Phoenix House Academy of Westchester Hosts “Drug Crisis In Our Backyard” Community Forum

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Phoenix House Academy of Westchester's Rochelle Saks, and Jose Rosario welcome the Hon. James Reitz of Putnam County to the drug forumOn February 7, Phoenix House Academy of Westchester was the site for the community forum, “Drug Crisis in Our Backyard,” hosted by the Academy’s Jose Rosario, Vice President, Managing Director and Rochelle Saks, Senior Deputy Director. This event, third in a series of forums held in Yorktown, with nearly two hundred attendees, was organized by two area families who both lost their adult sons last year to drugs.

Guest speakers for the evening were: Steven Margolies, MD, Regional Medical Director/Director of Outpatient Services, Phoenix Houses of New York, Gary Mendell, Chairman & Founder of Brian’s Wish Foundation, and Chris A., describing his addiction, recovery, and how the loss of his best friend Erik Christianson affected his life. Presentations on the drug problem society faces and personal recollections were shared during the forum. Many local dignitaries attended: State Senator Greg Ball; the Hon. James F. Reitz, Putnam County Judge; Mary Ann O’Dell, Putnam County Executive; Ken Schmidt, Carmel Town Supervisor; Michael Grace, Yorktown Town Supervisor; Sheriff Donald Smith and A. Gerald Schramek, Chief Criminal Investigator of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Dept.; with leaders from the ASK Program (Alliance for Safe Kids) working with the Yorktown School District to raise drug awareness.

The Salamone and Christianson families have continued to promote awareness of the rampant use of prescription and illegal drugs, particularly in the suburbs of Mahopac, Somers and Yorktown, New York. They are working tirelessly, seeking legislation mandating prescription monitoring, joining forces with other agencies and advocates in order to offer a positive outcome to the community after the tragic loss of their sons. Phoenix House Academy of Westchester provided several tables of informational materials with staff providing guidance to guests on recovery services and prevention for adults and teens. We were pleased to be chosen as the venue for the forum and look forward to participating in future community endeavors. Additional photos from the event are featured on our Facebook page.

The Phoenix House Academy of Westchester is a residential treatment program for adolescent males and females. The Academy provides an array of services including individual, group, and family counseling, along with evidence-based clinical treatment programs addressing each client’s individual needs. Teens at the Academy enjoy a rich campus life and attend an on-site school, where they can earn their diplomas or credits that can be transferred to their home schools.

To find out more about the programs and services offered, call our toll-free number today: 1 888 671 9392.

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