Mission statement and History
PEOPLE (B.A.D.A. Inc.) is a community based counseling center specializing in chemical Dependency treatment and prevention and family/children's services. The agency was founded in 1971 by a neighborhood coalition which called itself "Bethpage Against Drug Abuse", or B.A.D.A. An initial grant was obtained from the Nassau County Department of Drug and Alcohol Addiction for the provision of a program of services to deal with existing and potential substance abuse/misuse. The acronym B.A.D.A. was changed to stand for the "Bethpage Adolescent Development Association" in 1973 because it was felt that it had a more positive connotation. As the need for services among all age groups became known, the agency became known by the appellation "PEOPLE", so as not to discourage use of our services by adults and families.
Our history demonstrates a steadfast commitment to the problems and needs of the community Through supportive care, training, guidance, therapy and education we focus to discourage and prevent substance abuse, delinquency, academic failure, school dropouts, depression, anxiety and to provide counseling to those experiencing difficult life situations..
Our services are offered regardless of race, creed, color, sex, or national origin and seek to provide a holistic approach through cooperation with and referral to schools, vocational agencies, probation and family court, inpatient drug treatment facilities and other community agencies and service groups. In return, we receive referrals from these sources, which in addition to those gathered from former clients, their family and friends, and community advertising, make up our client base.
We are a community program governed by local residents and working cooperatively with various community systems, including the Bethpage School District, PTA's, the Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, and others. It is crucial that there be strong ties between the agency and the community, with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors playing an influential role in maintaining these ties. The increasing quality and effectiveness of the agency's services throughout the years has been dependent upon its relationship with the community and have continued to strengthen that relationship.
People’s major source of funding is a contract for substance abuse treatment from the Nassau County Department of Drug and Alcohol Addiction (NCDDAA). This money comes to the NCDDAA through the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services(OASAS). We are also licensed by OASAS to provide chemical dependency treatment and prevention
Our second largest source of funding is through the Town of Oyster Bay (TOBAY) Department of Intergovernmental Affairs. This funding is targeted to be used to provide services to low to moderate-income families and children. This is a federal grant filtered through the town..
Finally, we a receive a small grant from the state filtered through the Town of Oyster Bay's Division For Youth (DFY).
Our "third-party" funds, which are funds that we must generate in order to meet our budgetary demands, come from client fees, donations, contributions and fund raising
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The People of PEOPLE
The Board Of Directors
The Board Of Directors is the governing body of B.A.D.A. Incorporate. Their primary responsibility is to ensure that the standards of practice are being followed in accordance to State and local regulations and internal policy and procedures. They are responsible for the fiscal solvency of the agency by approving and overseeing the budget. The Board’s responsibilities include supervise Executive Director, attend monthly board meetings, represent the agency within the community and be involved in agency functions. The following are the current Board members
Richard Furrey - Mr. Furrey is a Registered Pharmacist who holds a B.S. in Pharmacy from St. John's University. Mr. Furrey is a past President of the Bethpage Rotary Club and an honaray member of the Bethpage Chamber of Commerce. He is a registered pharmacist at CVS in Bethpage and a life long resident.
Phillip O,Connell - Mr. O"Connell is a 20 year veteran of the Army serving in Korea and Vietnam. He is a retired Employee of Lilco,. He has lived in Bethpage for over 40 years and served as a board member for over 20 years.
Frank D’Andria - Mr. D’Andria is a resident of Bethpage for over 40 years and was one of the charter officers when PEOPLE (B.A.D.A.) was established in 1971. Mr. D’Andria is a former Asst. Vice President of Hempstead Bank from 1966-79 and was President of the Bethpage Rotary Club in 1971-1972.
Teri Catapano Black- Mrs. Black is a life long resident of Bethpage and owner/broker of Century 21 Metro Realty in town. She is a licensed Real Estate Broker, holds a Masters of Science Degree in Education for the Deaf, fluent in sign language ,and taught for several years at Mill Neck Manor School. Mrs. Black is currently a member of the Bethpage Rotary Club and President of The Bethpage Community Council.
