After a long and successful career with CUCS, Joanne Karnik, the Controller with our Fiscal Department, will be retiring in July. We sat down with Joanne to discuss her career, successes and what she is looking forward to the most in retirement. We wish her all the best, and a very happy retirement!
On the morning of June 18th, an eager audience trickled into a conference room at the New York Ethical Culture Society for a timely, yet divisive, topic: the closing of Riker’s Island. Organized by CUCS’s Academy for Justice-Informed Practice, panelists came together to discuss The Path to Closing Rikers and more specifically, what it means for justice-involved people with significant behavioral health needs.
For over three decades, our Housing Resource Center (HRC) has connected people to homes. It specializes in helping homeless and incarcerated individuals to access information and referrals for mental health supportive housing. The program’s Reentry Coordination System (RCS) helps people transitioning from New York State incarceration into New York City communities find housing and care.
On a warm spring day in May, our training room was filled to capacity with social service professionals eagerly awaiting the First Person Perspectives training that was about to begin. They would be listening to Peer Specialists with lived experience of incarceration, reentry and recovery discuss how to best support their justice-involved clients with mental health issues to carve a path to recovery.