Resolution J1564-2013

Commending the Institute for Community Living on the occasion of its 27th Anniversary Gala Giving Voice to Independence on May 8, 2013



  • Apr 30, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 26, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commending  the  Institute for Community Living
upon the occasion of its 27th Anniversary Giving Voice  to  Independence
Gala on May 8, 2013

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to commend the efforts
of  organizations which provide vital mental health services to individ-
uals and their families, and in so doing, enhance the health and welfare
of the entire City and State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commend
the Institute for Community Living as it celebrates 27years  of  facili-
tating community living at its annual Giving Voice to Independence Gala,
to  be  held at the Ritz Carlton Battery Park on Wednesday, May 8, 2013;
  WHEREAS, Founded in 1986, the Institute  for  Community  Living,  Inc.
(ICL)  is  a  not-for-profit  corporation  which assists individuals and
families affected by, or at risk for, mental and developmental disabili-
ties with services and support designed to improve their quality of life
and participation in community living; and
  WHEREAS, Each and every day ICL works to create accessible and attain-
able possibilities for people who would otherwise live on the margins of
society; and
  WHEREAS, Through its more than 100 programs, the Institute for  Commu-
nity  Living provides evidence-based and best practice innovative treat-
ments, rehabilitation programs and support  services  annually  to  over
10,000 adults, children and families in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, the
Bronx and Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; and
  WHEREAS, People come to ICL wanting to reclaim their lives; in support
of  that  objective  the Institute for Community Living also offers over
1,500 housing units and a comprehensive  system  of  clinical  treatment
options  as well as a short-term transitional housing program for veter-
ans and a Brooklyn shelter for women with mental illness; and
  WHEREAS, The Institute for Community Living has, in addition, expanded
its mission to address a critical national issue: the 25 year difference
in average life span between people with serious mental illness, many of
whom live with multiple serious  health  conditions  such  as  diabetes,
asthma and hypertension, and the general population; and
  WHEREAS,  To this end, through its New York State-licensed health care
clinic and cutting edge  health  education  programs,  ICL  is  teaching
disease  management,  healthy  living,  and  health care self-management
skills to thousands of men and women who participate in its programs  in
the  hope  that  they will live longer with improved quality of life and
will need less costly healthcare over the course of their lives; and
  WHEREAS, ICL has also turned its attention to often neglected children
and teenagers with behavioral challenges and is offering  mental  health
care  in  local schools, community residence programs for teenagers with
serious emotional disturbances, and support and advocacy to hundreds  of
families  who  have  children  with  behavioral challenges; though these
programs are relatively new, they are transforming lives; and
  WHEREAS, Throughout its distinguished history, ICL has been  committed
to providing high quality services and supports to the people it serves,
permitting  them  to  achieve  their  full potential while living in the
community of their choice; and
  WHEREAS, The success of ICL is due in large part to the efforts of its
outstanding administration and staff, whose involvement is,  and  always
has been, characterized by an impressive commitment, an unbridled enthu-

siasm, and an uncompromising standard of excellence in all their endeav-
ors on behalf of the Institute and the population it serves; and
  WHEREAS,  Individuals  and  organizations,  such  as the Institute for
Community Living, which bring greater awareness to mental health issues,
assist people with mental illnesses in their quest for dignity and inde-
pendence, and make it possible for people on the periphery of society to
regain a firm foothold in their community, contribute  significantly  to
the  health  and welfare of all citizens and merit the highest commenda-
tion and the recognition and appreciation of all  the  citizens  of  the
City and State of New York; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commend the Institute for Community Living upon the occasion of its 27th
Anniversary Giving Voice to Independence Gala on May 8, 2013; and be  it
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Institute for Community Living.


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