Posts Tagged ‘Sullivan County’

Aging In Prison: A RealHealth Article Includes Perspective From HVCS

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

Jennifer Brathwaite, our Director of Education and Prevention, is quoted in this two-part article on aging in prison on

This a lengthy yet eye-opening article that is well worth the read. Jennifer’s contributing quotes appear in Part Two.

Here’s an excerpt:

Brathwaite finds that sometimes formerly incarcerated seniors may not be aware and educated about issues concerning HIV. “While I wouldn’t want to stereotype or put everyone in the same group, I think that with our older population, there is less knowledge or access to information that’s current about the advancements in this area and in what we know about HIV, hep C, STIs [sexually transmitted infections], infectious disease transmission and things like that,” she observes. “I think there’s still a lot of stigma, specifically around HIV, and a lack of knowledge about how the virus is transmitted.”

Part One

Part Two


Criminal Justice Initiative Now Offering Hep C Linkage & Support

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
Our Criminal Justice Initiative, which provides HIV education and linkage to care for those incarcerated in NY state prisons in Sullivan County, recently received an enhancement to include Hepatitis C (HCV) services.
Our new HCV Linkage Specialist will work with known HCV+ individuals within the correctional facilities, including an action plan for their treatment, working with the medical unit in each prison, and making referrals to medical care. Our staff will also provide transitional planning for those being released from prison so that they can remain linked to care, housing and other services. The Linkage Specialist will identify any barriers that HCV+ incarcerated individuals might have to seeking treatment and help them to overcome those obstacles.
Medical staff within New York State’s Department of Corrections & Community Supervision report large numbers of incarcerated individuals who are HCV+, so we are grateful to be offering this service.

Sullivan County Opioid Abuse Prevention Conference

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

OCTOBER 3, 2018
Bethel Woods Center for The Arts -Event Gallery

Featured Speakers:
Tom Kersting, PhD, MA, LPC: “Digitally Distracted: Parenting in the Age of Technology”
Michael Nerney, BS: “The Adolescent Brain: Substance Abuse and Other Risky Behavior”

Local Speakers:
Nancy McGraw, LCSW, MBA, Public Health Director, Sullivan County: Background and Update
Frank Barone, Hudson Valley Community Services: “I was Twelve: My Story of the Road to Recovery”
Martin Colavito, MHS, CASAC, Catholic Charities: “mindful prevention – what really works”

Registration Fee: $25 per person
Register here

and Welcome Breakfast begin at 8:00 am
Conference begins promptly at 9:00 am
Continental Breakfast and Lunch Included

For more information, contact Sullivan County Public Health Services at: 845.292.5910

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply
endorsement by the U.S. Government.


HVCS’ Frank Barone To Speak At Sullivan Co Opioid Abuse Conference

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

HVCS’ Frank Barone, a member of our Syringe Exchange Program staff, will be on the panel at the upcoming 2018 Sullivan County Opioid Abuse Prevention Conference at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. Frank is one of the featured local speakers and his segment is entitled, “I Was Twelve: My Story of the Road to Recovery.”

Get all the details and register for the conference here.

New Sullivan Co Helpline Ad Features HVCS Employee Frank Barone

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Frank BaroneFrank Barone, HVCS’ Syringe Exchange Program Prevention Specialist, recently recorded a public service ad for the Sullivan County Helpline. In less than a minute, you’ll get a sense of Frank’s past and why he’s so passionate about his work here at HVCS.

Frank has been a panelist and speaker at several recent conferences and town halls about the opioid epidemic, with more speaking engagements to come.

Thanks to the Sullivan County Health Department for sharing this with us, and for partnering with HVCS to reach more people with addiction disorders in Sullivan County.

Health Services Coordination Available in Orange & Sullivan Counties

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

Do you know an Orange or Sullivan County resident living with chronic health conditions that doesn’t have insurance?

HVCS now offers FREE Health Services Coordination for uninsured individuals with chronic health conditions or mental health illnesses. The HSC Program can:
• Assess health needs and refer them to resources
• Refer them to food and housing sources
• Inform them about insurance options
• Enroll them in the NYS health insurance marketplace, including Medicaid
• Serve as contact to NYS health insurance marketplace

Our Coordinator is a Certified Application Counselor.

Our step-by-step guidance from application assistance to enrollment in Health Homes can help individuals who are already overwhelmed by chronic or mental health condition get one step closer to the healthcare and social support they need. Visit our website for more information, or contact our Health Services Coordinator directly!

Photos From Our Monticello Open House

Monday, June 16th, 2014

On Friday, June 13, 2014 HVCS held an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony at our new Sullivan County office at 20 Crystal Street in Monticello. Several of our non-profit neighbors stopped by for sandwiches, cake and coffee and took a tour of our beautiful new space. Thanks to everyone who came, and to those who helped make it a special day!

New Monticello Office Open House & Reception

Friday, June 13th, 2014

The front of our new office in MonticelloPlease join the staff of HVCS at our new home in Sullivan County! Stop by for light refreshments, cake, and a tour of our new Monticello office at 20 Crystal Street. Though we’ve got a new office and a new attitude, all of our other contact information (phone numbers, emails, etc.) will remain the same.

Please RSVP by June 7th to Anthony at (914) 785-8277 or via email.

The front door to our new Monticello office space

Urgent: Client Need Alert for Sullivan County!

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

ARCS’ Sullivan County has received two requests from clients in dire need of furnishings for their new homes. Both have moved from transitional housing to new homes in Liberty, NY.

The first client currently sleeps in a chair. She hopes someone will donate a twin mattress, box spring, and frame. Her partner, who is paralyzed and also positive, needs a feeding tray on wheels, such as they use in hospitals, that fits over a hospital bed.

The second client is in need of a queen sized mattress, box spring, and frame. She has also asked for help in finding curtains and rods for privacy, a kitchen table, four chairs, a TV (if possible) and handicap rails for a bathroom (with easy-to-mount suction cups if possible).

Because these clients have physical limitations, donors must be willing to deliver these items to the clients’ homes in Liberty. If you have any of these items and would like to donate them, please contact us at (914) 785-8326. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the Federal law. Thank you for your generosity!

If possible I would need somebody to deliver it because both clients’ are not able/ capable to pick it up themselves due to physical limitations.