COUNCILWOMAN GONZALEZ ANNOUNCES $268K IN CITY COUNCIL FUNDING SECURED FOR PSYCHOSOCIAL CLUB
Thursday, September 13, 2012
COUNCILWOMAN SARA M. GONZALEZ ANNOUNCES $268,000 IN CITY COUNCIL FUNDING SECURED FOR LFHC'S SUNSET TERRACE'S PSYCHOSOCIAL CLUB
A long time supporter, Gonzalez visits site to meet with staff and program participants
September 13, 2012, Brooklyn, NY
Councilwoman Sara M. Gonzalez visited Lutheran Family Health Centers' Sunset Terrace Family Health Center on September 7 to announce that $268,000 in City Council funding has been secured to support LFHC's Sunset Terrace Family Health Center's Psychosocial program. As part of her visit, Councilwoman Gonzalez addressed staff at an annual employee appreciation event as well as participants in the Sunset Psychosocial program.
In her remarks, Councilwoman Gonzalez addressed the need for programs like Sunset Terrace's Psychosocial program for local residents with serious mental illnesses and the positive impact that Lutheran HealthCare has on southwest Brooklyn. She recognized the ongoing support of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Councilmembers Domenic Recchia and Vincent Gentile.
"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 center in her work as the budget negotiator for Brooklyn," 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.
Photo Caption: Wendy Stark, SVP, Administration/Special Populations, LFHC; Violeta Maya, LFHC Board of Trustees; Tomas Cruz, VP, Ambulatory Behavioral Health and Special Populations, Sunset Terrace FHC; Councilwoman Sara M. Gonzalez; Larry K. McReynolds, EVP, executive director, LFHC; Maria Escalera, advocacy coordinator, LFHC.
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