August 30, 2013, Brooklyn, NY…
Councilwoman Sara M. Gonzalez, a longtime supporter of community health, has announced that $268,000 in City Council funding has been secured to support LFHC’s Sunset Terrace Family Health Center’s Psychosocial Program.
Councilwoman Gonzalez has previously addressed the need for programs like Sunset Terrace’s Psychosocial Program for local residents with serious mental illnesses and the positive impact of the Lutheran Family Health Centers network on diverse health needs in southwest Brooklyn.
“This funding marks the third allocation I have made in as many years,” said Councilwoman Sara M. González. “As a Certified Clinician, I am acutely aware of the vital importance the Psychosocial Program provides to the progress of the participants involved. I want to thank the executives and staff at Lutheran Family Health Centers as well as the program participants who all played a part in this victory in our ongoing campaign to keep the program alive. I am also proud to say I gained my accreditation as a clinician at the facility.”
“Councilwoman Gonzalez has a long history with the Sunset Terrace Family Health Center and we are so pleased that she continues to serve as a strong advocate for our patients and our community health center network,” said Larry K. McReynolds, executive director, LFHC.
The Sunset Psychosocial Program philosophy is based on the belief that individuals living with a serious mental illness (SMI) can recover from their illness and have the capacity to learn and to grow and to live productive lives in the community. The program serves over 150 members. Additionally, the Sunset Terrace Family Health Center, the home of the Psychosocial club, offers evidence based individualized treatment services for individuals managing mental health disorders, struggling with chemical dependency problems and/or coping with health issues associated with HIV/AIDS. The center treats 3,200 patients annually.