Carole Ann Catapano - Carole Ann is a active community member and currently serves as a board member and recording secretary for the Bethpage Chamber of Commerce. She is the recording secretary for the Nassau Council Chamber of Commerce and holds the office of Vice President of the Bethpage Community Council. Carole Ann is owner/broker of Century 21 Metro Realty and resides in Bethpage with her family.
Paul Hoffman - Mr. Hoffman has been working in the criminal justice and social services field for a total of more than 28 years. He worked for 3 1/2 years for the NYC Dept. of Social Services as a Caseworker at various jobs including working with substance abusers and child protection services. He has sinced worked in law enforcement. Since moving to Bethpage in the early 1980's , Mr. Hoffman has been active in community affairs, ie. Bethpage Baseball Association, Boy Scouts, Bethpage Community Council and with People
Dennis Tommasulo - Mr. Tommasulo holds a B.S. in Accounting from the State University of New York College at Old Westbury, and an M.S. in Taxation from Long Island University - C.W. Post campus. Mr. Tommasulo previously held the title of Fiscal Coordinator of Substance Abuse Services for the Nassau County Department of Drug and Alcohol Addiction. Currently, he is developing his own consulting practice.
Matt Silver - Mr. Silver has been active in the Limousine industry for over 15 years and is currently the President of Ultimate Class Limousine and Executive Vice President of the Nassau Suffolk Limousine Association. Mr. Silver is a founding Member and a Director on the Board of the Bethpage Chamber of Commerce. The Arthritis Foundation of Long Island is proud to have Mr. Silver on their Board of Directors. Mr. Silver was honored in 1995 as businessperson of the year by the Nassau Council Chambers of Commerce.
The clinical staff members are comprised of trained professionals and who specialize in the addictions and family and children services. They are New York State certified social workers and substance abuse counselors
Bryant Kaplan, CSW, CASAC Mr. Kaplan has been in the field of drug and alcohol abuse since l979. In l984, Mr. Kaplan worked for the Queensboro Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children where he worked extensively in family therapy with abused children. Mr. Kaplan received his Masters Degree in Social Work from Columbia University in l985, and has been the Executive Director of PEOPLE since 1989.
Fred Lippman, CSW - Mr. Lippman graduated from Stony brook with a Masters Degree in Social Welfare in 1987. He has been with PEOPLE since 1987 and has been Program Director since 1992.
Meryl Leff, CSW, CASAC - Ms. Leff has been a substance abuse therapist and Family counseling specialist since her graduation from Adelphi University in 1994. In addition to her CSW, Ms. Leff has an MS in Elementary Education and has had 7 years of inner city teaching experience.
Colleen LaGreca, CSW- Ms. LaGreca received her Masters Degree in Social Work from Stony brook in 1987. She became an addiction specialist from Adelphi University. Ms. LaGreca has worked for PEOPLE since 1992.
Eileen Varley - Mrs. Varley has been the Secretary of PEOPLE since 1988 Her prior secretarial experience was with a Manhattan law firm and the Sperry Gyroscope Co. in Lake Success.
Laraine Quinci - Ms. Quinci has been the Bookkeeper at PEOPLE since 1988 and had 15 years of prior experience in the field.
William Cushman, CSW- Mr. Cushman is a CSW and has been employed at PEOPLE since 1992, after completing his internship there. Mr. Cushman is currently employed full time by the Mental Health Association of Nassau County as their Program Manager of Community Living and Director of Development.
Lauryn Brady, MSW- Ms. Brady began working for PEOPLE in July 1995 after completing her graduate internship with us. She has a MSW from Adelphi University
Stephanie Epstein, MS- Ms Epstein graduated from C.W. Post with a Masters Degree in Counseling and Development and is a board certified counselor. She is currently employed as a chemical dependency counselor at Huntington Youth Bureau and is a staff therapist/HIV Coordinator at PEOPLE.
Irene Philips, MS- Ms Philips graduated from CW Post with a Master Degree in Mental Health Counseling. She recently went back to school and became a cetified NY State Guidence Counselor. and is employed as a Kindergarden teacher for a private school in Queens Ms. Philips has been working at People since 1995 as an intake asseesment worker and staff counselor.
Neil Somerfeld, CASAC- Mr. Somerfeld has been an addiction counselor since 1990. He recently completed his studies to become a certified social worker. He has been with People since June 1998 as a group facilitator and individual counselor
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Chemical Dependency services
Our program offers services for those who are either substance involved or those who have had substance use impact negatively on their lives.
