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Our Affiliations Make a Difference

It’s important to be part of the conversation. That’s why FCA aligns itself with organizations that contribute to the greater good of our clients through direct service, advocacy or legislation.

Agency-wide Affiliations

  • The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities
    We work with The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities to increase the number of children, adults, and families who are able to live healthy and productive lives and realize their full potential as contributing members of their communities.
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals Long Island Chapter
    Chief Development Officer Don Holden is an active member of the AFPLI and networks with the LI business community to create opportunities for clients and encourage support for our programs.
  • Health and Welfare Council of Long Island
    We are proud to be a member of the HWCLI, an umbrella organization dedicated to working with area non-profits to advocate with and on behalf of all Long Islanders to ensure a pathway to economic stability and self-sufficiency.
  • Hempstead Promise Neighborhoods
    We created this advocacy group to bring together non-profits, businesses, religious, government and community groups interested in improving the lives of residents of the Village of Hempstead, a community challenged by failing schools, poverty, and crime.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness  
    We are part of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
  • National Association of Social Workers 
    Many staff are members of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). The largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.
  • National Board of Certified Counselors
    Our counselors are part of the NBCC which recognizes counselors who’ve attained certification and advances the counseling profession and enhances mental health worldwide.
  • New York State AIDS Advisory Council
    President/CEO Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds has been on the NYS AIDS Advisory Council since 1994, where he is Vice Chair and Chairs the Budget Subcommittee. The NYS AIDS Advisory Council advises the NYS Governor, Commissioner of Health and members of the state legislature on issues related to HIV care and prevention. Dr. Reynolds is a NYS Senate Majority appointee to the Council, has been re-appointed three times, and is the longest serving member of this distinguished panel.
  • Reclaiming Futures

 

Addiction Prevention, Treatment and Recovery

  • AVRASA LI- Family Treatment and Recovery Center Vocational Counselor serves as a member
  • Catholic Health System (CHSLI)- Partners with FCA's Sherpa services
  • Department of Health Perinatal Network
  • Families in Support of Treatment (FIST)- THRIVE Partner
  • Hands Across Hempstead- Active participant in coalition meetings
  • Hempstead ABGS Middle School- FCA serves as a subcontractor of prevention services.
  • Island Harvest- Supplies food & resources for FCA food pantry
  • Long Island Recovery Association (LIRA)- THRIVE partner
  • Nassau Alliance for Addiction Services (NAFAS)- FCA serves a member organization. Nicolle Vasselman, FCA Program Director, stands as the Secretary for NAFAS.
  • Nassau County Heroin Prevention Task Force
  • Nassau County Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Workgroup- FCA serves a member organization and Nicolle Vasselman stands a co-chair.
  • Nassau County Re-Entry- Active participant in monthly case conference to discuss treatment options.
  • Nassau University Medical Center Detox and Inpatient Substance Use Rehabilitation
  • OASAS
  • Rockville Centre Coalition for the Youth- Active participant in coalition meetings. 
  • SAMHSA

 

Family Education & Support

  • Health and Welfare Council of Long Island- FCA's Family Education and Support Division is a proud member of the HWCLI, an umbrella organization dedicated to working with area non-profits to advocate with and on behalf of all Long Islanders to ensure a pathway to economic stability and self-sufficiency.

  • LICADD, Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence - The primary mission of LICADD is to reduce the incidence and prevalence of the disease of alcoholism, other drug addictions, and related problems.         
  • Long Island Advocacy Center- Assists with solutions to school problems such as discipline, truancy, suspensions, residency disputes and inappropriate placements.
  • Nassau County Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)-  The Nassau County Juvenile Detention Center is a 32 bed secure facility designed to house juvenile offenders who have criminal cases pending in Family, County, or District Courts. It is under the supervision of the Nassau County Department of Social Services and is certified by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.  The detention center is designed to be a short-term facility and houses youths until final dispositions of their cases. Based upon the dispositions made, the youths are returned to their communities, placed on probation, or referred to agencies that provide longer-term care.
  • Safe Center LI, Inc.- Formerly the Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Coalition against child abuse and neglect. Services assist in saving and changing the lives of the victims of domestic or dating abuse, child abuse, and rape and sexual assault. Serves are provided to enhance the recovery of trauma victims and their non-offending family members.
  • Youth in Progress- A foster care youth leadership team that consists of youth in care across NYS.  Youth are able to discuss issues and concerns in the foster care system and play ways to help make change. 

