PFCS Announces New Name: CoveCare Center

July 2017

As we celebrate our 20th year, Putnam Family & Community Services (PFCS) is proud to announce that beginning on July 31, 2017, the agency will be known as CoveCare Center. Celebrating its 20th year, PFCS is renewing its commitment to the community with the same highly regarded staff and accessible, affordable, quality services. Read more.

Many Thanks to H.H. Wells Middle School!

June 2017

Two H.H. Wells Middle School student organizations recently donated $500.00 each to Putnam Family & Community Services (PFCS). The Student Council and the National Junior Honor Society were determined to continue a long-standing partnership between the school and PFCS. Read more.

Hands-On Help from JMT Consulting Group!

May 2017

Many thanks to The JMT Consulting Group, who spent a day generously helping to clean up our grounds and gardens, trim trees, and plant beautiful, colorful annuals. In particular, the Children’s Therapeutic Garden received some needed attention and is once again ready for our youngest clients to visit and enjoy a peaceful retreat.  Read more.

PFCS' Krista Zanfardino Receives Humanitarian Award

May 2017

Congratulations to PFCS Associate VP Krista Zanfardino, LCSW, who was honored as the first recipient of the Rabbi Solomon B. Acrish, Ph.D. Humanitarian Award. Receiving the award at the Mental Health Association in Putnam County’s Special Recognition Breakfast on May 3rd, Ms. Zanfardino was recognized for her many accomplishments and her outstanding dedication to promoting mental health in our communities. All of us at PFCS are proud of Krista's achievement! 

Many Thanks to All who Supported the 2017 Spelling Bee! 

April 2017

Putnam area businesses, organizations and residents came together on April 27th to support Putnam Family and Community Services (PFCS) at their 8th Annual Putnam Adult Spelling Bee. Community members from across the county formed 20 teams and vied in a rousing competition for the championship trophy. Guess who won! Read more.

PFCS Partners with United Way to Promote Literacy

February 2017

Putnam Family and Community Services, Inc. (PFCS) is thankful for the United2Read program’s recent donation of books to promote literacy among its youngest clients. United2Read’s mission is to improve students’ reading outcomes and close achievement gaps for high-need students. Read more.


PFCS Unveils Newly Renovated Children's Therapeutic Playroom

January 2017

In 2016, Putnam Family & Community Services (PFCS) was very grateful to receive funds in support of the renovation of our Children’s Therapeutic Playroom. This room is heavily used to support play therapy, supervised visitations and our Children’s Crisis Response Program. Many thanks to The H.O.P.E. for Youth Foundation, H.H. Wells Staff, and the Lake Mahopac, Carmel and Brewster Rotary Clubs for their donations and for making this project a reality! Read more.

PFCS Awarded $20,000 from the Westchester Community Foundation for Children's Crisis Response Program

December 2016

Putnam Family and Community Services, Inc. (PFCS) has received a $20,000 grant from the Westchester Community Foundation to support its Children’s Crisis Response Program. The program serves children and adolescents throughout Putnam County who are facing emergency situations requiring mental health counseling and guidance.

Liza Szpylka, PFCS Vice President of Behavioral Health Services, comments, “This is an extremely important program for our youth. It is essential that the young members of our community have a safe place to turn to in a time of need.” Read more.

CCSI Holiday Party for Youth and Families

December 2016

A joint community partnership brought Putnam County youth and their families together for a night filled with food, fun and festivities. As members of the Children’s Coordinated Services Initiative (CCSI), Putnam Family & Community Services (PFCS), Green Chimneys Community Based Services, and the Putnam County Youth Bureau teamed once again on December 6th to host their annual children’s holiday party. Read more.

