Advocate of mentally ill to speak at Rotary lunch
MILLBROOK â€” Steve Miccio, executive director of Poughkeepsie-based nonprofit PEOPLe Inc., will talk at the Rotary lunch in Millbrook on Friday, April 29. PEOPLe is a support and advocacy organization founded in 1990 to advocate for the rights of those with a psychiatric diagnosis.
â€œThe mentally ill rank among the most vulnerable in society,â€ observed Michael Kelsey, Dutchess County legislator from District 25 and vice-chairman of the Family and Human Services Committee. â€œThey are at times without resources or abilities to take care of their own mental and physical needs, and our society is too quick to overlook them.
â€œThatâ€™s why the work of Steve Miccio and the advocacy efforts of PEOPLe Inc. are so important,â€ he added. â€œThose who struggle with mental illness need people to inspire hope, teach wellness and help them to navigate that complex system of survival that most of us take for granted.â€
PEOPLe, Inc. operates in Dutchess, Ulster and Orange counties. It has developed a hospital diversion house in Orange and Ulster counties, has implemented a peer advocacy program in a hospital emergency room in Kingston and works closely with the three county mental health systems in developing practices that promote healing and recovery. In addition, PEOPLe, Inc. also provides vocational, housing, recreational, social and drop-in services to the psychiatrically labeled.
This talk is open to everyone and will be held at the Millbrook Carriage House on Alden Place from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. There is a $14 charge for lunch.