Mental Health & Wellness

 

Youth Client-Focused Affiliations

In service to Long Island’s children and young people, we participate in a diverse group of organizations and advocacy groups to promote the rights of those who are too young to speak for themselves. These groups include:


Senior Service Providers Coalition

Members of our Senior & Adult Services Division actively participate in a variety of coalitions and associations that are devoted to improving care for the elderly ensuring that these individuals, who are often very vulnerable, are cared for safely and treated with dignity.  These organizations include:

  • Geriatric Mental Health Alliance
  • Glen Cove IAC
    • The Interagency Council of Glen Cove is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the delivery of human services through collaboration and communication, and to provide mutual support among community agencies through sharing and networking.
  • Long Beach Interagency Council of the Aging
    • Promotes education and agency networking to enhance services to older adults in Nassau County.
  • Long Term Care Community Coalition (LTCCC)
    • Nonprofit organization dedicated to improving quality of care, quality of life and dignity for elderly and disabled people in nursing homes, assisted living and other residential settings. LTCCC focuses on systemic advocacy, researching national and state policies, laws and regulations in order to identify relevant issues and develop meaningful recommendations to improve quality, efficiency and accountability
  • Long Term Care Council of Nassau County Health and Human Services
  • NAPSA
  • Nassau County Senior Service Providers Coalition
    • The organization represents all of the seniors in Nassau County.  Professionals committed to keeping seniors living safely in the community, preserving their dignity and quality of life. The coalition is dedicated to education and advocacy for the senior population both as individuals and as a collective whole.  The Senior Service Providers’ Coalition is committed to using funds efficiently and effectively.
  • Nassau*NY Connects Long Term Care Council (LTCC)
    • Identifies emerging long –term care needs in the county and to forge new relationships and reinforce existing ones in order to work toward improved communication and a more streamlined long –term care service delivery system.  The goal to conduct long term care system planning and development to ensure achievement of the goals and objectives of the Point of Entry system.
  • National Adult Protective Services

FCA has served Long Islanders since 1884 through some difficult and challenging times and we continue to do so today in ways that limit health risks to clients, staff, volunteers and vendors. We recognize that in times of crisis, community needs increase and we are called to do even more. That's why all of our programs remain open and our staff are working hard to support kids, families and seniors through these unprecedented times.

We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and will continue to fine tune our response in the days and weeks to come. We are receiving daily bulletins from the state and county health departments, from NYS OFA, OMH, OASAS, OCFS and CDC. Based on what we have heard from them, we have listed below the current modifications to our normal programs. Also, the full FCA COVID-19 Statement is available on our homepage or in the Press Release section of our site.



ADDICTION, PREVENTION, TREATMENT & RECOVERY DIVISION

Family Treatment and Recovery Centers remain OPEN


  • Hempstead and Hicksville will be open with virtual services for normal business hours
  • Hempstead will have limited staffing onsite 9:00 – 5:00, Monday – Thursday; Hicksville will have limited staffing onsite 9:00 – 5:00 Monday – Thursday and 9:00 – 3:00 Friday
  • 1:1 counseling and group counseling available via phone and ZOOM, please work with your primary counselors to coordinate participation or contact the site directly
  • We are encouraging individuals to utilize phone sessions in order to reduce the number of individuals on site.
  • Peer Recovery Advocates and Care Coordinators will be available for peer support and to provide assistance with coordinating any community-based needs.
  • For Health and MAT appointments call the office to schedule an in person or telehealth appointment with the Doctor

Hempstead Family Treatment & Recovery Center (516)486-7200

Hicksville Family Treatment & Recovery Center (516)935-6858


Prevention Services


  • Prevention team is available for individual counseling via phone. Please email efungkhee@FCALI.org to schedule a session with one of our counselors today.
  • Educational and support materials are being posted on the Prevention Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/substanceusepreventionsupport
  • Please contact Hempstead Family Treatment & Recovery Center at (516)486-7200 to speak with an onsite clinician for immediate assistance.

SHERPA


  • Sherpa teams will be working remotely at this time.  We will continue taking community and hospital referrals via phone.
  • Certified Recovery Peer Advocates are available to provide recovery support assistance and linkage to treatment and support services remotely.

Please contact Sherpa at (516)592-7385.


THRIVE Everywhere/THRIVE Nassau/THRIVE Suffolk


  • Both THRIVE Nassau and Suffolk sites remain open but with limited staff available
  • THRIVE will be moving services primarily to remote, virtual platforms - all upcoming groups and activities will be posted to THRIVE's Facebook page
  • Visit www.thriveli.com for updated information
  • Limited staff sessions available:
    Suffolk 2-8 ( on site)
    Nassau 12-4 ( onsite)

Please contact THRIVE Nassau or Suffolk with any questions.

