Mental Illness, Addiction, and Homelessness Impact Thousands on Long Island;New York State awards $327,000 grant to Family Service League to update nine facilities!
Suffolk County, New York – The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) has allocated a $327,000 grant to Family Service League, a Long Island based non-profit human service organization. This award, as part of the Nonprofit Infrastructure Capital Investment Program (NICIP), will fund needed upgrades to client-serving facilities at nine FSL locations, allowing improvements in the areas of security and efficiency.
The DASNY has made a commitment to all Long Island residents, which includes thousands facing the emotional and physical hardships associated with mental illness, substance abuse, and homelessness. Since 1926, FSL has been delivering behavioral health and mental health services to individuals and families, touching the lives of over 50,000 people annually. The grant announcement is a vital step forward towards furthering FSL’s outreach particularly in light of the growing epidemic of heroin and prescription drug dependency across Long Island and the growing need for treatment facilities. “This grant from New York State means updated security infrastructure at FSL facilities which will enhance services for those coming to us facing the many challenges associated with mental health issues, homelessness, or addiction,” said Karen Boorshtein, FSL President & CEO. ” When individuals and families turn to FSL in search of help, we need them to feel they are in an environment which is both comfortable and safe as they begin their often difficult journey to better health.”
The funded improvements will comprise of adding security features utilizing the latest technology and allow for an instant response in the event of a crisis. The improvements will foster a greater sense of safety, therefore putting families at ease, and creating a healthier environment to focus on successful treatment and improving the quality of their lives.