County crisis team recognized for outstanding work

HUDSON– In a time of diminishing state funds, when the need for the social safety net provided by government is rising, the Columbia County Department of Human Services Crisis and Assessment Team has received recognition and praise for its work with some of the county’s most vulnerable adults.

On December 2, Crisis Team members Patrice Lyons, Amy Smith, Robyn Berlin, Amber Kline and Rosanne Aulino received a Certificate of Recognition from the state Office of Children and Family Services at a reception held at the Department of Social Services offices in Hudson.

Social Services Commissioner Paul Mossman cited the team’s effective collaboration with other social service groups, which enabled the organization “to immediately respond and provide assessment and essential services for keeping people safe, healthy and better able to resume normal life activity within the community.”

Michael Cole, director of Human Services, expressed pride in the team’s work, and cited his department’s close partnership with DSS as a factor in the success of the team.

Gladys Carrion, Esq., a commissioner of the state Office of Children and Family Services, said that the purpose of the award is to increase the public’s “awareness of and appreciation for the often unsung work done on a daily basis by these dedicated professionals to protect elderly and disabled adults from harm and to assist them to continue to live safely in the community.”

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