Weather Alert  

"Coastal Flood Statement, Coastal Flood Warning" ...Coastal Flood Warning remains in effect until 11 PM EST this evening... * locations...low lying areas along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...3 to 4 ft above astronomical tides this evening. 2 1/2 to 3 ft above astronomical tides Tuesday morning. * Timing...minor to moderate coastal flooding this evening due to surge and wave action. Localized minor coastal flooding expected with the Tuesday morning high tide cycle due to residual surge. * Coastal flood impacts...flooding of vulnerable Waterfront and shoreline roads and adjacent properties due to height of storm tide and wave action. Inundation of 1 to 2 ft in the lowest lying spots. Road closures may be needed. Isolated structural damage may be observed along the immediate shoreline. * Shoreline impacts...elevated water levels in combination with 3 to 5 ft of surf are expected to cause beach erosion and splashover along the shoreline this evening. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal Flood Warning means that flooding is expected or occurring. Coastal residents in the warned area should be alert for rising water...and take appropriate action to protect life and property. ...Western l.I. Sound water levels for this evening... Coastal............time of......forecast total......flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level........category.. ...................................(Mllw/mhhw)................ Kings Point NY.......859 PM....10.0-10.5/2.2-2.6.....Min-mod.. Stamford CT..........821 PM......9.4-9.9/1.6-2.1.....Minor.... Bridgeport CT........818 PM......8.9-9.4/1.6-2.1.....Minor.... Glen Cove NY.........900 PM.....9.6-10.1/1.8-2.3.....Min-mod.. ...Western l.I. Sound water levels for Tue am... Coastal............time of......forecast total......flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level........category.. ...................................(Mllw/mhhw)................ Kings Point NY.......911 am.....9.8-10.3/2.0-2.5.....Iso minor Stamford CT..........838 am......9.4-9.9/1.6-2.1.....Iso minor Bridgeport CT........835 am......8.8-9.3/1.5-2.0.....Iso minor Glen Cove NY.........908 am.....9.6-10.1/1.8-2.3.....Iso minor , "High Wind Warning" ...High Wind Warning remains in effect until 6 am EST Tuesday... * winds...northeast 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. * Timing...the strongest winds are expected this evening to just after midnight. * High wind impacts...damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Numerous power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult...especially for high profile vehicles and on elevated roadway and bridges. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage. , "Storm Warning" ...Storm Warning remains in effect until 1 am EST Tuesday... * winds and seas...northeast winds 25 to 30 kt with gusts up to 50 kt. Seas 4 to 7 feet. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Storm Warning means sustained winds or frequent gusts of 48 to 63 kt are expected or occurring. Recreational boaters should remain in port...or take shelter until winds and waves subside. Commercial vessels should prepare for very strong winds and dangerous sea conditions...and consider remaining in port or taking shelter in port until winds and waves subside. -- Monday Jan.23 17,09:48 PM

Legislator Anker Focuses on Delivery of Mental Health Services to Prevent Recidivism

Helping Save Kids from a Life of Crime

Print Email

Mount Sinai, NY, April 16th, 2013 — Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker’s recently approved legislation IR 1026-2013 will provide comprehensive data and recommendations that will improve the delivery of mental health care and substance abuse treatment in Suffolk County’s jail system.

Research has shown that rehabilitating incarcerated youth can reduce the likelihood of a return to prison, and associated crimes, thereby relieving the financial burden on our local taxpayers and enhancing safety.  However, comprehensive data and analysis is an imperative first step to ensure that county resources are well-directed so problems can be identified and improved.

The legislation directs the Department of Health, the Sheriff’s Youth Re-entry Task Force and the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) to conduct a study of existing behavioral healthcare services to determine how to improve the delivery of these services with continuity of care both before and after incarceration.

“With approximately 1,780 inmates incarcerated at the county jail, and approximately 17% of those inmates under the age of 21, it is imperative that we provide effective mental health and substance abuse diagnosis and treatment to prevent recidivism,” said Legislator Anker.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 50% of inmates have at least one mental health condition and close to 70% of youth arrested in the United States have a diagnosable mental health disorder.  The National Center on Addiction and Substance reports that 65% of the nation’s inmates meet certain medical criteria for substance abuse and addiction.  However, only 11% percent received treatment for their addictions.

Since September 2011, Sheriff Vincent DeMarco’s Youth Tier Initiative has promoted the successful transition of incarcerated youth, between the ages of 16 to 19, from jail to community life.   Participants in the program are housed on a separate tier within the facility dedicated to this program. The program encourages effective and open communication among the youth and the officers assigned to the initiative. The youth attend school at the jail, mentoring and substance abuse programs, and obtain pre and post-release case management.  Educational, community and government agencies, as well as volunteers, comprise the Youth Re-Entry Task Force, which is working to make our communities safer and reduce inmate recidivism in Suffolk County.

“I want to thank Legislator Anker for her strong interest in mental health and substance abuse treatment for incarcerated youth.  This study will provide us with important data and recommendations to help improve the delivery of health care in the county jail system,” stated Sheriff DeMarco.

“We all have a vested interest in making our society succeed as a whole.  I’m thankful that we have individuals who think out of the box, and who provide direction for our future generations to succeed.  Presently, there are no requirements to offer mental health services to kids being placed in jail. It’s much more likely for jailed youth to receive the wrong guidance and influence from cell mates than it is for them to receive guidance and direction from mental health professionals. It’s time to change the process, and in doing so, save our kids from a life a crime,” said Anker.

Pictured: Legislator Anker joins Sheriff DeMarco and members of the Youth Re-entry Task Force at the new correctional facility in Yaphank.  Pictured l-r: EAC Program Director Demishia Owens, Assistant to the Sheriff Butch Langhorn, Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco, Legislator Sarah Anker, Suffolk County Assistant Deputy County Executive Errol Toulon, Suffolk County CJCC Chief Planner Robert C. Marmo and Stony Brook Masters Student Sara Kohlmann.