Koppell honored by JBFCS

On Monday, February 27, 2012, Council Member Oliver Koppell, Chair of the Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services, was honored by the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services ( JBFCS) at its Ittleson Center, 5050 Iselin Avenue, an educational and treatment facility for children with severe emotional problems.

Koppell was specifically honored for the $1 million in Council funding he obtained to construct a beautiful new gymnasium and classrooms at the Ittleson Center, which Paul Levine, Executive Vice-President and Chief Executive Officer of the JBFCS, said, ‘would not have been built without this funding.’

In his introduction, Mr. Levine lauded Koppell for his leadership as Chair of the Mental Health Committee and, in particular, for his advocacy for geriatric mental health services, as well as services for children under five and those with Autism.

Jean Troubh, Chairperson of the JBFCS Board of Trustees and Laurie Sprayregen, Chairperson of the Ittleson Committee, who was deeply involved with the new construction, spoke about Council Member Koppell’s support for the mental health community and his contribution to the Ittleson Center.

‘I want to thank the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services for this tremendous honor,’ Koppell said. ‘I am very pleased that the Ittleson Center is part of our Riverdale community and it gives me great satisfaction to have been able to support the services it is providing to troubled children, which enable them to live happy and productive lives.’

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