mental health program

Meet the Staff: Alexa Tysowski

  RISE Life Services has an amazing team of people, who make a powerful and positive difference every day in people’s lives.  We’d like you to meet our staff members and learn more about them. This week we introduce you to Alexa Tysowski, residential manager within RISE’s Mental Health Program. We asked Alexa some questions to get to know her better. What is your role at RISE? I am a manager within the Mental Health Program. What does your job include? I am responsible for...

Meet the Staff: Jared Gabrielli

RISE Life Services has an amazing team of people, who make a powerful and positive difference every day in people’s lives.  We’d like you to meet our staff members and learn more about them. This week we are bringing back our Q&A blog and we introduce you to Jared Gabrielli, Mental Health Program Coordinator. We asked Jared some questions to get to know him better. What is your role at RISE? I am the Program Coordinator of the Mental Health Program.  I...

Karen’s Milestone 60th Birthday Party is a First

Karen Dimase just turned sixty. This year is the most memorable birthday yet because the team in the Mental Health Program at RISE planned a big celebration. This party marks the first birthday bash that Karen has ever had in her life. Ms. Dimase lives in a Mental Health Program house in Aquebogue. This year, the team wanted to do something extraordinary for her. So, Cherita Massenburg, Maxine Love and other staff planned a casino-themed party and invited all of her...

RISE Mental Health Program Attending Legislative Day

  Our Mental Health Program will be participating in the New York Association for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS) Legislative Day in Albany again this year. This important event will take place on Tuesday, February 26 in the Hart Auditorium at the Egg, Albany from 9:30 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. The agenda this year includes discussing state public policies for 2019-2020, which focuses on Housing Rate Adjustments for Mental Health Housing programs; Cost of Living Adjustment for Human Services...

The Mental Health Advocacy Group at RISE

RISE Life Services’ Mental Health Program organizes an Advocacy Group, in which individuals in the MH Program gather to actively promote awareness in the community to end the stigma attached to mental illness. In the past, they have participated in events such as Alive on 25 in Riverhead in order to share the message of awareness among our neighbors on the East End of Long Island. At their table, they distributed items they created along with flyers and snapped pictures for...

The Mental Health Program and Intimate Relationships Group

Communication is the key to enhancing most all situations. Sometimes there is a need to talk about difficult topics or intimate issues. That need was apparent for individuals within the mental health program at RISE Life Services. Cherita Massenburg, mental health program director, knew it would be beneficial to initiate group sessions focused on discussing intimate relationships. A group was formed in June of 2018 and individuals were asked to attend via invitations mailed to them. Participants were eager to meet...

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