Our services include recovery and relapse groups supplemented with individual and family counseling on a continuous basis. In addition, we offer a 12 week drug and alcohol education series highlighting the numerous issues surrounding addiction.
PEOPLE incorporates the 12 step philosophies, makes referrals to inpatient facilities and hospitals and offers vocational and legal guidance.
Family and children’s services
Our program is designed to target families with problems around maladaptive behaviors of children which include poor academic performance, truancy, drug and alcohol experimentation, acting out behaviors, parent-child conflicts, physical and sexual abuse, children of alcoholics, children of divorce, depression and single parent family issues.
We offer family, couple and individual counseling as well as child and adolescent groups. We also offer parenting workshops which encompass child and adolescent development, effective communication and coping skills, and stress reduction exercises. We provide quality assessments and referrals and stay in close contact with parents, school and other referral sources.
This program focuses on drug and alcohol education, offering a variety of services to children, adolescents, parents and community organizations. Services include workshops, seminars, adult education, films, in-school presentations, an Open House, participation in community events and a diverse positive alternative program.
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Appointments, fees, hours and contacting us
If you decide to utilize our services, you will go through an intake and assessment procedure and then be admitted to our program if appropriate. If you are unsure if the services we provide will meet your needs, we provide and initial free consultation
People is a not for profit program that is funded in large part by state and local sources, therefore, fees are reasonable and based on ability to pay. Most major insurance coverage is accepted. All Prevention programs are free.
Our hours are as follows:
Mon.-Thurs. 10:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Friday l0:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
How to contact us
Phone number is 516-433-5344
Fax number is 516- 433-5067
Beeper number is 516-529-1585
Email us at Badainc@aol.com
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Upcoming special programs/workshops
A Free Workshop
Are you currently involved in an unhealthy relationship with a spouse, child, parent, friend, or sibling? Is this person drinking too much, using drugs, abusive or neglectful? Is your happiness and sense of self worth dependent upon the actions of this person? If your answer is yes, you are not alone and this workshop is for you
*Understanding why we stay
*Increasing knowledge of outside support systems
*Identifying the roles in the relationship
*Tough love vs. Enabling
*Fear and safety issues
*Effect on other family members
*Coping with feeling of powerlessness and depression
Tuesday, May 2nd
7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
For Information or to Register call Meryl Leff, CSW at
*Refreshments will be served
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From South, Southern State Parkway to 135 North (Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway), exit 28N, 135 North to Exit 9, Plainview Road. Exit ramp, come left under overpass, bear right at next fork (Cherry Ave.) Cherry Ave. to Stewart. Right at Stewart to 936.
From North, take Long Island Expressway to Exit 44S (Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway). 135 South to Exit 9 (Broadway Bethpage). When you come off ramp, turn right – continue to fork in road (Cherry Ave.) Bear right – continue on Cherry to Stewart Ave. – Right on Stewart to No. 936.
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American Council For Drug Education The American Council for Drug Education is a substance abuse prevention and education agency that develops programs and materials based on the most current scientific research on drug use and its impact on society.
National Families in Action National Families in Action is a national drug education, prevention, and policy center based in Atlanta, Georgia. The organization was founded in 1977. Its mission is to help families and communities prevent drug abuse among children by promoting policies based on science.
Partnership for a Drug Free America The Partnership for a Drug-Free America is a private, non-profit, non-partisan coalition of professionals from the communications industry. Best known for its national, anti-drug advertising campaign, its mission is to reduce demand for illicit drugs in America through media communication. Its work focuses on "unselling" drugs to children through media communication, and that’s what the Partnership is all about – preventing drug use among kids.
The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) administers the nation's most comprehensive system of services for substance abusing populations. Each day, about 120,000 New Yorkers receive treatment for alcohol and/or drug addiction from OASAS-licensed programs. Services are delivered through a network of over 1,200 community-based providers. OASAS also directly operates 13 Addiction Treatment Centers around the state. In addition to treatment services, thousands of people benefit daily from prevention initiatives carried out by OASAS-sponsored or licensed prevention programs.
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