Edward L. Falterman
Edward L. Falterman is the Case Manager for the Liberty Apartments Program, a Supportive Housing Case Management Program at Bethesda House of Schenectady. Bethesda House is an interfaith ministry to the homeless, mentally disabled and economically disadvantage citizens of Schenectady County, building a just, hospitable and inclusive community one person at a time by affirming the dignity and addressing the needs of each guest entering this House of Mercy.
Ed is a highly qualified and dedicated Professional offering over 15 years of case management experience in human services in working with individuals and families with compassion, tireless advocacy, navigating and collaborating for positive change with the different systems that effect their lives and providing sensitivity to the specialized needs of people who are homeless disabled and economically disadvantaged, including people of substance abuse, mental health issues, people of color and the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. He is a strong leader, team player with excellent multitasking, empathetic and active listening skills.
Ed worked for Homeless and Travelers Aid Society (HATAS) of the Capital District Inc for 6 years, as a Case Manager/ Program Coordinator for Shelter Plus Care Program and the Family Pathways to Housing Case Management Program. He provided case management services which included vocational services, subsidized and supported housing for homeless Albany County citizens with disabling conditions including a history of mental health issues or chemical dependence. Ed also served as the Program Coordinator for the HATAS Mental Health Jail & Court Diversion --Forensic Case Management Program. He represented HATAS on the Single Point Access (SPOA) Committee and the Providers Service Coordinating Committee (PSCC) for high risk clients of the Albany County Department of Mental Health. Ed has been a Board member of the New York State Case Management Coalition Board since September 2006.
January 2007. Ed has been a Board Member of the New York Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since January 2000 and he is a Life Member of the NAACP. Ed is a member of the Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, since September 2008.
Ed Falterman earned a Master of Public Administration from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University of Albany, State University of New York and a Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration from Buffalo State College, State University of New York. He graduated from Buffalo State College, State University of New York earning a dual degree in a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law.
LCSW, a graduate of Smith College, received her Masters Degree from Columbia University School of Social Work. She has had specialized training in alcoholism and substance abuse counseling, and is certified in acupuncture detoxification. Ms. Kocsis is the Executive Director of Human Development Services of Westchester headquartered in Mamaroneck, NY (Westchester County). The agency provides ICM, SCM, Homeless Outreach, and Adult Home Case Management, as well as transitional and supportive housing for over 350 persons with mental illness. It also has a clubhouse that offers supported employment, supported education, recreational and social opportunities
Ms. Kocsis has worked for the New York City Bureau of Child Welfare and Windham Child Care, and was Executive Director of Futura House Foundation, a provider of housing and rehabilitation services for persons with psychiatric illnesses. In 1999, Futura House merged with Human Development Services of Port Chester, to become Human Development Services of Westchester. Ms. Kocsis is presently Executive Director of that agency, which provides similar housing and rehabilitation services, as well as case management, clubhouse and neighborhood preservation services.
Ms. Kocsis has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University and at New York University, and is co-author of The Halfway House, On the Road to Independence, published by Brunner/Mazel. She has served in numerous positions on the Board of Directors of the Association for Community Living, a statewide organization of providers of housing and rehabilitation services in New York for persons recovering from psychiatric illnesses, and currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors of the New York State Case Management Coalition. She is Chairperson of the Community Services Board of the Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health, a member of the Westchester Community College Advisory Board, a member of the Port Chester NAACP, and Past President of the Rye City Lions Club.
Andrew O’Grady, LCSW-R is the Executive Director of Mental Health America of Dutchess County. He has provided 21 years of dedicated service to those affected by mental illness and the individuals and systems that treat those individuals.
Andrew has been with MHA of Dutchess for 11 years. He came to MHA in May of 2001 when the opportunity to manage and oversee the transition of Case Management Services from Dutchess County Department of Mental Health to the MHA presented itself. This was a very large transfer of services which impacted all aspects of the mental health system in Dutchess County. Having already been an integral part of successfully transitioning the outpatient clinics from DCDMH to SFH he was well aware of the process, struggles and actions necessary to assure success. Andrew’s willingness to embrace change, his leadership around design, development and staffing has led to successful major transitions of service both in the delivery of clinical and well as case management services in Dutchess County. After identifying extremely strong, competent and compassionate leadership the MHA Case Management Department has had stellar reviews by New York State Office of Mental Health as well as DCDMH.
In 2010 Andrew was promoted to the position of Division Director of Adult Services for the MHA. This role allowed him to help oversee key changes to the location of the MHA Homeless Day Program, Living Room (Mel’s Place) as well as the development of the Beacon Wellness Center PROS Program, the MHA’s first OMH licensed program.
Andrew has appeared on both television and radio, speaking about not only the MHA but on many mental health topics in an effort to eradicate stigma. He has been recognized locally and statewide for his compassion and leadership.
LCSW-R is the Coordinator of Case Management Services for Children and Adults in Greene County and Schoharie County. Darlene has also worked as an Adult Intensive Case Manager in lower and northern Westchester County 1989-2000 and as the Adult ICM Coordinator at Bronx Psychiatric Center 2000-2004. Darlene has been a member of the NYS Case management Coalition Board since 2005 and currently serves as Vice-President of the Board. Darlene is bi-lingual in Spanish.
Diana Simons has 25 years of experience working in the field of mental health. 18 of those years were in Intensive Case Management in Manhattan and the Bronx. Diana is currently blending strengths-based case management philosophy into a homeless outreach initiative targeted to chronically street homeless individuals living with mental illness. She continues to collaborate with her ICM colleagues on a regular basis.
Karen Taylor is the Program Director for Weston United’s Care Coordination Program where she provides individual case management to Severe and Persistent Mentally Ill (SPMI) and in many instances they are chemically dependent and dually-diagnosed clients. She supervises a bachelor’s level staff of eight and provides support to 132 consumers to assist them with the appropriate services so that they may remain in the community. While at Weston United she had the opportunity to work as the Acting Director for that ACT Team while running the Blended Case Management Program ensuring that all consumers within our agency receive comprehensive clinical services. Karen has worked also worked at Fountain House, Clinton Residence, and Fort Washington’s Men’s Shelter.
Karen Taylor graduated with a Bachelors of Arts from Syracuse University and a Master’s in Social Work from Adelphi University. She has been the Program Director for Weston United’s Blended Case Management Program since 2008. Karen is deeply committed to providing the best, most dignified treatment possible to a client population that is often stigmatized and without hope.