Story by Lon Tytell
Beacon Place, headquartered in Highland Mills, NY, provides a wide range of services for people with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), including strokes. The facility helps people in all seven counties throughout the Hudson Valley and is the only one offering a structured day program located in Orange County, making it convenient for anyone living in the Warwick area.
Warwick resident, Daniel V. Schiavo, MS, CTRS, Community Liaison and Therapeutic Recreation Consultant at Beacon Place said, “Our goal is to be become a one-stop shop and fill a much needed void in services that exist for people and their families whose lives have changed in an instant. Our brand new state-of-the-art structured day program capitalizes on promoting fun and re-teaching the skills necessary for community re-integration. We utilize arts, music, crafts, games, sports, cooking, baking and community outings as modalities for meeting outcomes of enhancing interpersonal relationships, overcoming anxiety and relearning basic living and community based skills necessary for full and optimal participation in community life. Additionally, our philosophy is on treating the whole person and cultivating an environment which makes the most of each individual’s strengths and interests.”
Breakfast and lunch are complimentary at the structured day program. Hours of operation revolve around the needs of the individuals and their families. Beacon Place is working on adding Neurology, Primary Care and Service Coordination.
Community Integration Counseling, consisting of master level clinicians counseling people back into the community, is an integral part of the services provided. Positive behavioral intervention support is provided by bachelor level clinicians who follow up with an individual to build on a specific skill such as overcoming anxiety, enhancing interpersonal skills, and meal preparations. These services can be performed in a person’s home, at the center, or anywhere in between. Families of individuals with TBI and strokes may also take advantage of the mental health services. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy services may also be available soon.
Two TBI survivors, Ed Devitt II and Debbie Palminteri, have been instrumental in helping Beacon Place. Devitt is a professional speaker on TBI, distracted driving and substance abuse. Paminteri is the leader of a TBI support group. Beacon Place is working with Orange County Community College and the Galleria Mall to showcase a series of outreach events on TBI Prevention in March, which is TBI Awareness Month. Helmet giveaways and TBI prevention-related items may be offered to those who attend.
Many private insurances, Medicare, and Medicaid are accepted. Beacon Place is working on developing grants and scholarships for people who cannot afford services any other way. Anyone needing services but with financial need can contact Schiavo.
“No matter what your situation, we will do everything we can to get you the necessary care,” stated Schiavo.
To contact Schiavo, visit www.beaconplace.net or the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/beaconplacellc.