Warren and Washington counties seek organization to expand veterans program
(NEWS10) – It’s easy to say thank you to a veteran on Veterans Day, but once the day is over some vets need more than just “thank you for your service”. What they may need are services to help them readjust to civilian life.
To facilitate this adjustment, Washington and Warren counties are among two dozen counties in New York state that offer the Joseph P. Dwyer Peer to Peer program for veterans. âWe have had this joint program for a number of years and it has been quite successful. In fact, to the point where we think if we can involve a nonprofit to help our staff run it, we can provide more services, âsays Don Lehman, Warren County Public Affairs Director.
counties for the Adirondack Peer Support Services, Joseph P. Dwyer Project, provides mental health counseling, resources, education, awareness and employment assistance to military veterans. Both counties are looking to expand the program by partnering with a nonprofit so they can not only help more veterans but also get advice while doing so.
In a press release, Kenneth Winchell, Director of Veterans Services for Washington County, said, âMy office looks forward to helping the nonprofit develop and grow this program to meet the needs of our alumni. fighters by creating a strong peer support system. within this community.
The peer-to-peer veterans program is open to all veterans transitioning from military to civilian life. It was launched in 2012 in Suffolk County and has grown rapidly for implementation in almost half of New York State’s counties.
The Warren and Washington counties veterans services offices would work with an organization willing to use New York state funding to further develop the bi-county program. The two counties are among 25 in New York State that have established peer-to-peer support for services provided by veterans to veterans.
“I believe having a nonprofit community continue to grow this program will better benefit our veterans in Warren and Washington counties on a broader spectrum than ever before,” said Denise DiResta, director of veteran services. Warren County fighters.
Counties have issued a ‘Request for Proposals’ (RFP), for eligible organizations registered as 501 (c) (3), and have experience in providing veterans or mental health services. adults to include veterans. Proposals will be accepted until December 2.
Organizations that wish to request a copy of the RFP or have questions can contact the Warren County Purchasing Department at (518) 761-6538.