BOCES Guidance Coordinator Honored

May 10, 2018

Neil Boyle, coordinator of the Guidance & Child Study Center at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES was honored Thursday for his leadership in bringing together schools and community agencies to address the mental health needs of children.

Boyle received the Carol Hardesty System of Care Partnership Award at the Eighth Annual Myra Alfreds Roundtable held at the Greenburgh Public Library. The event drew about 100 community mental health advocates from across the region.
“Great minds have the ability to learn some new information, decipher it and make it happen,” said Michael Orth, commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health, in presenting the award to Boyle. “I can’t begin to tell you how many initiatives we’ve been able to work on” or the dramatic change in outcomes that has resulted from them.

In his role at BOCES, Boyle facilitates regional forums for social workers, counselors, administrators and teachers that focus on social and emotional wellness. He collaborates with various stakeholders in the lower Hudson Valley and sits on several committees that bridge community and school-based supports to improve outcomes for students facing mental health challenges.

He has helped to bring a variety of approaches and supports to schools including dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness, suicide safety and therapeutic crisis intervention. Boyle also coordinates psychiatric, behavioral, and psychological evaluation services for schools.

The event featured a keynote address by Scott Bryant-Comstock, founder, president and CEO of the Children’s Mental Health Network, who discussed advances in providing a system of care for children with mental health issues and their families as well as challenges currently faced by mental health advocates.
Other honorees at the event included: Luther Garrison, youth offender officer and probation officer for the New York State Court Systems Adolescent Diversion Part; Karen Blumenthal, policy advocate at Student Advocacy; and Cora Greenberg, executive director of the Westchester Children’s Association; Fredericka Knight, Yonkers resource manager for Family Ties of Westchester.
PHOTO CAPTION: Neil Boyle, coordinator of the Guidance & Child Study Center at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES, accepts the Carol Hardesty System of Care Partnership Award as the award’s namesake looks on at the Myra Alfreds Roundtable at Greenburgh Public Library Thursday.