New York Nonprofit Receives $50,000 Grant From the New York State Office of Mental Health

New York Nonprofit receives $50,000 grant from the New York State Office of Mental Health under the Nonprofit Behavioral Health/Developmental Disability Providers Health Information Technology Investment Program.

Special Citizens Futures Unlimited was awarded a $50,000 grant from the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH). The Nonprofit Behavioral Health/Developmental Disability Providers Health Information Technology Investment program awarded this grant.

Special Citizens received this grant thanks to the help of Gerry Libertelli, Acting Chief Information Officer and A.J. Aroesty, Help Desk Administrator. There is a plan in place on how these funds will be allocated.

"We have worked on this project for about three months. This grant is allocated for desktop and support level computers. We will replace several computers in our group homes, plus purchase new computers for the computer labs in our Bronx and Elmsford Day Habilitation programs,” said Libertelli.

"We have worked on this project for about three months. This grant is allocated for desktop and support level computers. We will replace several computers in our group homes, plus purchase new computers for the computer labs in our Bronx and Elmsford Day Habilitation programs."

Gerry Libertelli, Acting Chief Information Officer

The computer labs are used daily by the men and women supported in Special Citizens Day Habilitation program. This grant will also strengthen their information technology infrastructure.

 “We are super excited about this grant, it is going to help us move forward with a lot of upcoming projects. We recently purchased a new back system. This storage server is very helpful, and we plan on implementing a new phone system,” said Aroesty.

Although Libertelli and Aroesty spearheaded this project they both insist that it was a group effort among Special Citizens staff. “It was very much a conjoint effort with us, management, and Day Habilitation staff. They made suggestions on what type of equipment we needed, and now we would like to provide it to them,” said Aroesty.

Libertelli stated, “A.J. was invaluable, he attended several meetings with Day Hab staff who made recommendations on what we needed. There was a ton of A.J. in this project”.

Contact Information:

Special Citizens Futures Unlimited
1775 Grand Concourse 4th Floor
​Bronx, NY 10453
917-828-3216