THRIVE Nassau (516)765-7600

THRIVE Suffolk (516)631-822-3396

THRIVE@FCALI.org


CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS DIVISION


The following modifications have been made to service delivery within our Care Management, Health Home Care Management, Children & Family Treatment & Support Services (CFTSS), HCBS Children’s Waiver, Youth & Family Integration (Y-FI), Family Center Family Support and Family Center Respite programs.


  • All staff are working remotely.
  • Telehealth services are being used in place of face to face contact. This includes telephonic and video.
  • Group events will occur digitally. Families should continue to RSVP to events and further instructions will be provided by Family Peer Advocates.

For questions on any services or to reach your counselor of advocate call 516-485-5976 As always, if you are experiencing a mental health emergency please call 911.


PREVENTION & FAMILY SUPPORT DIVISION


  • FCA’s 31 Main Street location is not currently accepting walk-ins. Client meetings will be taking place via scheduled appointments only.
  • All Lutheran Church Pantry referrals can call (516)485-4600 ext. 1221. All calls will be answered within 24 hours. Lutheran Church currently accepting electronic referrals only. At this time, the pantry is stocked and FCA is in daily communication. Should the status of the pantry change, FCA will be notified.

Credible Messenger:


All staff are providing virtual workshops and individual sessions with the youth.  All youth have access to contact their FCA and CCMI workers Donna Raphael, Senior Director (516) 644-7528


Family First:


Clinicians are working remotely providing services and resources to students and families in the Great Neck North and Great Neck South High Schools and North Shore School District. Clinicians are working with the mental health teams of each school district to strengthen information being sent to parents and to connect school districts with FCA programs and services. Family First’s clinical psychotherapy services are being provided via telehealth and emergency appointments will be made with the approval of the Clinical Director, Marc Fernandez at 516-804-1010. Se habla Español.


Lynn Vanderhall Nursery Co-Op:


  • The Coop Nursery is closed until April 1as per the rest of the Nassau County Executive and the NYS Governor.
  • Staff are available to parents via phone to disseminate information and assess for needs. Ana Arriaza, Nursery Co-op Program Coordinator (516)213-0005 Donna Raphael, Senior Director (516)644-7528

PACT


All staff are providing virtual workshops and individual sessions with families with focus on parenting stressors and prevention measures in dealing with COVID-19. Monica Chuchon, Program Coordinator (516)329-5275 (Hablo Española)
Donna Raphael, Senior Director (516)644-7528


SNUG


The SNUG Team are providing virtual individual sessions with all participants with focus on prevention measures in dealing with COVID-19. Lionel Charles, Program Manager (516)293-4194 Desann Brown, OVS Supervising Social Worker (516)712-4718 Donna Raphael, Senior Director (516)644-7528


Step Up to Opportunity


All staff are providing virtual workshops and individual sessions with the youth.  All youth have access to contact their SU2O worker. Donna Teichner, AVP (516)485-4289 ext. 1223
Messages responded to daily.


RESIDENTIAL SERVICES DIVISION


The Residential Services division continues to work together to ensure only essential staff is on site and that all programs are fully equipped with supplies


Detention Diversion


Program continues to provide services via telehealth.

Margaret Doherty, Program Coordinator mdoherty@fcali.org (516) 221-1310


Lakeview House


  • All current residents are remaining in the program with daily programming put in place to include a focus on distance learning schoolwork and recreational activities on site. Staff continues to follow CDC cleaning procedures and is monitoring residents closely for any COVID-19 symptoms in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • All external visitors are limited to specified family members, medical personnel and behavioral health specialists.

Sarah Constantinou, Program Coordinator sconstantinou@fcali.org (516)678-5991


Nassau Haven Emergency Youth Shelter – remains OPEN


  • Our Emergency Youth Shelter continues to operate and is screening all youth for COVID-19 symptoms in accordance with CDC guidelines prior to entry into the program.
  • All current residents are remaining in the program with daily programming put in place to include a focus on distance learning schoolwork and recreational activities on site.
  • Staff continues to follow CDC cleaning procedures in the program and is monitoring residents closely for any COVID-19 symptoms in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Margaret Christy, Program Coordinator mchristy@fcali.org (516)221-1310


Walkabout for Young Men and Women


  • All current residents are remaining in the program with daily programming put in place to include a focus on distance learning schoolwork and recreational activities on site. Staff continues to follow CDC cleaning procedures in the program and is monitoring residents closely for any COVID-19 symptoms in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • All external visitors are limited to specified family members, medical personnel and behavioral health specialists.

Andrea Kerr, Program Coordinator akerr@fcali.org (516)379-8251


West Nassau Residence


  • All current residents are remaining in the program with daily programming put in place to include a focus on recreational activities on site to keep residents engaged. Staff continues to follow CDC cleaning procedures and is monitoring residents closely for any COVID-19 symptoms in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • All external visitors are limited to specified family members, medical personnel and behavioral health specialists.

