more than 20 innovative programs.
The energy and professionalism of the PFCS Treatment and Prevention Teams, along with their dedication to reducing alcohol and substance abuse, and to providing quality prevention and treatment services to the Putnam County community is outstanding and inspiring to all those who know and work with them. “We are grateful for all of Putnam Family & Community Services contributions and their commitment to alcohol, substance abuse and problem gambling prevention” stated Kristin McConnell, Executive Director of the National Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies/Putnam.
Chemical Dependency Treatment Services at PFCS are dedicated to the premise that addiction is a treatable disease. The treatment team provides: assessment; individual, group and family counseling; psychiatric evaluations and medication management.
In addition to treatment, prevention is a key component of Chemical Dependency Services at PFCS. The Prevention Team provides evidence-based educational programming in the Garrison, Mahopac and Putnam Valley school districts. The “Too Good for Drugs” and “Too Good for Violence” Programs as well as the Cyber-Bullying and Safe Dates Programs were received by over 2,600 school children last year through more than 20,000 educational sessions. The team operates under the premise that prevention education is vital to the community and is designed to decrease alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and problem gambling while working to improve pro-social attitudes and increase understanding of the consequences of substance use and problem gambling.