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Child Passenger Safety Week
Drug Take Back Day Jan 21 2017
Sullivan County’s Warming Centers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 13, 2016
Sullivan County’s Warming Centers Will Be Activated Wednesday December 14th through Saturday December 17th
Monticello, N.Y. -Sullivan County through its Department of Family Services is opening its’ warming centers from 7PM Wednesday December 14th through Saturday December 17th at noon. The NWS is predicting frigid temperatures through that time period. The warming centers are located at the Ted Strobel Center at 10 Jefferson Street Monticello and the Methodist Church at 170 North Main Street, Liberty NY. People needing to warm up or stay overnight due to the cold can be helped at those locations.
Health and Family Services Commissioner Joe Todora also wants to remind people that if you encounter someone homeless who may also be suffering from mental illness, people can call our Mobile Mental Health team at 1-800-710-7083. Currently if someone needs a place to warm themselves our partners at the Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless and Action Toward Independence in Monticello, CACHE and People for Equal Justice in Liberty are available areas. Should these people present at our partners offices as homeless our partners will contact the Department of Family Services so the application process can begin immediately. If you are communities based organization and are interested in offering a place that people can go to warm themselves this season, please contact us at 845-292-0100.
Outreach and engagement will be provided generally by local law enforcement, our community partners and the public. All Law Enforcement agencies can refer people living homeless and in the cold to the Department of Family Services at any time seven days a week. The public can refer or report a homeless individual/family to any of the following:
• Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department – 845-794-7100
• Monticello Police Department – 845-794-4422
• Fallsburg Police Department – 845-434-4422
• Liberty Police Department – 845-292-4422
• New York State Police – 845-292-6600
• Sullivan County Department of Family Services – 845-292-0100
For further information contact Joshua Potosek, County Manager, at 845-807-0450.
Great American Smokeout
Sullivan County Child Passenger Safety Seat Program
Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday August 27 at various locations NEW DROP BOX LOCATION
Thursday, August 25, 2016
(Liberty, NY) - The Sullivan County Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force of the Rural Health Network, Catholic Charities of Orange & Sullivan, and the Sullivan County Sheriffs are again partnering to announce another Drug Take Back Day to be held Saturday, Aug 27th at various locations throughout the county from 12:30pm- 4:30pm pm, with temporary one day locations at the Jeff Pharmacy (1-3 pm) in Jeffersonville and at the DPW Monticello Transfer Station (12:30-4:30 pm).
In addition, thanks to the efforts of the Sheriff’s Office, Public Health Services, and Joseph Todora, Commissioner of the Division of Health & Family Services (who is also a member of the Task Force), a fourth Drop Box has been permanently placed in the lobby of the Department of Family Services, Travis Building, 16 Community Lane, Liberty. Prescription and non-prescription drugs can be disposed of without questions in this drop box during business hours, 8 am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.
NEW DROP BOX at Dept. of Family Services
Well over 500 pounds of unwanted prescription medications have been collected over the past year as a result of numerous sponsored Take Back Days and the 24/7 availability of Drug Drop Boxes placed throughout the county. Sullivan County Public Health Director, Nancy McGraw, would like to thank the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, local police departments, Catholic Charities of Orange & Sullivan, and members of the Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force for making this a successful public health initiative. “It is because of the efforts of caring, concerned public officials and community leaders working together that we have been able to make a difference for our communities.
We have not only reduced the likelihood of prescription drugs falling into the wrong hands and being abused or sold, but have improved access for residents for safe disposal sites; we are also protecting the environment at the same time because people are not flushing them or throwing them in the garbage which ends up in a landfill.” This is a perfect example of what a community can do when the right partners get together and take action on an important issue affecting the health and safety of our residents.”
For more information on this event or meeting dates and times of the Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, please call the Rural Health Network Coordinator at 845 292-5910 x2222 at Sullivan County Public Health Services.