NY groups to take over post-Irene mental health role
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -
An outreach program to help people in northern New York recover after Tropical Irene has wrapped up its efforts.
Project Hope, which was run by the state's mental health office, provided free on-site crisis counseling and assisted with referrals to those affected in Clinton and Essex Counties. Leaders say counselors traveled more than 40-thousand miles and reached out to 2-thousand residents and businesses. Now that the Project Hope program is over, United Way entities such as Catholic Charities and the Long-Term Recovery Group will step in.
"Some folks are having trouble with their furnaces still, they need a new furnace or need appliances. They are still having mold problems. They are having trouble filling out forms. Some are feeling overwhelmed still and need help sorting that out, what to do, what steps to take first. Folks are having problems with their mortgages, they are still renting and don't have a place yet," said Gretch Sando with Project Hope.
For more information how to contact the organizations:
Catholic Charities DCM can be contacted at 518-561-0470; the United Way can be reached by dialing the 211 help line or calling 518-563-0028.
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