Annual IMAGINE Benefit  Honors Judge James F. Reitz for his Dedication and Support

October 2016

Supporters of Putnam Family and Community Services, Inc. (PFCS) came together for dinner, dancing, and fun at the Salem Golf Club on Friday, October 14th to “Imagine…Stronger Communities through Stronger Families,” a shared dedication to the community’s health now and in the future.  The Annual Sid Gibson IMAGINE Award was presented to the Honorable James F. Reitz in recognition of his ongoing dedication to the well-being of youth, adults, and families in the community.  Read more

Jeffrey D. Kellogg and Jessica Vanacoro Join PFCS Board of Directors

September 2016

Putnam Family and Community Services, Inc. (PFCS) is pleased to welcome two new members to its Board of Directors. Jeffrey Kellogg and Jessica Vanacoro are the most recent additions to the governing body of the Carmel-based non-profit.  Read more

Putnam Family & Community Services Receives $1 Million Grant for Older Adult Programs 

September 2016

As part of Governor Cuomo's $8 Million outreach program to expand mental health, addiction and aging services for older New Yorkers, PFCS will receive funding that will assist with the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of older adults in Putnam County. Read more


September 2016

Putnam Family and Community Services, Inc. (PFCS) is once again inviting community members from the Lower Hudson Valley to join them to IMAGINE...Stronger Communities through Stronger Families at their annual Dinner Dance Benefit on Friday, October 14th from 6:30-10:30PM.  Read more

Putnam Family & Community Services Announces New Alliance

July 2016

PFCS is pleased to announce a partnership with Coordinated Behavioral Health Services, Inc. (CBHS), becoming one of the newest members of its Independent Practice Association. The association brings together local community-based agencies with the shared goal of providing exceptional care management and cost-effective services within a rapidly changing health care system. Read more

Putnam collaboration of Mental Health providers hosts 'first of its kind' Recovery Conference

May 2016

On May 12th, Putnam Family & Community Services collaborated with MHA of Putnam, WPILC/PILS, PEOPLe, Inc., NAMI Putnam, Search for Change and NYAPRS to bring a 'first of its kind' conference about Mental Health Recovery to Putnam County. Redefining Mental Health:  Perspectives on Wellness and Recovery hosted peers, families and acclaimed national and state leaders to discuss wellness and initiate change in our way of thinking about recovery.  Read more

Click here for pictures from the event

Download Presentations here:

Recovery and Rights at the Crossroads - Harvey Rosenthal

Creating and Supporting a Culture of Recovery - Edye Schwartz

Is There a Role for Psychiatry in Recovery - Pablo Sadler

Employment...Yes - Paul Margolis

Amplifying Youth Voice and Peer Support - Stepanhie Orlando

Akzo Nobel BEEs Claim Spelling Championship Honors Again in 2016

April 2016

Putnam area businesses, organizations and residents came together on Thursday, April 14th to support Putnam Family and Community Services (PFCS) at their 7th Annual Putnam Adult Spelling Bee.  The Akzo Nobel Bees claimed the championship by correctly spelling the word ‘trypanosomiasis’, and the Putnam Hospital Putnam Pirates took second place honors after a ‘neck and neck’ final round. Read more


Putnam Family & Community Services featured on About Rotary

April 2016

Bill Flash welcomed PFCS' Alison Carroll, VP of Strategic Initiatives, Liza Szpylka, VP of Behavioral Services and Debbie Levin, Development Director to join their discussion about the Rotary International theme for April: Maternal & Child Health Month, and share information about PFCS, our services and how we support the families, children and adults of all ages in the Lower Hudson Valley.  See the video here

Luanne Convery and Laura S. Basili join PFCS' Board of Directors

March 2016

Putnam Family and Community Services, Inc. (PFCS) has added two new members – one from each side of Putnam County - to its Board of Directors.  Luanne Convery of Carmel, NY and Laura S. Basili of Cold Spring, NY are welcome additions to the governing body of the Carmel-based non-profit which provides mental, emotional and social health counseling services as well as substance use prevention and treatment services to the Lower Hudson Valley area.  Read more

Local Rotary Clubs  help give Putnam Family & Community Services a new look

February 2016

Putnam Family & Community Services (PFCS) celebrated the completion of a much needed facelift to its waiting room made possible by donations from the Carmel and Lake Mahopac Rotary Clubs.  Representatives from both clubs were on hand as well as Dana Dalton, who generously donated her time and talent to create a beautiful mural in the children's waiting area.  "You would not believe the difference you have made in the lives of the people that come here," said Diane Russo, PFCS CEO.  Read more

PFCS Partners with 4-H to Bring Holiday Joy to PFCS Families in Need

December 2015

This year children of Putnam Family & Community Services (PFCS) clients will find special gifts under their trees thanks to a partnership between PFCS, Toys for Tots, and Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program.  Social workers and community based service providers worked with families being served by PFCS programs to complete holiday wish lists for their children.  In addition, Toys for Tots, a program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, donated over 20 bags of toys to PFCS for distribution to the families who are seeking to make the holidays a joyful and exciting celebration for their children.  