Cheryl Jenkins, Program Coordinator cjenkins@fcali.org (516)285-1151


SENIOR & ADULT SERVICES DIVISION


The FCA Senior Division is deeply concerned for the community at this time and are dedicated to supporting older adults throughout this crisis. We will continue to provide services in a modified way that protect the safety of each senior. Although we will not be physically in the office we will be responding to messages in real time, offering phone support and assisting with resources whenever available and possible. We will continue to provide up to date information and guidance.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Program

All support, counseling, education and services will continue via telephone or teleconference. If you need assistance or information please contact the program at: 516.292.1300 ext. 2264 or contact Regina Anderson, program coordinator via email at: randerson@fcali.org


EISEP Case Management and In-Home Assistance Program


  • Clients should continue to call the regular EISEP phone number 516-292-1300 and either dial their case manager's extension or for new clients they can leave a message by dialing “0”. Calls will be returned as soon as possible between 9AM-5PM.
  • Although there will be no face-to-face visits, FCA Case Managers are conducting regular phone calls and will continue to make appropriate referrals as indicated.
  • FCA is working with the Home Delivered Meals programs to continue providing service. If someone needs Home Delivered Meals or shelf stable food a case manager will perform a short phone assessment to confirm eligibility. Call the number above.
  • Every effort is being made to work with home care agencies and the Nassau County office for the Aging to provide in home services and support to the seniors of Nassau County.

Friendly Visiting


Friendly Visiting volunteers will continue to offer telephone assistance to clients. If you are in need, or know someone in need of social support, please contact Jessica DiCarlo at (516)743-2389 or jdicarlo@fcali.org.


HIICAP


The HIICAP hotline and volunteer counselors are available to provide information on all aspects of health insurance including Medicare Parts A, B, C & D and EPIC.


Pauline Andrews, Coordinator Phone: (516)485-3425 ext. 2322, Email: PAndrews@fcali.org

Barry Klitsberg, Assistant Coordinator Phone: 516-485-3425 x 2324 

HIICAP@fcali.org (516)485-3754


Should you not be able to immediately reach HIICAP personnel, your call will be returned within 24 hours.


Ombudservice Program


  • COVID-19 has had major effects regarding Long Term Care Ombudservice Program (LTCOP) ability to provide advocacy services to our residents. In order to protect our volunteers and the residents we serve in long term care facilities, LCTOP has decided to have all volunteers cease visits to their assigned facilities until further notice.
  • FCA Ombuds staff will continue to take calls and manage information, assistance and any grievances as usual.  If you have any questions or need to speak with the Ombudsman office for any reason, please continue to call (516)466-9718 ext. 1 or ext. 2.
  • In addition, it is state law that every facility post the NY State Ombudservice program number 1-800 855-582-6769 for assistance.

OMH Linkage Project


The following program modifications have taken affect:

  • Client assessments are being completed over the phone
  • Intakes are being completed over the phone
  • RN Nursing Assessments will be conducted over the phone
  • Providing case management & counseling via phone

Please contact Melissa Vasquez, Program Coordinator, at (516)292-1300, ext. 1245. Should you not be able to immediately contact our staff, please leave a message and someone will return your call within 24 hours.


Senior Financial Services


Any questions regarding senior financial services should be emailed to mmata@fcali.org. Messages left on our voicemail will be returned within 24 hours. Although there will be no in person meetings, we will be able to answer questions and offer guidance via phone in regard to taxes, budgeting, reverse mortgage and other financial concerns.


The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) staff helps Nassau County seniors and persons with disabilities to apply for federal home heating grants. Eligibility for this once-a-year assistance is based on household income. Each year, benefit amounts and income guidelines are determined by the New York State Office for Temporary and Disability Assistance. The program runs from mid-November until funding is exhausted. Cooling assistance is offered during the summer, based on funding, for income-eligible households with a medical need for air conditioning.


Clients in need of home energy assistance can continue to contact our phone number and a case coordinator will return your call within 24 hours (516) 227-7386.


SOS Elder Abuse Prevention and Support Programs



If you have been the victim of a scam or think you might be a victim of financial exploitation or crime please contact Manda Kristal at (516) 485-3425 ext. 2333 (mkristal@fcali.org). FCA’s Safe Observant Seniors Program staff will continue to provide uninterrupted assistance to victims of elder abuse. Although services will not be conducted face-to-face to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our clients, our staff will be available to provide support, education, guidance and connection to available resources by phone and email. If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to call Nancy Burke at (516) 485-3425 ext. 2332 (nburke@fcali.org), or Anne Kilarjian at (516) 485-3425 ext. 2228 (akilarjian@fcali.org).