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Orange County OMH Leaders Visit Hamaspik in KJ

Orange County Office of Mental Health (OMH) Leaders Visit Hamaspik in Kiryas Joel

Public Servants Tour Building, Programs, Get Feel for Agency’s Community Services

Nov. 11, '14
By Mendy Hecht, Hamaspik Gazette

A pleasant and productive visit of Hamaspik by Darcy Miller, Commissioner of the Orange County Office of Mental Health (OMH), was held recently, as Ms. Miller toured Hamaspik of Orange County’s central Admin/Day Hab Building hub.

Commissioner Miller was joined by Orange County OMH Deputy Commissioner Thomas Bolzan.  The duo arrived shortly after 2:00 p.m.

The Sept. 29 visit focused on Hamaspik’s capacity to meet its constituent community’s needs, and had the two public servants strolling through the cavernous facility, meeting and greeting staff and beneficiaries alike in the building’s several programs.

Welcoming them at the New York State Hamaspik Association (NYSHA) Article 16 satellite clinic was Director Faigy Lichter, who led them on a brief tour of the clinic’s private waiting rooms for the discretion-conscious, and its clinicians’ offices, therapy rooms and primary waiting area.

Mrs. Lichter and her visitors also talked about what additional services might be offered in the future, and the challenges that would have to be overcome to eventually deliver those services.

The guests took particular note of the center’s orderliness, Mrs. Lichter said.  “They saw we have an understanding of the developmentally disabled population,” she added, asked what impressed her guests most.

Making their way about the rest of the sprawling center, the twosome chatted with Hamaspik founder Meyer Wertheimer and other staff about recent goings-on in the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), the state agency with which Hamaspik partners to provide a good part of its current services.

In the course of said tour, the visitors and their entourage popped in on the After-school Respite program’s activity rooms, and paid a quick in-person visit to the center’s sizable Day Habilitation (Day Hab) program.  They also visited the Early Intervention (EI) program, also in session.

The entire semi-formal visit concluded in just over two hours, with Commissioner Miller—who has visited Hamaspik in the past—and her top lieutenant coming away personally familiar with Hamaspik’s community clout and position, and with both the public servants and Hamaspik staff looking forward to a positive and mutually beneficial relationship in the future.