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Children's Coordinated Services Initiative (CCSI) Brings Holiday Cheer

December 2015

As members of the Children’s Coordinated Services Initiative (CCSI), Putnam Family & Community Services (PFCS), Green Chimneys Outreach Center and the Putnam County Youth Bureau teamed once again on December 10th to host their Annual Children’s Holiday Party.  Read more

From left to right:  Connie Chin (PFCS), Beberly Lopez (PFCS), Christina McGuigan (PFCS), Jessica Day (Green Chimneys), Stephanie Roberts (PFCS), Dawn Mullins (Putnam County), Bonnie Soldano (PFCS), and Elizabeth Owen (Green Chimneys).  Not pictured:  Diana Burns-Wetzel and Elyse Gehring, both of PFCS.

PFCS Announces New Program Directors

November 2015

Putnam Family & Community Services (PFCS) is very pleased to announce the appointment of Arlene Seymour, MA, LCAT, CASAC as Program Director, Alcohol & Substance Use Treatment and Education and Jane Amsden, LCSWR, as Program Director, Mental Health Counseling and Treatment Services.   Read more

Integrating Staff Wellness into Agency Culture: A Win, Win, Win

October 2015

Liza Szpylka, LCSW, VP of Behavioral Health Services at PFCS provides an overview of the successful staff Wellness program in place at PFCS and how it is a 'Win, Win, Win' effort for the agency, our clients and our employees in the Winter 2016 edition of Behavioral Health News.  Read more

2015 IMAGINE Benefit Raises Funds for Mental Health & Substance Use Services

October 2015

Dinner, dancing and good company were the order of the night as supporters of Putnam Family & Commmunity Services (PFCS) gathered for the organization's annual dinner dance benefit.  Guests, sponsors and journal advertisers from all across the area joined under this year's theme to 'Imagine...Life Lived to its fullest', raising funds in support of PFCS services and honoring Master Paul Melella, Jr. of UMAC, Carmel for his dedication and service to the youth of our area (read more)

(from left to right:  Master Paul Melella, Jr. and Diane Russo, Chief Executive Officer, PFCS)

Children's Therapeutic Garden Reopens at Putnam Family & Community Services

After being destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the beautiful garden is restored and ready to serve the children who seek help with social/emotional issues.  Read more

Akzo Nobel Captures 2015 Spelling Bee Championship
May 2015

The AkzoNobel Bees claimed the 2015 Championship at the 6th Annual PFCS Adult Spelling Bee on April 30th after stiff competition from 2014 Champs, The Patterson Library Ninjas. More than 200 people attended this fun-filled, raucous event to support Putnam Family & community Services. (read more)
(from left to right): Cheryl Mahoney, Nick Wolf, Kacie Louis, Mike Engel, Dan Steinhauer, Josh Jurs 

Putnam Pioneer in Family Support and Advocacy to Retire
April 2015

Carmel, NY – At an Open House held on Wednesday, April 8th, 2015, Putnam Family & Community Services (PFCS) honored Pam Forde, Family Peer Support Advocate, for her untiring dedication, strong advocacy and enduring passion in support of Putnam area families for more than 20 years. (read more)

Children's Coordinated Services Initiative Brings Holiday Cheer to Children in Putnam County
December 2014

Putnam County, New York (December 15, 2014) – As members of the Children's Coordinated Services Initiative (CCSI), Putnam Family & Community Services, Inc. (PFCS) joined forces with the Putnam County Youth Bureau and Green Chimneys on December 11th to host an Annual Children's Holiday Party. (read more)

More than 200 Attendees Dined, Danced and Raised More than $75K at Putnam Family & Community Services "Imagine" Dinner Benefit
October 2014

PUTNAM COUNTY, NY (October, 22, 2014) At their event Honoring DRUG CRISIS IN OUR BACKYARD on October 17th, Putnam Family & Community Services raised the largest total donations in the agency's history. More than 200 guests attended the organization's annual dinner-dance benefit, which took place at the Salem Golf Club in North Salem. A record breaking $75,000+ was raised in support of the mental health and chemical dependency treatment programs of PFCS (read more)


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